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The Camino de Santiago

Trip Length 11 days

From $5,695

  • Experience one of the world’s most epic pilgrimages as you travel across northern Spain via the famed Camino Francès route
  • Tour the town of Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls; the medieval city of Burgos, home of the 11th-century hero El Cid; and the ancient capital of León
  • Enjoy guided tours of historic Santiago de Compostela, and marvel at the fascinating Romanesque and Gothic architecture of Astorga
  • Get the most out of your trip with full coach support—there is always the option to shorten or skip walks!—and local expert guides who bring the magic to life

For over a thousand years, the faithful have made the journey across northern Spain to the shrine of St. James the Great in Santiago de Compostela. Known as the Camino de Santiago, this epic pilgrimage has many routes, but the most popular of them is the Camino Francès—the French Way. Whether you're on a spiritual journey or just want to enjoy the thrill of hiking this famous path, the Camino is an unforgettable adventure. You'll have the expertise of a local guide, incredible meals, comfortable accommodations, and full coach support. You'll enjoy tours of charming cities and towns along the way, including Pamplona, Burgos, and León. But in this epic adventure, the journey truly is the destination.

Day 1: Meet in Bilbao (Spain) – Transfer to Saint Jean-Pied de Port (France)

We recommend that you arrive in Bilbao prior to Day 1 to explore the city and recover from jet lag. Bilbao is the cultural capital and main city of Basque Country in Northern Spain, and is home to the famous Guggenheim Museum, noted for its permanent collections of avant-garde art displaying the works of 20th-century artists. Those arriving on Day 1 will be picked up from the airport in time to rendezvous with your guide and the rest of the group at 11am at The Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao.

After introductions and a brief orientation, we’ll transfer to San Sebastian, considered to be the most beautiful city along the Bay of Biscay. We'll enjoy a a short visit and lunch before continuing on to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a small market town on the French side of the Basque Pyrenees. After checking into our hotel, we'll take a brief walking tour and end the day with a festive welcome dinner.

(Driving time: 2½ hours)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Les Pyrenees

Day 2: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France) – Roncesvalles (Spain)

We'll begin the day with a transfer from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Biakorri, where a statue of the Virgin Mary watches over travelers from atop a rocky ridge. From here, we'll begin the first stage of El Camino, crossing from France into Spain and taking the historical Pass of Roncesvalles, where the hero of the Charlemagne Army, Roland, battled against the Basques. We’ll enjoy a good hike in the mid-altitude meadows of the Pyrenees, with a very gradual climb to the cols of Bentarte and Leopeder, eventually descending through beech tree forests to Roncesvalles. In the afternoon, we'll have a guided tour of Roncesvalles’ historic sites.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 9.3 miles, 1,656' gradual ascent, 2,114’ descent; Driving time: 30 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Roncesvalles

Day 3: Roncesvalles – Pamplona

After breakfast, we’ll hike through meadows and forests, passing small villages along the way. Our destination is the charming old town of Zubiri in the Valley of Esteribar. We’ll cross the Valley of Erro through oak and beech tree forests, the typical scenery of the southern slopes of the Pyrenees in the Navarra Basque Country. Once we’ve reached Zubiri, we’ll board our bus and transfer to the city of Pamplona, where we’ll spend the night. Founded by the Roman General Pompeius, Pamplona is the first big city that the Pilgrims discovered when they arrived in Spain. We’ll take a leisurely walk through the Old City, including the streets where the famous "running of the bulls" takes place, before sitting down for dinner.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 14 miles, 1,428' ascent, 2,853’ descent; Driving time: 35 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Tres Reyes

Day 4: Ages Atapuerco – Burgos

Today, we'll transfer from Pamplona to Ages and begin one of the main stages of El Camino: the high plains of central Spain, known as the Meseta. After a short ascent of about 500 feet to Matagrande, our journey follows a very flat route, passing through the villages of Atapuerca, Villafria, and Castañares. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive at the city of Burgos, situated on the Rio Arlanzon. Once the capital of the Castile and Léon realms, this 9th-century city was the home town of El Cid, whose statue guards the Puente de San Pablo. We’ll continue along a riverside walkway to the Puente El Cid and the Gothic-style Burgos Cathedral, near which we'll spend the night. After checking in to the hotel, we'll have a guided tour of the cathedral and the old town of Burgos before dinner. 

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 12½ miles, 1,000' ascent, 1,500’ descent; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:NH Collection Palacio de Burgos

Day 5: Boadilla del Camino – Carrion de los Condes

Today, we’ll enjoy another full day on the high plains of Central Spain, as we cross through the Tierra de Campos (or Campos Goticos). It is here that the Spanish Visigoths settled after defeating the Muslims who entered Spain. This land is filled with the history of La Reconquista, a period lasting nearly 800 years in the Middle Ages, during which several Christian kingdoms succeeded in retaking the Muslim-controlled areas of the Iberian Peninsula. It is today known as Castilla.

We'll pass green and golden grasslands and fields of sunflowers as we walk through this sparse farm country to the medieval town of Carrion de los Condes. A local guide will give us a tour of the old town, which contains one of the most important churches in the area, La Iglesia de Santa Maria del Camino. We'll then settle into our hotel, impressively located within a restored monastery from the 11th and 16th centuries known for its beautiful cloister, peaceful gardens, and a church that contains the relics of San Zoilo.

(Hiking time: 7 hours, 16½ miles, 891' ascent, 865’ descent; Driving time: 1 hour)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo

Day 6: El Burgo Ranero – Mansilla de las Mulas (León)

Today, we’ll hike through the small town of El Burgo Ranero and through vast fields of crops and grasslands on very flat terrain. By lunchtime, we'll reach the medieval market city of Mansilla de las Mulas, a crossroads in this area of El Camino. After lunch, we'll take a short transfer to the Capital of Christian Spain: the city of León, also known as El Reino de León. We'll take a historical tour of the city and the early Gothic-style Cathedral of León, one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain. We'll finish the day at Hotel Parador, a historical monument from the 16th century that's worth spending an hour exploring.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 12 miles, 464' ascent, 1,090’ descent'; Driving time: 45 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador Hostal San Marcos de León

Day 7: Hospital de Órbigo – Astorga

We'll begin today's hike in Hospital de Órbigo, with its picturesque old Roman Órbigo Bridge, and continue along country roads through vineyards and rolling hills for 11 miles. Along the way, we’ll pass through the small villages of Valle de Santibañez and Valdeiglesias, until we eventually reach a special point in our trip—El Crucero de Santo Toribio, the religious cross that has marked this trail for centuries. We'll continue on until we reach the small city of Astorga, founded in 14BC as the Roman city of Asturica Augusta. Astorga is known for its fascinating architecture, from the Romanesque style to the Gothic, and is home to the Episcopal Palace of Astorga, built by the famous Catalonian architect, Antoni Gaudí. We'll then transfer to Villafranca del Bierzo, where we'll spend the night.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 11 miles, 800' ascent, 834’ descent; Driving time: 1½ hours total in two 45-minute shifts)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo

Day 8: Villafranca – Las Herrerias – O Cebreiro – Lugo

Today, we'll leave behind the Leon region and the High Plains of El Camino, as we enter the northwestern region of Galicia, with its Celtic history and hilly landscapes. We’ll begin our hike in Las Herrerias, crossing La Faba and Laguna de Castilla before we reach our first significant ascent in many days. We’ll climb over 2,000 feet in our last five miles to reach the old Celtic village of O Cebrerio by way of the Piedrfita Pass, where custom has it the pilgrim must throw one stone in the Cruceiro for good luck. We'll spend the night in the Old Roman city of Lugo, where we'll visit the Lugo Cathedral and walk along the Roman Wall.

(Hiking time: 4 hours, 6 miles, 2,416' ascent, 394’ descent; Driving time: 45 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Méndez Núñez

Day 9: Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we’ll have a 45-minute transfer to the town of Pedrouzo, where we’ll start the last stage of our trek along El Camino de Santiago. Today, we’ll reach the official destination of our journey: Santiago de Compostela and the cathedral that is the reputed burial place of St. James. The cathedral sits on La Plaza del Obradoiro, as does our hotel, a five-star parador located within a spectacular 16th-century building.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 14 miles, 1,534' ascent, 1,600’ descent; Driving time: 45 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos)

Day 10: Day Trip to Finisterre – Guided Historical Tour of Santiago de Compostela

Today, we’ll enjoy a guided excursion to the coastal village of Finisterre ("the end of the Earth"), 55 miles from Santiago de Compostela. It is a tradition for pilgrims to end their journey by burning their clothes or boots here at the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. In the afternoon, we'll return to Santiago for a guided historical tour of the old city and the Cathedral, then rest up for a special farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos)

Day 11: Depart from Santiago de Compostela

Alas, we must say adios! After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport in Santiago de Compostela for departures home.

  • Breakfast

May 16 - 26, 2016 Guaranteed Departure

Oct 03 - 13, 2016 Guaranteed Departure

Apr 17 - 27, 2017

May 15 - 25, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - Oct 01, 2017

pricing


2016 Prices
$5,695 (4-16 members)
$1,400 single supplement

2017 Prices
$5,895 (4-16 members)
$1,400 single supplement
 

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Hotel Les Pyrenees — Saint Jean Pied de Port (France)

Discover Basque Country while staying in the charming town of Saint- Jean-Pied-de-Port, complete with 12th century citadel and 13th century gothic church. The family-run Hotel Les Pyrenees offers warm and inviting accommodations that are simple but contemporary. The grounds are lovely, with a courtyard and and pool, and the gourmet restaurant on the property is not to be missed.

Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo — Carrión de los Condes

Set in a beautiful 10th-century Cluniac monastery, the sophisticated Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo is a short walk from Río Carrión and the 12th-century Iglesia de Santa María del Camino. The individually decorated rooms have been designed to preserve the history of the building, featuring exposed brick and original archways, while offering modern amenities such as free WiFi and TVs. The hotel also boasts a charming bar and a Castilian restaurant.

Hotel Méndez Núñez — Lugo

Tucked inside the Roman walls of the ancient city of Lugo, Hotel Mendez Nuñez offers modern comfort in the midst of the historic city center. Rooms are bright, clean and comfortable, with minimalist décor—which likely won't matter since the bustling heart of Lugo, with its excellent restaurants, bars and attractions, await just outside your door. 

Hotel Roncesvalles — Roncesvalles

A welcome respite after walking the Camino de Santiago, Hotel Roncesvalles features well-appointed, modern rooms in a restored medieval monastery that retains much of its original character. Amenities include private bathrooms, TVs, hair dryers and free WiFi. The restaurant offers hearty breakfasts to fuel up trekkers.

Hotel Tres Reyes — Pamplona

Ideally located only a short distance from the city center, the upscale Hotel Tres Reyes is a perfect homebase for those exploring Pamplona. Spacious, modern rooms come equipped with private bathrooms, minibars, LED televisions, telephones, safes, air conditioning and free WiFi. The hotel boasts a bar, cafe, resaturant, swimming pool and fitness center.

NH Collection Palacio de Burgos — Burgos

This elegant hotel, housed in a Gothic church erected in the 16th and 17th centuries, is located in the heart of Burgos. Guests of Palacio de Burgos are only a short walk from the UNESCO-protected Burgos Cathedral as well as many other attractions and restaurants. Modern amenities abound in this historic setting, including a fitness center, sauna, rooftop terrace, breakfast buffet and free WiFi.

Parador Hostal San Marcos de León — León

This spectacular 16th-century building was originally financed by King Ferdinand to serve as the peninsula's western headquarters for the Military Order of Saint James. While it has served many purposes over the centuries, this architectural gem is currently serving as a five-star hotel that seamlessly blends heritage and luxury. Rooms run the gamut from simple elegance to palatial grandeur; the manicured grounds and stately common rooms only add to the experience. Though it may be difficult to tear yourself away from this unique property, curious travelers will be rewarded with local attractions such as the Gothic cathedral, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), quaint neighborhoods and excellent tapas.

Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos) — Santiago de Compostela

Travel back in history with a stay in this grand hotel—originally a royal hospital built in the 15th century—in the center of Obradoiro Square. Meet fellow pilgrims while taking in the bustling activity of the historic plaza just outside your door. The décor is in keeping with the architectural grandeur of the building, but not opulent or ostentatious: four poster beds, brocade linens, warm woods and rich velvets adorn the comfortable rooms. The dining room serves a delicious menu of Galician-style food, although endless culinary delights await outside the hotel, including the foodie haven of Mercado de Abastos de Santiago (Abastos Market).

Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo — Villafranca del Bierzo

Framed by the Ancares Mountains, Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo offers modern accommodations in the El Bierzo district. Its Galician-style exterior, clad in stone and slate, is offset by it lovely flower-filled grounds—which provide unobstructed views of the verdant mountains. The parador also has indoor and outdoor pools and an ice fountain.

"We enjoyed our trip on the Camino de Santiago more than can words can express. We relished every meal, every accommodation, every location, every mile, and every minute. Thank you for making it all so special for us. I am an expert at legendary customer service and want you to know that Erik (trip leader) scored 110 out of a possible 100 points. Please accept our most sincere thanks for our appreciation of your looking after every detail on our fabulous adventure. Also please express our appreciation to your tremendous team. We loved every one of your guys too. Hope to see you again soon." Dennis and Cynder

"I was extremely happy…. I really don't think you could do anything to improve. I was probably one of the only people who had not traveled with Sobek prior to trip. That is a good recommendation in itself." Lynn Matthews

"It's the best trip we've been on. And we've been on some good ones. It just doesn't get any better than the leadership on this trip. Perfect." Ann Uhde

"The whole experience was so fabulous it is impossible to pick out a "best". The guide staff were amazing!! The time spent with them was an education in Spanish history as well as a physical challenge. Kudos for the excellent planning of this trip. Love those tapas!" Mary Jo George

"MTS has a top notch team for this trip.  I will and have recommended this trip to many of my friends.  Outstanding guides, excellent lodgings, delicious meals, great and educational lectures. The trip exceeded my expectations!" Valerie Sheaff

"This trip exceeded my already high expectations. Great experience." Robert Naud

"The guides were so knowledgeable and kind. I could tell that they were aware of each person, their needs, strengths and weaknesses." Janet Martinez

"Excellence of staff, accommodations and overall experience." William Ryan

  • Experience one of the world’s most epic pilgrimages as you travel across northern Spain via the famed Camino Francès route
  • Tour the town of Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls; the medieval city of Burgos, home of the 11th-century hero El Cid; and the ancient capital of León
  • Enjoy guided tours of historic Santiago de Compostela, and marvel at the fascinating Romanesque and Gothic architecture of Astorga
  • Get the most out of your trip with full coach support—there is always the option to shorten or skip walks!—and local expert guides who bring the magic to life

For over a thousand years, the faithful have made the journey across northern Spain to the shrine of St. James the Great in Santiago de Compostela. Known as the Camino de Santiago, this epic pilgrimage has many routes, but the most popular of them is the Camino Francès—the French Way. Whether you're on a spiritual journey or just want to enjoy the thrill of hiking this famous path, the Camino is an unforgettable adventure. You'll have the expertise of a local guide, incredible meals, comfortable accommodations, and full coach support. You'll enjoy tours of charming cities and towns along the way, including Pamplona, Burgos, and León. But in this epic adventure, the journey truly is the destination.

review

"We enjoyed our trip on the Camino de Santiago more than can words can express. We relished every meal, every accommodation, every location, every mile, and every minute. Thank you for making it all so special for us. I am an expert at legendary customer service and want you to know that Erik (trip leader) scored 110 out of a possible 100 points. Please accept our most sincere thanks for our appreciation of your looking after every detail on our fabulous adventure. Also please express our appreciation to your tremendous team. We loved every one of your guys too. Hope to see you again soon." Dennis and Cynder

"I was extremely happy…. I really don't think you could do anything to improve. I was probably one of the only people who had not traveled with Sobek prior to trip. That is a good recommendation in itself." Lynn Matthews

"It's the best trip we've been on. And we've been on some good ones. It just doesn't get any better than the leadership on this trip. Perfect." Ann Uhde

"The whole experience was so fabulous it is impossible to pick out a "best". The guide staff were amazing!! The time spent with them was an education in Spanish history as well as a physical challenge. Kudos for the excellent planning of this trip. Love those tapas!" Mary Jo George

"MTS has a top notch team for this trip.  I will and have recommended this trip to many of my friends.  Outstanding guides, excellent lodgings, delicious meals, great and educational lectures. The trip exceeded my expectations!" Valerie Sheaff

"This trip exceeded my already high expectations. Great experience." Robert Naud

"The guides were so knowledgeable and kind. I could tell that they were aware of each person, their needs, strengths and weaknesses." Janet Martinez

"Excellence of staff, accommodations and overall experience." William Ryan

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Bilbao (Spain) – Transfer to Saint Jean-Pied de Port (France)

We recommend that you arrive in Bilbao prior to Day 1 to explore the city and recover from jet lag. Bilbao is the cultural capital and main city of Basque Country in Northern Spain, and is home to the famous Guggenheim Museum, noted for its permanent collections of avant-garde art displaying the works of 20th-century artists. Those arriving on Day 1 will be picked up from the airport in time to rendezvous with your guide and the rest of the group at 11am at The Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao.

After introductions and a brief orientation, we’ll transfer to San Sebastian, considered to be the most beautiful city along the Bay of Biscay. We'll enjoy a a short visit and lunch before continuing on to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a small market town on the French side of the Basque Pyrenees. After checking into our hotel, we'll take a brief walking tour and end the day with a festive welcome dinner.

(Driving time: 2½ hours)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Les Pyrenees

Day 2: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France) – Roncesvalles (Spain)

We'll begin the day with a transfer from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Biakorri, where a statue of the Virgin Mary watches over travelers from atop a rocky ridge. From here, we'll begin the first stage of El Camino, crossing from France into Spain and taking the historical Pass of Roncesvalles, where the hero of the Charlemagne Army, Roland, battled against the Basques. We’ll enjoy a good hike in the mid-altitude meadows of the Pyrenees, with a very gradual climb to the cols of Bentarte and Leopeder, eventually descending through beech tree forests to Roncesvalles. In the afternoon, we'll have a guided tour of Roncesvalles’ historic sites.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 9.3 miles, 1,656' gradual ascent, 2,114’ descent; Driving time: 30 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Roncesvalles

Day 3: Roncesvalles – Pamplona

After breakfast, we’ll hike through meadows and forests, passing small villages along the way. Our destination is the charming old town of Zubiri in the Valley of Esteribar. We’ll cross the Valley of Erro through oak and beech tree forests, the typical scenery of the southern slopes of the Pyrenees in the Navarra Basque Country. Once we’ve reached Zubiri, we’ll board our bus and transfer to the city of Pamplona, where we’ll spend the night. Founded by the Roman General Pompeius, Pamplona is the first big city that the Pilgrims discovered when they arrived in Spain. We’ll take a leisurely walk through the Old City, including the streets where the famous "running of the bulls" takes place, before sitting down for dinner.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 14 miles, 1,428' ascent, 2,853’ descent; Driving time: 35 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Tres Reyes

Day 4: Ages Atapuerco – Burgos

Today, we'll transfer from Pamplona to Ages and begin one of the main stages of El Camino: the high plains of central Spain, known as the Meseta. After a short ascent of about 500 feet to Matagrande, our journey follows a very flat route, passing through the villages of Atapuerca, Villafria, and Castañares. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive at the city of Burgos, situated on the Rio Arlanzon. Once the capital of the Castile and Léon realms, this 9th-century city was the home town of El Cid, whose statue guards the Puente de San Pablo. We’ll continue along a riverside walkway to the Puente El Cid and the Gothic-style Burgos Cathedral, near which we'll spend the night. After checking in to the hotel, we'll have a guided tour of the cathedral and the old town of Burgos before dinner. 

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 12½ miles, 1,000' ascent, 1,500’ descent; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:NH Collection Palacio de Burgos

Day 5: Boadilla del Camino – Carrion de los Condes

Today, we’ll enjoy another full day on the high plains of Central Spain, as we cross through the Tierra de Campos (or Campos Goticos). It is here that the Spanish Visigoths settled after defeating the Muslims who entered Spain. This land is filled with the history of La Reconquista, a period lasting nearly 800 years in the Middle Ages, during which several Christian kingdoms succeeded in retaking the Muslim-controlled areas of the Iberian Peninsula. It is today known as Castilla.

We'll pass green and golden grasslands and fields of sunflowers as we walk through this sparse farm country to the medieval town of Carrion de los Condes. A local guide will give us a tour of the old town, which contains one of the most important churches in the area, La Iglesia de Santa Maria del Camino. We'll then settle into our hotel, impressively located within a restored monastery from the 11th and 16th centuries known for its beautiful cloister, peaceful gardens, and a church that contains the relics of San Zoilo.

(Hiking time: 7 hours, 16½ miles, 891' ascent, 865’ descent; Driving time: 1 hour)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo

Day 6: El Burgo Ranero – Mansilla de las Mulas (León)

Today, we’ll hike through the small town of El Burgo Ranero and through vast fields of crops and grasslands on very flat terrain. By lunchtime, we'll reach the medieval market city of Mansilla de las Mulas, a crossroads in this area of El Camino. After lunch, we'll take a short transfer to the Capital of Christian Spain: the city of León, also known as El Reino de León. We'll take a historical tour of the city and the early Gothic-style Cathedral of León, one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain. We'll finish the day at Hotel Parador, a historical monument from the 16th century that's worth spending an hour exploring.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 12 miles, 464' ascent, 1,090’ descent'; Driving time: 45 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador Hostal San Marcos de León

Day 7: Hospital de Órbigo – Astorga

We'll begin today's hike in Hospital de Órbigo, with its picturesque old Roman Órbigo Bridge, and continue along country roads through vineyards and rolling hills for 11 miles. Along the way, we’ll pass through the small villages of Valle de Santibañez and Valdeiglesias, until we eventually reach a special point in our trip—El Crucero de Santo Toribio, the religious cross that has marked this trail for centuries. We'll continue on until we reach the small city of Astorga, founded in 14BC as the Roman city of Asturica Augusta. Astorga is known for its fascinating architecture, from the Romanesque style to the Gothic, and is home to the Episcopal Palace of Astorga, built by the famous Catalonian architect, Antoni Gaudí. We'll then transfer to Villafranca del Bierzo, where we'll spend the night.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 11 miles, 800' ascent, 834’ descent; Driving time: 1½ hours total in two 45-minute shifts)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo

Day 8: Villafranca – Las Herrerias – O Cebreiro – Lugo

Today, we'll leave behind the Leon region and the High Plains of El Camino, as we enter the northwestern region of Galicia, with its Celtic history and hilly landscapes. We’ll begin our hike in Las Herrerias, crossing La Faba and Laguna de Castilla before we reach our first significant ascent in many days. We’ll climb over 2,000 feet in our last five miles to reach the old Celtic village of O Cebrerio by way of the Piedrfita Pass, where custom has it the pilgrim must throw one stone in the Cruceiro for good luck. We'll spend the night in the Old Roman city of Lugo, where we'll visit the Lugo Cathedral and walk along the Roman Wall.

(Hiking time: 4 hours, 6 miles, 2,416' ascent, 394’ descent; Driving time: 45 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Méndez Núñez

Day 9: Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we’ll have a 45-minute transfer to the town of Pedrouzo, where we’ll start the last stage of our trek along El Camino de Santiago. Today, we’ll reach the official destination of our journey: Santiago de Compostela and the cathedral that is the reputed burial place of St. James. The cathedral sits on La Plaza del Obradoiro, as does our hotel, a five-star parador located within a spectacular 16th-century building.

(Hiking time: 6 hours, 14 miles, 1,534' ascent, 1,600’ descent; Driving time: 45 minutes)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos)

Day 10: Day Trip to Finisterre – Guided Historical Tour of Santiago de Compostela

Today, we’ll enjoy a guided excursion to the coastal village of Finisterre ("the end of the Earth"), 55 miles from Santiago de Compostela. It is a tradition for pilgrims to end their journey by burning their clothes or boots here at the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. In the afternoon, we'll return to Santiago for a guided historical tour of the old city and the Cathedral, then rest up for a special farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos)

Day 11: Depart from Santiago de Compostela

Alas, we must say adios! After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport in Santiago de Compostela for departures home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Hotel Les Pyrenees — Saint Jean Pied de Port (France)

Discover Basque Country while staying in the charming town of Saint- Jean-Pied-de-Port, complete with 12th century citadel and 13th century gothic church. The family-run Hotel Les Pyrenees offers warm and inviting accommodations that are simple but contemporary. The grounds are lovely, with a courtyard and and pool, and the gourmet restaurant on the property is not to be missed.

Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo — Carrión de los Condes

Set in a beautiful 10th-century Cluniac monastery, the sophisticated Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo is a short walk from Río Carrión and the 12th-century Iglesia de Santa María del Camino. The individually decorated rooms have been designed to preserve the history of the building, featuring exposed brick and original archways, while offering modern amenities such as free WiFi and TVs. The hotel also boasts a charming bar and a Castilian restaurant.

Hotel Méndez Núñez — Lugo

Tucked inside the Roman walls of the ancient city of Lugo, Hotel Mendez Nuñez offers modern comfort in the midst of the historic city center. Rooms are bright, clean and comfortable, with minimalist décor—which likely won't matter since the bustling heart of Lugo, with its excellent restaurants, bars and attractions, await just outside your door. 

Hotel Roncesvalles — Roncesvalles

A welcome respite after walking the Camino de Santiago, Hotel Roncesvalles features well-appointed, modern rooms in a restored medieval monastery that retains much of its original character. Amenities include private bathrooms, TVs, hair dryers and free WiFi. The restaurant offers hearty breakfasts to fuel up trekkers.

Hotel Tres Reyes — Pamplona

Ideally located only a short distance from the city center, the upscale Hotel Tres Reyes is a perfect homebase for those exploring Pamplona. Spacious, modern rooms come equipped with private bathrooms, minibars, LED televisions, telephones, safes, air conditioning and free WiFi. The hotel boasts a bar, cafe, resaturant, swimming pool and fitness center.

NH Collection Palacio de Burgos — Burgos

This elegant hotel, housed in a Gothic church erected in the 16th and 17th centuries, is located in the heart of Burgos. Guests of Palacio de Burgos are only a short walk from the UNESCO-protected Burgos Cathedral as well as many other attractions and restaurants. Modern amenities abound in this historic setting, including a fitness center, sauna, rooftop terrace, breakfast buffet and free WiFi.

Parador Hostal San Marcos de León — León

This spectacular 16th-century building was originally financed by King Ferdinand to serve as the peninsula's western headquarters for the Military Order of Saint James. While it has served many purposes over the centuries, this architectural gem is currently serving as a five-star hotel that seamlessly blends heritage and luxury. Rooms run the gamut from simple elegance to palatial grandeur; the manicured grounds and stately common rooms only add to the experience. Though it may be difficult to tear yourself away from this unique property, curious travelers will be rewarded with local attractions such as the Gothic cathedral, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), quaint neighborhoods and excellent tapas.

Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos) — Santiago de Compostela

Travel back in history with a stay in this grand hotel—originally a royal hospital built in the 15th century—in the center of Obradoiro Square. Meet fellow pilgrims while taking in the bustling activity of the historic plaza just outside your door. The décor is in keeping with the architectural grandeur of the building, but not opulent or ostentatious: four poster beds, brocade linens, warm woods and rich velvets adorn the comfortable rooms. The dining room serves a delicious menu of Galician-style food, although endless culinary delights await outside the hotel, including the foodie haven of Mercado de Abastos de Santiago (Abastos Market).

Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo — Villafranca del Bierzo

Framed by the Ancares Mountains, Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo offers modern accommodations in the El Bierzo district. Its Galician-style exterior, clad in stone and slate, is offset by it lovely flower-filled grounds—which provide unobstructed views of the verdant mountains. The parador also has indoor and outdoor pools and an ice fountain.

Dates and Pricing

May 16 - 26, 2016 Guaranteed Departure

Oct 03 - 13, 2016 Guaranteed Departure

Apr 17 - 27, 2017

May 15 - 25, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - Oct 01, 2017

pricing


2016 Prices
$5,695 (4-16 members)
$1,400 single supplement

2017 Prices
$5,895 (4-16 members)
$1,400 single supplement
 

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