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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

Spain: Camino de Santiago

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 5-9 Miles Daily

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Spain: Camino de Santiago

Traversing sunflower fields, medieval cities, rolling vineyards, and olive groves, the Camino de Santiago is one of the most renowned pilgrimage routes in the world. Walking its entire length could take as long as two months, so we handpicked the very best of the Camino and created one unforgettable experience (including unique, top-notch accommodations). Discover hidden tapas bars and bustling squares on the crooked medieval streets of Burgos. Be transported by the soaring naves and ornate stonework of countless Gothic cathedrals and churches. Sample regional specialties as you walk through seven unique landscapes: the rugged Pyrenees; the plunging green hills of Basque country; the golden stone houses and vineyards of La Rioja; the red brick of León; the umber plateau of La Meseta Central; the mist, mountains, and wine arbors of Briezo; the lush greenery and Celtic influence of Galicia; and—finally—the urban grandeur of Santiago de Compostela!

Tour Highlights:
  • Experience a broad range of landscapes, from the rugged Pyrenees to the wine country of La Rioja and the medieval cobblestone streets of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Enjoy scenic transfers between walking regions, in the company of friendly, knowledgeable drivers who know the countryside intimately.
  • Tour the spectacular Episcopalian Palace in Astorga, one of the only Gaudí buildings outside of Catalonia.
  • Take time for the powerful pilgrim’s mass in Santiago de Compostela, where the pilgrims who complete the route each day are honored.
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9 days, 8 nights

FROM $3,798 USD

per person, double occupancy

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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Pamplona

Arrive in Pamplona and transfer to Roncesvalles, at the Pyrenees crossing between France and Spain. The Camino de Santiago actually passes through the historic hotel complex where you’ll sleep tonight!

Accommodation: Hotel Roncesvalles, Roncesvalles

This historic hotel in a beautifully renovated 18th-century former ecclesiastical residence was one of the original hostels, or hospitales, built along the Camino de Santiago to shelter pilgrims. Still owned by the church, the Camino actually traverses the structure and its surrounding grounds and extensive outbuildings. The careful renovation preserved the wood floors, beams, and exposed stone and has been artfully combined with modern chrome fixtures, tile, and minimalist decor and fabrics. The restaurant is the Navarre region’s first Slow-Food establishment. Roncesvalles is a tiny town at 3,000 feet, just below the Ibañeta Pass of the Pyrenean border between France and Spain.

Day 2

Roncesvalles to Bizkarreta

With the Pyrenees at your back, descend to Burguete, a Basque-influenced village of sturdy, beamed houses set amidst the trout fishing area described by Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises. This afternoon, transfer to vibrant Pamplona.

Accommodation: Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona

An 18th-century aristocratic residence in the heart of Pamplona’s old town, this four-star hotel is perfectly located to discover the historic city on foot. The palace has a fine-dining restaurant featuring updated seasonal Basque cuisine and the Taittinger Bar, in a unique partnership with the French Champagne producer. Spacious plush rooms, with classic décor and colors, overlook the Consejo Square or the inner courtyard, which houses a unique fountain and collection of antique carriages.

Day 3

Uterga to Cirauqui

Olive groves, vineyards, and towns of golden stone greet you on today’s walk from Uterga to Briñas in the wine-growing region of La Rioja. Tonight’s hotel is within easy strolling distance of several wineries.

Accommodation: Señorío de Briñas, Briñas

In the heart of the Rioja wine-making region, this family-owned hotel in a 15th-century palacio, (palace) offers simple, individually decorated guest rooms with terracotta floors, and unique furnishings that create the feel of an authentic country home. In season, you may enjoy a glass of wine on the quaint outdoor patio.

Day 4

Ermita de Valdefuentes to Ages

Begin today’s walk at a hermitage in a remote and isolated wooded plateau—once one of the Camino’s most dangerous sections but now one of its most beautiful. Explore a pine and oak forest, habitat to deer and wild boar, before continuing past the 11th-century monastery complex of San Juan de Ortega to arrive at the traditional town of Agés.

Accommodation: Palacio de los Blasones, Burgos

This 16th-century mansion was artfully restored to combine original exposed stone, arches, and beams with striking contemporary design and décor in its reception lounge, restaurant, bar, and glass-roofed atrium. One of six Spanish candidates for European Capital of Culture in 2016, Burgos has an incredible depth of history, scenic walks along the Arlanza River, and rich gastronomic traditions of the Castile region. Located in the old quarter of Burgos and easily accessible on foot from the hotel are the UNESCO World Heritage site cathedral, the Casa del Cordón palace, the Plaza Mayor main square, the Museum of Human Evolution, and the statue of El Cid.

Day 5

Castrojeriz to Itero de la Vega

After exploring Burgos’ Gothic architectural gems this morning, rejoin the Camino between Castrojeriz and Itero de la Vega, enjoying wide-open scenery with windmills on the horizon.

Accommodation: Estrella del Bajo Carrión, Villoldo

In a small pueblo (village) between the cities of Burgos and León, a three-sister team provides a warm welcome to guests at this hotel, which their father founded over 30 years ago. With a true country-house feel, guest rooms (all with balconies) and common areas are modern and elegant, artfully white with fresh flowers and unique architectural touches. The on-site fine-dining restaurant makes the hotel a weekend destination for foreign and local visitors. Using all local and seasonal ingredients, traditional dishes have light and creative touches, such as grilled octopus with rosemary potatoes and red pepper aioli. Breakfast is a delight of homemade juices, breads and pastries, and jams of local fruits and berries. In addition to the dining room, the hotel features a library, billiard and wine room, and a willow-shaded terrace for breakfast or drinks alfresco.

Day 6

Villares de Orbigo to Astorga

Today’s walk from Villares de Orbigo to Astorga takes on a Mediterranean feel, crossing a landscape of red earth, vineyards, and oaks prized for their role in feeding the pigs used to produce the region’s famous ham.

Accommodation: Hostería Camino, Luyego de Somoza

This boutique hotel constructed in a restored home has spacious, individually decorated guest rooms with polished wood floors combining Spanish antiques with exposed beams and brick. Common areas include a fireside living room with inviting couches, a relaxed café for drinks or light fare, and a dramatically lit fine-dining restaurant. An antique shop is also on the premises. Using local and seasonal ingredients, the hotel’s elegant restaurant is especially known for mushrooms prepared traditionally, perhaps sautéed, in soups, crèpes, salads, or with foie gras. Traditional regional dishes include lamb, frogs’ legs, excellent local ham, and fresh river fish and are accompanied by wines from their extensive cellar.

Day 7

Las Herrerías to O’Cebreiro

Excitement grows as you approach Galicia along a chestnut-shaded path bordered by moss-covered stone walls. Wide open vistas of forests, verdant pastures, and Atlantic coastline emerge near the day’s end at O Cebreiro.

Accommodation: Casa Grande da Fervenza, O Corgo

A beautifully restored 17th-century miller’s residence within a biosphere reserve is a peaceful haven in the Galician countryside. The hotel grounds and gardens along the river include both an outdoor swimming pool and a river bathing area, and a canoe and bicycles are available for rental. Individually decorated guest rooms feature unique antiques, hand-embroidered linens, polished wood floors, and exposed beams and stone. With an excellent wine selection, the fireside fine-dining restaurant offers updated Galician cuisine from a wood-fired oven, featuring dishes such as suckling pig, lamb, and capon.

Day 8

Sarria to Ferreiros

After this morning’s walk from Sarria, transfer to Santiago and refresh at your hotel before undertaking the Camino’s final leg. You’ll meet walkers from around the globe as you follow the traditional trail of scallop shells embedded in Santiago’s cobbled streets towards the breathtaking cathedral—Christianity’s third-most-important pilgrimage site after Rome and Jerusalem.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel, Santiago de Compostela

This family-owned-and-operated boutique hotel located in a quiet corner of Santiago de Compostela’s historic center has been renovated to seamlessly blend minimalist décor and soothing colors with the building’s stone walls and exposed beams. A personal greeting from the owners and a welcome drink in the adjoining garden of a sister property provide an insider feel to the historic pilgrimage destination city of Santiago. The capital of the autonomous region of Galicia, the entire old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its wealth of historic buildings. Santiago’s narrow granite-cobbled streets invite exploration while providing plenty of stopping points at myriad cafés, tapas bars, and restaurants.

Day 9

Departure from Santiago de Compostela

Depart at your leisure, or linger independently in this fabulous city, perhaps attending the famous “Pilgrim’s Mass.”

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2017 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
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Apr 1 - Jun 30 $3,798 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,298 $650 $1,690
Sep 1 - Oct 31 $3,798 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,298 $650 $1,690
This tour is available daily, on request, from April 1 through June 30 and from September 1 through October 31, 2017. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Pamplona to Hotel Roncesvalles on Day 1 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. Please note that the Museum of Human Evolution (including the Atapuerca Exhibit) in Burgos is closed on Mondays. Please request a non-Thursday departure date should you wish to visit this museum. *All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.



November 2015

“Yes best ever”

November 2015

“My first experience with Country Walkers was excellent. The walks were well planned out so we walked the most scenic and also varied part of the Santiago El Camino. The accomadations were wonderful and I especially enjoyed the variety. The food excellent, as well as the wines and our guide so patient and knowledgable. I have already recommended Country Walkers to my friends and hope to go again myself. ”

November 2015

“It was perfect for my husband and I as we did not have the time or energy to walk the whole trail. It gave us the feeling of doing the walk while also giving us the feeling of northern Spain.”

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