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Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 5-9 Miles Daily

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For over a millennium, pilgrims have traversed the lush meadows, misty mountains, sun-swept wine country, and stonework villages of northern Spain on their way to Santiago de Compostela. It’s a journey that can take over two months to complete, but our innovative itinerary brings you all the highlights of “the Way” in just nine days. From the poppy fields and Basque villages of the Pyrenees to the tranquil beaches of Galicia, you relish all of northern Spain’s history and natural beauty, in the company of local knowledgeable guides. In Burgos, wander crooked cobblestone streets past tapas bars and bustling squares before losing yourself in its acclaimed cathedral. Delight in the intricacies of Rioja wine during a private tasting with a local expert at a bodega in Álava. And finally, share a quiet moment with pilgrims during a visit to the acclaimed Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, an exquisite culmination to a journey that, for many, is life changing


Tour Highlights:
  • Tour the Atapuerca archaeological site, where researchers have confirmed evidence of the earliest-known hominids in Western Europe, dating to about 1.2 million years ago.
  • In Muxía, walk the windy headlands and charming coves of the Costa da Morte, stopping for lunch to enjoy the region’s superior seafood and a glass of Albariño white wine.
  • Tour the towering Episcopal Palace in Astorga, a bishop’s residence designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
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12 days, 11 nights

FROM $6,998 USD

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Tour extensions available
Bilbao
2 nights $298*

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FROM $5,998 USD

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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Meet in Bilbao. Roncesvalles to Bizcarreta

Join the Camino near Roncesvalles on the French-Spanish border, descending through beech forest, lush pasture, and sturdy Basque farmhouses to Bizcarreta. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner in Pamplona.

Accommodation: Pamplona Catedral Hotel, Pamplona

Located within the ancient walls of the city’s old town, this hotel is an ideal home base for travelers hoping to make the most of the first urban hub along the Way of St. James. This four-star property makes exceptional use of its former-convent building, with a restaurant housed in the onetime chapel and unique, contemporary rooms. Conveniently close to the Portal de Francia (where the Camino enters the city) and the Plaza del Castillo, it also boasts free high-speed Wi-Fi room service, and an excellent staff.

Day 2

Uterga to Cirauqui

Olive groves, vineyards, and golden-hued stone villages impart a Mediterranean warmth on today’s walk from Uterga to Cirauqui. Unwind this afternoon with a Rioja wine tasting at a classic local bodega.

Accommodation: Hotel Viura, Villabuena de Álava

Stunning modern architecture amidst a traditional Basque village describes this special hotel located in the heart of a small but beautiful Villabuena de Álava. The restaurant features first class service, creative and inspiring cuisine, and a host of local wines. The rooftop terrace offers expansive views of the surrounding hillside while rooms and public spaces stylishly combine contemporary architecture with luxurious comfort.

Day 3

Ermita de Valdefuentes to Agés

Depart the 12th-century Ermita de Valdefuentes under Saint James’ watchful gaze, walking towards Agés on the Atapuerca plains. This afternoon, tour medieval Burgos with a local expert.

Accommodation: Palacio de los Blasones, Burgos

A 16th-century mansion in the historical center of Burgos is steps away from the cathedral, museums, and main plaza square. Artful restoration combines original exposed stone, arches, and beams with striking contemporary design and décor in its reception lounge, restaurant, bar, and glass-roofed atrium.

Day 4

Castojeriz to Itero de la Vega

Discover Europe’s earliest hominids at Atapuerca’s UNESCO World Heritage site before a delicious lunch of tapas. This afternoon, spy windmills on the far horizon as you walk Spain’s vast central plains between Castojeriz and Itero de la Vega.

Accommodation: Estrella del Bajo Carrión, Villoldo

Between the cities of Burgos and León, three sisters run the hotel founded by their father over 30 years ago. The modern and airy country house features balconied guest rooms and common areas with fresh flowers and unique architecture. In addition to the fine-dining restaurant, the hotel features a library, billiard and wine room, and a willow-shaded terrace for breakfast or drinks
al fresco.

Day 5

Villares de Orbigo to Astorga

Walk from Villares de Orbigo to Astorga, the Spanish birthplace of chocolate. Sip cocoa at the city’s most traditional café, then tour Astorga’s Roman ruins, cathedral, and Gaudí-designed bishop’s palace.

Accommodation: Hostería Camino, Luyego de Somoza (or Hotel Vía de la Plata, Astorga)

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 6

Las Herrerias to O’Cebreiro

Verdant pastures and ancient gray granite give the landscape a Celtic feel as you walk into Galicia. Today’s gentle ascent from Las Herrerias to O’Cebreiro features moss-covered stone walls, shade-giving chestnut trees, and vistas of Atlantic coastal forest.

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 simple 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 7

Sarria to Ferreiros

Enter the Camino’s home stretch, walking between Sarria and Ferreiros. After shuttling into Santiago de Compostela, your walking tour of the historic center culminates (should you choose and schedule permitting) with Mass at the city’s great cathedral—an electrifying experience marked by the sense of accomplishment of pilgrims arriving from around the globe.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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 8

A Costa da Morte

Discover the spectacular beaches and renowned Galician-style seafood of the Atlantic coast near Muxia, considered the true end of the trail by some pilgrims. Enjoy free time in Santiago before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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 Santiago de Compostela at your leisure.

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Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Spain: Classic Camino de Santigo Tour

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel Hesperia at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Join the Camino near Roncesvalles on the French-Spanish border, descending through beech forest, lush pasture, and sturdy Basque farmhouses to Bizcarreta. This evening, enjoy a celebratory dinner in Pamplona.

Accommodation: Pamplona Catedral Hotel, Pamplona

Located within the ancient walls of the city’s old town, this hotel is an ideal home base for travelers hoping to make the most of the first urban hub along the Way of St. James. This four-star property makes exceptional use of its former-convent building, with a restaurant housed in the onetime chapel and unique, contemporary rooms. Conveniently close to the Portal de Francia (where the Camino enters the city) and the Plaza del Castillo, it also boasts free high-speed Wi-Fi room service, and an excellent staff.

Day 2

Uterga to Cirauqui

Olive groves, vineyards, and golden-hued stone villages impart a Mediterranean warmth on today’s walk from Uterga to Cirauqui. Unwind this afternoon with a Rioja wine tasting at a classic local bodega.

Accommodation: Hotel Viura, Villabuena de Álava

Stunning modern architecture amidst a traditional Basque village describes this special hotel located in the heart of a small but beautiful Villabuena de Álava. The restaurant features first class service, creative and inspiring cuisine, and a host of local wines. The rooftop terrace offers expansive views of the surrounding hillside while rooms and public spaces stylishly combine contemporary architecture with luxurious comfort.

Day 3

Ermita de Valdefuentes to Agés

Depart the 12th-century Ermita de Valdefuentes under Saint James’ watchful gaze, walking towards Agés on the Atapuerca plains. This afternoon, tour Burgos and its 13th-century cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodation: Palacio de los Blasones, Burgos

A 16th-century mansion in the historical center of Burgos is steps away from the cathedral, museums, and main plaza square. Artful restoration combines original exposed stone, arches, and beams with striking contemporary design and décor in its reception lounge, restaurant, bar, and glass-roofed atrium.

Day 4

Castojeriz to Itero de la Vega

This morning discover Europe’s earliest hominids at Atapuerca—another UNESCO World Heritage site—before a delicious lunch of tapas. This afternoon, spy windmills on the far horizon as you walk Spain’s vast central plains between Castojeriz and Itero de la Vega.

Accommodation: Estrella del Bajo Carrión, Villoldo

Between the cities of Burgos and León, three sisters run the hotel founded by their father over 30 years ago. The modern and airy country house features balconied guest rooms and common areas with fresh flowers and unique architecture. In addition to the fine-dining restaurant, the hotel features a library, billiard and wine room, and a willow-shaded terrace for breakfast or drinks
al fresco.

Day 5

Villares de Orbigo to Astorga

Walk from Villares de Orbigo to Astorga, the Spanish birthplace of chocolate. Sip cocoa at the city’s most traditional cafe, then tour Astorga’s Roman ruins, cathedral, and Gaudi-designed bishop’s palace.

Accommodation: Hostería Camino, Luyego de Somoza (or Hotel Vía de la Plata, Astorga)

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 6

Las Herrerias to O’Cebreiro

Verdant pastures and ancient gray granite give the landscape a Celtic feel as you walk into Galicia. Today’s gentle ascent from Las Herrerias to O Cebreiro features moss-covered stone walls, shade-giving chestnut trees, and vistas of Atlantic coastal forest.

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 simple 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 7

Sarria to Ferreiros

Enter the Camino’s home stretch, walking between Sarria and Ferreiros. After shuttling into Santiago de Compostela, your walking tour of the historic center culminates with Mass at the city’s great cathedral—an electrifying experience marked by the sense of accomplishment of pilgrims arriving from around the globe.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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 8

A Costa da Morte

Discover the spectacular beaches and renowned Galician-style seafood of the Atlantic coast near Muxia, considered the true end of the trail by some pilgrims. Enjoy free time in Santiago before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 9

Your Country Walkers Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago tour concludes

Continue exploring Santiago de Compostela on your own or depart for your next destination.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Bilbao, Spain

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Bilbao, Spain

Upon arrival at Bilbao Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage claim area and provide a complimentary small-group transfer to the Hotel NH Collection Ría de Bilbao (formerly known as the Hotel Hesperia), approximately twenty minutes away. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel NH Collection Ría de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

With striking modern design and an ideal location on the banks of the Nervión River, facing the Guggenheim Bilbao, the hotel is an elegant four-star property in the heart of the city. Its La Ría Restaurant serves contemporary Basque fare, and you may find live flamenco music in its riverfront bar.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Spain: Classic Camino de Santigo tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel Hesperia at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Please refer to the Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago (9-day\8- night) itinerary for full tour details.

Join the Camino near Roncesvalles on the French-Spanish border, descending through beech forest, lush pasture, and sturdy Basque farmhouses to Bizcarreta. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner in Pamplona.

Accommodation: Pamplona Catedral Hotel, Pamplona

Located within the ancient walls of the city’s old town, this hotel is an ideal home base for travelers hoping to make the most of the first urban hub along the Way of St. James. This four-star property makes exceptional use of its former-convent building, with a restaurant housed in the onetime chapel and unique, contemporary rooms. Conveniently close to the Portal de Francia (where the Camino enters the city) and the Plaza del Castillo, it also boasts free high-speed Wi-Fi room service, and an excellent staff.

Day 2

Uterga to Cirauqui

Olive groves, vineyards, and golden-hued stone villages impart a Mediterranean warmth on today’s walk from Uterga to Cirauqui. Unwind this afternoon with a Rioja wine tasting at a classic local bodega.

Accommodation: Hotel Viura, Villabuena de Álava

Stunning modern architecture amidst a traditional Basque village describes this special hotel located in the heart of a small but beautiful Villabuena de Álava. The restaurant features first class service, creative and inspiring cuisine, and a host of local wines. The rooftop terrace offers expansive views of the surrounding hillside while rooms and public spaces stylishly combine contemporary architecture with luxurious comfort.

Day 3

Ermita de Valdefuentes to Agés

Depart the 12th-century Ermita de Valdefuentes under Saint James’ watchful gaze, walking towards Agés on the Atapuerca plains. This afternoon, tour medieval Burgos with a local expert.

Accommodation: Palacio de los Blasones, Burgos

A 16th-century mansion in the historical center of Burgos is steps away from the cathedral, museums, and main plaza square. Artful restoration combines original exposed stone, arches, and beams with striking contemporary design and décor in its reception lounge, restaurant, bar, and glass-roofed atrium.

Day 4

Castojeriz to Itero de la Vega

Discover Europe’s earliest hominids at Atapuerca’s UNESCO World Heritage site before a delicious lunch of tapas. This afternoon, spy windmills on the far horizon as you walk Spain’s vast central plains between Castojeriz and Itero de la Vega.

Accommodation: Estrella del Bajo Carrión, Villoldo

Between the cities of Burgos and León, three sisters run the hotel founded by their father over 30 years ago. The modern and airy country house features balconied guest rooms and common areas with fresh flowers and unique architecture. In addition to the fine-dining restaurant, the hotel features a library, billiard and wine room, and a willow-shaded terrace for breakfast or drinks
al fresco.

Day 5

Villares de Orbigo to Astorga

Walk from Villares de Orbigo to Astorga, the Spanish birthplace of chocolate. Sip cocoa at the city’s most traditional café, then tour Astorga’s Roman ruins, cathedral, and Gaudí-designed bishop’s palace.

Accommodation: Hostería Camino, Luyego de Somoza (or Hotel Vía de la Plata, Astorga)

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 6

Las Herrerias to O’Cebreiro

Verdant pastures and ancient gray granite give the landscape a Celtic feel as you walk into Galicia. Today’s gentle ascent from Las Herrerias to O’Cebreiro features moss-covered stone walls, shade-giving chestnut trees, and vistas of Atlantic coastal forest.

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 simple 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 7

Sarria to Ferreiros

Enter the Camino’s home stretch, walking between Sarria and Ferreiros. After shuttling into Santiago de Compostela, your walking tour of the historic center culminates (should you choose and schedule permitting) with Mass at the city’s great cathedral—an electrifying experience marked by the sense of accomplishment of pilgrims arriving from around the globe.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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 8

A Costa da Morte

Discover the spectacular beaches and renowned Galician-style seafood of the Atlantic coast near Muxia, considered the true end of the trail by some pilgrims. Enjoy free time in Santiago before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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 Santiago de Compostela at your leisure.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Santiago de Compostela

After saying goodbye to your group in Santiago de Compostela, linger in the city for additional exploration and a post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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.

Departure

Adios! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Santiago de Compostela Airport based on your departure time. (Transfer time to be communicated locally by your tour guides.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Bilbao

2 nights from only $298*

  • Two nights at the Hotel NH Collection Ría de Bilbao*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two Breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Spain with an additional two nights in Bilbao. Witness the transformation of this industrial city with a distinguished maritime past, revitalized by the spectacular Museo Guggenheim at its center. Frank Gehry’s shimmering building, with its iconic, undulating stainless steel walls, is a destination unto itself, but don’t miss out on the city’s many other charming streets, churches, museums, and restaurants. Stroll the narrow streets of Casco Viejo, the city’s old quarter. Discover the gothic treasures of the Museo de Bellas Artes. Savor fine Basque cuisine or casual pintxos (tapas).

Single Supplement: $248*

Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

*For those traveling in 2017, the Bilbao Pre-tour extension is $248. Single Supplement is $198.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hotel NH Collection Ría de Bilbao in Bilbao and one night at the Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent) in Santiago de Compostela*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 9-day/8-night Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Bilbao
2 nights from only $298*

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Bilbao, Spain

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Bilbao, Spain

Upon arrival at Bilbao Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area and provides a complimentary small-group transfer to the Hotel Hesperia, approximately twenty minutes away. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel NH Collection Ría de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

With striking modern design and an ideal location on the banks of the Nervión River, facing the Guggenheim Bilbao, the hotel is an elegant four-star property in the heart of the city. Its La Ría Restaurant serves contemporary Basque fare, and you may find live flamenco music in its riverfront bar.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Spain: Classic Camino de Santigo Tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel Hesperia at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Join the Camino near Roncesvalles on the French-Spanish border, descending through beech forest, lush pasture, and sturdy Basque farmhouses to Bizcarreta. This evening, enjoy a celebratory dinner in Pamplona.

Accommodation: Pamplona Catedral Hotel, Pamplona

Located within the ancient walls of the city’s old town, this hotel is an ideal home base for travelers hoping to make the most of the first urban hub along the Way of St. James. This four-star property makes exceptional use of its former-convent building, with a restaurant housed in the onetime chapel and unique, contemporary rooms. Conveniently close to the Portal de Francia (where the Camino enters the city) and the Plaza del Castillo, it also boasts free high-speed Wi-Fi room service, and an excellent staff.

Day 2

Uterga to Cirauqui

Olive groves, vineyards, and golden-hued stone villages impart a Mediterranean warmth on today’s walk from Uterga to Cirauqui. Unwind this afternoon with a Rioja wine tasting at a classic local bodega.

Accommodation: Hotel Viura, Villabuena de Álava

Stunning modern architecture amidst a traditional Basque village describes this special hotel located in the heart of a small but beautiful Villabuena de Álava. The restaurant features first class service, creative and inspiring cuisine, and a host of local wines. The rooftop terrace offers expansive views of the surrounding hillside while rooms and public spaces stylishly combine contemporary architecture with luxurious comfort.

Day 3

Ermita de Valdefuentes to Agés

Depart the 12th-century Ermita de Valdefuentes under Saint James’ watchful gaze, walking towards Agés on the Atapuerca plains. This afternoon, tour Burgos and its 13th-century cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodation: Palacio de los Blasones, Burgos

A 16th-century mansion in the historical center of Burgos is steps away from the cathedral, museums, and main plaza square. Artful restoration combines original exposed stone, arches, and beams with striking contemporary design and décor in its reception lounge, restaurant, bar, and glass-roofed atrium.

Day 4

Castojeriz to Itero de la Vega

This morning discover Europe’s earliest hominids at Atapuerca—another UNESCO World Heritage site—before a delicious lunch of tapas. This afternoon, spy windmills on the far horizon as you walk Spain’s vast central plains between Castojeriz and Itero de la Vega.

Accommodation: Estrella del Bajo Carrión, Villoldo

Between the cities of Burgos and León, three sisters run the hotel founded by their father over 30 years ago. The modern and airy country house features balconied guest rooms and common areas with fresh flowers and unique architecture. In addition to the fine-dining restaurant, the hotel features a library, billiard and wine room, and a willow-shaded terrace for breakfast or drinks
al fresco.

Day 5

Villares de Orbigo to Astorga

Walk from Villares de Orbigo to Astorga, the Spanish birthplace of chocolate. Sip cocoa at the city’s most traditional cafe, then tour Astorga’s Roman ruins, cathedral, and Gaudi-designed bishop’s palace.

Accommodation: Hostería Camino, Luyego de Somoza (or Hotel Vía de la Plata, Astorga)

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 6

Las Herrerias to O’Cebreiro

Verdant pastures and ancient gray granite give the landscape a Celtic feel as you walk into Galicia. Today’s gentle ascent from Las Herrerias to O Cebreiro features moss-covered stone walls, shade-giving chestnut trees, and vistas of Atlantic coastal forest.

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 simple 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 7

Sarria to Ferreiros

Enter the Camino’s home stretch, walking between Sarria and Ferreiros. After shuttling into Santiago de Compostela, your walking tour of the historic center culminates with Mass at the city’s great cathedral—an electrifying experience marked by the sense of accomplishment of pilgrims arriving from around the globe.

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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 8

A Costa da Morte

Discover the spectacular beaches and renowned Galician-style seafood of the Atlantic coast near Muxia, considered the true end of the trail by some pilgrims. Enjoy free time in Santiago before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 9

Your Country Walkers Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago tour concludes

After saying goodbye to your group in Santiago de Compostela, linger in the city for additional exploration and a post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Altaïr Hotel (or equivalent), 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.

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Pre-Tour Extension: Bilbao

2 nights from only $298*

  • Two nights at the Hotel NH Collection Ría de Bilbao*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two Breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Spain with an additional two nights in Bilbao. Witness the transformation of this industrial city with a distinguished maritime past, revitalized by the spectacular Museo Guggenheim at its center. Frank Gehry’s shimmering building, with its iconic, undulating stainless steel walls, is a destination unto itself, but don’t miss out on the city’s many other charming streets, churches, museums, and restaurants. Stroll the narrow streets of Casco Viejo, the city’s old quarter. Discover the gothic treasures of the Museo de Bellas Artes. Savor fine Basque cuisine or casual pintxos (tapas).

Single Supplement: $248*

Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

*For those traveling in 2017, the Bilbao Pre-tour extension is $248. Single Supplement is $198.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hotel Hesperia in Bilbao and one night at the Altaïr Hotel in Santiago de Compostela*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 9-day/8-night Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Costa Brava Walking Tour Guide
Xabier Etxarri

Xabier Etxarri, or Xabi as he’s known (pronounced ‘shabby’), hails from Navarra, in the Basque Country and is a true Renaissance man. Originally a science teacher and physicist with a specialization in astrophysics, he decided to leave it all behind and travel to southern Chile where he unlocked his passion for poetry, writing over 14 volumes since! He soon became a fully-licensed trekking guide with a particular interest in nature and the natural sciences. His passion for the mountains of his native Pyrenees remains undiminished and he now splits his time between Patagonia and Spain. What Xabi brings to this journey is an intimate knowledge of the Basque lands, Riojan wines, and the flora of northern Spain.

Country Walkers Walking Tour Guide Diego Martin
Diego Martin

Born and raised in Madrid, Diego Martin spends much of his year in the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains of northern Spain, as his heart is never far from nature. Studying geography and geology at university before journeying to South America, he eventually returned to Spain in order to start a family in his beloved Picos. Working with a local organization dedicated to re-introducing the bearded vulture into the Picos, Diego has worked closely with rural communities helping them preserve their traditional lifestyles. He has also found time to set up a small organic farm—a city boy turned country! Diego’s brings his easy going charm and encyclopedic cultural knowledge to this journey across northern Spain.

Camino Guide Curtis Williams
Curtis Williams

A former secondary school teacher hailing from the United States, Curtis Williams has made his home in Pamplona since 1998. His love affair with Spain first developed in the mid-90s during his first journey along the Camino de Santiago. Fascinated by the rich cultural mosaic he encountered in the different regions of northern Spain along the way, he decided to return to Spain once he had completed his pilgrimage, in order to work on a Master’s Degree in Spanish and Spanish Literature. For over thirty years, Curtis worked as a language teacher in schools as well as for national and multinational companies before deciding to make his dream of traveling and working in the outdoors come true! In addition to guiding, Curtis enjoys cycling in the mountains of northern Navarre, reading about Spanish and European history, and performing with friends as a member of a local folk-rock band.

Costa Brava Walking Guide Jaime Lahoz
Jaime Lahoz

Born in Madrid, Jaime Lahoz went from working in the cabin crew for Iberia Airlines to beginning a new life as a ski instructor and mountain guide in the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa Mountains of his native Spain. In 2004, his passion for photography turned into his profession, working his way from freelancer to staff photographer to editor of Snowplanet. Searching for subjects to shoot, he has traveled extensively throughout Canada and the United States, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, France and, of course, Spain! Jaime was awarded Best Snow Photographer of the Year in 2014 and just recently he began working as a filmmaker. Jaime enjoys photography, outdoor adventure and playing the guitar.

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