Explore Northern Spain with selected walks on the famous pilgrim route ‘Camino de Santiago’
Bilbao - 2 nights
Burgos - 2 nights
León - 1 night
Ponferrada - 1 night
Santiago de Compostela - 2 nights
Follow off-the-beaten-track ‘caminos’ (ways) through four distinct autonomous regions of northern Spain; the Basque Country, the prestigious wine area of La Rioja, Castilla y León and verdant Galicia, all previously independent kingdoms, with distinct cultural backgrounds still evident in their various languages, traditions and gastronomy.
The Camino de Santiago was one of the most important religious and cultural routes in Europe during the Middle Ages and now the only route in the world designated as UNESCO. The Pilgrim Road should not only be associated with the religious origins of the pilgrimage, it covers a breathtaking range of spectacular and varied landscapes contrasted with bustling towns and cities. Along the ‘way’ churches, monasteries and accommodation were built in distinctive Romanesque style as support for the thousands of pilgrims who made their way from around Europe on the lengthy journey to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, where this tour culminates.
Other architectural styles to witness include Gothic, Renaissance and Art Nouveau, rounded off with the striking modern Guggenheim Museum, now the emblematic building of the city of Bilbao which opened in 1997, the beginning of a radical change in the face of this great Basque city.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 10 – 22
Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Bilbao. Two nights at 4-star Hotel Ercilla or similar in Bilbao.
Day 2 Visit the Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao walking tour passing the University of Deusto and Zubizuri Bridge. (B, D)
Day 3 Travel to La Rioja for a wine tour and tasting. Continue to Santo Domingo de la Calzada with time at leisure. Walk on a section of the Pilgrim Road (approx. 6km). Continue to Burgos for two nights at the 4-star Corona de Castilla Hotel. (B)
Day 4 Burgos city tour including the cathedral. Afternoon at leisure or take a walk (approx. 3km) along the river front, ending with a Carthusian Monastery. (B)
Day 5 Scenic walk (approx. 3km) along the Pilgrim route. Continue to León for a walking tour. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Tryp León or similar. (B)
Day 6 Visit Astorga and Monte Irago. Continue to Ponferrada for overnight at the Hotel Temple Ponferrada. (B, D)
Day 7 Travel to Galicia and visit O Cebreiro. Walk the final stretch of the Pilgrim route (approx. 4km). Continue to Santiago de Compostela for two nights at the 3-star Hotel Gelmirez or similar. (B)
Day 8 City tour including the Plaza del Obradoiro where the pilgrim route ends. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
Day 9 Return flight from Santiago de Compostela. (B)
Walks on Days 3, 4, 5 & 7 are not compulsory but do involve some uneven surfaces and walking of up to 90 minutes.
A centrally located 4-star hotel, 10 minute walk from Guggenheim Museum. Restaurant, bar, gym, WiFi (free). 325 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel located near to the Cathedral and archaeological museum. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free). 87 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel centrally located next to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free). 127 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel located next to the Temple Park, with restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 111 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Located a 10 minute walk from the Cathedral, a pleasant 3-star hotel with gym and WiFi (free). 132 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
easyJet from Santiago de Compostela
Supplements per person
Single supplement £325
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £15
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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