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£1995

Spanish Ways

This multi-faceted tour of northwest Spain takes in four autonomous regions, beginning in the Basque Country, visiting the renowned La Rioja wine region, and walking the pilgrim paths of Castilla y León and Galicia, on a route from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela

During the Middle Ages, the Camino de Santiago, or ‘Way of St. James’, was among the most revered religious routes in Europe. Today, it is the only UNESCO protected route in the world. This tour takes the Camino (ways) through four formerly independent kingdoms, each with its own culture, customs and cuisine.

Covering varied and vividly scenic landscapes, visiting famous vineyards, medieval towns and splendid cities, and following the pilgrims’ progress on foot as we walk selected sections of the route; the tour takes us from the bridges, beaux-arts façades, and iconic Guggenheim Museum of Basque Bilbao to the La Rioja region, where hundreds of wineries fill the sheltered miles below the Cantabrian Mountains, and culture comes in the old-world streets of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

Crossing Castile-León, we begin in Burgos, the kingdom’s capital for 500 years, its old town area flanked by monasteries. León is fabulously photogenic, its basilica built into ancient city walls; and Ponferrada punctuates the pilgrim route with its Templar Castle. In Galicia, Santiago de Compostela marks the end of the Way of St. James with ravishing buildings of mellowed stone surrounding the cathedral, which holds the apostle’s tomb.

Overview

  • Bilbao  - 2 nights
  • Burgos  - 2 nights
  • León  - 1 night
  • Molinaseca  - 1 night
  • Santiago de Compostela  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • French’ route
  • Enjoy Bilbao’s architecture
  • UNESCO Site: Burgos Cathedral
  • La Rioja vineyards & tasting
  • Medieval Astorga
  • UNESCO: Santiago de Compostela

This multi-faceted tour of northwest Spain takes in four autonomous regions, beginning in the Basque Country, visiting the renowned La Rioja wine region, and walking the pilgrim paths of Castilla y León and Galicia, on a route from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela

Notes:

Walks on Days 3, 4, 5 & 7 are not compulsory but do involve some uneven surfaces and walking of up to 90 minutes.

Accommodation

Hotel Conde Duque - Bilbao

A 3-star hotel located down town, just a short walk from the Cathedral and Guggeheim museuem. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free). 65 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.

Hotel Corona de Castilla - Burgos

A 4-star hotel located near to the Cathedral and archaeological museum. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free). 87 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Rice Reyes Catolicos - Burgos

A 4-star hotel within walking distance of the historical centre of Burgos. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms.

Meliá Hotel - León

A pleasant and modern 4-star hotel in the centre of León with restaurant, snack bar, gym and WiFi (free). 127 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

No-Mad Green Hotel - Molinaseca

A rural-style 4-star hotel in Molinaseca village with restaurant, bar, garden and WiFi (free). 22 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV.

Hotel Gelmirez – Santiago de Compostela

A 3-star hotel, 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral. Gym and WiFi (free). 132 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Vueling from Gatwick (Sep - easyJet from Santiago de Compostela)

September
September 10 (Tuesday)
  • 3 Places Remaining
Price Includes:

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.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep 10
  • £385
  • 2025: Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
  • £375
Tour Only
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  • £200
  • Arrival transfer
  • £46
  • Departure transfer
  • £24

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