Walking the Camino de Santiago

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8 Days from $2,399

Sep 2019 - Oct 2020 Departures

​Ancient churches, Gaudi-designed architecture and Rioja vineyards. Discover all of this and more on a series of walks which take you to charming towns and cities located on the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

Overview

What's included

• Just You Tour Manager as your host

• 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels

• 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

PLUS…

• Specialist Local Guide

• Welcome drink

• Porterage

• Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • ​Walk through vineyards & villages in Spain’s Basque country 
  • Winery visit & tasting
  • Visit medieval Navarrete
  • Stop at Santo Domingo de la Calzada
  • Walk through the Campos de Castilla area
  • Visit Astorga’s cathedral
  • Walk through the highlands of northern Spain
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch in the pretty village of Molinaseca
  • Visit Ponferrada’s Knights Templar Castle
  • Explore the Celtic town of O Cebreiro
  • Walk from the Mount of Joy to Santiago de Compostela
  • Pick a seashell at Fisterra – the symbol of the pilgrim

Optional excursions

  • ​Tour of Burgos
  • Discover medieval Leon
  • Tour of Santiago de Compostela​

Itinerary

Join your fellow travellers at your hotel.

​Walk 5.2km – 90 minutes 

El Camino de Santiago was the most important religious and cultural route in Europe in the Middles Ages. During this tour we'll follow parts of its path, taken by pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St James. We'll even receive a Pilgrim Route Passport, which will be stamped en route.

Today we'll head to medieval Puente La Reina, the meeting point of the Jaca Pilgrim Road and the French Way. We'll pause to admire the 12th century church of Santa María de Eunate before beginning our walk along the Camino de Santiago. We'll pass though vineyards and charming villages until we reach the village of Lorca, where lunch is included. Our walk then takes us via the Monastery of Irache to the La Rioja wine region, before heading to Haro.  Later we will head to a winery for a visit and to sample Spain's most famous wine. ​

Walk 5km – 90 minutes

Our first stop today is at Navarrete, a town built in the 12th century by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, which offers wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Our walk today takes us through more vineyards of La Rioja, from the royal town of Nájera, divided by the River Najerilla. We'll continue by road to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, an important stopping point for pilgrims. On arrival in Burgos, where we stay tonight, you can join an optional guided tour. Highlights include its cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture.

​Walk 5km – 90 minutes

After breakfast we'll embark on today's walk, which takes us to the Campos de Castilla area, known as the 'breadbasket' of Spain due to its cereal production. The canal we'll follow was built for transportation of this commodity and a highlight will be its locks, which allow for a 14-metre drop in terrain. In the town of Frómista we'll have free time for lunch and the chance to admire the Church of San Martín, a Romanesque architectural gem. 

This evening we'll stay in León, where an optional tour will introduce us to its impressive cathedral and the Casa de los Botines, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.​

​Walk 6km – 2 hours

Today we reach the town of Astorga, where we'll admire its cathedral and Bishop's Palace, another design by Gaudi, before passing the traditional village of Castrillo de los Polvazares with its stone-built houses. 

Our walk takes us to northern Spain's highlands, where we'll stop at la Cruz de Fierro, where pilgrims would leave behind a stone or memento – a symbol of casting aside a burden. After a traditional lunch in the pretty village of Molinaseca we'll drive to Ponferrada, where we stay tonight. Highlights of our tour here are the Knights Templar Castle and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Encina.

​Walk 5km – 90 minutes 

We'll reach our goal of Santiago de Compostela today. First we'll make a stop at the Celtic town of O Cebreiro. One of the most picturesque villages on the Way of St James, we'll pause to admire its pre-Romanesque church and round stone houses. There's time for lunch in the riverside town of Portomarín – whose historic buildings were rescued stone by stone when it flooded, and moved to allow for a dam to be built on the Miño River. 

We'll then drive to Monte de Gozo, or the Mount of Joy, which is the first point at which pilgrims can view Santiago de Compostela after their long journey. Our final walk takes us into Plaza del Obradoiro, in the centre of the city​.

​Walk 3km – 2 hours 

This morning we'll head to Fisterra, a historic fishing port where pilgrims would bathe in the sea to purify their souls and collect a scallop shell – the symbol of pilgrims. On a short stroll around the lighthouse here, see if you can collect a shell to take home as a wonderful souvenir of your trip.

This afternoon why not join our optional guided tour of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, with its porticoed streets lined by granite architecture. We'll also visit the local market and we will have the opportunity to attend the pilgrim's mass, when if we are lucky, we may see the "botafumeiro" a giant incense burner, as it swings through the entire lenght of the famous cathedral.​

This evening we will gather as a group and head to a traditional Galician restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Spain - Burgos

Spain - Burgos

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Explore the city of Burgos. A local guide will introduce you to some of the city’s highlights. During the tour you’ll see the beautiful gate of Santa Maria, stroll along Espolon promenade and visit the extraordinary gothic cathedral - one of Spain’s glittering jewels of religious architecture which was declared part of the World Patrimony by the UNESCO in 1984. Included in your tour is a stop at a bar close the cathedral for a local drink such as Ribera del Duero wine, San Miguel beer or Burgos yolk liquor from Casajús.

Evening excursion – moderate walking - cultural

Spain - Leon

Spain - Leon

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Discover the wonderful city of León in the company of a local guide. You’ll begin with a panoramic tour taking in sights such as the Convent of San Marcos - one of the masterpieces of the Spanish Renaissance and the new district where MUSAC, Contemporary Art Museum in Castile and Leon, is situated. See the Roman walls of León as you head towards the historic centre where you will begin your walking tour. During the walking tour you’ll see the Casa de los Botines which was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi and visit the impressive cathedral which has beautiful stained glass windows for you to admire.

Evening excursion – moderate walking – historical interest

Spain - Santiago de Compostela

Spain - Santiago de Compostela

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In the company of a local guide, explore Santiago de Compostela – Galicia’s most famous city and a World Heritage Site. The city is named after the apostle Saint James whose relics are kept in its Romanesque cathedral.

This famous pilgrimage destination constitutes an extraordinary ensemble of monuments. The squares and narrow streets of the Old Town contain Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical buildings. This is not only a harmonious and very well preserved historical town, but also a vibrant city teeming with pilgrims.

During the tour you will visit Alameda Park that stands out due to the variety and size of its trees and also because of its privileged location and the magnificent view of the old town.

You’ll also walk along the narrow streets of the Old Town, admire the beautiful squares that surround the cathedral and visit the city’s local market. Make a stop in the Parador of Santiago for a drink and short visit inside.

Your tour ends just before the pilgrim’s mass, when if we are lucky, we may see the ‘botafumeiro’ – a giant incense burner – as it swings through the entire length of the famous cathedral.

Afternoon excursion – moderate walking – not to be missed

Accommodation

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The Rice Bulevar is a 3- star hotel that enjoys a central location in the San Augustin district in Burgos. The hotel provides views of the cathedral and Burgos city, and is perfect for those exploring the Way of St James. The hotel has an onsite restaurant and coffee shop. Guest bedrooms are are modern and fuctional with high celings, sound proof and bright. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, air conditioning and heating.
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