Day 1 Bilbao
Make your own way to our first hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you at your hotel for your welcome meeting that evening.
Day 2 Puente la Reina - LaguardiaWalk 6km - 3.73 miles – 2 hours
Today, we'll head to medieval Puente La Reina, the meeting point of the Jaca Pilgrim Road and the French Way. We can admire the 12th century church of Santa María de Eunate in the vicinity, before beginning our walk along the Camino de Santiago. Passing though vineyards and rural countryside until we reach Puente La Reina, where lunch is included. Our tour then takes us by minibus to the 'wine fountain' at the Monastery of Irache, and onto the La Rioja wine region for a wine tasting in in one of the reknowned bodegas, before arriving to our hotel in Laguardia. Meals included: B,L
Day 3 Laguardia - BurgosWalk 5.5km - 3.4 miles – 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. Then we drive to Najera and start todays walk taking us through more vineyards of La Rioja. 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. Meals included: B,D
Day 4 Burgos - AstorgaWalk 6km - 3.73 miles – 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 before then driving on to León, where a walking tour is included to explore the old town and cathedral (aprox. 2 hrs). Our hotel tonight is in Astorga. Meals included: B,D
Day 5 AstorgaWalk 5km - 3.4 miles – 90 minutes
This morning we'll admire the Gaudi Palace and Bishop's Palace of Astorga. Then we'll drive to Castrillo de los Polvazares, a wonderful medieval village kept in a time capsule. After a short visit we will drive to the highlands of the Bierzo region, where we'll start our walk at la Cruz de Ferro, the famous landmark 'Iron Cross'. After a traditional lunch in Molinaseca, we'll drive to the Templer Castle in Ponferrada before returning to our hotel in Astorga . Meals included: B,L
Day 6 Astorga - Santiago de Compostela
Walk 6km - 3.73 miles – 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 to Lavacolla, a place some 6 miles before Santiago where pilgrims in the past would change into their best cloth, for the final stage of their pilgrimage. We walk from here 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. From here we will drive to our hotel, our base for the next 2 evenings.
Day 7 Santiago de Compostela
Walk 2km - 1.24 miles – 30 minutes
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 mass.
This evening, we will gather as a group and head to a traditional Galician restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 Departure
Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end.Meals included: B
Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us. Please be advised, this tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Any walk can be avoided by following the group on the coach. There will be plenty of rest stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Sturdy shoes are essential.