Duration:

16 Days / 15 Nights

Distance:

235 km / 146 mi

Difficulty:

Medium / High

Start / End

Pamplona - Santiago

2017:
3590 €

Single room supplement: +650€

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Camino Highlights: A selection of the best stages of the French Way.

Travel through Spain’s history along diverse landscapes such as the Pyrenees and pine forests in Navarra, the sweet smelling vineyards in La Rioja and the wide plains in Castilla until we reach Galicia with its majestic mountains and tranquil oak and chestnut forests. Our Camino Plus begins in the town of Roncesvalles on the border with France and includes a selection of the 13 most beautiful and significant stages of the French Way in Spain. Using our private support vehicle to take us from one stage to the other, you will get a taste of different landscapes, cultures and food all along the French Way. This Camino includes walking the last and most important 100 kilometres from Sarria to Santiago so you can obtain the Compostela Certificate.

Meals

All breakfasts and 11 dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine.
We excluded 4 dinners when we stay in main cities (Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León) which offer a large variety of dinner options. This way you have the freedom to stroll through the city and discover it on your own. Our guides will always be around and can give all the recommendations you need. Most lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the day and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.
Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you the best possible experience.
We will stay in charming hotels in bigger cities and typical Galician manors as we enter rural Galicia. The manors are usually in rural areas, that used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen. They form part of the cultural experience. Usually they are located in privileged areas surrounded with green, peaceful scenery. All our accommodations have a private en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.

Walking

You walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.

Don’t worry about getting lost. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle or be taken back to the hotel. After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and have a much-deserved rest.

Before and After

Before: We meet in the city of Pamplona on the first day. You can arrive a few days before the tour to enjoy the city if you’d like. It takes about three hours on the high-speed train from Madrid, where most international flights land. You can check timetables and prices online. The ticket can be bought directly online, or at the station if you come 45 minutes before the departure time, We can make the reservations for you at your request. There are also short flights to Pamplona from Spain’s main cities, like Madrid and Barcelona.

After: Our tour ends in Santiago de Compostela on the last day at around 1:00 pm. Transportation back to Madrid is NOT included.
We offer optional add-on activities once it is finished like a one-day trip to Finisterre, culinary activities in Santiago, and tour through Celtic Galicia (A Coruña). You can join one of our activities, stay in Santiago on your own, or leave on the last day of the tour. We recommend flying from Santiago to Madrid, which is the best and easiest option. There are plenty of flights throughout the day, and the flight has a duration of one hour. You can book online or through your travel agency.

Extra hotel reservations: If you would like to stay in Pamplona, Madrid or Santiago for a few days before the tour, we’d be happy to send you a list of hotels we work with and assist you with the reservations.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • Sep 09 - Sep 24, 17
  • Oct 13 - Oct 28, 17
  • May 23 - Jun 07, 18
  • Sep 13 - Sep 28, 18
  • Oct 09 - Oct 24, 18

Our Camino Plus includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • 11 Dinners
  • Private guided visits in Pamplona, Burgos, León and Santiago

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at Pamplona station
Visit to St. Jean

We meet at 11:30 am in Pamplona at the main train station to drive to the French town of St. Jean Pied de Port. This town is quite lovely and historic. Here we can get our first stamp in our Pilgrim's passport! We will then drive to Roncesvalles for our welcome. If you wish, you can attend the beautiful Pilgrims’ mass before our welcome dinner.

We will spend the night in Roncesvalles

Day 2

Roncesvalles - Alto de Erro
18 km / 11.1 mi

Today we discover the beautiful Pyrenean Navarra walking through lovely towns and villages along the way. We will see many staples of the Camino including the Pilgrim's Cross which will mark the start of this great adventure, We will also see huge stones called "Pasos de Roldán" or Roldan's footprints, and the spectacular views of the Erro valley that we can enjoy from the top of "Alto de Erro".
On our way to the hotel in Pamplona we'll stop by the famous "Puente de la Rabia" in Zubirí.

Night in Pamplona, Navarra

Day 3

Cizur Menor - Santa Maria de Eunate
15 km / 9.3 mi

We will travel to the town of Cizur Menor where our exciting second stage begins. We will walk through the village of Zariquiegi, where the marvelous Romanesque church of San Andrés stands out. We will also visit Muruzabal and another Romanesque church, Santa Maria de Eunate, which marks the end of today's stage. Our day finishes with a visit to the beautiful town of Puente la Reina and its stunning Romanesque bridge.

We will sleep in Logroño, La Rioja

Day 4

Nájera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada
22 km / 13.6 mi

In the morning we will drive to the historic town of Nájera. We will be able to see the incredible change from what is called "Rioja media" with its beautiful vineyards to the "Rioja alta" where the vines give way to never-ending fields of grain. We will find the stunning town of Azofra then continue on until we reach Santo Domingo de la Calzada. This town owes its existence to the Camino and its impressive Cathedral is a clear example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture.

Night in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Day 5

Villafranca Montes de Oca - Ages
16 km / 9.9 mi

Today's stage will take us through forest paths to important towns like Ages, an impressive example of Castilian architecture on the Camino, and the village of San Juan de Ortega. We will then drive to the majestic city of Burgos where we shall take part in a private guided tour of the city that will reveal the many masterpieces of Gothic art and architecture that adorn the city including its magnificent Cathedral.

We will spend the night in Burgos.

Day 6

Ruina de San Antón - Itero de la Vega
14.5 km / 9 mi

We begin in the ruins of what used to be the convent of San Antón, with its two pointed arches still towering above the ruins. Then we will pass by Castrojeriz, which played a vital role in Castilla's history and houses more than half a dozen cultural interest sites among which the Colegiata de Santa Maria del Manzano from the 14th century and the Santo Domingo parish church from the 16th century stand out. From here we continue our walk until we arrive in Itero de la Vega, finishing point for today.

Night in León

Day 7

Rest Day
Walking city visit

In the morning we will enjoy a private tour of León and its awe-inspiring Cathedral. Then we will visit the legendary town of Hospital de Órbigo where we will cross the "Passo Honroso" bridge, one of the longest bridges on the Camino. We will then drive to Astorga where two of the most important Camino de Santiago routes meet, the French Way and the famous "Vía de la plata". We will enjoy the rest of the afternoon at our leisure, being sure not to miss the Cathedral and Gaudi's Episcopalian Palace.

Night in Astorga

Day 8

Rabanal del Camino - El Acebo
16.8 km / 10.4 mi

We leave the region of León to venture into the region of El Bierzo. We begin in Foncebadón reaching "La Cruz de Ferro" or the Iron Cross one of the most spiritual sites on the Camino. We will then continue until we get to the world-famous Pilgrim's Hospital in Manjarín. Heading downhill we will reach the end point for today, the town of "El Acebo" with its beautiful Bercian architecture. We head to Molinaseca and one of the most picturesque Romanesque-style bridges on the Camino.

Night in Molinaseca

Day 9

A Faba - Alto do Poio
14.6 km / 9 mi

Today, we walk through the town of O’ Cebreiro. This town marks the beginning of the Camino in Galicia and one of it's highest points at 1300 meters above sea level. We will see 'Las Pallozas,’ Celtic buildings constructed of stone and hay. Then, we will hear the legend of the "Miracle of O'Cebreiro" at the Benedictine Church of this town, where the legend took place. At that point we go to "Alto do Poio" and stop right before the steep downhill path that leads to the town of Triacastela.

We will sleep in Sarria

Day 10

Sarria (Barbadelo) - Portomarín 

18.7 km / 11.6 mi

We will come across many little villages and towns of which the most interesting are Sarria, Barbadelo, Ferreiros and Portomarín. We will see the lovely the convent of "La Magdalena” originally founded as a Pilgrim's hospital in the 13th century. Other interesting places on our way include the church of "Santiago de Barbadelo" with its impressive architecture, the Romanesque portico at the church of Ferreiros and we will reach the legendary 100 km marker!

We will sleep in Sarria

Day 11

Portomarín - Palas de Rei
24.3 km / 15 mi

Today's journey will take us through the small villages of Portomarín, Ligonde and Vilacha. We have the opportunity to see the wonderful view of the Miño river valley right outside the town of Vilachá. We will see the church of St. Nicholas and the famous Romanesque façade of San Pedro's church in Portomarín as well as the church of "Vilar de Donas", one of the best examples of Romanesque art associated with the Camino.

We will sleep in the town of Palas de Rei

Day 12

Palas de Rei - Boente
20.7 km / 12.9 mi

What a great day Pilgrims! We will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña via an ancient Roman road. Ready for the true jewels of the Camino? Once we get to La Coruña we will see the church of "La virgen de las nieves" at Furelos, the Romanesque portico of San Tirso's church in the lovely village of Palas de Rei. We will see two important and beautiful churches: Sancti Spiritus and Santa Maria de Melide in Melide.

We will spend the night in Arzúa

Day 13

Boente - Salceda
19.5 km / 12.1 mi

Today's walk will take us through the lovely towns of Arzúa and Castañeda, both very closely linked to the Camino's history. In Arzúa we can see the beautiful and gothic chapel of "La Magdalena". This church was founded in the 14th century. We can also enjoy some of Arzúa's delicious cheese which was given Denomination of Origin.

Night in Arzúa

Day 14

Salceda - Monte do Gozo
22.9 km / 14.2 mi

Today's schedule includes: Salceda, A Brea, Santa Irene and A Rua until we finally reach the lovely town of Lavacolla, in ancient times, Lavacolla was the place where the purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago was performed.

We will sleep in Lavacolla

Day 15

Monte do Gozo - Santiago de Compostela
4.8 km / 2.9 mi

How exciting! We are reaching our final destination: Santiago's Cathedral. We are scheduled to arrive in Santiago before 12:00 pm, this will give you plenty of time in case you wish to attend the pilgrim’s mass and/or perform any pilgrim rituals like hugging the Apostle Santiago. In the evening, we will have a wonderful farewell surprise accompanied by a delicious dinner to celebrate our arrival.

Night in Santiago de Compostela

Day 16

Day in Santiago
Walking city tour

In the morning we will enjoy a guided visit through Santiago. You will get to learn a lot about the old city, their culture and history. Expect to see its main monuments, squares and streets. During the visit we will also enter the Cathedral, where we will explain its traditions, amazing history and evolution. We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cathedral's roof to enjoy the most spectacular view of the city. We will finish the tour at about 1 pm.

OPTIONAL

Full-day Trip to Finisterre
Not Included in Price

You will need to extend your stay in Santiago by one or two nights to join this trip.
You meet your local guide in Santiago and, in our private van, head towards Muros, one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Spain, making a short stop in Alto de Paxareiras until we reach Ézaro & head to the famous Finisterre lighthouse. After breaking for lunch in Finisterre, we will drive back to Santiago.

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