St. Jean Pied de Port & Roncesvalles
Night in Roncesvalles
We meet at 11:30 am at Pamplona's train station to drive in our private vehicle to the town of St. Jean Pied de Port in France to explore its ancient streets & witness to the passing of Pilgrims throughout history. After lunch, we will make our way to Roncesvalles following the famous Napoleon Route. This route covers a large part of the legendary first stage of the French Way of the Camino, which connects St. Jean and Roncesvalles. Stunning views of the Pyrenees await us & stops along the way to visit the legendary Virgin of Biakorri & the Cross of Thibault, located at around 1220 meters above sea level.
Zubiri and Pamplona
Night in Pamplona
Brief walk around Roncesvalles to visit its most important sites and to take a picture at the famous 790 km sign. We drive along the Pyrenees until we reach the town of Zubiri where we will visit the famous Puente de la Rabia (Bridge of Rabies) featured in the movie "The Way", to learn about the legend surrounding it. On to Pamplona, we enjoy a traditional meal of pintxos & tapas and a guided visit to see many of Pamplona’s sites as well as many of the places seen in the movie "The Way" accompanied by an expert local guide.
our Lady of Eunate & Puente de la Reina
Night in Logroño
We visit Zariquiegui's beautiful church and climb to the famous "Alto del Perdón" at the peak of which we can see one of the most famous Pilgrim monuments on the Camino and where we will discover the legend of the "Fountain of Reniega". Our next stop will be the Hermitage of our Lady of Eunate, one of the Camino's most magical places to learn about its history and legends before arriving in Puente la Reina, town in which the Aragonese and French Ways meet and as the Pilgrim saying goes, "All roads become one". We will visit this beautiful town, which houses the Church of the Crucifix with it's beautiful carving of the image of Christ and The Church of Santiago with it's wonderful image of Santiago the Pilgrim called "The Black Santiago". We will also enjoy a nice walk across the most noteworthy bridge on the Camino "El Puente de la Reina" or Queen's bridge, which was built in the 11th century and where we will learn about the legend of the Virgin of Txori. This bridge is the symbol for A.P.O.C association (American Pilgrims On the Camino). We head to Estella and beautiful royal palace, the church of San Pedro da Rua and also its famous wine fountain. We enjoy a guided visit and then before arriving in Logroño, today's final destination, we make a brief stop in the town of Los Arcos to visit what is probably one of the most famous churches on the Camino "Santa María de los Arcos."
Marqués de Riscal Vinyard
Night in the Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
We experience the wine culture of the Rioja Region and the winemaking process by visiting the legendary wine cellars of the Marqués de Riscal winery and its beautiful, Frank Gehry designed hotel with a delicious lunch at the hotel and a private wine tasting at the winery. After lunch we will set off to visit another of the Camino's most important places, the town of Nájera. We will learn about the epic battle between Rolando and Ferragut, which appears in the Codex Calixtinus. We will go to the Sanctuary of Santa María la Real de Nájera which houses a magnificent cloister, the legendary cave where the Virgin Mary appeared and the Royal Pantheon for the old kingdom of Nájera-Pamplona.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Night in Burgos
We enjoy a guided visit of Burgos and then visit the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the Sanctuary of San Juan de Ortega, another of the Camino's most significant sites which houses the tomb of the Holy Disciple of Saint Domingo, builder of bridges and roads for the Pilgrims. We will be awed by the Capital of the Annunciation, one of the most beautiful examples of the Spanish Romanesque style, and we will also learn about the famous miracle of light that happens here during the summer and winter solstices.
Hospital del Rey & Castrojeriz
Night in the Parador de León
Upon leaving Burgos we will make a stop next to Hospital del Rey, an ancient Pilgrim's Hospital that in time became a University. We visit the Chapel of San Amaro, which is very important for its miracles and also for being a Pilgrim cemetery. We will visit the ruins of San Antón to learn about the history of this unique place and of how the Antonian Monks cured Pilgrims of an illness known as "Saint Anton's Fire." We will continue on to Castrojeriz on Spain's central plateau to visit the church of "Nuestra Señora del Manzano". We climb to the peak of the "Alto de Mostelares" to marvel at its panoramic view. Passing by beautiful medieval bridges like Puente Fitero, places like Boadilla del Camino and its famous Justice Scroll, we will arrive to the town of Frómista where we will visit the Church of San Martín and its wonderful capitals, another beautiful example of the Romanesque style. We will then stop at Villalcazar de Sirga, to visit its impressive church. Here we will learn about many of the legends that make this a truly special place for Pilgrims, among which the most important are the story of the Cantigas of Alfonso X and the legend of the 100 damsels. We will enjoy a lunch at a very special place with an authentic Pilgrim and Castillian atmosphere. In the afternoon we will make a brief stop in Carrión de los Condes and then proceed on to León.
Puente de Órbigo & Astorga
Night in Molinaseca
After our guided visit of León, we will continue on to the visit Europe's longest medieval bridge in the town of Puente de Órbigo. This bridge has 17 arches and Pilgrims have been crossing it for over a thousand years. Here we will learn about the legend of Don Suero de Quiñones and the Paso Honroso. We will then visit the city of Astorga where we will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local products from the region of El Bierzo. In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Iron Cross and then proceed on to one of the most beautiful towns of the Camino where we will spend the night: Molinaseca.
Ponferrada & O'Cebreiro
Night in Lugo
After breakfast we will travel to the city of Ponferrada to visit its Templar Castle, the church of "Nuestra Señora del Manzano" and the Plaza Mayor. After the visit we will drive to O'Cebreiro, the town that marks the start of the Camino in Galicia and which is situated on one of the highest points of the Camino at approximately 1300 meters above sea level. Here we can see the famous "Pallozas" which are structures built from stone and hay which have Celtic origins. We continue our journey to the town of Samos to visit the Chapel of the Cypress.
Lugo & Melide
Night in Palas de Rei
We will start the day by visiting the beautiful city of Lugo. We will then continue on to the town of Portomarín to visit the Church of Saint Nicholas. We will continue our journey to visit the church of Vilar de Donas, which has very close ties to the Camino as it was owned by the "Guardians of the Camino" the famous Order of the Knights of Santiago. The church was declared a national monument in 1931. We will continue our journey until we reach the town of Melide, where we will stop for an octopus lunch at one of this town's many "Pulperias" (Restaurants specializing in octopus). This town is known for having the best octopus in all of Galicia. In the afternoon we will participate in an artisanal cheese-making workshop, where we will use traditional and ecological products to make an authentic Galician cheese. We will then get to taste the fruit of our labor by trying the cheese we made with our own hands.
Monte do Gozo & Santiago
Night in Parador de Santiago
After breakfast we will travel to Monte do Gozo to enjoy a marvelous panoramic view of Santiago and where for the first time we will be able to see our final destination: The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. We will arrive to the Cathedral on foot in the morning and we will have the rest of the morning free to explore this beautiful city. In the afternoon we will have a guided visit of the city and we will attend the Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral where we will be able to perform traditional Pilgrim rituals like hugging the statue of the Apostle. In the evening we will enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by a wonderful surprise to celebrate our arrival.
Night in Parador de Santiago
We will visit Finisterre (End of the Earth), and the Non Plus Ultra gate place believed to be the end of the world in ancient times. This is considered to be continental Europe's westernmost point. Pilgrims will end their journey across Spain at Finisterre's famous lighthouse. After finishing the visit and having a well deserved rest, we will enjoy a very original wine tasting with a theme based on the Codex Calixtinus and the poet Rosalía de Castro, because, as the saying goes "Con pan y vino se hace el Camino" or "The Camino is done with the help of wine and bread "
Guided visit in Santiago
Tour ends at about 1 pm
In the morning we offer a guided visit through Santiago for our group. The focus of the guided visit will be on the old city, where we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its main monuments, squares and streets. During the visit we will enter the Cathedral where, in addition to its history and evolution, well-known traditions will be explained. We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cathedral's roof to enjoy the most spectacular view of the city. Your Camino through life begins!