Ancient Trails and Paradors of Northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago

Experience the Pilgrim’s Way

We’ve taken our legendary itinerary design to one of the most iconic pilgrimages of the world, El Camino de Santiago.

  • We have handcrafted a journey that in just 9 days brings you to the best of the landscapes and villages, skipping areas that parallel highways or developed areas.
  • Our expert Trip Leaders share phenomenal knowledge of the culture and history of the region and bring El Camino and its traditions to life.
  • Hike as much or little as you want. Our support van is available several times a day to provide refreshments or to give you a lift.
  • You’ll be welcomed each night in our carefully selected hotels and paradors, including two nights at the extraordinary Parador Dos Reis Catolicos. No barebones hostels, we want you to rest in comfort as you make this historic pilgrimage!
  • We bring you all the way to legendary Finisterre, with a grand finale at “the end of the earth,” mythical Kilometer 0 on the pilgrim trail.

Overview

Be part of a thousand-year-old pilgrimage—the Way of St. James—through some of Spain’s loveliest landscapes. We’ve selected the most evocative portions for our journey, which brings us from the ancient kingdom of Castile to mystical Galicia, a hidden corner of Spain alive with legends and Celtic heritage, and on to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Our hikes lead along sunny country lanes marked with the scallop shell, the symbol of St. James, through mist-shrouded forests of gnarled oaks, and we finish with a special hike along the beach at Finisterre, Kilometer 0 on the pilgrim trail. Along the way, we relish superb Romanesque architecture, meet fellow pilgrims, and enjoy splendid accommodations in quaint guesthouses and spectacular paradors.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Burgos / León / Astorga

We meet in historic Burgos, then head to the Castilian meseta (high plain) and join other pilgrims as we hike to the remote village of Hontanas. A journey across the sun-splashed plains of Castile brings us to the engaging city of LÉon, and we explore its leafy squares and 12th century frescoes before heading to the walled city of Astorga.

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Days 3-5
Cruz de Hiero / O’Cebreiro / Portomarin

Entering rural Galicia, we hike past thriving farmsteads and tiny villages to Cruz de Hiero, a towering iron cross where for a thousand years pilgrims have carried a single stone from their homeland to make a wish (be sure to bring yours!). In the mountaintop village of O’Cebreiro, we visit a small church whose chalice is linked in legend with the Holy Grail. Some of the most beautiful stretches of the entire pilgrim trail—jewel-green fields, ancient stone walls, and meadows where shepherds tend their herds—await us as we head to the whitewashed village of Portomarin.

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Days 6-9
La Coruña / Santiago de Compostela / Finisterre

Following trails through eucalyptus forests, hamlets, and farms flanked by ancient grain silos, we arrive in Santiago, a beautiful medieval city of golden granite. We explore this sacred site, and in the extraordinary twin-towered limestone cathedral that reputedly contains the remains of St. James, have a chance to attend the noon mass with a jostling crowd of pilgrims from around the world. We complete our pilgrimage with a hike to Finisterre—the “end of the earth,” following tradition by walking the last part of the trail barefoot along the beach. Depart on Day 9.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike the most beautiful sections of one of Europe’s revered pilgrimage routes
Complete the final hike at Finisterre, the westernmost point on the Iberian Peninsula
Enjoy Galician cuisine, famous for its seafood, and some of its delicious cheeses including creamy tetilla
Overnight in historic hotels and inns, including the 5-star Parador Los Reis Católicos, a 15th century monastery on Santiago’s main square

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $4295  
Arrive: Burgos, Spain
Depart: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Lodging: 8 nights inns, manor houses, and paradors
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on easy to moderate trails, some steep sections, 3-8 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike).