Be part of a thousand-year-old pilgrimage—El Camino de Santiago—across a landscape alive with legends. Our perfectly designed journey showcases the very best landscapes and villages along this famous trail all the way to Finisterre, mythical Kilometer 0, where we make the traditional barefoot walk on the beach. Our paths wind through foothills and forests and past exquisite Romanesque and Gothic churches. Trails are marked with scallop shells, the symbol of St. James. One of the joys of this journey is sharing the trail with pilgrims from all over the world. Along the way, we are welcomed in our carefully selected hotels, including two nights at the acclaimed Parador dos Reis Católicos in Santiago. Our expert Trip Leaders bring the history and heritage of El Camino alive with every step, right down to introducing you to the delicious specialties of each region you travel through. Buen camino!
Arrive: Burgos, Spain
Depart: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Carrion de los Condes, Spain
Day 1 (1 night)
An atmospheric Benedictine monastery in a serene country setting, this historic property has been artfully transformed into a unique hotel. It was founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 16th century with the addition of a beautiful Gothic cloister. It is still church-owned...
Day 2 (1 night)
Just steps from Antoni Gaudí's Episcopal Palace of Astorga, the Hotel Spa Ciudad Astorga is a lovely place from which to explore the churches, convents, and the chocolate museum of Astorga or simply kick back with a glass of Tempranillo. This boutique hotel offers 33 small yet modern rooms with...
Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain
Day 3 (1 night)
Located in the pilgrim town of Villafranco del Bierzo, this 28-room hotel has been refurbished into completely modern style, with large, spacious rooms. While not offering the historic ambiance that most paradors do, it is nevertheless a very comfortable accommodation with air-conditioned rooms and...
Day 4 (1 night)
Day 5 (1 night)
This simple hotel is well situated right on the Camino in the small town and charming of Portomarin, which is often filled with fellow pilgrims. Guest rooms are small and have either balconies or terraces with views over the green hills and out over the Rio Mino, where in the...
Day 6 (1 night)
Nestled in the countryside just outside Arzua, this restored historic manor house dates back to 1742. Guestrooms are well appointed, and there are beautiful gardens and a fountain—a lovely retreat. The restaurant serves traditional Galician dishes.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Days 7-8 (2 nights)
Adjacent to Santiago's soaring Romanesque cathedral is the 5-star Parador de Santiago de Compostela, one of the oldest hotels in the world. Staying at this parador brings you into the heart of Santiago's rich history. It's location right on the central square makes it a great place for people watching—sit...
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We strongly urge you to train for your trip, as your enjoyment will be highly dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for a hike is to hike, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling, or other cardiovascular exercise. Stair climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy, comfortable, and thoroughly broken-in.
"What a fabulous experience We loved the trip. The guides were well prepared and extremely knowledgeable."
Ann and John L.
"Such a wonderful trip! We have recommended it to many friends already! The attention to detail, the provision of wonderful food, wines, snacks, and even happy hours at the end of most days hiking were just the best."
"If there was a rating above excellent, I would assign it to the components of this trip: guides, food, and itinerary design. Even the "van time" was well planned (and relatively brief) so that it was a break between walks, rather than dead time. Thank you!"
"This trip was beyond wonderful. Every detail was planned perfectly, extraordinary guides, and beautiful hikes. We love Wilderness Travel—we will be planning trip number four with you, and we tell all our friends about how great your company is."
West Chester, PA
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the Trip Leaders were a very positive part of the trip."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the guides were a very positive part of the trip."
"Wilderness has once again delivered an amazing trip for all aboard. Great leaders, great guests, and a great experience. This is a complex intinerary—different hotels every night, all the meal arrangements along the way—and yet there was not a glitch the whole trip, including perfect weather! Everything was handled perfectly."
Fernandina Beach, FL
"Another well designed WT journey—from the itinerary, lodges, timing on the trail and at the historic sites. This was a spiritual journey for me, and it will stay in my heart forever."
"Excellent! This was my first experience with Wilderness Travel, and I was more than pleased."
"The trip was a fabulous experience—physically, socially,and spiritually. We're impressed with the entire organization and can't wait to travel with Wilderness Travel next year. I am already perusing the catalog!"
"A fantastic experience! Our Trip Leaders were both wonderful—always on top of everything, with great personalities."
"I had high expectations for this venture, but it was so much more than I had imagined. It was a fantastic experience that will stay in the forefront of my memories."
"I cannot say enough good things about this trip. Everything was expertly organized, every day was different, I felt extremely well looked after!"
"Thank you so much for a life changing adventure. It is one I will never forget."
Owen Sound, Ontario
"A very interesting hiking trip with lots of history and legend attached to it. Great guides and good food made for another memorable WT adventure."
La Jolla, CA
"This was just what I like in a trip; being out and about in the countryside and towns. The Trip Leaders were exceptional in having local cuisine and wines arranged at our meals. I really enjoyed the variety of hotel accommodations."
"The trip was the perfect mix of culture, hiking and cuisine with a truly outstanding leader."
"It was a fascinating and inspiring trip. We would recommend it highly."
Chevy Chase, MD
"Best tour I've been on, and one of the best trips of my life!"
"Loved this trip! It was great, every minute of it. Wonderful hotels, and loved the picnics."
Little Rock, AK
"This was a trip of a lifetime! Couldn't imagine it could have turned out so well. From the Trip Leaders, my fellow travelers who started as strangers and ended up as friends, to the paths we hiked, the food we ate, the hotels we visited, the local guides we had along the way, it couldn't have been a better experience. Don't change a thing!"
Santa Clara, CA
"Journey of a lifetime—great guides, fascinating cultural education, and wonderful food and wine."
"An excellent trip: beautifully curated and expertly led."
"Hiking the Pilgrim's Way was an awesome, humbling, spiritual experience."
Honeoye Falls, NY
"Would do it again!"
Gig Harbor, WA
"This was a most enjoyable experience! Everyone had a great time."
"Rob's sense of humor was contagious, and his knowledge of geology and history added to the overall experience."
New Bern, NC
"Starting in the flat cropland and moving through the heather, then the rolling hills and on through the Galacian forests was to us the perfect survey of the countryside."
New Bern, NC
"The Pilgrim's Way trip through northern Spain far exceeded our expectations in every way! It was our first time visiting the country, and we knew we would have a fantastic experience going with Wilderness Travel again. The daily choices of spectacular scenic hiking, unbelievably fabulous gourmet food and wine of the region, comfortable and charming hotels, and our delightful and outstanding leaders made it an OVER THE TOP nine days on the Camino De Santiago!"
"Amazing experience! I can't imagine a better way to experience the Camino de Santiago! WT has really organized a great Camino experience for those of us without the time or endurance to tackle a 6-week strenuous walk. Our group was able to experience full walking days along the most varied and beautiful parts of the Camino, while also taking in the local art, architecture, cathedral tours, wonderful meals, and history along the way."
"This was my very first WT experience and it far exceeded my expectations. Exceptional value!"
"Wonderful accommodations and extraordinary food! I loved the variety of the hikes, the history and the culture, and the laughter and fun we shared on the trip. At the end of every day I would think, wow, this was the best day ever, yet the next day would prove to be just as wonderful, up until the very end."
Mary Jo B.
"An unforgettable experience! I thought the itinerary was an excellent blend of culture, history, and hiking."
"Great trip, great company, great way to see northern Spain!"
El Dorado Hills, CA
"I so enjoyed this trip. Spain has romanced me. I will be coming back."
"Loved, loved, loved this trip! Everything was perfect—the hiking, the food, the hotels, the weather, the countryside, the villages, the churches, the larger cities, our guides, and the nicest group of people you could ever meet!"
"Our guides were amazing, always helpful, timely, respectful, and genuinely invested in our trip experience and safety. Perfect!"
"This was a wonderful trip that more than met my expectations. The accomodations were more than adequate, the meals were delicious, and I couldn't have asked for better guides."
El Dorado Hills, CA
"On a scale from 1-10 this was a 15!!!!!"
Long Beach, CA
"Absolutely EVERYTHING about this trip was perfect: itinerary, food, lodgings, trip leaders, educational opportunities. A perfect example of why Wilderness Travel will always be our first choice when planning adventures."
"Our Pilgrim’s Way began with rain as we left the splendor of the Burgos Cathedral and ended with rain as we walked the shell-strewn sands of Finisterre. But in between? Well, in between, it was filled with joy, beauty, dancing, singing, dramatic readings, witches, history, camaraderie, delicious food, delectable wines, charming villages, vibrant cities, hidden restaurants, incredible trip leaders, friendly people, time for reflection, the hypnotic crunch of one’s boots on the path and, oh, yes, sunshine that had us peeling off layers of clothes as we walked through the exquisite and varied landscapes of the camino."
"Everything about this trip was thoroughly enjoyable—the itinerary, the people, the food, and the leaders. Even the weather turned out to be exceptional. This is our second trip with WT, and we hope to do more!"
Yolanda (Yoli) S.
Miami Beach, FL
The Camino de Santiago can be done any time of year, however, the months of April-June and September-October are the best months to experience the trail. Read more about the differences between each month below.
Most pilgrim trails funnel into a few main routes within Spain on their way to Santiago de Compostela, with the classic "Camino Frances" (French Way) being the most popular. This is the route that we recommend, and have selected the most beautiful hiking sections for our journey.
El Camino de Santiago — the Way of St. James — is the name for the hundreds of miles of collective pathways that have guided pilgrims to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela for more than 1,000 years. The reason for the great pilgrimage was (and still is, for many) a matter of faith in the miraculous power of St. James.
The trail follows everything from country roads to cow paths as we travel through rural regions that see few outsiders aside from pilgrims. Of course, all hiking days are a bit different, and the weather always has the final say, but the following is a sense of a typical day on the trail.
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Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.