Pilgrim's Way

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.
  • Our support van is available several times a day to provide refreshments or to give you a lift if you’d like to shorten the hiking day.
  • 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—El Camino de Santiago—across a landscape alive with legends. Our specially designed journey showcases the very best landscapes and villages along this famous trail—and we bring you all the way to Finisterre, mythical Kilometer 0 on the trail, to make the traditional barefoot walk on the beach, as pilgrims have done for centuries. En route, 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!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Burgos / Léon / Astorga

Meeting in medieval Burgos, we hike the Camino de Santiago to remote Hontanas. A journey across the sun-splashed plains of Castile brings us to the engaging city of Léon, and we explore its soaring Gothic cathedral before heading to the walled city of Astorga. Our expert Trip Leaders ensure that the traditions of El Camino are very much a part of our journey each day, from our own “Pilgrim’s Passport” and traditional scallop shell to insider’s visits to cultural and historic treasures.

Monasterio San Zoilo
Carrion de los Condes, Spain
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Spa Ciudad Astorga
Astorga, Spain
Day 2 (1 night)
Days 3-5
Cruz de Hierro / O Cebreiro / Portomarín

Entering beautiful Galicia, we climb a path through a dramatic moor of heather and Scotch broom as we hike to the Cruz de Hierro, an iron cross where for a thousand years, pilgrims have left a stone from home to make a wish (be sure to bring yours!). A spectacular trail brings us the mountaintop village of O Cebreiro, long associated with the legend of the Holy Grail. Some of the most spectacular stretches of the entire pilgrim trail greet us as we hike to the whitewashed village of Portomarín.

Parador Villafranca del Bierzo
Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain
Day 3 (1 night)
Hotel Alfonso IX
Sarria, Spain
Day 4 (1 night)
Hotel Ferramenteiro
Portomarin, Spain
Day 5 (1 night)
Days 6-9
Galician Countryside / Santiago de Compostela / Finisterre

Hiking through hamlets and farms flanked by ancient grain silos, we arrive in Santiago, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, built of golden granite. In the extraordinary twin-towered limestone cathedral said to contain the remains of St. James, we attend the noon mass with a jostling mix of pilgrims from around the world, then complete our pilgrimage with a hike to Finisterre, following tradition by walking the last part of the trail barefoot along the beach. Depart on Day 9.

Casa de los Somoza
Melide, Spain
Day 6 (1 night)
Pazo Santa Maria
Arzua, Spain
Day 6 (1 night)
Parador Dos Reis Catolicos
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

With decades of experience on the Camino, we have honed this itinerary to perfection!
Complete the final hike at Finisterre, walking the sands barefoot in true pilgrim tradition
Enjoy Trip Leaders who ensure the traditions of the Camino are very much a part of your journey
Stay in historic hotels, including the 5-star Parador dos Reis Católicos, a 15th century monastery in Santiago’s main square

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $4795  
Arrive: Burgos, Spain
Depart: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Lodging: 8 nights inns, manor houses, and paradors
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on easy to moderate trails, some steep sections, 3-8 hours a day, van support