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—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

We meet in medieval Burgos, then join other pilgrims as we hike El Camino de Santiago from Hornillos del Camino 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 before heading to the walled city of Astorga.

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Days 3-5
Cruz de Hierro / O Cebreiro / Portomarín

Entering rural Galicia, we hike one of the most historic parts of El Camino, enjoying interactions with the many pilgrims along the trail en route to the Cruz de Hierro, a towering iron cross where for a thousand years, pilgrims have carried a single stone from home 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—are on our hike to the whitewashed village of Portomarín.

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Days 6-9
Galician Countryside / Santiago de Compostela / Finisterre

Following trails through 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, we attend the noon mass with a jostling crowd of pilgrims from around the world. We 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.

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Highlights

Highlights

With decades of experience on El 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 El 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: $4495  
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, Walking
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)