Highlights

  • Experience of one of the world's greatest journeys
  • Walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on a 1,000-year-old route
  • Enjoy traditional Spanish culture away from the tourist beaches
  • Visit unspoiled medieval villages and serene chapels set amid peaceful hills
  • Celebrate Pilgrims' Mass in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

“A life changing experience... transforming... self-discovery... an affirmation of the human spirit.” This is how modern-day seekers describe their experience along the Camino de Santiago, one of the world's great journeys. They come from around the world to follow paths trod by pilgrims for more than a thousand years. The destination is the city of Santiago de Compostela and the Tomb of St.James but, like all of The Wayfarers' Walks, this is about the journey. We follow ancient roads marked by graceful scallop shells, the symbol of the saint, past medieval villages, soaring Romanesque cathedrals, intimate chapels and sanctuaries and peaceful hills and valleys. No one is a stranger here and each person forges their own spiritual path, yet all are united on the ancient Camino. Begin in Burgos, the burial place of El Cid. Visit the Cruz de Hierro towering above thousands of pilgrims' stones. Discover the unspoiled village of O'Cebreiro with its oval stone huts. Rejoice in Santiago's Praza do Obradoiro – the journey's end and a new beginning.

Saturday Overnight: Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced

We meet our fellow Wayfarers in Burgos, the capital of Castile, dominated by one of Europes great Gothic cathedrals. We have time to wander the ancient streets and admire the many churches and monuments before we meet for an aperitif, Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Sunday Overnight: Paradores Hostal de San Marcos

We embark on our journey following the emblem of St James, the scallop shell. We visit Carrion de los Condes, with its lovely Renaissance cloister of San Zoilo, and Charlemagnes Field of Lances. After a day both on foot and bus, we reach Leon, founded by the Roman Seventh Legion in 68 AD, to join the locals in the traditional paseo (evening stroll) before a Spanish style late dinner in our hotel.

Monday Overnight: La Posada de Gaspar

After breakfast, we visit the magnificent glass-walled Cathedral. We cross the longest pilgrim bridge in Spain and walk over undulating countryside to the ancient town of Astorga, where the Roman walls live incongruously beside the medieval Cathedral and Gaudis eccentric Bishops Palace. We continue to the mountain village of Rabanal del Camino, located high in the heart of the pilgrim community.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Rural de Floriana

We journey to the Cruz de Hierro, which towers above a mountain of stones, each stone left by a passing pilgrim. Traversing the winemaking region of Bierzo, we descend to El Acebo, where the Fountain of the Trout flows along the only street. After lunch, we walk over wildflower-scented slopes and down to the village of Molinaseca, once a control point on the Roman Gold Road.

Wednesday Overnight: Parador de Villa Franca del Bierzo

A short bus ride takes us to Ponferrada, with its 12th-century Templar Castle built to defend the pilgrims from the Moors. From there we wind our way beside mountain streams to the perfectly preserved hilltop village of O'Cebreiro, with its pallozas, oval stone huts with conical straw roofs where man and beast lived together. After lunch, we continue to medieval Villafranca del Bierzo, surrounded by mountains and standing at the confluence of two rivers. Here we see the Puerta del Perdon, the Door of Pardon, at the 12th-century church of Santiago.

Thursday Overnight: Pousada de Portomarin

We journey over rolling countryside and crystal clear streams. We pause by the pilgrims fountain in Triacastela and, after a short drive, we continue on foot to our lunch in Samos. In the afternoon our route takes us along stonewalled lanes to our overnight stay in Portomarin.

Friday Overnight: Parador de Santiago

We first glimpse the towers of Santiago. The excitement of reaching our goal increases as we walk into the old city and stand in wonder in the huge Praza de Obradoiro admiring the magnificent cathedral, the grand finale of our journey. We enjoy a Farewell Supper with the group.

Saturday

We have time to explore this lovely old Baroque, granite city and the chance to attend the noon-day Pilgrim Mass in the cathedral of the field of stars, where, sometimes, the famous botafumeiro (huge incense burner) is swung to its mighty rafters. We make our own way to the airport of Santiago.
Moderate-Energetic
"The Walk Leaders are excellent and always engaged with you. They're very knowledgeable about the area; its history and culture. They do far more than get you from A to B"
Terrain: Each day's walk is between 5-6 hours, covering 9-15 miles of easy to moderate walking per day. Our transport is at hand to help along the journey.

TRIP DETAILS

7 nights from
$4,495.00
Double occupancy
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,270.00

Dates

From May 21 to May 28 (more dates)
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Arrival: Burgos
Departure: Santiago de Compostela

Activities

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Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced

Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced

Inhabiting a building dating from the 16th century and set in the very center of Burgos, this historic hotel is near the Arlanzon River, facing the Cathedral, the Archway of Santa Maria, and Paseo de Espolon. Featuring a magnificent late-Gothic interior cloister, the hotel has been carefully restored in keeping with its surroundings. In addition to private bathroom facilities, rooms provide air conditioning, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, internet access, safe and minibar. The hotel offers a health club complete with running track, gym, sauna and solarium.

Paradores Hostal de San Marcos

Paradores Hostal de San Marcos

This magnificent parador occupies a restored 16th-century monastery built by King Ferdinand to shelter pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago; the bridge beside it has helped pilgrims cross the River Bernesga for centuries. The huge, ornamental, plateresque facade also fronts a church and museum of archaeology (which is in the Antiguo Monasterio de San Marcos). Hallways and guest rooms have antiques, high-quality reproductions and some nice contemporary art. The elegant dining room offers hot and cold regional dishes, and hotel facilities include a pool and hair salon.

La Posada de Gaspar

La Posada de Gaspar

Dating back to the 17th century, this former hostel for pilgrims was completely renovated in 1991 using traditional materials and building techniques. With an air of tranquility, todays Gaspar Inn provides ensuite bathrooms, hairdryer, satellite TV and phone in every room.

Hotel Rural de Floriana

Hotel Rural de Floriana

Although a modern building, the hotel is constructed of local wood, stone, slate and glass to harmonize with its environment. All rooms are air-conditioned and sound-proofed, with flat-screen tv, hairdryer and safe.

Parador de Villa Franca del Bierzo

Parador de Villa Franca del Bierzo

Located in the entrance to the capital of this beautiful region, this hotel offers traditional Castilian architecture and decor combined with beautiful panoramic views. Elegant rooms with Castilian furniture and typical wooden floors feature the usual ensuite facilities plus a personal safe.

Pousada de Portomarin

Pousada de Portomarin

The Pousada de Portomarin lies at the very heart of the Pilgrims Way, on the borders of the river Mino and surrounded by spectacular scenery. All rooms are air-conditioned with private bathroom, hairdryer, safe deposit boxes, direct dial phone and TV with satellite. The hotel also provides a gym, sauna and outdoor swimming pool open in the summer months only.

Parador de Santiago

Parador de Santiago

This magnificent 15th century building is a mixture of history, art and tradition. Also known as Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, the Parador de Santiago was originally a Royal Hospital and dates back to 1499. Considered to be the oldest hotel in the world, it is now one of the most luxurious. Guests will appreciate the buildings original vaulted ceilings, stone archways and tapestries. All bedrooms are large and have classic decor, a telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, safe and mini bar. The restaurant offers international cuisine, Galician dishes, and it also has revived ancient recipes and created its own from them.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants