Explore Spain the pilgrim’s way while on the Camino de Santiago

The path has many names: the Road to Santiago, the Way of Saint James or, simply, Camino de Santiago. Your path for this active adventure begins in Bilbao, where the Guggenheim provides ample culture and artistic entertainment. Historical sights are interspersed among the days of walking – a tenth-century castle in Frias and a ninth-century church in O Cebreiro are just a couple of highlights among the many. After your days of walking there are plenty of delicious local tapas and pinxtos to satiate and refuel on (a highlight in Leon), and this active trip will leave you with a greater appreciation for the pilgrims of old.

Start
Bilbao, Spain
Finish
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Countries
Spain
Themes
Walking & Trekking
Code
ZTXU
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Release your inner cyclist on many cycling routes of Bilbao
  • Rustle up a home-cooked meal in an 18th-century hamlet near Santiago de Compostela
  • Visit a World Heritage-listed cathedral in Burgos
  • Discover history and culture while walking along the Camino de Santiago

Itinerary

Start this active adventure with a casual night-time stroll around the beautiful streets of Bilbao. Get acquainted with your leader and fellow group members as you soak in the sights of this bustling, vibrant city.
Hop straight into the saddle and onto a bike this morning for a leisurely cycle tour to the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy the modern art contained within – and be sure to take some time to admire the inspired architecture of the building from the outside as well. Afterwards, continue along the river towards the ‘Ria de Bilbao’. The bike tour will finish off (as all good bike tours should) with a sampling of pinxtos in the Old Quarter. Travel onwards to Burgos, the former capital of Castile.
Start early for a first experience of Camino de Santiago. Make sure your walking boots are laced up when you limber up and begin walking with 15 kilometers stretch. At the end of the walk we will transfer back to Burgos for free afternoon and well deserved coffee in the beautiful old town.
Take an orientation walk around the city to check out the local sights – including the gothic World Heritage site, ‘Catedral de Burgos’.
Wave goodbye to Burgos and its churches and head onwards to Hornillos del Camino. From Hornillos, set out on the first part of the famous pilgrimage route, Camino de Santiago. This section takes in a 16-kilometre stretch with a stop for a picnic lunch along the way. After walking this holy route there’s sure to be a hunger for some excellent food; good thing the next stop is Leon, where tapas are abundant. Perhaps spend a leisurely evening sampling the different kinds of tapas on a self-guided roving dinner.
Belly still full from last night’s tapas indulgence? Never fear – work it off by jumping back onto the pilgrim’s trail to walk another ten kilometres of the Camino; the countryside here is nothing short of spectacular. Mosey on with a transfer to Bierzo Valley, where you will visit a local wine cellar for a tasting. It would be rude not to, really…
Hit the pilgrim trail for an easy 12 kilometres as the walk takes in a visit to the town of O Cebreiro, an integral part of the development of the Camino route. Wander the streets of this quaint hamlet, where there are some incredible structures, including a ninth-century mountaintop church. Ramble on to Samos, with a stop at the Monastery of San Xulián de Samos. Now the property of the order of the Benedictines, the monastery was first founded in the sixth century by the School of Theology and Philosophy. This big day winds up in the town of Sarria where the rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure – drinking wine and snacking on local ‘polpo a feira’ is a great option.
Start early again to walk another part of the Camino. Short but outstanding in its nature, 10 to 12 kilometres stroll will start in Sarria. You will then be transferred to a rural hamlet 6 km from the Camino route where we will enjoy cooking class in late afternoon. Group dinner will end our day and set us up for the last stretch of pilgrimage tomorrow.
On Day 8, transfer to Lavacolla puts you in prime position to finish on a high note by walking the last ten kilometres of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Finish this voyage as any good pilgrim should: with a visit to the Old City and famous cathedral – the stunning traditional end to this historic journey. Perhaps a celebration is in order – and one of the many local restaurants is sure to make a great place to toast the end of walking the Camino de Santiago. Then, on the morning of Day 9, there's one little more of sightseeing to do in Santriago. We will take you on orientation walk to show you around the old town, which was listed as UNEASCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Enjoy free afternoon before a farewell dinner, which will be enjoyed against a backdrop of traditional Galician music. After breakfast on Day10, it’s time to say farewell to this active adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Bicycle, Minibus, Public bus
Accommodation
Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Bilbao Bike Tour
  • Monastery os Samos visit

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