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 pintxos 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.
Hike along sections of one of the most iconic and historic walking trails in the world, the Camino de Santiago
Saddle up and explore the architectural art-filled streets of Bilbao on the city’s many cycling routes, rewarding yourself with a healthy dose of pintxos
Experience Galician history and culture while rustling up a home-cooked meal in an 18th century hamlet near Santiago de Compostela
Walk the atmospheric high northern plains of the Meseta that surround Burgos, then visit the World Heritage-listed gothic cathedral – one of the most wonderful in Spain
Join pilgrims as they trek the final leg of ‘The Way’, and experience the joyful atmosphere at the historic steps of the Catedral de Santiago
You'll need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours, with some up-and-down, and on varied terrain – from well-defined paths to rocky trails.
Santiago de Compostela is a beautiful medieval town, but it may get pretty busy at times, with lots of pilgrims arriving every day.
Summer temperatures in the areas visited can be very high (up to 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
It's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. A large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings. Please make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can.
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Our Explore the Camino Way trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
Highly recommend this tour for those with an interest in a "Taste of the Camino de Santiago". The tour offers a chance to experience an historical, cultural and gastronomical understanding of Spain, particularly the Galician region, and also an understanding of the hardships faced by those who have, and those who continue to undertake a longer pilgrimage. It offers an experience of friendship, of amazing scenery, and sheer pleasure in experiencing an excellent walk with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide. We had done a few months training, walking 6-10 kms three times a week, so the walk was not difficult and our shoes were well broken in - there were no blisters. Walking poles were useful in the more hilly sections of the walk.
Review submitted 14 Jun 2017
The tour was a wonderful opportunity to experience the Galician region of Spain, historically, culturally and gastronomically, whilst getting a taste of the rigors faced by pilgrims walking the Camino. Physically, this tour was not overly demanding, but it left me with the desire to return to Santiago to do my own Camino.
Review submitted 14 Jun 2017