The Spanish Camino de Santiago - also known as The Way of St James - is considered one of THE most venerable walking routes in the world. Ever since the 9th century, the "French Road" has led thousands of pilgrims on an 500 mile/800km journey across northern Spain, winding from the towering Pyrenees mountains across the wheat fields of old Castile to pass through Leon - the seat of Spanish kings, full of towering cathedrals and hushed convents. From Leon, the Camino heads over pine ridges and through oak woods, between verdant vineyards and across rushing rivers below castles of the Knights Templar before entering Galicia. The route then builds to a magnificent finale at Santiago de Compostela's imposing Baroque cathedral, the last resting place of the Apostle St James.
Walking the Camino is a fascinating way to meet people from all over the world. You walk begins in Leon and, in keeping with the theme of a pilgrimage, you walk daily along farm tracks, paths and country lanes, enjoying sociable lunches in cafes along the way. In the evenings, you'll stay in an surprisingly diverse scope of accommodations including restored parish houses, converted water mills and stylish farmhouses, all of them packed with period features. We've included transfers after breakfast on the first three walking days, after which you'll walk all the way to Santiago. The triumph of accomplishment on arrival is tremendous, and sharing in this experience is especially rewarding.
Everyone on the Camino has a Pilgrim Passport that can be stamped in bars, hotels and churches along the way to qualify for a certificate from the official Pilgrim Office in Santiago. Along with your passport, you'll notice a profound and heart warming camaraderie with other walkers, as day by day you fall in and out of step with people from all over the world, some of whom have been walking for months covering hundreds of miles! You'll also find complete strangers cheering you on and wishing you 'Buen Camino!' ('Enjoy your walk!').
|Meals||Buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Hotel Posada Regia in Leon. Fly to Madrid, then train (rail tickets included) from Madrid Chamartin to Leon 14:40/17:40. Then transfer to hotel, 5 mins, pay locally for a taxi (not included in tour price).|
|Tour Ends||Santiago De Compostela airport by 11:35 (drop off, transport included).|
|Rail Options||Madrid Chamartin to Leon 14:40/17:34.|
|Rail Supplement||Rail tickets from Madrid to Leon are included in tour price.|
|Singles||Add $39 per night. Solo traveler suppelement is an additional USD$23 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade available in Santiago from $9 per person per night, based on 2 sharing. This holiday may be adapted into a 12 night version (extra night in Leon & Santiago), Inquire for prices.|
|Hotels||**** (1 night) *** (3 nights), AAAA (4 nights), AAA (2 nights)|