- A spectacular walk along one of the most famous UNESCO pilgrimage routes in the world
- Two nights in beautiful Leon - great historical and architectural heritage, and in Santiago de Compostela - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Excellent variety of accommodation: converted water mills, restored parish houses, stylish farmhouses
- Poppy sprinkled wheat fields, orchid rich water meadows, pine-scented woodland
- Share in a 1,000-year-old sense of achievement that will take your breath away!
- Pilgrim Passport to record your adventure en-route
One of the most ancient walking routes in the world, the Spanish Camino de Santiago is popular with walkers from all over the world, who come to follow in the footsteps of travelers from the C9 on wards. The 800km/500mi journey across northern Spain has led thousands of pilgrims on a winding route from the Pyrenees across the wheat fields of old Castile to pass through Leon, the seat of Spanish Kings, full of soaring cathedrals and hushed convents, before entering Galicia. As you reach Santiago de Compostela's majestic Baroque cathedral, your route comes to a spectacular finale at the resting place of the Apostle St James.
On this 12-night trip, you'll begin your walking in Leon - you'll spend two nights here, giving you ample chance to explore the historic city and its fabulous architecture. From here, in keeping with the pilgrimage route, you'll walk daily along farm tracks, paths and country lanes, enjoying sociable lunches in restaurants en route. Remember to have your Pilgrim Passport stamped in bars, hotels and churches along the way to qualify for a certificate from the official Pilgrim Office in Santiago. After you've reached your journey's end, you'll spend two nights in UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela so you can explore the city's old town, and its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings. You can even choose to attend the special Pilgrim Mass at 12 noon.
You'll stay in an astonishingly diverse range of properties including restored parish houses, converted water mills and stylish farmhouses, all of them packed with period features. We have included transfers after breakfast on the first three walking days, after which you'll walk all the way to Santiago. The sense of achievement on arrival is immense, and sharing in this tradition is incredibly rewarding.
Along with your Pilgrim 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!').
Additional Tour Details
||Buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals.
||Leon train station 17:40 (transfer to hotel, 5 mins, pay locally).
||Santiago de Compostela airport (taxi, pay locally, approx 15 euros).
||Rail ticket included from Madrid to Leon 14:40/17:40.
||Add $40 per night. Solo traveler supplement is an additional $19 per night.
||Due to the linear nature of this walk, it is not possible to fly into Santiago.
||**** (2 nights), *** (4 nights), AAAA (4 nights), AAA (2 nights)