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Camino De Santiago Walking Tour

Camino de Santiago Walking Tour

Camino de Santiago Walking Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

Bilbao, Pyrennes, beautiful walks and stunning villages

FROM

NZ$3,375

DURATION

13 Days

Why choose this trip?

We have put together a journey that provides a taste of the many different sectors of the walk. We believe it is the best of the Camino. Enjoy walking the high Pyrenees to the flat plains of the Mescita, from the vineyards of the Rioja to the breathtaking Ribeira Sacra. We visit the historic centres of Pamplona, Burgos and Leon; staying in quality hotels, many of which are restored historic buildings. We have scheduled our walks in manageable sections and with only your day bag to carry. This adventure is not just a pilgrimage but an immersion into the culture, cuisine and wine of northern Spain.

What’s the Activity level?

For maximum enjoyment of this holiday,  you should be relatively fit and able to comfortably walk 3-4 hours on hilly terrain. The trails are around 12 – 19km per day and can be stoney in places, so sturdy hiking shoes with good tread are recommended. This is not purely a walking tour, but being able to comfortably do the included walks, will greatly add to your enjoyment of this trip. Of the 13 days, 6 are walking days and 7 are rest or sightseeing days.

What’s the transport and accommodation like?

We use private minibus for our transport, that and your feet. Accommodation is 4 star standard comfortable hotels with en-suite rooms. Hotels are chosen for their safety, location, ambiance and friendly staff.

*All our tours are non-smoking

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 13 Days
Trip focus: A hands on, interactive tour mixing with locals and enjoying all Spain has to offer.
Accommodation: 4* hotel accommodation throughout
Transport: Private minibus and/or your feet.
Group Size: Maximum 16, Minimum 8
Single Supplement: NZ$780
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All accommodation, daily breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Full pre-departure briefing and logistical support
  • All land transport and river cruise
  • Entrance fees to sites, sites included are Guggenheim, Burgos and Samos

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Arrival or departure transfers
  • Travel insurance, this is compulsory in order for you to take part
  • Visa and Vaccinations
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks
  • Optional excursions
  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, souvenirs etc
  • Tips for your tour leader, local guides and driver

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY BILBAO

We meet at 7pm for an introduction then a walk in the old city as we sample the best of Basque cooking in a selection of Tapas bars in the old city (own expense).

Meals Included: None

DAY 2 – BILBAO

Bilbao has transformed itself into a vibrant cultural capital without losing sight of its traditional roots. A highlight is the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. We spend the morning exploring the permanent exhibits. Another museum worth visiting if you choose is the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (just 300 metres from the Guggenheim). For a great view over the city, the valley it sits in and the wild Basque mountains beyond, take a trip on the funicular railway that has creaked and moaned its way up the steep slope to the summit of Artxanda for nearly a century. It is open until 10 in the evening and not far from our hotel. You can make your own plans for dinner, but we recommend the tapas bars and restaurants in the new city; some of the best in Spain.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 – BILBAO TO PAMPLONA

We start today by driving up the coast for views overlooking the sea in San Sebastian. We then turn inland and drive to Roncesvalles in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Our first walk is reasonably challenging as we are in the mountains and our route takes us across two beautiful passes and then into beech and oak woods and open meadows. Panoramic views of the local countryside are a constant with the imposing Pyrenees as a backdrop. Arriving in Lintzoain we drive to Pamplona (45 minutes) where we spend the night. We may choose to walk along the famous running of the bull’s route and visit some of our favourite tapas bars (no food or drink included).

Walking Distance: Roncavalles to Linzoan – 14 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 4 – PAMPLONA

A short drive (10 minutes) takes us to Zariquiegui and the start of today’s walk. We leave the coast behind and enter dryer flatter areas. We take a break and a coffee in Muruzábal (walkers can finish here if preferred) and continue onto Puente de la Reina, named after the still standing bridge built in the 11th century. This popular town has a wide variety of bars, cafes and restaurants so here is where we will stop for lunch (not included). Returning to Pamplona (around 25 minutes drive) the rest of the day is free. Time to explore Pamplona, a quiet and picturesque city with a high walled old town. The walk tomorrow is in a very rural area; perfect for a picnic which we need to buy today. For tonight’s dinner there are many bars and restaurants in the old city for you to choose from.

Walking Distance: Zariquiegui to Puente de la Reina – 15.1 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5 – PAMPLONA TO LOGROÑO

The walk today begins in Azqueta (40 minute drive from Pamplona) and takes us into the Rioja, where Spain’s internationally acclaimed red wine is produced. Stroll through undulating countryside where grapes and olives are ever present. We arrive in Los Arcos for a refreshing beer (walkers can finish here if preferred), before continuing on to Torres del Rio. We then have a 30-minute drive to Logroño which is renowned for its tapas bars. The tapas bars are concentrated in two parallel streets with connecting side streets and there are about 80 bars in total ranging from the basic to the very trendy.

Walking Distance: Azqueta to Torres del Rio – 19.2 kms

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 – LOGROÑO

Today we take a break to explore the Rioja area and taste the famous wine. We visit nearby Briones which has a marvellous Baroque church and a beautiful main square. Travelling on to the hill-topped village of Laguardia we take a walk along the ancient walls and enjoy an aperitif in the main plaza. There is free time for you to explore the town and to have lunch. There are many restaurants to choose from (one we can recommend is Bodega Mayor de Migueloa, built in 1619 and restored in 1989). We leave Laguardia to visit the outside of the two wineries with stunning architecture (Ysios and Alava) before heading back to Logroño. For dinner tonight, we can recommend the restaurant Asador Herventia Capitan Gallarza 10 on the corner with Portales close to the Cathedral which is famous for its roasted meats.

Walking Distance: Rest Day

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 7 – LOGROÑO TO LEÓN (VIA BURGOS)

This morning our first stop is Europe’s largest wine museum, Vivanco Dinastia. We enjoy the history of wine in the region and may even sneak in a little tasting. It is then a just over one hours drive to Burgos and its medieval splendour. We have a visit to the Cathedral of Burgos; a UNESCO World Heritage Site (included). We also have time for lunch in Burgos and there are a range of cafes and restaurants in the area around the cathedral, some offering set menu lunches (own expense). A 2-hour drive brings us to León. The rest of the day is free. The three most characteristic monuments are the Cathedral, the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro and the Convent of San Marcos. You have time to visit the sites and enjoy the many cafes and street side bars.

Walking Distance: Rest Day

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 8 – LEÓN TO PONFERRADA

Today we start with a 90 minute drive to the mountain village of Foncebadón where we begin our walk. We head into the Bierzo area and cross a mountain peak that the Romans dedicated to Mercury. Then we continue to Manjarín and arrive at El Acebo de San Miguel with its welcoming cafes and bar (walkers can finish here if preferred). We continue on to the village of Molinaseca where we finish our walk. A short drive (about 15 minutes) to Ponferrada for the night. Here is the Castle of the Templars, a magnificent testament to the importance of the city for this order of monk-soldiers.

Walking Distance: Foncebadón to Molinaseca – 19.5 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 9 – PONFERRADA TO MONFORTE DE LEMOS

We drive to Cebreiro, high in the mountains where we have a coffee before our walk. We are now in Galicia, the final province of our journey. This tiny village of stone houses has views across the mountains and down into the valleys. Then on to San Cristobo do Real (45 minutes) to start our walk through some of the most beautiful countryside that the Camino has to offer. Woodlands and pasture, small fields and tiny hamlets in a lovely green landscape. We arrive at Samos Monastery (included) and plan a short visit to the inner cloisters where monks still live and work and then have lunch in one of the local cafes (not included). We finish our walk in Aguaidaat at a pleasant bar and drive to nearby Monforte de Lemos to the village of Rosende (about 1 hour). Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Walking Distance: San Cristobo do Real to Aguaida – 15 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 10 – MONFORTE DE LEMOS

Monforte is the regional centre for the area known as the Ribeira Sacra, an area that produces Mencia and Godello wines. The vines grow on traditional stone terraces that cling to the almost vertical hillsides of deep river canyons. We enjoy a catamaran cruise on the river Sil then head to Algueira winery, with its prize winning restaurant, for a wine tasting and then a long lazy lunch (included) with potential to purchase more wine to sample. In the early evening we visit Monforte de Lemos for a tour of the Ribeira Sacra Wine Centre and then have a guided wine tasting with tapas at the highly rated O Grelo restaurant (included).

Walking Distance: Rest Day

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (tapas)

DAY 11 – MONFORTE DE LEMOS TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Today we have 2 long walks to complete our journey, however there are many small cafes along the way where we will stop for refreshments and lunch. We aim to leave reasonably early for the 1 hour drive to Vilei where we begin our walk along a peaceful and beautiful part of the Camino. From Mirallos we drive onto Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela, our home for our two-night stay to finish our trip. Our hotel is located near the entrance to the old city and just a few minutes’ walk to the cathedral. Tonight, we can go for a walk in the old city and visit some of the famous tapas bars in the centre. (Dinner not included)

Walking Distance: Vilei to Mirallos – 10.8 kms / Lavacolla to Cathedral of Santiago – 9.4 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

We have a completely free day to explore the cobbled stone streets of the historic centre. Later in the evening we meet up to celebrate a wonderful journey and enjoy a farewell dinner (own expense).

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 13 – DEPARTURE DAY

Today is departure day and you are free to make your arrangements to leave at any time.

Meals Included: Breakfast
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the spectacular walking trails and villages of Northern Spain
  • See the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Explore Pamplona
  • Walk in the shadow of the Pyrenees
  • Visit to the Cathedral of Burgos; a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experiment with local wine and tapa tastings
  • Revel in the beautiful countryside that the Camino has to offer

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
22nd Aug 2021 4th Sep 2021 AVAILABLE NZ$3,375
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