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Camino de Santiago  (St James Way)
Guided Group Walks across Northern Spain

 
May 14 - 29, 2019 (15 nights)
Sept 18 - Oct 3, 2019 (15 nights)
Oct 5 - 15. 2019 (10 nights)

History of the Camino de Santiago:  According to legend, in 40 AD the body of St James was clandestinely transported to Northern Spain and buried in a secret place. Centuries later, it is said that a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading him to the lost tomb.  The story of this miracle started a golden age of pilgrimage to Santiago with multitudes of medieval wayfarers seeking the tomb of St James.  But in the 1400's pilgrimage fell out of fashion and the Camino was mostly forgotten until the 1980's when then Spanish, hoping to promote active tourism, restored and marked the path. In 1987 the Camino de Santiago was declared the first European Cultural Itinerary - one of the great footpaths of Europe. Today, the villages along the Camino which once hosted medieval pilgrims now welcome walkers.

Our walks: To walk the entire route would take over a month but by having a support bus skip over sections our walkers can hike the most scenic and historic stages of the Camino. We have two experienced guides so each day there is a choice of doing an easy walk at a relaxed pace or a longer, more challenging walk. Days on this historic route do wonders for body, mind and spirit but our tours have NO religious focus. Accommodation is in three and four star comfortable inns and Paradors as well as old monasteries which have been converted to atmospheric hotels.  

Level of Difficulty: The terrain is varied - flat meseta - rugged mountains - rolling farmland. Each day we divide into two groups, each with its own guide. The bus drops off the more energetic group first and they cover a longer distance (up to 20 km a day) with more ascent. The bus takes the easierl group further along the trail to start the day so they walk a shorter distance (about 10 km) at a slower pace and with less ascent. The support bus follows and is available at various junctions along the way and meets the groups for lunch. When the path goes through mountains the bus can take the easier group to near the top so the walk is a spectacular, gradual descent. Those who prefer a more energetic day in the mountains can start with an ascent. 

Just a few of the highlights:
  • Reaching the spectacular Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela
  • Exploring historic Leon with an expert guide
  • Staying in an old monastery converted to a 4-star hotel
  • Picnics alongside the trail
  • Walking the incredibly beautiful pass through the Pyrenees from St Jean to Roncesvalles
  • Making a side-trip to historic Lugo with its Roman walls

Our meeting point:  Bilbao      End of Tour:  Santiago de Compostela.
 


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