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 the Apostle St James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain then forgotten. Centuries later a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading to the lost tomb. A later legend claims that, during a battle with the Moors, St James' ghostly apparition appeared to Christian soldiers and spurred them to victory. The story of this miracle started the golden age of pilgrimage to Santiago with multitudes of medieval wayfarers seeking the tomb of St James. Towns along the Camino hosted these travellers and today many villages have scarcely changed. In 1987 the Camino de Santiago was declared the first European Cultural Itinerary - one of the great footpaths of Europe.

Our walks: To walk the entire route would take over a month but by using our support bus we cover the most scenic and historic sections. 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 pilgrimage 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 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 tranquil 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 tranquil 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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