For more than a millennium, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, to the Shrine of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela. Become part of a centuries-old tradition as you walk along the most interesting sections of this sacred route. 

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 The cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Credit: Turgalicia  The incense tradition at the cathedral  Landscape outside Pamplona  The Old Town of Pamplona  The Camino walk at Roncesvalles. Credit: Henri Bergius  Ceiling design in the sumptuous Burgos Cathedral. Credit: Nigel Swales  The cathedral and Bishop's Palace at Astorga. Credit: Dietmar Giljohann  Spain's cathedral in Santiago de Compostela  Symbol of Santiago de Compostela, found throughout the city and along the Pilgrims Way

The Way to Santiago

A Walking Tour in Northern Spain

13 days from $7,995

For more than a millennium, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, to the Shrine of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela. Become part of a centuries-old tradition as you walk along the most interesting sections of this sacred route. 

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Overview

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For more than a millennium, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, to the Shrine of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela. Become part of a centuries-old tradition as you walk along the most interesting sections of this sacred route. 

Highlights Include:

  • Pilgrimage Route: Following a stay in Pamplona, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, begin the Camino walk in Roncevalles. 
  • Historic Sites: Explore awe-inspiring cathedrals and monasteries in Nájera, León, and other pilgrimage cities. See the artistic treasures of the Cartuja de Miraflores monastery in Burgos during a specially arranged after-hours visit as well as examples of architecture by Antoni Gaudí.
  • Santiago de Compostela: Your journey concludes in Santiago de Compostela with a walking tour of this World Heritage site, followed by Mass at the cathedral, where the traditional incense-burning ceremony will be performed especially for your group.
  • Comfort Levels: During this moderately active program, your days will comprise visits to historic and World Heritage sites along with walks ranging from 1.5 to 5.5 miles at a comfortable pace (with two days without walks). Each evening, settle into accommodations that include luxury paradors and up- scale historic properties. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — New York / Pamplona

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Pamplona via Madrid.

Day 2 — Madrid / Pamplona

Arrive in Pamplona and transfer to the Gran Hotel La Perla, immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises as the Hotel Montoya.  This evening gather for welcome remarks, followed by a typical pintxos dinner in the hotel’s lively tapas bar and restaurant with award-winning chef Álex Múgica. (D)

Day 3 — Pamplona

Attend a morning introductory lecture, followed by a walking tour of Pamplona’s Old Quarter. After lunch, drive to Roncesvalles, one of the entrance points for St. James Way. Each traveler will receive a credencial (pilgrim passport) to mark our routes. Our first walk on the trail is from Albergue to Espinal across the fertile plans of the River Ebro. Return to Pamplona where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L) 

Day 4 — Pamplona / Laguardia

Travel by coach to the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria de Eunate, one of the jewels of the Camino. From here, walk a short distance on the Camino to Puente La Reina, a medieval town where the two main routes on the Pilgrim's Way converge. There will be time to explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own. This afternoon drive to vibrant Estella to see the Palace of the Kings of Navarre and San Pedro de la Rua with its beautiful 12th-century cloister.  Continue to Laguardia, the charming medieval capital of the famous Rioja Alavesa wine region, and check into your hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant, featuring regional cuisine and wines. Walking distance: 2.75 miles. (B,D)

Day 5 — Laguardia

Following a morning lecture, drive to the lively university city of Logroño to see its attractive Old Quarter and the cathedral, which boasts a painting by Michelangelo. Lunch is at Bodegas Baigorri, where Rioja Alavesa is produced. Return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Rest day, only sightseeing walking. (B,L)

Day 6 — Laguardia / Burgos

Depart for Nájera, the former capital of the Kingdom of Navarre. Visits include the Monasterio Santa María de la Real, the burial place of many of the kings, queens, and knights of Navarre.  Continue on the Camino to Azofra, then drive to Santo Domingo de la Calzada for lunch and a visit to the cathedral and Pilgrims' Hospital, declared a National Historic Interest Site. 

In Burgos, visit Las Huelgas Monastery, where the Museo de Ricas Telas houses the unique Codex Las Huelgas, the famous music manuscript from 1300.  A private after-hours visit is arranged at the Gothic abbey of La Cartuja de Miraflores. Then, check into the Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced, housed in a former monastery.  Dinner is on your own. Walking distance: 3.6 miles. (B,L) 

Day 7 — Burgos

This morning discover the sumptuous Burgos Cathedral, the largest church in Spain and a designated World Heritage Site. View its richly decorated chapels and the cloister. Then drive to the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, and experience a Gregorian chant performed by the world-famous monks of Silos.  

After a picnic lunch, walk along a delightful Camino path through an oak and pine forest leading to the peaceful valley of the Río Vena.  Return to Burgos, for dinner at the nearby Meson del Cid. Walking distance: 3.8 miles. (B,L,D) 

Day 8 — Burgos / León

Drive this morning to the little village of Calzada del Coto to start a beautiful hike along this stretch of the Camino to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. After a tapas buffet lunch at a popular pilgrim restaurant continue to León. Check in to the splendid Parador de León San Marcos, an architectural gem. The afternoon is at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant. Walking distance: 5.4 miles. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — León

Today, follow the Camino within the walls of León to discover Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, the neo-Gothic palace Casa de Botines, and the soaring 13th-century cathedral. Then see the Basilica of San Isidoro, the most important Romanesque church of the Iberian Peninsula.  Lunch is at a famous local restaurant. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Walking distance: 2.3 miles. (B,L) 

Day 10 — León / Villafranca del Bierzo

Your morning journey on the Camino leads from León into the glorious open countryside of the Páramo. Then, drive to Astorga, whose historic legacy is the result of its location at the crossroads of several major pilgrim routes.  Admire Antoni Gaudí’s Bishop's Palace before lunch.  Continue to Ponferrada and the magnificent 12th-century Templar castle. Stroll on the Camino as it winds within the medieval section tof Ponferrada. Dinner and overnight are at the Parador of Villafranca del Bierzo. Walking distance: 4.2 miles. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Villafranca / Santiago de Compostela

See the historic sights of Villafranca del Bierzo before driving to Monte Do Gozo for lunch. The spires of the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela will be visible as you join other pilgrims walking the last few miles of the Camino. Check into the renowned Hostal dos Reis Católicos located at the Plaza do Obradoiro. Later, an optional excursion is arranged to “the end of the Earth” at Cape Finisterre, once thought to be the westernmost point on the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the sunset from the cape with a glass of Cava. Walking distance: 2.9 miles. (B,L) 

Day 12 — Santiago de Compostela

A morning walking tour includes the highlights of this historic town, a World Heritage Site.  Complete the pilgrim experience at noon mass, where the famous Botafumeiro (incense burning) ritual will be performed specifically for our group. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure.  Gather tonight for our farewell dinner in the luxurious dining room of the hostal. Rest day, only sightseeing walking. (B,D)

Day 13 — Santiago de Compostela / New York

Depart for the airport and return flights home, via Madrid. (B)