The Camino de Santiago, or Compostela Trail, has for centuries represented an important pilgrimage route from France, across the Pyrenees and the north of Spain to the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela. Following the most interesting sections from Roncesvalles in Spain through famous pilgrimage cities such as Leon and Pamplona, the landscapes change daily from mountain trails to forests and open plains. With the camaraderie of a small group and local guide, the trip is fully supported throughout. At night stay in atmospheric towns in a selection of hand picked hotels where the local flavours are introduced by your hosts.
DAY 1 Arrive Bilbao, visit Guggenheim Museum DAY 2 Transfer to Roncesvalles, walk in the surrounds of the town (3hrs) DAY 3 Visit Pamplona and walk to Puente la Reina (3-4hrs) DAY 4 Walk to Estella (3-4hrs) DAY 5 Visit the wine fountain "Fuente del Vino" enroute to Villamayor de Monjardin, drive to Burgos (2-3hrs) DAY 6 Walk to Rabe de las Calzadas (3hrs) DAY 7 Follow the Camino across the Castilian Meseta to Frómista (4-5hrs) DAY 8 Visit Leon and walk from Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga (4-5hrs) DAY 9 Walk and visit Templar castle at Ponferrada, overnight Villafranca (4-5hrs) DAY 10 Walk into Galicia and O'Cebreiro (2-3hrs) DAY 11 Continue to Portomarin (4hrs) DAY 12 Walk through Celtic country, overnight Arzua (4hrs) DAY 13 Early arrival in Santiago with rest of day to explore the cathedral and historic centre (3hrs) DAY 14 Trip concludes
*13 breakfasts, 13 dinners *13 nights 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *English speaking guide throughout *support vehicle for luggage and transfer *guided tour in Bilbao including the Guggenheim Museum