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Duration
11 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in a combination of quality hotels, farmhouse B&Bs
Meals
  • 10 Dinners
  • 10 Breakfasts

Price

$1399USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CTB

Trip highlights


  • Experience the history of the trail and the villages founded by pilgrims
  • Enjoy the Meseta with its vast open landscapes perfect for reflective walking
  • Explore Frómista's well-preserved Romanesque church of San Martín and the narrow alleys of Leon
  • Enjoy the hospitality of small pilgrim hotels and the camaraderie of the trail

From Burgos, the city of El Cid with its majestic Gothic cathedral, walk the mid section of the French Camino route to the city of Leon. Between the two the route veers away from civilisation to the high plains of central Spain, or the Meseta. Here there are few distractions to the walk, which makes this a unique and inspirational journey where the sound of your footfall competes only with the wind in the corn fields. At Frómista take in the simplicity of the Romanesque church before continuing on your way to Leon, with its lively tapas bars and grand buildings a complete contrast to the solitude of the Meseta.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Make your own way to the first hotel in Burgos then set out to explore the city’s many attractions, starting with its impressive Gothic cathedral.

Meals:  D

The first stage of the Camino takes you from Burgos into the rural Meseta landscape through fields of wheat, barley and oats to Hornillos. In the afternoon, a short 2km/1.2mi transfer (included) will take you to your overnight accommodation in Isar. Alternatively you can choose to walk these extra 2 kilometres. (+150m/492ft, -125m/410ft)

Meals:  B,D

A morning transfer (included) will take you back to Hornillos to continue your Camino. Today the walk leads you through wheat fields as far as Hontanas. On the way, you will pass the Convent of San Antón. Just under 5km/3.1mi along a flat stretch will see you arriving at the pretty village of Castrojeriz. (+40m/131ft, -140m/459ft)

Meals:  B,D

Once you leave Castrojeriz, the path leads you uphill to the Alto de Mostelares, from where you will descend towards the river Piserga. The last part of today's walk is along the Canal de Castilla into the historic town of Frómista. (+100m/328ft, -120m/393ft)

Meals:  B,D

The first part of this stage will lead you towards Villalcázar de Sirga and its beautiful 13th century church. Shortly afterwards you will reach Carrión de los Condes and its impressive collection of monuments. (+50m/164ft)

Meals:  B,D

This stage is short, so you can make the most of your time in Carrion de los Condes before starting your walk to the small village of Calzadilla de la Cueza. (+30m/99ft)

Meals:  B,D

From Calzadilla de la Cueza the first couple of kilometres are uphill. You will then walk through Lédigos, Terradillo de Templarios and Moratinos, before arriving at one of this stage's most interesting villages, Sahagún, home to some of Spain's earliest examples of the mudéjar style of architecture. You will have two nights here. (+60m/197ft, -60m/197ft)

Meals:  B,D

You will leave Sahagún by crossing the bridge over the river Cea. Once you arrive at Calzada del Coto, the Camino divides into two paths. Follow the path to the left through Bercianos del Camino to reach El Burgo Ranero. In the afternoon, a transfer will take you back to Sahagún and your hotel. (+50m/164ft)

Meals:  B,D

This morning you transfer back to El Burgo Ranero to continue your walk. This stage leads you to Mansilla de las Mulas, not far from León. You will come across very few villages on today's walk. Mansilla is where the two branches of the walk reunite. (-50m/164ft)

Meals:  B,D

Cross the bridge over the river Esla to leave Mansilla, and then the river Porma in Villarente. From the Alto del Portillo you will enjoy great views over the city of León, dominated by its cathedral. A short and steep descent will lead you into the city centre. (+100m/328ft, -80m/262ft)

Meals:  B,D

Trip concludes after breakfast. Own onward arrangements or continue the walk to Santiago.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 10 nights in a combination of quality hotels, farmhouse B&Bs and guesthouses on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes, maps & guidebook per room booked
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp - additional bags and excess weight will attract a surcharge)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Transfers: Hornillos-Isar and return the next morning (day 2/3), El Burgo Ranero to Sahagún and return the next morning (day 8/9)
  • Visitor tax

  • Travel to Leon and from Burgos
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks
  • Lunch daily
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges - please advise us if you will have more than one bag weighing a max of 20kgs as extra charges will apply for additional pieces of luggage. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as we only include one bag and they will be charged as an extra bag. Charges will be higher if not paid when final balance for your trip is due.

Grading

moderate  

Daily walks are between 16km and 27km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to mountainous. Some of the route is on paved surfaces – you should pay particular attention to your footwear to ensure that it is suitable to avoid blisters. This is a well worn path where route finding will be reasonably straightforward (refer below for further details on self guided adventures). The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns and cities. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. Taxi and bus services operate between towns in the event that you are unable to walk on a particular day.


Departure dates

Daily

Notes

DN1
Departures from November to February are likely to experience wetter and colder conditions than at other times with snow possible. Winter can be a magical time to experience the Camino with fewer people and more local encounters, but the walking day is shorter. In addition, hotel closures are possible which may require a change in overnight towns.
DN2
Subject to availability over the Xmas and New Year period

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Total Priceper person from

$1399USD

Options & Supplements*
  • excess luggage (per piece, max 20kg in weight)USD$130
  • single supplementUSD$340
  • single traveller surchargeUSD$440
*Prices listed are per person

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Making Europe Affordable

We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

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Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

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With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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