Best of the Camino
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, transfer to Roncesvalles|
|DAY 2||Pyrenees walk to Zubiri (3hrs), transfer to Pamplona|
|DAY 3||Camino walk including Puente la Reina (3-4hrs), transfer to Logroño|
|DAY 4||Walk via Laguardia to Santo Domingo and from Montes de Oca to San Juan de Ortega (3-4hrs), overnight Burgos|
|DAY 5||Walk from Castrojeriz to Frómista (4hrs) and transfer to Sahagún|
|DAY 6||Walk along the Castile landscape (3hrs) and transfer to León.|
|DAY 7||Walk from Hospital de Órbigo to Astorga (3 hrs)|
|DAY 8||Walk from Crux de Ferro to Molinaseca (4hrs), visit Villafranca and transfer to Hererrías|
|DAY 9||Visit O Cebreiro, walk to Triacastela (4hrs), Samos Monastery and continue to Sarria|
|DAY 10||Walk to Portomarín (4-5hrs), transfer to Arzúa|
|DAY 11||Walk the last stage of the Camino from Lavacolla to Santiago (3hrs) with rest of day to explore the cathedral and historic centre|
|DAY 12||Free day in Santiago or optional excursion to Cape Fisterra|
|DAY 13||Trip concludes|
The Best of The Camino guided walking tour is exactly as described, a journey encompassing many memorable moments from magnificent landscapes, an historical overview of cities such as Pamplona, Leon, Burgos and Santiago and the influence of previous societies which provides the current cultural aspect to these places. The journey itself which allowed those that weren't seasoned Trekkers to participate fully daily due to our excellent guide and his previous knowledge of the terrain and what was achievable for each group member. Also, the accommodation and meals were superb and we never wanted for anything.