XPR 16 Day El Camino De Santiago Tour

Walking The Way Of Saint James

The Way of Saint James Tour & the Guggenheim

Magnificent Guggenheim Museum; Hemmingway's Pamplona; Spectacular walks on Way of St James; Tiny hamlets, mountain scenery; Strolling on Santiago's cobblestone streets


Dates & Prices

Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.

How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Thu 16 Jun 2022Fri 01 Jul 2022 $4520 USD
Thu 15 Jun 2023Fri 30 Jun 2023 $4660 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $959 USD (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

The Way Of Saint James has captured the imaginations of active travellers since the Middle Ages.

Spain itself has a spectacular past that seems to be alive today; ancient Roman bridges still being used just blend into the modern countryside and those who depend on the structures don't think twice before crossing them.

On our Way Of Saint James Tour take an enlightening trek on the Way of Saint James to a mediaeval castle that stands just outside one of the quaint villages, or visit a church and see ancient relics that all seem to have elaborate stories behind them.

The achievements of today are also just as impressive; an excursion to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao allows us to view some of the most influential European and American art from the 20th century, like the works of Picasso, Mondrian and Ernst.

In this country, the only thing that rivals humankind's achievements are those of Mother Nature.

When we take a 3 km walk along the rim of the tremendous Lumbier Gorge or look down at the view from the top of Montes de Leon, we realize that nature's artistic merit is itself nothing short of a masterpiece.

Our tours along the Way of Saint James are moderate hikes that require a degree of physical fitness.

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Spain


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bilbao, Spain
We arrival in Bilbao and transfer to our hotel.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to extremely limited accommodation along el Camino, our hotels may be located in the general vicinity of the overnight points indicated on our itinerary (with the exception of major centres like Bilbao, Leon, and Santiago).

Overnight Bilbao.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Bilbao & The Guggenheim
Today we have a guided half-day "panoramic" tour of Bilbao, including the newest and biggest attraction in town, the Guggenheim Museum.

The 31 329 sq m (349,000 sq foot) colossus is one of the focal points of a $1.5 billion redevelopment plan for the city. The Frank Gehry design features a 50 m- (165 foot-) high atrium -- more than one-and-a-half times the height of the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York. Stretching under the bridge and incorporating it in its design, the museum reanimates the promenade with its towering roof, reminiscent of a blossoming "metallic flower." The museum is devoted to American and European art of the 20th century, featuring the works of such renowned artists as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso, Ernst, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Serra, and others.

We will likely finish at the museum so that those who want to linger after the formal guided portion of our visit may do so.

Overnight in Bilbao.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Bilbao - San Sebastian - Pamplona
Today we travel to Pamplona, located within the region of Navarre. The city is be best known for the tradition of the running of the bulls which occurs in July every year as made famous by Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises."

En route we stop at San Sebastian, the undisputed queen of the Basque resorts. Set around the deep, still bay of La Concha and enclosed by rolling low hills, it's beautifully situated; the old town sits on the eastern promontory, its back to the wooden slopes of Monte Urgull, while newer development has spread along the banks of the Urumea, around the edge of the bay to the foot of Monte Igueldo and on the hills overlooking the bay. We have time for lunch and some exploration before continuing to Pamplona.

We have a walking tour of the old fortress city of Pamplona (Iruna), said to have been founded by the Roman general, Pompey. In the ninth century it became the capital of Navarra. This otherwise quiet city explodes into life in July during the fiesta of Los Sanfermines, with its dare-devil bull running. From the old city walls (murallas) we can get a good overview of Pamplona. The nearby cathedral, which is built in ochre-coloured stone, looks down on a loop in the Rio Arga. We visit the Museo de Navarra, a museum of regional archaeology, history and art. Exhibits include Roman mosaics and an 11th-century, Islam-inspired ivory casket. There are murals painted during the 14th-16th centuries, a portrait by Goya and a collection of paintings by Basque artists.

Overnight in Pamplona.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Pamplona - Eunate - Puente la Reina
This morning we leave Pamplona and make a stop at the spectacular Lumbier Gorge. You will be struck by the power of the water and the erosion which, over millions of years, has managed to carve these ravines in the mountain. They are inaccessible spots with vertical walls, deep rivers, rocky places furrowed with cracks and caves, the refuge of many animals and birds. We'll walk along the rim for about 3 km (flat surface).

We continue to Santa de Maria de Eunate, a striking octagonal Romanesque church built by the Knight Templars and rising romantically in the middle of the green fields. Today we begin our walk along el camino from the church to the proud village of Obanos, where many houses still preserve the Coat of Arms (2 km, mostly flat). From Obanos, the trail brings us to Puente la Reina (3 km).

Puente la Reina, an evocative medieval town built for pilgrims at the meeting point of two Spanish pilgrim routes. The camino Frances from Roncesvalles, France and the camino Aragones converge at Puente la Reina's 11th century bridge. The town retains its original vocation and the genuine atmosphere of a place of pilgrimage.

DAY SUMMARY: 8 km (5 mi) of easy walking.

Overnight in Puente la Reina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Puente la Reina - Maneru - Lorca - Puente la Reina
We stroll the timeless main street, cross the thousand-year-old bridge that spans the green Arga River, and hike el camino along the Raga for a while (flat), and then uphill towards the village of Maneru (approx 90 min). After Maneru, the trail meanders through a lovely patchwork of vineyards and orchards up to the hilltop village of Cirauqui, with its remarkable collection of both civil and religious buildings. From Cirauqui, we follow and ancient paved road (downhill) lined with cypresses and we cross the Roman bridges still in use to reach the town of Lorca. We return to our hotel in Puente la Reina for the night.

DAY SUMMARY: About 15 km (9.5 mi), rolling terrain.

Overnight Puente la Reina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Puente la Reina - Estella - Laguardia
This morning we drive to the town of Estella for a one-hour walking tour around town. This town is also known as Estella la Bella for its beauty and was also a favourite pilgrim stopover. The creation of the town in 1090 is associated with a mysterious statue of the Virgin found in a cave nearby. The town is full of Romanesque religious buildings dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. We walk to the Monasterio de Irache a 10th century Benedictine monastery, for a look at its Fuente de Vino, a wine fountain built by the monks of Irache to refresh passing pilgrims.

From Azqueta we hike to Villamayor de Monjardin, passing through Fuente de los Moros (slight uphill). In Torres del Rio we pause to visit the Eglesia Santo Sepulcro, a 12th century gem of Romanesque architecture and a highlight of our day. We continue our walk through tiny villages and end in the fortified Basque village of Laguardia, where we spend the night. This is a rather long stretch with lots of sun exposure, though it is almost completely flat.

DAY SUMMARY: Today's walk is about 14 km (8.75 mi).

Overnight Laguardia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Laguardia - Burgos
Today we travel to Burgos, set along the Arlanzon River, for a well-deserved rest day. The promenade along the river is one of Spain's prettiest, and we have the afternoon to enjoy this setting and (possibly) visit Burgos's diaphanous Gothic cathedral and castle ruins above town.*

Burgos preserves one of the greatest collections of Gothic art and monuments in southern Europe, yet it has also had a long role as a military camp, from the days of El Cid in the 15th century to General Franco, who during Spain's Civil War made Burgos his capital. It was here that Franco held his infamous trials of 16 Basque separatists. The Kingdom of Castile was born in the town of Burgos, and its castle stands on what was the Moorish frontier in 884. Old Castile and Leon, which we visit in a few days, encompass two ancient kingdoms on Spain's Meseta, a semi-arid expanse of dun-coloured plains spotted with patches of mountains.

* NOTE: The castle maybe closed during our spring departures, in which case we will be able to admire from exterior only. Our summer and fall trips should be able to visit the interior.


Overnight Burgos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Burgos - Carrion de Los Condes
We drive to the 14th century remains of the Monasterio de San Anton and then pick up El Camino and walk to the medieval castle and village of Castrojeriz (flat, 3 km). El Camino follows the regular asphalt road on this section, but there is little traffic and the road is lined with poplar trees. We enjoy the fine Gothic church called Santa Maria del Manzano, named after a local apple tree where a statue of the Virgin was found. Those who like can take an optional scramble up the castle (45 minutes, steep, but well worth it!).

Afterwards we drive to Boadilla del Camino, where we check out some interesting dovecotes, then continue our walk to the town of Fromista (flat, 6 km), a key stop since the days of the Codex Calixtinus. Here we visit its perfect Romanesque church, the golden St Martin, founded in 1035 and restored in 1893 by the arch restorer in France, Villet-le-Duc. The church is now a national monument. The barrel-vaulted interior is loaded with extraordinary sculptural detail full of occult and medieval symbols.

From Fromista, we drive to our hotel in the ancient town of Carrion de los Condes, with its two 12th century Romanesque churches. Our accommodation here is a beautiful monastery that has been converted into a hotel. In Spain, a number of historic buildings of notable architecture have been converted into fine hotels and are known as Paradores.

DAY SUMMARY: Total walking, 9 km (5.6 miles).

Overnight Carrion de los Condes.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Carrion de Los Condes - Leon
After a leisurely morning in Carrion de los Condes, we leave the mountains and drive across the treeless plains of Castile to visit the engaging city of Leon, for a non-trekking day. Within the two cities it encapsulates, ie the old medieval part and the modern one that stretches alongside the river, there is an extraordinary historical and artistic heritage. The Roman and medieval walls in between help to highlight the beautiful contrast between the old quarter and the squares, known as the Plaza Mayor and the Plaza del Mercado, and the avenues, modern buildings, parks and gardens that lie to the west. The three most characteristic monuments that stand out for their great artistic value in Leon are the Cathedral, the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro and the Convent of San Marcos.


Overnight in Leon.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Leon - Villafranca del Bierzo
We drive to the village of Santa Catalina de Somoza to begin our walk to El Ganzo (5 km, slight incline), where on the main street we can visit a craftsman who makes walking sticks from local beech trees. We begin our hike here climbing a path through the forest to emerge in a moor of heather and Scotch broom. We stop to enjoy views from the top of the Montes de Leon.

Our hike takes us up to the town of Rabanal del Camino (slight rise, 7 km), where the bus picks us up and drives us to the stunning Cruz del Ferro. From here we walk downhill to Manjarin (2km) where the bus will pick us up and drive us to Acebo for a visit. We depart Acebo by bus and drive down a steep switchback road (5km) to Compludo where we can see a medieval-era forge still in use. Later, we drive to the charming town of Villafranca del Bierzo, capital of a former station on the pilgrim's road to Santiago. Villafranca del Bierzo was built in the 11th century at the confluence of two rivers and is surrounded by mountains. As its name suggests, it was founded by the French and in its heyday had six pilgrim hospices and eight monasteries.

DAY SUMMARY: Today's hike is about 16 km (10 miles).

Overnight Villafranca del Bierzo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Villafranca del Bierzo - Trabadelo - O Ceibreiro - Lugo
The lush Cordillera Cantabria mountains are the last barrier before Santiago. Here in a very rural stretch of Galicia, we find Spain at its most Celtic. We hike today on a part of El Camino that rarely coincides with any roads and is especially pleasant. The first 3km (1.8 mi) are steep, then the route levels off to a gentle incline for about 6km (3.7 mi). The final 3km is a gentle descent to Trabadelo. For those not wanting to climb, there is another option along the little used road below that winds through the valley.

Our bus picks us up at this point and takes us to the mystical Celtic village of O'Ceibreiro, which once ranked with Roncesvalles as a resting place for pilgrims. A Benedictine monastery, Santa Maria del Ceibreiro, was built here in the 9th century over an ancient Celtic temple. O Ceibreiro and the mountains to the north form part of the Reserve Nacional de Os Ancares, partly a hunting reserve of roebuck and boar. We continue by road to Lugo, a town with largest intact Roman
walls in Spain.

DAY SUMMARY: Today's hike is about 12 km (7.5 mi).

Overnight in Lugo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Lugo - Portomarin - Palas de Rei
We drive to Ferreiros, with its Romanesque churches and many rural villages, where we begin our relatively easy day's walk (mostly flat). This stage is one of the most beautiful because of its mountain scenery and countryside. We pass down through the Mino Valley we will arrive to Portomarin, passing through small hamlets along the way.

We finish our day at nearby Palas de Rei, an important town in the Middle Ages located on El Camino.

DAY SUMMARY: Our hike today is about 12 km (7.5 miles).

Overnight in Palas de Rei.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Palas de Rei - Lavacolla
Palas de Rei is an excellent starting point for today's on-foot exploration of more Galician countryside. We follow lovely backroads that pass through hamlets and farms flanked by grain silos in granite. We will see the first forest of eucalyptus, which heralds the proximity of the ocean. The churches here are small and very moving, and numerous religious crosses along the way testify that Christianity is deeply anchored in the land of Galicia.

We walk downhill to Leboreiro, a medieval village famous for a 14th Century miracle in which the Eucharist was transformed into actual flesh and blood. We continue on mostly flat ground to Melide from which we drive to Lavacolla. We have relatively easy walking today despite the length of 16km (10 miles).

DAY SUMMARY: 16 km (10 miles), well-trodden easy terrain.

Overnight in Lavacolla.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Lavacolla - Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Campostella
This morning we see Santiago from the ancient pilgrim overlook above town, and then make our final hike, about 9km (5.6 miles), following El Camino into Santiago itself, where all roads lead to the vast central plaza and extraordinary cathedral containing the remains of St James. We walk uphill for the first hour or so to Monte de Gozo then downhill for about 2 hours into Santiago.

Santiago is one of Spain's most beautiful cities, built of golden granite and declared a national monument in its entirety. It's a wonderful place to walk, with its arcades and flagstone streets, and we have the afternoon free to enjoy the town.

Overnight in Santiago.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Santiago de Compostela: City Tour
This morning we have a walking city tour of Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Our tour begins at Obradoiro Square where some of its more prominent monuments can be seen: the Archbishop's residence which preserves some 12th century lounges; the Town Hall, former Raxoy Palace, with its classical facade; the San Jeronimo College, whose facade shows Roman influences.

We also include the city's famous cathedral, a truly grand building adorned with many statues of St James in his familiar pilgrim guise with staff, broad-brimmed hat, and scallop-shell badge.

We also visit the Cathedral Museum, the Cloister and finally, the Platerias Gate, the only Romanesque one that is still preserved; and we take a guided tour of the Cathedral roofs,* which allows us to climb to the very top of the building and look out over the historic centre from the heights. To do so we make for the Gelmirez Palace, located to the side of the Cathedral in the Plaza del Obradoiro square. We pass through the interior of the Gelmirez Palace, past the Cathedral gallery (above the Gloria doorway) and up to the roof of the cathedral.

* Impending maintenance on the roof has been announced starting from late winter 2018, and it is unclear as to how long a closure may last. Please be advised that this element may not be possible if the roof tour is unavailable for your chosen departure.

Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Departure
Departure from Santiago.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Antigua Bodega de Don Cosme Palacio

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Laguardia
Country: Spain

The art of the vine is ever present here; even the rooms are named after a particular type of grape.
... include the living room furnished with interesting antiques pieces, a fine little bar and library. This sum of great wine, food, lovely rooms and decor makes for a winning combination and it comes as no surprise that the Don Cosme Palacio is widely considered to be one of the best bodegas in the region.

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Hotel Cordon

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Burgos
Country: Spain

Located at the heart of the city, next to the House of the Cordon, where the Catholic King and Queen
... Columbus back from his second trip to America, this hotel provides the traveller with the peace and quite silence of a walking area. In less than five minutes guests can reach the famous gothic Cathedral of Burgos and the futurist Museum of the Human Evolution.

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Villafranca Del Bierzo Parador

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Villafranca Del Bierzo
Country: Spain

Villafranca del Bierzo is the centre of a lovely region and also a stop on St James Way. The hotel's
... imitates the lines and shapes of nearby Galicia. The wooden floors lend elegance and comfort to the bedrooms and other rooms of the hotel. The lounge, one of the most attractive spaces in the Parador, is welcoming and comfortable.

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Complejo de Cabana

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Palas De Rei
Country: Spain

La Cabaña (the Cabin) as its name suggests is a charming hotel built completely of wood. It is situated in
... grounds, surrounded by gardens, pines and chestnut trees. The Camino de Santiago passes right by the property.

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Hesperia Gelmirez

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Santiago de Compostela
Country: Spain

This cozy hotel is situated in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, near the railway station and just 10 km
... the airport. An ideal base from which to tour the splendid historical and cultural features of the city. The hotel boasts 138 fully-equipped rooms with heating, telephone, television and satellite TV.

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Trip Information


Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

Seasonality and Weather

In this northerly part of Spain, one can experience cold and wet weather into the spring and even in late summer/early fall. As such, we plan this trip for the late spring/early summer months when we can expect warm fine days and cool mornings/evenings. In this part of the country, showers can occur at any time but are least likely in summertime. This also means that the trail will be busy with other hikers; however, this is likely going to be the case on a pilgrimage route! Meeting other "pilgrims" along the way is actually a big part of the fun!

Transport and Travel Conditions

Most transport is by private air-conditioned vehicle, +/- 24 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Due to the winding roads and lack of accessibility on narrow streets in small towns and villages, we will avoid the large motor-coaches more typical of large group touring. One of the delights of exploring this compact region is the lack of long road journeys, allowing us to maximize our time doing, seeing, smelling, tasting, experiencing, and soaking it all in.


Our difficulty rating "Level 4" refers to our walks/hikes that go beyond town/city walking tours on pavement or cobblestones, to hiking on "natural" surfaces (ie gravel) and pathways that feature some elevation gain/loss as opposed to reasonably flat terrain. Such hikes are leisurely with plenty of stops along the way, but they can be of a greater duration than our walking tours that fall under category #3. This activity does not occur every day, but as per our tour itinerary, even when not on a "hike," we will be on foot quite a lot, with town walking tours, winery visits, with plenty of places with uneven surfaces and stairs.

Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. In the meantime, however, we can advise that, generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in. Please note that some surfaces feature loose material (ie stones, gravel, sand etc) which can be slippery. Good footwear/tread and walking poles will help to steady you and support your knees.

This is a hotel-based tour with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.

For daily summary of our hiking activities, please refer to the tour itinerary.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

How might Covid-19 impact this tour and your booking? To review our safety protocols, passenger responsibilites, frequently asked questions, and terms governing your reservation, click here.

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Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels and inns (3 star) throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to extremely limited accommodation along el Camino, our hotels may be located a few kilometers outside of the overnight points indicated on our itinerary (with the exception of major centres like Bilbao, Leon, and Santiago).

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver, local guides.

Group Size

Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader




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Both Spain and Morocco serve as perfect examples as to why flying to the other side of… Read More
25 days from Lisbon to Sevilla
On this Portugal & Spain tour we see how referring to history as existing in a series of… Read More
24 days from Palermo to Venice
What do you get if you mix the incredible cultural riches of Italy's north with the laid… Read More
24 days from Florence to Dubrovnik
Italy & The Adriatic Tour by Adventures Abroad: As one of the most atmospheric and… Read More
24 days from Madrid to Marrakech
One look at the mountains framing the sky or the lakes that mirror any beauty that… Read More
23 days from Krakow to St Petersburg
Poland & The Baltic States Tour from Adventures Abroad: Not too often are we presented… Read More
23 days from Algiers to Malta
On our Algeria, Tunisia & Malta tour, the entire country of Algeria makes for a… Read More
21 days from Vilnius to Bergen
21 days from Warsaw to Prague
Combine picturesque vistas, unsettling historical discovery and exotic urban exploration… Read More
20 days from Palermo to Florence
20 days from Athens to Athens
20 days from Rome to Antwerp
This unique San Marino, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, Luxembourg & Vatican City tour… Read More
20 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt
This was designed by, and will be led by, senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli, who… Read More
19 days from Valleta to Rome
Combining gold-sand beaches that would rival those of any Mediterranean destination in… Read More
19 days from Krakow to Helsinki
Poland & Baltic States tours like no other! Eastern Europe holds numerous rewards for… Read More
19 days from Yellowknife to Toronto
This one-time offering will be led/hosted by Senior Tour Leader, Martin Charlton, who in… Read More
18 days from Madrid to Casablanca
Separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco tours venture to two… Read More
18 days from Santiago de Compostela to Sevilla
Take an adventure through the heart of Spain on our Spain: North & South tour and see how… Read More
17 days from Hamburg to Krakow
Tours of Poland, Czech Republic & Germany like no other!
16 days from Lisbon to Barcelona
Across the sun-drenched Iberian Peninsula are two countries with a soul and history that… Read More
16 days from Berlin to Warsaw
The variety on this busy trip is truly astounding, and on this "Category 3" adventure we… Read More
15 days from Tunis to Valleta
After the Roman Empire conquered Carthage, Julius Caesar resurrected the city into a vast… Read More
15 days from Athens to Athens
15 days from Madrid to Porto
15 days from Athens to Athens
This is the perfect Greek Isles experience for travellers who eschew crowds and the… Read More
14 days from Tirana to Skopje
Discerning travellers will be thrilled with this, one of our more comprehensive Albania… Read More
14 days from Rome to Venice
Few places in the world have as high of a reputation as a cultural and historic tour de… Read More
14 days from Palermo to Rome
Few countries ooze as much of a romantic appeal as Italy does. From the language to the… Read More
14 days from Zurich to Zurich
History has given Switzerland little land, but nature has blessed it with the finest… Read More
14 days from Athens to Athens
Greek Island Tours: join us on an exquisite, two-week adventure to experience the islands… Read More
14 days from Athens to Athens
Our Hiking the Greek Isles tour begins and end in the iconic capital of Athens, a city… Read More
14 days from Helsinki to Bergen
This spectacular 15-day Nordic Explorer tour to the Nordic countries is a perfect… Read More
13 days from Vilnius to St Petersburg
In the far northern region of Europe, our Russia and Baltic States tours explore a region… Read More
13 days from Zurich to Zurich
The Switzerland On Foot Tour is a guided walking tour combining some of Switzerland's… Read More
13 days from Torino to Torino
We're very excited to once again offer a more active tour in Italy, the Piemonte Panorama… Read More
12 days from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
In the land of fire and ice, one can expect a landscape of rugged mountains and swirling… Read More
12 days from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
12 days from Rome to Venice
Experience a wide range of incredible highlights on our Northern Italy For Less! Tour, an… Read More
11 days from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
10 days from Rome to Florence
At 10 days in length, this adventure through Northern Italy may seem relatively short on… Read More
10 days from Madrid to Sevilla
If you have trouble determining a destination based on deciding between the culinary… Read More
9 days from Vilnius to Helsinki
Embark on this Baltic States tour that packs an incredible array of distinct culture and… Read More
9 days from Athens to Athens
As the birthplace of western democracy, there is something strangely familiar to those… Read More
9 days from Athens to Athens
In the sun-drenched islands of Greece, it is easy to get lost in the deep azure blue of… Read More
8 days from Florence to Venice
From the Renaissance grandeur of its buildings, the abundance of its art galleries and… Read More
8 days from Lisbon to Porto
The country of Portugal seems vast in so many respects; such is evident in the copious… Read More
6 days from Valleta to Valleta
On our Malta tour you'll see that, though small, Malta manages to cram just about… Read More