El Camino de Santiago: A Walking Tour in Northern Spain

El Camino de Santiago: A Walking Tour in Northern Spain

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Co-sponsored by Dartmouth College with Jane L. Carroll, Dartmouth Senior Lecturer in Art History.
For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago, the “Way of Saint James,” to the shrine of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. This fall, join the National Trust to follow these peregrinos’ footsteps on selective hikes along the celebrated Camino de Santiago. Our journey will take place during the festive Compostela Holy Year, a rare and momentous occasion known as Xacobeo, observed for the first time in 11 years.

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$6,799
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021

HOTELS

HOTEL MAISONNAVE, PAMPLONA
HOTEL VILLA DE LAGUARDIA, LAGUARDIA
HOTEL NH PALACIO DE LA MERCED, BURGOS
PARADOR DE LEÓN, LEÓN
PARADOR DE VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO, VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO
HOTEL COMPOSTELA, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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TOUR MAP

El Camino map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1: DEPARTURE

    Depart on an overnight flight to Pamplona via Madrid.

  • day 2

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2: MADRID, SPAIN / PAMPLONA

    Arrive in Pamplona in the late afternoon. Transfer to the Hotel Maisonnave, centrally located near Castillo Square. This evening, meet fellow travelers and your study leader for a welcome drink, followed by dinner.

  • day 3

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: PAMPLONA

    Attend a morning lecture before a walking tour of Pamplona’s Old Quarter. After lunch, drive to Roncesvalles, one of the main entrances in Spain for the St. James Way, and where each traveler will receive a credencial (pilgrim passport) to mark their route. Enroute stop in the town of Burguete, mentioned in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, for typical lunch. Our first walk on the trail is from Albergue to Espinal across the fertile plans of the Río Ebro. Return to Pamplona, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Approximate walking distance: 4 miles.

  • day 4

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 4: PAMPLONA / LAGUARDIA

    Travel by coach to the Romanesque Church of Santa María de Eunate, one of the jewels of the Camino. From there, walk a short distance on the Camino to Puente La Reina, a medieval town where the two main pilgrim routes converge. There will be time to explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own. Drive to Estella to see the Palace of the Kings of Navarre and San Pedro de la Rúa, with its beautiful 12th-century cloister. Continue to Laguardia, the historic capital of the famous Rioja Alavesa wine region, and check in to the Hotel Villa de Laguardia. Dinner, featuring regional cuisine and wines, is at a local restaurant. Approximate walking distance: 2.75 miles.

  • day 5

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5: LAGUARDIA

    Following a morning lecture, drive to the lively university city of Logroño to see its lovely Old Quarter and the cathedral, with a painting by Michelangelo. Lunch is at Bodegas Baigorri, where Rioja Alavesa is produced. Return to Laguardia to visit Santa Maria de los Reyes. Conclude at the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Rest day (walking only for sightseeing).

  • day 6

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 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 and visit the cathedral, followed by lunch and a visit to the Pilgrim’s Hospital, declared a National Historic Interest Site. Enroute to Burgos, stop and see both Las Huelgas Monastery and the Museo de Ricas Telas. Continue to the spectacular Gothic abbey of La Cartuja de Miraflores, which will be opened especially for our group. Check in at Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced, our home for the next two nights. Dinner is at a local restaurant. Approximate walking distance: 3.6 miles.

  • day 7

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7: BURGOS

    This morning, discover the sumptuous Burgos Cathedral, the largest church in Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View its richly decorated chapels and the cloister. 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, drive to San Juan de Ortega for the start of one of the most popular Camino walks, passing by the village of Ages and the beautiful Church of Santa Eulalia to the village of Atapuerca. Return to Burgos for dinner at leisure. Approximate walking distance: 3.8 miles.

  • day 8

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8: BURGOS / LEÓN

    Drive this morning to the 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 at your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant. Approximate walking distance: 5.4 miles.

  • day 9

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9: LEÓN

    Depart this morning for a tour of León’s important sites. Visit the soaring 13th-century cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Basilica of San Isidoro, called the “Sistine Chapel of Romanesque” because of its beautiful frescoes. Lunch is at a famous restaurant. Afterwards follow the Camino within the walls of León to discover Gaudí’s architectural masterpiece, the neo-Gothic palace Casa de Botines. The remainder of the
    day is at leisure. Approximate walking distance: 1.3 miles.

  • day 10

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10: LEÓN / VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO

    Your morning journey on the Camino leads from León into the glorious open countryside of the páramo (treeless grassland). From Oncina de la Valdoncina, walk to Chozas de Abajo. 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 the medieval town of Ponferrada and its magnificent 12th-century Templar castle. Stroll on the Camino as it winds within the medieval section of Ponferrada. Dinner and overnight are at the Parador of Villafranca del Bierzo. Approximate walking distance: 3.6 miles.

  • day 11

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 11: VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO / 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 into Santiago. Check into the Hotel Compostela in the heart of the city. 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. Approximate walking distance: 2.9 miles.

  • day 12

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

    A morning walking tour includes the highlights of this historic town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Complete the pilgrim experience at noon Mass, and witness the famous Botafumeiro ritual. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. Gather tonight for our farewell dinner. Rest day (walking only for sightseeing).

  • day 13

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RETURN

    Depart the hotel early this morning for flights home.

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