Walking the Camino In the Footsteps of St. James

Walking the Camino In the Footsteps of St. James

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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. To this day the pilgrims’ motives have been as varied as their personalities: religious devotion, wanderlust, flight from the law, the spirit of adventure, and cultural tourism.
We invite you to consider joining this August tour to follow in these peregrinos’ footsteps, on selective hikes along the celebrated Camino de Santiago. Admire spectacular monuments, enjoy fine cuisine, and spend your nights in deluxe hotels and historic paradores. In Santiago de Compostela, attend the Pilgrims’ Mass at the Cathedral, with its famous Botafumeiro ceremony. Daily walks average 3.5 miles.

Pricing from
$7,599
Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Aug 23, 2019 - Sep 4, 2019

HOTELS

Gran Hotel La Perla, Pamplona
Since the 19th century this five-star hotel has hosted great personalities like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin.

Hotel Villa de Laguardia, Laguardia
Situated among vineyards of Rioja Alavesa, this hotel features a spa with wine and olive oil treatments, and two restaurants, Medoc Alaves and El Villa Bistro.

Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced, Burgos
The NH Palacio de la Merced hotel, a magnificent Gothic structure built in the 16th and 17th centuries, is located in the heart of Burgos and a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral. The spacious guest rooms are a fusion of classic and contemporary design.

Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, Villafranca del Bierzo
At the entrance to the town of Villafranca del Bierzo, this parador is surrounded by mountains whose slopes are dotted with chestnuts, poplars, and small farms. Large windows offer extraordinary views and in the garden, guests can enjoy the seasonal swimming pools.

Hotel Eurostars, León
Eurostars is conveniently located near the historical center and steps away from the important monuments such as the Gothic Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of St. Isidor and Gaudí’s Casa Botines. All 63 rooms are exterior-facing and very bright with natural light.

Parador de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela
Also known as Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, this parador was built in 1499 as a pilgrim’s refuge. Today, the parador welcomes modern pilgrims to its graceful arcaded courtyards and regal bedrooms.

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: DEPARTURE

    Depart home independently on an overnight flight to Pamplona via Madrid.

  • day 2

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 24: MADRID, SPAIN / PAMPLONA

    Arrive in Pamplona in the late afternoon. Transfer to the fi ve-star Gran Hotel La Perla, where Ernest Hemingway stayed. This evening meet fellow travelers and your study leader for an aperitif followed by dinner. R,D

  • day 3

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 25: PAMPLONA

    Attend a morning lecture before a walking tour of Pamplona’s Old Quarter. After lunch, drive to Roncesvalles, one of the main entrances to Spain for the St. James Way. Each traveler will receive a credencial (pilgrim passport) to mark their route. 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.B,L

  • day 4

    MONDAY, AUGUST 26: 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 routes on the Pilgrim’s Way converge. There will be time to explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own. Then 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. The Hotel Villa de Laguardia will be our home for the next two nights. Dinner is at a local restaurant, featuring regional cuisine and wines. B,D

  • day 5

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 27: LAGUARDIA

    Following a morning lecture, drive to the lively university
    city of Logroño to see its lovely Old Quarter and the cathedral, which boasts a painting by Michelangelo. Lunch is at Bodegas Baigorri, where Rioja Alavesa is produced. Return to the hotel, for the remainder of the day at leisure.B,L

  • day 6

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28: 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 walking on the Camino to Azofra, then drive to Santo Domingo de la Calzada for lunch and a visit to the cathedral and Pilgrims’ Hospital, declared a National Historic Interest Site. In Burgos, visit the Gothic abbey of La Cartuja de Miraflores. Check in at Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced, our home for the next two nights. Dinner is at leisure. B,L

  • day 7

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 29: BURGOS

    This morning discover the sumptuous Burgos Cathedral, the largest church in Spain, and view its richly decorated interior chambers. Then drive to the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, and experience a Gregorian chant performed by the monks of Silos. Afterwards, walk along a delightful Camino path through an oak and pine forest leading to the peaceful valley of the Río Vena. Dinner is at a local restaurant. B,D

  • day 8

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

    See the historic sites 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. Check into Parador de Santiago 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. B,L

  • day 9

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: 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, where the famous Botafumeiro ritual will be performed specifically for our group. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. Gather tonight for our farewell dinner.

  • day 10

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RETURN

    Depart early this morning for the flight home.

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