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From May 9th To June 4th
From September 19th To October 15th

Introduction

Beginning in the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage medieval city of Burgos walking to Santiago de Compostela. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable 479km experience, time for reflection and emotional empowerment while taking in the whole Castilian Meseta in the heart of Spain, entering into the magnificent vineyards and landscape of El Bierzo then arriving in the wetlands of Galicia as you head towards your goal Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy the amazing gastronomy with specialities like Lechazo in Castilla, Botillo of El Bierzo and some of the best seafood in the world in Galicia.

2018 Program

  • First Section: From Burgos you walk La Meseta, the Spanish central plateau (800-900 m) along flat lands full of cereal fields in a hard climate, from very hot to very cold, sometimes in just one day.
  • Second Section: You climb to Montes de León (over 1,500 m) the entrance of El Bierzo region (500-600 m) a broad valley surrounded by high mountains, walk across quite a flat terrain, including vineyards and rolling hills.
  • Third Section: You climb up to O Cebreiro (over 1,300 m) and finally reach the greenest Spanish region, Galicia. You cross these hills and mountains (300-600 m) in a continuous upward and downward motion, until your final destination, your target, Santiago de Compostela.

 

Transfer pilgrims to accomodations in afternoon to the next point
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Day Date 1 Date 2 Departure Arrival Km Difficulty Hours
1 MAY 9th SEPTEMBER 19th BURGOS 28 medium 7
2 MAY 10th SEPTEMBER 20th BURGOS HORNILLOS DEL CAMINO 20 easy 5
3 MAY 11th SEPTEMBER 21st HORNILLOS DEL CAMINO CASTROJERIZ 20 easy 5
4 MAY 12th SEPTEMBER 22nd CASTROJERIZ BOADILLA DEL CAMINO/FROMISTA 17 easy 4
5 MAY 13th SEPTEMBER 23rd BOADILLA DEL CAMINO/FROMISTA CARRION DE LOS CONDES 25 easy 6
6 MAY 14th SEPTEMBER 24th CARRION DE LOS CONDES TERRADILLOS/LEDIGOS 26 easy 7
7 MAY 15th SEPTEMBER 25th TERRADILLOS/LEDIGOS BERCIANOS DEL REAL CAMINO 24 easy 6
8 MAY 16th SEPTEMBER 26th BERCIANOS DEL REAL CAMINO MANSILLA DE LAS MULAS 27 easy 7
9 MAY 17th SEPTEMBER 27th MANSILLA DE LAS MULAS LEON 20 easy 5
10 MAY 18th SEPTEMBER 28th REST DAY LEON 0 0
11 MAY 19th SEPTEMBER 29th VIRGEN DEL CAMINO HOSPITAL DE ORBIGO 25 easy 7
12 MAY 20th SEPTEMBER 30th HOSPITAL DE ORBIGO ASTORGA 17 easy 5
13 MAY 21st OCTOBER 1st ASTORGA FONCEBADON 26 hard 8
14 MAY 22nd OCTOBER 2nd FONCEBADON MOLINASECA 19 medium 6
15 MAY 23rd OCTOBER 3rd MOLINASECA CACABELOS 24 easy 6
16 MAY 24th OCTOBER 4th CACABELOS VEGA DE VALCARCE/AMBASMESTAS 25 easy 6
17 MAY 25th OCTOBER 5th VEGA DE VALCARCE/AMBASMESTAS O CEBREIRO 12 hard 5
18 MAY 26th OCTOBER 6th O CEBREIRO TRIACASTELA 21 hard 7
19 MAY 27th OCTOBER 7th TRIACASTELA SARRIA 22 easy 6
20 MAY 28th OCTOBER 8th REST DAY SARRIA 0 0
21 MAY 29th OCTOBER 9th SARRIA PORTOMARIN 22 easy 6
22 MAY 30th OCTOBER 10th PORTOMARIN PALAS DE REI 22 medium 6
23 MAY 31st OCTOBER 11th PALAS DE REI ARZUA 26 medium 7
24 JUNE 1st OCTOBER 12th ARZUA O PEDROUZO 19 easy 5
25 JUNE 2nd OCTOBER 13th O PEDROUZO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 20 easy 5
26 JUNE 3rd OCTOBER 14th REST DAY SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 0 0
27 JUNE 4th OCTOBER 15th COMING BACK HOME?
TOTAL 479 130

Itinerary

We arrive in Burgos, sharing with León, a title of the most beautiful city in Castilla, León Region, the vast Meseta (plateau) region in Spain. Its cathedral is one of the most stunning monuments in Spain. Amble along the promenade, Paseo del Espolon, by the river and Admire the beauty of its historic centre, taste delicious local tapas in the old town.

If you have time enough, you can visit the fascinating Museum of Human Evolution, where findings of the important Atapuerca archaeological site (just 20 Km from Burgos) displayed to you. It comes to prehistoric caves with human remains and stone tools of the European earliest known hominins that were discovered in this site, granted with the UNESCO World Heritage distinction.

In the afternoon, we’ll meet the group for coordination/logistics meeting and share a beautiful dinner together.

In coming days we’ll walk through cereal fields, in a land with extreme temperatures, scorching in the summertime and freezing in winter.

Limited shade and villages are available to you here, ensure that you have water and food for the day. Don’t forget to take your essentials hat and sun cream.

Today’s walk is quite flat, only 20 Km about 5 hours, so you can relax in Burgos before departure or have a nice rest in Hornillos, a tiny village, one of many old medieval villages we’ll see in coming days. A great place to immerse yourself in the ancient atmosphere of the way.

Today we have a short walk again, 20 Km along two small plateaus up to Hontanas. At the end of the day, before arriving at Castrojeriz, we’ll meet the old Pilgrims Monastery and Hospital of San Antón. Remember to bring enough water.

Castrojeriz is a pretty town, with a curious 9th-century hilltop castle worth a short visit and beautiful old houses. It’s 2 Km Long!!!  so be patient to cross the whole village.

A unique and unforgettable stage for those who love solitude, silence and endless fields.

When leaving Castrojeriz, we find in front of us the impressive Alto de Mostelares, the highest point in Meseta. A problematic steep ascent, 145 m High in 1.7 Km.

It’s worth the effort for at the top of the hill; you will admire one of the most beautiful views in Camino, an incredible landscape of crop fields with no end, in any direction.

We’ll finish our day in Boadilla del Camino, a cute small village in the middle of nowhere. There is limited accommodation in Boadilla. If there is no availability, we will finish in Frómista, 6 Km. ahead.

With Frómista in front of you, you will walk along a stretch of an 18th Century Canal, the Canal de Castilla it is a beautiful microclimate in this dry land. You will enjoy the only 5 Km with trees, water, ducks and other animals during these days.

In Frómista, visit the beautiful 11th century Church of St Martin.

Today we face a simple, flat stage in Tierra de Campos, Fields Land, a region in the middle of Castilla you will find no shade and not many villages. Pilgrims need to prepare with enough water, sun cream and hat.

In Población de Campos you can take an alternative more scenic route, via Villovieco, along the banks of the Ucieza River. You will merge with the Camino at Villalcázar de Sirga which is declared a national monument, home to the XIII Century Templar church of Santa Maria la Virgen Blanca, finishing your day’s walk at Carrión de Los Condes.

Leave Carrión de Los Condes by crossing the 16th-century bridge and passing the 10th century Benedictine San Zoilo Monastery.

From here the Camino de Santiago is reasonably straight and follows an old Roman road known as the Via Aquitania, alternatively known as the Calzada de los Peregrinos.

Today we have another stage with endless straight paths in the Castilian steppe.

The section from Carrión de Los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza, 17 Km is the longest one in Camino without any village and almost no shade (remember water, cap and cream). Sometimes you can find some hawkers bars.

You will pass the remains of the 11th-century pilgrim hospital of Santa Maria de las Tiendas. The old monastery also marks the halfway point of the Spanish section of the Camino.

Terradillos de los Templarios is a small humble village, and it’s the equator of the full Camino walk.

Today we follow through dirt tracks in little valleys.

Sahagún is a quite big village, full of ancient monuments, with a well known Romanic Church of San Lorenzo, worth a visit. It was the seat of high religious power.

In Calzada del Coto, the route diverges, but you will follow the Real Camino Francés to Bercianos del Real Camino for your overnight accommodation.

Your Camino leaves the expansive ‘Tierra de Campos’ behind and continues across grain and cereal crops, leading pilgrims to the plateau of León.

The whole stage continues through straight paths, with little shade. Take advantage when you find it.

We have 27 Km. With only two villages in the middle, El Burgo Ranero and Reliegos. From Reliegos we can almost see Mansilla de las Mulas, which is 6 Km further.

In Mansilla we finish today’s walk.

Today you leave behind the high plateau setting of the remote Meseta and continue your journey to the spectacular city of Leon.

We walk today along busy roads, not beautiful landscape.

We approach the city of León and pass through suburbs, residential and industrial areas.

From Portillo Hill onwards you will be able to spot the beautiful city of León ahead with its stunning cathedral.

Up to León, we have walked 470 Km in 21 days. We deserve a peaceful rest day in the city of León to charge our batteries for the last part of Camino that we’ll start tomorrow.

Spend your day exploring this beautiful city and its incredible Gothic cathedral which is renowned for its spectacular stained glass windows.

Visit two districts full of narrow streets and plazas, with a variety of taverns, bars, restaurants, terraces, Barrio Húmedo and Barrio Romántico, both near the Cathedral.

In the evening we’ll have our third group session followed by a well-deserved dinner in a traditional León restaurant.

From León to Hospital de Órbigo is 33 Km the exit from León includes 8 kms through the streets of the city and surrounding suburbs walking on paths and busy roads up to the monument of La Virgen del Camino if you wish to walk this and feel that 33 kms is within your reach that will be your choice.

The alternative plan is to take a bus or a taxi, up to Virgen del Camino (which is what many people do), to start your journey there, making it 25 Km to Hospital de Órbigo,

In Virgen del Camino you have the choice between the historic Camino through Villadangos del Páramo, consisting mainly of industrial and residential areas, or, the alternative Camino through Villar de Mazarife, we suggest this alternative, it takes you far from the national road, a more rural option.

Both options take you to Hospital de Órbigo a pretty flat and manageable stage, to a cute village that boasts one of the most beautiful bridges in Camino. Take your time to admire this medieval monument.

 

Today is another easy walk day and short only17 Km.

When you reach the pretty hilltop city of Astorga, capital of the Maragateria area, visit its ‘pink’ cathedral, the fabulous Episcopal palace designed by Antoni Gaudí, (the famous Catalan architect) and the city walls.

Astorga is well known for its famous chocolates and “las mantecadas (cupcakes) de Astorga”.

Today we leave behind the Meseta and start our way up towards León, through mountains, taking paths where you will be surrounded by surrounded by heather, oak trees and broom. The ascent is soft and progressive up to Rabanal del Camino.

Today we start walking with the magnificent view of “El Teleno”, the highest summit in León Mountains (2,188 m.). For days, to our left, escorting us towards Galicia.

We’ll walk the whole day upward, In El Ganso we’ll reach a height of 1,000 m.above sea level, after Matagrande in Burgos, at the door of la Meseta.

You’ll pass an old oak tree known as El Roble del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Oak) where many pilgrims take refuge in its shade. Walking the path towards Rabanal del Camino (1,150m), passing the remains of the Roman gold mines of La Fucarona we’ll continue through Rabanal and walk to Foncebadón, 1,440 m. High, the end of today’s journey.

From Rabanal to Foncebadón we have a hard ascent, 300 m, 5.5 Km the view is unbelievable, a freezing area in winter, you need to prepare for any weather situation in this area.

As in Foncebadón, there are few accommodation options; we’ll remain here preferably however as a second option we will stay in Rabanal del Camino. In this case, you will be transferred by car from Foncebadón to Rabanal and back to Foncebadón next morning.

A spectacular stage, cold in winter, do not forget to take something warm in your backpack.

We cross León Mountains and go down to the lush area of “El Bierzo”.

The first 2 Km is a steep ascent to “Cruz de Ferro”, Iron Cross (1,504 m), which is the most symbolic milestone in the entire Camino, and a bit further we’ll find the “Collado de las Antenas” (1,515 m), the highest point in the French Camino. Enjoy the stunning view.

From here we initiate the most challenging descent to Molinaseca, probably the hardest in Camino together with the decline to Zubiri, encountered at the very beginning. The steepest section between the Collado down to Acebo. Take your time and take care of your ankles and knees. In bad weather, we suggest walking the road instead of the way.

Molinaseca is a lovely small town. You will enter into it, crossing its beautiful Romanic Pilgrim’s Bridge.

Heading towards Ponferrada, take time to admire the lovely town of Molinaseca and be delighted by its buildings and quaint village atmosphere. Once in Ponferrada, explore the old quarter with the impressive 12th century Templars Castle. Make sure you try the local specialities, such as Botillo and some of Spain’s most delicious cured meats.

Today we’ll continue in this beautiful area of El Bierzo. We’ll pass through Villafranca del Bierzo, with its beautiful castle and the church of Santiago, where you can admire the ‘Forgiveness Gate’, Puerta del Perdón, that only opens during Holy Years.

In this area, we’ll begin to listen to people speaking Galician, the language of Galicia and bordering regions.

Your route passes through the ranges of ‘Os Ancares’. We’ll finish our day in Ambasmestas or Vega de Valcace, depending on the best available accommodation. There you can see the motorway bridge, 100m above.

From here to Santiago we’ll walk mainly through oak, beech, chestnut and gum tree bushes.

Today we face the most critical stage in Camino, the iconic milestone, the feared climb up to O Cebreiro (1.330 m.) from Vega de Valcarce (630 m.). A gap of 700 m. in 12 Km., although the hardest section is between Las Herrerias and La Laguna, 500 m. in 5.5 Km. (almost 10% steep).

You will see that it’s worth every step, be assured the views are spectacular.

When you get La Faba, you think you have made it, however not we still have another problematic ascent to La Laguna. A little bit further, we’ll cross the border between Castilla and Galicia.

O Cebreiro is the first village in Galicia, a delightful hilltop hamlet. From here we have a spectacular 360º view. This image will remain in your mind for a long time. O Cebreiro is an iconic location for its outlook, church, legends and its “pallozas”, typical Galician construction, round stone houses with a straw roof.

We initiate today our journey in Galicia, through “Ancares” Mountains.

It’s important to consider that we are walking in a land where fog, wind and low temperatures are frequent in winter.

We’ll find moderate but frequent steep sections up to Hospital de la Condesa. There we have to face a hard, challenging steep incline up to Alto de Poio (1,337m.), the highest point in Galician Camino, where you will encounter the pilgrim statue and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From the Alto, you will continue to Fonfría.

From Fonfría we have a long walk downhill, 9 Km to the town of Triacastela.

We start the day with a difficult decision. We have two options to get Sarria: Through San Xil valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Camino, that will lift your spirits.

Or through Samos, 7 Km longer, we walk along the valley of the river Ouribio, magnificent oak and chestnut trees bushes and admire the impressive Samos Monastery.

Whatever decision you make, you’ll get it right.

At the end of our day, we’ll arrive in Sarria, a large town, about 15,000 inhabitants.

Today, we’ll stay peacefully in Sarria. Sarria is a modern, bustling town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.

You can take advantage of buying any equipment that you need to finish your Camino or visit the old quarter, with its Santa Maria church and Rua Major, the Monastery da Madalena, the ruins of the Castle and the medieval bridge Ponte Aspera.

Sarria is very popular in Camino since the distance from here to Santiago is 108 Km the minimum distance to get your Compostela, the certificate you get in Santiago when you have completed the Camino.

In fact, more than 40% of French Camino pilgrims arriving in Santiago every year, start the pilgrimage here in Sarria.

Meaning that, from tomorrow, you will walk with double the number of people than before!!!!

In the evening, we will hold our fourth group session and have a beautiful dinner with great fresh Galician products.

Today we face a beautiful stage through Galician bushes, pretty villages and hamlets with its traditional “hórreos” (granaries).

In Pina dos Corvos we’ll enjoy beautiful views of Belesar reservoir and surrounding countryside. From here begin your steep descent into Portomarín. Now cross the Miño reservoir over its modern bridge into Portomarín.

The medieval town of Portomarín disappeared under these reservoir waters.

The new town was built 50 years ago on top of the hill, but some old buildings moved and rebuilt stone by stone to the new location, especially the Romanic San Nicolás Church, whose stones numbered before its transfer.

Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes as yesterday, but in the first 12 Km. we rise uphill steadily from 350m up to 725 m high.

At the exit from Portomarin, we cross river Miño, Galicia’s longest river.

In Ventas de Narón, Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe is worth a visit.

Palas de Rei known as Palace of the King due to a king residing there.

Today it is a small country town with plenty of shops, bars and cafes

Today’s stage is a continuous up and down, crossing many creeks.

In the middle of our journey, we’ll reach Melide. From the gastronomic point of view, here you have a mandatory stop to enjoy the most famous octopus in Galicia (and Spain), together with a Ribeiro wine, in one of the two most renowned octopus restaurants in Spain.

Finally, we’ll arrive at the town of Arzúa, the most significant city (6,000 inhabitants) before Santiago, famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, churches of Santa María and A Magdalena, town’s central monument, can be visited

Comfortable stage, quite flat, along prairies and bushes.

It alternates between track and county lane passing through several small hamlets.

After Salceda, the path continues on woodland paths passing a monument to Guillermo Watt who died at this spot, a day from completing his Camino.

We’ll pass through a woodland path to Alto de Santa Irene, the high point of today and a good picnic and rest area.

O Pedrouzo – O Pino is a small but busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the last stage of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Today we face our last walk day in Camino. If you start walking early in the morning, you can arrive in Santiago’s Cathedral in time for the Pilgrim’s Mass, held every day at midday.  

The first half, up to Lavacolla runs through a rural landscape, similar to days before. From Lavacolla we’ll walk through urban areas, airport, residential areas and highways,

We’ll go up to Monte do Gozo, Mount of Joy, 5 Km. before city centre. From here you will sight for the first time the spires of the cathedral in Santiago.

The entrance to the old city of Santiago (100,000 inhabitants) is stunning. You cannot believe yet that you are there, you have achieved your goal, your target. You have enjoyed and suffered for 39 days, but it is worth.

In the end, you make your triumphant entrance to Plaza del Obradoiro, with the Cathedral in front of you. All memories and feelings come into your mind. You get excited and, many times “your eyes get full of water”. It’s a unique moment in your life.

The Old City of Santiago is UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the best preserved in Europe. In the Cathedral, you can pay tribute to the tomb of the apostle Santiago, Saint James. El Portico de la Gloria, Entrance of the Glory, is a masterpiece of the Spanish Romanic.

In Santiago the Compostela you will find pilgrims, locals and students, enjoying a few bites and socialising over a glass of wine.

The end of this, unique experience in our lives.

Enjoy and explore the historic Santiago with its many specialised Tapas bars and restaurants. It’s time to meet other pilgrims with whom you have shared joys and sorrows during so many days, some of them, you will never meet again in your life.

You can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the

famous Cathedral of St. James which forms the city’s heart and watch the collection of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey as you did yesterday.

In the evening we will celebrate together with the group our success, share our stories of these 40 days and share a celebratory dinner.

After Breakfast, End of Our Services.

Coming Back Home?

Going to Fisterra? Extending our trip in Spain, Europe?

Difficult decission!!

Inclusions

  • 26 night’s excellent accommodation (not luxury), preferably rural and boutique hotels.
  • Private Bathroom in all rooms
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer daily from accommodation to accommodation (1 x 20kg bag per person)
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps, per person
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Luggage tags
  • Maps of your accommodation locations
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated support vehicle for the entire program
  • 2 support people daily on the Camino
  • 4 Special Meals
  • 4 Group Sessions
  • 2 x 1-1 Art Process Sessions
  • Welcome pack
  • Australian and Spanish emergency phone numbers
  • Guide Walker in some stages
  • Additional personal transfer to/from accommodation in some stages

Not Included

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Additional bags transfer (will incur additional costs)
  • Any meal not specified in Inclusions list
  • Any other item not specified in Inclusions list
  • Flights/Transfers/Extra Accommodations.

Booking

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Autum (September 19th To October 15th)