Best of the Camino

Best of the Camino

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Best of the Camino

13 Days Starting in Bilbao and ending in Santiago de Compostela

Visiting: Spain

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

BCT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 16

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

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. This carefully crafted itinerary is a firm favourite with our travellers who are always impressed with the quality of extra touches which make this trip so special.

Highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the medieval trail to Santiago de Compostela passing by churches and crosses marking the famous route

  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers

  • Staying at friendly, family run hotels and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes

  • Visiting Bilbao and the fabulous cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Santiago with their wealth of religious and historic treasures

  • Experiencing the highlights of the Camino Trail

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Bilbao, Meet Your Guide And Transfer To Roncesvalles*
Meals Included: D

Meet your guide at a central location in Bilbao at 3pm (to be confirmed prior to your departure). If you would like to visit the Guggenheim Museum you can do this in the morning, or stay an extra day in Bilbao - please ask our office for pre tour accommodation rates and suggestions. After your group meeting there's a brief stop at the Guggenheim Museum to admire the exterior of this architectural masterpiece before transferring to Roncesvalles for dinner and overnight.
Note: the July 2024 departure will stay overnight in Pamplona, with a transfer to Roncesvalles tomorrow morning for the walk.

Day 2 : Pyrenees Walk To Alto Del Erro (4-5Hrs), Transfer To Pamplona
Meals Included: B, D

Your introduction to the famous pilgrimage trail begins in the historical village of Roncesvalles, high in the Pyrenees and near the French border in northeastern Navarre. Its famous local church has several relics dating back to the 8th Century and the defeat of Charlemagne by local tribes. Walk along the Camino to Alto del Erro then transfer to Pamplona and the hotel.
Distance: 18km/11.2mi

Day 3 : Camino Walk Including Puente La Reina (4-5Hrs), Transfer To Logroño
Meals Included: B, D

Leaving Pamplona, we'll transfer to the town of Cizur Menor to start walking. We can admire Cizur's 12th century Church of San Miguel before setting off through the village and up through countryside leading to Sierra del Perdon, where you can enjoy beautiful views. We'll pass through medieval villages and along a road to arrive at Puente la Reina, before transferring to Logroño (1hr). Situated on the Ebro river and on the border between La Rioja and Navarra, Logroño has many historic buildings and a lively tapas district. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.
Distance: 18km/11.2mi

Day 4 : Visit Laguardia, Walk Montes De Oca To San Juan De Ortega (3-4Hrs), Overnight Burgos
Meals Included: B, D

In the morning we'll visit the picturesque hilltop town of Laguardia in the wine area Rioja Alavesa, including a visit to an unusual wine cellar to learn about the wine of the region and of course have a wine tasting. We'll enter Castile e Leon and walk from Montes de Oca, through woodlands and along the foothills of the Oca Mountains, to the medieval village of San Juan de Ortega, which was built as a safe haven for pilgrims. Transfer to historic Burgos for dinner and overnight.
Distance: 15km/9.3mi

Day 5 : Walk From Castrojeriz To Fromista (4Hrs), Transfer To Carrion De Los Condes
Meals Included: B, D

In the morning we'll have a guided walking tour of Burgos, including its UNESCO listed Gothic Cathedral. We'll then transfer to Castrojeriz to walk across the Castilian meseta to Frómista. This is gentle easy walking along winding paths through the wide open plain, such a contrast to the mountains and hills of the previous days. Transfer to Carrion de los Condes for dinner and overnight.
Distance: 13km/8mi

Day 6 : Walk Along The Castile Landscape (3Hrs) And Transfer To Leon
Meals Included: B, D

Today we'll walk through the Castile landscape, characterised by small valleys and riverbeds, from Burgo Ranero to Reliegos. Later we'll transfer to Leon, once the most important city in Christian Spain. In Leon we'll have a guided city tour visiting the magnificent Gothic cathedral, built on the site of Roman baths dating from the 2nd century, and a nearby museum. Tapas crawl through the old town and overnight in Leon.
Distance: 12km/7.5mi

Day 7 : Walk From Hospital De Orbigo To Astorga (3Hrs)
Meals Included: B, D

Today's walk is between the towns of Hospital de Orbigo and Astorga. A magnificent sandstone bridge leads into Hospital de Orbigo, and from here we'll pass the holm oak and chestnut tree covered Colomba mountain and cross the Tuerto river to the fascinating town of Astorga. With Roman ruins, a Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral, the Antonio Gaudi designed Palacio Episcopal, and lovely main square Astorga has an interesting architectural mix. Overnight in Astorga.
Distance: 13km/8mi

Day 8 : Walk From Cruz De Ferro To Molinaseca (4Hrs), Visit Villafranca, Transfer To Hererrías
Meals Included: B, D

The walk today is in the mountains and we begin on foot at Cruz de Ferro, which has panoramic views over the plains below. Continue to the picturesque village of Molinaseca before we transfer to Villafranca del Bierzo, nestling at the foot of the mountains, with time to explore on foot. Later we'll transfer to Herrerias de Valcarce for dinner and overnight.
Distance: 16km/9.9mi

Day 9 : Visit O Cebreiro, Walk To Triacastela (4Hrs), Samos Monastery And On To Sarria
Meals Included: B, D

Our route today takes us from the province of Castile to Galicia. This is another beautiful section through the mountains as we transfer to O Cebreiro, with its imposing church and wonderful views of the Galician countryside. It is also an important point of pilgrimage. From O Cebreiro we walk to Triacastela then transfer to Samos Monastery for a short visit. Transfer to Sarria for dinner and overnight.
Distance: 18km/11mi

Day 10 : Walk To Portomarin (5Hrs), Transfer To Arzúa
Meals Included: B, D

From Sarria we'll walk along tracks and paths through hamlets, farmland and woodlands to Portomarin. The town was relocated higher up the slopes after its original site was flooded following construction of the Belesar reservoir. Many monuments were moved to the new site stone by stone, including the church in the main square. Quite a feat! This is rural Galicia at its best. Transfer to Arzúa for Queimada, dinner and overnight.
Distance: 18km/11mi

Day 11 : Walk The Last Stage Of The Camino From Lavacolla To Santiago (3Hrs)
Meals Included: B, D

Santiago is our destination today. We drive to Lavacolla then walk into Santiago. We'll arrive in time to visit the amazing Gothic Cathedral and explore the historical centre. Tonight you have time to attend the evening pilgrims mass at 7:30pm. Overnight Santiago.
Distance: 12km/7.5mi

Day 12 : Morning Tour In Santiago, Afternoon Visit To Cape Finisterre And Farewell Dinner
Meals Included: B, D

This morning there's a guided tour in Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon we take a half day excursion to Cape Finisterre, a symbolic destination as it was historically considered the edge of the known world. Farewell dinner and overnight Santiago.

Day 13 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

Your tour concludes after breakfast.
We highly recommend staying an extra night in Santiago to further explore the historic and beautiful town at your own pace - please ask for our rates.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    5 nights in 4 star

  • 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners (beverages and coffee included). Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of bread or toast, tea and coffee. Dinner may start with soup, rice or pasta, followed by either an egg, chicken, red meat or fish dish & finishing wit

  • English speaking guide throughout and local city guides in Burgos, Leon and Santiago (days 5. 6 and 12)

  • 5 nights in 4 star, 7 nights in 1-3 star hotels and charming guesthouses all on a twin share basis - they are often small family-run hotels and rooms have private facilities.

  • Support vehicle for baggage and transfers

  • Entrance fees according to the programme

  • Support vehicle for luggage and transfers. (reasonable luggage allowance permitted however please note space in the vehicle is limited. Note porterage is not included- you will carry your own luggage to and from the vehicle)

  • 12 nights in charming hotels all on a twin share basis - specially chosen for their comfort and local flavour

  • Entrances to Burgos Cathedral, León Cathedral, San Isidoro church, Santiago Cathedral, Samos Monastery

  • Winery visit in Laguardia with tasting

  • Winery visit in Laguardia with tasting, Queimada (traditional Galician ritual) in Arzua

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What's Not Included

  • Travel to Bilbao and from Santiago de Compostela

  • Lunches daily, beverages other than at breakfast and dinner

  • Sightseeing and entrance fees unless specified as included

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Travel insurance

  • Storage of luggage

  • Tips

  • Meals not listed as included: Lunches daily, beverages other than at breakfast and dinner

  • A supplement will apply if you book a single room

Accommodation

5 nights in 4 star
During the trip you will stay in a collection of hand picked accommodation ranging from a charming rural posada to modern city hotels, hotels housed in historic buildings to atmospheric inns. Location is one of the key factors, with clean, mainly spacious rooms, helpful staff and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Generally our meals will be taken at the hotel and this is another key factor in our selection process.

What You Carry

As the walks are fully supported, you will only need to carry a day pack with your daily requirements (rain jacket, waterbottle, camera etc).

Grading

This is a guided walk with average daily stages of 3 to 5 hours. The km shown are the maximum each day as there are options to shorten the walking on most days by eg, staying onboard the support vehicle and being dropped off further along the trail. The trip is graded moderate as it is mainly on well defined trails, with a few off path sections only. There are many ups and downs and walking poles are definitely a good idea. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

L. Wells(Peregian Beach, Australia)  

Best of the Camino

28 Sep 2023

Surpassed my expectations due particularly to fabulous guide Jorge who looked after us all in the most courteous and caring way. Scenery food and overall organisation was splendid.

P. Anderson(Largs Bay, South Australia)  

Best of the Camino

05 Jun 2019

A great way to see The Camino without slogging along miles of highways with trucks and vehicles clogging the air and scenery. Our minibus driver dropped us off well away from the traffic and we ambled through the best of the countryside, accompanied by a fantastic, knowledgeable guide. 170km just flew by.

S. Ritchie(Malvern, Australia)  

Best of the Camino

12 Nov 2023

The Best of the Camino was exactly that - The Best!! Our guide, Hector, was excellent - he clearly loved walking the Camino and had a great way of involving us in the history of, and cities along, The Way. Between Hector and our bus driver, Sergio, we were well looked. I could not recommend this trip more highly - I have travelled a fair amount over the years and this was a highlight - 10 out of 10. A bucket list trip that met and exceeded expectations. Thank you Hector and Sergio.

S. Lea(Mount Pleasant, Australia)  

Best of the Camino

31 May 2023

The Best of the Camino de Santiago is a wonderful trip which took us through beautiful forests, farms, villages and cathedral cities. Our guide and driver were outstanding along with the accommodation and food.

N. Brabant(Auckland, New Zealand)  

Best of the Camino

5 Oct 2022

The whole walk was wonderful...guide was very very good, hotels great, food great...all in all I couldn't fault the trip. An awesome experience all round!

M. Berdine(Steamboat Springs, United States)  

Best of the Camino

7 Oct 2023

It was a Camino dream come true for us. Our guide, Jorge, was knowledgeable and a great communicator. Both he and our beloved driver, Miro, were kind, patient and accommodating. They became our friends. Jorge’s love of Spain and Miro’s love of Galicia were infectious! Our journey was full of joy, laughter, and pleasant surprises. We enjoyed traveling with our fellow pilgrims.

J. Jacobs(Exeter, UK)  

Best of the Camino

12 Oct 2016

Well guided and well provided for trip with excellent backup. Thoroughly recommended. Make sure the walking shoes are well broken in.

J. Everett(Delta, Canada)  

Best of the Camino

26 Apr 2023

Best trip we’ve taken. Guide was fantastic. Beautiful accommodations, great food and spectacular scenery.

K. Gottlieb(San Francisco, USA)  

Best of the Camino

30 Oct 2019

Loved the trip and all the landscapes we walked thru. It was beautifully organized with many cultural and architectural highlights. The meals were very nice -esp. in Rondesvalles and Santiago. The Van support was terrific (as was the driver Emile) and our guide Manuel was a delight with whom to spend our time. He was very knowledgeable and kept us informed about most of it. We were able to walk at our own pace, meet up as needed and take advantage of the local scene.

Linda Cooke(Cambridge, Ontario, Canada)  

Best of the Camino

01 Nov 2016

This trip took away all the major concerns I had about walking the Camino. Accommodations were pre-booked and good quality, meals - breakfast and dinner included so we were no left to dine on our own, safety - walking with group, guide and driver, baggage transport - not having to carry heavy pack, history and culture information about the areas we walked through was an added bonus. Length was good for a Camino primer. Would consider another longer Camino trek.

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