Private Group Walking Tours along the camino de santiago

Private Group Walking Tours for your perfect camino holiday adventure

Whether you are a group of two or thirty-two, we have the expertise needed to create a one of a kind walking adventure. There is quite literally no limit to the possibilities for these tours. We have taken clients along nearly every pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela, as well as through the Tuscan countryside along La Via Francigena into Rome.  In 2014, we also added a walk along Hadrians Wall in England.

Who is it for?

Our private group walking tours are typically created for previous pilgrims wanting to return to Spain with friends or family,  and for organizations or church congregations wishing to bring a group. We have arranged family reunion walks, team-building excursions, annual adventures among a group of friends, and multiple church groups over the years.

It is important to note that regardless of groups size these tours are private, meaning that no strangers will be booked into the same tour.

 

The possibilities

We cannot stress enough that the possibilities are endless.  You can set your own dates and itinerary – whether you want five star luxury or walking on a shoe-string, or an activity focused holiday.  Likewise you can choose to walk 5 kilometers a day or 50.

You can also pick from one of our regular tours and set your own dates.

Some ideas for specially designed trips…

  • Walking every day but with an extra activity built in – such as Yoga classes, learning a language, drawing, painting or writing workshops.
  • If you have mobility or sensory difficulties or disabilities and want to ensure an accessible trip, we can enable you to experience the Camino in the way that best suits you.
  • An adventure based holiday, including activities such as canoeing or kayaking, canyoning, climbing, hang-gliding, mountain biking or horse-riding.
  • A special focus on the art, heritage and culture of the Camino with extra time planned to visit the many monuments at a more relaxed pace.
  • Maybe you would like to spend your honeymoon walking a Camino, or even a bachelor or bachelorette trip!

Previous Walking Tours

Below is a collection of tours that we have created for previous clients, many of whom return to us every summer for something new.

What an amazing experience– this was hands down the best travel experience of my life. The guides arranged everything so that we were free to be just pilgrims–walking, talking and eating together. The guides worked so hard behind the scenes to take care of every detail–then, when we had time together, they were warm, friendly, funny and caring and created a community of hospitality and joy among the group.

Laurel Peltier

Private Group Walking Tours for your perfect camino holiday adventure

Whether you are a group of two or thirty-two, we have the expertise needed to create a one of a kind walking adventure. There is quite literally no limit to the possibilities for these tours. We have taken clients along nearly every pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela, as well as through the Tuscan countryside along La Via Francigena into Rome.  In 2014, we also added a walk along Hadrians Wall in England.

Who is it for?

Our private group walking tours are typically created for previous pilgrims wanting to return to Spain with friends or family,  and for organizations or church congregations wishing to bring a group. We have arranged family reunion walks, team-building excursions, annual adventures among a group of friends, and multiple church groups over the years.

It is important to note that regardless of groups size these tours are private, meaning that no strangers will be booked into the same tour.

 

The possibilities

We cannot stress enough that the possibilities are endless.  You can set your own dates and itinerary – whether you want five star luxury or walking on a shoe-string, or an activity focused holiday.  Likewise you can choose to walk 5 kilometers a day or 50.

You can also pick from one of our regular tours and set your own dates.

Some ideas for specially designed trips…

  • Walking every day but with an extra activity built in – such as Yoga classes, learning a language, drawing, painting or writing workshops.
  • If you have mobility or sensory difficulties or disabilities and want to ensure an accessible trip, we can enable you to experience the Camino in the way that best suits you.
  • An adventure based holiday, including activities such as canoeing or kayaking, canyoning, climbing, hang-gliding, mountain biking or horse-riding.
  • A special focus on the art, heritage and culture of the Camino with extra time planned to visit the many monuments at a more relaxed pace.
  • Maybe you would like to spend your honeymoon walking a Camino, or even a bachelor or bachelorette trip!

Previous Walking Tours

Below is a collection of tours that we have created for previous clients, many of whom return to us every summer for something new.

Loved, loved, loved the food! The picnics, octopus restaurant, home cooked fish, paella, Rioja, Albariño wine and the final lunch of seafood at the market all made the culinary experience second to none! This is a first class service. Thank you so much for all your personal touches. Your guidance made the walk such a memorable experience.

Charlie Wade

Private Group Walking Tours for your perfect camino holiday adventure

Whether you are a group of two or thirty-two, we have the expertise needed to create a one of a kind walking adventure. There is quite literally no limit to the possibilities for these tours. We have taken clients along nearly every pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela, as well as through the Tuscan countryside along La Via Francigena into Rome.  In 2014, we also added a walk along Hadrians Wall in England.

Who is it for?

Our private group walking tours are typically created for previous pilgrims wanting to return to Spain with friends or family,  and for organizations or church congregations wishing to bring a group. We have arranged family reunion walks, team-building excursions, annual adventures among a group of friends, and multiple church groups over the years.

It is important to note that regardless of groups size these tours are private, meaning that no strangers will be booked into the same tour.

 

The possibilities

We cannot stress enough that the possibilities are endless.  You can set your own dates and itinerary – whether you want five star luxury or walking on a shoe-string, or an activity focused holiday.  Likewise you can choose to walk 5 kilometers a day or 50.

You can also pick from one of our regular tours and set your own dates.

Some ideas for specially designed trips…

  • Walking every day but with an extra activity built in – such as Yoga classes, learning a language, drawing, painting or writing workshops.
  • If you have mobility or sensory difficulties or disabilities and want to ensure an accessible trip, we can enable you to experience the Camino in the way that best suits you.
  • An adventure based holiday, including activities such as canoeing or kayaking, canyoning, climbing, hang-gliding, mountain biking or horse-riding.
  • A special focus on the art, heritage and culture of the Camino with extra time planned to visit the many monuments at a more relaxed pace.
  • Maybe you would like to spend your honeymoon walking a Camino, or even a bachelor or bachelorette trip!

Previous Walking Tours

Below is a collection of tours that we have created for previous clients, many of whom return to us every summer for something new.

Every detail, hotel, picnic, “T L C” from all of you was above any expectations. I guess I am in love with Andaspain and the Camino. A very heartfelt THANK You. And see you again soon.

Cristina Pie

The Northern Route – Two different version of the Camino del Norte

There was a period of time in Spain when the traditional road to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino Francés, was a dangerous place to be.  The moorish occupation of the South meant that Christian pilgrims had to find an alternative road further north, beyond the Cantabrian mountains and out of dangers reach.

So was born the Camino del Norte. These days it is a popular road to travel for pilgrims looking for something a little bit different.  It is known in Spanish as the camino of mar y montes (sea and mountains) because the path alternates between all of Spain’s northern cities and the mountains which separate them.

Because of it’s length we have sometimes divided it into two parts and spread the journey over two summer holidays.  You can do either or both in one summer if you wish, but we describe them here separately.

Chapter 1

Irún to Ribadesella: 21 days
Total Distance: 433 kilometres / 269 miles

We follow the most spectacular coastline Spain has to offer. With the Cantabrian Sea to our right and mountain ranges to our left we walk through picturesque fishing villages and fascinating cities. On this section of the Camino del Norte we pass through the Basque Country (famous for its tapas or pinxos and of course the Guggenheim museum), then on to Cantabria where we find perfectly preserved villages and awe-inspiring cave systems. We end our journey in Asturias, renowned for its magnificent landscapes and its food, including artisan cheeses, cider and chorizo.

Highlights

  • The beautiful city of San Sebastián (known as Donostia in the Basque language Euskera), famed for its great food and beaches.
  • Our Camino passes through Gernika, the town whose bombing during the Spanish Civil War inspired Picasso´s response, Guernica.
  • A guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao which was designed by Frank Gehry and is cited by many as being the impetus for the regeneration of this historic port city.
  • Spectacular views of the Cantabrian Mountains and the Bay of Biscay.
  • Guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Altamira, famous for its Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings.
  • Beautiful examples of Casas Indianas, the magnificent villas built by the many Asturians who emigrated to South America in the 19th Century and returned to their homeland wealthier.
  • The lively fishing villages of Llanes and Ribadesella, where we can try the local catch and drink traditional cider made with local apples.

 

Chapter 2

Ribadesella to Santiago de Compostela: 21 days
Total Distance: 423 kilometres / 262.6 miles

The final leg of the Coastal Road and all the way to Santiago de Compostela! We begin our journey in the beautiful Principality of Asturias, which as a Kingdom in the 8th Century was fundamental in the development of the pilgrimage when, legend has it, Alfonso II became the first pilgrim to the tomb of St. James. We follow the Cantabrian Sea all the way to the border with Galicia, where we turn inland and through fascinating villages until we join other pilgrims on the French Route for the last two days of walking into Santiago de Compostela!

Highlights

  • The beaches of Asturias – picturesque coves, mountain backdrops and if we are lucky, spectacular blowholes!
  • Wandering around the harbour of Gijón, filled with sidrerias, where we can attempt to enscanciar – the traditional way to pour Asturian cider – and try some locally caught fish and an array of local cheeses and chorizos.
  • We will see some excellent examples of arquitectura indiana, the 19th Century villas built by wealthy Asturianos returning from South America.
  • Visit the beautiful Monastery of Santa María in Sobrado, originally founded in the 10th Century and one of the many important monuments on the Northern pilgrimage route.
  • Because we arrive in Santiago de Compostela on a Saturday and spend the night there, you will get to see the spectacular swinging of the botafumeiro, the giant silver incense burner in the cathedral.

La Via Francigena – An Italian Odyssey


Lucca to Rome: 20 days
Total Distance: 298 kilometres / 185 miles

This epic journey was, like the walks to Santiago de Compostela and to Jerusalem, one of the major medieval pilgrimage routes. It is now being rediscovered and the Via Francigena was named as a European Cultural Route in 1994.

Beginning in Canterbury in England, the route crosses the English Channel to France, continues through Switzerland, over the Alps into Italy and heads south all the way to Rome – a total of over 1700km!

On this trip we take in the spectacularly beautiful regions of Tuscany and Lazio, visit the fascinating walled cities of Lucca, Siena and Viterbo and stunning hilltop towns such as San Miniato and San Gimignano. We end our journey at St. Peter´s Basilica in Rome, one of the greatest cities in the world.

Highlights

  • Climbing up one of Lucca´s many towers to see amazing views of the Tuscan countryside followed by a glass of local wine in the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro on the site of Lucca´s ancient amphitheatre.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage city of Siena, a city brimming with art, history, architecture and culture, famous for the palio horse race in the Piazza del Campo and its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral.
  • Walking through the rolling hills of Tuscany, dotted with tall cypress trees and vineyards and climbing up to perfectly preserved hilltop towns to watch the sunset.
  • Sampling the cuisine! Italy has some of the best food and wine in the world and each region has its own specialty.
  • Arriving on foot to the majestic city of Rome – too many highlights to list!

Asturian Adventure


Based in the Picos de Europa area of Asturias: 14 days
Total Distance: between 10 – 20 kilometres / 6 – 12 miles per day

The small Principality of Asturias in the North of Spain is a truly magical place – with spectacular beaches and lakes, soaring mountains, enchanted forests, magnificent river canyons and beautiful villages, Asturias is known in Spain as the “Natural Paradise”. On this trip we will be based in the Picos de Europa region, close to the ocean and the mountains. We have designed a trip which combines the very best Asturias has to offer!

Highlights

  • The awe-inspiring Cares Gorge trail – 18 kilometres along a river canyon from one side of the mountain range to the other.
  • Taking in some of the best beaches in Spain along a section of the coastal Camino del Norte.
  • The Basilica of Covadonga, famous for its shrine to the Virgin Mary and the destination for pilgrims walking the Camino de Covadonga.
  • Hiking in the Picos de Europa, along beautiful lakes and through mountain pastures where the highly prized local cheese, Gamoneu, is made.
  • Tasting the local cuisine – hearty stews, traditionally made cheeses and chorizos, wild mushrooms and Asturian apple cider.
  • The elegant city of Oviedo, where we can visit the Cathedral of San Salvador and the Pre-Romanesque shrine of Santa María del Naranco.
  • Visiting the caves of Tito Bustillo to see the prehistoric cave drawings.
  • Optional adventures such as canoeing down the River Sella, hang-gliding over the hills, caving, horse-riding, climbing and mountain-biking.

Galicia End to End


Las Herrerías to Finisterre: 14 days
Total Distance: 255 kilometres / 158 miles

This tour is our most frequently requested private tour for groups.  It traverses the whole of Galicia, the most magical region of Spain.

Steeped in myth and legend and boasting some of the most beautiful sections of the pilgrimage, Galicia is where many Caminos converge. After leaving the spectacular scenery of the Bierzo region we will cross the border of Castilla y León into Galicia and begin our journey to Santiago de Compostela. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the delights of this fascinating city before joining the handful of pilgrims who make the journey on foot to Finisterre, the “end of the world.”

From here we will visit Muxía, a traditional fishing village which, like Finisterre, is deeply symbolic in the history of the pilgrimage. This trip really does offer the best of Galicia!

Highlights

  • Crossing the border into Galicia on foot to the ancient Celtic hilltop village of O´Cebreiro, where you can see pallozas, circular thatched dwellings.
  • We spend two nights in Santiago de Compostela so you have time to explore this fascinating city and see the swinging of the botafumeiro, the giant incense burner in the Cathedral.
  • The route to Finisterre, which is spectacularly beautiful and follows quiet woodland paths, remote moors and breathtaking beaches and is dotted with some of the best examples of traditional Galician horreos or granaries.
  • Arriving at Finisterre, which was until the Middle Ages considered to be the “End of the World” and in the 1st Century BC was used as a place of sun worship by the Romans.
  • Great seafood and wine amongst all the other Galician delicacies we will sample on our way!
  • A visit to Muxía, an important pilgrimage site in its own right due to the legend that the Virgin Mary came here in a boat made of stone to help St. James in his ministry. The parts of the boat are claimed to be the petrified stones found on the shoreline and are believed to have special powers!

HADRIAN’S WALL


Wallsend to Bowness on Solway: 12 days
Total Distance: 140 kilometres / 87 miles

Walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall and see where the Roman army lived and worked at the edge of the Empire on this adventure from Wallsend in the east to Bowness on Solway in the west.

Hadrian’s Wall Country has something for everyone: over the course of 87 miles (140 kilometres) we walk through spectacular landscapes, visit outstanding historical and archaeological places of interest and enjoy traditional food and beer in great local pubs while meeting friendly locals. Hadrian´s Wall is a World Heritage Site and one of the UK´s finest long-distance walks.

Highlights

  • All the major historic sites: CorbridgeChestersHousesteadsBirdoswaldVindolanda
  • Other historic sites and museums: Segedunum, Arbeia, Great North Museum, Roman Army Museum,
    Lanercost Priory, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle Castle
  • Walking in the footsteps of the legionaries beside long stretches of the original wall
  • Typical English food and beer

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