The Best of The Camino de Santiago

The highlights of the Camino Francés & The Last 100km

Camino de Santiago - Last Stamp

A Small Group Walking Tour from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela; including a day trip to Finisterre and Muxía


  • nights: 17
  • walking distance: 278 kilometers (173 miles)
  • value: 3.900€
  • single supplement: 650€

2019

October 10th  – 27th

For this trip we have selected the very best of the Camino de Santiago!

You will traverse the whole of Spain on this tour and experience walking along the most beautiful and famous sections of the Camino through Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León and Galicia. Each region is different and boasts spectacular scenery, food, wine and historical monuments.

We have chosen extra special accommodation for this trip, from converted monasteries and manor houses to Paradors. Many dinners and lunches are included in the tour, as are expertly guided tours of the cathedrals of Burgos, León and Santiago de Compostela. We will take you slightly off the Camino for a very special wine tour in the La Rioja wine region!

The beauty of this trip is that you will get to see the whole breadth of this amazing country in less than 3 weeks. Because we walk the important “Last 100 kilometers” of the Camino de Santiago you will also qualify to request your compostela certificate in Santiago.

We also get to visit the “end of the world” at Finisterre and Muxía!

 

Highlights

  • Being a part of the Camino! You will be walking with people from all over the world all heading to the same place – one of the things that make the Camino Francés so special.
  • The changes in landscape, architecture, language, cuisine and climate as you move through this vast and amazing country, as well as the great food and wine of all the varied Spanish regions we will sample on our way!
  • The many monuments, chapels, churches and cathedrals marking the way, from the magnificent Gothic cathedrals of Burgos and León to Romanesque gems such as Santa María de Eunate in Navarra and Vilar de Donas in Galicia.
  • The great expanse of the meseta between Burgos and León with its haunting beauty, immense skies and vast plains of wheatfields.
  • Walking through the beautiful Bierzo region of Castilla y León with views of heather-covered moors and tiny villages filled with slate-roofed houses.
  • Great camaraderie with other pilgrims as you walk the most popular section of the Camino then arriving at the Plaza de Obradoiro to see the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela!
  • Guided winery tour in La Rioja, the famous wine region that sits just below the stunning Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Private guided tour of the cathedrals of Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela.
  • 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.
  • 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!
Salve
Pilgrim Momument on the Camino Francés
Pilgrim Momument on the Camino Francés
A Santiago
Yellow Arrow Mapping the Way to Santiago near Pamplona
Yellow Arrow Mapping the Way to Santiago
Bell Tower in Puente la Reina
Bell Tower in Puente la Reina - Often home to several families of migrating storks
Bell Tower in Puente la Reina
The Queen’s Bridge
11c Romanesque bridge over the Arga River in Puente La Reina
Puente la Reina Bridge on the way to Santiago de Compostela
The Path Less Traveled
A lesser known detour of the Camino de Santiago near Estella
A lesser known detour of the camino de santiago
Meseta Sky
Entering La Rioja near Logroño, the sky is deep blue
The Deep Blue Sky of the Meseta
Pilgrim Crosses
A hand made wall of crosses made by pilgrims walking to Santiago
A hand made wall of crosses made by pilgrims walking to santiago
Pre Harvest Meseta
Pilgrim Nathan walking through the wheat fields outside of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Pre Harvest Meseta
Hito & Cairn
Mini Cairn built on top of modern waymarker. The signs to Santiago de Compostela are everywhere.
Waymarker on the way to santiago de compostela
Field of Poppies & Ermita
Field of poppies near Belorado with the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Peña in the rock face
Field of Poppies near Tosantos with Ermita in hillside
Cathedral of Burgos
Cathedral of Burgos on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Worthy of a guided tour and museum visit.
Cathedral of Burgos on the way to Santiago de Compostela
San Miguel
San Miguel lives on the Camino de Santiago. So does his beer.
San Miguel lives on the Camino de Santiago
Wheat Fields of the Meseta
Wheat Fields of the Meseta near Burgos
Wheat Fields of the Meseta near Burgos
Cafe Bar España
Cafe Bar España in Carrion de los Condes
Cafe Bar España in Carrion de los Condes
Stormy Harvest in Astorga
The plains end in Astorga and the mountains ahead bring turbulent weather.
Stormy Harvest in Astorga
Gaudi’s Palacio in Astorga
Gaudi's Palacio in Astorga, built for the Bishop and now home to the Pilgrim Museum
Gaudi's Palacio in Astorga
Blue Door
Blue door on the way to Santiago de Compostela in El Ganso
Blue door on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Into Acebo
Walking into El Acebo, the first steps downward after a day of ascent.
Walking into El Acebo on the Camino de Santiago
Vista of Villafranca del Bierzo
Nestled in a valley, Villafranca del Bierzo is home to a very special set of doors.
Vista of Villafranca del Bierzo on guided camino tour
Traditional Navarrese Home
Brightly colored windows and doors in Burguete, home to Hemingway's old haunts.
Home along the Camino Tour in Navarra
Green Wheat
In May the wheat is still green, a welcome change to the amber that dominates the rest of the Summer
Green wheat fields in May on the Camino de Santiago
Detail of flower
The clouds, when they do not bring rain, provide a welcome retreat from the hot Spanish sun.
Detail of flower with rain clouds
Wine Fountain of Irache
Quite possibly the only fountain in the world dispensing free wine.
Free Wine fountain on Camino de Santiago walking tour
Dome of Chapel in Burgos Cathedral
There are 15 chapels in the Burgos Cathedral, each with a distinct style.
Camino de Santiago walking tour Dome of Chapel in Burgos Cathedral
Detail from Burgos Museum
The museum in the Burgos Cathedral is not to be missed
Camino Tour and Detail from Burgos Museum
From Burgos Museum
The museum in the Burgos Cathedral is not to be missed
Camino Tour and Another Detail from Burgos Museum
Amber Wheat of Meseta
By July the wheat has turned to a golden amber color and the harvest is approaching
Camino walking tour through amber waves of grain
Cruz de Ferro
The iron cross, where countless pilgrims leave behind their burdens.
Camino walking tour past the Cruz de Ferro
The Cowboy Bar
Camino marketing at its finest, the Cowboy bar is a must stop.
The most Iconic bar on the Camino de Santiago
222 km to Santiago
Built by Tomas, last of the Knights Templar
Camino walking tour only 222 kilometers from Santiago

FOOD


The Best of The Camino de Santiago covers the full breadth of Spain and bisects 4 of its more colorful autonomous regions (Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, and Galicia).  Each region does food differently and all of them cook with great pride.  Along the way we also cross the meseta, a highland plateau known as Spain’s breadbasket.

From the world famous wines of La Rioja to the equally famous cheeses of Galicia, and everything in between (Burgos is renowned for a particular blood sausage) we go out of our way to track down the best to share with you.

Included in The Best of The Camino de Santiago

All Breakfasts
6 Lunches with wine
10 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.

ACCOMMODATION


All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.

On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub.  They are all up to our standards.

Included in The Best of The Camino de Santiago

17 nights of accommodation:  This includes the first night in Roncesvalles,  the last night in Muxía, and of course every night in between.

Extra days before or after

If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in Santiago de Compostela it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.

LUGGAGE

AND TRANSPORTATION


From the starting point in Pamplona, to the ending point in Muxía, and then back to Santiago de Compostela, we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.

For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room.  We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day.

For you this means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.

GUIDANCE

AND PREPARATION


Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task.  Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered.  We’ll discuss transportation to and from the starting point too.

You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.

The Best of The Camino de Santiago is a fully guided walking tour along the Camino de Santiago.  That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Our guides

Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same.  For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. The Best of The Camino de Santiago, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified and bilingual guide.

Other Professional Guides

Along The Best of The Camino de Santiago we pass several cathedrals of significance.  For such important pieces of the camino we defer to the locals for their expertise.  These guides walk you through the following cathedrals:

  • Burgos
  • León
  • Santiago de Compostela

ITINERARY


The The Best of The Camino de Santiago is walked during a 18 day period.  We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately try to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago with energy enough to walk about town and to visit the Pilgrims office.

Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here.  They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.

Click to Show Itinerary

  • Meet in Pamplona

    Accommodation in Roncesvalles

  • Roncesvalles to Zubiri - 22km : 13.6m

    Accommodation in Roncesvalles

  • Pamplona to Puente la Reina - 24km : 14.9m

    Accommodation in Puente la Reina

  • Puente la Reina to Cirauqui - 8.5km : 5.4m

    Accommodation in La Rioja

  • Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 21km : 13m

    Accommodation in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

  • Santo Domingo to Redecilla del Camino - 10km : 6.2m

    Accommodation in Burgos

  • Hontanas to Itero de la Vega - 20km : 12.4m

    Accommodation in Castrojeriz

  • Rest Day in León

    Accommodation in León

  • Astorga to Rabanal del Camino - 20km : 12.4m

    Accommodation in Astorga

  • Rabanal to Molinaseca - 24k : 14.9m

    Accommodation in Villafranca del Bierzo

  • Ambasmestas to O'Cebreiro - 14k : 8.7m

    Accommodation in Sarria

  • Sarria to Portomarín - 22.7k : 14.7m

    Accommodation in Portomarin

  • Portomarín to Palas do Rei - 24.6k : 15m

    Accommodation in Monterosso

  • Palas do Rei to Ribadiso - 26k : 16m

    Accommodation in Arzua

  • Ribadiso to Arca - 23.7k : 14.7m

    Accommodation in Arzua

  • Arca to Santiago de Compostela - 20k : 12.4m

    Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela

  • Satineria to Finisterre - 10km : 6m

    Accommodation in Muxía

  • Drive to Santiago

    Drive to Santiago for onward travel.  Extra night in Santiago available upon request.

Our booking process

  • Step 1.  Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call.  We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.

  • Step 2.  After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on The Best of The Camino de Santiago, and the places of anybody that will be joining you.  This is done by means of a deposit of €300 per person.

  • Step 3.  Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date.  You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly.  This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.

BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK

this is STEP 1

The journey to Santiago de Compostela is one of many steps. We feel strongly that learning more about your expectations should be the first.

To make sure that AndaSpain is an ideal fit for the adventure ahead tell us when you can be reached by phone and we will call you up.

If you prefer to call us, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and pick a number.

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