The highlights of the Camino Francés & The Last 100KM - includes a Winery Tour and Tasting in the famous wine region of La Rioja and a day trip to Finisterre and Muxía!
October 10th – 27th, 2019
October 7th - 24th, 2020
278 KM (173 miles)
Santiago de Compostela
- 17 nights’ accommodation in great hotels and manor houses always with private bathroom
- Transfers from Pamplona at start of trip
- All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners including wine
- Water and snacks along the way
- All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…
- Guided tours of the cathedrals of Burgos, León and Santiago de Compostela
- Winery tour in the famous wine region of La Rioja.
- The Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport and scallop shell
- Guide Book for you to keep
- English and Spanish speaking guides
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 de Santiago 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.
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.
- 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!
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 family.
Day 1: Meet in Pamplona. Drive to Roncesvalles for welcome meeting and dinner. – Accommodation in Roncesvalles
Day 2: Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 22km : 13.6m – Accommodation in Roncesvalles
Day 3: Pamplona to Puente la Reina – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in Puente la Reina
Day 4: Puente la Reina to Cirauqui – 8.5km :5.4m – Accommodation in La Rioja
Day 5: Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada – 21km : 13m – Accommodation in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 6: Santo Domingo to Redecilla del Camino – 10km : 6.2m –Accommodation in Burgos
Day 7: Hontanas to Itero de la Vega – 20km : 12.4m – Accommodation in Castrojeriz
Day 8: Rest Day in León – Accommodation in León
Day 9: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino – 20km : 12.4m –Accommodation in Astorga
Day 10: Rabanal to Molinaseca – 24k : 14.9m- Accommodation in Villafranca del Bierzo
Day 11: Ambasmestas to O’Cebreiro – 14k : 8.7m – Accommodation in Sarria
Day 12: Sarria to Portomarín – 22.7k : 14.7m – Accommodation in Portomarin
Day 13: Portomarín to Palas do Rei – 24.6k : 15m – Accommodation in Monterosso
Day 14: Palas do Rei to Ribadiso – 26k : 16m – Accommodation in Arzua
Day 15: Ribadiso to Arca – 23.7k : 14.7m – Accommodation in Arzua
Day 16: Arca to Santiago de Compostela – 20k : 12.4m – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Day 17: Day trip to Muxia to Finisterre – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Day 18: Guided private tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Tour Ends.
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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 Santiago de Compostela, 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.
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
6 Lunches with wine
10 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
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.
We have our support vehicles which 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.
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 supported walking tour along the Camino de Santiago. That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.
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:
- Santiago de Compostela
Our Booking process
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.
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 your chosen trip, and the places of anybody that will be joining you. This is done by means of a deposit of €300 per person (depending on trip length).
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.