It ranks as one of the most rewarding walks in the world (James Michener rates it as one of the top 3 journeys). It’s a pilgrimage to many, but whatever your reason, you are likely to be transformed by the experience of walking this historic footpath. Starting from Pamplona will give you the greatest sense of journey. Walking without heavy pack (we arrange transfer of your luggage), and with pre-arranged hotels (no need to compete for refugio beds), this itinerary will allow you to enjoy the walk without the stress of logistics. Having completed the camino many times, we know the secrets of making this trip special.

Location

Pamplona

Pamplona, Spain

Day 1

Puente la Reina

Puente la Reina, Spain

Day 2

Estella

Estella

Day 3

Los Arcos

Los Arcos, Spain

Day 4

Logroño

Logroño, Spain

Day 5

Ponferrada

Ponferrada, Spain

Day 6

Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain

Day 7

O Cebreiro

O Cebreiro, Spain

Day 8

Triacastela

Triacastela, Spain

Day 9

Sarria

Sarria, Spain

Day 10

Portomarin

Portomarín, Spain

Day 11

Palas de Rei

Palas de Rei, Spain

Day 12

Arzúa

Arzúa, Spain

Day 13

O Pino

O Pino, Spain

Day 14

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Day 15+16

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

15 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Start any dates between February to November
Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

16 days / 15 nights, with 13 days of hiking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Pamplona / Santiago de Compostela

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate - You do have to have a level of fitness and experience riding trails to enjoy this trip.

TERRAIN

Hilly but most of the gradients are moderate

COST

Trip*:  US $2850
Single Supplement: US $750

*This Randonnee Tour is a mix of Luxe, Classic and Casual accommodations.

 

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.

Getting there

Pamplona: You can reach Pamplona through Madrid, Bilboa or Vitoria.


1

Day 1

Pamplona

Arrive to Pamplona. Most people arrive via Madrid; there are flight, train and coach options into Pamplona. Our Area Manager will meet up with you in person, give you a walking tour of the historic district and ensure you are set for the trip.

2

Day 2

Pamplona to Puente la Reina

From Pamplona, you will start your journey westward, climbing the foothills of the Sierra del Perdon. Reaching the Alto de Santa Maria de Erreniega, you will see the Pamplona basin back behind you and the Valdizarbe Valley and Puente la Reina ahead. Arriving to this famed village, you will cross the Puente de los Peregrinos, of Romanesque construction and one of the most famous along the road to Santiago.
Walk 19 km

3

Day 3

Puente la Reina to Estella

Walk along Roman roads and bridges through the villages of Maneru, Cirauqui, Lorca and Villatuerta on your way to Estella, and the now ruined Castle of Lizarra. The Palace of the Kings of Navarre, an example of Romanesque secular architecture exhibits wonderful capitals depicting Roland’s battle with the giant Ferragut.
Walk 19 km

4

Day 4

Estella to Los Arcos

You will want to stop by the famous wine fountain (Fuente del Vino) at Boedga Irache and if you wish, take a short tour of the winery. Afterwards continue to Azqueta through cornfields and vineyards to Villamayor de Monjardin, passing the exotic Fountain of the Moors and the castle of Monjardin tower. Reach the medieval village Los Arcos made popular because of its strategic location between the kingdoms of Navarre and Castille.
Walk 20.4 km

5

Day 5

Los Arcos to Logrono 

This is a longer walk today, and along the way, you will pass many small villages including Torres del Rio with one of the architectural jewels of the Spanish section of the Camino: the octagonal church of the Holy Sepulchre with links to the Templars order. In Viana, admire the grand old mansions giving hints to its illustrious past. Viana was a heavily fortified frontier town, with a popular market and important halt on the camino route. In Logrono, admire the cathedral and a multitude of monuments and in the evening, stroll the many tapas bars and interesting cafes and restaurants to celebrate completing your first leg of the camino.
Walk 27.5 km

6

Day 6

Take some additional time to enjoy Logrono. If continuing to Villafranca, there are trains to Madrid (3h30) and then you would travel Madrid to Ponferrada (4h30), enjoying the scenery by train. Alternatively, there may be private transfers available. Non-walking day. 

7

Day 7

Ponferada to Villafranca del Bierzo

Walk from Ponferada to the lovely village of Camponaraya and and on to Villafrana del Bierzo. This walk passes many vineyards and oak forests.  Villafranca, located at the mouth of the Valcarce valley, was originally a community of Cluniac monks.
Walk 23 km

8

Day 8

Villafranca del Bierzo to O’Cebreiro 

From Villafranca, you will climb through unspoiled countryside of heather and broom, pines, chestnuts and oaks enjoying a magnificent view over the Valcarce valley up to El Cebreiro, famous for its pallozas, straw-roofed dwellings.
Walk 27.8 km

9

Day 9

O’Cebreiro to Triacastella

Departing O’Cebreiro enjoy a long descent passing through Linares, Alto de San Roque, and Hospital da Condesa, perhaps one of the oldest hospitals along the camino ; there were 4 hospitals between O’Cebreior and Fonfria. After passing through the small hamlets of Filloval, As Pasantes and Ramil, you reach Triacastella (a name which means ‘three castles’). There were several hospitals here, including one that included a prison for riotous pilgrims, where you can still read graffiti left by them.
Walk 28.5 km

10

Day 10

Triacastella to Sarria

There are two alternate routes between Triacastella and Sarria. The recommended one is longer but passes the beautiful monastery of Samos, one of the most ancient in Spain. During the Golden Age of Spanish art and literature, Sarria contributed some eminent names including the eminent writer and theologian Fray Luis de Grenada and sculptor Gregorio Fernandez, part of whose work can be admired along the camino.
Walk 17.3 or 21 km

11

Day 11

Sarria to Portomarin

Begin your walk passing Barbadelo and other villages, through a varied landscape of oaks, chestnuts and fields enclosed by slate walls or chantos, indicating Celtic history. The terrain becomes more rugged until arriving at Portomarin, which overlooks the river Mino. The importance of Portomarin is demonstrated by the fact that three great military religious orders had headquarters there: The Knights of Santiago; Templars and Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Walk 21.5 km

12

Day 12

Portomarin to Palas de Rei 

The landscape continues to change as the countryside becomes softly undulating with small oak trees, pines and gorse. You will see typical Galician horreos, built of wood or stone and raised storage for grain granaries which date back to the 12th century.
Walk 23.9 km

13

Day 13

Palas de Rei to Arzua

After passing the villages of San Julian do Camino, Porto de Bois and Coto, you leave the region of Lugo and enter la Coruna via Cornixa and Leboreiro following an ancient medieval road. In Arzua is the convent of La Magdalena, a 14th century Augustinian foundation, and other monuments.
Walk 28.6 km

14

Day 14

Arzua to O’Pino

Arzua to O’Pino of the camino pass through many small hamlets hidden amongst eucalyptus trees. You will see and feel a heightened excitement as Santiago nears. Your lodging tonight is a charming village inn with 7 guestrooms and a museum attached.
Walk 16.2 km

15

Day 15

O’Pino to Santiago

After 12 days of walking, your anticipation will build as you make your way towards the completion of your pilgrimage in Santiago itself. Arriving to the main plaza, admire the Santiago cathedral and the many architectural gems of this city. Receive your compostela (a certificate of accomplishment for having walked the camino) and then reward yourself with a fine dinner in one of the many great restaurants (we will provide our favourites), or celebrate with the many pilgrims who will be with taking tapas drinking vino tinto in the streets around the main plaza.
Walk 22.2 km

16

Day 16

Depart from Santiago. After breakfast at your hotel, you can depart at your leisure. If you have time, we suggest you consider the noon pilgrim mass where you can observe the tradition of the botafumeiro incense to bless pilgrims.

Classic

Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona *Casual Inn

Built in the 18th Century, this 4-star luxury boutique hotel is located right in the heart of the city centre facing the Palace’s inner courtyard.


Hotel Bidean, Puente la Reina

Built in the 17th century, this hotel is located in the center of Puenta La Reina.


Hostellerie Chapitel, Estella

This 4-star boutique hotel boasts a 17th century building that has been restored with just 14 rooms.


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Hotel Monaco, Los Arcos *Casual Inn

Overlooking a town square, this unassuming hotel on a commercial street is less than minute’s walk from the nearest bus stop and 11 km from the Encina de las Tres Patas de Mendaza nature reserve.


Mesón Cid, Logrono *Casual Inn

Forged since 1961 in the city of Burgos in front of one of the great symbols of our land: the Cathedral of Burgos.


Hotel Bierzo Plaza, Ponferada

Housed in 3 classic buildings dating to the 17th-century, this hotel on the town square is a 1-minute walk from Museo del Bierzo and a 5-minute walk from 12th-century Castillo de Los Templarios castle.


Hotel Las Donas el Portazo, Villafranca del Bierzo

This hotel, with architecture reflecting traditional Galician style, has just 19 rooms and opened in 2010. It is a welcoming hotel with charm and comfort.


Hotel El Cebreiro, O'Cebreiro *Casual Inn

This former town hall was renovated to a small hotel in 2002. It features 5 rooms, a cafe, and souvenir shop.


Casa Pacios, Triacastella *Casual Inn

Continuing brightened seventeenth century manor situated in the "Camino de Santiago" 2 km from "Triacastela" and located around "Vilavella". Surrounded by a natural environment where ancient pilgrims carrying the limestone to grind in Arzúa and prepare the mortar for the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.


Hotel Alfonso IX, Sarria

A 3-star modern hotel situated on the river with an excellent restaurant. Amenities include a gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool. Renovated in 2003 the rooms are large and comfortable and guests can enjoy pleasant views of the surrounding area.


Pousada de Portomarin, Portomarin *Casual Inn

The Pousada de Portomarín is an excellent choice for a stay in one of the jewel-cities of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Whether you are staying for tourism in the area of ​​Portomarín-Ribeira Sacra, or if it is to take a break from Camino de Santiago, our hotel will provide you with the comfort and rest you are looking for.


Casa Leopoldo, Palas de Rei

Situated 50 m from the church in the town center, this charming hotel holds 6 rooms and a Galician restaurant.


Pazo de Sedor , Arzua

This charming 17th century mansion holds spacious rooms and relaxing lounges with many original features still in tact.


O Muino de Pena, O Pino *Casual Inn

Housed in an old mill, this charming hotel enjoys a stunning rural location.It boasts beautiful and spacious rooms, decorated in the historical style, and modern facilities.


Hotel Monumento San Francisco, Santiago de Compostella *Luxe Inn

Situated in the historical city centre just 150 m from the Cathedral, this 18th century Franciscan convent has been renovated into a luxurious, historic 4-star hotel with heated swimming pool and jacuzzi with views of Mt. Pedroso.


Trips starting at
US $2,850

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