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.
Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina, Spain
Los Arcos, Spain
Villafranca del Bierzo
Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain
O Cebreiro, Spain
Palas de Rei
Palas de Rei, Spain
O Pino, Spain
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
15 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Start any dates between February to November
ARRIVE / DEPART
Trip*: US $2850
Single Supplement: US $750
*This Randonnee Tour is a mix of Luxe, Classic and Casual accommodations.
Pamplona: You can reach Pamplona through Madrid, Bilboa or Vitoria.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Built in the 17th century, this hotel is located in the center of Puenta La Reina.
This 4-star boutique hotel boasts a 17th century building that has been restored with just 14 rooms.
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.
Forged since 1961 in the city of Burgos in front of one of the great symbols of our land: the Cathedral of Burgos.
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.
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.
This former town hall was renovated to a small hotel in 2002. It features 5 rooms, a cafe, and souvenir shop.
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.
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.
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.
Situated 50 m from the church in the town center, this charming hotel holds 6 rooms and a Galician restaurant.
This charming 17th century mansion holds spacious rooms and relaxing lounges with many original features still in tact.
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.
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.