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Footsteps of the Camino de Santiago
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Footsteps of the Camino de Santiago

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Starting at Bilbao and walking west towards Santiago, this trip includes a visit to the Guggenheim museum, a tour of a local winery and a stroll through the beautiful old town of León and a Santiago de Compostela city tour.

Along the stunning walks through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can soak up the beauty of the verdant Galician countryside and be amazed by the magnificent views from Cebreiro, 1300 metres above sea level. Complete your holiday by leaving a stone at the symbolic Cruz de Fierro (The Iron Cross) and like the pilgrims before you, leave all your burdens behind. This walking holiday will allow you to get a taste of what the Camino de Santiago has to offer while enjoying the food, wine and culture along the famous route.

This trip is ideal for moderately experienced walkers, with the average walking distance being around 10km per day on mostly flat, gravel terrain.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

Click here to read our Walking Grade Guide 

Click here to view Walking Maps for this holiday 

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Walking Profile

Moderate: You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous middle distance walking experience required.

Number of walking days: 4

  • Day 1 - 11km
  • Day 2 - 11km
  • Day 3 - 11km
  • Day 4 - 10km
Currency
Euro €
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
Warm and dry summers and mild winters.
Food & Drink
Spain in general is a rather affordable country to holiday. Eating out in restaurants is fairly cheap and good local wines are reasonably priced due to their abundance. The local seafood is fresh and delicious – particularly when matched with the local Albariño wine. Tapas are a quick and popular option for lunches and dinners.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.75
  • Beer: €2.00
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Light Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles 
Recommended Reading

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickenson

To the Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Holiday highlights

Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The history of the Camino de Santiago dates back to the beginning of the 9th century, when the tomb of St. James was allegedly discovered and began to draw pilgrims from across Europe. Traditionally, people set out from their own homes towards Santiago, which was how the network of routes grew. There are many Camino de Santiago routes coming from different points across Europe; the most popular come from France, Portugal and different parts of Spain, each with its own unique history. The most famous route today is the so-called French Way, which developed as the main way to Santiago after the 10th century, with towns and villages developing along the way to host the pilgrims. Over 200,000 pilgrims travel to the city each year from points all over Europe and from other parts of the world. Today, the Camino de Santiago has developed in to a social, cultural and scenic experience as well as a pilgrimage.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route which originated in the 9th century. In 1985 the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
A fantastic museum of modern and contemporary art that is built alongside the Nervión river.
Castrojeriz 

Castrojeriz started out as a place for the Roman soldiers to guard the Galician gold mines, and today, the stretch of the pilgrimage road in Castrojeriz is one of the longest urban routes on the Camino, running almost a mile long. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Walking Profile

Moderate: You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous middle distance walking experience required.

Number of walking days: 4

  • Day 1 - 11km
  • Day 2 - 11km
  • Day 3 - 11km
  • Day 4 - 10km
Currency
Euro €
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
Warm and dry summers and mild winters.
Food & Drink
Spain in general is a rather affordable country to holiday. Eating out in restaurants is fairly cheap and good local wines are reasonably priced due to their abundance. The local seafood is fresh and delicious – particularly when matched with the local Albariño wine. Tapas are a quick and popular option for lunches and dinners.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.75
  • Beer: €2.00
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Light Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles 
Recommended Reading

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickenson

To the Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Bilbao

Afternoon

Travel to Bilbao

Upon arrival in Bilbao, you will be met by our local representative who will accompany you on your coach transfer to your hotel. Once you have settled in to your hotel, our guide will take you on a orientation walking tour of the Old Town district of Bilbao, before enjoying a welcome dinner in a local restaurant with your group.  

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Bilbao (2 nights)

Day 2 - Nervión River & Guggenheim Museum

Morning

Nervión River & Guggenheim Museum

Begin day with a morning guided walking tour along the banks of the Nervión River, followed by a visit to one of the world’s most famous art galleries. One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the Guggenheim Museum boasts some of Europe’s most exciting and unusual art, including Richard Serra’s 340ft Snake. 

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure in Bilbao to spend as you wish. We recommend soaking up the atmosphere at one of the many tapas restaurant. Your local expert guide will be happy to make suggestions to suit your taste.

Day 3 - Montedeoca to San Juan de Ortega including La Rioja

Full Day

Montedeoca to San Juan de Ortega including La Rioja

Today, you will enjoy a guided tour through the most prestigious wine region of Spain, Haro in Rioja. Take in the stunning vineyards and rich vegetable gardens in the lush country side before partaking in a tour of a local bodega (winery.) Complete your day with an afternoon walk from Montedeoca to San Juan de Ortega before onward coach transfer to your hotel in Burgos. Throughout your walk you can expect grassy and dusty terrain, with mild inclines as well as some free time to explore San Juan de Ortega at your leisure.  Length: 6km (moderate)

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Burgos (1 night)

Day 4 - Castillian wheat plains to Castrojeriz

Full Day

Castillian wheat plains to Castrojeriz

Today you will enjoy a morning guided walk through typical Castilian wheat plains with spectacular open scenery towards Castrojeriz. There will be two options available to you today depending on your fitness level. You will enjoy some free time in Castrojeriz and afterwards will continue to León where you will enjoy a meal at your hotel. Length: 3km (leisurely) or 11km (moderate)

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in León (1 night)

Day 5 - Leon to Ponferrada

Full Day

Leon to Ponferrada

In the morning, enjoy a short guided walking tour through the narrow streets and beautiful buildings of the old town in Leon (approximately 20 minutes). Following this you will walk across the magnificent bridge at Puente de Orbigo. Length: 1.5km (leisurely). In El Bierzo you will begin your second walk of the day starting from El Acebo and ending in Molinascea. Length: 8km (moderate). You will enjoy an evening meal at a local restaurant in Molinascea before transferring to your hotel in Ponferrada.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Ponferrada (1 night)

Day 6 - Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela

Full Day

Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy a morning guided tour along the pilgrim road to Cebreiro where you will begin your walk to the village of Hospital. Length: 3.5km (leisurely). Afterwards you will transfer by coach to Santiago, with a visit to Portomarin en route. In the afternoon, your second walk of the day will see you embark on the final stretch of the Camino, finishing at Plaza del Obradoiro. There will be three different options available to you depending on your level of fitness. Length: 2km or 4km (leisurely) or 9km (moderate).

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Santiago de Compostela (2 nights)

Day 7 - Santiago de Compostela

Morning

Santiago de Compostela city tour

This morning you will enjoy a half day city tour of Santiago de Compostela's historic centre, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The famous cathedral borders the main plaza of the well-preserved old city. You will wander through the streets as your local expert guides shows you all the main highlights including the grave of St. James at the church of San Justo de la Vega.

Afternoon

Santiago de Compostela at leisure

You will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to spend as you wish. Perhaps you would like to take part in Pilgrim's Mass? Or maybe unwind with some food and wine at an authentic tapas restaurant? The choice is yours. Our local expert guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste.

Evening

Farewell dinner

Dinner will be included at your hotel tonight. Enjoy a farewell meal as you reminisce on your time spent walking the Camino de Santiago.

Day 8 - Return home

Afternoon

Return Home

You will have the morning free to do some last minute shopping and sightseeing at your leisure, before your afternoon transfer to Santiago de Compostela airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

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Hotel Ercilla Bilbao 4

Located in the neighbourhood of Indautxu, this contemporary hotel is next to Indautxu metro station and an 11 minute walk from the renowned Guggenheim Museum. The central location, spacious, well equipped rooms and convenient bar and dining facilities make Ercilla Hotel an ideal ... read more read more read more

Located in the neighbourhood of Indautxu, this contemporary hotel is next to Indautxu metro station and an 11 minute walk from the renowned Guggenheim Museum. The central location, spacious, well equipped rooms and convenient bar and dining facilities make Ercilla Hotel an ideal base for sightseeing and relaxing in Bilbao.

Hotel address
Hotel Ercilla Bilbao
Ercilla, 37-38
48011 Bilbao
Spain
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Hotel Maria Luisa 3

This cosy hotel has an excellent location, just a few minutes walk from the Old Town and Cathedral as well as many shops, bars and restaurants. With free Wi-Fi and a handy snack bar it will be your home from home in the city of Burgos.... read more read more read more

This cosy hotel has an excellent location, just a few minutes walk from the Old Town and Cathedral as well as many shops, bars and restaurants. With free Wi-Fi and a handy snack bar it will be your home from home in the city of Burgos.

Hotel address
Hotel Maria Luisa
Avda. del Cid, 42


Burgos
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Hotel Silken Luis de Leon 4

The Silken Luis de Leon hotel is conveniently located, in the main shopping area just outside Leon’s Old Town.  The 13th century Cathedral is within a 15-minute walk and the lively Barrio Humedo district, which features a wide range of restaurants and bars, is also within ea... read more read more read more

The Silken Luis de Leon hotel is conveniently located, in the main shopping area just outside Leon’s Old Town.  The 13th century Cathedral is within a 15-minute walk and the lively Barrio Humedo district, which features a wide range of restaurants and bars, is also within easy reach.

Hotel address
Hotel Silken Luis de Leon
Fray Luis de Leon, 26
24005. Leon
Spain
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Hotel Celuisma Ponferrada 4

This sleek, modern hotel is situated in Ponferrada’s La Rosaleda district. It has all the amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay, including a café bar where you can relax or trade stories with other guests.... read more read more read more

This sleek, modern hotel is situated in Ponferrada’s La Rosaleda district. It has all the amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay, including a café bar where you can relax or trade stories with other guests.

Hotel address
Hotel Celuisma Ponferrada
Avenida Ronda Norte
n 5 - León

Leon
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Hotel Gelmírez 3

This welcoming hotel has a contemporary design, with comfortable guest rooms decorated in restful tones.  Close by you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants, while Santiago's historic centre and famous cathedral are within a few minutes on foot. ... read more read more read more

This welcoming hotel has a contemporary design, with comfortable guest rooms decorated in restful tones.  Close by you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants, while Santiago's historic centre and famous cathedral are within a few minutes on foot. 

Hotel address
Hotel Gelmírez
C/ Hórreo, 92


Santiago de Compostela
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