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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.

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

 

Click here to read our Walking Grade Guide 

 

Our Walking Holidays are now available to book from our sister brand TDactive Holidays – please click on this link to the TDactive Holidays website  to find out more about walking holidays and to book.

 

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

 

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

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. After a brief rest period, our guide will give you a walking tour of the Old Town district of Bilbao, before dinner in a local restaurant. 

Day 2 - Nervión River & Guggenheim Museum

Full Day

Nervión River & Guggenheim Museum

Begin your trip 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. 

Day 3 - Walking Day - Rioja & Local Winery

Full Day

Walking Day - Rioja & Local Winery

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. Expect grassy and dusty terrain, with mild inclines.  Length: 6km 

Day 4 - Walking Day - Castillian wheat plains, Castrojeriz & León

Full Day

Walking Day - Castillian wheat plains, Castrojeriz & León

Walk through the Castillian wheat plains, with guide assistance, as you enjoy the spectacular scenery. There will be free time before continuing on to Castroieriz. Afterwards, continue to León and take a guided walking tour through the narrow streets and beautiful buildings of the old town. Length: 11km 

Day 5 - Walking Day - Puente de Órbigo & Cebreiro

Full Day

Walking Day - Leon to Ponferrada

On this morning hike, you will cross the magnificent bridge at Puente de Órbigo (Walk 3km) before travelling onwards across the Castilian Plain with visits to Astorga, Monte Irago, Cruz de Fierro (The Iron Cross) and El Bierzo en route. In El Bierzo begin your second walk of the day from El Acebo to Molinascea (Walk 8km) before travelling onwards by coach to your hotel in Ponferrada. Evening meal included in a local restaurant in Molinaseca.

Day 6 - Walking Day - San Justo de la Vega

Full Day

Walking Day - Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast depart your hotel for a coach transfer and morning guided tour along the Pilgrim Road to Cebreiro where you will begin your walk to the village of Hospital (Walk 5km) before continuing onwards by coach to Santiago with a visit to Portomarin en route. Afternoon guided walk of the final stretch of the Camino finishing at Plaza del Obradoiro and cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. (Walk 5km)

Day 7 - Santiago de Compostela

Morning

At Leisure

On a guided tour of the historic centre, you can see the grave of St. James at the church of San Justo de la Vega, and if you wish you may partake in the Pilgrims Mass.

Day 8 - Return home

Afternoon

Return Home

You will be transferred to Santiago de Compostela airport from your hotel for your flight home, with guide assistance.

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

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Ercilla Bilbao 4

Located in the central neighborhood of Indautxu, this contemporary hotel is a 1-minute walk from Indautxu metro station and an 11-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Relaxed rooms offer  and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgr... read more read more read more

Located in the central neighborhood of Indautxu, this contemporary hotel is a 1-minute walk from Indautxu metro station and an 11-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Relaxed rooms offer  and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add sofas and rainfall showerheads; 1-bedroom suites have separate living areas, and some feature terraces. 

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

The best feature of this hotel is its location in the heart of the city of Burgos. It is just 8 minutes walking from the main monument of the city and the Cathedral, 7 minutes walking from the Museum of Human Evolution and Congress Hall, and 6 minutes far from the Principal Theat... read more read more read more

The best feature of this hotel is its location in the heart of the city of Burgos. It is just 8 minutes walking from the main monument of the city and the Cathedral, 7 minutes walking from the Museum of Human Evolution and Congress Hall, and 6 minutes far from the Principal Theatre and Espolón, an emblematic promenade of the city. The hotel itself is built for cozy rooms with all the modern conveniences, including a currency exchange and free Wi-fi. The snack bar is a great place to relax with tea or coffee and enjoy a midday tapa.

Hotel address
Hotel Maria Luisa
Avda. del Cid, 42


Burgos
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Hotel Conde Luna 4

Located in the city centre of Leon, this hotel is a short walking distance from the Cathedral (a masterpiece of Gothic architecture), the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro and Wet Quarter. Opened in 1964, the building has been completely renovated to fit and supply all the modern ... read more read more read more

Located in the city centre of Leon, this hotel is a short walking distance from the Cathedral (a masterpiece of Gothic architecture), the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro and Wet Quarter. Opened in 1964, the building has been completely renovated to fit and supply all the modern amenities for an ideal stay.

Hotel address
Hotel Conde Luna
Av. de la independencia, 7
24003 León

León
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Hotel Celuisma Ponferrada 4 Star

This modern hotel is situated in Ponferrada’s La Rosaleda area, one of the city’s new leisure and business areas. 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 modern hotel is situated in Ponferrada’s La Rosaleda area, one of the city’s new leisure and business areas. 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, recently renovated, hotel is ideally located in a central area of Santiago de Compostela and is in walking distance from the famous Cathedral. The rooms are designed to fit a modern look and all the conveniences, for a comfortable stay, are provided. The reading room is a g... read more read more read more

This, recently renovated, hotel is ideally located in a central area of Santiago de Compostela and is in walking distance from the famous Cathedral. The rooms are designed to fit a modern look and all the conveniences, for a comfortable stay, are provided. The reading room is a great place to find some alone time or just relax. Nearby, there is public transport for those looking to explore the city, and restaurants and shops for those looking to venture. 

Hotel address
Hotel Gelmírez
C/ Hórreo, 92


Santiago de Compostela
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Hotel Silken Luis de Leon 4

The Silken Luis de Leon hotel is conveniently located just outside Leon’s Old Town in the city’s main shopping area. Guests can easily explore the city’s attractions from this location, the León Cathedral and Gaudí’s Casa Botines are both within a 15-minute walk. The hotel has a ... read more read more read more

The Silken Luis de Leon hotel is conveniently located just outside Leon’s Old Town in the city’s main shopping area. Guests can easily explore the city’s attractions from this location, the León Cathedral and Gaudí’s Casa Botines are both within a 15-minute walk. The hotel has a restaurant serving modern regional cuisine and the Barrio Humedo district which features a wider range of restaurants and bars is within easy reach of the hotel.

Hotel address
Hotel Silken Luis de Leon
Fray Luis de Leon, 26
24005. Leon
Spain
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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