Experience the scenic splendour, the magnificent Romanesque architecture and the cultural history of this ancient pilgrim’s route across Northern Spain. This is a walk of outstanding cultural and historical significance and great natural beauty. Its acclaim includes being declared the First European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987 and Santiago de Compostela as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
The tour begins in Bilbao and we walk the most fascinating and scenic sections of the trail from high in the Pyrenees through stunning beech forests and wooded valleys, across the vineyards of Rioja, the high tablelands of Castilla y Leon and the beautiful verdant hills of Galicia to our final destination Santiago de Compostela.
We operate with a maximum of 12 guests which enables us to provide you with a high level of personalised service and to select hotels and restaurants for their boutique style and service. We provide a support vehicle which is used throughout the tour. The vehicle is used to transfer guests from the hotel to the beginning of our chosen sections of the walk and to transfer your luggage to the next night’s accommodation allowing you to walk with only a day pack and enjoy the amazing scenery and cultural immersion in comfort. On most days the bus is also close by in case anyone wished to opt out of walking. You’ll walk approximately 200 kilometres of this iconic ancient pilgrim’s route across Northern Spain in the 15 days taking in the most spectacular and culturally significant sections and regions.
Because food and wine is an important hallmark of all our tours we place a strong emphasis on exploring the regional cuisine, whether it be a picnic lunch, fantastic casual cafe, bar snacks or indulging in delicious dinners to highlight the local specialties and delicacies.
We have a local expert guide who has walked the Camino many times and, depending on the numbers in the group, an Epicurious travel guide on the tour.
As food and wine is an important hallmark of all our tours, we place a strong emphasis on exploring the regional cuisine with our picnic lunches or fantastic casual cafe and bar snacks, and indulge in delicious dinners in each region to highlight the local specialties and delicacies.
In the Basque region of France we dine at the stunning Relais and Chateau restaurant of our hotel and indulge in the renowned tapas in San Sebastian. In Navarra the cuisine of hearty stews, game and local trout are perfect after a day of walking. Fresh local vegetables such as white asparagus, pulses and beans dominate soups and stews while chorizo lends flavour to these robust dishes. Casseroles of pork and lamb are roasted in wood ovens. Lunches consist of a mixture of fabulous picnics of regional produce or tapas in small bars and cafes. A picnic may include fresh sour dough, olives, tomatoes, local cheese selection, locally cured meats, seasonal fruit and sweet torta de Santiago.