August 19 to September 2, 2015
Tour Begins in Pamplona
August 19 Pamplona (Stay for 3 nights) 4 pm Introductory Meeting, 7:30 pm Taste of Tapas
20 Explore Pamplona- 9 am Orientation to the Camino, Culture and history of Pamplona, Navarra, Basque Region; Explore Old Town-Casco Antiguo, Plaza del Castillo, Bull Run, Hemingway’s hangout-Café Iruna, Museo de Navarra, architecture of Cathedrals of Santa Maria, San Saturnino
21 WALK Roncesvalles to Zubiri (13.5 miles) 8:30 am Shuttle to the medieval village of Roncesvalles-a revered starting point for pilgrims from the 12th century. Spiritual Reflection/Discussion-walk the wooded pathway through charming Basque villages. Shuttle back to Pamplona.
22 WALK Puente de la Reina to Estella (12 miles) Shuttle to Puente de la Reina, passing the Alto de Perdon, to Puente de la Reina. Non-walkers may visit the 12th C. bridge and the Eunate Church-associated with the Knights Templar.
23 Shuttle to San Millan de la Cogolla to visit the World Heritage sites of the monasteries of Suso and Yuso-one of the earliest known monastic communities and credited as the birthplace of the Spanish language.
24 Shuttle to Burgos with stop in Santo Domingo de la Calzada (2 nights in Burgos)
25 Explore Burgos-“Gothic capital of Spain”-the impressive Gothic cathedral and museum, tomb of El Cid, the Golden Stairs, the Plaza Mayor and Promenade.
26 Santo Domingo de Silos to León (1 night) Visit to the Benedictine monastery famous for Gregorian chant and the new Museum of Monasticism.
27 Explore Leon-the lovely 13th C. Gothic cathedral with some of the finest stained glass in Europe and architectural styles that range from Roman remains and the Romanesque basilica of St. Isodoro to the Gothic splendor of the cathedral, the Plateresque façade of San Marcos, to Gaudi’s neo-Gothic Casa Botines. Museo de San Isidoro with the Royal Pantheon. Shuttle with stops in Astorga-the Bishop’s Palace and museum, and the Iron Cross. Night in Ponferrada.
28 Visit Ponferrada-the magnificent 12th C. Templar castle, optional afternoon trip to Molinaseca. Night in Ponferrada.
29 WALK Pieros to Villa Franca del Bierzo (5 miles) Visit the 12th C. Romanesque Church of Santiago with the Door of Forgiveness. Night in Villa Franca del Bierzo.
30 WALK Ambamestas to O Cebreiro (8 miles) This beautiful wooded steep walk, takes us into Galicia and ends in the Celtic village of O Cebreiro. Visit the 9th C. Iglesia de Santa Maria, the oldest extant church associated with the Camino and the stone straw-covered palloza-a Celtic hut.
31 WALK Sarria to Portomarin (13.3 miles) or Lugo side trip for non-walkers. Lugo has some of the best preserved Roman walls in Spain and plenty of charm, some refer to it as the “poor man’s Santiago”.
Sept. 1 Shuttle to Santiago with stops at Lavacolla and Monte del Gozo (2 nights in Santiago)
Sept. 2 Explore sights of Santiago-the cathedral with its Portico of Glory and museum, the various plazas and the Museum of Pilgrimages. Tour ends.
Basic price per person for those sleeping in private albergue type accommodation: Price per person: $2,500
Basic price per person for those sleeping in 3 star hotels/casas rurales, based on two people sharing a double/twin room: Addtional $405, Price per person: $2,905
- 14 nights’ accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
- Transport from Pamplona to Santiago, luggage transport and shuttles between all stages as required
- All entries to Cathedrals, monuments etc