Crossing fields of sunflowers, wandering the narrow streets of medieval cities, rambling past rolling vineyards and olive groves: a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago is one of the most unforgettable journeys in the world.
Walking the entire French Way (“El Camino Francés) across the north of Spain route can take a month or so, so we have selected the best of the Camino to create an unforgettable itinerary perfectly suited to the needs of those who don’t have the luxury of a month’s holiday. In addition to enjoying the history and rich legacy of the pilgrim’s route, along the way you’ll have an opportunity to visit the archaeological dig at Atapuerca, the site of the oldest human remains discovered in Europe; enjoy a wine tasting at one of the Rioja region’s many fine wineries; and sample the diversity of the cuisine of northern Spain—excellent seafood; artisanal cheeses; delicious cured serrano hams; and the delights of nouveau Basque cuisine.
And each day you will get to stretch your legs and enjoy the magnificent scenery as you ramble along the Camino through six distinct regions: the Pyrenees Mountains and green hills of the Basque region of Navarre; the abundant vineyards of Spain’s world-famous La Rioja wine-growing region; the immense central plateau of Castile, with its vast fields of wheat; the rugged moors of the province of León; the rugged mountains of the Bierzo region, where the Romans once mined for silver and gold; and the deep, green valleys and mist-covered mountains and of Galicia, part of Spain’s magnificent Celtic region. And at the end of your journey lies the delightful city of Santiago de Compostela, with its magnificent cathedral and tomb of the Apostle St. James, the goal of millions of pilgrims across ten centuries of history.