• SELF-GUIDED
  • 38 DAYS
  • Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM £ 3,400 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 1130 per person

OVERVIEW

Complete the historic, UNESCO-protected Camino Frances, walking from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. Since the discovery of Saint James' tomb in the 9th century, pilgrims have walked the 812 km route to reach Santiago's spectacular cathedral in Plaza de Obradoiro.   Follow in the footsteps of intrepid pilgrims as you embark on a journey traversing the French Pyrenees and across the rich cultural landscape of northern Spain.

Over 38 days, follow the iconic scallop shell markers through a patchwork of rolling countryside. Explore the medieval historic centres of Leon, Astorga and Pamplona. Hop between tapas bars as you sample the local delicacies. Whether you are walking the Camino for your own spiritual journey or simply for the physical and cultural experience, this world-famous route is one of the most unique long-distance treks in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the full 812km of the Camino Frances route
  • Hike across the stunning French Pyrenees into Basque country
  • Visit the charming 16th-century town of Pamplona
  • Enjoy rest days in Leon and Santiago (also available in Burgos and Logrono at extra cost)
  • Discover ancient villages and medieval churches
  • Wonder at the architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Leon and Astorga
  • End your journey in Santiago's spectacular Plaza de Obradoiro

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
38 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM
£ 3400 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 1130 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 37 nights of accommodation & 37 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Rest days in Leon and Santiago
  • Receiving your Compostela certificate for completing the full route – Pilgrim Passport
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Walk the full Camino Frances route (812km) from St Jean to Santiago de Compostela
  • A £400 deposit per pax is needed to book this trip

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

During this tour you will stay in simple, small family run hotels and guest houses that have been welcoming walkers of the Camino for many years. All rooms are en-suited and typically, in the style of the Camino, accommodations have a great atmosphere as the majority of other guests will be fellow walkers. As this walk is a very busy route it is usual for similar accommodations to be used other than that listed.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with family and/or friends but would like single rooms, we would advise booking as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences. Single rooms incur an additional single occupancy fee.

Dining
You will be provided with 37 breakfasts. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

You will find many of the accommodations have their own restaurant which serves regional dishes, using local ingredients. Although dinners aren’t included in this tour, dinners can be included each evening for a supplement if you wish. Lunches can be purchased locally this is a great part of the experience. You can either order lunch from your accommodation or buy local cheeses and meats along with a wide variety of different breads you will find along the Camino.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

A £400 deposit per pax is needed to book this trip. This tour is available from the start of April through October. Regardless of when you travel there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to the individual towns or regions. From the jousting festival at Passo Honroso Puente through to the Rioja Wine festival in Logroño and the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.

On some occasions, but not often, the walk days may vary slightly regarding their length to what we have advertised. This will be to allow us to book the 37  accommodations in sequence to facilitate this walk.

WEATHER

The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warms days through to frosty mornings and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees, however, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.

THE WALKING

We grade this walk as Moderate to Challenging. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well defined for most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through urban environments and alongside roads, as you follow the truest route possible.

You should be used to walking up to 30km with up to 500m of ascent and descent. On any typical day you will hike on rocky trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will make sustained climbs to hilltop towns, villages and across the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.

A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 3 to 4 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks. We would also advise that you regularly walk back to back days to prepare for the duration of this tour which is 40 days.

The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with the many other walkers on the trail it’s very easy to find your way. For each of the walks, you will be provided with daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The tour starts in Saint Jean De Port and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. The best way to reach Saint Jaan is by arriving into one of the following airports; Madrid, Santiago de Compostela or Bilbao Airport.

From Madrid a 3 to 4-hour train journey connects from the airport through to Leon (changing once at Madrid Chamartin station). If travelling from Bilbao Airport there is a bus journey which is around 5 hours, and should you be flying in and out of Santiago de Compostela, we can arrange a private transfer for you.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 3400

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 1130

    £400 deposit per pax

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 3585

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 1195

    £400 deposit per pax

sections

Overview

Complete the historic, UNESCO-protected Camino Frances, walking from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. Since the discovery of Saint James' tomb in the 9th century, pilgrims have walked the 812 km route to reach Santiago's spectacular cathedral in Plaza de Obradoiro.   Follow in the footsteps of intrepid pilgrims as you embark on a journey traversing the French Pyrenees and across the rich cultural landscape of northern Spain.

Over 38 days, follow the iconic scallop shell markers through a patchwork of rolling countryside. Explore the medieval historic centres of Leon, Astorga and Pamplona. Hop between tapas bars as you sample the local delicacies. Whether you are walking the Camino for your own spiritual journey or simply for the physical and cultural experience, this world-famous route is one of the most unique long-distance treks in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the full 812km of the Camino Frances route
  • Hike across the stunning French Pyrenees into Basque country
  • Visit the charming 16th-century town of Pamplona
  • Enjoy rest days in Leon and Santiago (also available in Burgos and Logrono at extra cost)
  • Discover ancient villages and medieval churches
  • Wonder at the architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Leon and Astorga
  • End your journey in Santiago's spectacular Plaza de Obradoiro
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • 37 nights of accommodation & 37 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Rest days in Leon and Santiago
  • Receiving your Compostela certificate for completing the full route – Pilgrim Passport
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Walk the full Camino Frances route (812km) from St Jean to Santiago de Compostela
  • A £400 deposit per pax is needed to book this trip
Accommodation & Dining

During this tour you will stay in simple, small family run hotels and guest houses that have been welcoming walkers of the Camino for many years. All rooms are en-suited and typically, in the style of the Camino, accommodations have a great atmosphere as the majority of other guests will be fellow walkers. As this walk is a very busy route it is usual for similar accommodations to be used other than that listed.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with family and/or friends but would like single rooms, we would advise booking as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences. Single rooms incur an additional single occupancy fee.

Dining
You will be provided with 37 breakfasts. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

You will find many of the accommodations have their own restaurant which serves regional dishes, using local ingredients. Although dinners aren’t included in this tour, dinners can be included each evening for a supplement if you wish. Lunches can be purchased locally this is a great part of the experience. You can either order lunch from your accommodation or buy local cheeses and meats along with a wide variety of different breads you will find along the Camino.

General Info

AVAILABILITY

A £400 deposit per pax is needed to book this trip. This tour is available from the start of April through October. Regardless of when you travel there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to the individual towns or regions. From the jousting festival at Passo Honroso Puente through to the Rioja Wine festival in Logroño and the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.

On some occasions, but not often, the walk days may vary slightly regarding their length to what we have advertised. This will be to allow us to book the 37  accommodations in sequence to facilitate this walk.

WEATHER

The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warms days through to frosty mornings and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees, however, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.

THE WALKING

We grade this walk as Moderate to Challenging. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well defined for most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through urban environments and alongside roads, as you follow the truest route possible.

You should be used to walking up to 30km with up to 500m of ascent and descent. On any typical day you will hike on rocky trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will make sustained climbs to hilltop towns, villages and across the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.

A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 3 to 4 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks. We would also advise that you regularly walk back to back days to prepare for the duration of this tour which is 40 days.

The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with the many other walkers on the trail it’s very easy to find your way. For each of the walks, you will be provided with daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The tour starts in Saint Jean De Port and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. The best way to reach Saint Jaan is by arriving into one of the following airports; Madrid, Santiago de Compostela or Bilbao Airport.

From Madrid a 3 to 4-hour train journey connects from the airport through to Leon (changing once at Madrid Chamartin station). If travelling from Bilbao Airport there is a bus journey which is around 5 hours, and should you be flying in and out of Santiago de Compostela, we can arrange a private transfer for you.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 3400
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 1130
    DETAILS

    £400 deposit per pax

  • Date
    1 Mar 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 3585
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 1195
    DETAILS

    £400 deposit per pax

Faqs

FAQS

Q: What happens if I don’t want to walk one of the days, can I travel with the luggage?

Unfortunately, walkers cannot travel with the luggage. The information you are provided with has details for local taxi numbers, bus and train timetables should you wish to not walk on any day. Your accommodation hosts will also have up to date information and advice should you wish to travel to the next destination by local transport. As always, you can call us in the office should you need help during your walk.

Q: Where would you suggest adding an extra night?

Leon a vibrant city, which has been welcoming Camino walkers for centuries! The two major sights of Leon is the Casa de Botines, designed by Antoni Guadi and Hostal San Marcos (a former monastery and shelter for pilgrims during the middle ages. This exquisite property is now a luxury parador hotel). If you wish to start your Camino in style, we can arrange an upgrade for you to this luxury hotel. Traicastela if you really want to do nothing and relax by the pool, this is the perfect hotel to do so. Once walkers have departed for the day, there really is little more to do other than to take up residence by the pool and recharge in the peace of the countryside. Santiago, of course! This city is worthy of an extra day and not just to further explore the grand cathedral. Santiago boasts a wealth of medieval architecture, tapas bars and restaurants. We can also arrange an onward walk to the coastal point of Finisterre. Regarded as the end of the world by the Romans, many pilgrims continue on walking for several days to reach Finisterre. Having completed the Camino, it is an extra 4 days to reach Finisterre with a transfer back to Santiago on the fifth day.

Q: Can you extend our stay in Santiago de Compostela?

Of course, please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to extend your time in Santiago.

Q: Can my children walk with me?

We don't allow children under the age of 16 to do this walk.

Q: Is this tour OK for solo walkers?

Absolutely. Many people choose to complete stages of the Camino as a solo walker. There are many people walking the route and many of the overnight stays welcome hordes of walkers which means you can choose to walk your own journey or join in the camaraderie of walking with others.

Q: We’re travelling as friends but would like single rooms?

Subject to a single occupancy payment, single rooms are available. However, due to the limited accommodation single rooms might not always be available for every night of the tour, but we will let you know your options throughout the booking process.

Q: Can we reduce the days walked?

We wouldn’t suggest completing the itinerary in less than 40 days and 39 nights.

Q: Can we extend the days walked?

Of course, we’re happy to discuss your needs.

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