One of the world’s great historical trails, El Camino de Santiago, also known as the “The Way” or the “Way of St James”, is a fabulous walk of 800km if completed from beginning to end.
We will cover over 100km of the final walk into Santiago de Compostela with a combination of vehicle transfers and a maximum of 10km walking each day. With the addition of a couple of rest days along the way, we will complete our walk in style and comfort!
13 days escorted by Bronny Tudor.
$4,995*per person twin share departing Leon
The Camino is renowned as one of the most religious, inspirational and rewarding experiences. There is an enormous depth of history and everyday learning, as people of all ages from all over the world come together to walk the paths that so many have done before them. The small villages along the way would not exist if it wasn't for the Camino, and the Camino wouldn't exist if it wasn’t for the villages. The local people who are proud of their country and their culture, readily offer their hospitality. Their generosity is overwhelming.
The countryside is extremely picturesque. The rolling hills are often dotted with a church steeple on the horizon, which may look close, but quite likely may be two or more kilometres away. The daily walk provides plenty of thinking and reflection time, time to crystallise the 'where to from here' or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all. This itinerary has been specially designed so you only walk a maximum of 10km per day. There will be vehicle transfers to the best starting and/or end point to ensure you are walking through the most beautiful stages of the Camino and are able to do so at a leisurely pace. Engaging with the locals is most rewarding and at times quite emotional, with many elderly ladies in the local churches keen to stamp your pilgrim’s passbook in recognition of your visit.
This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need to carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for most active walkers.
The accommodation is a mix of centrally located hotels and Casa Rurals (Spanish privately owned accommodation). The meals are also a highlight. On occasion mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple which comes complete with a bottle of wine. There is also a variety of impressive cuisine from local chefs, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Spanish. English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.