The Way of St. James / Hiking

The French Way of St. James is one of the best known hiking trails around the world. Believers have been using this road for over 400 years. From the monastery of Sainte Odile in Strasbourg, the trail crosses several regions of France through the Pyrenees and ends in the monumental church of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

Day 1: FRANCE, RONCESVALLES, PAMPLONA. Journey towards Pamplona. Afternoon trip to Roncesvalles, the beginning of the Spanish Camino de Santiago. We hike from the Ibañeta-pass to Roncesvalles and on via Espinal to Viscarret (14 km). Our journey continues to Pamplona, capital of Navarre. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: PAMPLONA, NÁJERA, SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA, BURGOS - 220 km (Walking tour 15 km in approx. 4 hours) After breakfast, city tour of Pamplona. We visit the cathedral and the historic centre. We continue to Najera, which between the 10th and 11th century was the capital of Navarre. King Garcia Sanchez III founded the monastery of Santa Maria la Real, in which there is the pantheon of the kings of the kingdom Najera-Pamplona, ancestor of the kingdom of Navarre. After that walking tour to Cirueña (about 15 km). We continue to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Visitof the cathedral from the 12th century. The destination of today's route is Burgos. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: BURGOS, LEON 201 km (Walk of 17 km in approx. 4,5 hours) In the morning we visit the monumental Gothic cathedral of Burgos. We continue to Rabé de las Calzadas. From there, walk to Hontanas (approx. 17 km). Todays tour ends in León, former capital of the kingdom. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: LEON, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - 358 km (Walk of 15 km in approx. 4 hours) After breakfast we visit the historic centre of León. Visit of the Gothic Cathedral and the Isidore and Mark Church, with magnificent ceiling paintings. Drive to Mouzós and walk up to Portomarín (about 15 km). We continue to Santiago de Compostela to our hotel.

Day 5: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Today an impressive city tour awaits us: the cathedral, the square of the "Obradoiro, the secondary school "San Jeronimo", Raxoi Palace, Hostal of the Catholic Kings, Palace Gelmirez and the cathedral. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, LUGO, OVIEDO 330 km. After breakfast we drive to Lugo, with a short stay. We continue to Oviedo. There we take a brief city tour. The rich historic centre offers its visitors many opportunities to discover their monuments. The Gothic Cathedral dating from the 15th century with the squares "Plaza Mayor" and "El Fontan", are among the most visited. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: OVIEDO, SANTANDER, BILBAO - 286 km. After breakfast we drive to Santander. Here we make a brief stop to visit the famous beach "Playa del Sardinero. We continue to Bilbao. In the afternoon we take a panoramic city tour of Bilbao. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8: BILBAO, DEPARTURE. After breakfast we say goodbye and return home.

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