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Camino de Santiago Adventure

  • 9 Days
  • 14 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Bilbao
  • Trip End: Santiago de Compostela
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Discover hidden coves, traverse rolling green hills and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you conquer the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain.

On this 9-day hiking adventure, you'll hike some of the most breathtaking scenery and oldest trails of Spain as you explore the Camino de Santiago.

Each day brings new landscapes, from the golden sand beaches of Costa Verde of Asturias to the ancient ruins of Galicia. The Camino del Norte and the Camino Primitivo are sure to impress. Yet, the journey holds so much more than scenery. Trek in the footsteps of pilgrims, who, for thousands of years, made their way along the same path to the tomb of the apostle St. James. As you hike into Asturias, you'll be met with rich traditions still very much alive today.

When your Northern Spain hiking journey comes to a close at Cape Finisterre, there's no doubt the Camino de Santiago will leave a lasting impression in your heart.

Camino de Santiago ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Bilbao Trip End: Santiago de Compostela
  • Day 1Meet group, explore Bilbao and enjoy traditional foods

  • Day 2Transfer to Cantabria, hike coastal trails of the Camino del Norte and continue to Llanes

  • Day 3Continue hiking on the Camino, transfer to Oviedo

  • Day 4Begin hiking along the Camino Primitivo, explore ruins, then transfer to Tineo

  • Day 5Hike remote and forested trails of Camino Primitivo, enjoy lunch at Berducedo, enter Galicia and explore ancient Roman walls

  • Day 6Explore the aging ruins of a Celtic-Roman hillfort, then begin the final hike along the Camino Primitivo

  • Day 7Morning hike on the Camino, then transfer to Monte do Gozo. Continue hiking to Plaza del Obradoiro. Free afternoon and evening to explore the city

  • Day 8Visit Santiago's bustling market, drive to Cape Finisterre, hike to the cape and lighthouse. Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner

  • Day 9Enjoy a final breakfast, say your goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Meet group, explore Bilbao and enjoy traditional foods

    Our adventure begins in the dynamic port city of Bilbao. Here, you'll meet your guides and fellow travellers at 5:30 pm at the joining hotel. After a short orientation, we'll head down to the Estuary of Bilbao and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the water and through the marvellous old city center packed with architectural wonders. Tonight, you'll sample authentic Basque pintxos, small plates of traditional foods, at a local tavern.

    Hotel Barceló Nervión, Bilbao (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Transfer to Cantabria, hike coastal trails of the Camino del Norte and continue to Llanes

    Today you get your first taste of the stunning Camino del Norte. After departing Bilbao and driving along the dramatic Atlantic coast, we'll reach the region of Cantabria. The morning will be spent exploring the Costa Verde as we hike a stunning seaside route that links golden beach after golden beach. We'll then continue to the Celtic region of Asturias and our overnight base of Llanes. A short walking tour through the town's labyrinth of streets brings us to the town's former fish auction house. Next door we'll enjoy lunch at a seafood and cider tavern with views over the marina. After, enjoy another hike along the Camino, following scenic clifftop paths over rolling pastureland and sandy coves.

    Hotel Don Paco, Llanes (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles), 5 hours
    Elevation Gain: 230 metres (755 feet)

  • Day 3

    Continue hiking on the Camino, transfer to Oviedo

    Today we continue our hike on the Camino, following coastal paths through elegant green meadows, alongside hidden coves and across stunning beaches. When hunger strikes, we'll stop for lunch at a lovely inlet then transfer to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. Here, we'll learn about the relics of the Kingdom of Asturias on a guided tour of San Salvador Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage complex. You'll even have the chance to see the Cloth of Oviedo, which is believed to have been wrapped around Jesus' head in the tomb. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    NH Oviedo Principado, Oviedo (Breakfast, lunch)

    Hiking Distance: 11.2 kilometres (7 miles), 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 230 metres (755 feet)

  • Day 4

    Begin hiking along the Camino Primitivo, explore ruins, then transfer to Tineo

    The scenery changes today as we begin our hike along the Camino Primitivo, the oldest of all the Camino pilgrimage routes. Trading in the beach for forest and sand for pastureland, we'll hike towards Tineo, set high in the hills above the Narcea River valley. After a break for a well-deserved and picturesque lunch, we'll continue hiking through dense forest until we reach an abandoned 12th-century Benedictine Monastery that once played an important role in providing aid and support to pilgrims on their way to Santiago. We'll take time to explore the ruins before transferring to our hotel in Tineo.

    Hotel Palacio de Meras, Tineo (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 16.6 - 20.6 kilometres (10.3 - 12.8 miles), 5 - 6 hours
    Elevation Gain: 400 metres (1,350 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 485 metres (1,590 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike remote and forested trails of Camino Primitivo, enjoy lunch at Berducedo, enter Galicia and explore ancient Roman walls

    Be sure to have your camera ready as today we embark on perhaps the most spectacular section of the entire Camino Primitivo. Our hike takes us uphill through one of Spain's most uninhabited regions until we reach an isolated pass showcasing 360-degree views of mountain forests and green hillsides. Be sure to keep your eye out for wild horses grazing nearby! After taking time to enjoy the views, we transfer to the tiny parish of Berducedo for lunch. We finally enter Galicia on our way to Lugo, whose 3rd-century Roman walls surrounding the old town are a UNESCO World Heritage site. We'll take time this evening to tour the historic walls and visit the renowned Lugo cathedral.

    Gran Hotel de Lugo, Lugo (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 6.6 kilometres (4.1 miles), 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 547 metres (1,795 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 98 metres (321 feet)

  • Day 6

    Explore the aging ruins of a Celtic-Roman hillfort, then begin the final hike along the Camino Primitivo

    This morning we visit a museum and the aging ruins of a Celtic-Roman hillfort settlement before setting out on our final hike along the Camino Primitivo. Today, we meander through fairytale-like forest paths and into tiny hamlets scattered across the Galician countryside. We'll stop for lunch in Melide, a town where the Camino Primitivo and Camino Frances merge into a single Way. If your stomach isn't already grumbling, hunger is sure to strike as soon as you smell the freshly baked pastries and almond cakes ever so apparent in Melide's historic centre. After, we'll continue along the Camino through grand oak forests before calling it a day.

    Pazo de Eidian or Pazo de Sedor, Melide (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 9.6 - 11.8 kilometres (6 - 7.9 miles), 3 - 3.5 hours
    Elevation Gain: 230 - 285 metres (755 - 935 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 170 - 215 metres (558 - 705 feet)

  • Day 7

    Morning hike on the Camino, then transfer to Monte do Gozo. Continue hiking to Plaza del Obradoiro. Free afternoon and evening to explore the city

    We start the day off right with our first hike on the Camino Frances. We'll see many more pilgrims this morning compared to the previous day's solitude. Afterwards, we transfer to Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), located on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. Here, just like the pilgrims, you'll see your first glimpse of the city's famous cathedral spires. Our hike then continues to Plaza del Obradoiro, Santiago's grandiose square. Take time this afternoon to explore the city and sit down for a relaxing lunch on your own. If you'd like, you can rejoin the group for a tour with a local guide and attend a pilgrim's mass at the cathedral. You may even get to witness the swinging of the Botafumeiro, which is one of the largest incense censers in the world. Dinner is on your own tonight, allowing more time to explore the wonders of the city.

    Hotel Monumento San Francisco, Santiago de Compostela (Breakfast)

    Hiking Distance: 9.6 kilometres (5.9 miles), 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 225 metres (730 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 385 metres (930 feet)

  • Day 8

    Visit Santiago's bustling market, drive to Cape Finisterre, hike to the cape and lighthouse. Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner

    This morning we'll delight our senses with an early visit to Santiago's bustling market, where an incredible selection of seafood, meat, vegetables and fruit await. We'll then drive to Cape Finisterre, the final destination for many pilgrims who walked the Way of St. James. The cape is also the historical ‘Land's End’ reached by pagan pilgrimages predating Christianity. As we enjoy a hillside trail to the cape and lighthouse, take in the spectacular views of Costa da Morte (Coast of Death), so named for the innumerable shipwrecks over the centuries. After a hearty seafood lunch, we return to Santiago. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to discover the sights of the city. This evening we meet for a celebratory dinner at one of the area's finest restaurants.

    Hotel Monumento San Francisco, Santiago de Compostela (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 5.2 kilometres (3.2 miles)
    Elevation Gain: 215 metres (705 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 125 metres (410 feet)

  • Day 9

    Enjoy a final breakfast, say your goodbyes

    After a final breakfast, we'll say our goodbyes. You can choose to transfer on your own to Santiago's airport or continue your explorations of this fascinating region of Spain. (Breakfast)

Camino de Santiago Adventure Departure Dates

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus two experienced guides.

Where does the trip start?

On the first day you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group in the lobby of Hotel Nervión in Bilbao at 5:30pm.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends after breakfast and you're welcome to fly out any time. You'll need to make your own way to the Santiago de Compostela Airport, located 20 minute drive from the joining hotel.

What flights do you recommend?

Arrival: If you're flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Bilbao by 4pm.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Santiago de Compostela any time after breakfast for both domestic and international. If you are considering alternative flight times, please check with us.

How much luggage can I bring on the Camino?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides at the end of an awesome trip and EURO€100 ~ US$120 per person per Trip Leader seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

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