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The perfect trip for those with a little more time. Starting in the Capital of Castilla Leon, this trip offers a perfect blend of beautiful scenery, historical sites and enough time to fully disconnect from our daily routine. Let yourself be absorbed in the daily rhythm of walking, meeting people along the way and taking in the Spanish culture.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    2 Weeks, Walking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Daily Distance Moderate

The perfect trip for those with a little more time. Starting in the Capital of Castilla Leon, this trip offers a perfect blend of beautiful scenery, historical sites and enough time to fully disconnect from our daily routine. Let yourself be absorbed in the daily rhythm of walking, meeting people along the way and taking in the Spanish culture.


Accommodation Level:
1-2 Star Inns: 1,145€ *
2-3 Star Inns: 1,395€ *

Every day between:
April 1st – October 21st, 2020
March 23rd – October 24th, 2021

Average Daily Distance:
22km – 5 to 7 hours

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts (in 3 Star Itinerary Only)
  • Luggage transfers
  • High-speed train, Madrid-León
  • High-speed train, Santiago de Compostela-Madrid
  • Access to 24 hour help line
  • Personalized electronic guidebook which includes:
    • daily route notes, elevation profiles & itinerary overview
    • informative notes and videos of sites of interest
    • restaurant reviews and suggestions
    • Camino trail map & GPS locations of sites of interest
    • essential services locator (banks, pharmacies, water, etc)
    • food menu translator
    • common spanish phrasebook
    • tips for how to prepare & train for the Camino
    • first aid & emergency situation tips
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals outside of breakfasts
  • Data and phone plan for electronic device
  • Potential taxi services to shorten days
  • Electronic Device. Rental available on demand at extra cost
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Museum entrances & other paid visits

    Arrival at Madrid Airport and transfer to León via high speed train, a 3 hour journey. Be sure to select a flight that will land in Madrid early in the day to give you plenty of time to reach the train station by midday.

  2. STAGE 2 LEON – HOSPITAL DE ORBIGO – 21 KM (13 miles)

    León being a large city with a sprawling urban area, we avoid it all with a quick 15 minute transfer by car to Valverde de la Virgen. The terrain onwards is mainly a gentle downhill all the way to Hospital de Orbigo. Legendary due to its impressive medieval bridge.

  3. STAGE 3 HOSPITAL DE ORBIGO – ASTORGA – 17 KM (11 miles)

    Another gently sloped day to allow more time for the body to get used to walking but, more importantly, to allow plenty of time to visit some of the fascinating sites of Astorga. Astorga also holds some of the most important Roman ruins in the area and a fascinating cathedral. Those with a sweet tooth may prefer a quick tour and taste at the Chocolate Museum.

  4. STAGE 4 ASTORGA – RABANAL DEL CAMINO – 21 KM (13 miles)

    Today, things start to get more serious, as the entire day is a gradual ascension to Rabanal del Camino. As you exit the city, you’ll quickly find much more tranquility, as the villages crossed are tiny and sparse. Your efforts are rewarded with great views of the mountainous region, a real highlight on a clear day.


    First real challenging day as you continue climbing to Cruz de Hierro (the Iron cross), an emblematic place along the Camino Frances. Located atop of Mount Irago at 4,970 feet, it is the highest point along the entire Camino Frances, including the Pyrenees. Adding a stone at the foot of this cross has become an important camino ritual with many pilgrims over the centuries. A long downhill awaits on the other side.

  6. STAGE 6 MOLINASECA – CACABELOS – 23 KM (14 miles)

    Today’s walk is a lot more level than it has been these last few days. We pass a series of villages located in the heart of the Bierzo valley as we admire the size of the neighbouring mountains that surround us. Many enjoy spending time discovering the ancient castle of Ponferrada and the sites of Cacabelos, your home for the evening.

  7. STAGE 7 CACABELOS – LAS HERRERIAS – 29 KM (19 miles)

    Don’t let the distance fool you, it’s practically all level ground.! Passing Villafranca del Bierzo, it doesn’t take long to notice why this has always been an important stop along the Camino Frances. The ‘Puerta del Perdon’ (door of forgiveness), Villafranca Castle, the XII th century Monastery of Santa Maria all await you here.

  8. Stage 8 LAS HERRERIAS – BIDUEDO – 23 KM (14 miles)

    By far the most difficult section on the Camino Frances, no matter how one does it. The morning starts rather quickly with an abrupt 8.4km steep climb to OCebreiro. The good news is that once you reach the top, you arrive at one of the prettiest, and also popular, villages on the entire Camino Frances, OCebreiro. This village looks, feels, and to a certain extent, is, completely Celtic.

  9. STAGE 9 BIDUEDO – SARRIA – 28 KM (17 miles)

    After yesterday’s big day and what was surely a good night’s sleep, we are greeted by a long 7 km downhill into the small town of Triacastela (the three Castles).! At this intersection comes decision-making time. If you are tired, one may opt for the shorter and more direct route for a total of 22km. If on the other hand, you are feeling strong and would like to discover Spain’s oldest and largest Monastery (Samos), then walking an extra 6km is well worth the detour.

  10. STAGE 10 SARRIA – PORTOMARIN – 21 KM (13 miles)

    A great start to the trip as you’ll spend most of the day in the quiet countryside, discovering the peacefulness of rural Galicia. You’ll end with a long downhill walk into Portomarin, your home for the evening, along the banks of the Mino River.

  11. STAGE 11 PORTOMARIN – PALAS DEL REI – 24 KM (15 miles)

    Another peaceful day in the countryside, slowly meandering through local villages and hamlets. Some interesting untended Celtic ruins can be seen along the way if one has the strength to make a short 1 km detour.

  12. STAGE 12 PALAS DEL REI – SEDOR – 24 KM (15 miles)

    Today takes you through Melide, a village that has made Pulpo Gallego legendary throughout the country. A simple recipe of octopus, potatoes and paprika but when prepared just right, lights up your taste buds!

  13. STAGE 13 SEDOR – PEDROUZO – 24 KM (15 miles)

    As you get closer to Santiago, you start walking through more and more Eucalyptus treed forests. The aroma is delightful as is the rest of the trail.


    A shorter distance in walking today in order to take full advantage of the city’s sites. There is tons to see and do, on top of enjoying the fulfillment of reaching your destination!


    Afternoon return via high speed train to Madrid.

Our preferred inns have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, charm and consistent friendly service. They are subject to availability. Should one of our preferred inns not be available, we will provide you with one of the same standard & price.

SARRIA – HOTEL ALFONSO IX Camino de Santiago Tour lodging
A large modern hotel with all the latest amenities,
ideally located on the Camino Frances in the heart of town.

POUSADA PORTOMARINWay of St James Tours Lodge
Built in 1966, its furnishing and style date more of the renaissance époque. Located in the heart of the village.

COMPLEJO LA CABANAWay of St james Tour Palas lodge
Large wood-cabin building a few kilometers from Palas del Rei, this property has great grounds to relax and enjoy.

PAZO DE SEDORWay of St James Tours Sedor
A lovely manor home from the 17th century, with beautiful and relaxing grounds, located on the outskirts of town.

CASA DO ACIVROWay of St James Tours Acivro
Spacious, comfortable rooms in a typical Galician rural home – 18 th century.

HOTEL ALTAIRWay of St James Tours Altair
Modern rooms in an ancient home. Located on the edge of the historical center, where it is much quieter and tranquil.

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