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Best of the Camino

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4.8 Based on 21 Reviews
  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-20230
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Bilbao, Spain
  • Ends Santiago De Compostela, Spain
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the medieval trail to Santiago de Compostela passing by churches and crosses marking the famous route
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers
  • Staying at friendly, family run hotels and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes
  • Visiting Bilbao and the fabulous cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Santiago with their wealth of religious and historic treasures
  • Experiencing the highlights of the Camino Trail
Start in Bilbao and end in Santiago De Compostela, the "Best Of The Camino" tour is a guided walking tour that takes 13 days. You will travel through Arzúa, Astorga, Sahagun and 9 other destinations in Spain. "Best Of The Camino" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, meals and others.

A guided walk along the best sections of the Camino across northern Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Compostela Trail, has for centuries represented an important pilgrimage route from France, across the Pyrenees and the north of Spain to the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela. Following the most interesting sections from Roncesvalles in Spain through famous pilgrimage cities such as Leon and Pamplona, the landscapes change daily from mountain trails to forests and open plains. With the camaraderie of a small group and local guide, the trip is fully supported throughout. At night stay in atmospheric towns in a selection of hand picked hotels where the local flavours are introduced by your hosts.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Bilbao, meet your guide and transfer to Roncesvalles or Burguete
  • Day 2 : Pyrenees walk to Alto del Erro (4-5hrs), transfer to Pamplona
  • Day 3 : Camino walk including Puente la Reina (4-5hrs), transfer to Logroño
  • Day 4 : Visit Laguardia, walk Montes de Oca to San Juan de Ortega (3-4hrs), overnight Burgos
  • Day 5 : Walk from Castrojeriz to Fromista (4hrs), transfer to Carrion de los Condes
  • Day 6 : Walk along the Castile landscape (3hrs) and transfer to Leon
  • Day 7 : Walk from Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga (3hrs)
  • Day 8 : Walk from Cruz de Ferro to Molinaseca (4hrs), visit Villafranca, transfer to Hererrías
  • Day 9 : Visit O Cebreiro, walk to Triacastela (4hrs), Samos Monastery and on to Sarria
  • Day 10 : Walk to Portomarin (5hrs), transfer to Arzúa
  • Day 11 : Walk the last stage of the Camino from Lavacolla to Santiago (3hrs)
  • Day 12 : Morning tour in Santiago, afternoon visit to Cape Finisterre and farewell dinner
  • Day 13 : Trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 4 star, 7 nights in 1-3 star hotels and charming guesthouses all on a twin share basis - they are often small family-run hotels and rooms have private facilities.
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners (beverages and coffee included). Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of bread or toast, tea and coffee. Dinner may start with soup, rice or pasta, followed by either an egg, chicken, red meat or fish dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit, crême caramel, etc. Dinners can be at the hotel or at local restaurants. Please note in Spain dinners are generally begin between 7:30pm – 9.30pm
Transport
  • Support vehicle for baggage and transfers
Guide
  • English speaking guide throughout and local city guides in Burgos, Leon and Santiago (days 5. 6 and 12)
Others
  • Entrance fees according to the programme
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel to Bilbao and from Santiago de Compostela
  • Lunches daily, beverages other than at breakfast and dinner
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees unless specified as included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of luggage
  • Travel insurance
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 21 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 05 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
The Best of the Camino guided trip was a fantastic experience! The itinerary truly allows savoring the various geographic, culinary, cultural, architectural, and religious offerings along this thousand year old pilgrim route. ... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 30 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Loved the trip and all the landscapes we walked thru. It was beautifully organized with many cultural and architectural highlights. The meals were very nice -esp. in Rondesvalles and Santiago. The Van support was terrific (as... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 23 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Friends of mine recommended this tour operator to me and I was so glad they did. The group met up at a bar in Bilbao, and then boarded our bus around the corner. We travelled on a comfortable bus with a lovely guide, Rita, and... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 02 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
I would highly recommend this trip. It was a great way to experience the Camino in total without having to walk the whole way. Thanks to the tour operator for making it possible.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Best of the Camino tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 17 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 December 2022, a deposit of 279 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Best of the Camino tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Best of the Camino tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How much does a tour to Spain cost?

    The duration of your stay, the type of accommodation and services you wish to book, and the activities you want to experience play a key role in determining the costs of your Spain vacation. On average, 7 days in Spain, including accommodation and meals, can cost anywhere from USD 1,000 to USD 1,800 per person. Hotel rooms can start from USD 49 per person, per night and go upward of USD 209, while a meal at an inexpensive restaurant can be had for around USD 12. A meal in a decent restaurant can cost upward of USD 20 per person.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Where to travel in Europe?

    Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip. 

    If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.

    Having said that, you can also diversify your itinerary by mixing and matching different elements of the same country. Italy tops the charts not just for its medieval monuments and Renaissance art but also for coastal scenery and sun-soaked beaches. Similarly, Spain is a foodie paradise as much as it is an architectural hotspot.

  • What part of Spain should I visit?

    Spain is a treasure trove of beautiful destinations. While each region boasts an array of popular attractions coupled with a rich past, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, Madrid, Valencia, Mallorca, and Tenerife are among the most-visited places in Spain.

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