The Full Camino Norte

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  • duration 41 days
  • tour type Self-guided
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts San Sebastian, Spain
  • Ends Santiago De Compostela , Spain
  • Walking the Camino Norte from San Sebastian to Santiago
  • Visiting the foodie paradise and seaside town of San Sebastian
  • Bilbao with its great art and architecture
  • Walking through a variety of landscapes, including the dramatic coastline of the Asturias region
Starting in San Sebastian and ending in Santiago De Compostela, The Full Camino Norte trip is a self-guided walking trip that takes 41 days. You will travel through San Sebastian, Ribadesella, Gijón and 40 other destinations in Spain. The Full Camino Norte is a trip which includes accommodation in hotels, meals and others.

Walk the entire length of one of the original Camino routes followed by pilgrims walking to Santiago. 'El Camino del Norte' originates from the 9th Century and was one of the original Camino routes for pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostela. Sheltered from the rest of the Muslim dominated Iberian Peninsula by the Picos de Europa and Cordillera Cantabrica, it was considered the safest route for Christian pilgrims making their way to the tomb of St James. The full route starts in Irun near the French border and joins the French route at Arzua. This walk starts from chic, gastronomic San Sebastian (Donastia in Basque) and follows the Camino Norte through picturesque fishing villages and fertile valleys to the bustling city of Bilbao, home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, before continuing along the dramatic coastline through the Asturias region and on to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy a variety of landscapes and architecture, both ancient and modern, while staying in small hotels with local character. The dramatic coastline of the Bay of Biscay and mountain paths make the northern way both challenging and rewarding, whilst the quieter trails offer a great alternative to the more popular French route.
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 19 2018
“This cycling trip was more demanding than we expected but the Galicia portion of it goes through some very pretty country, worth the effort. The lodging and meals were well-chosen and better than we expected. The trail is very easy to follow but the supporting documentation was well-prepared and comprehensive. A moving experience to arrive in Santiago with all the other "pilgrims".”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 01 2018
“A wonderful tour with an amazing guide who is passionate about his country and people. We experienced true Romanian hospitality every day and enjoyed the culture and countryside in a way that was only possible because of our guide, Gigi.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 03 2018
“The Baltic countries are beautiful and reasonably flat for cycling. It’s very easy to enjoy what’s offered by these proud countries. A total revelation to us.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive in San Sebastian/Donostia
  • Day 2 : Walk via Zarautz to Getaria (5.5hrs)
  • Day 3 : Continue along the coast to Deba (6.5hrs)
  • Day 4 : Head inland to the mountains and Markina-Xemein (6hrs)
  • Day 5 : On to Gernika (6.5hrs)
  • Day 6 : Continue to Lezama (5.5hrs)
  • Day 7 : Walk to Bilbao (3.5hrs)
  • Day 8 : Rest day in Bilbao
  • Day 9 : Metro to Portugalete, walk along the coast to Castro Urdiales (7.5hrs)
  • Day 10 : On to Liendo (5.5hrs)
  • Day 11 : Walk and by boat to Noja (6.5hrs, 23km/14.5mi)
  • Day 12 : Continue to Galizano (6hrs, 22km/13.75mi)
  • Day 13 : Continue to Santander (3hrs, 11km/7mi)
  • Day 14 : Rest day in Santander
  • Day 15 : Transfer to Ermita, then walk to Santillana (5.5hrs)
  • Day 16 : On to Comillas (6hrs)
  • Day 17 : To San Vicente de la Barquera (3.5hrs)
  • Day 18 : To Bustio (4-5hrs)
  • Day 19 : On to Llanes near the Picos de Europa (6.5hrs)
  • Day 20 : Walk to Ribadesella (8hrs)
  • Day 21 : Enjoy views of the coast en route to Colunga (5.5hrs)
  • Day 22 : To Villaviciosa (4.5hrs)
  • Day 23 : On to Gijon (7-8hrs)
  • Day 24 : Rest day in Gijon
  • Day 25 : To Aviles (6hrs)
  • Day 26 : On to Cudillero (8hrs)
  • Day 27 : Walk to Ballota (6.5hrs)
  • Day 28 : Head inland to Luarca (5.5hrs)
  • Day 29 : To Navia (5-6hrs)
  • Day 30 : Transfer to La Caridad and walk to Ribadeo (5hrs)
  • Day 31 : Rest day in Ribadeo
  • Day 32 : Walk to Villamartin Grande, transfer to Ribadeo (5hrs)
  • Day 33 : Transfer back to Villamartin Grande, on foot to Mondonedo (5hrs)
  • Day 34 : Walk to Abadin (4.5hrs)
  • Day 35 : Walk to Vilalba (5hrs)
  • Day 36 : To Sta Leocadia, transfer to Reguela (7hrs)
  • Day 37 : Transfer to Sta Leocadia or Miraz, walk to Sobrado dos Monxes, transfer to Boimil (8hrs)
  • Day 38 : Transfer to Sobrado dos Monxes and walk to Arzua (5.5hrs)
  • Day 39 : On to Rua (6hrs)
  • Day 40 : Final stage to Santiago (5hrs)
  • Day 41 : Trip concludes
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  • 40 nights in a combination of hotels & farmhouse B&Bs on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes & guidebook per room booked
  • 39 breakfasts, 29 dinners. Continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by chicken, red meat, fish or a pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp - additional bags and excess weight will attract a surcharge)
  • Transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline
  • Travel to San Sebastian/Donostia and from Santiago de Compostela
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunches and drinks daily, 1 breakfast in Bustio and dinners at Gernika, San Vicente, Gijon, Cudillero, Luarca, Bustio and Santiago, and on the rest days.
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Travel insurance
  • excess baggage charges - please advise us if you will have more than one bag weighing a max of 20kgs as extra charges will apply for additional pieces of luggage. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as we only include one bag and they will be charged as an extra bag. Charges will be higher if not paid when final balance for your trip is due.
  • Metro to Portugalete (day 09) and boat trips to Santoña and Santander (days 11 and 13): payable locally
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Full Camino Norte tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure.

Travel Insurance

The Full Camino Norte 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.


For this The Full Camino Norte 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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

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