Are you looking to experience the Camino but don’t have a full month off work to walk the full route of the Camino Frances? Then why not try our Camino Highlights Tour!
This specially designed tour takes in the best of what the Camino Frances has to offer over just two weeks! Get real bang for your buck on this whistle stop tour of the Camino Frances, stopping in the most historic and renowned towns and cities of the Camino Frances. Walking some of the best and most iconic sections of the Camino Frances and to top it all off you still walk the last 100kms so will qualify for your Pilgrim Certificate!
So where all do you stop on this highlights of the Camino tour?
There is only one place to start your highlight tour of the Camino and that is of course St Jean Pied de Port in France. This iconic town of the Camino has been welcoming pilgrims for centuries. From here you will follow the Napoleon route as you make your way up over the Pyrenees and cross the border from France into Spain arriving into the town of Roncesvalles. Continuing on your Camino journey you will make your way to Pamplona taking in some of the best views of the Pyrenees and Navarra region.
From Pamplona you will make your way across the La Rioja region, known world-wide for its wine. Here you will get to experience and sample the wine at Bodega Irache – the famous Wine Fountain of the Camino de Santiago. Passing through many vineyards on this section this will not be your opportunity to sample the local produce. Ending this section of walking in Logrono, which attributes its very being to the Camino de Santiago, you can sample here both the wine and food of the region and relax.
From Logrono then we travel across the Meseta to Leon, the capital of Castilla y Leon. Here we will stop for some sightseeing. Visit the beautiful Cathedral of Leon, or wander around the San Martin neighborhood and be mesmerized by the wonderful architecture from over the years. Whilst here you will also have time for lunch in one of the many excellent cafes or restaurants. Be sure to sample some of the local dishes for meat lovers such as Morcilla de León (black pudding), cooked maragato or Botillo del Bierzo. For those who prefer fish then the Trout Soup is a very typical dish of the Leonese. After your free time and lunch we will continue our journey across the mountains of Leon into the region of Galicia and the starting point of the last 100kms to Santiago de Compostela, Sarria.
No highlight trip of the Camino Frances would be complete without walking the last 100kms of from Sarria to Santiago. Join pilgrims as they start their journey here or from further back, and quickly make new friends and share stories of your travels so far. Traversing the Galician countryside your excitement will build as you get ever closer to the end goal, Santiago de Compostela. Be sure on your last day walking to take time at the Mount of Gozo to go over and visit the iconic Pilgrim Statues and also from where you will get your very first glimpse of the Cathedral. As you will have walked the last 100kms you will be entitled to your Pilgrim Certificate. What a beautiful memento this will make of this wondrous journey on the Camino de Santiago, along with all the new happy memories you will have made along the way.