Walking the Camino: Update on 2017 Tours

In 2017 we offer five itineraries along different Camino trails in Portugal and Spain. Four tours provide an opportunity to walk long distance on ancient pilgrim paths to Santiago de Compostela.  These tours also include the chance to visit the remote Finisterre peninsula beside the rugged Atlantic coast. The remaining tour, by bus, is more focused on the rich history of Spain, especially the 8th – 15th centuries.  This includes a lengthy period of significant cultural and religious tolerance between Christians, Muslims and Jews.

Walking the Camino: The scenery along the Camino del Norte is simply stunning!

Walking the Camino: The scenery along the Camino del Norte is simply stunning!

Three tours are almost fully booked. If you want to join us walking on a) the Camino del Norte in May; b) to travel by bus from southern to northern Spain in June; or c) to participate in our September tour along the Camino Portugues, act fast!  To cater for the increasing number of people who want to walk through northern Portugal we have added a new itinerary along the Camino Monacal, beside the Atlantic coast.  Further information about all our 2017 tours is provided below, with links to the individual tour itineraries.

Walking the Camino: The historic town of Viana do Castelo, on the Camino Monacal.

Walking the Camino: The historic town of Viana do Castelo, on the Camino Monacal.

Our first tour takes us along the Camino del Norte. Commencing in Bilbao mid-May we walk through the attractive Asturian countryside beside the Cantabrian Sea. In sight of the snow-capped Picos de Europa we turn inland to Oviedo. The tour ends in Santiago de Compostela and includes three days walking through the rugged and picturesque Finisterre peninsula.

Walking the Camino: World Heritage listed Oporto, on the Camino Portugues.

Walking the Camino: World Heritage listed Oporto, on the Camino Portugues.

Our second Camino tour is being run jointly with Australian based travel agency, Aurora Travel. Commencing in Oporto in late May we follow the traditional inland route of the Camino Portugues. Two side trips are included to some of the prettiest coastal towns in this region. Before reaching the ancient pilgrim city we enjoy two days walking through the more remote Finisterre peninsula.

Walking the Camino: The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the palace-fortress of the Christian monarchs, in Cordoba

Walking the Camino: The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the palace-fortress of the Christian monarchs, in Cordoba

Our third tour also commences in northern Portugal in late May. This has been designed to cater for those who would prefer to take the coastal pilgrim path from Oporto.  The tour includes walking for the first week via colourful fishing villages and towns along the Camino Monacal.  In week 2 participants join up with those who have followed the inland Camino Portugues. In the final days both groups walk together through the Spanish province of Galicia to Santiago.

In mid June we have a 15 day bus tour from Andalucia in southern Spain where we will visit the three medieval jeweled cities of Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

Walking the Camino: The ancient Pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino: The ancient Pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela

From here we travel north beside the historic Via de la Plata to explore Roman archeological sites in Merida and Caceres. Our onward journey takes us to Salamanca with its pioneering university; the strategic walled frontier city of Zamora; and Oviedo, the cultural capital of Asturias. The tour ends in picture perfect small town of Santillana del Mar along the northern coast.  Transfers are provided to Santander international airport or Bilbao.

In mid September we offer our flagship tour along the Camino Portugues finishing in Santiago de Compostela. This 10 day tour includes five days in northern Portugal and five days in Galicia, Spain. Those who are interested can extend their journey with extra time in Santiago and take a day trip to the Finisterre peninsula.

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