Camino de Santiagoan ancient trail across Northern Spain
Experience the scenic splendour, the magnificent Romanesque architecture and the cultural history of this ancient pilgrim's route across Northern Spain
Activity Level: Moderate
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Experience the scenic splendour, the magnificent Romanesque architecture and the cultural history of this ancient pilgrim’s route across Northern Spain. This is a walk of outstanding cultural and historical significance and great natural beauty. Its acclaim includes being declared the First European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987 and Santiago de Compostela as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
The tour begins in Bilbao and we walk the most fascinating and scenic sections of the trail from high in the Pyrenees through stunning beech forests and wooded valleys, across the vineyards of Rioja, the high tablelands of Castilla y Leon and the beautiful verdant hills of Galicia to our final destination Santiago de Compostela.
We operate with a maximum of 12 guests which enables us to provide you with a high level of personalised service and to select hotels and restaurants for their boutique style and service. We provide a support vehicle which is used throughout the tour. The vehicle is used to transfer guests from the hotel to the beginning of our chosen sections of the walk and to transfer your luggage to the next night’s accommodation allowing you to walk with only a day pack and enjoy the amazing scenery and cultural immersion in comfort. On most days the bus is also close by in case anyone wished to opt out of walking. You’ll walk approximately 200 kilometres of this iconic ancient pilgrim’s route across Northern Spain in the 15 days taking in the most spectacular and culturally significant sections and regions.
Because food and wine is an important hallmark of all our tours we place a strong emphasis on exploring the regional cuisine, whether it be a picnic lunch, fantastic casual cafe, bar snacks or indulging in delicious dinners to highlight the local specialties and delicacies.
We have a local expert guide who has walked the Camino many times and, depending on the numbers in the group, an Epicurious travel guide on the tour.
Food & Wine
As food and wine is an important hallmark of all our tours, we place a strong emphasis on exploring the regional cuisine with our picnic lunches or fantastic casual cafe and bar snacks, and indulge in delicious dinners in each region to highlight the local specialties and delicacies.
In the Basque region of France we dine on local specialties at the charming restaurant of our hotel after indulging in the renowned tapas in San Sebastian. In Navarra the cuisine of hearty stews, game and local trout are perfect after a day of walking. Fresh local vegetables such as white asparagus, pulses and beans dominate soups and stews while chorizo lends flavour to these robust dishes. Casseroles of pork and lamb are roasted in wood ovens. Lunches consist of a mixture of fabulous picnics of regional produce or tapas in small bars and cafes. A picnic may include fresh sour dough, olives, tomatoes, local cheese selection, locally cured meats, seasonal fruit and sweet torta de Santiago.
Our Director Jennifer Wilkinson, spent 3 weeks in Spain in 2005 researching and designing Epicurious travel’s Camino de Santiago tour and regularly walks the journey to refresh its content and explore new hotels and restaurants. A brief story of her thoughts on walking the Camino is at the following link. https://www.epicurioustravel.com.au/walking-the-camino-de-santiago/
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Jim Hughes – Spain
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Paloma Trillo – Spain
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The trip was excellent, accommodation was exceptional as were the meals. The guides were wonderful, very helpful, very informative and generally concerned for the welfare and comfort of the group. The walking and walks at this time of the year (spring ) was beautiful. Generally a great tour!
Camino de Santiago, Teresa Fair April 2019
The trip exceeded my expectation – one of the best walking experiences and I have done a lot of walking around the world. The weather was almost perfect with only one rainy day and our guides, Alberto and Paloma, have gone to great length to make our trip enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I especially like the use of What’s Ap that they created to communicate and share photos.
Camino de Santiago, Christine Loh April 2019
Our experience of the Epicurious Camino trip was first class. The guides, Alberto and Paloma were a credit to themselves and the company with their professionalism and dedication.
Camino de Santiago, Gerard Smith April 2019
Epicurious along with our guides Alberto and Paloma exceeded our expectations. The itinerary whilst challenging in some parts were just that. Each day we completed felt like we had really worked toward our own victory and helped build the great comaraderie we had with our other 10 fellow walk mates. Alberto and Paloma were very caring and mindful of everyone’s needs. They worked well with each other and were entertaining with the banter that went back and forth. The accommodation was sensational and it was a comfort to know that our little bus was there if we needed it.
Camino de Santiago, Genni Farmer April 2019
What could one say – it was just perfect. i was celebrating a milestone birthday and a bucket list and i wanted to experience the spiritual, cultural and historical nature of a part of the Camino. Every box was ticked to the limit and along with the above, the other “pilgrims”, the local cuisines, wines, and accommodation were first rate. The outstanding attention to detail of both guides, Alberto and Palomina was unforgettable.
Camino de Santiago, Margaret Smith April 2019
My Camino trip with Epicurious was overwhelmingly good and far exceeded my expectations. Immersion in the local culture, including food and wine as well as the educational and contextual information provided by the guides was second to none. The opportunity to visit important and interesting places off the track added to the trip. The accommodation was superb and the trip represented value for money.
Camino de Santiago, Meredith Peters April 2019
Epicurious put together an itinerary that was beyond all expectations. Everything was perfect – the hotels, food, guides, visits and chauffeur. The weather was also absolutely stunning!! We would recommend this trip to anybody.
Camino de Santiago – Christopher Horsley, September 2019
Everyday was fabulous. Scenery was beautiful and varied. Walks each day were about the right length. Food and wine really highlighted the regions we were in and every meal was fabulous. Loved that you could walk as a group or walk alone at own pace and that the Guide always was nearby. Loved all the historic information along the way and that each church or cathedral that we visited was unique and interesting.
It was a spiritual and reflective journey.
Camino de Santiago – Gayle di Pietro, September 2019
From the moment we enquired about the trip it has been professional . Any queries were answered promptly . The trip became a reality when we were picked up in Bilbao by 2 wonderful guides who made us feel welcome and at home nothing was a problem. First stop San Sebastion on a tapis tour which was extradornary . We were a group of 8 people from very diverse backgrounds with varying abilities, to the guides credit we were all satisfied at the end of the trip with the amount of care and consideration, given to us all. The accommodation was top notch and the food wonderful – such variety. From a crusty sandwich on the walk to a 5 star meal. I cannot recommend them highly enough. We met many people on the way and heard stories of large groups and people feeling dissatisfied we were not that group .
Karen and Michael Steele – Camino de Santiago