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Location

St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago

Difficulty

4-6

Length

41

Trip Cost

from $5550 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1000 years of history on this historical, UNESCO World Heritage listed trail.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie with fellow pilgrims of different ages and backgrounds from all over the world.
  • Enjoy the varied history, landscapes, food as you walk through four regions and seven provinces of Northern Spain including the historic cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Santiago.
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of walking the full 770km of the French Camino Trail and finally walking into historic Santiago to reunite with the hundreds of pilgrims you have met along the way.
  • Attend the pilgrims mass in the Santiago cathedral and spend some time in the Praza do Obradoiro watching fellow pilgrims arrive and reflecting on your own journey.
  • Self-guided trip allows you to set your own pace while we look after your accommodation and luggage transfers
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance.

Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail. Following scenic country roads and forest tracks crossing old villages and cities born from the Camino trail, it is difficult to imagine a better way to enjoy Spain’s rich legacy of history, culture, food and art than to follow your own Camino. Join people from all walks and life and nationalities as they embark on this great adventure, you don’t have to be religious, just a keen walker!

RAW Travel also offer tailor-made arrangements and can adapt this itinerary to suit your needs – just ask us about this and we can advise on how to best vary the itinerary to suit your needs. Please note that tailor-made arrangements incur higher costs due to the extra work involved.

Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

Read more about our city breaks.

Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

We’ll support you all the way! View our preparation and training resources.

Itinerary

Section 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona – 5 days

Day 1: Arrive in St Jean Pied de Port

Day 2: Walk St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles (25km)

Day 3: Walk Roncesvalles to Akerreta (28km) – you can also start your trip here

Day 4: Walk Akerreta to Pamplona (17km) – you can start your trip here

Day 5: Rest day in Pamplona

Section 2: Pamplona to Burgos – 10 days

Day 6: Walk Pamplona to Puente la Reina (24km)

Day 7: Walk Puente de la Reina to Estella (22km)

Day 8: Walk Estella to Los Arcos (22km)

Day 9: Walk Los Arcos to Logrono (28km)

Day 10: Walk Logrono to Najera (29km)

Day 11: Walk Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada (21km)

Day 12: Walk Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado (22km)

Day 13: Walk Belorado to San Juan Ortega (24km)

Day 14: Walk San Juan de Ortega to Burgos (26km)

Day 15: Rest day in Burgos

Section 3: Burgos to Leon – 9 days

Day 16: Walk Burgos to Hornillos del Camino (21km)

Day 17: Walk Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz (20km)

Day 18: Walk Castrojeriz to Boadilla del Camino (19km) or Fromista (25km)

Day 19: Walk Boadilla del Camino to Carrion de los Condes (27km)

Day 20: Walk Carrion de los Condes to Terradillos de Templarios (27km)

Day 21: Walk Terradillos de Templarios to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos (27km)

Day 22: Walk Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulos (24km)

Day 23: Walk Mansilla de las Mulos to Leon (19km)

Day 24: Rest day in Leon

Section 4: Leon to Sarria – 10 days

Day 25: Walk Leon to Villavante (22km)

Day 26: Walk Villavante to Astorga (28km)

Day 27: Walk Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (21km)

Day 28: Walk Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca (26km)

Day 29: Walk Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo (31km)

Day 30: Walk Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias (21km)

Day 31: Walk Herrerias to O Cebreiro (10km)

Day 32: Walk O Cebreiro to Triacastela (21km)

Day 33: Walk Triacastela to Sarria (19km)

Day 34: Rest day in Sarria

Section 5: Sarria to Santiago – 7 days

Day 35: Walk Sarria to Portomarin (22km)

Day 36: Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25km)

Day 37: Walk Palas de Rei to Arzua (29km)

Day 38: Walk Arzua to O Pedrouzo (19km)

Day 39: Walk O Pedrouzo to Santiago (20km)

Day 40: Free day in Santiago

Day 41: Depart from Santiago

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Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE
The Napoleon route over the top of the Pyrenees mountains is closed between 1 November and 31 March.

Inclusions

  • 40 nights excellent accommodation including historic hotels and country houses.
  • Private en suite rooms on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Spanish phrasebook (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Document case
  • Daily luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Not Included

  • Single supplement $1900 extra
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain

Options/Add Ons

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador for only $120 per person/per night twin share, when booked 6 months in advance.

For an unforgettable birds-eye view of the city and the cathedral interior, add the Rooftop Cathedral Tour for $25 per person.
Ask us about extra rest days en route.

For any part of your trip that falls between 31 October and 15 March there is an out of season luggage transfer surcharge cost of $30 per day.

Map & Guide

Reviews

Gary & Christine Ferguson, One Tree Hill (SA) – September 2018
We really enjoyed our travel experience despite the fact that it was very hard in places. We trained diligently beforehand and were glad that we did or we would have really struggled. The accommodation was varied and really good and the daily luggage collection/delivery went without a hitch. The scenery was great and the spiritual aspect was ever present, but most of all the camaraderie with others from many nations was most rewarding. We’re both well into our 70s, so “go for it”.

Simon Smith, Sherwood (QLD) – September 2018
Everything went smoothly. Daily distances were appropriate. The accommodation was mostly of a high standard particularly the casa rurales and especially those away from the Camino. Accommodation hospitality was fantastic. Meals in the casa rurales were often exceptional. Some more dinner recommendations for each destination, especially cities, would remove some of the hit and miss, but that’s part of the adventure.

Jillian Wicklander, Murrumbateman (NSW) – August 2018
RAW Travel local support staff were amazing. Germán was very responsive solving a few minor issues in Santiago.

Raoul Bedford, Birchgrove (NSW) – June 2018
My Camino walk was the best experience ever. The organisation was perfect, hotels fabulous, it could not have been better.

Timothy Ritchie, Mayfield (NSW) – May 2018
We really appreciated the seamless flow of accommodation and luggage transfers. Each hotel had its mostly great features and the occasional negatives; however, one always goes with the flow and we always settled in and enjoyed the companionship of fellow pilgrims and hosts at the hotels. On the Way, the walking was exhilarating and it never really mattered how tough the day was – at day’s end there was the glow of achievement.

Tracy Madden & Robert Graauwmans, Donvale (VIC) – May 2018
Thank you and your team for organising our amazing Camino trip. We had a fantastic time walking 799km along the Camino Frances route. For the first time in many years we had a real break. A large part of the reason we were able to relax and enjoy the trip was because all the things we would normally worry about on such a long trip (40 odd days) were handled so professionally by RAW Travel. It is evident that RAW Travel has a detailed understanding of the Camino and we were the beneficiaries of that expertise. Having all our accommodation organised in advance meant we never had to worry where we were staying each night. The wide variety of accommodation – hotels, Paradors, farm houses etc, meant we had the opportunity to experience different elements of Spanish life. We also appreciated the bag transfer, which amazingly worked every day, and your maps and helpful tips were really useful. I would have no hesitation in recommending RAW Travel to anyone. We were so happy with your service that we have now booked to walk Japan’s Kumano Kodo in 2019!

Enrico Cocco, Clear Island Waters (QLD) – May 2018
The best part of the RAW experience was the accommodation. Lovely, very old and historic farm homes and the beautiful Paradors and their proximity to the Camino.

Maureen Lorimer, South Perth (WA) – May 2018
Challenging, yet exhilarating. Beautiful scenery, awesome buildings and wonderful welcoming people.

Ange Sinclair, Sydney (NSW) – May 2018
I loved the entire trip. I loved that I didn’t have to worry about where I was staying and I knew every day my bags would be waiting for me at the end of the day.

Kathy Mercer, Wollongong (NSW) – May 2018
Time for your own thoughts to find your way in this life we live. The most amazing and challenging experience I have ever done: the people, the views and the whole experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. RAW Travel did an excellent job booking accommodation right on the Camino track. All you need to do is pack your daypack and off you go.

Paul Davies, Capalaba (QLD) – May 2018
I just wanted to touch base and let you know I’m halfway to Santiago. The accommodation has been excellent, bag transport has gone without a hitch and the experience is beyond words. Thank you for the wonderful organisation of this lifetime experience.

Craig Coonan, Brighton East (VIC) – May 2018
I loved the thoughtful mix of accommodation and good balance of distances over the entire Camino.

Bernadette King, Pennant Hills (NSW) – April 2018
This trip was everything I was hoping it would be!

William & Pina Dunne, Pascoe Vale (VIC) – August 2017
The best part of the experience on the Camino was that everything generally went to plan. There were no problems with the bags being forwarded nor with the accommodation. The hot showers and comfortable beds were always welcome. Another high point was meeting up with different people from both Australia and around the world and becoming friends. It was no walk in the park but on most days it was achievable.

Alison Kopke, Cottesloe, WA – May 2017
Walking through Spain was a great experience. I loved the special history of the walk and the beautiful scenery.

Heather Mulligan, Clayton, VIC – May 2017
This pilgrimage was the best experience. We met some amazing people. Every one of them, young and old, just doing the same thing. Walking. Some alone, some with friends, some with mobs and even some with dogs. Just walking. We have so much more respect for our bodies and what we are capable of. These old bods are so strong and resilient. We enjoyed the quiet and the noisy, cuckoos and church bells. I enjoyed the moments of total quiet, and savoured that very minute when I realised that my head was empty. It was the most magnificent feeling for a major over-thinker. There were crazy weird dreams and a sense of deja vu at some places. There were so many amazing hosts. Mercedes and Maximus were standouts. As was Akerretta. Burgos was my favourite city. And the day we walked into Santiago, oh boy. We seemed to meet up in the few days before with all the buddies we’d made and passed or fell behind. We met on the Hill of Joy and walked into Santiago together. I thought I would shed a tear as we entered the town (I had many overwhelming moments at many times along the Way) but no, just joy. Saving the tears for the next day at the pilgrims mass. Everything about this journey was as I wished for and more. I would recommend this adventure to anybody and it is definitely a life changer. RAW Travel’s services were flawless. Every hotel was more than adequate; some were quite amazing. Luggage was always there when we arrived and we were welcomed with gusto by the hosts. Thanks Sandra for making our trip so good and thank you for your best advice: “You don’t have to walk the Camino before you walk your Camino”.

Meredith Dow, Cardiff, NSW – May 2017
Thank you RAW Travel. We had an amazing adventure. The accommodation every night was outstanding and we had no problems with our luggage (it was waiting for us every night). The reception staff a the accommodations were very helpful about the local area, and on numerous occasions our en suites had baths as well as a shower; pure heaven! Thank you again. The accommodation helped make our holiday one of the best.

Heather Chapman, Auckland, NZ – May 2017
It’s difficult to pick out a highlight of our wonderful Camino experience except to say that we loved every moment of what was a life-changing pilgrimage. RAW Travel prepared an excellent itinerary for us which catered for all our needs. The accommodation was varied and always comfortable from the smallest hotel to the most luxurious Parador. Breakfasts were always substantial to fuel us for the long days of walking. The distances covered each day, while challenging once they went over 30km, were always manageable. At no point did we ever feel we couldn’t go on. Having our luggage transported each day worked smoothly and the fact that we just carried a day pack made a huge difference to our days tramping. Selecting the larger cities for our free days meant that we could experience more of the culture and history of Spain as well as giving our feet a welcome break. But the highlight was always in the walking through the most stunning scenery and absorbing the atmosphere and peace. We were blessed with only 20 minutes of rain during the 800km covered and were hardly deterred when the heatwave hit and we walked and slept in temperatures in the mid to high 30s for several days. This was the trip of a life time and we owe a great deal of gratitude to the RAW Travel team for their help with preparation, a clear and detailed itinerary, and ensuring that every aspect of our trip was catered for to the finest detail. We would not hesitate to recommend the RAW Travel company to anyone considering walking the Camino.

Lisa Joseph, Lilyfield, NSW – May 2017
Everything about this trip exceeded my expectations. The walking was gorgeous, with stunning views and interesting paths through incredible historical towns. The food was great, the boutique accommodation amazing, the friendship with our fellow pilgrims, an unexpected highlight. Booking through RAW Travel made the whole event hassle free, with seamless luggage transfers and the ability to enjoy each moment – without rushing to find another night’s accommodation at the end of the day. Anyone thinking about this trip should just do it (and don’t skip The Meseta!).

Paul Francis, Sydney, NSW – May 2017
Thanks to RAW Travel for organising my Camino, which I completed at the end of May. I had a wonderful time – everything went like clockwork!

Sheila Hirst, Glen Iris, VIC – May 2017
Walking the Camino was fantastic – the rhythm of walking, the scenery and spring flowers, the beautiful churches – very therapeutic. Arriving at Santiago and the Pilgrim’s Mass were both deeply moving.

Deirdre Atkins, Albury, NSW – September 2016
The accommodation standard was most times excellent, varied and special; baggage transport was without fault; itinerary with rest stops and distances was great.

Paul & Robyn Madigan, QLD – September 2016
Have arrived home to a severe case of jet lag so typing this at a ridiculous hour of the night. We had the most amazing experience walking the Camino and it will be something that Paul and I will remember for a long time to come. Paul just didn’t want it to end and had no problems at all with feet etc etc. I did have a corn issue and a sore shin at a later stage from my Ross River, but certainly not enough to hinder us once I strapped it and popped a few Panadol. Surprised at how many injured pilgrims on the track both young and old. We so enjoyed the package you put together for us and especially the Casa Rurals out of town. They were our favourites. Hopefully we will look at another trip with you. Cruises and bus trips are off our agenda for a long while now. Met lots of like-minded people from all over the world now who are interested in meeting up at some stage doing walks. Life is good. Thank you so much for all the help along the way in preparing for the trip and the organising.

Judy Moore – August 2016
RAW Travel were extremely professional at every contact. Our Camino was everything that we expected and more, this was largely possible because of all the hard work from the people at RAW. I would highly recommend RAW Travel!

Michael Kinninmont, Sydney – August 2016
A wonderful experience from start to finish. Thanks for everything Tori. I liked it all, but in reality we enjoyed some better than others. The accommodation was wide ranging from very, very nice to very basic, but we expected that and it was all part of the fun of it. Nothing to complain about at all. In fact, all of the farm stays/off the track pick-ups were great. It is a little unnerving to have to try and make the connection with the hosts etc, but it all went without a hitch.

Penelope de Cuyer, WA – August 2016
The challenge of walking up the Pyrenees and getting to the top and the view was spectacular. The camaraderie of other pilgrims and hearing their stories. The rural hotels especially Hotel Rural Latorrien de Ane where the staff were very obliging and O Muino de Pena where we enjoyed a delicious degustation dinner. The local RAW Travel contact, German, met us at the beginning and end of our Camino and answered our questions and shared a drink with us.

Barry Welsby – June 2016
You delivered exactly what you said you would: the accommodation bookings and luggage transfers all worked with out a hitch.

Michele Nardi, NSW – May 2016
We made it to Santiago, and in the process had a truly wonderful experience. We loved it! Our accommodation was a standout. The local mill houses, B&Bs and rural hotels were all marvellous…and the Paradores simply unbelievable! The food the wine and the coffee stops made our day. Thank you for the brilliant organisation. There wasn’t a single hitch. I have been recommending Raw Travel since we embarked on our journey, and even more so now we are home.

David, Tasmania – May 2016
Walk of a lifetime: the major highlight would be the friendships and encounters with fellow pilgrims over the five week journey.

John, Melbourne, VIC – May 2016
Very well organised with excellent accommodation and hassle free transfer of our luggage to make our walk as enjoyable as possible. Our pre-trip preparation was essential, especially on the long days! We met other pilgrims who also booked through Raw Travel but stayed at different hotels but they had the same good experience as us. It was a privilege to have completed this walk and to have experienced so much in this unique way.

Joanna Phillips, QLD – May 2016
I enjoyed the blend of gorgeous landscapes, Spanish history, great food and wine, meeting interesting people and the fabulous varied accommodation.

Sally Bradford – April 2016
My journey held even more than I could have imagined. Choosing to walk on my own was the right decision for me. I never felt alone with the steady procession of others on The Way. And yet I was free to walk, sing, pray and generally converse with everyone I held in my mind and heart. And those who joined me on the path from time to time. The accommodation was great, and some even magnificent. Even on my longest sections I was bolstered by knowing at the end of my day awaited a friendly greeting and a warm bed. And many more bathtubs than I could have imagined! The transport was flawless, and German’s help necessary on two occasions. I can find fault with nothing – even when at the time barking dogs kept me awake and I wanted to scream at the neighbours!

Jeffrey Keniry – April 2016
The Camino is a wonderful experience, more so in hindsight as we reflect on our personal achievement and the great variety of scenery witnessed, from the snowy crossing of the Pyrenees to the seemingly endless meseta wheatfields, to the mountains and verdant forest paths of Galicia. It is remarkable that an 800km walk passing through countless villages little changed over hundreds of years, and some substantial cities, can be completed with perhaps no more than 30 km of the modern commercial world to contend with.

What our Clients Say

Thanks to RAW Travel for organising my Camino, which I completed end of May. I had a wonderful time - everything went like clockwork!  

Paul Francis, Sydney, NSW - May 2017

Walking the Camino was fantastic - the rhythm of walking, the scenery and spring flowers, the beautiful churches - very therapeutic. Arriving at Santiago and the Pilgrim's Mass were both deeply moving.

Sheila Hirst, VIC - May 2017

We made it to Santiago, and in the process had a truly wonderful experience. We loved it! Our accommodation was a stand out. The local Mill houses, B&Bs, Rural Hotels were all marvellous.....and the Paradores simply unbelievable!!! Thank you for the brilliant organization.

Michele Nardi, NSW - May 2016

Walk of a lifetime: the major highlight would be the friendships and encounters with fellow pilgrims over the five week journey.

David, Tasmania - May 2016

Very well organised with excellent accommodation and hassle free transfer of our luggage to make our walk as enjoyable as possible. It was a privilege to have completed this walk and to have experienced so much in this unique way.

John, Melbourne, VIC - May 2016

I enjoyed the blend of gorgeous landscapes, Spanish history, great food and wine, meeting interesting people and the fabulous varied accommodation.

Joanna Phillips, QLD - May 2016

My journey held even more than I could have imagined. Choosing to walk on my own was the right decision for me. I never felt alone with the steady procession of others on the Way. And yet I was free to walk, sing, pray and generally converse with everyone I held in my mind and heart.

Sally Bradford - April 2016

The Camino is a wonderful experience, more so in hindsight as we reflect on our personal achievement, from the snowy crossing of the Pyrenees to the seemingly endless meseta wheatfields, to the mountains and verdant forest paths of Galicia.

Jeffrey Keniry - April 2016

Everything about this trip exceeded my expectations...the food was great, the boutique accommodation amazing, and the friendship with our fellow pilgrims, an unexpected highlight.

Lisa Joseph, Lilyfield, NSW - May 2017

Trip of a lifetime! Thank you to the RAW Travel team for their help with preparation, a clear and detailed itinerary, and ensuring that every aspect was catered for.

Heather Chapman, Auckland, NZ - May 2017

Thank you RAW Travel. We had an amazing adventure. The accommodation helped make our holiday one of the best. 

Meredith Dow, Cardiff, NSW - May 2017

This pilgrimage was the best experience. Everything about this journey was as I wished for and more. RAW Travel's services were flawless. I would recommend this adventure to anybody…it is a life-changer.

Heather Mulligan, VIC - May 2017

Walking through Spain was a great experience. I loved the special history of the walk and the beautiful scenery.

Alison Kopke, Cottesloe, WA - May 2017

Everything generally went to plan. A high point was meeting up with different people from both Australia and around the world and becoming friends.

William & Pina Dunne, Pascoe Vale (VIC) - August 2017

I’m halfway to Santiago. The accommodation has been excellent, bag transport has gone without a hitch and the experience is beyond words. Thank you for the wonderful organisation of this lifetime experience!

Paul Davies, Capalaba (QLD) – May 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip has a difficulty rating of 4-6 out of 10.