Join us for a Long walk across Spain or walk a few inches at a time.
Dates next tour:
April 26th - May 31st, 2020
Following tour dates:
April 24th - May 29th, 2021
6 - 15
776 kilometers (482 miles)
St. Jean Pied de Port
Santiago de Compostela
- 35 nights’ accommodation in great hotel and manor houses always with private bathroom
- Transfers from Pamplona at start of trip
- All breakfasts, 12 lunches and 5 dinners including wine
- Water and snacks along the way
- All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…
- Guided tours of the cathedrals of Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela
- The Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport and scallop shell
- Guide Book with full set of maps for the Camino
- English and Spanish speaking guide/s
This classic pilgrimage spans the whole breadth of Spain. The Camino Francés is the most famous and popular route to Santiago de Compostela. Beginning in the French village of St. Jean Pied de Port we cross the Pyrenees into Spain. From there we climb the rolling hills of Navarra to cross the high plains of Castilla y León. We enter the magical province of Galicia before arriving at the legendary cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
You will be following in the footsteps of over one million pilgrims who have made the journey on the Camino Francés since the 8th Century. The Camino is for many a life-changing experience and always an unforgettable adventure!
This “Small Group – Long Walk” tour can be completed in several stages over the span of several years. To learn more about some of the ways that you can book this tour, click through these 3 options:
- Being a pilgrim! You will be walking with people from all over the world all heading to the same place. One of the things that make the Camino Francés so special.
- The changes in landscape, architecture, language, cuisine, and climate as you move through this vast and amazing country.
- The many monuments, chapels, churches, and cathedrals marking the way. From the magnificent Gothic cathedrals of Burgos and León to Romanesque gems such as Santa María de Eunate in Navarra and Vilar de Donas in Galicia.
- The great expanse of the Meseta between Burgos and León with its haunting beauty, immense skies and vast plains of wheat.
- Walking through the beautiful Bierzo region of Castilla y León with views of heather-covered moors and tiny villages filled with slate-roofed houses.
- Arriving at the Plaza de Obradoiro to see the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, along with the familiar faces of all the other pilgrims who have, like you, walked almost 500 miles to get there!
Every Inch of the Camino Francés is walked during a 36 day period and includes one rest day in León to take in the treasures of the city. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately try to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with enough time and energy to get to the pilgrims office and stroll around town before checking into the hotel.
Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and family.
Day 1: Meet in Pamplona/ Drive together to St Jean Pied de Port. Walk St Jean Pied de Port to Huntto 5km : 3m. Welcome Dinner – Accommodation in St. Jean Pied de Port
Day 2: Huntto to Roncesvalles – 20km : 12.4m – Accommodation in Roncesvalles
Day 3: Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Pamplona
Day 4: Zubiri to Pamplona – 20km : 12.4m – Accommodation in Pamplona
Day 5: Pamplona to Puente la Reina – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in Puente la Reina
Day 6: Puente la Reina to Estella – 21km : 13m – Accommodation in Estella
Day 7: Estella to Los Arcos – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Logroño
Day 8: Los Arcos to Logroño – 27km : 16.8m – Accommodation in Logroño
Day 9: Logroño to Nájera – 28km : 17.4m – Accommodation in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 10: Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada – 21km : 13m – Accommodation in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 11: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado – 23km :14.3m – Accommodation in Belorado
Day 12: Belorado to San Juan de Ortega – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in San Juan de Ortega
Day 13: San Juan de Ortega to Burgos – 23km : 14.3m – Accommodation in Burgos
Day 14: Burgos to Hornillos del Camino – 20km : 12.4m – Accommodation in Burgos
Day 15: Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz – 18km : 11.2m – Accommodation in Castrojeriz
Day 16: Castrojeriz to Frómista – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Frómista
Day 17: Fromista to Carrión de los Condes – 19km : 11.8m Accommodation in Carrión de los Condes
Day 18: Carrión de los Condes to Ledigos – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Carrión de los Condes
Day 19: Ledigos to Sahagún – 15km : 9.3m – Accommodation in Sahagún
Day 20: Sahagún to Religios – 30km : 18.6m – Accommodation in León
Day 21: Religios to León – 23km : 14.3m – Accommodation in León
Day 22: Rest day in León – Accommodation in León
Day 23: León to Villar de Mazarife – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in Astorga
Day 24: Villar de Mazarife to Astorga – 26km : 16.1m – Accommodation in Astorga
Day 25: Astorga to Foncebadón – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Rabanal del Camino
Day 26: Foncebadón to Ponferrada – 28km : 17.4m – Accommodation in Ponferrada
Day 27: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in Villafranca del Bierzo
Day 28: Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerías – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Las Herrerías
Day 29: Las Herrerías to Fonfria – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Sarria
Day 30: Fonfria to Sarria – 27km : 16.8m – Accommodation in Sarria
Day 31: Sarria to Portomarín – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Portomarín
Day 32: Portomarín to Palas do Rei – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in Palas do Rei
Day 33: Palas do Rei to Ribadiso – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Arzua
Day 34: Ribadiso to Arca – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Arzua
Day 35: Arca to Santiago de Compostela – 20km : 12.4m – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Day 36: Guided Private Tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Tour Ends.
Let´s hear from some Happy Andaspain Pilgrims
All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the Camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.
On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub. They are all up to our standards.
On our Every Inch of the Camino, we try to stay multiple nights in the same location to make packing and unpacking a little less hectic.
Every Inch of the Camino Francés covers the full breadth of Spain and bisects 4 of its more colorful autonomous regions (Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, and Galicia). Each region does food differently and all of them cook with great pride. Along the way we also cross the meseta, a highland plateau known as Spain’s breadbasket.
From the world famous wines of La Rioja to the equally famous cheeses of Galicia, and everything in between (Burgos is renowned for a particular blood sausage) we go out of our way to track down the best to share with you.
INCLUDED IN EVERY INCH OF THE CAMINO FRANCÉS
12 Lunches with wine
5 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
From the starting point in Pamplona, to the ending point in Santiago de Compostela we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.
For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room. We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day.
We have our support vehicle which means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.
To the Start, and From the finish
Although the walk starts in St. Jean Pied de Port, we meet in Pamplona for ease. From there we drive east across the French border.
Inbound and Outbound Transportation
We can advise the best ways to get to Pamplona from your arrival city as well as back to your departure city from Santiago de Compostela.
Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task. Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered. We’ll discuss transportation to and from the starting point too.
You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.
Every Inch of the Camino Francés is fully supported walking tour along the Camino Francés. That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same. For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. Every Inch of the Camino Francés, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified and bilingual guide.
Our Booking process
Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call. We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.
After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on your chosen trip, and the places of anybody that will be joining you. This is done by means of a deposit of 300€ or 600€ per person (depending on trip length).
Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date. You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly. This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.
BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK
This is STEP 1
The journey to Santiago de Compostela is one of many steps. We feel strongly that learning more about your expectations should be the first. To make sure that AndaSpain is an ideal fit for the adventure ahead tell us when you can be reached by phone and we will call you up. If you prefer to call us, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and pick a number.