Walk the breadth of Spain's breadbasket on the high plains. A Small Group Walking Tour from Burgos to León.
Dates next tour:
May 8th - 17th, 2020
Following tour dates:
May 6th - 15th, 2021
172 KM (107 miles)
- 9 nights’ accommodation in great hotel and manor houses always with private bathroom
- All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- Private Tour of the Cathedrals in Burgos and Leon
- Water and snacks along the way
- All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…
- 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
The Glorious Meseta
This classic section of the pilgrimage spans the the high plains of Castilla y León. It is a beautiful stage between two majestic and important Camino cities – Burgos and León. If you like big skies, expansive horizons and patchwork fields – The Glorious Meseta is the walk for you. It is also one of the easier sections of the Camino with mainly flat walking. However, it is not completely flat!
The Camino Francés is the most popular and famous walk into Santiago de Compostela. You will be following in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who have made the journey on foot since the 8th Century. The Camino is for many a life-changing experience and always an unforgettable adventure!
Every Inch of the Camino Francés Tour
This tour comprises one ‘section’ of the Every Inch of the Camino Francés Tour, which itself can be completed as one tour or in parts. We run the Every Inch of the Camino Francés Tour every Spring so you can come back and join us year after year until you reach Santiago de Compostela!
- Being a part of the Camino! 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 including the magnificent Gothic cathedrals of Burgos and León.
- The great expanse of the Meseta between Burgos and León with its haunting beauty, immense skies and vast plains of wheatfields.
The Glorious Meseta is walked during a 10 day period and ends in León to take in the treasures of the city. We have divided the journey into days of similar length.
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 Burgos. Guided private tour of the Cathedral of Burgos. Welcome Dinner and meeting – Accommodation in Burgos
Day 2: Burgos to Hornillos del Camino – 20km : 12.4m – Accommodation in Burgos
Day 3: Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz – 18km : 11.2m – Accommodation in Castrojeriz
Day 4: Castrojeriz to Frómista – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Frómista
Day 5: Fromista to Carrión de los Condes – 19km : 11.8m Accommodation in Carrión de los Condes
Day 6: Carrión de los Condes to Ledigos – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Carrión de los Condes
Day 7: Ledigos to Sahagún – 15km : 9.3m – Accommodation in Sahagún
Day 8: Sahagún to Religios – 30km : 18.6m – Accommodation in León
Day 9: Religios to León – 23km : 14.3m. Guided Private Tour of the Cathedral of Leon – Accommodation in León.
Day 10: 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.
Extra days before or after
If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in Burgos or León it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.
The Glorious Meseta covers much of Castilla y León and crosses the Meseta, a highland plateau known as Spain’s breadbasket. The food does not disappoint. Lamb and pork are the two dominant items on any menu; but wild mushrooms, rabbit, partridge, and trout are equally loved by the chefs of the region.
Of course it must be added that for the sweet tooth Castilla is a fine place to dine. The pastries of today are descendants of those invented centuries ago in the monasteries and convents, of which Castilla y León had more than any other part of Spain.
Included in The Glorious Meseta
3 Lunches with wine
2 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
From the starting point in Burgos, to the ending point in León 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 your next hotel room. We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day whether this be a change of socks or a poncho.
We also 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.
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 can advise the best ways to get to the starting point from your arrival city as well as back to your departure city from the ending point.
You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.
The Glorious Meseta is a 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. The Glorious Meseta, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified and bilingual guide.
Other Professional Guides
Along The Glorious Meseta we pass several cathedrals of significance. For such important pieces of the camino we defer to the locals for their expertise. These guides walk you through the following cathedrals:
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.