WALK THE CAMINO

Camino de Santiago on Horseback

For 1000 years pilgrims have travelled the Camino on horseback. Even St James himself is depicted riding his very own white horse in battle across Spain. Be part of that Camino romance and legend on one of our expertly guided riding tours. Join a group on the Camino Frances, Camino Portugues and other Camino trails. Your guide and back up team will look after you and your horse every step of the way.

We offer riding tours of the Way of St James on the 'Classic Camino', the Camino Frances, as well as in the Portuguese Way, the Via de la Plata, the Northern Way and other lesser-known Caminos. Choose between joining a programmed group or organising your own private tour (minimum group size of 2).

Your fully-supported Camino by Horse tour includes airport pick-up, full board accommodation, horses and equipment, tour guide, support vehicle, luggage transfer and insurance.

We also have tours for couples where one rides and the other doesn't. Please ask us for details.

People come to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago for many reasons - many seek spiritual enlightenment, many more for adventure, freedom and the camaraderie of the journey. We hear tell from our clients, stories of encounters with many others who become like a Camino family during the journey. This is just one of the many facets of the Way that makes the experience so very special.

The Camino de Santiago has been travelled by pilgrims from many countries and walks of life for more than one thousand years. The entire route is brimming with culture, history and many sights to be seen.

A special highlight of your horse riding tour will be entering your destination, Santiago de Compostela, clattering along the cobbled streets into the city centre.

Our most popular tours

Horse riding tour on the Camino Francés from O Cebreiro: £1,565

Horse riding tour on the Camino Portugués from Tui: £1,500

For further details about this tour, click the tabs The Itinerary, The Accommodation, and Things To Do, or just contact us.

Follow the steps of kings and popes, knights and archbishops, saints and crusaders, and ride the Camino as many of the medieval pilgrims did, on horseback.

The ride starts out from the hill top village of O Cebreiro, an ethnographic time capsule which is  characteristic of NW Spain. A hamlet of circular stone built and thatched-roofed buildings, it is a place of great charm which has long been a significant place on the Camino Frances. 

Your horseback expedition sets off through the impressive mountainous terrain of the Sierras Os Ancares with the highest altitude on the French Route in Galicia at 1337m.  You’ll enjoy beautiful green panoramas all the way into the green valleys. Onwards through old villages which all have Saint James traditions, through native woodland and river crossings before a timely stop at the famous Monastery of Samos. From Sarria riders cross the Aspera´s bridge, then on through woods, meadows and arable lands.

In the middle of an enchanting forested landscape, the Camino makes its way down to cross the mighty Miño River to arrive into Portomarin by Belesar´s dam. Then winding through the hamlets  to Melide, the geographic center of Galicia, where you will be able to taste the delicious classic dish of Galician octopus. Here the French Route meets the Primitive Route from the north.

In Arzua , the pilgrims of the French Route mingles with the pilgrims making their way to Santiago from the North. Stands of eucalyptus and oaks pepper a landscape of meadows and little villages before arriving at the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. Just outside Santiago the riders reach the village of Lavacolla for the final night, near Monte do Gozo. This is a significant hilltop landmark - for your first view of Santiago´s Cathedral towers in the distance. 

The final morning, is an early ride into the famed City and its magnificent Cathedral. We have special dispensation to enter the Cathedral Plaza early in the morning. It is a memorable experience to arrive here in the early morning, before the city is fully awake and the main body of pilgrim travellers arrive on foot. 

At the end of the journey the guides wish you a fond farewell and buen viaje for your homeward voyage. We can arrange additional nights in Santiago and beyond by request.

Join a horse riding tour on the Camino Francés

from O Cebreiro: £1,565
from Astorga: £2,210
from Logroño: £4,935

Join a horse riding tour on the Camino Portugués

from Tui: £1,500
from Ponte de Lima: £1,750
from Barcelos: £2,000
from Porto: £2,500

Join a horse riding tour on the Ruta Del Mar

from Pontevedra Costa: £1,500
from Castillo Soutomaior: £1,750
from Baiona: £2,250
from A Guardia: £2,500

Join a horse riding tour on the Camino Norte

from Mondonedo: £1,750
from from Ribadeo or Luarca by request

Join a horse riding tour on the Camino Primitivo

from Pola de Allande: £2,500
from Ovideo by request

Join a horse riding tour on the Camino Finisterre or Add on to Your Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago by Riding to Cape Finisterre and the Atlantic coast.

4 days from Santigo de Compostela: £1,250

*We also organise private horseback tours, for minimum groups of 2 riders - subject to availability. Simply contact us for a quote and to check your preferred dates. We also offer tours for couples where one rides and the other doesn't. Please ask us for details.

Filled with a thousand years' of pilgrimage culture and architecture, the Camino de Santiago is packed with culture, history and countless sights to be seen

People come to the Camino de Santiago for many reasons - many seek spiritual enlightenment, many more for adventure, freedom and the camaraderie of the road.

Some of the highlights of the Camino Frances:

Europe's most famous and ancient pilgrimage route

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987 as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This route from the French-Spanish border has been taken by pilgrims to Santiago for more than one thousand years. The international pilgrimage route played a fundamental role in facilitating the interchange of cultural developments in Europe during the Middle Ages.

The Camino de Santiago has preserved the most complete material record in the form of ecclesiastical and secular buildings, settlements both large and small, and civil engineering structures. Some 1,800 buildings along the route, both religious and secular, are of great historic interest. There is no comparable Christian pilgrimage route of such extent and continuity anywhere in Europe: the other two pilgrimage routes, to Jerusalem and Rome, are only recognizable in a very fragmentary fashion.

The entire route is brimming with culture, history and many sights to be seen. The major cities of Pamplona, Leon and Burgos are spread at equal intervals along the road to Santiago de Compostela, with many small hamlets, villages and towns peppered in between. Many festivals take place through the year and you may be lucky enough to encounter one on the Way.

Delicious Spanish gastronomy and wines

With an abundance of small inns along the way, pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela have enjoyed the local food and wine for over a thousand years.

Every town in the Camino has a variety of lively plazas with bars and restaurants, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the delicious Spanish gastronomy and the variety of world-famous Spanish wines.

Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Galicia's capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Santiago de Compostela is the destination of the Way of St James pilgrimage, one of the major themes of medieval history in Europe.

From Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, millions have travelled to Santiago along many Caminos. Around the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the city boasts a magnificent old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.

Hand-picked comfortable establishments with high standards of personal service

We believe that our high level of personal service and customer care offers the best in the local food, culture and history.

Your accommodation will include a variety of traditional farmhouses, historic homes, and hotels on the Camino de Santiago. All rooms have en-suite facilities.

We move your baggage from one accommodation to the next as you ride. Your luggage will be awaiting you on arrival at your new lodgings each day.

 

 

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The purple heather of the Cantabrian hills in Spring

  • Date

    Spring and Summer

  • Cost

    Camino Francés: O Cebreiro - Santiago from £1,565 and Camino Portugués: Tui - Santiago from £1,500

  • Accommodation

    3-4* Hotels and Country Houses with private en suite facilities. All meals included, guide and support team, horse riding kit provided.

  • Grade

    Moderate

  • How To Get There

    Fly either to Madrid or Santiago depending on your itinerary. Rail connections and private transfers to various points on the route are available.

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We enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn't have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It's hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.

Anne Corrigan, UK, walking the Camino Frances

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.

Anne and Brian Harris, UK, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago

We had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.

Chris and Davina, Australia, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago