The Camino de Santiago de Compostela was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987. 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. In addition to its enormous historical and spiritual value, the Camino de Santiago also represents a remarkably complete cross-section of European artistic and architectural evolution over several centuries.
Driving is a great way to travel the Camino and discover the many detours or remote highlights that walking pilgrims are not able to see.
As a specialist organiser of bespoke tours on the Camino de Santiago, we take the time to understand your requirements and create a personalised Camino experience designed specifically around your needs and objectives, not least of which include your time-frame, budget, accommodation preferences, and your wider interest in the rich history and culture of the Camino de Santiago.
Contact us and we will gladly create a personalised Camino tour designed around your needs and interests
The Camino de Santiago is burgeoning with culture, history and many sights to be seen
The "classic" and the most popular route is the Camino Frances or French Way. It runs from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, making its way to Santiago de Compostela through the major cities of Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León in the north of Spain.
These major cities are spread at equal intervals along the road to Santiago de Compostela, with many towns, villages, small hamlets, monasteries and other monuments peppered in between. Filled with a thousand years of pilgrimage culture and architecture, the entire Camino de Santiago is brimming with culture, history and many sights to be seen.
There are many options for your journey. You can choose to take 7 days or 7 weeks out of your busy life. We are experts in the Camino and have considerable experience tailoring driving and walking tours of the Way of St James. Contact us and we will create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.
The Camino de Santiago has preserved the most complete material record in the form of ecclesiastical and secular buildings, with some 1,800 buildings along the route of great historic interest
The most popular highlights amongst our clients driving the Camino de Santiago are:
Towns, history and landscape of the Camino
From the snow-capped Pyrenees and the vineyards of La Rioja to the semi-arid plains of Castile and the lush green Galicia, the Camino de Santiago runs along an extremely varied landscape and makes for one of Europe's greatest drives.
Northern Spain's major cities of Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León are spread at equal intervals along the road to Santiago de Compostela, with many historic towns, picturesque villages, monasteries and historic monuments peppered in between.
Delicious Spanish gastronomy and wines
Drive the Camino de Santiago whilst indulging your culinary senses. 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 world-famous wines such as the Rioja wines.
As an integrated part of our service, we can arrange everything from a vineyard and wine tour to an extraordinary Michelin Restaurant culinary experience. If your budget allows, we can suggest some superb accommodation upgrades, as we often work with the top-end establishments on the Camino. At all times you'll have the flexibility to add tour extensions or upgrades.
Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Historic Santiago de Compostela, Galicia's capital city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The city is associated with one of the major themes of medieval history, as destination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Around its cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, Santiago de Compostela conserves a valuable historic centre worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.
As an optional extra, we can arrange a guided tour of the city's extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments grouped around the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Finisterre and the Atlantic Coast
Cape Finisterre on the Atlantic coast is the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Galicia's Atlantic coast makes one of the Camino's most beautiful scenic drives. A walk on the beach, searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience.
Hand-picked comfortable, small establishments with high levels of personal service
We usually choose comfortable, small, family run establishments on the Camino. Our accommodation providers are hand-picked and well known to us. All rooms have en-suite facilities. We believe that our high level of personal service and customer care offers the best in the local food, culture and history.
We prefer to offer all accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis to allow you the chance to try local dishes in the immediate vicinity. This allows you the widest range of Spanish cuisine and the chance to soak up the local atmosphere. We will be happy to make recommendations of where to have dinner.
If your budget allows, we can suggest some superb accommodation upgrades, as we often work with the top-end establishments on the Camino.
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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.