Luxury Escorted Camino
A luxurious Camino trip, perfect for the whole family or groups of friends. Walk to Compostela at your own pace, stay in charming intimate lodgings with wonderful cuisine & wine plus private chauffeured vehicle - all hosted by a specialist Camino guide.
We have designed this luxury trip with families and groups of friends in mind, bringing together the very best the Camino has to offer into one carefully curated package.
Our blend of charming boutique lodgings, wonderful dining & wines, an impeccable bilingual host and guide, tailored daily Camino walks and dedicated support vehicle caters for discerning travellers looking for a special Camino journey to enjoy in good company.
You will find yourself immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the Camino and the Galicia region of Spain. As you travel towards the Cathedral of St James you'll experience the camaraderie of the Way, enjoy wonderful local cuisine and wine, discover some sacred places and share the common purpose of your fellow travellers all heading to Compostela.
You will walking exactly the same trail as all the other pilgrims and travellers, sharing the way and rubbing shoulders with people from all over the world. But you'll be using our luxury vehicle and driver to shuttle you between hotel and trail as required. This allows you to decide each day how much walking you wish to do, perhaps have an early finish or simply take a day off to relax. Some hotels have spa facilities and all can arrange for therapists to attend.
On arrival in Santiago, you have a private tour of the medieval Casco Antiguo - the heart of the old city where you visit the Catedral and collect your Compostela certificate. There will be a special celebratory dinner on the final evening.
DAY ONE - Arrival and Transfer to the Camino for a Welcome Dinner
CASA DE DIAZ
An intimate country house hotel in the country between Samos & Sarria with all rooms having with en-suite bathroom and television. The building retains many traditional features;a reading room, a dining room and a bar - games room including terraces & gardens with its own 11th century 'Chapel of the Cross'.
DAY TWO - WALK TO PORTOMARIN - approx 22 km / 13.6 miles
Today's walk is spread equally between quiet country roads and natural pathways, passing through many small hamlets that seem to blend seamlessly one into the next. Lunch en route.
SPA HOTEL VISTA ALEGRE
Stylish boutique hotel in the town of Portomarin set on the Miño River. This is one of the loveliest towns on the Camino Frances and in the evenings the streets are buzzing with locals and pilgrims. All rooms with ensuite shower room, television, air-con. The refurbished period building has modern boutique hotel features, with sundowner terraces, bar and mini-spa - plus its located right on the Camino.
DAY THREE - WALK TO PALAS DE REI - approx 24 km / 14.9 miles
A day of varied terrain as you start by skirting the Belesar reservoir to climb up through woodland before a further gentle climb to Alto do Rosario (Rosary Heights). A short descent to meet your driver and transfer to your accommodation.
BALNEARIO RIO PAMBRE
A spa hotel fed by natural thermal hot springs & surrounded by native forest and the Castle of Pambre. The architecture uses local natural materials. You might have exclusive use of the two circular pallozas with typical thatched roofs, each has a private communal room. Ideal for relaxing in intimate surroundings. All rooms have en suite bathroom, air con, heating, TV & Wifi. The main hotel building houses more lovely bedrooms, the restaurant, bar and spa facilities.
DAY FOUR - WALK TO MELIDE - approx 15 km / 9.3 miles
Today you cross four river valleys mostly on country paths through native woodland. Melide is a medieval township with close links to the Jacobean pilgrimage.
A grand country house & estate dating back to 1620, which continues to celebrate its Spanish literary history. Your charming bedrooms have antique furniture, period prints and splendid marble fireplaces. En-suites have a separate shower cabin and bathtub. Public rooms include 2 dining rooms, library, morning rooms and main salon. There are lush gardens, a 16th Century chapel and a bar terrace.
DAY FIVE - WALK TO ARZUA - approx 14 km / 8.6 miles
Today's walk takes you through meadows, oak and eucalyptus woodland through countless small hamlets, with names echoing their Pilgrim's way history.
PAZO SANTA MARIA
This 18th Century Galician Pazo is an oasis of tranquility with many lovely touches. All rooms have hydromassage bathtubs and French fireplaces. Much of the produce for the restaurant is grown in their own organic vegetable garden. Laundry service here.
DAY SIX - WALK TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - approx 20 km / 12 miles
Starting on natural pathways with good shade offered by trees. The Way approaches the Monte do Gozo (The Mount of Joy), a small hillock from which the pilgrim was able to see, for the first time, the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. In the evening there is a special celebration dinner at the Pazo de Altamira.
LA QUINTA DA AGUA
A sublime Santiago family-owned residence that is today one of the best boutique hotels in Galicia. First class gastronomy and service with charming suites & bedrooms. The Spa offers a plentiful range of signature therapeutic & beauty treatments including dead sea flotarium, private spa and indoor pool.
DAY 7 - DEPARTURE DAY
Our services end after breakfast once you have been transferred to departure point.
Additional nights in Santiago de Compostela, Escorted trips to Cape Finisterre, Winery Visits and Tastings and other locations in Galicia.
Santiago Old Town
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Galicia's capital city Santiago de Compostela is the world-known destination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Around the Cathedral of Saint James of Compostela, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the city boasts a picturesque old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.
Galicia's waters produce some of the best seafood and fish in the world. Its pastures support beef and dairy herds, so you will find delicious local cuts of meat and cheeses.
When it comes to filling your glass, Galicia produces wonderful reds and whites, fantastically refreshing beers and its signature liquor - Oruzo.
Food & Drink
Spanish Gastronomy and Wine
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.
This is an area that still preserves a traditional way of life. Galicia is the green corner of Spain and its lush meadows support many family-run dairy and beef farms. Galician cooking is simple and hearty, using mainly fresh local produce.
Those with a sweet tooth will love Tarta de Santiago, a type of almond cake dusted with sugar outlining the shape of the cross of Santiago. A gastronomic point - in Melide look out for the local speciality "Pulpo Gallego" - octopus - sprinkled with paprika and served with potatoes.
The wines, cheeses and seafood are all renowned Galician specialities. Unlike the red wine-producing rest of Spain, Galicia's climate is better suited to whites. Albariño is a straw-coloured wine with a distinct peach flavour that's now highly respected outside Spain and the perfect companion to fish and seafood.
Getting To & From the Camino
You can fly into Madrid airport from most international locations.
Local airports in Galicia include Santiago de Compostela and A Coruna.
We can arrange your transfers to and from the Camino.
A private chauffeured service is available between Madrid and the Camino.
Or by direct rail from Madrid to Sarria - standard and first class carriages available.
Listed below are some reviews from other customers who have already undertaken this tour with Walk the Camino.
- Review by Susan, USAWe had a wonderful time. It was great spending 5 days with my college-age daughter with few distractions. Everything went off without a hitch! It was so comforting seeing our luggage waiting for us each day after a long hike. Everyone was expecting us and all were aware of my daughter being gluten-free. The hotel before/after the hike in Barcelona was in a great location...easy walking distance to many things. Our FAVORITE was Hotel O Pino!!! The meal we had there was one of the best of our trip....they were playing old Frank Sinatra in the dining room and the place was so quaint. Also, the breakfast was much more substantial than any other place we stayed....big thumbs up! Loved the guidebook and felt very comforted by all the contact information provided. Hoping I can talk my daughter into another section of the walk! If so, I will definitely be using your services again.
- Review by Carl, ScotlandExcellently organised trip. Hotel Mar de Plata- very good, large rooms and good food Guest House El Padrino- great location, ultra modern but very tiny rooms. Breakfast off site but not really an issue. Hosteria Calestino- Clean but basic rooms with little sound insulation between- beware the snoring man! Food ok. No English whatsoever spoken. Hotel Carlos 96- our favourite. Great atmosphere, large rooms bit old fashioned but not good wifi, good food and friendly service. Great value for money. Pazo sta Maria- beautiful old building and grounds, lovely large rooms, very poor towels and not the happiest of staff. Restaurant food a bit of a let down and therefore pricey. Not worth the extra walk as it didn’t really live up to expectations. Pension Arca- great location and the loveliest of hosts, extremely clean. Bed a bit short, even for my wife who is just over 5’ ! Great value though. Hotel Monumento San Francisco- Excellent, beautiful building fabulous location and well worth the money.
Local cuisine is quite plain and not very varied. Less bread and more vegetables
Baggage Transfers- Perfect in all ways. Information Pack provide - Perfect
No improvements to suggest at all - brilliantly organised. Thank you for a great experience.
- Review by Greg, USAThe trip was excellent, 10/10 organisation. Best accommodation was Hosteria Calestino, fabulous hosts plus great food. All the rest were very good. Every breakfast was of a high standard. The Information Pack provided all the information we needed. The trip went well so no points to raise. We would definitely recommend Walk the Camino. We appreciated the support provided when one of our group left clothes behind. Thank you.
- Review by AnonIt was wonderful and beyond expectations; helped, no doubt, by the lovely autumn weather we had every day until it rained when we got to Santiago!
Accommodation was excellent throughout. We particularly liked Casa Garcia in Gonzar. On the minus side our overnight in Melide was marred by incessant noise from the locals which went on all night and had a similar problem in Santiago, though to a lesser scale. Our bags were not at one hotel when we arrived which was particularly inconvenient after a long and tiring final day on the camino. They eventually arrived by taxi later that evening.
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All hotels comfortable and welcoming
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Generally very good
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- Review by Karen, USAThe Camino was beautiful and we were lucky enough to have nice weather all week. Did not enjoy the Pension Arenas. (WE HAVE DROPPED THIS HOTEL FOR 2018). All the other places were quite good. The Calixtino, Carlos 96, and Hotel O Pino were all wonderful; it would be hard to choose the best of the three. All three were very welcoming and helpful. Also, food was quite delicious at all three establishments. The Hotel O Pino was my favourite for food. Our dinner there in the evening was excellent and the breakfast was the best all week, with a wide variety for everyone.
- Review by JoannaI was very satisfied with the entire trip. You coordinated our group plans very efficiently and were very responsive to our needs and questions. Luggage transfer worked smoothly. We lost an item, which was quickly recovered and caught up with us at our next stop.
Generally, I found the accommodations to be pleasant and very clean. Cleanliness was noted in all lodgings during the walk. Breakfast was ample in most places. Dinner at Calixtino was quite good (grilled octopus) but breakfast was basically limited to toast.
- Review by Joyce, USAIt was a wonderful experience. I have wonderful memories for walking the Camino. The support I received gave me the confidence that I could walk the Camino on my own as a 65 year old female and not worry about safety or logistics.
- Review by Haejung, UKIt was more enjoyable than I expected. In overall, all hotels were satisfactory and provided foods were good. The reason I could not give 5 out of 5 is...
more detailed information especially regarding churches. The provided guidebook was useful but it contains the explanation on the route only.
Best hotel is definitely the Hospederia San Martin in Santiago. Location is perfect and building itself is stunning. Thank you for your support for travelling Camino.
- Review by Ranall & Sherry, USAThe organisation was excellent. The best hotel was the monastery in Santiago. Sarria, Lestedo, Melide and Arzua were all very good. Our least favourite was the place in Portomarin, but it was still good. We would go back to any of them.
The breakfasts we ate were good, and some were really outstanding. However, we did not eat breakfast at Arca and Arzua because we wanted to get on the trail by 6 a.m. If we were doing it again at that time of year, we would probably eat breakfast two or three hours along the way.
Baggage Transfers worked very well. The Information Pack generally provided all the information. One very small point: we found the directions to the hotel Carlos 96 in Melide confusing. Perhaps they could be made clearer. We dealt with Caroline. She was wonderful. Thank you very much. The Camino exceeded our expectations in about every possible way.
- Review by Sally, Aly & Kathleen, ScotlandKathleen, Aly and I really loved it. We had the best time and met some great people. Absolutely everything was arranged extremely well with help just a phone call away the one time we needed it. All accommodation was good. Some places were excellent. Hosteria Calixtino was fantastic with great food and owners and staff could not have been nicer. Hotel Praza Quintana was also beautiful with a great location. Hotel Suiza in Arzua was good but decor a bit tired and location not great. The breakfasts were all adequate. However, the breakfast at Pension Berenguela Melide was fab.
Baggage transfers were spot on. I even left my sunglasses at the hotel in Saria and they were transferred to the next hotel for €3 - great. Information Pack provides all we needed. Can’t think of anything that needs improving. Just want to say how much we loved it.
- Review by Jean, UK10 out of 10...thanks for organising everything. Had a great time.
- Review by Elaine, UKExcellent service once again.
I was very glad I had upgraded to Hotel Ferramenteiro in Portomarin. A super hotel to welcome us after a hard day’s walk. Lovely views of the valley. We were very impressed with Hosteria Calixtino in Lestedo. Having previously stayed in Rectoral de Lestedo, it had a lot to live up to and certainly didn’t disappoint. We had a particularly warm welcome from our host, Isabel. We really enjoyed our stay in Hotel Capitol in Santiago. Very well positioned for access to the Cathedral and old city. Amazing breakfast here!
The Camino Travel packs are very informative. Maps to find accommodation particularly good. Finding the Pilgrims’ Office was a little confusing and we needed help from a local. Prompt baggage collections and cases waiting for us each day.
Thank you for the great organisation that helped our Camino run smoothly. A wonderful experience for my 15-year-old grandson. Thinking about the Portuguese Camino now.
- Review by Marlene, USAFantastic - very well organized. In general, to be fair, accommodations were very good.
Place in Portomarin is cleaned and employees are nice: however, breakfast is very, very limited. Not good to start a day walking with no proteins. I personally don’t eat any meat or cold cuts, but needed the proteins from an egg, etc. One place I won’t recommend is Salceda. Dinner was very good, breakfast was not. All other hotels were perfect, great service, great food and we made plenty friends for future visits.
The Seminary of St Martin in Santiago is perfectly located. Restaurant food very limited. We found out the Seminary does not run the restaurant. It was outsourced, but I found out that we did not need to eat anything fancy ( ha, ha, my sister did not like the food) I will be back there anytime. Loved the simple!
Baggage Transfers Perfect, perfect - timely to the T! Congratulations! Perfect service. The information pack was great.
Enjoy very much this beautiful experience. Next year, God willing, I’m planning to walk with my friend Anabel somewhere from Burgos, down another 125-140 km. We also want to take a tour in Ireland and Scotland via England where my sister in law lives. Let me know what you have. Thanks a million! Overall, all good. Blessings
- Review by KarenThis was a very doable adventure. Walk the Camino did an excellent job organizing everything. The hotels were welcoming, attractive, and clean. When we needed help to see a doctor, the staff was most helpful (Hostelería Calixtino, Isabel). Breakfasts were good with options. Restaurants at the hotels were good, too, although we did not always eat at the hotel. We only arrived one time before our luggage, and that was in Santiago, which was a larger city with traffic. The suitcases arrived within 30 minutes of our arrival that day.
I especially want to tell you that the directions to each hotel printed on separate sheets were extremely helpful. I could put the sheet with the day’s hotel in my pocket and take it out as we neared the hotel. The written directions with maps were very clear, and we never had any trouble locating any hotel.
Also, our Personal Travel Manager helped when we needed medical assistance. I appreciated the fact that our hotel clerk knew her by name and decided to call her in assessing our situation. That helped the process of getting to a doctor. (The doctor’s prescription of an antibiotic did cure my husband and not doubt enabled us to complete the Camino.)
Walk the Camino had been recommended by a friend who took a group tour of the same route. I really liked that fact that we were on our own without a guide. However, your services made it easy for us to be on our own.
I also think that working with an agency from the UK (even though we are United Statesians) meant that we saw fewer United Statesians in our hotels, and I liked that - Thank you for an enjoyable adventure.
- Review by Timothy, USAAll of the accommodations were very good. Organisation very good. The package I received before I left home included all of the details I needed for the trip. Plus the directions to each hotel in each town was a very nice added detail.
The Parador Dos Reis Catholicos was clearly the best. All other accommodations were very good. No problems or concerns with any of them.
A little more information regarding what to expect for breakfast would be nice for people travelling from the USA. I think Americans expect more than toast or roll and coffee for breakfast. So a little information as to what a usual Spanish breakfast includes might be helpful. And the bags were at every accommodation when we arrived.
COMMENT - THE LIGHT BREAKFAST IS VERY TYPICAL FOR SPANISH PEOPLE, WHO TEND TO STOP MID MORNING AND HAVE BREAKFAST - BETWEEN 10 & 11AM. OUT OF OUR 600 ACCOMMODATIONS, MOST PROVIDE A FULLER BREAKFAST, BUT THERE STILL MANY THAT STICK TO A LIGHTER OFFERING. WE DO ADVISE OUR CLIENTS OF THIS IN ADVANCE.