Camino de Santiago Bus Tours
Camino de Santiago Bus Tour –30th Sept 2017 to 8th Oct 2017(SOLD OUT) – allows you to explore the main cities of the Camino whilst getting a sense of the Camino all within a shorter time frame than walking would allow. Start by experiencing the northern coast of Spain and the home of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao which is one of the main stop overs on the Camino del Norte. Moving inland you will then visit some of the major stops on the Camino Frances as you make your way west across the northern plains of Spain.
Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, O’Cebreiro and Sarria are all stops before you reach Santiago de Compostela and its Cathedral which is the resting place of the remains of St James. After a day in Santiago to soak up this unique city’s atmosphere you will journey to the end of the world and Finisterre and spending your last night in the Galician seaside town of Muxia. This tour will be mostly by bus but you will have plenty of opportunity to experience the towns and cities you pass through as well as have the opportunity to walk parts of the world famous Camino de Santiago.
Day 1 – Bilbao
Arrive into Bilbao where you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in the city
Day 2 – Bilbao to Burgos (Depart hotel 0900hrs)
Today’s journey will take you to the first main city and stop on the Camino Frances, Pamplona. Pamplona has a rich history that sits alongside its more modern side and will not disappoint with its many interesting monuments and museums to visit. It is easy to see why this was such a facoured spot for Hemmingway! Depart Pamplona 14h30 – Heading west across northern Spain you will visit Puente de La Reina. Here you can see the Roman bridge commissioned by Dona Mayor, wife of Sancho III, as a way of increasing the number of pilgrims who joined the Camino Frances and the Camino Aragones. You will also visit the Santa Maria de Eunate Church and get the opportunity walk 3kms of the Camino. Two other stops follow at Marques de Riscal famous vineyards, in the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and at Miraflores Monastery which is 4 km before Burgos where you will arrive around 7pm.
Day 3 – Burgosto Leon (Depart hotel 14oohrs)
With the morning to spend in Burgos you will not want to lie in but get up and explore the city and its Spanish Gothic architecture with the prime example being the Cathedral of Burgos a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip today will have you stopping in Hontanas, a typical small village of the area. From here you will get the opportunity to walk on the Camino to Castrojeriz (9kms). Arriving into Castrojeriz you will be welcomed by the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Manzano. Back on the bus we will then stop in Formista giving you the chance to visit the San Martin Church, a Romanesque style church from the 11th century. Continuing by bus you will arrive into your stop for the night Leon. Leon an important stopping point on the Camino also has one of Spain’s most beautiful Cathedrals, The Pulchra Leonina (The House of Light), Santa María de León Cathedral.
Day 4 – Leon to Villafranca del Bierzo (Depart Hotel 0900hrs)
The first stop today will be Astorga where you can visit the disneyesque Episcopal Palace by Gaudi as well as the Cathedral which is across the street. The first stop will be at Foncebadon where you can get a selfi with the Cross of Ferro. The next stop will be at Molinaseca where you can cross the medieval bridge Puente de Peregrinos and visit the 17th Century Church of San Nicolas. Continuing on then to Ponferrada, the last major town on the Camino Frances before Santiago. Here there is a rich mining history from the Roman period. In the 11th Century the bishop commissioned a bridge to be built over the river Rio Sil for pilgrims on their way to Santiago. The iron reinforcements added to the bridge (Latin pons for “bridge” and ferrata for “iron”) are what have given the town its name today. A must see is also the medieval castle, El Castillo de los Templarios which will provide you with a sweeping view of the town and region. The stop over for tonight will be Villafranca del Bierzo, established in the 11th Century, there are many sites to visit and must stop is the Church of Santiago where there is a statue of St James in full pilgrim regalia.
Day 5 – Villafranca del Bierzo to Sarria (Depart hotel 0900hrs)
Today will give you the opportunity to walk another section of the Camino Frances between O’Cebreiro and Samos. O’Cebreiro is the first celtic village on the Camino Frances and your first stop in Galicia. This quaint hamlet is known for its round stone houses with straw roofs, pallozas. Be sure when here to also visit the Church Santa María la Real Cebreiro, which use to ring its bell to guide pilgrims through the mist in the winter. In Samos you can visit the impressive Monasterio which is still in operation today. The stop over for the night will then be in Sarria. From here many pilgrims will walk the last 100kms to Santiago so that they qualify to receive the Compostela. Some highlights to visit include the Castle, the Convent of Magdalena and the churches of Santa Marina and El Salvador.
Day 6 – Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (Depart hotel 0900hrs)
The journey today will allow you to visit the towns on this last section to Santiago: Portomarin on the river Minho; the small but pretty town of Palas de Rei and the historic pilgrimage town of Melide. To reach Santiago you will get the opportunity to walk on the Camino through a eucalyptus tree plantation to Monte de Gozo (Mount of Joy) where you will get your first glimpse of the spires of the Cathedral. From here you will descend into the city and get to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cathedral de Santiago up close.
Day 7 – Santiago de Compostela
Today is a free day to explore this vibrant and enticing city. Soak up the atmosphere of pilgrims arriving and explore the ancient streets. Sample some of the wonderful dishes available in one of the many restaurants on Rua do Franco.
Day 8 – Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre – Muxia (Depart hotel 0900hrs)
Leaving Santiago you will now head to the coast and what was once known as the ‘end of the world’. You will visit the pretty town of Puente Maceira where the medieval bridge over the Rio Tambre was built upon the foundations of a Roman bridge. Continuing then onto the coast you will come to Muros, where you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade. After Muros you will visit Cascada del Ezaro the only river in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the few in Europe that is a waterfall directly into the sea and this case the Atlantic Ocean. Our next stop then is the ‘end of the world’ Finisterre where you can visit the lighthouse. Finally you will be taken to Muxia your stop for the night. Here there is wonderful beaches and you can visit the famous churches of San Xulián de Moraime and Santuario da Virxe da Barca.
Day 9 – Muxia to Santiago de Compostela airport
Transfer from Muxia to Santiago de Compostela airport
- Experienced bilingual guide
- 8 nights in 2 and 3* hotels with private bathroom
- Bed and Breakfast and half-board
- Airport transfer from Bilbao airport to Bilbao city
- Airport transfer from Santiago city to Santiago airport
- Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel (1 piece per person 15 kg)
- Holiday pack with Pilgrim Passport
- 24 hour emergency desk
- Extra nights in Santiago
(It is best to fly to Bilbao and back from Santiago de Compostela)
1 – To Bilbao
A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport is from internal destinations and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo.
There are also European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
At the moment easyJet, Iberia and AerLingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. easyJet offer daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operate out of Dublin.
2 – Santiago de Compostela
Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands
and Liverpool and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin.
Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. Iberia offer the best selection
of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao,
Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife, and Valencia.
Ryanair now operates a year round service from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela, twice a day.
To start your walking holiday: Bilbao
There is a shuttle bus from the airport to the centre of the town which takes 20mins
Shuttle buses from Santiago city center to the airport (20mins).
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