For more than a millennium, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, to the Shrine of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. On this moderately active program, hike the most interesting sections of the Camino, enjoying exquisite cuisine, regional wines, breathtaking architecture, and splendid hotels en route. Explore awe-inspiring cathedrals and monasteries in Nájera, León, and other pilgrimage cities; tour the 15th-century Cartuja de Miraflores monastery in Burgos, and hear Gregorian chants performed by the world-famous monks of Silos. This journey on the classic Camino concludes with Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the traditional incense-burning ceremony will be performed specially for our group. Daily walks average 3.5 miles. This departure is co-sponsored by Dartmouth College and you will be joined by faculty host Jane L. Carrol, senior lecturer in art history at Dartmouth.

*Greater Flexibility: Cancel up to 60 days prior to departure with no penalties!


    Madrid, Pamplona, Laguardia, Burgos, Leon, Bierzo, Compostela
    Day 1.
     Depart on an overnight flight to Pamplona via Madrid
    Day 2. Madrid, Spain / Pamplona
    Day 3. Pamplona
    Day 4. Pamplona / Laguardia
    Day 5. Laguardia
    Day 6. Laguardia / Burgos
    Day 7. Burgos
    Day 8. Burgos / León
    Day 9. León
    Day 10. León / Villafranca del Bierzo
    Day 11. Villafranca del Bierzo / Santiago de Compostela
    Day 12. Santiago de Compostela
    Day 13. Santiago de Compostela / Return
    Note: Itinerary may change due to local conditions. Walking is required on many excursion


    • Begin a series of walks along the Camino in Roncevalles, one of the main entrances to the famous pilgrimage trail, and end in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as has been done for centuries
    • Admire awe-inspiring cathedrals and monasteries in Nájera, Burgos, León, and other pilgrimage cities along the way, and enjoy leisure time to explore Spain’s lovely Galicia region
    • Savor regional wines and cuisine including a special lunch at Bodegas Baigorri, where Rioja Alavesa wine is produced, and stay in historic Paradores
    • See the artistic treasures of the 15th-century Cartuja de Miraflores monastery in Burgos, which is still occupied by a cloistered group of monks who observe silence, on an after-hours visit
    • Hear Gregorian chants performed by the world-famous monks of the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, whose two-story cloister is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque art
    • Experience midday Mass at the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important religious structures in Spain, where a highlight will be the Botafumeiro ceremony
    • Watch the sunset over Cape Finisterre, a rock-bound peninsula once thought to be “the end of the Earth,” where some pilgrims now come to burn their boots or clothes at the conclusion of their journeys