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The Crux Of The Camino

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • San Sebastian
  • Saint Jean Pied de Port
  • The Pyrenees
  • Roncesvalles
  • Pamplona
  • La Rioja
  • Burgos
  • Sarria
  • Santiago de Compostela

19 Days Walking Journey
  • Departing:
  • 17 May 2021

We set forth upon the epic Camino de Santiago, taking us through lands inspired by ritual and legend. Our journey grants us the opportunity to walk over 200 kilometres of the Camino’s most striking sections and, as this is Captain’s Choice, an exclusive collection of experiences adds an uncompromising depth and authenticity that truly delights.

Captains Choice UK/US/CA Crux of The Camino Map 2021 v3
Aerial image of El Camino Trail Aerial, Spain
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

The Good Life Made Easy

As we follow this most fabled pilgrimage, our private courtesy vehicle accompanies us at all times. Stocked with food and drink, it also stands ready to chauffeur you directly to the hotel at any time, no questions asked.

Leon Camino Sign in Field, Spain
Bodega Irache Wine Fountain, Spain

Vigour From the Vine

At the halfway point between Pamplona and Elciego, a roadside fountain can be found dispensing a steady stream of the local wine. Said to grant strength to weary pilgrims, a tasting of the elixir is heartily encouraged.

Grapes on vine
Alley of wine barrels at Elciego

Savour Regional Flavours

In Elciego, celebrate with a Michelin-starred meal, set within iconic wine estate, Marqués de Riscal. After learning the secrets of the resident winemaker, depart for the celebrated La Rioja wine region.

Itinerary

San Sebastián lines the golden sands of the Playa de la Concha, at the cutting edge of the global culinary scene. We touch down for a brief epicurean indulgence in the heart of the Basque region’s gastronomic capital. Staying at Hotel Arima, we find first-class fare which celebrates each and every ingredient, the perfect preface to our Camino adventure. Here, the first of our nightly briefings prepares us for tomorrow’s proceedings.

Before our first day of walking, we linger a while in San Sebastián, before being whisked across the French border to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the starting point for the Camino Francés route. Beginning our ascent, we cut a path across the Pyrénées range; our courtesy vehicle guiding us safely along the more difficult terrain. Descending into Spain, rolling terrain greets us and we are treated to Camino hospitality at The Hotel Roncesvalles.

Our trail takes us through the heart of pilgrim country, where scallop shells and yellow arrows illuminate our way. Having made our descent from Roncesvalles, and crossing the gothic bridge of La Rabia, we arrive in the village of Zubiri. A brief drive brings us to the city of Pamplona, where we take to the medieval laneways of the former Kingdom of Navarre. Reaching Rioja country, our residence is the Frank Gehry designed Marques de Riscal.

Our journey continues to the city of Burgos. Notable for its Gothic cathedral and status as the birthplace of national hero and military genius, El Cid. We drive to Frómista, then continue on foot, with churches and refuges dotting our path and low hills punctuating the horizon. Our destination is Carrión de los Condes where Romans, Visigoths and Moors once held sway.

Dating back to the first century BC, there is much to explore in the ancient city of León and this proves the perfect place to toast the halfway mark of our journey. We travel on to Astorga before detouring from the Camino to arrive at the Palacio de Canedo in rural Arganza, ready to sample the chef’s tasting menu and wines from the hotel’s estate.

Crossing into Galicia, rolling green hills and misty lakes shroud a landscape akin to Ireland’s, concealing a Celtic connection forged over centuries. It is Camino custom to walk the last 100 kilometres of our journey. As a consequence, we are awarded the Compostela, certification of our efforts in treading the true pilgrims’ path. In the town of Portomarín, we check in to the Spa Hotel Vistalegre.

Along quiet country paths, we reach the town of Arzúa, home to the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena. Our residence for the next two evenings is the charming Hotel Boutique 1930. As we set out for our final leg, a sense of gathering momentum prevails, as we join the growing community of pilgrims with Santiago de Compostela in their sights.

With just kilometres to go, we pass through Lavacolla, where pilgrims washed before entering Santiago de Compostela. From the city’s urban fringe, we thread our way through winding medieval lanes, which lead us to the Old Town. Making our approach, we see the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela towering before us. This calls for a celebration with a mariscada seafood feast and a two-night stay at the magnificent Parador de Santiago.

As we depart from Barcelona, memories of shared weariness, summits reached and smiles escaping carry us home. Our Camino quest has taken us beyond our wildest dreams.

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A Taste Of The Camino

Follow the footsteps of pilgrims past on the Camino de Santiago, from León to Santiago de Compostela.