loading spinner
3601
Spain

The Greatest Road in Europe: Camino De Santiago

Experience one of the world’s great walking routes as you learn about ancient cathedrals, religious icons and medieval Europe along the wondrous Camino De Santiago.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 3601RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,629
Flights start at
750
Spain

The Greatest Road in Europe: Camino De Santiago

Experience one of the world’s great walking routes as you learn about ancient cathedrals, religious icons and medieval Europe along the wondrous Camino De Santiago.
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,629
Flights start at
750
Program No. 3601 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
airfare
Need airfare?
Our airfare tool can help. Check it out
climate
Plan ahead.
What kind of weather can you expect? Take a look!
Select your type of room
Price will update based on selection
Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 7 - Sep 20, 2021
Starting at
4,629
Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2021
Starting at
4,629
Oct 5 - Oct 18, 2021
Starting at
4,629
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 7 - Sep 20, 2021
Starting at
5,449
Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2021
Starting at
5,449
Oct 5 - Oct 18, 2021
Starting at
5,449

At a Glance

Over Roman causeways, medieval roads, wooden bridges and mountain passes, people for centuries have made their pilgrimage across northern Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela -- the purported resting place of the apostle James -- to seek forgiveness of their sins. Following in footsteps that are more than 1,000 years old, walk the Camino de Santiago and experience the legends, architecture, food and wine along the greatest road in Europe.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 4-8 miles over mixed terrain; rocky and steep at times. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required. Elevations up to 4,900 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experts discuss the mysterious legends of the Camino de Santiago and the medieval architecture of Leon.
  • Seek out the “Holy Galician Grail” in O'Cebreiro.
  • Savor Castilian cuisine in Leon.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Roads to Santiago, A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain
by Cees Nooteboom
An exhilarating but erudite portrait of modern and historic Spain. Nooteboom writes quite brilliantly of Spanish art, philosophy, history, architecture and culture, as well as of the people he encountered.
Wanderlust, A History of Walking
by Rebecca Solnit
Solnit's wide-ranging, literate and thoroughly enlightening essays on the multiple means of walking touches upon, among many things, the origins of bipedalism, famous flaneurs and walking as a form of rebellion. Terrific.
The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela
by William Melczer
This is the original guide used by 12th-century pilgrims along the sacred way, reprinted with an introduction by a professor of Medieval Studies, plus endnotes and a gazetteer. It's an excellent, hugely informative presentation of this curiosity.
The Camino Made Easy: Reflections of a Parador Pilgrim, Three Walking Tours on the Way of St. James through Spain and Portugal to Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre
by Olivia Pittet
A fascinating, detailed account of the author’s three walking tours to Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre on the path of St. James. Olivia Pittet describes her personal experience as well as thoughts and feelings, some quite intimate, of those she encounters. The book is rich in historical background, sprinkled with quotes from the likes of Keats, Dickens and Stevenson and contains several black and white photos.
Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain
by Jack Hitt
An American abroad, popular NPR contributor Hitt unleashes his wit and wonder in this account of his trek, 500-miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Naturally, he falls in with an odd assortment of fellow pilgrims, and adventures ensue.
Pilgrim Stories, On and Off the Road to Santiago
by Nancy Louise Frey
The sights, sounds -- and meaning -- of modern journeys along the "Camino de Santiago," according to interviews with those who travel it.
Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain
by Eyewitness Guides
A literate, visually rich guide to Northern Spain from Galicia across Asturias and the Basque Country to La Rioja to the Pyrenees.
The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain, A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines
by Jesus Barquin
A detailed and informative guide to ancient and contemporary winemaking in Spain's most prominent wine region.
Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Compostela
by Conrad Rudolph
An engaging, literary account of 11 weeks of travels from Le Puy along the way of St. James, 1,000 miles all told.
Steps Out of Time
by Katharine B. Soper
In her reflective memoir Soper recounts a secular pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, detailing the fascinating history and traditions of the ancient way along with its breathtaking beauty, great food and extraordinary camaraderie.
Northern Spain Adventure Map
by National Geographic Maps
A nicely detailed, overview map of the western (coastal) part of Northern Spain and the Way of St. James at a scale of 1:500,000. Extends as far east as San Sebastian. One Side. 33x49 inches.
The Miracles of St. James, Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi
by Thomas Coffey (Editor)
The English translation of a Medieval writings on the pilgrimage to Santiago, and the miracles of St. James, from the Codex Calixtinus.
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook
by David Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson
A kilometer-by-kilometer guide to the route of St. James across northern Spain with copious information on the historical and artistic sites along the way. You probably won’t want it in your daypack, but in your suitcase it will be invaluable for previews of the following day and reflections on the preceding one.
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Peter R. Bush (Editor)
A collection of 30 stories from a who’s who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.
Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction
by Ian Reader
A quick, authoritative survey of the pilgrimage: its history, meaning and ongoing evolution.
A Traveller's History of Spain
by Juan Lalaguna
This survey of Spanish history features a useful chronology, historical gazetteer and a long section on contemporary life. It covers early settlements through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
The Birds of the Iberian Peninsula
by Ernest Garcia, Eduardo De Juana
This definitive book on the birds of Iberia covers the status and distribution of each species in the region and also includes photos and introductory chapters on climate, habitats and the history of Iberian ornithology.
Travels with My Donkey
by Tim Moore
In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James.
The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's great novel, which encapsulates the angst of the post-WWI "Lost Generation," is the story of unmoored American and British expats travelling from Paris to Pamplona.
The Camino, A Journey of the Spirit
by Shirley MacLaine
The much-reincarnated, ever-brave entertainer treks 500-miles across Northern Spain on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, interweaving travelogue, commentary and journeys both actual and interior in this personal journal.
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions.
Paris to the Pyrenees
by David Downie
David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James.
19 Reviews
Sort by
Most Recent
  • Most Recent
  • Most Favorable
  • Least Favorable
4.94 Average
(5)

If you can get on the Road Scholar trip along the Camino Santiago, do it !! It's entertaining, educational, and a little bit challenging, and you'll probably learn something about yourself, as well. I truly *loved* all the women on my trip and several of us are planning to hike together next Spring.

(4)

I didn't have any trouble with your web site. Thank you

(5)

An amazing experience. Walking the Camino fulfilled a life long dream . The expertise of the instructors, the camaraderie of the group plus excellent accommodations made it an outstanding trip. Thank you Road Scholar!

(5)

This trip was outstanding.!! We loved the itinerary, the group, the accommodations, and the leaders were terrific!!!!! Unfortunately my husband had an accident on the trip and we only completed about 1/2 of the trip. The trip insurance was a lifesaver!! We loved this trip so much that when my husband is better we want to go back and do the trip again so that we can complete the rest of the trip. Nacho Engle is the consummate professional and so was Sofia!! Loved the Tripcast for sharing photos.

(5)

Good introduction to the Camino, seeing what must be some of the most scenic parts. Nacho and Leonor were terrific guides.

(5)

If you've been wanting to walk the Camino, go on this adventure. It is outstanding! Our guide Cesar was wonderful. He was friendly, kind, deeply knowledgeable of the area and its history, kept us moving each day walking, walking through varied terrain and the beautiful countryside and cities of the Camino. The hotels were comfortable and well located; the food and wine were ethnic and delicious, and the food was beautifully presented and prepared. Buen Camino!

(5)

One of of my most memorable experiences both educationally and spiritually! Thank you Road Scholar! Diane C

(5)

What a great trip! Nacho was tour guide extraordinaire. Lucia, his assistant, was warm, approachable, helpful and always available. This program was a perfect blend of hiking, culture and education. Great hotels, fabulous food and wines. I recommend this trip

(5)

I found the walks over various terrain a good analogy to life as a pathway with its ups and downs. I used the silence during walks to meditate and see the beauty around me. It gave me new perspective. I decreased my email/Instagram/texting use to help quiet myself and allow me to be more meditative. It was enriching.

(5)

This trip had everything one could ask for: varied hiking experiences, manageable doses of culture, history and politics, and fine accommodations. All credit to the tour leader, Nacho, who put a lot of effort into crafting an excellent itinerary. He gave special attention to the food; we ate out whenever possible, and the choices of restaurants and menus allowed us to sample the local cuisine, which Nacho explained to us. We had an assortment of seafood (shrimp, squid octopus, mussels) and the food became an important part of the adventure. This trip demonstrates the importance of a professional guide for a successful trip. Kudos to Nacho and the staff he assembled, and thanks so much for sharing your expertise and good humor with the group.

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Wonderful trip! Well organized; very good guide and asst. guide.

(5)

Traveling the Camino with Roads Scholars was a trip of a lifetime. Buen Camino to all.

(5)

***** (5) This was our first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded our expectations. My wife and I have been international travelers for many years. Over this period of time we have used various tour operators and taken multiple trips led by a range of group leaders. Our group leader for this trip was Carlota Vilate. In my opinion, she is the "gold standard"; one of the very best I have encountered on any trip I have taken. Carlota is passionate about her job and literally goes the extra mile to ensure everyone's needs are addressed and expectations met. She has outstanding interpersonal skills and is extremely knowledgeable about her subject matter. Carlota established a good rapport with our group and her interactions contributed to our group bonding in a very short time. The Greatest Road in Europe: Camino De Santiago was well organized, planned and led. Carlota was very skilled at using all of the Road Scholar resources at her disposal. Evaluating our trip based upon itinerary, group leader, group bonding and the experience itself, I rate it outstanding.

(5)

An excellent combination of hiking, site seeing and dining!

(5)

If you are looking for a journey that will challenge you physically, mentally and spiritually...the Camino is it!

(5)

Went on Road Scholar's El Camino De Santigo pilgrimage and it was fantastic. Knowledgeable guides, history unfolds in front of you, with buildings century's old. The food and wine were fantastic. I was very happy with the hike to work off what I ate. Loved, loved, loved this trip.

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip exceeded even my high expectations. Nacho was an extraordinary guide--an excellent hiker, knew the trails and their history as well as Spanish history and facts and local stories. Each day he gave attention to every detail and offered alternative plans for persons who were uncertain about being able to accomplish the full hike or were having some difficulties. His introduction to the course opened an opportunity for participants to share our purpose in coming which led to deeper conversations along the way and made the entire pilgrimage more meaningful. Lucia was an excellent and supportive assistant. Together they made a great team! The accommodations and food were excellent, and the local guides delightful. I am recommending this trip to others without reservation.

(5)

Beyond my expectations - choice of trip-time=great weather; Guides-Nacho/Lanore=Outstanding, A+Recomendation

(5)

Waking the Camino with Road Schooar made me realize once again that we live most fully when we realize that life is more about the journey than the destination. It was an exceptional experience.






Your Well-Being is Our #1 Priority

We’re committed to making your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

See Our Safety Roadmap
Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback