Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

2023 Early Booking Offer

For a limited time, starting on May 23*, save $400 per person on North America itineraries or save $500 per person on international itineraries when you book your space by 8/19/22 on select 2023 National Geographic Signature Land departures**. Take advantage of this special offer by calling 1-888-966-8687 or contacting your Travel Agent, or book online and mention code EARLY_BK_2023.

*Qualifying departures will open for booking to all travelers on May 26, 2022. Starting on May 23, 2022, early booking will be available to select groups. Please refer to the following schedule:

5/23:
Lifelong Explorers, Grosvenor Council Members, and Travelers who are currently on hold with National Geographic Expeditions for a future reservation

5/24:
National Geographic Expeditions or Journeys Past Travelers

5/25:
Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Castaway Club Gold and Platinum Members, and Golden Oak Residents

5/26:
General Public

If you qualify for early booking, please call 1-888-966-8687 to book your expedition. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm ET.

If you do not qualify for early booking, this departure will open for booking to all travelers on May 26, 2022.
**The per-person savings is taken from the non-discounted prevailing rate for each departure as quoted by National Geographic Expeditions on the date of booking (“Regular Rate’”) and only valid on select National Geographic Expeditions land departures with travel start dates between November 7, 2022 and December 11, 2023, inclusive.

Qualifying land itineraries have a callout on the Special Offers box of the itinerary page on nationalgeographic.com/expeditions, and on the Special Offers page.

The offer designation may not reflect real-time offer availability; accordingly, availability is subject to confirmation at time of booking and payment of the standard deposit. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard deposit, will not guarantee availability of the offer for the selected departure date.

Offer availability is limited for each departure. The offer terminates on August 19, 2022 or when the limited spaces eligible for the offer on the applicable departure date have been booked, whichever is earlier.

Valid on new bookings only. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the land package booked. Not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Savings not applicable to deposit. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Not valid for group bookings. Offer is subject to change without notice. Offer valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada, except for Quebec. Bookings subject to restrictions and National Geographic Expeditions’ standard terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.
Available Departures
  • Apr 28-May 7, 2023
  • May 5-14, 2023
  • May 19-28, 2023
  • May 29-Jun 7, 2023
  • Jun 16-25, 2023
  • Sep 1-10, 2023
  • Sep 15-24, 2023
  • Sep 22-Oct 1, 2023
  • Sep 29-Oct 8, 2023
  • Oct 6-15, 2023
  • Hike the famed El Camino de Santiago—Europe’s longest and most storied pilgrimage route—and stay in historic monasteries and centuries-old paradors along the way.
  • Trace the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway—and many a bull—through Pamplona, and explore the spectacular historic center of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Venture into Burgos Cathedral and the monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Encounter Roman sites, mountain villages, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Spilling over the Pyrenees from France into Spain, the network of trails that make up the Route of St. James—or El Camino de Santiago—converges at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have trekked over the high plains of Castilla and the hills of Galicia, some to honor the Apostle James; others in the midst of their own spiritual journey. The route has given rise to historic and religious sites that represent centuries of European architecture at its best. Set out from Pamplona to discover the longest pilgrimage route in Europe, experiencing the most picturesque and poignant sections of this World Heritage site on foot.

Day 1: Pamplona, Spain
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Arrive at Pamplona Airport (PNA) and transfer to our historic hotel, once a haunt of Ernest Hemingway. After an orientation, set out on a walk through the old city and the streets made famous by the running of the bulls. Meet up for a welcome dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Gran Hotel La Perla
Day 2: Logroño/Navarrete
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Descend out of the foothills of the Pyrenees to La Rioja, one of Spain’s most celebrated wine regions, and set off along El Camino, walking through vineyards to the village of Navarrete. In the afternoon, visit the Yuso and Suso monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, a World Heritage site considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. Stop for a wine tasting at a local bodega before settling in to our hotel. (8 miles hiking, 4 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Parador Nacional de Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 3: Atapuerca/Burgos
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Today’s route rises onto the Meseta Central, high plains that stretch across much of central Spain. Pick up the trail in Atapuerca and head towards Burgos. Walk into the center of the ninth-century city, a former capital of the kingdom of Castile and home to the Spanish national hero El Cid. Take a guided tour of the old town and its 13th-century Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage site. (12–13 miles hiking, 5–6 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:NH Collection Palacio de Burgos
Day 4: Fromista/Carrión de los Condes
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Transfer to Fromista, then continue across the Meseta, rambling through the endless green and gold fields of the Tierra de Campos. This land is filled with the history of La Reconquista, when Christian kingdoms succeeded in retaking areas of the Iberian Peninsula controlled by Moors. Arrive in the town of Carrión de los Condes, and stay the night in a historic monastery. (11 miles, 5 hours hiking)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Real Monasterio San Zoilo
Day 5: Sahagún/Bercianos del Camino/León
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Start off from the medieval city of Sahagún and head west to the village of Bercianos del Real Camino. Drive on to León for lunch and spend the afternoon discovering the city’s historic sites, including a guided visit through its remarkable cathedral, filled with more than a hundred stained glass windows. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening, and spend the night in a spectacular Renaissance convent. (5–6 miles hiking, 3 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Real Colegiata
Day 6: Hospital de Órbigo to Astorga/Villafranca del Bierzo
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Today’s hike begins at a Roman bridge in the village of Hospital de Órbigo. Follow country roads and take in the view from El Crucero de Santo Toribio, a stone cross that has marked this trail for centuries. Descend to Astorga, and explore the town’s fascinating architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic churches to a palace designed by Antoni Gaudí. Continue west to Villafranca del Bierzo, and meet with a local historian before dinner. (11 miles hiking, 5 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo
Day 7: Las Herrerias/O Cebreiro/Monforte de Lemos
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Hike into the northwestern region of Galicia, known for its Celtic history and rolling hills. Tackle our first serious ascent, climbing nearly 1,200 feet during our last four miles. Follow forest paths and switchbacks past thatched houses and stone villages to reach the hilltop hamlet of O Cebreiro. See the oldest intact church on El Camino, and leave a coin at the village cross for good luck. Visit the sixth-century Samos Monastery en route to this evening’s lodging: a Benedictine monastery in Monforte de Lemos. (7–8 miles hiking, 4 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Parador Nacional de Monforte de Lemos
Day 8: O Pedrouzo/Santiago de Compostela
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Travel to the town of O Pedrouzo, and set off on the final leg of our hike along El Camino de Santiago. From Monte del Gozo, catch your first glimpse of the Santiago cathedral and its striking towers. Continue into the heart of the city to Plaza do Obradoiro, located at the foot of the cathedral and the endpoint of the pilgrimage route. (12 miles hiking, 6 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Parador de Santiago - Hostal dos Reis Católicos
Day 9: Cabo Fisterra/Santiago de Compostela
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Journey to Cabo Fisterra, the westernmost tip of Spain and a continuation of El Camino for many pilgrims. Spend time soaking in the beauty of the cape, and sit down to lunch at a local restaurant in town. Return to Santiago for a guided historical tour of the cathedral and the city’s old quarter, a World Heritage site. Enjoy time to explore on your own before our farewell dinner.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Parador de Santiago - Hostal dos Reis Católicos
Day 10: Santiago de Compostela
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After breakfast, transfer to the Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ) and catch your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast