Faithful Footsteps: Camino Del Norte

with optional Portugal extension

Duration
13
Departure
16 April 2025
Price from
4,199

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Join us online to meet your tour leader Julian Dunham, go over the day to day itinerary & look at the inclusions/exclusions. There will also be a Q&A at the end. Please register even if you cannot attend to be emailed a copy of the recording.
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OVERVIEW

The Camino Walk in Northern Spain has been a spiritual journey since the Middle Ages. Back then it was believed that if a pilgrim took the journey their sins would be forgiven! The walk ends in the town of Santiago de Compostela, where it is believed the remains of the apostle James are held in the crypt under the Cathedral. For this reason, the walk is known as the Way of Saint James (even though his remains came by boat!).The scallop shell, found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, and is a common signpost along the path to guide pilgrims in the direction of Santiago.

Today the walk attracts people from all over the world, searching for purpose and meaning. As a group of Christians, this is an intentional walk, for your own faith, to grow and come away spiritually refreshed, but also you’ll find yourself wanting to engage with others along The Way. And we want to give them an opportunity to find out more. Whatever your reason for walking, you will be inspired by the beauty of God’s creation as you walk, you will encounter different people along the way and you will have Selah moments with God as you connect with Him on your walk. For 2025 we have decided to walk the Norte (North) route alomng the Mediterranean Coast – more picturesque and less pilgrims than the traditional Frances route.

“Fun, fellowship, food, faith; The Camino with Selah will remain one of my special life moments. The quiet contemplation of walking, the food and fun at the end of the day, vistas too glorious to imagine, from hills to valleys, farmland and villages, with always a welcome “cafe con leche” along the way. And the arrival at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela; the pinnacle of the trip. A truly fabulous experience, not to be missed!”  Judi Bancroft, VIC.

 

Julian Dunham is married to Caroline and has four adult daughters. He is also an ordained Baptist minister who for the past fifteen years has been developing emerging leaders with Arrow Leadership in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Ghana and Kenya. Julian has visited Spain five times and has done three Camino Frances walks. He loves singing, trekking, and speaks intermediate Spanish.

For Julian, the Camino is a ‘thin space’. In the busyness of life, it can be hard to connect with God, to hear his voice, and to speak with him. On the Camino, there is abundant time to reflect, to ask questions, to put some things to rest, and to open up to new beginnings.

Julian hopes that on Camino Del Norte our hearts will develop inward, upward, and outward. Reflecting on our inner world, who we are and what’s important to us. Deepening our relationship with God, who He is, what He thinks about us and what he calls us to. Strengthening our relationships with others, who can we bless and with whom might we need to set things right.

ITINERARY

Today you will depart from Australia to Bilbao, Spain (airfares not included in the tour price - please contact us for assistance).

Included Meals: None

We will meet as a group at 7pm in the lobby of the hotel followed by dinner at 8pm.

Hotel: Hotel Hesperia Bilbao, or similar

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After breakfast we will visit the Old Town of Bilbao followed by the Guggenheim Museum. The remainder of the day is free for you to spend more time at the museum or simply do your own thing. Dinner is free tonight. There will be an option to join a group booking for a Michelin star restaurant in Bilbao.

Hotel: Hotel Hesperia Bilbao, or similar

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After breakfast we will travel to the coastal town of San Sebastian.
Discover this beautiful town with the tour-escort, including Peine del Viento, Playa de la Concha and Old Quarter
Free time in San Sebastian for lunch and exploring before returning to Bilbao.
Overnight in Bilbao.

Hotel: Hotel Hesperia Bilbao, or similar

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Breakfast and check out as we travel to Santillana del Mar with stops en route in Castro Urdiales on the Bay of Biscay with a magnificent castle from the Middle Ages. Continue to Santoña, famous for its anchovies and tuna. On arrival in Santillana del Mar we will enjoy a guided visit of the Altamira Neo Cave and the Old Quarter of the medieval town.

Hotel: Museo Los Infantes, Santillana del Mar or similar

Included Meals:

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Travel to Cobreces and stop at the beach to see the Cliff of El Bolao
Today we start our walking along the Path from Cobreces to Comillas (approx. 10 km)

Once everyone has arrived in Comillas we will enjoy a walk of the Old Quarter including a visit past the El Capricho Villa designed by Anton Gaudi in the 1880s.
Continue to Ribadesella where we will overnight.

Hotel: Villa Rosario II, Ribadasella or similar

Included Meals:

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After breakfast we have a fair bit of walking with a 20km walk from Ribadesella to Colunga.
Once everyone has arrived in Colunga and had some lunch, we will drive to Oviedo.

Hotel: Gran Hotel Regente, Oviedo or similar

Included Meals:

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A rest day from walking today.
Oviedo is the capital of Asturias, known for its medieval old town and the site of the Gothic Oviedo Cathedral with its 9th-century Holy Chamber. Discover Gijon on your own the largest city in Asturgia, right on the sea coast. There will be an optional to lunch at a Michelin star restaurant here.
Travel back to Oviedo for overnight.

Hotel: Gran Hotel Regente, Oviedo or similar

Included Meals:

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Farewell Oviedo we will travel to Cadevedo, where we will walk 18km to Cadevedo a Luarca. We then travel by bus to Lugo. Located on a hill on the banks of the river Miño, the city of Lugo preserves major remains of its Roman past, among them its ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There is a great Michelin recommended restaurant that you have the option of dining at tonight.

Hotel: Mendez Nunez, Lugo or similar

Included Meals:

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Free time in Lugo before travelling to Palas de Rei by bus. We will then walk along the Path of Saint James from Palas de Rei to Melide (approx. 15 km). Melide is famous for pulpo (octopus) and is a must try at dinner tonight at a local pulperia.

Hotel: Lux Melide or similar

Included Meals:

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Today we are hiking along the Path of Saint James from Melide to Arzua (approx. 14 km).
Today is a leisurely walk from Melide to Arzua passing through Boente and Casteneda before stopping for a lunch break in Ribadise da Bixo. The walk is pretty through woodlands and well pathed.
We stay tonight in Arzua, so again you can take as long as you like to walk today. Be sure to visit the Church of St James in Arzua.


Hotel: Hotel Arzua or similar

Included Meals:

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As we farewell Arzua, we travel by bus to Lavacolla to commence our hike along the Path of Saint James from Lavacolla through Monte de Gozo to Santiago de Compostela (approx. 12 km).
Check in to our hotel with the remaining time free. There will be an opportunity to dine at a Michelin star seafood restaurant tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Monumento, Santiage de Compostela or similar

Included Meals:

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Today we enjoy a guided visit of Santiago including the Old Quarter & Cathedral.
At 12:00 noon we will attend the PILGRIM’S MASS in the CATHEDRAL of SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
Free afternoon followed by our farewell dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Monumento, Santiage de Compostela or similar

Included Meals:

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Today we farewell each other. If you are doing Spain only, we will fly you from Santiago back to Madrid/Barcelona (max $250) or continue on our full tour option to Portugal that includes Porto, Coimbra & Lisbon. See below.

Included Meals:

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Meet the TOUR-ESCORT and the coach and transfer to Porto (approx 3 hours)
A scenic 2.5 tour through the portside city of Porto will allow us to discover from outside its Romanesque Cathedral, the Torre dos Clerigos, the Cristal Palace, the Stock Exchange and the districts on the banks of the Douro river. The second city of Portugal has always been the most important industrial centre of the country, thanks in part to the benefits obtained by the wine commerce with England.
Overnight Porto.

Hotel: Eurostar Heroismo, Porto or similar

Included Meals:

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Today we will visit a local winery at Vilanova da Gaia and enjoy a tasting.
We then embark on a boat tour along the Douro river.
Return to Porto.

Hotel: Eurostar Heroismo, Porto or similar

Included Meals:

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Today we farewell beautiful Porto and travel to Coimbra. On arrival we will do some sightseeing in Coimbra including Old Quarter with Old Cathedral and University with Joanine Baroque Library.
Free time in Coimbra for the remainder of the day.
Overnight in Coimbra.

Hotel: Tivoli Coimbra or similar



Included Meals:

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From Coimbra we travel south to Sintra. Sintra is one of the most beautiful and most unique places in Portugal with fairytale-like castles and the most enchanting gardens. Enjoy a couple of hours here before continuing to Lisbon.
The afternoon will be spent visiting the different districts of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon such as La Alfama -with its Cathedral (exterior), narrow streets and trolleys-, El Chiado -with its bohemian character-, and La Baixa with its urban development subsequent to the 1755 earthquake.
Check in to our Lisbon hotel for a 2 night stay.

Hotel: Lumen Hotel, Lisbon or similar

Included Meals:

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This morning will take us to the Tejo estuary in Belém where we will visit the Belém Tower (exterior) and the Hieronymites Monastery (interior), pantheon to both the Royal family and Vasco da Gama. Both sites are expressions of the Manuelino style from the early 16th century. With every step Portuguese history comes alive in our minds and can be easily understood at the Monument of the Discoveries (exterior). Return to central Lisbon for the remainder of the day.

Hotel: Lumen Hotel, Lisbon or similar

Included Meals:

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Our time together has come to an end after breakfast. There will be one transfer to the airport made available.

Included Meals:

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Highlights

  • Bilbao
  • San Sebastian
  • Lugo – UNESCO World Heritage city
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago Path  to Santiago (approx 90 kms)
  • Enjoy the great outdoors mixing and meeting intentionally with others
  • Pilgrims Mass in Santiago and see the relic of the apostle James
  • Post camino extension to Portugal: Porto – Coimbra – Sintra- Lisbon

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Full tour - Spain & Portugal (no airfare) Earlybird rate - book by 30 June 2024 $6,475.00 $8,985.00
Spain tour portion only (no airfare) Earlybird rate - book by 30 June 2024 $4,199.00 $5,499.00

Pricing is based on a minimum of 20 passengers.

International airfares will only be available for booking and pricing in late May 2024.

Tour pricing post earlybird will increase by $250 per person.

 

 

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