Spanish Pyrenees & Camino de Santiago

Full Program: May 20-June 4, 2018 • 16 Days • Approx $5400-$5700

Part 1 – Barcelona, Andorra & the Spanish Pyrenees

May 20-29, 2018 • 10 Days • Approx $3200-$3500

Starting in charming Barcelona, we walk the principality of Andorra, experiencing dramatic mountain scenery and the remote enclaves of the Pyrenees en route to Basque country in San Sebastian.

Part 2 – Northern Spain & the Camino de Santiago

May 26-June 4, 2018 • 10 Days • Approx $3300-$3600

From San Sebastian, we explore Basque France, then turn west to follow the famed Way of Saint James (El Camino de  Santiago) to Santiago de Compostela.

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2018 tour! If 25 Early Birds are received for this departure, we’ll add it to the official 2018 Schedule. An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

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We’re happy to present one of our favorite Adventures, exploring the vibrant culture, breathtaking scenery, and enthralling history of Northern Spain!

Part 1 ~ Barcelona, Andorra & the Spanish Pyrenees

Barcelona holds a treasure trove of fascinating architecture, from ancient Roman (under the current city), to medieval Gothic, to 20th century Modernist. It also offers a wealth of cultural surprises linked to its position as capital of Catalan Spain. Andorra, one of the world’s smallest countries, yields its own surprises tucked away in the Pyrenees. From Andorra, we spend several days exploring the fascinatingly remote Pyrenees communities of Catalan and Aragon. Aran Valley charms us with scenic beauty and strikes a recurring theme of this Adventure—linguistic and cultural regionalism. Ordesa National Park is simply stunning, boasting breathtaking monolithic massifs and beckoning trails through sun-dappled beech forests. We first see the Bay of Biscay at San Sebastian, where we meet with travelers arriving for Part 2 of the Adventure. We’re excited about a new cooking class and dinner optional excursion in San Sebastian that will be available to travelers on either Part 1 or Part 2. San Sebastian is the center of Basque culture, which is distinguished, among other things, by a passion for great food and quality cooking!

Part 2 ~ Northern Spain & the Camino de Santiago

San Sebastian is one of Basque Spain’s primary cities, claims the best pinchos (tapas) in the country, and serves as our window into Basque culture on both sides of the French/Spanish border. The warmth of the tiny, French hilltop village of Sare entices one to pull up a chair at a sidewalk café and wile away the rest of the summer. Further west, Picos de Europa National Park provides one of several excellent nature walks on this Adventure. The old Christian medieval capital of Leon becomes our gateway to the famed Way of Saint James (El Camino de Santiago), which takes us west into Galicia, culminating in a full day to explore Santiago de Compostela. A second full day in Santiago provides deeper insights into this medieval labyrinth of shops, restaurants, and Galician culture…or join us for an optional day trip by motorcoach along the fjord-like rias of Galicia’s Atlantic coast.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sare – enchanting hill town and bucolic countryside walk in the heart of Basque France
  • San Sebastian – center of Basque Spain and a delightful coastal city famed for tapas
  • Picos de Europa – remote collection of limestone peaks and winding river gorges offering one of our favorite walks
  • Santiago de Compostela – labyrinthine medieval town at the end of one of Christendom’s most significant pilgrimages

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions are currently being made, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!

Part 1 – Barcelona, Andorra & Spanish Pyrenees

Including:

  • All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations (3 or 4 star)
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners*
  • All listed walks
  • Fees for walking credit in Spain, Andorra, and France (if IVV approved)
  • Cultural and historical expertise of local and national guides throughout program
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • All tipping for national and local guides and coach drivers

Visits to:

  • Parc Güell (Barcelona)
  • Montjuïc teleferic (gondola) (Barcelona)
  • Museo de Areny-Plandolit (Andorra)
  • Ordesa National Park
  • Loarre Castle
  • San Juan de la Peña Monastery
  • Mount Igueldo funicular (San Sebastian)
  • Sare, France
  • Plus more fun and educational stops than we can list!

Optional Excursion:

  • San Sebastian Cooking Class & Dinner

Part 2 – Northern Spain & Camino de Santiago

Including:

  • All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations (3 or 4 star)
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners*
  • All listed walks
  • Fees for walking credit in Spain and France (if IVV approved)
  • Cultural and historical expertise of local and national guides throughout program
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • All tipping for national and local guides and coach drivers

Visits to:

  • Mount Igueldo funicular (San Sebastian)
  • Sare, France
  • Picos de Europa National Park
  • Mini-bus transfers in Picos de Europa
  • León guided walking tour with visit to cathedral
  • Lugo walled city
  • Santiago de Compostela guided walking tour
  • Plus more fun and educational stops than we can list!

Optional Excursions:

  • San Sebastian Cooking Class & Dinner
  • Exploring Galicia

* (B,L,D) indicates included meals: breakfast, lunch, or dinner

“My first group travel, will not need to look for other company. This trip was beyond my expectations.”

-Linda P; Seattle, WA


“How special walking the Camino is. How different the North of Spain is from Madrid South. Loved it all… Really enjoyed going to Coast of Barona to ‘cross’ Northern Spain—was beautiful area… [Your] Trips are always new and appealing; fellow travelers make traveling comfortable; guides from WAI and local guides are always exceptional. Dan is terrific—makes each traveler feel ‘special.’…Cesar is fun but awesome in his breadth of knowledge and patience.”

-Valerie N; Camano Island, WA


“More opportunity to travel w/the same people and travel w/guides we’ve come to know—it is like family, as cliché as that sounds.”

-Diane H; Renton, WA


“It was the usual terrific tour! Thanks for all the effort to put the trip together!..[We enjoyed] Your effective organized program, the fantastic places you visit, meeting new and seeing old friends. Having fun.”

-John & Judi B; Goodyear, AZ


“Quality of content: Leaders, Guides, Hikes, etc.”

-Candace S; Albuquerque, NM


“Cesar is one of the best country guides we’ve had… [You offer a] Great mix of big city, small town and national parks/outdoor experiences. Excellent guides who provide overviews of history and culture. Flexible sturdy co-travelers. Action-packed schedules with lots of exercise…Picos National Park was an all-time great. Highlights were actually walking the El Camino; seeing Basque country; seeing Portugal’s Douro Valley; touring Barcelona.”

-Shirley M; Tacoma, WA


“Pre-planning, excellent organization, small and friendly groups, comfortable accommodations, good guides, great leadership, unique experiences—not too touristy…Interesting variety describes this trip—regions, history, scenery, food, wine and walks.”

-Jim & Donna S; Ventura, CA


“It was better than expected. Cesar is a keeper! The locations of walks were varied and beautiful!..Once again, knowledgeable in-country guides combined with organized, experienced WAI Guides have provided a rich cultural, historical and gastronomical experience. Add to that beautiful walks and hikes and it is the only way to travel to new foreign and exotic places!”

-Rick L; Lakewood, CO


“Each hotel had its own charm. Most were in a good location to walk to sights of interest…Good balance of city and country walks. Loved the country walks…Guides were awesome. WAI and local guides did everything possible to make the tour a success…WAI is a premier outfit and meets my expectations of how I prefer to tour. I’ve enjoyed every tour we’ve taken…[Walking Adventures features] Small groups; doesn’t follow large tour itineraries.”

-Judi B; Goodyear, AZ


“The tour quality, good camaraderie, great guides (WAI and Country) brings us back.”

-Mike N; Seattle, WA


“Great mix of walks and hikes. Great mix of city and country. Great mix of ancient and more recent history. Result: A very good and balanced insight into this region of Spain/Andorra.”

-Jean O; Vancouver, WA


“Visiting places ‘off the beaten path,’ interacting with local people, and learning about different cultures brings me back to WAI…Andorra was beautiful. Walking in the Pyrenees was ‘breath-taking.'”

– Tink M; Centerville, OH


“Just a great time learning, exploring and feeling like I really got a ‘taste’ for the places we visited.”

-Rod S; Oskaloosa, KS


“Loved the itinerary! Appreciated the thought devoted to seeking out special places and restaurants off the beaten path.”

-Diane S; Seminole, FL


“I like the fact that the tours are so well planned and that the WAI guides are well prepared and do an excellent job of meeting the needs of the travelers”.

-Karen H; Portland, OR

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class (3 star) hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners. Letters BLD indicate which meals are included.

Airfare

Not Included. Travelers will be met at the starting hotel.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 45+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

wai-guides-roger-jana-dorway

Roger & Jana Dorway. Roger’s business background connecting buyers and sellers, and Jana’s career as a teacher provide this couple with a gift for connecting with people. They have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 4 continents. Since retirement, they’ve increased their commitment to discovering the world, fostering a growing desire to share cultural and historical insights as part of the WAI guide team.

Local Guide César Higueras Sanz on the Northern Spain Tour 2016

César Higueras Sanz: Along with an exceedingly dry sense of humor, César brings a knowledge of languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian), culture, and history to our Spanish experience. Having studied both history and art history at the University of Zaragoza, César loves reading from his library of nearly 9,000 volumes, and walking with no particular destination in mind – he considers himself what the French writer Baudelaire called “a botanist of the sidewalks.” In his younger days, César was an internationally competitive wrestler, just one of the many reasons we feel secure under his leadership! César is a highly qualified guide who has been leading our Walking Adventures in Spain since 2007 – he is looking forward to sharing the culture and history of Spain with you!

Itinerary

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions are currently being made, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!

Part 1 – Barcelona, Andorra & the Spanish Pyrenees

DAY 1: Arrive Barcelona, Spain (D)

Upon arrival at the Barcelona-El Prat International Airport, taxis are available for convenient transportation to our hotel near Barcelona’s historic center. Travelers arrive throughout the day so our first group activity is a Welcome Orientation this evening followed by dinner.

DAY 2: Activities in Barcelona (B)

Barcelona, Medieval to Modern Walk – 10 km, rated 1B

This morning we visit our first UNESCO World Heritage Site – a whimsical creation of early 20th century modernist architect, Antonio Gaudi. Parc Güell is a delightfully strollable blend of garden greenery and Disneyesque structures. Later this morning, our Barcelona walk showcases a sizeable chunk of this remarkable city on the sea, incorporating a bird’s-eye view gondola ride up Montjuïc. Along with a plethora of uniquely Catalan delights, we walk the lively waterfront beach, through the old fishing neighborhood of Barceloneta, and up into the Gothic Quarter, oldest section of Barcelona supported in places by ruins of the 2000-year-old Roman settlement here.

DAY 3: Barcelona – La Massana, Andorra (BLD)

Route of Iron Walk – 4 km, rated 1B

Leaving Barcelona, our destination is the tiny principality of Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries. Along the way we enter the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, ancient geographic barrier between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. We enjoy time in the tiny village of Os de Civís, including a cultural lunch experience in this time-forgotten corner of Spain reachable only through Andorra. En route to our hotel, we explore a tributary valley on a lovely nature path along a stream where iron has been mined in centuries past.

DAY 4: Andorra – Vielha, Spain (BD)

Val d’Incles Walk – 4 km, rated 2A

The morning’s walk takes us into the Incles Valley, awash with spring wildflowers of the Pyrenees. Following the walk, we enter one of the small but beautiful Romanesque stone churches that dot the hillsides of the Pyrenees. Before leaving Andorra, a visit to Museo de Areny-Plandolit provides a fascinating glimpse into life of the relatively isolated Andorran upper class between the 17th and 19th centuries. Our afternoon drive snakes along the foothills of the Pyrenees into the Aran Valley.

DAY 5: Vielha – Torla (BD)

Aran Valley Villages & Vistas Walk – 12 km, rated 2C

The Aran Valley has been virtually independent for much of its history, and retains a high degree of autonomy in governing local matters. Tucked away in the mountains next to the French border, the valley developed its own language, Aranese, a variant of the southern French tongue known as Occitan. Our walk connects several delightful, traditional villages along the valley floor, each with its own photogenic Romanesque Church. More Pyrenees panoramas are in store for us this afternoon as we make our way into the province of Aragón to Torla – our base for the next two evenings.

DAY 6: Activities from Torla (B)

Ordesa National Park Walk – 10 km, rated 2C

Ordesa National Park opens a window onto some of Spain’s most stunning scenery. The walk returns us to our hotel just outside Torla, a charming and durable village built of granite, the stone that seems to provide the very building blocks of life in the Pyrenees. The afternoon is free to enjoy the solitude and scenery of our hotel, or wander the picturesque village of Torla.

DAY 7: Torla - San Sebastian (BD)

One of Spain’s most impressive fortresses sits just above the village of Loarre, in Aragón. Built defiantly on a mountainside by the king of Aragón and Navarra nearly 1000 years ago, the castle served as command post for his resistance against the Moors. San Juan de la Peña Monastery, a one-hour scenic drive north, was the final resting place of Aragón and Navarre nobility, and preserves some of Spain’s best examples of Romanesque carving. We finish our day with a lovely drive north to San Sebastian, our base for the next three nights and our rendezvous point with travelers on Part 2 of the tour.

DAY 8: Activities in San Sebastian (B)

San Sebastian on the Sea Walk – 10 km, 1B

A morning walk starts from our hotel and includes a funicular ride to Mount Igueldo for dramatic panoramic vistas of the city and its famous beaches. We continue along lovely La Concha Bay and up into the large city park on Mount Urgell, bordered by the sea. The afternoon and evening are free to explore this delightful city on your own. Spaniards have developed an art form of preparing and consuming delicious hors d’oeuvres, and San Sebastian boasts Spain’s best pinchos (called tapas in other parts of Spain). Tonight is your first chance to explore this culinary delight!

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: San Sebastian is a center of world-renowned Basque cooking. In fact, two of Michelin Guides’ top ten restaurants of Europe are located in San Sebastian, and male Basque cooking clubs are a legendary component of local Basque culture! To sample a bit of this local culture and cuisine, we are arranging a cooking class this afternoon, followed by an evening meal to consume the fruit of our well-guided efforts. 

DAY 9: Walk in Sare, France from San Sebastian (B)

French Basque Hill Town Walk – 5/10 km, rated 2C

A memorable day in Basque country begins with a walk from Sare, a delightful hilltop community classified by the French as one of their “most beautiful villages.” Rolling farmland, fed by meandering streams and punctuated with stands of oak and plane trees, makes for picture-perfect walking through pastoral panoramas. Following time for lunch, we explore other aspects of Basque France, perhaps with a stroll through the nearby coastal resort of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Tonight, San Sebastian offers another opportunity to sample pinchos.

DAY 10: Depart San Sebastian (B)

Barcelona, Andorra & the Spanish Pyrenees ends this morning, though you are invited to continue with the group headed west along the Bay of Biscay on the Northern Spain & the Camino de Santiago portion. We’ve enjoyed the stunning scenery of the Pyrenees, bookended with two of Spain’s most appealing cities – Barcelona and San Sebastian – with tiny little Andorra sandwiched in between.  We return home with a greater appreciation of the charms and challenges of Spain, past and present.

Part 2 – Northern Spain & the Camino de Santiago

DAY 1: Arrive San Sebastian, Spain (D)

Our Adventure on the Iberian Peninsula begins today in San Sebastian. Our meeting point is our hotel in beautiful San Sebastian, which travelers can reach by taxi from the airport. Boasting a charming setting on the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian is one of the primary cities of the Basque region. This evening you rendezvous with travelers who participated in Part 1 and enjoy a “get acquainted” dinner to discuss plans for the next nine days of adventure in Northern Spain.

DAY 2: Activities in San Sebastian (B)

San Sebastian on the Sea Walk – 10 km, 1B

A morning walk starts from our hotel and includes a funicular ride to Mount Igueldo for dramatic panoramic vistas of the city and its famous beaches. We continue along lovely La Concha Bay and up into the large city park on Mount Urgell, bordered by the sea. The afternoon and evening are free to explore this delightful city on your own. Spaniards have developed an art form of preparing and consuming delicious hors d’oeuvres, and San Sebastian boasts Spain’s best pinchos (called tapas in other parts of Spain). Tonight is your first chance to explore this culinary delight!

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: San Sebastian is a center of world-renowned Basque cooking. In fact, two of Michelin Guides’ top ten restaurants of Europe are located in San Sebastian, and male Basque cooking clubs are a legendary component of local Basque culture! To sample a bit of this local culture and cuisine, we are arranging a cooking class this afternoon, followed by an evening meal to consume the fruit of our well-guided efforts. 

DAY 3: Walk in Sare, France from San Sebastian (B)

French Basque Hill Town Walk – 5/10 km, rated 2C

A memorable day in Basque country begins with a walk from Sare, a delightful hilltop community classified by the French as one of their “most beautiful villages.” Rolling farmland, fed by meandering streams and punctuated with stands of oak and plane trees, makes for picture-perfect walking through pastoral panoramas. Following time for lunch, we explore other aspects of Basque France, perhaps with a stroll through the nearby coastal resort of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Tonight, San Sebastian offers another opportunity to sample pinchos.

DAY 4: San Sebastian-Cangas (BD)

We enjoy vistas of Costa Vasca this morning as we motor along Spain’s northern coast to Bilbao. Here, over an extended lunch hour, we stroll around the amazing exterior of the Guggenheim Museum, a spellbinding cascade of glass and titanium shapes and surfaces reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. Our day ends in the province of Asturias at Parador Cangas, a former monastery with ties to the 8th century movement to “reconquer” Spain from the Moors.

DAY 5: Cangas-León (BL)

Picos de Europa National Park Walk – 10 km, rated 2B

Picos de Europa National Park offers one of our favorite walks. Starting on a remote trail along a mountain stream of “the Picos” range, we continue through a tiny village onto a footpath along stunning Caras Gorge. The “Peaks of Europe” tower above us like the spires of a celestial limestone cathedral, creating one of those “pinch-me” hiking experiences to which WAI guides and travelers have become addicted. Following the walk, we continue to León and our hotel in the pedestrian area of the historic center, near the impressive cathedral.

DAY 6: León-Cacabelos (BD)

Way of Saint James Scallop Shell Walk – 11 km, rated 2B

We pick up the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route (Way of Saint James) today from León. Today’s three-part walk begins with a guided survey of this one-time center of Christian Spain during the Reconquest from the Moors. From León, we follow scallop shell signs (symbol of St. James and the Camino) west, gaining understanding of the pilgrimage. The Camino parallels the story of Spain at places like the medieval bridge at Hospital de Orbigo, site of the last major jousting tournament in Europe; the Iron Cross, icon of the Camino where pilgrims add a piece of clothing or a stone from home to the growing monument; the tiny village of El Acebo, where wooden balconies from opposite sides of the narrow highway almost touch; and Cacabelos, our home for the night where we look forward to enjoying wine from the vineyards we walked through along the last part of today’s route.

DAY 7: Cacabelos-Santiago de Compostela (BD)

Way of Saint James – End of the Pilgrimage Walk – 9 km, rated 2B

The province of Galicia feels completely different from the rest of Spain. We deviate off the main Camino this morning to Lugo, Galicia’s oldest city. Part 1 of our walk takes us along the top of Lugo’s Roman walls, considered the finest remaining Roman military fortifications in the world. Leaving Lugo, Part 2 of the walk joins the Way of St. James in the tiny hamlet of Barbadelo and wanders through a pleasant rural section of the Camino. Our day finishes with a stroll through Santiago de Compostela to the end of the pilgrimage at the cathedral! Tonight’s lodging borders the historic district, offering a delightful venue for an after-dinner stroll.

DAY 8: Activities in Santiago de Compostela (B)

A walking tour of Santiago’s chief sites adds insight into the wealth of impressions gained thus far on our journey through this special region of the Iberian Peninsula. Wandering through the rabbit warren of cobblestone alleys and squares offers opportunity for reflection on the powerful psychological role this city played in the Reconquest and the development of modern Spain. The afternoon is free to explore more of Santiago on your own.

DAY 9: Activities from Santiago de Compostela (BD)

Today is a free day to explore more of Santiago de Compostela on your own. Or join us for an optional excursion involving a motorcoach journey to explore more of Galicia along the Atlantic Coast. We rendezvous in Santiago this evening to enjoy a memorable farewell dinner in this historic terminus of the Camino de Santiago.

DAY 10: Depart from Santiago de Compostela (B)

We bid fond farewells to our walking comrades this morning at the close of Northern Spain & the Camino de Santiago. This part of our pilgrimage is over, and we return home with fond memories of fascinating regional differences, breathtaking scenes of Picos de Europa, fun culinary experiences, and a generous portion of food for thought.

More Details

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.

First Time Traveler Savings

In appreciation for joining us for your first Walking Adventure, we offer new travelers a $400 credit on international tours!

Group Travel Credit

Start a Group of 5 or more to receive a discount on this Adventure!

Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.

How is airfare arranged?

The official start point for Part 1 is Barcelona, Spain (airport code BCN) and the end point is San Sebastian, Spain (airport code EAS). The official start point for Part 2 is San Sebastian and the end point is Santiago de Compostela, Spain (airport code SCQ). More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this itinerary has been finalized.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. Several walks on this trip are oriented towards history and culture, and therefore take longer due to stops for guide commentary. Walks with less commentary generally continue at a steadier pace. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system, provided by the American Volkssport Association (AVA), which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below.

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.

Now is a great time to begin planning your travels through breathtaking Pyrenees panoramas, among charming Basque villages, and along the medieval Way of St. James! Be prepared to get off the coach with us and experience a walking program that will open your eyes to a side of Northern Spain few travelers experience! We look forward to exploring the countryside, castles, cathedrals, culture, and cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula with you!