Camino de Santiago:
Hiking the Way

| Spain

Active Discovery & Wellness

Follow in the footsteps of generations of pilgrims and fall into sync with your mind, body, and spirit!

The Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, is an ancient pilgrimage path dating back more than a thousand years with its destination as Santiago and the shrine of the apostle St. James. This route stretches across the north of Spain and has regained popularity in recent years. More than 300,000 pilgrims complete it each year and the U.S. stands proudly as its fourth most numerous pilgrimage nation. Come walk your “Camino” with us while enjoying the beautiful scenery and getting the most out of the visits along the way with the help of our learned staff. Focus on your walk, your thoughts, and leave the rest to Arcos Journeys Abroad! Three sets of dates are offered and include an excursion to Spain's capital city of Madrid. After your Camino consider extending your time in Spain and adding on one of our Spanish Immersion, Active or Cultural Discovery programs!

Program at a Glance

Ages: 14 - 18
Maximum Group Size: 15 students
Focus: Hiking, historical discovery
Level of Spanish: No requirement
Level of Physical Activity: This program involves daily walking (10-15 miles) with varied terrain and requires a moderate level of physical fitness.
Accommodation: Hostels / Guest Houses
Airport Code: MAD (Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport)

What's Included

Meals | Accommodations | Airport Transfers | Onsite Directors | Safety & Supervision | Van Support





May 29 - June 13

16 days

Camino de Santiago 2 weeks + Madrid excursion 2 days


June 04 - June 13

10 days

Camino de Santiago 1 week + Madrid excursion 2 days


June 13 - Jun 30

18 days

Camino de Santiago 2 weeks + Madrid excursion 2 days



Students in the mountains of Spain
  • Experience the intimacy and beauty of the landscapes of northern Spain walking from village to village.

  • Active program bringing into sync mind, body, and spirit through the pilgrim's walk.

  • Each day rise with the sun to your back and walk towards the sunset. You'll experience an awakening inside you that you never imagined!

  • Stops along the way include ancient churches, monasteries, and other unique romanesque buildings that have been assisting those walking The Way for centuries.


  • Plan to arrive and depart from Madrid Airport (MAD).

  • Sleep in albergues (guest houses), as this is typical to the Camino experience. You will need to bring a sleeping bag.

  • More information about what to pack is provided in the handbook you receive before departure.

  • We will carry and keep custody of your luggage while you walk. Luggage is picked up after breakfast and delivered at your next albergue by our van.

  • Full van support for luggage, picnics, and emergencies.

  • All breakfasts (continental European style), lunches (picnic or box lunch depending on the day), and dinners provided.

  • We must always adapt to the conditions of the places we happen to transit. Most of the times these are very small villages.

  • Dedicated program directors will accompany the group at all times.

  • As a cultural trip we will share interesting information to complement what we are seeing and experiencing along the way. Our friendly team members are more than happy to expand on any topics that catch your interest! There will be plenty of time for that as we make our journey along the Camino.


Airport pick up (May 29, June 13)

  1. San Martín del Camino to Astorga

  2. Astorga to Foncebadón

  3. Foncebadón to Ponferrada

  4. Ponferrada to Villafranca

  5. Villafranca to O Cebreiro

  6. O Cebreiro to Triacastela

  7. Triacastela to Sarria

Airport pick up (June 04)

  1. Sarria to Portomarín

  2. Portomarín to Palas de Rei

  3. Palas de Rei to Arzúa

  4. Arzúa to Pedrouzo

  5. Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

  6. Transfer to Madrid

  7. Madrid excursion

  8. Madrid excursion

Roman bridge across a river gorge in Spain
Signage of the Camino de Santiago
Hikers on the Camino de Santiago
Trail marker on the Camino de Santiago

Attend two or more Programs For a 5% discount