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Camino Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon

11 Days & 10 Nights 4.8 Read 27 reviews
  • The medieval city of Burgos
  • Enjoying an endless succession of beautiful churches and buildings on the route.
  • Meeting fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories and travel tips along the way.
  • Finishing in Leon, with its magnificent cathedral.
Walk from the medieval city of Burgos to the beautiful city of Leon on the third stage of the Camino. Crop field dominate the landscape on the first part of this stage and there are not many trees in view. The river Pisuerga brings you in to Palencia and into the Tierra de Campos with the immense plains. As you head on to Carrion de los Condos you follow the path alongside the road and the countryside is open all around you. Heading into the countryside of Leon you pass the valley of the river Esla, and as you reach Portillo Hill you will be able to make out the stunning city of Leon.

What To Expect

The Camino attracts a wide range of pilgrims from around the world who walk for many different reasons. This is the perfect stage to walk for contemplation with the predominant landscapes being wide open plains.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • Personal Growth
  • Historical Journeys

Grade & Terrain

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 16 - 27 km.

The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.

On the Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.

Navigation

The Camino is very easy to follow. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. The detailed travel pack we supply includes a detailed guidebook including maps, a detailed information pack for planning and preparing for your Camino, detailed instructions of how to find your overnight accommodation and everything you need for your Camino.

In addition to the printed route notes, you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.

Accommodation Information

Our Camino Tours include small rural hotels and hostels close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom. When staying in Leon, Pamplona, Sarria and Santiago, you will stay in 3* hotels, the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and hostels.

Single Rooms

Single rooms are available, although a supplement is payable. The price for a single room is available on the included tab of this tour and in the booking engine.

Meals

A light continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 Euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Extensions and tailor-made itineraries

We can tailor-make your Camino to exactly meet your needs. Adding or reducing the number of nights and rest days. Contact our specialists to start planning your Camino. Purists might want to consider adding the extension to Finisterre in order to finish their Camino on the beach.

Included
  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Transfer Hornillos-Burgos and Borgos-Hornillos.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Camino guide book.
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
Excluded
  • Return travel to France/Spain.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
Extras
  • Additional nights’ accommodation

When To Go

Availability

You can start your Camino on any day of your choosing between February and Mid November.

Time of Year

The spring months of March and April tend to offer nice mild conditions for walking although the nights can be quite cold at this time of year and there can be quite a lot of rain in northern Spain at this time of year. The summer months of July and August can get very hot and humid. The autumn from late September through to October offers cooler temperatures again although daylight hours start to become less at this time.

Weather and Climate

The weather on the Camino will change slightly as you travel from the Pyrenees over to Galicia. The spring months of April and May tend to offer nice mild conditions for walking although the nights can be quite cold at this time of year and there can be quite a lot of rain in the region of Galicia at this time. The summer months of July and August can get very hot and humid. The autumn from late September through to October offers cooler temperatures again although daylight hours start to become less at this time. The region of Galicia in particular experiences higher rainfall than the rest of Spain so you should come prepared with waterproofs!

Getting to the Start

From Madrid you can connect by train to Burgos with RENFE which takes around 2 and a half hours. Alternatively you can take the bus with ALSA which takes around 3 hours. There are many flights from the UK to Madrid with carriers such as Easyjet, Vuelingand Ryanair

Getting from the End

By Air: Oviedo is the closest airport to Leon and is serviced by EasyJet from London. There are 8 buses a day from Oviedo to Leon which takes 1hr30. Timetables and fares at Alsa. Madrid airport is the best airport if travelling from outside Europe. Connect by train from Madrid.

By Train: León is 2h45 by train from Madrid. Timetables and tickets at Renfe.

By Bus: León is 4h00 by bus from Madrid. Timetables and fares at Alsa.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Pilgrim Passport

The Pilgrim Passport is issued by the Church of St James, you will find this in your pack waiting for you at your first hotel. Alternatively, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the Pilgrims’ Office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk, in Santiago, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km).

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Burgos and overnight Day 2 Burgos to Hornillos and transfer to Isar 13 miles / 21 km Day 3 Transfer to Hornillos and walk to Castrojeriz 12.4 miles / 20 km Day 4 Castrojeriz to Frómista 15.5 miles / 25 km Day 5 Frómista to Carrión de los Condes 11.8 miles / 19 km Day 6 Carrión de los Condes -to Calzadilla de la Cueza 9.9 miles / 16 km Day 7 Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún 13.6 miles / 22 km Day 8 Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero/Transfer to Sahagun 11.2 miles / 18 km Day 9 Transfer to El Burgo Ranero/Walk to Mansilla de las Mulas 11.8 miles / 19 km Day 10 Mansilla de las Mulas to León 10.6 miles / 17 km Day 11 Onward travel

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