Our Milestones Camino is for those who want to experience the essence of walking a Pilgrimage while taking in the main milestones of the French Way. With 20 spectacular days starting in the Iconic French town of St Jean Pied de Port. Then walk and travel your way to Santiago de Compostela.

Milestones along the way.

There are so many historic and symbolic sites to see on this Camino that in 1993 the “French Way” was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Find yourself in awe of the spectacular, the grand and the humble all rolled into one journey. You will be on one of the most famous Pilgrimages in the world. Below we have listed what are considered the main milestones, but we can’t wait to hear what were your favourites!

St Jean Pied de Port

Gateway to the “French Way” was founded in the 12th century by the kings of Navarre.
Famous for its medieval architecture and fortifications. See the 15th Century Porte Saint-Jacques, one of the four gates of the medieval town wall. Go to the evening Pilgrim Mass to set the tone for your Pilgrimage in the church of Notre Dame where a blessing is given especially for Pilgrims.

Pyrenees Mountains

As you cross the pass, sheep grazing and cowbells ringing will transport you to another reality. Despite the effort needed to climb… it will be the views that leave you breathless. Crossing the French and Spanish border by foot, a challenging yet rewarding walk to Roncesvalles the first stop on the Spanish side of the mountain range.

La Virgen de Biakorri

Sitting around the 12km mark of the mountain pass, the first of many symbolic sites to witness on Camino de Santiago is La Virgen de Biakorri. Known as patroness and protector of shepherds, their pastures, and all who cross the mountain.

Walk for 3 days through some incredible landscapes and villages until you arrive in Pamplona.

Pamplona

This lively and historic city has a beautiful old town, a Gothic cathedral, and several museums and parks to explore.

Then relax into travel mode.

Move forward by train over 3 days and enjoy the history, culture and gourmet delights on offer in these important city centres.

From Astorga, you will walk every day heading towards Santiago de Compostela and pass the following milestones;

Knights Templar Castle

Located in Ponferrada, dating back to the 12th century. A fascinating historical site built by the Knights Templar. A medieval military and religious order that protected pilgrims on Camino de Santiago. The castle is one of the best-preserved examples of Templar architecture in Spain, offering a glimpse into the life and culture of this influential order.

Cruz de Ferro

Standing on a large pile of stones is a simple iron cross atop a wooden pole. An iconic stop on Camino de Santiago is Cruz de Ferro a place of spiritual significance. Many pilgrims leave a stone or a personal item at the base of the cross as a symbol of gratitude or a gesture of leaving a burden behind for yourself or a loved one.

O Cebreiro 

The first village of Galicia is a mountain-top hamlet with the most unforgettable panoramic views. Famous for its traditional Celtic roundhouses, called pallozas, with stone walls and thatched roofs. There is also the legend of the Holy Grail of Galicia. The story tells of a miracle that occurred in the 14th century. A priest mocked a pilgrim who braved a storm to attend mass, and the bread and wine turned into real flesh and blood. The relics of this miracle are kept in the parish church of Santa María la Real, which was built on the site in the 9th century.

Monte do Gozo

Meaning “Hill of Joy” is a significant landmark for pilgrims because it is the first place where pilgrims can see the spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You see the end in sight and understand at that moment that you are close to achieving your goal.

Santiago de Compostela

Congratulations, you just walked 262km into Santiago de Compostela. Celebrate in this vibrant Unesco World Heritage-listed City. You can collect your Compostela and be proud of your achievement! Go to the Pilgrims Mass and explore the many wonders of this unique city.

Buen Camino!

Inclusions  Milestones Camino 
  • 19 nights’ accommodation preferably charming/Iconic/boutique hotels and rural Casas
  • Private Bathroom in all rooms
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer daily (1 x 20kg bag per person)
  • Maps of your accommodation locations
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Australian and Spanish emergency phone numbers
  • local support person in Spain
Welcome Pack:
  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Camino shell
  • Luggage tags
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps
  • Camino Journal with Pen
  • Other goodies for your Camino
Not Included 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Additional bag transfer (will incur additional costs)
  • Single Supplement
  • Any meal not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Any other item not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Flights/Transfers/Extra Accommodations.
Optional Services: 
  • Airport transfers from the start point and end destination
  • Extra night accommodation at the start point and end destination
  • Extra luggage transfer or storage
  • Fisterra experience: Tour from Santiago to Fisterra return 2 days
  • If you wish to upgrade to the Iconic Parador Hotel in Santiago de Compostela the cost is from $180 per person/per night twin share and $250 per person/per night single occupancy when booked 6 months in advance.
  • Ask us about adding an extra night in Santiago, or extra rest days en route.
  • For any part of your trip that falls between 31 October and 01 April, there is an out-of-season luggage transfer surcharge of $25 per day. and $35 per day to Fisterra and Muxia.

At Crossroads Travel your comfort after a long day of walking is our focus. Hence extensively researched accommodation options on Camino de Santiago are a part of our packages. 

Our choice is based on location.

We personally book your rooms, and for this reason, we know exactly where they are located. Our primary aim is to be in the vibe of Camino amongst the other pilgrims, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

Next, we want you to be welcomed and taken care of.

Meeting regularly with the owners/management to discuss our client needs ensures your hosts have direct personal contact with us. If any needs arise we can manage them immediately. 

Finally, we choose accommodation in charming, iconic hotels and rural Casas.

The number of stars is not our criterion. A comfortable room and a private bathroom come first. In some of the more humble areas of Camino de Santiago, we offer you the best of what is possible. So the longer your Camino the more varied your accommodation will be. This is part of the charm of being on Camino de Santiago, remember you are not on a holiday with multiple options in one spot. Fortunately, with options in the bigger cities, we can throw in a few nights with lots of stars for indulgence. After all, you deserve to have a soak in a spa. Likewise, an indoor pool doesn’t hurt. 

Note: There are a few extraordinary options off the Camino if “humble” is not your thing. We will discuss this with you when booking.

Book 60 days in advance

Camino de Santiago is a unique destination with limited quality accommodation ON Camino hence we advise booking a minimum of 60 days in advance.

Examples of our chosen accommodation.

Images below are examples of what you can expect from your booking. Tailor-made packages are available if you wish to stay 5-star all the way. 

Please note: when you book accommodation with us pre and post-Camino in Spain and Portugal we adhere to the same standard. 

 

There are several ways to get to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port by public transport, depending on where you are coming from. Here are some of the best options:

  • If you are coming from Paris, you can take a high-speed train (TGV) to Bayonne, and then a regional train (TER) to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This journey takes about 6 hours in total.
  • If you are coming from Biarritz, you can take a bus from the city centre or the airport to Bayonne, and then a regional train (TER) to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This journey takes about 2 hours in total.
  • If you are coming from Pamplona, you can take a bus from the city centre or the airport to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This journey takes about 2 hours in total. You can check the bus schedules and prices on the ALSA website.
  • If you are coming from San Sebastián, you can take a local train (Euskotren) to Hendaye, and then a regional train (TER) to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This journey takes about 3 hours in total.
  • You can take a train from Madrid to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port via Zaragoza and Pamplona. This is the fastest and most comfortable option, but also the most expensive. The train takes about 5 hours and 25 minutes and costs between 40 and 89 euros.
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 Info
  • From - To: St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela
  • Length: 262.5
  • Difficulty: MED
  • Cost: $3,630
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