Camino de Santiago del Norte from San Sebastian to Bilbao

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish San Sebastian / Bilbao
  • Distance 133 km / 82 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $992

Overview

Discover also the so-called Camino de la Costa, which takes place along a coastal stretch of one of the most primitive routes related to Christian pilgrimage of medieval origin: the current Camino Frances, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Explore the Guipuzcoan coast from the luxurious city of San Sebastian and its landscape dominated by the Bay of La Concha to the bustling Bilbao, capital of the province of Biscay in the Basque Country, passing through the historic cities of Deba, Markina, Lezama and Gernika, inspiration for the work with the same name, created by Pablo Picasso.  

  • Explore San Sebastian, the scene of the famous International Film Festival and the Jazz Festival.
  • Get to know the fishing villages and valleys in the Bay of Biscay.
  • Discover the popular "pintxo" bars, small slices of bread with a portion of food. 
  • Visit Guetaria, birthplace of the first man who walked around the world.
  • Visit Ekain Cave in Deba, An Archaeological Heritage of Humanity site.
  • Tour the Basque Coast Geopark, a UNESCO distinction given to territories with geological heritage.

Furthermore, by booking your Camino de Santiago from San Sebastian with Orbis Ways, you will stay in en suite rooms in charming hotels and country cottages and we will transfer your luggage between stages.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels and country cottages
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Camino de Santiago pilgrim credential
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Assistance vehicle in case of emergency
    • Travel insurance
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes

    Extras

    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights
    • Picnics

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    You can reach San Sebastian Airport, although as it is quite small and with only a few routes, we suggest you to reach Bilbao Airport and take a bus from there.

    If you arrive at San Sebastian Airport, take bus route E21 "Donostia-San Sebastian/Airport/Hondarribia" or you can take a taxi from the airport.

    From Barcelona, Madrid or Paris, you can take a direct train on a journey of approximately 5 hours.

    For your return from Bilbao, take a bus or taxi to the city airport.

    FAQs

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    We recommend you to have an active lifestyle and be in good physical condition as this route is qualified as of medium-high difficulty, and is mostly completed on demanding ascents and descents.

    On average, the walks are 20 km per day, amid coastal trails, agricultural fields and arid terrain. We suggest preparing the months before starting the route by walking daily.  

    Any time between March and October will give you an amazing experience. May is undoubtedly one of the best months to complete the route, as the temperatures are moderate, as is the influx of pilgrims.

    In spring, mornings and evenings are usually cool and during the day, temperatures are pleasant, with a sun that is not as scorching as in summer. However, at this time and in autumn, especially in the north where the ocean climate predominates, there are frequent rains, so we suggest you check the weather forecast.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    It is ideal for you if you are passionate about pilgrimage walks surrounded by art and culture, walking trails along the coast and in towns and cities that preserve the spiritual roots of the old continent.

    You'll also love the Cantabrian landscape, if you enjoy culturally diverse experiences as you tour artistically inspired and history-filled cities.

    The pilgrim's credential can be found upon arrival at your first accommodation.

    This credential must be stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels during your journey on the Camino de Santiago. At the end of the trip in the city of Santiago, you can obtain the Compostela that certifies you as a pilgrim.

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    The administration was good before our trip and our questions were answered quickly. The accommodation was also good. We had no problems with the baggage transfer too.
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    Excellent trip. Excellent communication with Orbis. Lovely accommodations. Luggage transfer was always done well and the overall trip was excellent. I cannot wait to do another walk in 2023 and will use Orbis ways 100%.
    Few days ago I finished Camino Francés. Orbis Ways planned the trip for me, arranged my routes and accommodations as well as luggage transfers. Everything went smoothly from the beginning in St Jean Pied du Port until the end in Santiago. Rooms with private bathrooms that they booked for me were comfortable and clean and luggage transfers underwent without mistakes. My daily routes were well planned. In 34 days I had only two problematic situations with accommodations and their 24 hours assistance team solved them in few minutes. I enjoyed every minute of my Way. I am planning to return and do some other route - Norte and Portugués gor sure. Orbis Ways will be my choice again.
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    Orbisways did an outstanding job of planning our trip along the Camino de Santiago. The provided voucher provided excellent information, the accommodations were awesome, never had any confusion regarding travel details and the staff I worked with prior to our trip were kind and very efficient. I highly recommend OrbisWays and will definitely be traveling with them again!!
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