Camino de Santiago
WALK THROUGH MEDIEVAL VILLAGES AND PAST CASTLES ON THIS WORLD-FAMOUS PILGRIM TRAIL
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Hills & moorland
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Undertake a challenging but exhilarating journey along the final stage of this spectacular 1,000 year old trail, and achieve the pilgrim's goal of reaching the beautiful Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of St James the apostle. Experience the spirit of this world-famous pilgrim trail as you walk through medieval villages and towns, past castles and fortresses. The Camino de Santiago continues to be the oldest and most celebrated long-distance trails.
Our accommodation is at comfortable hotels and guesthouses, on or near the route. Each has been selected for their character, quality and their warm welcome and friendly service.
The Hotel Alfonso IX is a warm and friendly four star hotel located in the town centre of Sarria. It has a total of 60 rooms spread over 3 floors. All rooms have WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryers, telephones & TV.
The Hotel Pousada de Portomarin is located in one of the Camino’s most historic towns. Pousada offers rooms with en suite bathrooms, hairdryer, minibar, digital TV, telephone, safe, central heating and free WiFi. The hotel also has a sauna, gym and outdoor pool for guests to use during their stay.
Hotel La Cabana is a cosy hotel built completely of wood and situated on a large estate surrounded by gardens, pines and chestnut trees. All rooms have private bathrooms, telephone, television, hairdryer and heating. WiFi is available in public areas; the hotel also has laundry facilities.
Casa Lucas was founded by Lucas Piñeiro and passed from father to son serving as a family home until 1998. Now serving as a country hotel, Casa Lucas offers rooms with en suite bathrooms, hairdryer and television.
O Acivro is a hotel where you can enjoy nature in a rural environment. Country apartments are provided with en suite bathroom, hair dryers, heating and TV. There's a vending machine on site also. The hotel has swimming pool for guests to use during their stay. Free WiFi is available in public areas.
Hotel Virxe da Cerca is a former bank and Jesuit residence. It was built in the 18th century with its back façade facing the Convent of Belvís, founded in the 14th century, and its main façade towards the picturesque “Mercado de Abastos” (food market) in the old town, which is now the second-most visited place in Santiago after the Cathedral. All rooms come with en suite facilities as well as hairdryer, TV, radio, WiFi, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning and heating.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Transfer from Santiago Airport to Sarria, where you spend your first night.
Day 2: Sarria to Portomarin
Walk from the monastery of La Magdalena in Sarria to the Gallician vineyards and along the banks of the Mino River, to the delightful Portomarin. Our route is lined by shaded groves of chestnuts and oaks, fields enclosed by traditional Celtic 'chantos', and examples of Galician Romanesque architecture in a landscape little changed for centuries. 14.5 miles (23km) with 755 feet (226m) of ascent.
Day 3: Portomarin to Palas do Rei
Enjoy panoramic views as we walk through undulating countryside. Our walk climbs gently to Hospital de la Cruz, and then winds through the pine groves and meadows of the Sierra de Ligonde. 14.5 miles (23km) with 1,116 feet (335m) of ascent.
Day 4: Palas do Rei to Arzua
The Camino meanders through villages and river valleys, through wooded trails shaded by oak, pine and eucalyptus, leading us to the hustle and bustle of Arzua, and the ruined former convent of La Magdalena. 17 miles (28km) with 459 feet (138m) of ascent.
Day 5: Arzua to Rua-O Pino
Tiny hamlets dotted with shingle houses, hidden amidst wooded glades and eucalyptus trees, line the trail to Rua. Visit the ancient church of San Verisimo and the 18th century chapel in Santa Irene. 11 miles (18km) with 164 feet (50m) of ascent.
Day 6: Rua to Santiago
A triumphant finale. Our first glimpse of the city is from the summit of Monte del Gozo, from where we descend and enter the city of Santiago de Compostela via the Porta do Camino. Your eagerly awaited goal awaits you at the impressive cathedral, the final resting place of the Apostle St James. 12 miles (19km) with 492 feet (148m) of ascent
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela
Celebrate your journey’s end and explore this magnificent city.
Day 8: Departure Day
Transfer to La Coruna Airport
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
The Cathedral of Santiago
One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe, this stunning Romanesque building is located on the Praza do Obradoiro. Legend states the cathedral is the final resting place of the Apostle St James, and is the destination of the many pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago.
Cathedral Museum, Santiago
Visitors can see three different parts of the Cathedral, including the Crypt of the Porch of Glory, Sacred Area Chapel of Relics, Royal Pantheon and Treasury, and the Cloister Areas.
Museo do Pobo Galego (Museum of the Galician People), Santiago
This interesting museum houses a wide-ranging and varied collection of artefacts, and gives an insight to the Galician people and their culture.
Galician Centre of Contemporary Art, Santiago
A showcase of local modern art.
Museo das Pergrinacións (Pilgrimage Museum), Santiago
Exhibitions are divided into eight rooms, each highlighting the importance of the pilgrimage and worship, of St. James.
Natural History Museum, Santiago
The museum houses a collection of historical-scientific heritage and is Galicia’s only Natural History Museum.
Iglesia de San Salvador, Sarria
This well preserved church is typical of the Romanesque style found throughout Galicia with a Gothic façade, single nave and beautiful decorations.
Fortaleza de Sarria
The town’s castle once dominated the skyline, high above the old town. All that remains today is a single tower after it was dismantled in 1860.
Start: For those who have booked our “with flight” holiday, a coach transfer from Santiago will connect with the group flight. A representative of our partner agent will meet you upon arrival and direct you to your transfer.
Finish: The holiday finishes in Santiago and a coach transfer to La Coruna airport has been arranged to connect with the group flight.
We cannot make separate arrangements for guests arriving/departing at different times or other airports.
If you are travelling independently but would like to use of either of the transfers, please contact us for details.
Making Your Own Travel Arrangements
By Air: If you are flying into La Coruna Airport, it is approximately 1hr 30 (by road) to the first hotel in Sarria. There are trains from La Coruna to Sarria. Santiago Airport is approximately 2hrs (by road) from the first hotel in Sarria. Public buses to Sarria are available from the airport.
Return Transfers: Our final hotel is in the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela. If you are flying from La Coruna Airport it is approximately 70km from the city of Santiago. The old town does not permit regular car traffic, but taxis have access, should you wish to use one for your transfer to the airport. Alternatively there is one daily departure, by public bus to La Coruna airport from Santiago. There are buses that run from the city centre to Santiago airport. Please note that the bus station is located about 15 minutes walk from old town.
Originally from Belgium, Karlos spent his youth travelling around the world, exploring the great natural reserves of South America and Asia.
After graduating as “European Mountain Leader” in 1995, he decided to settle in North East Spain, at the doorstep of the Picos de Europa National Park.
Since then, he has been guiding walking groups, birdwatchers and nature observation trips, especially in the Iberian Peninsula and the South Cone of America.
Karlos is guiding all 2018 departures
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- 7 nights’ Half Board accommodation
- The services of an experienced local leader
- All transport and luggage transfers on walking days
- Group transfers from Santiago airport and returning to La Coruna.
- Single room: £180 complete holiday
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person