Camino de Santiago
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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.
The Camino de Santiago continues to be the oldest and most celebrated long-distance trails. Complete the final section of the "Way of St James" to the magnificent Baroque cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Experience the spirit of this world-famous pilgrim trail as you walk through medieval villages and towns, past castles and fortresses.
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.
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.
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Dates & Prices
|10 Sep 2017||XJLDW - Camino de Santiago - Without Flights||7||£989.00||Book Now|
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: £160 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