Camino de Santiago

Guided Trail

Code: XJLDW

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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From £988.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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 the apostle of St James.

Holiday Highlights

  • The stunning Baroque cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
  • Meander through medieval villages and towns, passing castles and stately fortresses
  • Meet fellow walkers and discover the extraordinary spirit and hospitality this trail evokes

What's included

  • 7 nights’ Half Board accommodation
  • The services of an experienced local leader
  • All transport and luggage transfers on walking days
  • Group transfers to and from La Coruna airport

Accommodation

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.

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day

Transfer from La Coruna 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. 14½ 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. 14½ 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

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

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.

Travel

Start: For those who have booked our “with flight” holiday, a coach transfer from La Coruna (A Coruña) 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 similar arrangements apply. 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 this transfer, 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.

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
8 Jun 2016, 10:38 p.m.

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First timed used and would again.

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3 Jun 2016, 11:05 a.m.

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The inns and hotels could not have been nicer: lovely settings, superb food. The trail guide kept close track of us at all times; however, he had no information to share about the areas traversed, past or present. That he would do so was an expectation we had from materials read and from friends who recommended HF Holidays.

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Careful arrangement of accommodations and transportation, along with transport of luggage between hotels, freed each of us to focus on the hike. We were also able to spend time getting acquainted with others, a marvelous aggregate of walkers.
25 May 2016, 1:24 p.m.

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Admin could have been better - e.g. weren't told initially that air tickets would be sent later than the holiday info. Also would have been better to have received full details of the holiday much earlier - especially advice to train for holiday as it was strenuous. It was a bit late for training by the time we got the info.

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Actual holiday very enjoyable - hotels, guide and size of group all good although it would have been nice to have spent fifth night at a hotel on the Camino rather than in Santiago and have to bus back to continue the walk.
14 Oct 2015, 10:12 a.m.

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Easy to book..just missed some joining information that would have helped for a no flight vacation (time and place to meet the tour leader and perhaps mobile phone number)

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Great trip and good company. Leader looked after us very well but had no motivation for the local history or motives of the walk.
17 Sep 2015, 5:25 p.m.

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Booking online was easy and communications were excellent.

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The holiday was excellent thanks mainly to our exceptional guide who supported the group throughout whatever our needs and abilities, while at the same time seeming to be a member of the group not in charge of the group. The accommodation was first class even if a few of the evening meals weren't exactly fine dining, but that did not spoil the holiday at all, after all this was a walking holiday not a gourmet trip.
17 Sep 2015, 10:32 a.m.

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Every aspect of this holiday lived up to expectations and more; one or two of the evening meals could have been improved upon (overcooked) but aside from that, no complaints.

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The hotels were superb and the walk leader was excellent.
11 Jun 2015, 5:21 p.m.

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The booking process and administration was awful. This is our eleventh trip with HF and never before have things being so chaotic. Booking via the website was virtually impossible; booking over the telephone was a multi-step process and it took several phone calls to obtain pre-departure itinerary and information.
Good company going backwards in this area.

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Low cost, cramped flight was possibly the most convenient way of getting to the area.The walking was great; some long days in lovely rural surroundings. HF delivered its usual excellent standard of accommodation with some really fantastic hotels.
Thank you for your feedback.

I was so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday.

I was, however, disappointed to hear that you experienced problems with your initial booking and administration of your holiday. As you may be aware we have had in place a new Reservations System and we have been experiencing more teething problems than we had anticipated. In turn this has had a knock on effect with our administration and dispatch services. But I am confident that these will all be resolved soon. Please accept our sincere apologies for your frustration and hope you will bear with us. Assuring you of our best intentions at all times.

Kind regards
Toni

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
5 Jun 2015, 12:23 p.m.

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Generally very god with a good range of holidays - however, I and the others on my holiday had some problems with the administration (lack of joining info; poor communication). It would be a shame if such admin problems led to the lopss of clinets for this very ggod organisation.

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this was my first HF holiday and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The itenerary was fairly strenuous (as expected); the overnight accommodation was very good (the hotel in Paras De Rei was excellent), the tour leader as very knowledgeable and the group gelled well together.
4 Oct 2014, 12:24 p.m.

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Have sent in survey and have discussions with Group organizer *Name removed by Feefo* on our problems

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Replacement Guide very good but NO knowledge of area or route
20 Sep 2014, 10:50 a.m.

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A well organised tour. Hotels were varied and good, the leader paced the walking well and made sure we all got there!

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
7 May 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

  • Depart: 7 May 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 7 May 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: La Coruna

Flight - Return

  • Depart: 14 May 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2017, 4:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: La Coruna
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
7 May 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago 7 £989.00 £988.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
28 May 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago 7 £989.00 £988.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
10 Sep 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: La Coruna

Flight - Return

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 4:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: La Coruna
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
10 Sep 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago 7 £989.00 £988.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
1 Oct 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

  • Depart: 1 Oct 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: La Coruna

Flight - Return

  • Depart: 8 Oct 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Oct 2017, 4:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: La Coruna
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
1 Oct 2017 XJLDW - Camino de Santiago 7 £989.00 £988.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £189 (2016 complete holiday), £160 (2017 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: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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