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El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago

Trip Details:

Operator:   Original Routes
Price From: 3,250 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 10 days
Trip Dates: 28-08-2019

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About this program

Journey back in time along El Camino de Santiago, an ancient route which pilgrims have walked for more than a thousand years. This life-changing journey begins with a Flamenco show in the vibrant city of Madrid and ends at the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Finisterre, known as the “End of the Earth”.

Over the course of your journey, you’ll travel the final 112km of the Camino, the French Way. This route is popular due to its stunning scenery, charming guesthouses and historic hotels, and its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will walk 4-6 hours each day, taking in your surroundings and allowing the trail to transform you as you make your way through medieval villages and the rolling hills of northern Spain. Make your way at your own pace, connecting with yourself, your intentions, and new friends you meet along the way.

Enjoy the convenience of having your luggage transported for you each day so that you’ll only need to carry the essentials, as well as the comfort of staying in 17th Century guesthouses in the countryside, indulging in three-course dinners and a glass of wine at the end of the day.

If you’ve ever dreamt of walking the Camino and don’t want to do it alone, we’d love you to join us!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Madrid

Bienvenidos a Madrid! You will be welcomed into the capital city of Spain. The city well known for its gorgeous boulevards, terraces, architecture, galleries, food, and happening nightlife!

Today, enjoy the day at your leisure and check into the boutique hotel which is conveniently located near the Plaza Mayor. Take some time to explore and meet the other travelers in the evening for a fabulous dinner in town. 

Day 2 | Sarria

Today you will begin your journey with a private transport to Sarria. Enjoy stops at iconic sites along the way. 

Stop off at Cruz de Ferro, the highest point along the Camino. Here you will take some time to take part in a tradition where the pilgrims leave a stone they brought from home. This action symbolizes the leaving behind of something that no longer serves you. 

In Ponferrada, you'll have the opportunity to visit a 12th Century stone castle. In O Cebreiro, look for pallozas, round stone huts with thatched roofs dating back 1500 years!

Day 3 | Portomarin

Today you will begin your pilgrimage! Start with a peaceful walk through the countryside, where you will travel along open meadows and through the shade of an oak forest. 

Plan for some steep inclines and downhill along the route as you pass through quaint villages and across medieval bridges to Portomarin. 

Tonight you will stay in a boutique hotel in the heart of Portomarin and enjoy free time to explore the streets with impressive archways. Relax in the main plaza or check out the castle-style church. 

Walking Distance: 22 km / 13.7 miles (Approx 6.5 hours)

Day 4 | Lestedo

Climb uphill through the beautiful woodlands, passing through Gonzar. As you near Castromajor, watch as the path borders an ancient Celtic fort that is 2200 years old! In Ligonde, you'ss see a hospital which cared for both Charles V and his son Phillip II, who were the most famous pilgrims of the 16th century. 

Follow a detour to the Romanesque church Vilar de Doñas, the burial place of several knights of the Order of Santiago. 

Overnight tonight in a 17th Century Galician Manor! You'll be picked up from the Camino by the owner and returned to continue your walk tomorrow. 

Walking Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles (Approx 5.5 hours)

 

Day 5 | Melide

Venture downhill today, through a few villages to Palas de Rei. Here you may enjoy a coffee or check for a few souvenirs! 

Later, you'll arrive at the market town of Melide, where you'll enjoy lunch at one of its many restaurants. Try Galicia's most classic dish, octopus, at one of the pulperias. Overnight at a delightful guesthouse in the countryside with beautiful garden and mountain views.  

Walking Distance: 18 km / 11.2 miles (Approx 5 hours)

 

 

Day 6 | Arzua

From here, the walk becomes less intense and you'll continue through the quiet countryside. 

Later today, you'll arrive in Arzua, which is known for its strangely shaped cheese, and the two churches, Santa Maria and La Magdalena. Overnight tonight in a modern hotel in the heart of town.

Walking Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles (Approx 4 hours)

Day 7 | O Pedrouzo

As you begin to near the end of your pilgrimage, you'll notice the scenery begin to change as you pass through a shady forest, flowing streams and quiet villages. 

When you arrive at O Pedrouzo, the owner the Galician Manor where you'll be staying will pick you up and take you to his guest house. You'll have lots of time to enjoy and explore the area including the orchard, granary, a renovated old mill, a small chapel and ethnographic museum.

Walking Distance: 19 km / 11.8 miles (Approx 5.5 hours)

Day 8 | Santiago de Compostela

Today you'll cross the Lavacolla River where it was a tradition for pilgrims to bathe and wash their clothes in order to purify their souls before entering the Cathedral.   

You will then climb up to Monte do Gozo and witness the breathtaking views of the city before climbing down tot he medieval town. You'll enter through the Camino Door and continue on to the Plaza del Obradoiro.

Walking Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles (Approx 6 hours)

Day 9 | Finisterre

Today you will journey along the route that starts in Santiago and ends at Cape Fisterra, once believed to be the End of the Earth. 

This is the only trail that starts in Santiago de Compostela taking pilgrims West to the Atlantic Coast of Galicia. In ancient times, pilgrims would go there to pray and burn their clothes, symbolizing the start to a new and purer life. 

A local guide will pick you up in a private vehicle and take you on a day tour along the Finisterre Camino. You'll walk a small portion along the coastlines to take in the wind and salty air.  

 

Day 10 | Departure

Enjoy a morning walking tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. After, there are no planned excursions, so feel free to leave at any time. If you wish to stay longer, get in touch! 

 

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