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Join us to enjoy a unique journey of discovery, the Saint James Way to Santiago also called The Camino, recognized by the Council of Europe as the First European Cultural Route in 1987 and declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Where a new culture was born from the convergence of peoples of diverse backgrounds, based on the free exchange of ideas, artistic and social trends.
Our tour follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims who have chiseled now well-worn pathways walking through emblematic places like the Iron Cross, O’Cebreiro or San Roque´s hill to continue from Sarria till we reach the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and also visit Finisterre.
Along The Camino you enjoy the pleasures of walking in a picturesque and ever-changing natural environment, while discovering the Celtic roots culture of this land and the fascinating history associated with the many ancient forts, churches, castles, convents, monasteries, farmhouses and ethnographic vestiges that dot the landscape.
As a part of our experience on our Camino, we enjoy the wonderful gastronomy and wines of Galicia and unique accommodations that will pamper us at the end of each day.
Walking: 136 km / 84,6 miles
LEÓNIn the afternoon we meet at our hotel in the gorgeous city of León, born as a Roman military camp of the Legio VI Victrix in the year 27 BC. We enjoy a welcome meeting followed by a guided tour of the city where we will know the most emblematic places including its magnificent Cathedral. Our day finish with an early dinner, a gastronomic experience in a well-known restaurant.
- Walking: No long distance walking
- Accommodation: León /D/
LEÓN-FONCEBADÓN- CRUZ DE FERRO- O´CEBREIRO-SARRIAWith our walking boots on and the credential stamped, we wish each other Buen Camino!! The greeting that the pilgrims exchange wishing the best. Today we walk several sections of the French Camino with a special meaning in its history. The Cross of Iron, O'Cebreiro and San Roque´s Hill are milestones on the French Camino that connect you with its soul and that you should know before reaching Sarria. Don´t panic! Today's walk is a warm-up, just to stretch our legs and prepare for tomorrow's stage.
- Walking: 13,4 km/8,3 miles
- Accommodation: Sarria /B/D
SARRIA-PORTOMARÍNIn this beautiful stage we enjoy walking through forests and gorgeous sceneries dotted with Romanesque churches, medieval bridges and ancient monasteries. And yes, we pass the last 100k milestone!!! In the final part, we cross the bridge over the Miño river reservoir to reach Portomarín, with its impressive church of San Juan awaiting us.
- Walking: 22,4 km/14 miles
- Accommodation: Portomarín-Lestedo /B/D
PORTOMARÍN – PALAS DE REILeaving Portomarín we walk through country lanes in a rural area of tiny hamlets, oak and pine forests and gentle slopes while discovering the rich art patrimony of today´s stage. An elegant stone hórreo (granary) and one of the best examples of Cruceiro dated 1670, are part of it. We cross a pre-Roman Castro (hillfort) which gives us an idea of how Galicians lived before the arrival of the Romans. Palas de Rei, an important place during the Middle Ages, is the end of our stage.
- Walking: 25 km/15,5 miles
- Accommodation: Lestedo-Pambre /B/D
PALAS DE REI –MELIDEToday's stage crosses forests with all range of green colors, gentle uphills and downhills, fields dotted with old dovecotes, medieval bridges and interesting ethnographic elements typical of rural Galicia. In a restaurant of Melide, we see how the famous octopus is cooked in copper pots and, yes, we have the opportunity to try it paired with Ribeiro and Albariño wine!!
- Walking: 14,6 km/9 miles
- Accommodation: Pambre-Eidian /B/D
MELIDE-ARZÚAIn this stage, we usually see local farmers working in the cabbage, kale or potato fields while the cattle graze near picturesque villages. Numerous streams cross our path while we walk through dreamlike forests. After some gentle ups and downs we arrive at Ribadiso da Baixo, an architectural ensemble formed by a medieval bridge and an old pilgrim hospital by the Iso river. The town of Arzúa is known for its appreciated cheese, Arzúa-Ulloa, and also by its ´melindres´, syrupy glazed cakes, or the ´ricos´, butter cookies. A sweet reward at the end of our stage!
- Walking: 14,3 km/8,9 miles
- Accommodation: Eidian-Castañeda-Arzua /B/D
ARZÚA-O´PEDROUZOThis is an easy and comfortable stage with few slopes. Today we walk along tracks that cross grasslands and forests of oak and chestnut trees. The meadows, necessary for the survival of livestock and the rural world, follow one after another. We also cross several tiny hamlets before proceeding to Pedrouzo.
- Walking: 19 km/11,8 miles
- Accommodation: Touro /B/D
O´PEDROUZO –SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELAThe joy of arriving in Santiago help us to walk the last 20 km. Flat stage in which we cross the last eucalyptus forests, hamlets and rural environment before entering ´civilization´. We pass in front of the beautiful hermitage of San Paio and cross the stream of Lavacolla, where the pilgrim of medieval times washed themselves thoroughly to arrive clean at the Cathedral. From Monte do Gozo we see the towers of the Cathedral in the distance for the first time. In a gentle descent we enter the city through the Porta do Camino, historic entrance to the walled city, and after walking the last hundred meters, we reach the Plaza del Obradoiro with the gorgeous Cathedral and Pórtico de la Gloria awaiting us! This is the moment to say a well-deserved: Congratulations, well done!! After checking in our hotel, we have time to relax, wander the city or get our Compostela Certificate!
- Walking: 20 km/12,4 miles
- Accommodation: Santiago /B/D
SANTIAGO-FINISTERREIn the morning we hop in our private transportation and leave Santiago heading to Ponte Maceira, a hamlet of legends and history bathed by the Tambre River, that has a monumental complex and a beautiful bridge built in the 13th century, taking advantage of the pillars of another previous Roman. Our second stop is at Praia da Fora area where we start walking overlooking the rugged Coast of Death till we reach the Finisterre lighthouse, not only a place of rites but also the most important lighthouse of this coast of dangerous waters. We have time to wander the area before heading towards the village of Finisterre or Fisterra, in Galician language. After lunch in a restaurant located in its harbor, we return to Santiago. Don´t forget that tonight we enjoy a ´Farewell dinner´in a fancy Galician restaurant.
- Walking: 7,6 km/4,7 miles
- Accommodation: Santiago /B/L/D
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELASantiago is a magical city, with a very special soul. ´Compostela´ means ´field of stars” in latin language. After breakfast, we begin the guided tour of this magnificent and surprising city, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walking through the charming squares and streets of its historic center we discover its amazing history, the main monuments and sandstone or granite buildings, among them the magnificent cathedral, the original food market, second most visited place in Santiago; beautiful hidden corners, churches and even an enclosed convent where we can buy pastries made by the nuns. Santiago de Compostela is a lively city with streets full of shops, bars and restaurants surrounded by a pleasant and special atmosphere that will captivate you.
- Walking: No long distance walking
- Services: Breakfast and guided tour in Santiago de Compostela
- Two bilingual guides
- Charming and comfortable accommodations
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Support vehicle along the Camino
- Daily transportation of your luggage
- Daily information about the stage to walk
- Two guided visits: León and Santiago de Compostela
This tour qualifies for the Compostela, the document written in Latin that certifies the pilgrimage on foot for religious or spiritual reasons to Santiago. If your motivation is different, you can request a Cultural Certificate or the Distance Certificate.
Groups of less than 8 people, will be accompany by only one guide.
The possibility of walking a shorter distance will be available at the points where the stage allow it. It will be explained daily.
If you have a “private group”, just tell us your ideas and we will tailor a tour that will suit all your interests and needs.
The tour price for 2021 is approximate. The necessary adjustments will be made in early 2021.
- Airfare to and from Spain and luggage surplus charges
- Visa fees, airport taxes and departure fees.
- Transport to tour starting point and onward from tour ending point
- Personal car rental
- Medical expenses
- Laundry service expenses.
- Any kind of tips
- Phone calls and/or faxes expenses
- Personal bar bills, or items consumed via room service or from hotel minibar refrigerators.
- Entrance charges for any museums or other organized activities which are not specified as included costs in tour itinerary
- Any charges in excess of those covered by the prepaid packages.
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