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El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago

Trip Details:

Operator:   Original Routes
Price From: 2,750 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 9 days
Trip Dates: 01-09-2018

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About this program

Venture onto the Camino de Santiago on this life-changing pilgrimage journey. As you walk in the footsteps of the thousands of pilgrims before you, you’ll tread along a section of a network of trails connecting Europe to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in the north of Spain. Now, millions of travelers have made the journey for various reasons, whether it be for personal growth, inward reflection, checking off an item of their bucket list, or to walk through history. Whatever your reason, now is the time. 

Each day you will enjoy a well-paced 4-6 hour walk, passing through shady groves, Spanish countryside, medieval villages, and rolling hills. Through parts of the journey, you may have others to walk with, or you may choose to walk parts alone. You’ll enjoy breakfast and dinners with the group while taking lunch on your own time, whenever you feel, wherever you feel! At the end of your 112km journey, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Pilgrim’s Mass at the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, a beautiful end to this incredible journey.

This trip only occurs one a year! Make this year your year to experience this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

 

Itinerary

Sep 1 | 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. 

Sep 2 | Day 2 | Sarria

Start the day off with a delicious breakfast and welcome meeting with the rest of the group and fellow pilgrims! 

Later, you'll travel by train to the starting point of the Camino, Sarria. Take a walk through the small village and visit the Old Quarter. The town, built into a staircase overlooks the river and provides a unique atmosphere to start your walk. 

Tonight, gather as a group with your guide and enjoy a delectable three-course dinner. 

Sept 3 | Day 3 | Portomarin

It's time to start your pilgrimage! Start with a peaceful walk on the paved trails that pass through the picturesque countryside, rolling meadows, and an oak wood forest. There will be some steep up and downhill parts of the route, so be prepared. You'll pass through quaint villages, and even cross over a medieval bridge on your way to Portomarin. 

Stop for the night at a boutique hotel in the center of Portomarin. You'll have some free time to take a walk through the streets and archways, enjoy the ambiance of the plaza, or explore the castle-style church that was moved and reconstructed brick by brick. 

 

 

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

Sept 4 | 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)

 

 

Sept 5 | 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)

 

 

Sept 6 | 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 restored 16th-Century country home with stunning views of the Galician countryside.

 

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

Sept 7 | 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)

Sept 8 | Day 8 | Santiago de Compostela

Today you'll arrive at your destination, but before you do, you will 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.

It's normal to feel emotional after arriving at your destination! Take some time, check in at the hotel, receive your Pilgrim Certificate, and enjoy the beautiful city and a final dinner with your fellow pilgrims! 

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

Sept 9 | Day 9 | Pilgrims Mass & Departure

Enjoy the Pilgrim's Mass today at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral which takes place at noon. 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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