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Camino de Santiago Trek

from $1,749.00

Follow Spain’s most celebrated pilgrimage route

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Camino de Santiago Trek.

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is one of the world’s oldest pilgrim routes; travellers have made their way across northern Spain to Santiago on ‘The Way of St James’ for over 1000 years. The route is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores, and a long-standing tradition is to obtain the ‘compostela’, a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims upon completing the way; gained by walking at least 100km of the route, which we will do on this trip.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* 8 nights accommodation in pensions and 2-3 star hotels, all rooms en suite
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Follow one of the world’s oldest pilgrim routes
  • Explore romanesque cathedrals, mediaeval monasteries and unspoiled rural scenery
  • Collect stamps for your pilgrim’s passport along the way
  • The historic Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela
  1. Day 1 Start Samos.

    The trip will start tonight in our hotel in Samos. The group airport transfer will arrive very late in the evening so the main briefing will take place the following morning. There are no activities planned for this evening, so you are free to enjoy Samos as you like.**

  2. Day 2 To Sarria walking through ancient oak forests and quaint villages.

    After breakfast, we will have our main briefing before we start our first walk.Our week starts in one of the most unspoilt sections of the Camino, as we walk through the Galician countryside, populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages. We start with a visit to the monastery of Samos (entrance not included), one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and will then continue through ancient oak forests to the town of Sarria.

  3. Day 3 Walk through the rolling hills of the Galician countryside to Portomarin.

    We continue walking up and down the hills of Galicia to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop from its original location in the River Mino’s valley. This was done to escape flooding when a reservoir was constructed in 1962. The old church was moved, stone by stone, to its current location.

  4. Day 4 Uphill to the village of Ventas de Naron and on to Palas de Rei.

    We start with a steady ascent to the village of Ventas de Naron, where the terrain levels out. Along the way to Palais de Rei there are plenty of cafes where we can enjoy a break. Palas de Rei marks the half-way point of our trek and we spend the night in a hotel, where we can really feel the spirit of the ‘Camino’ since many walkers stop here.

  5. Day 5 Walk to the town of Melide, renowned for its octopus with potatoes dish, and on to Arzua, famous for its cheeses.

    We begin our longest day’s walking along a very picturesque stretch of the Camino, as we cross several Roman bridges and walk past mediaeval churches. For lunch we stop in the small town of Melide, renowned for its delicious octopus with potatoes and end our day in Arzua, famous for its cheeses.

  6. Day 6 Meet many more pilgrims on the final section to Pedruozo.

    Today’s walk to the village of Pedruozo involves a number of short ascents and descents through woods, fruit fields and eucalyptus. As Santiago draws ever closer, more pilgrims will cross our path, adding to the anticipation of reaching our goal, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

  7. Day 7 Walk to Santiago de Compostela.

    Our final day’s walk sees us climbing up to the famous Monte do Gozo, where pilgrims traditionally took in their first views of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. As part of the centuries-old tradition, we make our way through the city’s streets and crowds to Plaza del Obradoiro, dominated by the impressive Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where most Fridays we can observe a mass service with the impressive “Botafumeiro” incense swinging.

  8. Day 8 Free day in Santiago de Compostela.

    Free day to explore the historic city of Santiago at your own pace. There are plenty of things to do; you can visit the spectacular cathedral and stroll around the narrow streets of the World Heritage-listed Old Town with its diverse architecture. Alternatively, you can visit the museum of Galician Life, home to interesting exhibits of Galician traditions and art. You can also join a day excursion to Cape Finisterre, which was believed to be the end of the known world in Roman times. The Cape is also the final destination for many pilgrims on the way of St. James.**

  9. Day 9 End Santiago de Compostela.

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Santiago de Compostela.

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Where you stay

Hotels & Pensions

You will spend 8 nights in 2 and 3-star standard hotels and pensions. All rooms feature en suite facilities and most offer free Wi-Fi.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement on request.

Please be advised that due to the increased popularity of the Camino de Santiago and demand for accommodation, there may be some departures where groups are split between 2 hotels in some locations during the trip. All hotels used will be of a similar standard and quality throughout.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Breakfasts in Spain usually consist of coffee with milk, toast with ham, olive oil, tomatoes, cheese and butter and jam. Bakery items such as pastries, fruit and juice are also popular. During this trip you can expect different variations of breakfast at the hotels and pensions we stay at but they will all include at least some of the standard breakfast items that are popular in Spain.

The land in north Spain is rich and produces almost everything one might want to eat from fish and seafood to good quality meat, vegetables and fruit. Your leader will recommend good places to eat. Sometimes it will be tapas, sharing some “raciones” as a group and sometimes you will be able to choose from the menu.

In the Camino de Santiago restaurants and bars offer a set menu called the “Menu del Pergrino” and offer 5 starters, 5 mains and dessert, coffee and drink for about EUR 10-15. If you feel daring you can try the Octopus “Pulpo a la Feira” that Spaniards consider a delicacy and is well cooked and served sliced with paprika, olive oil and sea salt. Sometimes it is also served with “grelos” (boiled sliced potatoes).

Mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00hrs and 21.30hrs.

Please be aware that meat and fish are staple food in Northern Spain.

Vegetarians can be catered for, as are other dietary requirements although there may not be the same choice or variety as you have at home and please be prepared to be flexible. Please advise us upon booking.

Activity Level- 3 (Moderate)

The trip consists of 6 days of walking and 1 free day. Your luggage is transferred between hotels, so you only need to take a day pack with you on the walks. The terrain and type of path track will vary from man made paved tracks, tarmac, forest trails to gravel. The walks are not technically difficult although some steep ascents and descents should be expected, so a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Low altitude throughout.

It is important to bear in mind that the distances walked some of the days are long and you are expected to walk 6 days in a row so there is a high chance to get blisters. We do recommend to take extra care in making sure that the selected shoes are comfortable. We advise bringing several types of shoes (boots, running shoes, strap sandals) as this will allow you to alternate them at any stage to avoid blisters and pain.

Group flights: please be advised that there is incredibly limited choice of direct group flight options from London. The only possible, direct flights are with Vueling that arrive late in the evening on Day 1.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveler on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Wonderful Galicia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were several moments along the trip which were amazing but I really enjoyed the lovely little town of Portomarin, dinnner at O Mirador restaurant and the views of the reservoir below.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was just amazing. He was full of energy, always smiling and really took care of us all on the trip. I can't imagine we were an easy group to manage as we had different paces and abilities but Jose always knew where we were and kept us in check. He was also very kind and caring looking after our blisters to make sure we made it to the end!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are going to bring a book, just bring the one. You are pretty tired each evening and after dinner most nights, it was straight to bed! Bring two pairs of walking socks for each day so you can change them and keep your feet dry.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just an amazing experience overall and one that I will never forget! Thank you fellow pilgrims - Buen Camino!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

FUN TREK

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk through beautiful farm country and interesting old towns and cities.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was very good at communicating what to expect each day. He really kept the trek worry free for the group. On the trail he sped up or slowed down to keep us together enough to have all stops and meals together. All of the stops were at great places for coffee and food and we put tables together so we could visit. Jose made a point of interacting with all of us. He had excellent advice on how to avoid blisters and offered first aid if people developed them. Having Jose with us allowed us to enjoy the Camino concentrate on the trek.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do an honest self evaluation of your walking skills. Then take time to get to the point that you are able to walk for a few hours and go a long distance. This trek was not a marathon race, but you cover a lot of ground. The days are usually a pattern like : breakfast, walk about 2-3 hours, break, walk about 2-3 hours, lunch, walk about 2-3 hours, break, walk an hour or so, check into hotel with a group dinner scheduled for later. It is a full day that is so interesting and picturesque that is goes by quickly. If you read the blogs they tell you to bring certain kinds of gear. Take it with a grain of salt. Decide what you really need to trek miles per day. Dress for the weather. In May I wore merino wool longjohns, poly tee shirt, Gore Tex pants and jacket, Keen walking shoes. I bought a huge rain parka on the trail. I was warm and dry. I did not carry a pack or knapsack. I had a fanny pack with cash, ID, and small water bottle. I would not recommend bringing poles unless you usually need them to walk. Shoes are the most important thing. Make sure you have shoes you can walk in for hours. I walk 8-10 miles most days. So I know my shoes are broken in and they fit. When you train for the trip trip you will be able to break in new shoes. I only used one pair of walking shoes and never unpacked the second pair. So one good pair of hiking shoes was enough for me. Off the trail I used lightweight slip-ons. In May we had fairly cool weather with rain a few times and lots of sunshine. Walking was usually in the shaded countryside with some mud. It was nice because we did not have extreme weather.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The group blended well and people were fun to be around on the trek. While hiking you can easily take time to speed up or slow down to engage people, either from your group or trekking on their own, in conversation. You meet interesting people. Our guide, Jose, knew the countryside and was full of interesting and historical facts. The trail allows horses, so expect “mud!” Some people bring dogs, most were nice. Bicycles are allowed and most did not signal that they wanted to pass you. You really appreciate the good bikers who give you a verbal heads up and do not just buzz through your group.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

We Had Fun On The Camino

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On top of the steps leading into Portomarin, the group raised their poles/sticks and formed an impromptu “Guard of Honour” for Jose. He was touched by the tribute and it confirmed to me that we had all well and truly bonded as a group.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose Manuel Garcia. In addition to above, I would like to add that Jose is very experienced and knowledgeable about the Camino (he’s done it for 7 years!). He also puts in a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly e.g. tables were reserved or lunch was ready when we arrived.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Use your baggage allowance to take spare footwear and clothing. Recommend wearing well broken in walking boots or trail shoes. Walking continuously in trainers can lead to blisters especially when the weather is hot or is wet underneath.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A truly wonderful experience

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think the most inspirational moment(s) has to be arriving into Santiago and the Pilgrims mass. It was a feeling of achievement, with a group of people we didn't know the previous week, but have now ended up as friends.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alfonso was an excellent leader. Extremely knowledgeable about the area, the history of the area and the history of the Camino. He was always on the lookout for us all, but not in an intrusive way. He organised a number of meals, for us (daytime/evening time) and everything went really smoothly. Couldn't have asked for a better leader.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Choose your footwear carefully. I walked mainly in boots and as most reviews say "they're often not required". Most of the Pilgrims walked in some form of light trainer/walking shoe. Take up the freetour in Santiago. It's very informative. You can make a contribution, at the end. We used Santiago DC. Just take it all in and enjoy.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We've been inspired to do more of the same.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Yes I can!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day four was our longest walk and I had doubts about my ability to complete it. Despite torrential rain I walked all 33 kms. Fellow walkers kept me going.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alvaro was brilliant! He made a little sketch of each day's route. We photographed it and I found it very helpful. He was there for those who needed more support and always good fun. His advice on blister-free walking was invaluable.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Slather your feet in vaseline. Enjoy the sights.

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