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Camino de Santiago Trek

from $1,749.00

Follow Spain’s most celebrated pilgrimage route

  • Reviews 23 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 25/06/2020
5/5

Camino de Santiago

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Santiago de Compostela was the highlight of the week for me and sharing the moment with the rest of the group was amazing!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    José was a great trip companion and leader. He was fun and professional at the same time,and always ready to help us throughout the Camino.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TREK

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing people of all ages doing this pilgrimage, some not for the first time and some not very able.Finding volunteers in little old churches willingly sitting stamping Pilgrim Passports for hours.The peace of Samos Monastery. Seeing storks nesting on a pole in someone's garden!Seeing the famous Botafumeiro (censer) in action at Santiago Cathedral at the Pilgrim's Mass.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose Manuel Garcia was brilliant - I cannot improve on the accolades given by a previous reviewer.We missed him once he left us but he left everything in order for the rest of our stay.When he knew I was learning Spanish he made a point of asking me the time etc to help me practise.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do be very sure of your ability to walk some very long days back to back and be sure of your footwear (including socks).  The walking is not difficult but the long days make it hard on the feet. Pack blister kits etc just in case. Don't panic once your leader has gone - Jose gave us all the contact numbers we might need on a slip of paper.If you don't speak Spanish learn some basics before you go - they will be useful and much appreciated.  This is not the Costa del anywhere!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My sister and I are both vegetarians and this is a sea-food region!  The salads and vegetables are fantastic and there's never any problem if you eat omelettes.  Be prepared to avert your eyes in the "pulperias" (octopus restaurants!) and don't ask for a "mixed salad" as it will contain tuna.Get into the spirit of collecting your passport stamps - it's great fun seeing the spaces fill up.  When you go to the Pilgrim Office in Santiago to get your certificate try lunchtime - it's much less busy.Don't expect to see anything inspiring from Monte de Gozo - there's a whole modern town to trek though these days before you get anywhere near the cathedral.  This was the only disappointment of the trip.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

A Great Way to Walk the Way

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving in to Santiago with the group, surrounded by other fellow pilgrims.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Saint José, who kept us in wine from Samos to Santiago made the trip that much more enjoyable.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    30km is as far, if not further, than it sounds and depending on your experience of walking in hot weather a light walking shoe or robust sandal might be preferable to full boots.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Camino De Santiago

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was reaching Santiago for sure. Seeing all the other pilgrims celebrating their achievement as well as our group was awesome. It was humbling to see people with disabilities struggle through the walk. It was a little disappointing walking through a built up area to reach the cathedral. I missed the pilgrim blessing as I didn't know that we could just show our passports and gain entrance to the cathedral. We were behind a large line up and just gave up our spot.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was very helpful and very patient. He made sure that he spent time with all of the people in our group. He encouraged us to walk together as a group. He had a good sense of humor.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Please have your group leader arrange for your pilgrim's passports to be handed in as a group to avoid 16 people waiting in line for their certificate. I was at the pilgrim's office for 7.30 am in the morning for the 8 opening and it still took me an hour for my certificate, later we found that our guide could have had us sign a document and hand in our passports as a group and then one person could have simply picked them up without waiting. The process described is very seamless and time efficient.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We loved travelling with Exodus and will do so in the future, we met many great people. I would like to suggest a little more detail on physical requirements for the walk in order to assist people reviewing the trek to be able to understand the expectations and be able to match their physical ability to the walk requirements.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Camino de Santiago Trek

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being struck by the fact that we were treading in the footsteps of pilgrims through the ages. That these were ancient routes.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose Manuel was determined that we would ALL finish the trek and enter Santiago together and enjoy the whole experience because it WAS meant to be a holiday. He was very conscientious, friendly and diplomatically dealt with our various problems such as blisters, pace and stamina. He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the region. Organised our snack, lunch and evening breaks. Kept checking that we were coping with the distances walked.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure that you spent time getting used to regular long walks before you go. You will spent a lot of time on your feet in between breaks and the pace is reasonably fast. Take a couple of pairs of light walking boots ,walking shoes or good trainers to change into so that you don't wear the same footwear everyday. Tackle any discomfort STRAIGHT AWAY. One of our group lost a small toenail by the 2nd day and had 12 blisters by the 3rd! Changing socks at lunch-time was also a good idea.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It may be the low-level end of The Camino but I it was still an achievement to walk the last 125 km. I think most of felt quite emotional when we arrived in front of the Cathedral and realised that we had reached our destination and would soon be saying goodbye to one another. I would recommend it as a lovely trek to do with a group of friends.

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