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walkingWalking the Camino de Santiago (shorter distances per day)

Moderate
Difficulty: Moderate
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Category: Walking, self-guided
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
 

Self-guided, moderate level walking tour along the Camino de Santiago.

  • World Heritage Recognition.
  • Pilgrimage of historic importance.
  • Walking with people from many different countries.
  • Stunning walks each day in rural countryside.
  • Historic city of Santiago de Compostela: Impressive Cathedral and historic town center.

This is not a standard cycling tour. People from many countries across Europe have been travelling along the Camino de Santiago for centuries. The Camino itself is part of our history and cultural heritage. Out of all the long distance routes that exist, only the Camino de Santiago has been given the recognition of World Heritage by the United Nations because of its historical and spiritual significance. Countless millions have walked it over the last thousand years and yet it has remained largely unchanged. It continues to cross the same rivers, climb the same mountains and pass by the same villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals.

You will be walking the final 113 kms of the classic Camino de Santiago. Starting at the Galician town of Sarria where many pilgrims begin their walk will give you the chance to soak up the history that surrounds this long distance route.

Travel:

Which airport should I fly to? Santiago International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? By private transfer from the airport to Sarria, for 105€ in a taxi for up to 4 passengers. You can book this through us. Or by bus from Santiago to Sarria: Monday to Friday, 18:00-21:00 (15,60€); Weekends, Santiago to Lugo and Lugo to Sarria, (buses every couple of hours).

ITINERARY

Day 1 Sarria: 

Arrival at the pretty Galician town of Sarria, where many pilgrims travelling the last 100 kms to Santiago depart from.

Day 2 Sarria to Portomarin: 

Set off on the Camino amongst ancient oak, birch and chestnut forest and later walk through many hamlets dotted around areas of cultivated land and grazing pastures along quiet country lanes and natural pathways. 
23 km walk.

Day 3 Portomarin to Lestedo: 

Pine forests, corn fields, meadows and oak and chestnut woodland accompanies you on this strech of the Camino. You will also cross a number of small villages full of rural character.
20 Km walk.

Day 4 Lestedo to Melide: 

You will cross 6 river valleys along secluded pathways through mature woodland. The area is full of medieval castles as well as Romanesque churches and settlements. 
19,8 Km walk.

Day 5 Melide to Arzúa: 

A short stage walking amongst woodland, meadows and small orchards near the many small villages you go through.
14 Km walk.

Day 6 Arzúa to Rua: 

The Camino weaves its way towards Santiago amongst forests and agricultural fields with many ups and downs as rivers cross from north to south. 
18,6 km walk.

Day 7 Rua to Santiago de Compostela: 

The last stage.
The first few km through dense eucalyptus forest, then the long climb up to Monte Gozo and finally enter the historical city to make your way towards the famed Cathedral.

Day 8: Return or extra nights in Santiago.

ACCOMMODATION

Our hotels are conveniently positioned very near or on the Camino and are always the best quality on offer along the way. They are typically of 3 star grading. These are some of the hotels used as an example:

Sarria

 

Portomarín

santiago santiago

Lesteo

Away from the crowds Away from the crowds

Melide

Away from the crowds Away from the crowds

Arzúa

santiago  santiago

O´Rua

 

Santiago de Compostela

 

PRICES
 

  • Price: 618€ per person
  • Single supplement: 125€

What´s included?

  • PILGRIM´S PASSPORT
  • 7 nights´ accommodation.
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners (not in Santiago).
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.
Options:
  • 4 star hotel upgrade in Santiago (price on asking).
  • Extension walking to Finisterre, four or five extra walking days (price on asking)

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Walking Short Camino de Santiago

Number of travelers

Single rooms

Single room supplement: 125€

Transfer

Transfer Santiago Airport to Sarria (up to 4 persons per taxi): 115€

Extra night

Extra night in Santiago (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Santiago (single room): Price on asking.

 

Customer´ comments

Sue Birchall, 03/20/2015
“The holiday was a truly unforgettable experience and we enjoyed it very much. Everything you organised went very smoothly, the accommodation was good and our baggage always arrived safely!
Thank you very much.”

Gavin Maccallum, 03/06/2015

“The holiday went very well thank you. No problems from your end. The hotel in Roncesvalles particularly was a welcome bit of comfort after the long hike that day. We did not expect such a nice surprise!
When we arrived in Pamplona our bags had went to the wrong hotel, but Jaime sorted that for us in half an hour, so that was appreciated.
The information pack was good, and all the accommodation was very clean, well appointed and welcoming.
Thanks again to Jaime and all your team.”

David Wallace, Uk 10/28/2013

We have had a fantastic trip and I make a few comments below.

1) Overall your arrangements were first class and everything worked. The taxi from the airport and luggage transfers by Alberto were all efficiently achieved.

2) The selection of hotels was in the main just right. Our favourites were probably O Foilebar and O pino. The only one which was slightly disappointing was O Cotto, but I think that was probably not one you normally use and you put it in because of our extended itinerary. All the owners were very friendly and provided excellent service.

3) With hindsight we probably should have done the trip in one day less and done the walk from Palas de Rei to Melide in one day and still had a rest. But at the time of booking I was unsure of my fitness levels. Incidentally good advice about the taxi on the two long walking days. I managed to walk both days but my friend Sean had an ankle injury and so did take a taxi to a half way point on both those days.

4) Just for your future reference in case you have similar types of clients in the future, we stayed in two very good hotels in Santaigo. The Altair – a small boutique hotel near the cathedral which is about €100 per night and then Aquinta a Auga about 10 minutes out of town which is really wonderful and about €150 per night.

So in summary we had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for your great arrangements. I will definitely recommend you to anyone I meet who wants to do a similar trip. I have copied my two friends on this in case they want to add any comments.

Very best wishes


Stephen Ferguson, London, UK 10/02/2013

You and your team did a great job. I organised the Camino for 9 friends and former colleagues aged from 55 to 65+. I can say to a man everyone enjoyed the holiday immensely. All of the accommodation (will fitted out and most important immaculately clean) and meals (great local cooking with local wine) were great. Even the vegetarian had good things to eat! I still think he missed out on some lovely dishes especially the octopus. The staff were very good in all places. It was actually good that no one really spoke much English as it made us try harder to speak Spanish. The staff at all hotels were very helpful and very patient with us. Transportation was on time and good.

The countryside, little villages, small towns and most of all the people we met made this a great time for all. Most of us had been to the “costas” for the beach holiday but Galicia is quite something else. I think everyone will be back at some in the future and bring their wives that time.

I haven’t got all the photos that people took so here’s one of the whole party for you just outside of Santiago (in between the rain showers).

Thanks again for your continued help and patience.

Stephen

Peter Evans, Flintshire, UK 08/14/2013
We really enjoyed the holiday!
Everything was well organised, all the hotels were very good, the food was great, our cases were always waiting for us (the attached muscle relaxant was a nice touch and fully utilised).
It was a tough walk, but a great achievment for us.
The temperatures were higher than we have experienced on our previous visits to Galicia, we found we had to set off early in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat, it might be an idea to mention this to future peregrino’s, it took us a few days to get in the swing of joining the bulk of walkers who set off early. One downside of this is that we were leaving before breakfast, I know many of the hotel staff work long hours, so maybe a flask of coffee could be left out to give a kick start to early risers?
As well as a great holiday, we managed to raise sponsorship of £500 toward a Hospital where I have been receiving treatment.
I attach two photos.
We would definitely book with Away from the Crowds again, and recommend you to others,
Many Thanks,
Best wishes,
Peter, Sophia, Eira and Sion.

Pat Jacobsen 05/31/2013

My husband Tom and I had a great trip! The hotels were excellent, trip information and preparation well done, luggage transfers worked well. But you earned high marks for helping me when I was stranded before your part of the trip.

Pat Jacobsen,
Vancouver, Canada

Marta Seretny 04/15/2013

Our holiday was challenging- mostly due to the awful weather. But we are glad we did it and will no doubt enjoy recalling overcoming the challenge!

From the organisation side of things we were mostly very pleased. The bag transfer was faultless and many of the hotels where wonderful. We especially enjoyed the one in villa Franca and Mollinaseca, both of which where wonderful.

The only hostel we did not like was complexo xacobeo. It was of a low quality and this was especially disappointing as we arrived there after our longest and toughest trekking day.

Apart from that the holiday was great. The food was also very nice. Many thanks again for organising it.

Best wishes
Marta and Tomasz

Edinburgh, UK

William Mayhall 04/11/2013

Yes, we had a very good time. The hotels were fine, ESP. The staff at hotel Benilde. We were wet and cold when we arrived and they took special efforts to help dry
Our “waterproof ” Jackets, etc. we found the distances a little longer than expected.
And the rain was interesting. They should re-name it “Rillito” de Santiago!But we were prepared with
Umbrellas, etc. Many nice people along the way. I’ll send pictures. We liked it and your services were great.

William Mayhall, Arizona, USA

Sarah Driscoll 12/11/2012
Just a note to say a big thankyou for the most amazing holiday that you help organise for me and my walking friend, everything went smoothly and your organisatin with airport taxi and luggage transfer was just great, I will certainly be recommending your company to other people. Kind regards, Sarah Driscoll.

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