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walking  Walking the Camino de Santiago
       

(shorter distances per day)

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

Discover the unique and unforgettable experience of walking the ancient pilgrim route, the Unesco World Heritage 'Camino de Santiago'.

This is not a standard walking tour! The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance which continues to be shared by pilgrims from all walks of life. It is the only long-distance route to have been awarded World Heritage recognition.

  • Experience the cultural exchanges with fellow pilgrims as they wish you a 'buen camino' on this internationally acclaimed age-old route.
  • Recreate the magic of a bygone era as your pilgrimage takes you across the same rivers, up the same hills and past the same villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals as countless pilgrims before you.
  • Explore quiet country lanes, leafy riverside paths, tracks lined with ancient stone walls and luscious green pastures as you step back in time in the footsteps of ancestral pilgrims.  
  • Walk the final stages of the Camino starting in the Galician town of Sarria.
  • Experience the elation as you cycle into the main square of Santiago de Compostela with its awe-inspiring cathedral, shrouded in centuries of myths and legends. 

...The Camino is more than a journey across the Spanish landscape. It is a personal journey which unites people from many parts of the globe, all of whom decide to undertake this unique pilgrimage.

Travel:

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

*We recommend you double check all times and prices.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival to Sarria: 

Arrival at the Galician town of Sarria, the starting point for all pilgrims wishing to complete the last 100 kms of the Camino. 

Day 2 Sarria to Portomarin: 

Today you set off on the Camino walking through ancient oak, birch and chestnut forests and later through many hamlets dotted around areas of cultivated land and grazing pastures along quiet country lanes and natural pathways. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you walk through a part of rural Spain that seems to be caught in a time warp!
23 km / Climb: 300 m

Day 3 Portomarin to Lestedo: 

Pine forests, corn fields, meadows and leafy green woodland accompanies you on this strech of the Camino. You will also cross a number of small villages full of rural character, with ancient stone-built houses in age-old villages that reflect the simpler pace of life of a bygone era.
20 km / Climb: 450 m

Day 4 Lestedo to Melide: 

Today you will cross several beautiful river valleys as you follow secluded pathways through mature woodland. The area is full of medieval castles as well as Romanesque churches and ancient settlements. 
19,8 km / Climb: 100 m

Day 5 Melide to Arzua: 

A short stage day to give your legs a rest! You will walk amongst woodland, meadows and small orchards which surround the many small villages you go through. You'll be tempted to stop and savour each one you encounter!
14 km / Climb: 90 m

Day 6 Arzua to Rua: 

This part of the Camino weaves its way towards Santiago through ondulating fields and tiny villages, each one a hidden gem with stone-built houses, narrow streets and seemingly standing still in time. You can breathe the history along the way and can only imagine how many thousands of people over the centuries have shaped this legendary route. 
18,6 km / Climb: 120 m

Day 7 Rua to Santiago de Compostela: 

Time to relish the last remaining kilometres of your adventure. Today the Camino leads you into the very heart of the unique city of pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela, into the Plaza de Obradoiro overlooking the Cathedral built in honour of Saint James. A city shrouded in centuries of legends, you will arrive elated to the echos of the pilgrims who have gone before you! This is a truly spiritual and uplifting experience! With a buzz of satisfation and a smile on your face you will arrive with enough time to get your “Compostelana” or Pilgrim’s Passport. This singular city offers many important landmarks for you to enjoy, every corner imbued with history and atmosphere. You won't want to say goodbye! 
23 km / Climb: 375 m

Day 8: Return or extra nights in Santiago.

Departure or why not linger in Santiago a few days to rest and enjoy. How about a touch of Luxury in the ***** Parador?

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)

CHECK AVAILABILITY AND RESOLVE YOUR DOUBTS 
PRICE CALCULATION AND BOOKING
Using the tool below you can calculate the final price of your trip. PLEASE, BEFORE YOU BOOK, CONSULT AVAILABILITY.
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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): 90€

Extra night

Extra night in Santiago (single room): 75€

 

interroacion Difficulty

EASY

facil

  • EASY: The route is almost exclusively through valleys and along rivers with no significant ascents.

EASY/MODERATE

medio

  • EASY/MODERATE: Predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day.

MODERATE

moderado

  • MODERATE: Undulating / hilly terrain with perhaps three ascents per day.

MODERATE PLUS

moderado plus

  • MODERATE+: Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.

 

Reviews 

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.Sue Birchall.

the holiday went very well...
...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. Gavin Maccallum

We have had a fantastic trip...
...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. Very best wishes. David Wallace.

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.Thanks again for your continued help and patience. Stephen Ferguson.

Stephen

We really enjoy 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. We would definitely book with Away from the Crowds again, and recommend you to others, Many Thanks, Best wishes, Peter, Sophia, Eira and Sion.

We 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

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

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.

Just a note to say a big thank you...
 ...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.

We had a wonderful Camino experience...
...that was in large part due to your good work in securing our lodging and arranging for the transporting of our bags. All went well and we have such wonderful memories of our time on the Camino. In the end, it is the natural community that forms on the Camino as well as the natural beauty of the countryside and cities that made this once in lifetime experience. Martha. 

CO2 footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,356 tonnes of CO2. (The calculation includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller).

We will compensate the CO2 footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO2 platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions here:
www.myclimate.org


 

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