- 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.
Why not continue walking on to Finisterre, "end of the Earth"? Five more days.
Only a small proportion of all travellers who make the journey to Santiago arrive at the coast 'where the sea swallows the sun each day'. Finisterre, steeped in mystery and history an important site for worship and rituals over the centuries and reputedly the landing site for the remains of Saint James, Jesus' apostle. This section takes you through coastal villages, along solitary beaches to the final Finisterre point and lighthouse...
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.
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!
14.3 miles (23 km) / Climb: 300 m
Day 3 Portomarin to Palas de Rei:
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.
16 miles (26 Km) / Climb: 450 m
Day 4 Palas de Rei to Arzua:
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.
18 miles (29 Km) / Climb: 150 m
Day 5 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.
10.5 miles (17 Km) / Climb: 160 m
Day 6 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!
14.3 miles (23 km) / Climb: 120 m
Day 7 Rest day in Santiago de Compostela:
One last day to rest and enjoy the history and culture of this fabulous city.
Day 8 Return or extra nights in Santiago
Departure or why not linger in Santiago a few days to further explore. How about a touch of Luxury in the ***** Parador?
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:
Palas de Rei
Santiago de Compostela
- Price: 599€ per person
- Single supplement: 140€
- PILGRIM´S PASSPORT.
- 7 nights´ accommodation.
- 7 breakfasts and 5 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.
- 4 star hotel upgrade in Santiago (price on asking).
- Extension walking to Finisterre, four or five extra walking days (price on asking)