Duration:

10 Days / 9 Nights

Distance:

150 km / 93 mi

Difficulty:

Medium / High

Start / End

Madrid - O'Cebreiro -Santiago

Self-guided Walk of St. James: Last 150k of the Camino de Santiago

You cover the last 150 km self-guided walk of St. James (Camino de Santiago) from O'Cebreiro to Santiago, the full Camino in Galicia in a total of 8 stages. We personally greet you in Madrid for an introduction and then head to O'Cebreiro where you begin your walk the next day. You will have reserved accommodation at the end of each stage, but you walk independently and on your own each day.

Our Support

We personally greet you in Madrid for an introduction. The 'Briefing Package' we include famous Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

We take care of your accommodations, breakfast, transferring your luggage each day . You also have the full support of our staff just a phone call away for anything that might come up.

Accommodations

You have accommodations reserved each night, all with private bathrooms and hot water! The accommodations are right at the end of each stage so you can easily access them on your own by foot. They include private inns, hostels, and hotels, depending on the stage. You will be able to experience many of the different accommodation options right on the trail.

Departures

We have fixed departures on certain dates of groups of maximum 16 people. We all meet in Madrid and then you head to O'Cebreiro together in our private van. You all sleep in the same accommodations each night but you are completely independent, of course. Like usually happens on the Camino, you end up making friends and having dinner with the people you meet along the way.

If you have your own group, and want an independent walk for another dates, just lets us know. Any questions you have, don't hesitate to contact us!

Before and After

Before: Our Camino starts in the city of Madrid, where most international flights land. You can arrive a few days before the tour to enjoy the city if you’d like. We would be happy to assist you with hotels in Madrid.

After: You arrive in Santiago de Compostela, where you spend the last night. We offer optional add-on activities once the tour is finished like a one-day trip to Finisterre (minimum 4 people), or an optional gourmet lunch in Santiago after your guided visit. Just ask! There are flights from Santiago to Madrid, Barcelona, and London among others. You can also take a 6-hour train to Madrid from Santiago.

Extra hotel reservations: If you would like to stay in Madrid or Santiago for a few days before or after the tour, we’d be happy to send you a list of hotels we work with along with prices and assist you with the reservations.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Pilgrim's Kit

We prepare you for your walk by sending you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, and provide a small backpack with famous Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

Dates & Price 2017:

890 €

Single Supplement + 250 €

Dates & Price 2018:

890 €

Single Supplement + 250 €

  • May 11 - May 20, 2018
  • Sep 04 - Sep 13, 2018
  • Oct 08 - Oct 17, 2018

The price includes:

  • Accommodations with private bathrooms
  • All breakfasts
  • Daily transfer of ONE piece of luggage per person
  • Informational program with daily stages
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Transfer from Madrid to O'Cebreiro
  • Guided visit in Santiago

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Light city walking

We meet in Madrid, Weare Chamartín Hotel at 9:00 am on the first day for a lovely welcome. The team greets you and hands you all the necessary material for you to go off on your own. Then the group heads North by train. We drop you off in O'Cebreiro from where you will start your self-guided walk of St. James on your own the next day.

Day 2

O' Cebreiro - Triacastela
21 km / 13 mi

Today your Camino beings! You will begin your walk in O’ Cebreiro, which is the beginning of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. In this town, located 1300 meters above sea level, you will see 'Las Pallozas’ (buildings composed of stone and hay) presumably of Celtic origin. Stone houses are also some of the main structures of this mountainous area.

Day 3

Triacastela - Sarria
18.4 km / 11.4 mi

In this stage you will walk until you arrive to the town of Sarria, the start of the meaningful last hundred kilometers to Santiago. Along the journey you will pass through charming towns and villages like San Xil, A Balsa, Pintín and Furela in between forest paths that have a magical atmosphere.

Day 4

Sarria - Portomarín
23 km / 14 mi

As you journey through this stage you will come across many little villages and towns of which the most interesting are Sarria, Barbadelo, Ferreiros and Portomarín where you can see beautiful monuments such as: the convent of "La Magdalena” originally founded as a Pilgrim's hospital in the 13th century, the church of "Santiago de Barbadelo" famous for its beautiful architecture and uniqueness of its capitals, the Romanesque portico at the church of Ferreiros and the legendary 100 km marker!

Day 5

Portomarín - Palas de Rei
25 km / 15.5 mi

Today's journey will take you through the towns of Portomarín, Ligonde and Vilachá, where you will have the opportunity to see the wonderful view of the Miño river valley right outside Vilachá, the fortified church of St. Nicholas and the famous Romanesque façade of San Pedro's church in Portomarín as well as the church of "Vilar de Donas", considered to be one of the best examples of Romanesque art associated to the Camino.

Day 6

Palas de Rei - Castañeda
24 km / 14.9 mi

In today's stage you will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña via an ancient Roman road. Once you get to La Coruña you will be able to enjoy true jewels of the Camino such as the church of "La virgen de las nieves" in the town of Furelos and the churches of Sancti Spiritus and Santa Maria de Melide in Melide.

Day 7

Castañeda - Salceda
17km / 10.5 mi

Today's walk will take us through the lovely towns of Arzúa and Castañeda, both very closely linked to the Camino's history. In Arzúa you can see the beautiful chapel of "La Magdalena" built in gothic style and founded in the 14th century. You can also enjoy some of Arzúa's delicious cheese which was awarded Denomination of Origin.

Day 8

Salceda - Lavacolla
18 km / 11.2 mi

Our stage for this day will take us to the villages of A Salceda, A Brea, Santa Irene, A Rua and O Empalme mainly through wooded areas and forests until you finally reach Lavacolla, the place where the purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago was performed in ancient times. Along the journey you will have the opportunity to see the hermitage of St. Irene, the Portuguese martyr saint and its baroque fountain whose water is said to have curative properties.

Day 9

Lavacolla - Santiago
10 km / 6.2 mi

You pass by Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) where you can enjoy a marvelous panoramic view of Santiago in which you will be able to make out our final destination: Santiago de Compostela's Cathedral. We suggest you get an early start so you can get to Santiago in time for the Pilgrim's mass at noon! You spend the night in Santiago.

Day 10

Day in Santiago
Light city walking

In the morning we offer a guided visit through Santiago at 10 am. The focus of the guided visit will be on the old city, where we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its main monuments, squares and streets. During the visit we will enter the Cathedral where, in addition to its history and evolution, well-known traditions will be explained. On our tour we will also go to the fresh produce market, called Mercado de Abastos. Once there, the group will have the opportunity to buy typical products of Galician gastronomy (fish, seafood, veal…) that can be sampled later in one of the nearby restaurants.
Our tour comes to an end at about 1 pm.

Your Camino through life begins!

If you need guidance about what to do next, we'd be happy to help you!

OPTIONAL

Full-day Trip to Finisterre
Not Included in Price

You will need to extend your stay in Santiago by one or two nights to join this trip.
You meet your local guide in Santiago and, in our private van, head towards Muros, one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Spain, making a short stop in Alto de Paxareiras until we reach Ézaro & head to the famous Finisterre lighthouse. After breaking for lunch in Finisterre, we will drive to the town of Muxía and then back to Santiago.

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