Duration:

10 Days / 9 Nights

Distance:

107 km / 66.5 mi

Difficulty:

Low

Start / End

Madrid - Santiago

El Camino Walking Tour - Light-paced!

Our classic Buen Camino Lite is designed to walk the last hundred kilometers necessary to obtain the Compostela certificate from Sarria in 8 short stages, averaging just 13 kilometers (8 miles) per day. We use some of our extra free time in the afternoons for wonderful visits and workshops to really immerse yourselves in the culture of Galicia and live a truly unique experience. Along the Way we will enjoy the charm of authentic Galician rural manors, which have been personally selected by us for their great hospitality and service. A classic Camino walking tour for any ages - anybody can walk the Camino.

Cancellation Insurance

With our cancellation insurance, you will be covered in case of cancellation of your travel due to health reasons, legal, labor or extraordinary reasons.

The cost of the cancellation insurance will be 2.5% of the value of the tour + extras.

If you need more information regarding our cancellation insurance and procedures, you can contact us here

Meals
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All breakfasts and all dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully chosen every meal so you can have a taste of the most typical and delicious, local cuisine. Lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during your walk, we encourage you to try the local foods in the towns you will walk by or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.

Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (e.g. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to provide great alternatives.

Accommodation
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We are sure you will absolutely love all the wonderful accommodations on our Buen Camino Lite. We have personally selected all our accommodations to give you the best possible experience. During the Camino we will spend the night at the most charming Manor Houses. They are located in beautiful rural areas surrounded by lush, peaceful scenery to give you a complete cultural experience. All of our accommodations have en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel right at home.

Walking
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On our Camino we want you to walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with, but our guides are available for you at any time. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.
Don’t worry about getting lost! The yellow arrows will always guide the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle or be taken back to the hotel. After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and have a much-deserved rest.

Before and After
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Before: Our Camino walking tour starts in the city of Madrid, where most international flights arrive. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date. Take advantage of our exclusive rate at the 5-star Paseo del Prado hotel where we meet the first day in Madrid. We also offer authentic, exciting experiences in Madrid and its surroundings!

After: Our tour ends in Santiago de Compostela on the last day at around 1:00 pm. Transportation back to Madrid is NOT included. We also offer optional add-on activities like our recommended one-day trip to Finisterre or visits to other regions of Galicia.

Flying back to Madrid is a convenient option, there are many daily flights that cover the 1-hour journey to Madrid. You can also return by train, which takes approximately 6 hours. You can book online or through your travel agency.

Means and Assistance

Private support vehicle

You will have a support vehicle throughout your Camino. You can use it if you are tired or if you don’t want to keep walking for any reason, if you want to leave or take things during your walk or if you want to change your shoes. Our van is equipped with a first aid kit, medicines, snacks, water and fruits. This vehicle will cover any unexpected circumstances.

Guides

Our guides have an enormous human quality. They have lived the Camino experience themselves, being able to anticipate your needs and help you physically and emotionally during the Camino. Our guides share anecdotes that will help you better understand the meaning of the Camino. They cure blisters and accompany you to the doctor if needed.

Insurances

All of our tours include travel insurance, which will be very useful in case you have an emergency during your Camino. Also, we offer cancellation insurance at a special price, which will vary depending on your Camino.

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 backpack with our 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 2019:

2620 €

Single Supplement + 475 €

  • May 06 - May 15, 2019
  • May 13 - May 22, 2019
  • May 27 - Jun 05, 2019
  • Jun 12 - Jun 21, 2019
  • Sep 02 - Sep 11, 2019
  • Sep 09 - Sep 18, 2019
  • Sep 24 - Oct 03, 2019
  • Oct 16 - Oct 25, 2019 last spots!
  • Oct 22 - Oct 31, 2019

Dates & Price 2020:

2690 €

Single Supplement + 590 €

  • May 03 - May 12, 2020
  • May 15 - May 24, 2020
  • May 28 - Jun 06, 2020
  • Jun 08 - Jun 17, 2020
  • Jun 19 - Jun 28, 2020
  • Sep 08 - Sep 17, 2020
  • Sep 15 - Sep 24, 2020
  • Sep 28 - Oct 07, 2020
  • Oct 09 - Oct 18, 2020
  • Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2020

El Camino Walking Tour includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Visit to the Extraordinary Portico of Glory (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Transportation from Madrid
  • Welcome lunch in Castrillo de los Polvazares
  • All Dinners
  • 1 Picnic
  • Guided visit in Arzua's honey museum
  • Spanish omelette workshop
  • Artisanal cheese making workshop
  • Guided visit in Santiago

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Drive to Sarria with Visits

At 8:30 am, we will meet at the NH Paseo del Prado Hotel lobby in Madrid. From here the group will be transferred on our private vehicle to the city of Sarria. We will visit the amazing city of Astorga followed by a lovely welcome lunch at Castrillo de los Polvazares.
Finally before arriving in Sarria, we will visit the town of O' Cebreiro, which marks the beginning of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia.

Night in Sarria.

Day 2

Peruscallo - Portomarín
13.5 km / 8.4 mi

We start our Camino today!

Along this stage we will come across the towns of Ferreiros, A Parrocha and Portomarín where we will be delighted by fabulous monuments such as the Romanesque portico at the church of Ferreiros, the fortified church of St. Nicholas in Portomarín and the legendary 100 km marker. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful view of the Miño river valley right outside Vilacha.

Night in Sarria.

Day 3

Portomarín - Airexe
17.5 km / 10.9 mi


Today's journey will take us through the towns of Portomarín, Gonzar, Ventas de Narón and Ligonde until we reach Airexe. We will have the opportunity to visit the church of "Vilar de Donas", considered to be one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture on the Camino.

Night in Palas de Rei.

Day 4

Airexe - O Coto
16.2 km / 10 mi

Most of today's stage will be through beautiful forest paths passing by the towns of Palas de Rei, where we can admire the Romanesque portico of the church of San Tirso, San Xulián and Casanova before finally reaching the hamlet of O Coto. We will enjoy a wonderful traditional workshop where we will learn to make local artisanal organic cheese. Afterwards we will be able to sample our delicious creations.

Night in Palas de Rei.

Day 5

O Coto - Boente
12.3 km / 7.6 mi

Today we will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña via an ancient roman road. We will 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, a town famous for its octopus, which we can sample in one of its "Pulperías" (restaurants specializing in octopus). Today we might also visit a 14th century castle in the town of Pambre.

Night in Arzúa.

Day 6

Boente - Calzada
14.3 km / 8.9 mi


Today's walk will take us through the lovely towns of Castañeda, Ribadiso, Arzúa and Preguntoño, all very closely linked to the history of the Camino. In Arzúa we can see the beautiful chapel of "La Magdalena" built in gothic style in the 14th century. We'll enjoy some of Arzúa's delicious cheese, which was awarded Denomination of Origin. After our walk we will visit Arzua's honey museum, where we will learn about the life and work of the bee, one of our ecosystem's most important insects.

Night in Arzúa.

Day 7

Calzada - Pedrouzo
13.5 km / 8.5 mi

Our stage for this day will take us to the villages of Salceda, O Empalme, Santa Irene and A Rua to finally arrive in the town of Pedrouzo. Along the journey we will have the opportunity to see the hermitage of St. Irene and its baroque fountain whose water is said to have curative properties.

Night in Lavacolla.

Day 8

Pedrouzo - Monte de Gozo
15.1 km / 9.4 mi


Today's stage will take us mainly through wooded areas and forests until we finally reach Lavacolla, the place where the purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago was performed in ancient times. We will end our walk in Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) where we can enjoy a marvelous panoramic view of Santiago in which we will be able to make out our final destination: Santiago de Compostela's Cathedral.

Night in Lavacolla.

Day 9

Monte do Gozo - Santiago de Compostela
4.8 km / 2.9 mi

Today is our journey's most exciting day!
We will make our way to our final destination: Santiago's Cathedral. We are scheduled to arrive in Santiago before 12:00 pm, so that those who wish to attend the pilgrim’s mass and perform any pilgrim rituals like hugging the Apostle Santiago can do so. In the evening, we will have a wonderful farewell surprise accompanied by a delicious dinner to celebrate our arrival.

Night in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 10

Guided visit of Santiago.
End of tour.

To culminate our Camino, a guided visit in Santiago awaits us in the morning, through the old city, its main monuments and squares.

Your Camino through life begins!

Pre/Post tours activities

with Marly Olé
Optional – Not Included in Price.

Immerse yourself in the diverse traditions & culture of both Spain, Portugal, and France with our new expertly curated Marly Olé experiences. Everything is tailor-made and designed so that you can discover each region’s best-kept secrets, and with the “Marly touch” an unforgettable time is guaranteed.
Tapas tours, flamenco nights, wine-tastings, gastronomic tours, charming visits to Finisterre, Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Bordeaux, the Douro river valley, we can arrange anything!
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