Duration:

8 Days / 7 Nights

Distance:

112 km / 69 mi

Difficulty:

Medium

Start / End

Madrid - Santiago

2017:
1980 €

Single Supplement +350 €

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The last 100 kilometers from Sarria to Santiago

Feel nature in its purest state as you walk amidst breathtaking scenery! Our Camino includes 6 beautiful stages covering the last and most important one hundred kilometers of the Camino de Santiago. This will allow us to obtain the Compostela certificate. 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.

Our Buen Camino includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Informational program and route map
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Transfer from Madrid
  • Welcome lunch in Castrillo de los Polvazares
  • ALL dinners
  • 1 Picnic Lunch
  • Guided visit in Santiago de Compostela

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Most lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the day and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.

Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you the best possible experience. We will stay in charming Galician manors, usually in rural areas, that used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen. They form part of the cultural experience. Usually they are located in privileged areas surrounded with green, peaceful scenery. All our accommodations have private en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.

Walking

You walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruits and water. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.

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. You mustn't worry about getting lost as the yellow arrows always show the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. After the daily walk you will have a much-deserved break. In the afternoon, pilgrims can visit places of interest found in the area if they so desire.

Before and After

Before: Our Camino starts in the city of Madrid, which enjoys easy access internationally. We offer activities in Madrid and its surroundings for those interested. 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: 135€ (single room), and 145€ (double room) for the two pre-tour nights.

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 offer optional add-on activities once the tour is finished like culinary activities in Santiago or our recommended one-day trip to Finisterre. You can join one of our activities, stay in Santiago on your own, or leave on the last day of the tour. An extra night in Santiago is 75€ per night for this tour.


You can fly or take the train back to Madrid or elsewhere. The Santiago-Madrid flight is 1 hour long, and the train trip is 6-10 hours long. There are plenty of short flights throughout the day to Madrid and other cities. You can book online or through your travel agency. We would be happy to make recommendations.

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.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • Apr 25 - May 02, 17
  • May 03 - May 10, 17
  • May 11 - May 18, 17
  • May 30 - Jun 06, 17
  • Jun 09 - Jun 16, 17
  • Aug 29 - Sep 05, 17
  • Sep 17 - Sep 24, 17
  • Sep 25 - Oct 02, 17
  • Oct 02 - Oct 09, 17
  • Oct 19 - Oct 26, 17

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Transfer to Sarria

Our meeting point will be in the city of Madrid in the lobby of the NH Paseo del Prado hotel at 8:30 am.

From here the group will be transferred to the city of Sarria in our private vehicle. We will visit the beautiful city of Astorga followed by a wonderful welcome lunch in the town of 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

Sarria (Barbadelo) - Portomarín
18.7 km / 11.6 mi

We start our Camino today!


As we walk this stage, we will come across many little villages and towns like Barbadelo, Ferreiros, Vilachá and Portomarín, which house important monuments such as: The Church of "Santiago de Barbadelo", the Romanesque portico at the Church of Ferreiros and the fortified church of St. Nicholas in Portomarín. We will also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Miño river valley right outside the town of Vilachá.

Night in Sarria

Day 3

Portomarín - Palas de Rei
24.3 km / 15 mi

Today's journey will take us through beautiful oak and eucalyptus forests passing by the villages of Gonzar, Ventas de Narón, Ligonde and Airexe on our way to the town of Palas de Rei.

Night in Palas de Rei

Day 4

Palas de Rei - Boente
20.7 km / 12.9 mi

We will head out of Palas de Rei after admiring the Romanesque portico of San Tirso's church. Then we will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña. 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 specialising in octopus).

Night in Arzúa

Day 5

Boente - Salceda
19.5 km / 12.1 mi

Today we will start our walk from the town of Boente, home of the spectacular church of Santiago, and continue on through the lovely towns of Arzúa, Ribadiso and Castañeda, all very closely linked to the Camino's history. In Arzúa we can see the beautiful chapel of "La Magdalena" built in gothic style and founded in the 14th century and also enjoy some of Arzúa's delicious cheese, which was given Denomination of Origin. We will continue our walk to Salceda, passing by the town of Calzada..

Night in Arzúa

Day 6

Salceda - Monte do Gozo
22.9 km / 14.2 mi

We will walk through the beautiful villages of A Brea and A Rua. Along the Way, we will have the opportunity to see the hermitage of St. Irene with its baroque fountain whose water is said to have curative properties and the town of Lavacolla where the ancient purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago was performed. We end at one of the Camino's most emblematic places: Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), where we can enjoy a marvellous view of Santiago and our final destination, the Cathedral.

Night in Lavacolla

Day 7

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 8

Guided visit of Santiago
End of tour

In the morning we will enjoy a guided visit through Santiago focused 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. We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cathedral's roof to enjoy the most spectacular view of the city. Our tour comes to an end at about 1 pm.
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