Duration:

8 Days / 7 Nights

Distance:

117km / 72.7 mi

Difficulty:

Medium / High

Start / End

Madrid - Santiago

2017:
760 €

Single Supplement: 200€

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Self-guided walk: We help you organize the Camino so that you enjoy the adventure on your own.

You cover the last 100 km from Sarria to Santiago. We greet you in Madrid and then head to Sarria by train 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. An organized adventure!

Our Support

You want to live this adventure on your own, but we organize the details so you can do just that!

We personally greet you in Madrid for an introduction. The 'Briefing Package' we prepare for you includes a route map, the daily accommodations, a program with cultural information, and your Pilgrim's Kit: A small backpack, your pilgrim's passport, shell, notepad, a cap, a circulatory foot cream, and a reusable thermic bottle. 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.

If you are traveling on your own, you can opt to share with someone else in the group if possible to avoid paying the single supplement. If no one else wants this option, you would need to pay the single supplement to have your own room.

Departures

We have fixed departures on certain dates of groups of maximum 16 people. We all meet in Madrid and then you head to Sarria 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 other dates, just let 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 hotel reservations 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.

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:

  • Aug 23 - Aug 30, 17
  • Oct 18 - Oct 25, 17
  • Nov 01 - Nov 08, 17
  • Apr 26 - May 03, 18
  • May 13 - May 20, 18
  • May 22 - May 29, 18
  • Jun 06 - Jun 13, 18
  • Jun 14 - Jun 21, 18
  • Jul 07 - Jul 14, 18
  • Aug 26 - Sep 02, 18
  • Sep 06 - Sep 13, 18
  • Sep 27 - Oct 04, 18
  • Oct 10 - Oct 17, 18
  • Oct 17 - Oct 24, 18

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 Sarria
  • Guided visit in Santiago and Astorga

Day-to-day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Light city walking

We meet in Madrid 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 to Sarria by train from where you will start your walk the next day.

Day 2

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 3

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 4

Palas de Rei - Castañeda
24 km / 14.9 mi

On 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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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.

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