Days 1 to 8: From Monday May 2nd to Monday May 9nd
Days 9 to 12: 10th – 12th May 2022
Our driver will pick you up at Madrid airport or hotel to take you straight to Tricastela.
As the medieval legend has it, the remains of the apostle Santiago El Mayor were discovered in Galicia at the beginning of the 9th century. The city of Santiago de Compostela and one of the most exquisite Romanesque churches in the West were built in his honor. Ever since, pilgrims have come from the world over to travel the routes that lead to St. James’ relics.
AN INNER PILGRIMAGE. A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
The Camino de Santiago is a route for pilgrims. But despite its religious origins, its intrigue goes far beyond the holy experience. Walking for several days on the Camino del Sol (from east to west), mixing with strangers along the same route, spending the night in places where you wouldn’t have stopped under normal circumstances, and following the same path that pilgrims have traveled for centuries, all make St. James Way a spiritual experience.
The landscape on this “internal journey” also changes along the way: Santiago can only be reached by crossing the forests of Navarra, the rivers of Rioja, the barren plains of Castile-Leon and, finally, the mountains of Leon and Galicia.
St. James Way is a truly unique experience for everyone who dares to lace up their boots and start walking.
Below you will find our itinerary, which above all, points out departure and arrival places, for its development will vary depending on the needs of the Pilgrim.
The guide that will accompany us is an expert connoisseur of the best routes and will find the most suitable roads at all times. If it rains, the guide will look for the best paths to follow… If it’s hot, a more shaded area, varying every day so not to make it monotonous or hard.
The Camino does not consist of following the traditional yellow arrows and indications. This particular one will lead the Pilgrim to discover picturesque villages, lost hermitages or hidden areas that otherwise he or she would not come to know.
The company of your guide, that will be driving the car, will allow to the group to modify the route on demand, depending on the weather and the fatigue of the pilgrims. He will seek the best options to make it so unique, that you will want to repeat it all over again… and next time, maybe from the very beginning.
This route of El Camino de Santiago covers the last 100 km of the French Santiago Way, and will grant the Pilgrims the Compostela, which is an official document that recognize you as a Saint James Pilgrim.
Private transfer from Madrid to Tricastela.
Guide and support vehicle during all the Way.
Accommodation in double twin room for 10 nights: 7 nights at the Camino, Bed&breakfast and dinner basis. Last 3 nights at the Parador Reyes Católicos(Santiago de Compostela) Bed&breakfast basis.
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
Private guided tour in Santiago de Compsotela.
Tips and maps.
24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking).
Personalized electronic guidebook for each participant which includes:
welcome and farewell meals
Private transfer from Parador Reyes Católicos to Santiago’s airport.
JAMES WAY, basics day by day
Day 1: Monday May 2nd
Our driver will pick you up in Madrid to drive you to Tricastela, where you will be starting the Camino on the following morning. There, the guide (who will also be your driver) that will be accompanying you, will meet you to go over the basics to allow for an early start, the morning after.
Day 2: Tuesday May 3nd Tricastela-Sarria (18 km)
From Triacastela, start your way to Sarria, via San XiI. The first village is Fonte dos Lameiros, with its large pilgrim shell monument, and then after some undulating hills, you will reach San Xil, before continuing onto Sarria through different villages. Sarria is the main town between Ponferrada and Santiago de Compostela. The Romanesque Church of Our Saviour, with its Gothic façade, and the convent of Magdalena are well worth a visit, as are the Rua Maior main street and the ancient medieval castle tower.
Day 3: Wednesday May 4nd Sarria-Portomarín (23 km)
Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods through pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The village of Ferreiros is also on route. When you arrive in Portomarin, you can chill out at one of the numerous outdoor cafés in the main square.
Day 4: Thursday May 5nd Portomarín-Palas de Rei (25 km)
The day starts by crossing over the Belesar dam footbridge, followed by a gradual climb ending in the village of Ligonde. This stage runs mainly along andaderos (paths), next to the road, or in some cases along paved trails. There are many signs indicating that we are on a pilgrim route, including the famous “cruceiros” (crucifixes). Check out the Cruceiro of Lameiros and the Monastery of Our Saviour of Vilar de Donas (2 km detour off the Camino).
Day 5: Friday May 6nd Palas de Rei-Melide (15 km)
On this stage, you will move into the province of Corunna, where you will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and numerous medieval bridges, such as those in Leboreiro and Furelos. Melide, which is famous for its octopus, is an obligatory stop for pilgrims and lovers of good food.
Day 6: Saturday May 7nd Melide-Arzúa (18 km)
Today the route is similar yesterday itinerary. You will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and numerous medieval bridges, such as the most idyllic locations on the Camino in Ribadiso do Baixo near Arzua. Remember that it is a very long village.
Day 7: Sunday May 8nd Arzúa-Rúa (18 km)
Today’s route is a nice and easy walk over gentle slopes and through woodland, alternating with stretches near the road, which we will have to cross on occasions, before ending in Rua (500 m before the village of Pedrouzo). Don’t miss the beautiful sculpture of Saint James the Pilgrim in the Church of the same name in Boente.
Day 8: Monday May 9nd Rua-Santiago de Compostela (18 km + 4km)
The last stage on your Camino de Santiago. The proximity of your goal will bring mixed feelings. On one hand, you will be eager to reach the desired end of the journey, yet on the downside, the feeling that comes to every pilgrim is that the journey is over. A stage of anxiety and joy, where distance does not matter, because you are “already there”. The route today is flat, except for the climb to San Marcos, from Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo and down to Santiago de Compostela. The entire city of Santiago de Compostela is magical, but especially its Cathedral, which deserves a special visit. Once in Santiago, there is a 4km walk before arriving at the Cathedral.
After the Cathedral, you will go straight to the Parador, one of the most magnificent and best located in the whole of Spain.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Day 9: Tuesday May 10th (Farewell dinner included tonight)
Our guide will pick you at the Parador for a morning of discovery.
SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL: CATHEDRAL OF CATHEDRALS
There are some places in the world where one is mysteriously magnified on arrival or departure by the emotions of all those who have arrived and departed before, said Cees Nooteboom on the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in his book Roads to Santiago. It is undoubtedly the most outstanding example of Romanesque architecture, marking the end of the journey which, for centuries, has led people on the most famous pilgrimage in all of Christianity.
Includes: Private guided visit to the Cathedral and Old city. Tickets.
SANTIAGO . Half-Day trip to Finiesterre
After lunch, (own expense) our guide with the driver will pick you at the Parador for a trip to Finisterrre to enjoy the Sunset there. Private transfer back to Santiago in the evening.
EPILOGUE AT THE END OF THE WORLD: FINISTERRE
After the impressive efforts that pilgrims go through to reach their final destination in Santiago de Compostela, today it’s time to celebrate our successful enterprise and visit Finisterre, on the westernmost cape in Spain. its geographical location and impressive sunsets led Decimus Junius Brutus (the Roman general who conquered Galicia) to believe that this was indeed the place where the sun died at dusk.
The area surrounding this headland has been considered a magical place since the earliest times, and legend has it that the Celts set up an altar, the Ara Solis, upon which they worshipped the sun.
After a walk through these marvelous landscapes we will finally reach the lighthouse, the majestic sight of the cliffs overhanging the Atlantic Ocean, the sea battering against them and the feeling that there is nothing between this remote corner of Europe and the New World but this enormous mass of water, will leave their mark on us. After all, it’s not every day you get to see the sun go down at World’s End, as Finisterre, during the period of Classical Antiquity, was thought to be the end of the known world (Finis terrae).
Let’s take time to discover this corner of our coast, where the magic of the place will guide our footsteps.
Includes: Private guided tour in Finisterre. Private driver at disposal.
Duration: 5h including roundtrips from Santiago de Compostela (around 160Km total).
We’ll have included dinner tonight… we all deserve a special dinner after all the huge achievement we’ve done! Well done!
SANTIAGO . Day-trip to the Rias Baixas (Lunch and wine tasting included)
Day 10: Wednesday May 11nd
Meet your driver in the lobby of the hotel for a full day excursion into the Rias Baixas, one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Galicia.
THE RÍA, A MEDIEVAL FAMILY, A VILLA, A GARDEN… AND A WINERY
We’ll visit a remarkable pazo, the unique Galician manor. The original 12th century fortress tower was completed centuries later as a villa. The reconstruction of the property, damaged over time, began in the 18th century and was led by a French architect. The result is a French manor that today presides over the extensive vineyards and majestic gardens, renowned for their amazing camellias. The day draws to a close with a relaxed, private tasting, providing you with an up-close look at the world of Albariño wine
Includes: Private guided visit, wine tasting and lunch.
DAY OF DEPARTURE
Day 11: Thursday May 12nd
Our driver will be waiting for you at the Parador to take you to Santiago de Compostela’s airport.
Eu3563 twin share / or US$3969 (31.10.2020) – this tour is quoted in Eu rates, please note.
The hotels in the Camino cannot be confirmed until the time of reservation, as the only way to secure them is down-payment. However, all the accommodations that will be used are 3/4stars hotels in double twin room.
These are some of the accommodations that we work with:
Hotel A Parada Das Bestas, http://www.aparadadasbestas.com
Lar Da Mota, http://lardamota.net
Hotel Gastronómico Casa Rosalía, http://www.hotelcasarosalia.com
Fervenza Casa Grande, http://www.fervenza.com/
Casa Blanco, https://www.casa-blanco.com/
Pazo De Sedor, http://www.pazodesedor.com/
Pazo De Santa María, http://www.pazosantamaria.com/
For Santiago de Compostela, the accommodation will be at Parador Reyes Católicos
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