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Walking holidaysWalking the Camino de Santiago - shorter daily distances

Discover the unique and unforgettable experience of walking an ancient pilgrim route, the Unesco World Heritage Way of Saint James,'Camino de Santiago'.

From 618 € per person

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Difficulty:Moderate

Details ...

Duration:7 nights, 8 days

Dates:April to 31st October

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Undulating or hilly terrain with perhaps three ascents per day.

Average daily distance / climb:12 miles (20 km) / 976 ft (298 m).

Description

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance which continues to be shared by pilgrims from all walks of life. It is the only long-distance route to have been awarded World Heritage recognition.

  • Walk the 6 final stages of the Camino from the Galician town of Sarria to Santiago de Compostela covering the last 113kms of this long distance trail.
  • Reliable luggage transport will mean that your bag will always be at your next hotel when you get there. Leave all the details to us!
  • We have divided this tour into smaller daily stages to make them more manageable for everyone.
  • Our telephone support means that if you get too tired or if you want to skip a day´s walk, you can just call us and we´ll arrange a taxi for you.
  • A hearty meal will be waiting for you at the end of each day to replenish your energy and a comfortable bed each night will ensure you are ready for the next day.
  • Experience the elation as you wak into the main square of Santiago de Compostela with its awe-inspiring cathedral, shrouded in centuries of myths and legends.

... The Camino is more than a journey across the Spanish landscape. It is a personal journey which unites people from many parts of the globe, all of whom decide to undertake this unique pilgrimage.

The Finisterre extension:

You can also walk on to Finisterre, the "End of the Earth", an additional five days, reputedly the landing site for the remains of Saint James, Jesus' apostle and where traditionally the pilgrim takes a last cleansing dip in the sea!


Ask us for more details and prices.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Sarria

Arrival at the Galician town of Sarria, the starting point for all pilgrims wishing to complete the last 113 kms of the Camino.

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarin

Distance: 14 miles (23 km). Climb: 984 ft (300 m).

Today you set off on the Camino walking through ancient oak, birch and chestnut forests and later through many hamlets dotted around areas of cultivated land and grazing pastures along quiet country lanes and natural pathways. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you walk through a part of rural Spain that seems to be caught in a time warp!

Day 3: Portomarin to Lestedo

Distance: 12 miles (20 km). Climb: 1476 ft (450 m).

Pine forests, corn fields, meadows and leafy green woodland accompanies you on this strech of the Camino. You will also cross a number of small villages full of rural character, with ancient stone-built houses in age-old villages that reflect the simpler pace of life of a bygone era.

Day 4: Lestedo to Melide

Distance: 12 miles (20 km). Climb: 1476 ft (450 m).

Today you will cross several beautiful river valleys as you follow secluded pathways through mature woodland. The area is full of medieval castles as well as Romanesque churches and ancient settlements.

Day 5: Melide to Arzua

Distance: 9 miles (14 km). Climb: 295 ft (90 m).

A short stage day to give your legs a rest! You will walk amongst woodland, meadows and small orchards which surround the many small villages you go through. You'll be tempted to stop and savour each one you encounter!

Day 6: Arzua to Rua

Distance: 12 miles (19 km). Climb: 394 ft (120 m).

This part of the Camino weaves its way towards Santiago through ondulating fields and tiny villages, each one a hidden gem with stone-built houses, narrow streets and seemingly standing still in time. You can breathe the history along the way and can only imagine how many thousands of people over the centuries have shaped this legendary route.

Day 7: Rua to Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 14 miles (23 km). Climb: 1230 ft (375 m).

Time to relish the last remaining kilometres of your adventure. Today the Camino leads you into the very heart of the unique city of pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela, into the Plaza de Obradoiro overlooking the Cathedral built in honour of Saint James. A city shrouded in centuries of legends, you will arrive elated to the echos of the pilgrims who have gone before you! This is a truly spiritual and uplifting experience! With a buzz of satisfation and a smile on your face you will arrive with enough time to get your “Compostelana” or Pilgrim’s Passport. This singular city offers many important landmarks for you to enjoy, every corner imbued with history and atmosphere. You won't want to say goodbye!

Day 8: Return or extra nights in Santiago

Departure or why not linger in Santiago a few days to rest and enjoy. How about a touch of Luxury in the 5 star Parador?

Travel

Frequent questions:

Which airport should I fly to?
Santiago International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point?
You can book our private taxi airport transfer to Sarria (1h:30m approx).

Public transport: Bus from Santiago to Sarria: Monday to Friday, 18:00-21:00; Weekends, Santiago to Lugo and Lugo to Sarria, (buses every couple of hours). We recommend you double check all times and prices.

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Hotels

Our hotels are conveniently positioned near or on the Camino. They are typically of 2 or 3 star grading. All rooms are en-suite. Here are some descriptions and photos of hotels we use:

Bedroom in Sarria hotel

Night 1: Sarria

Simple rooms in an informal 1930s hotel offering a popular country-style restaurant with a bar & a terrace.

Bedroom in Portomarín hotel

Night 2: Portomarín

A relaxed hotel with views of the Miño River only a few minutes walk from the Church of San Xoán and the centre of town and its many restaurants.

Hotel in Lestedo

Night 3: Lestedo

Small, modern hotel in a rural and secluded location. This hotel provides comfortable accommodation and very pleasant gardens for the weary walker.

Bedroom in Melide hotel

Night 4: Melide

A casual, family run hotel on the very heart of the Camino, this hotel features a typical galician restaurant and bar.

Hotel in Arzúa

Night 5: Arzúa

Lovely small modern hotel on main street. Very helpful staff, good food, bright clean comfortable rooms.

Hotel in O Rua

Night 6: O Rua

Small and charming rural hotel offering carefully decorated and bright rooms. Traditional Galician cooking using the best products of land and sea.

Dining area in Santiago de Compostela hotel

Night 7: Santiago de Compostela

Located in the center of Santiago de Compostela, just 450 metres from the cathedral. It offers elegant rooms with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.

Prices

Basic price:

Per person in double room618 €

This includes:

  • 7 nights' accommodation. 7 breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (all except Santiago).
  • PILGRIM'S PASSPORT.
  • One item of luggage is transfered per person.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

Supplements:

Single room supplementHelp button125 €

For those travelling with others, but wanting a room to themselves each night.

Extras:

Extra item of luggage36 €

Transfers:

Taxi Santiago Airport to Sarria (1-4 persons)Info button115 €

Transfer journey 1hr and 30 mins approximately

Other options:(Prices on request)

Extra night(s) in Santiago 

If interested, please contact us with your plans, requirements and queries,

or simply use the "Get a quote" section, which we would recommend.

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Reviews

a truly unforgettable experience

The holiday was a truly unforgettable experience and we enjoyed it very much.

Everything you organised went very smoothly, the accommodation was good and our baggage always arrived safely!

Thank you very much.

Sue Birchall, UK.

great job

You and your team did a great job. I organised the Camino for 9 friends and former colleagues aged from 55 to 65+. I can say to a man everyone enjoyed the holiday immensely.

All of the accommodation (well fitted out and most important immaculately clean) and meals (great local cooking with local wine) were great. Even the vegetarian had good things to eat! I still think he missed out on some lovely dishes especially the octopus.

The hotel staff were very good in all places. It was actually good that no one really spoke much English as it made us try harder to speak Spanish. The staff at all hotels were very helpful and very patient with us.

Transportation was on time and good. The countryside, little villages, small towns and most of all the people we met made this a great time for all.

Most of us had been to the 'costas' for the beach holiday but Galicia is quite something else. I think everyone will be back at some point in the future and bring their wives that time.

Thanks again for your continued help and patience.

Stephen Ferguson, UK.

great - high marks

We had a great trip! The hotels were excellent, trip information and preparation well done, luggage transfers worked well.

But you earned high marks for helping me when I was stranded before your part of the trip.

Pat Jacobsen, Vancouver, Canada

natural community - natural beauty

We had a wonderful Camino experience that was in large part due to your good work in securing our lodging and arranging for the transporting of our bags.

All went well and we have such wonderful memories of our time on the Camino.

In the end, it is the natural community that forms on the Camino as well as the natural beauty of the countryside and cities that made this a once in lifetime experience.

Martha Whitney, USA.

CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,356 tonnes of CO₂. This includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller.

We will compensate the CO₂ footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO₂ platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions by visiting myclimate. See the link below.

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