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Do you wish to complete a lifelong ambition in walking part of the St James’ Way (el Camino) but have concerns about your ability to do so? This special version of the final week of the Camino walking into Santiago could be the trek for you!

Here we offer a 7 night holiday during which you complete the final 100km of the St James’ Way - all you need to walk to become an official Pilgrim in Santiago and qualifying for a Pilgrim Certificate.  The days are shorter than the full version of this trek leaving you plenty of time to complete each day at your own pace and still have time to explore your destination before dinner.

The famous Way of St. James, otherwise known as the Camino de Santiago, is a five hundred mile trail across northern Spain which has been walked by pilgrims for over 1000 years. For most, the Camino ends at the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, although a further few days of walking takes the pilgrim to ‘the end of the earth’ at Finisterre with its downward pointing scallop shell signifying the actual ending and where Pilgrims once burned their boots. This walk is entirely through Galicia - an autonomous region of Spain with its own special culture and language of Galego (although Spanish is widely understood).

Starting in Sarria, you soon leave the city to follow attractive rural cart tracks weaving between stone walled fields or wander along quiet roads through hamlets and small farming communities. The approaches to Santiago remain just as peaceful through small villages and eucalyptus forests. Finally, in the last few hours and with the anticipation of reaching your goal, you enter Santiago through its clean and attractive suburbs to reach one of Spain’s most beautiful and cultural medieval cities.

The walking

Walking this section of the Camino involves average daily distances of about 11 miles (longest day 15 miles) and follows well marked paths with good surfaces.  We provide a step by step guide to the trek and location of your overnight hotel along with other supporting notes such as language and history. The itinerary below has a brief summary with approximate distance, ascent and descent.


The experience


Without doubt this holiday is about more than the usual joys of walking! In addition to the good food and wines served in your hotel at the end of each day’s trek, you will also enjoy the special atmosphere arising from the comradeship quickly established between walkers of many nationalities. At the beginning of the holiday you will be provided with a pilgrim passport. If you have this stamped at two different points each day and present it at the Pilgrim’s office by the Cathedral you will receive the ‘Compostela’ certificate commemorating your journey. You can then witness or participate in the daily Pilgrims’ Mass – an intensely memorable and moving experience.


 

Luggage Transfers

Luggage may be transported from each hotel to the next enabling you to travel with a day rucksack. Unlike our other treks, baggage transfer is an optional extra as many Perigrinos (Pilgrims) prefer to travel light and carry their own. See our price supplement for costs. There is a limit of 20Kgs per bag.

Variations

Our basic itinerary can be varied when possible. You may take rest days in one of the existing stops or stay longer at the end to explore the historical and cultural city of Santiago. Just contact us with your wishes and we will provide a quotation.

Walk Grading

Easy to Moderate 


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St James' Way

Your hotels have been selected to be friendly, welcoming and comfortable.

We offer standard and higher grade hotel options.  Our standard grade hotels all have rooms with private bathroom, and are generally 2* in category. The higher graded option utilises superior accomodation (where available) that is generally 3*. In Santiago the higher grade option included is a 4* hotel.

All hotels have been chosen to be convenient for the route.

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Day 1 Arrive Santiago de Compostela or La Coruña and transfer to Sarria in just under two hours.

Day 2 Sarria to Portomarin Follow winding cart tracks to reach Portomarin, a town raised from the valley floor stone by stone to make way for the Mino reservoir. The village can still be seen when the reservoir is low. A good stop for a rest day with historic Lugo nearby. 13 miles 7hrs Ascent 240m Descent 340m.

Day 3 Portomarin to Palas de Rey Quiet country lanes and tracks lead over the Sierra Ligonde to Palas de Rey. 15 miles 8hrs Ascent 450m Descent 180m.

Day 4 Palas de Rey to Melide A day of gently rolling hills as the Camino winds its way through ancient villages and farming communities to Melide – famous for its delicious stewed Octopus! 9 miles. 4½hrs Ascent 100m Descent 250m.

Day 5 Melide to Arzua More pretty countryside takes you to the town of Arzua.  9 miles 4hrs Ascent 140m Descent 160m.

Day 6 Arzua to Rua Continuing through rolling farmland and forests you become ever closer to Santiago.  11 miles 6hrs Ascent 200m Descent 250m.

Day 7 Rua to Santiago Before reaching the outskirts of Santiago, you pass through Lavacolla where Pilgrims once washed away weeks of dirt in the river. As you enter the city, feel a special sense of achievement as you pass through the Pilgrims’ Gate and finally stand in front of the Cathedral – the sensation is quite overwhelming. Overnight Santiago. 13 miles Ascent 50m Descent 90m.

Day 8 Return home with your Pilgrim Certificate or stay an extra night or two to explore this beautiful city.

Note:  Please bear in mind that if you wish to attend the daily Pilgrim Mass, this takes place at midday.

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Galicia has a climate which is influenced by its surrounding seas which generally gives more variable weather than the rest of Spain. Summer days are usually warm, but on some days temperatures may reach 30-35C. Rainy days are more likely in spring and autumn but both seasons offer warm, sunny days, ideal for walking. Winter can be cold but clear and bright.



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When starting in Sarria, you can fly to Santiago from London Stansted or La Coruña from London Heathrow. You will be transferred by car to your first hotel in Sarria (2 hours) and returned to the airport from Santiago at the end of the holiday (Santiago 15 minutes La Coruña 1 hour).  Or you can fly to Madrid from a number of UK airports and we can arrange an onward flight to Santiago, we do not recommend the bus from Madrid due to the journey time. 

If you wish to make your own way to Sarria, we will deduct the cost of the transfer.

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Sarria to Santiago – 7 nights

2014

Own travel arrangements –includes transfers Santiago airport to Sarria, and Santiago City to Santiago Airport* plus pilgrim passport

* call for details of price of transfer to/from from La Coruna and for amount to be deducted if no transfers taken.

With Flights includes – typical flight prices London Stansted to/from Santiago, transfers Santiago airport to Sarria, and Santiago City to Santiago Airport* plus pilgrim passport

Prices are per person and based on two travellers sharing a room and in GBP / UK £.

Hotels

Period

With flights
6 nights half board Standard room, 1 night B&B

Extra nights

Single Room
Supplement
per night

Own travel
arrangements
6 nights half board standard room, 1 night B&B

Standard Graded Hotels
(mostly 2*)

All year

620

POA

21

505

Higher Graded Hotels
(mostly 3*)

All year

745

POA

29

630

Country House Hotels

All year

805

POA

25

690

Baggage transfer £58 per bag, max 20kgs

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