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Duration
10 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 9 nights in a combination of charming hotels and Paradors
Meals
  • 8 Dinners
  • 9 Breakfasts

Price

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$2590USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CPI

Trip highlights


  • Experiencing the historical significance of the pilgrim trail, one of the world's great walking experiences
  • Staying in charming hotels, manor houses and paradors for maximum comfort
  • Reaching the fabled Santiago de Compostela cathedral on foot
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of hikers and pilgrims along the trail

Following the well worn Camino trail in northern Spain is one of the world's great walking experiences. This trip provides the perfect option for those who want to experience the trail and stay in a mix of charming hotels and Paradors along the way, often in historic buildings updated inside for maximum comfort. As you are walking more than 100kms, you are eligible to receive the official Compostela certificate. Along the walk, gain a wonderful appreciation of the historic significance of the trail while reflecting on the meditative role that walking offers the pilgrim. Passing through mixed landscapes, there are numerous reminders of the pilgrims past who travelled the route including crosses, statues and grain silos. The gates of Galicia lead on to the fabled Santiago de Compostela with its famous cathedral, site of the tomb of St James.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Make your way to Villafranca del Bierzo and check into the Parador for 2 nights. The parador has great views of the northwest of the region of El Bierzo and the south of the Ancares mountain range. The town has a rich monumental heritage and its old centre has been declared Property of Cultural Interest.

Meals:  D

This morning you will be transferred to Herrerías to start your Camino. You will walk via La Faba to Laguna de Castilla, where you will find a wonderful example of a functional Galician 'palloza'. This traditional structure has stone walls with a conical, slanting roof and is a typical dwelling of this region. Continue through the scrub land to reach O Cebreiro (at 1330m) where you will meet your 4pm transfer to take you back to Villafranca for your overnight stay. Distance 8km/5mi, +605m/1985ft

Meals:  B,D

A transfer this morning will take you back to O Cebreiro, in the region of Galicia, to commence your mostly downhill walk. Early morning mists give way to ethereal hilltops that look like floating islands and along the way you will encounter amazing views in every direction. In Hospital de la Condesa take the time to visit the Iglesia San Juan with its unusual stone roofed belfry and the cross of Santiago. Pass through the village of Triacastela on your way to Samos for your late afternoon transfer to Monforte de Lemos. Distance 30km/18.6mi

Meals:  B,D

An 8.30am transfer will take you back to Samos to commence your walk. Samos has as its centrepiece an enormous monastery founded in the sixth century, The Monastery of St Julian, an active Benedictine monastery. From here you will pass through Sarria and on to Barbadelo, following a winding path between the river and railway to cross a stream. Climb up through ancient woodlands to meet your 4pm transfer back to Monforte. Distance 17.5km/10.8mi

Meals:  B,D

Return to Barbadelo this morning to continue your walk. You are now experiencing rural Galicia at its best following a well-worn path along granite stepping stones and narrow laneways to stay above the flood prone area below. Gently climb to Ferreiros and Vilacha before descending steeply to the bridge spanning the Miño river. Overnight in Portomarin. Distance 16.5km/10.2mi

Meals:  B,D

Today you will find varied terrain on your journey to Palas de Rei. You will commence with a climb up a woodland path to then make numerous crossings over the main road. If you have time, take an optional detour from Portos to Vilar de Donas where you will find the Church of San Salvador, constructed in the middle of the 12 century. After another gentle climb around the side of Rosary Heights you will descend to Palas de Rei and your comfortable hotel. Distance 25km/15.5mi

Meals:  B,D

The terrain becomes easier today as you walk through the villages of Casanova and Leboreiro past eucalyptus trees. There are many places along the way to stop for coffee and lunch. Crossing over the River Seco on the Magdalena Bridge you will reach Furelos and Melide. Continue to your comfortable lodging Pazo Santa Maria (near Arzúa) in the province of La Coruña. Distance 29.5km/18.3mi

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk will bring you to the small town of Rua which has a population of only 50 people. The walk is lovely, passing large green fields and rural landscapes. Meet your transfer at 4pm to take you to your overnight accommodation. Distance 18km/11.2mi

Meals:  B,D

You are transferred back to Rua at 9am this morning to commence your walk. Today you will pass many ancient sites including monuments, chapels and bridges – all have a story to tell. Follow country lanes and forest paths through increasingly populated countryside. The last day on the trail is always a special one. Walk into the city - the Parador is adjacent to the cathedral. Arriving in the fabled Santiago de Compostela, there is plenty to see and do – or you can simply relax and celebrate the end of the journey. Dinner is not included tonight so you can try one of the many restaurants in town. Distance 20km/12.4mi

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners (no dinner in Santiago): Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by chicken, red meat, fish or a pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 9 nights in Parador, manor houses and charming hotels on a twinshare basis
  • Information pack including route notes & guidebook per room booked
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp - additional bags and excess weight will attract a surcharge)
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline
  • Pilgrim's Passport
  • Transfers on days 2, 3, 4

  • Travel to Villafranca del Bierzo and from Santiago
  • Drinks, lunches and 1 dinner (in Santiago)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • excess baggage charges - please advise us if you will have more than one bag weighing a max of 20kgs as extra charges will apply for additional pieces of luggage. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as we only include one bag and they will be charged as an extra bag. Charges will be higher if not paid when final balance for your trip is due.

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  

The walking is graded moderate (3). Daily walks are between 8 and 30km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to mountainous. This is a well worn path where route finding will be reasonably straight forward (refer below for further details on self guided adventures). The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns and cities. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily

Notes

DN1
Departures from November to February are likely to experience wetter and colder conditions than at other times with snow possible. Winter can be a magical time to experience the Camino with fewer people and more local encounters, but the walking day is shorter. In addition, hotel closures are possible which may require a change in overnight towns.

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Total Priceper person from

$2590USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Fisterra Day Trip - 09:00 to 17:30 (operates daily from 15 Apr to 15 Oct)USD$44
  • Single SupplementUSD$580
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$1090
*Prices listed are per person

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Making Europe Affordable

We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

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Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

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With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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