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Duration
11 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in a combination of simple hotels or farmhouse B&Bs, or upgrade to 3-4 star hotels and comfortable guesthouses
Meals
  • 9 Dinners
  • 10 Breakfasts

Price

$1190USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CSC

Trip highlights


  • Experience the history of the trail marked by crosses, statues and grain silos
  • Walk the last 115km of the Camino at a relaxed pace and qualify for the pilgrims certificate
  • Reach Santiago on foot and experience the famous pilgrims mass
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims

A hike along the Camino in northern Spain is one of the world's great walking experiences. This trip provides the perfect option for those who want to walk the last stage of the pilgrimage route at a relaxed pace of between 10 to 18km per day, with a choice of simple or upgraded accommodations. Completing the final 115kms to Santiago means 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

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

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Make your own way to the first hotel in Sarria. Sarria is located on a hilltop with a river on either side affording you great views of the region. It was a major medieval centre for pilgrims, and the ancient atmosphere can still be felt in the Old Quarter.

Meals:  D

We recommend before leaving Sarria that you take the time to visit the Monastery of Magdalena with its church and cloister. Today you will walk through lovely tree-lined paths, roads and gravel tracks, en route to Morgade. The path ascends gently and on the way you will pass through many small hamlets. Ascent: +260m/853ft

Meals:  B,D

As you head to Portomarin today you will pass through hamlets dotted along areas of cultivated land, grazing pastures and woodlands and view the first “horreos”, typical raised grain silos. It's a relatively easy walk then a short, steep descent, before crossing the dammed river to Portomarin, where you can see ruins of the ancient flooded village, and walking into town and your accommodation. Relax and stroll this afternoon in the cafe-lined main square and visit the church which was moved here stone by stone from the old town. Descent: -385m/1263ft.

Meals:  B,D

Today's route takes you uphill through brooms which have a lovely fragrance. Along the path you will pass charming hamlets and calvaries. Continue to Ventas de Naron. Ascent: +300m/986ft.

Meals:  B,D

Descend initially to Ligonde where you will find a church dedicated to the apostle St James. Emperor Charles V stayed here on the 24th of March 1520. From Ligonde it's a fairly level walk to Palas de Rei. Descent: 135m/444ft

Meals:  B,D

Today you will walk to Melide, which is one of the larger towns along the Galician section of the walk. Descend to Casanova and via Leboreiro, before a small ascent takes you into Melide. We recommend you try the local speciality, ‘Pulpa a feira’, octopus usually served boiled and cooked with red pepper and paprika. The French Way and Camino Primitivo trails meet in Melide. Descent: 120m/394ft

Meals:  B,D

The terrain becomes much easier today as you walk through forests full of Eucalyptus trees. After Castaneda the trail dips to Ribadiso da Baixo before leading you to Arzua in the province of La Coruña. The French Way and Camino Norte trails meet in Arzua.

Meals:  B,D

Today is an easy walk with a few small hills to Salceda and your hotel.

Meals:  B,D

Today a gentle uphill then a steeper descent takes you to the town of O Pedrouzo. Continue via the villages of Amenal and San Paio to your hotel in the small town of Lavacolla, also known for its airport servicing the region.

Meals:  B,D

The last day on the trail is always a special one. 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. Continue downhill to the city. In historic Santiago de Compostela there is plenty to see and do – or you can simply relax and celebrate the end of your journey. Dinner is not included tonight so you can try one of the many restaurants in town. Ascent: +70m/230ft. Descent: -110m/360ft.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast. We can book an extra night or two for you here, also a bus trip to Finisterre to see the Atlantic coastline.

Meals:  B

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Make your own way to the first hotel in Sarria. Sarria is located on a hilltop with a river on either side affording you great views of the region. It was a major medieval centre for pilgrims, and the ancient atmosphere can still be felt in the Old Quarter. A note about the transfers on this itinerary - they are necessary as not all towns along the Way have 3-4 star hotels. The timing of the transfers can be a little flexible, eg during the walk, you can phone locally during the day or on arrival at the meeting point, to have the transfer brought forward.

Meals:  D

We recommend before leaving Sarria that you take the time to visit the Monastery of Magdalena with its church and cloister. Today you will walk through lovely tree-lined paths, roads and gravel tracks, en route to Morgade. On the way you will pass through many small hamlets. This afternoon you will be transferred back to the hotel in Sarria, where you will overnight. Ascent: +260m/853ft

Meals:  B,D

Today you will be transferred back to Morgade, where you will continue walking. As you head on foot to Portomarin you will pass through many hamlets dotted along areas of cultivated land, grazing pastures and woodlands and view the first “horreos”, typical raised grain silos. A relatively easy walk until your descent, crossing the Dam of Portomarin where you can see ruins of the ancient flooded village, and into the town for your accommodation. Ascent: +50m/164ft. Descent: -385m/1263ft.

Meals:  B,D

The route takes you through the brooms which have a magnificent fragrance. Along the path you will pass charming hamlets and calvaries. Over this stage you will pass through Ventas de Naron where you can fill your water bottles, over the gentle Sierra de Ligonde, then downhill through Previsa and Lameiros to Ligonde where you will find a church dedicated to the apostle St James. Emperor Charles V stayed in this modest village on the 24th of March 1520. This afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel in Lestedo. Ascent: +420m/1378ft.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Ligonde, where you will continue walking. Today you will walk on a quiet country road, passing a 17th Century Wayside Cross en route. Continue through Palas de Rei and other small villages until you arrive at today's destination, the hamlet of Coto. Ascent: +50m/164ft. Descent: -270m/886ft.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will walk through Melide, which is one of the larger towns along the Galician section of the Compostela Trail. We recommend you try the local speciality of ‘Pulpa a feira’, octopus usually served boiled and cooked with red pepper and paprika. Continue to Castaneda, where you will overnight. Ascent: +20m/65ft. Descent: -120m/394ft.

Meals:  B,D

The terrain becomes much easier today as you walk through forests full of Eucalyptus trees. You will be able to stop at one of many villages for lunch. Today you will walk through Arzúa in the province of La Coruña, before continuing to Salceda. This afternoon you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Lavacolla. Ascent: +120m/393ft. Descent: -370m/1214ft.

Meals:  B,D

A transfer this morning will return you to Salceda, where to continue walking from where you left off yesterday. The walk today is lovely, as you pass Eucalyptus trees, large green fields and rural landscapes. Overnight again in Lavacolla. Ascent: +100m/328ft. Descent: -300m/984ft.

Meals:  B,D

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. Continue downhill to the city. In historic Santiago de Compostela there is plenty to see and do – or you can simply relax and celebrate the end of your journey. Dinner is not included tonight so you can try one of the many restaurants in town. Ascent: +70m/230ft. Descent: -110m/360ft.

Meals:  B

Today you a free to enjoy the many cultural and gastronomic Santiago has to offer or you can take a bus to Finisterre to see the Atlantic coastline. You may wish to take in the 12pm Pilgrims Mass at the Cathedral today.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 9 dinners (or 8 on the upgrade option) - 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.
  • 10 nights in a combination of simple hotels & farmhouse B&Bs on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities - upgrade option to 3-4 hotels and comfortable guesthouses - supplement applies (note: itinerary is different, see above for details)
  • 1 walking guidebook, 1 map holder, 1 detailed day-by-day description of the itinerary for each room booked
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp - additional bags and excess weight will attract a surcharge)
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline
  • Upgrade option only - transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Pilgrim's Passport

  • Travel to Sarria and from Santiago
  • Drinks, lunches, dinner/s in Santiago
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Transfers not noted as included
  • Travel insurance
  • 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.

Grading

introductory to moderate  

The walking is graded introductory to moderate (2). Daily walks are between 10 and 18km 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
See itinerary 2 for the upgrade hotel option - 3-4 star accommodation (supplement applies - one less dinner is included with this option). With limited hotel options of this standard, transfers are necessary.This does not affect your ability to receive a Compostela certificate as long as the 100km are completed.
DN2
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.
DN3
Subject to availability over the Xmas and New Year period

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Total Priceper person from

$1190USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Fisterra Day Trip - 09:10 to 18:30 (operates daily from 15 Apr to 31 Oct)USD$50
  • excess luggage (per piece, max 20kg in weight)USD$90
  • Upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - ITIN 2USD$150
  • Single Supplement - standard hotels ITIN 1USD$370
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - standard hotels ITIN 1USD$410
  • Single Supplement - 3-4 star hotels ITIN 2USD$500
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - 3-4 star hotels ITIN 2USD$690
*Prices listed are per person

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