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Camino De Santiago Trek

From Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, we will follow centuries of pilgrims along the paths of the French Way.

About the trek

We will walk the final 100km of the French Way, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, following the centuries old paths of pilgrims. Passing through villages and the beautiful landscape of Galicia, this five-day walk passes numerous points of cultural and historical interest along the way. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the way, is named after the Apostle Saint James (Santiago) who is buried here.

Our is not a religious tour. The Camino is about the journey and to the majority of people it symbolises a time of reflection, learning and fresh starts.

Whether you feel it is time for a new challenge or this is a trek, you have always had it in your mind to do – you are welcome. If you want to do this on your own and meet new people or you want to do this with friends or family – you are welcome. This is a challenge for everyone and we invite you to join us for this very special adventure.

To bring this trek to you, we are working with Different Travel, a company that our team has worked with since 2007 and who consistently deliver exceptional experiences to participants with an ethos of responsible and ethical tourism. We are in safe hands!


Itineary

Day 1 – Saturday 22nd April 2023

London to Sarria
Fly from London to either Santiago, La Coruna, Vigo, or Porto (tbc). On arrival transfer to spend your first night at a hotel in Sarria and have dinner and a briefing on the trek to come.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Sunday 23rd April 2023

Sarria – Portomarin
After a hearty breakfast, we start our walk today, through shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo has a beautiful Romanesque church, the Church of Santiago, which features pictorials of fantastic birds, Daniel, between two lions and the three wise men before Herod. The art displayed here represents the importance of resurrection and new beginnings.  When we finally arrive in Portomarin, there is time to relax at the hotel and enjoy the numerous terraces of the main plaza and learn about the history of the area.
Distance: 22km
Duration: approx 6 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +230m / -300m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 – Monday 24th April 2023

Portomarin – Palace do Rei
Leaving the village, the Camino crosses the River Miño and climbs steadily uphill. On our way, we cross Gonzar and the Romanesque Church of Santa María Castromaior, and then stop a moment to enjoy the peace and calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde. We continue on to Eirexe and its stunning Romanesque church featuring a sculpture of Daniel, as well as Santiago de Peregrino. Our overnight stop is in Palace do Rei, a small and pretty town.
Distance: 25km
Duration: approx 6.5 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +340m / -140m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 – Tuesday 25th April 2023

Palace do Rei – Arzua
Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide there is a chance to stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. Later today, the Camino follows a forest track and crosses several streams bringing us to the village of Boente, with its church of Santiago. Then we pass through the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally reach Arzùa. This small town has 2 churches that can be visited, Santa María and La Magdalena. It has a population of around 7000 and is famous for its creamy cheese, quiexo.
Distance: 29km
Duration: approx 7 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +140m / -340m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 – Wednesday 26th April 2023

Arzua – Rua Opino
Today’s shaded section of the Camino passes through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. We take our time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.
Distance: 18km
Duration: approx 5.5 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +50m / -130m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 – Thursday 27th April 2023

Rua Opino – Santiago de Compostela
The final stage today, firstly to Lavacolla, where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line the way to Monte del Gozo (the Mount of Joy), from where we can see our goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After descending to the city you will be able to witness the fantastic architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site close-up. We check into our hotel and relax after completing our camino.
Distance: 21km
Duration: approx 5.5 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +150m / -185m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 – Friday 28th April 2023

Santiago
Today is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.Take in the sights of Santiago de Compostela or optional excursions available for a supplement payable locally. Gather for a celebratory farewell dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Saturday 29th April 2023

Santiago – London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group,and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.


Costs

Registration fee: £355

Plus minimum fundraising target: £2,300


What’s Included:

  • Return flights from the UK (including all current airport taxes and fuel supplements)
  • All transport and transfers in Spain
  • Accommodation in twin rooms in minimum 2 start hotels and guesthouses (single supplement £195 subject to availability)
  • All meals throughout (except lunch on Day 7)
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Pilgrim’s Passport
  • Welcome dinner
  • Celebration farewell dinner with certificates
  • Drinking water throughout
  • Local guides on trek
  • 24 hour emergency support in Spain and the UK
  • 1st Aid trained Tour Leader
  • Charity Representative on trip
  • Regular group meetings for participants
  • Trek t-shirt
  • Completion medal and certificate
  • Fundraising support and advice

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Personal expenses (such as drinks, laundry, souvenirs, etc)
  • Any visa and vaccinations required
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional tips
  • Lunch on day 7
  • Personal clothing and equipment

For more information, contact Sarah Marsh on 01323 434284 or email sarah.marsh@stwhospice.org

Event details

Saturday 22 April 2023 - Friday 28 April 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
355

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