The Camino de Santiago – A Pilgrim’s Journey

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  • June 26 – July 5, 2022
  • Galicia, Spain
  • Galicia, Spain
  • June 26-July 5, 2022
  • 10 Days/9 Nights
  • 8-12 Guests

Overview

For thousands of years, pilgrims have traversed The Camino de Santiago. Follow in their footsteps as you spend 10 days in Northern Spain. 

This Camino is not a race. This is a slower-paced experience where we average about 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) per day and cover a total of 113 kilometers (70 miles). Completing this tour will make you eligible to receive the Compostela, the official certificate of completion issued by the Cathedral in Santiago.

Join an expert Camino guide who will be with you every step of the way to share facts about the history of this sacred trail and tips on how to make the most of the trip. Maps and historical information will be provided each day. 

Highlights:

  • Walking ancient pilgrimage pathways 1000 years old
  • Visiting Archaeological sites
  • Enjoying medieval villages
  • Savoring local Galician cuisine
  • Melting your tired muscles with a needed massage 
  • Guided tour of Santiago de Compostela city
  • Optional Extension tour to Finisterre
  • Learning about the fascinating history of Spain
  • Connecting with other women and pilgrims on the Camino

Are you ready to embark on your Camino? Leave the details to us and get ready to be impressed. 

Your Guide: Monica is from Galicia, Spain. Before becoming a guide, she worked as a journalist and Spanish language teacher (you can practice your español with her!). She has walked the Camino many times and loves sharing it with new pilgrims. 

You Facilitator: Regina is from the Pacific Northwest. She lived in Spain for 10 years and speaks fluent Spanish. Trekking the Camino is one of her fondest travel memories. Regina will make sure your journey in Spain runs smoothly.

Itinerary

Day 1 – June 26th – Sunday

You’ll meet the rest of your crew at the Santiago airport on the first day. Our private driver will pick us up at the airport and take us to Lugo, our home for the first night.

Enjoy a group welcome dinner and get to know your walking buddies. Tonight we’ll hit the hay early because we start our trek in the morning light

Meals included: Welcome dinner

Day 1 Hotel: Mendez Nunez 

Day 2 – June 27 – Monday

Good morning, Pilgrim! 

We pick up the trail right outside our hotel in Sarria. Boots on and our luggage in the support van, we are ready to seize the day. 

A filling breakfast is offered at the hotel before we start walking. Sip a frothy cafe con leche to get you going. 

You and your Camino crew will traverse the final 110-kilometers of the Camino, which is the last section of a much longer trail. 

But today the plan is to cover just 18 kilometers from Sarria to Portomarin. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of Northern Spain. 

You’ll grab lunch on your own along the trail–there are many local places to stop for a quick bite or a more leisurely meal with wine or beer. 

Our group will stop in Portomarin for the night. Your luggage will be waiting for you at the hotel. 

Wash off the trail dust and relax a bit before a hearty group dinner served at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kilometers walked: 18

Day 2 Hotel: Casa do Maestro https://casadomaestro.com/ Looks great!

Day 3 – June 28th – Tuesday

We’re up early to beat the heat. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and fill your water bottle for today’s trek. 

Starting from Portomarin, we ascend through woodlands and then over our high point for the day, the Sierra Ligonde. Our morning is spent on hushed country lanes. From the top, views abound in every direction. 

The villages we pass through today have long-standing associations with the Camino—just think of how many pilgrims have walked these trails before you over the centuries! You are following in many footsteps.

Lunch is on your own. Eat at a local restaurant along the way with a walking buddy or grab a quick bite on your own. Our group will travel together each day, but that does not mean we are joined at the hip. Your pace may be faster or slower, depending on the day. You might feel chatty in the morning and need space for self-reflection in the afternoon. You do you. There is time and space for it. 

A final climb brings us to Airexe, a petit village where we stop for the day. Our driver will take us from Airexe to our countryside hotel for the evening. 

Freshen up and then swap trail stories over drinks. Enjoy a delicious Spanish dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kilometers walked: 17

Day 3 Hotel: Casa Roan https://www.casaroan.com/ 

Day 4 – June 29th – Wednesday

You’re awake early for breakfast at the hotel before lacing up and heading down the trail. You have been walking a couple of days now. You are finding your stride and getting used to the rhythm of the Camino. 

Today you will cut through the town of Palas de Rei, or Palace of the King, named after an 8th-century Visigoth king who was in charge around these parts once upon a time.

Stop for lunch when you feel hungry. There are cafes and restaurants along the way. 

From Palas de Rei, the route undulates and eventually drops us in San Xulian, a classic Camino village with a 12th-century church worth admiring. 

Our pilgrim group will continue onward, traversing forested trails and two river valleys.

In O Coto, we’ll meet up with our driver and zip off to our hotel for a well-earned dinner and a good night’s rest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Kilometers walked: 16 kilometers

Day 4 Hotel: Casa Roan https://www.casaroan.com/ 

Day 5 – June 30th – Thursday

After breakfast at the hotel, lace up those boots and grab your walking sticks, because we’re off to Leboreiro, a quintessential Camino village. Snap some photos and then hit the trail toward the village of Furelos to admire its medieval bridge.

You are halfway through your 110-kms journey. How do you feel? Each day you settle in more to Camino life. 

Melide is the next stop on your route. Plan to grab lunch at a local pulperia to sample one of Galicia’s specialties—pulpo Gallego, aka steamed octopus. Don’t knock it until  you’ve tried it!

After lunch, we ascend and descend, traversing quaint hamlets and swaths of forest to end our walk at Castañeda.

Castañeda’s claim to fame is its kilns. Here, locals once fired limestone brought in by pilgrims from the town of Triacastela. The lime was then transported to Santiago where builders used it to construct the cathedral.

Castañeda is your home for tonight. You’ve walked 17 kilometers today–nice work! Rest up for a bit and then join the rest of your pilgrim buddies for dinner and wine. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kilometers walked: 17

Day 5 Hotel: Tonight we step it up luxury-wise to stay at the lovely Pazo de Sedor. A pazo is a traditional Galician home similar to a manor house in other parts of Europe, normally located in the countryside former homes of important people in the region. 

Day 6 -July 1 – Friday

Fuel up during breakfast at the hotel because we start the day with cardio. Are you ready for your morning ascent? You will earn your wine and tortilla de patatas today!

Our pilgrim crew starts off today’s adventure with a steady climb followed by a descent into the beautiful village of Ribadiso, home to the oldest albergue (a pilgrim hostel) on the Camino. 

The next town on the trail is Arzua, a hamlet famous for producing creamy cheeses. You might pick up a wedge for lunch and enjoy it with a hunk of fresh bread and fruit. 

As we continue, our hike is peppered with compact villages tucked into eucalyptus forests. Towns along the trail with names such as Rua, Calzada, and Calle all refer to the word “road” in Spanish, a nod to the Camino’s long history in these parts.

We stop for the evening in Salceda. There, our driver will take us to our countryside hotel where we will enjoy dinner together and in this peaceful place.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kilometers walked: 19

Day 6 Hotel: Pazo de Andeade dating from the 18th century complete with dovecote, its own chapel, an oak grove and banana trees which line the drive.  

Day 7 – July 2 – Saturday

You’re getting closer to our final destination, Santiago de Compostela. But today, we will enjoy the journey. 

Our pilgrim posse continues westward on the trail, descending from Alto de Santa Irene through stands of eucalyptus. 

Have a quiet lunch on your own or grab a bite with friends you’ve connected with along the Camino. 

After lunch, we will make our way through the small villages of Rua and Amenal before tackling one of the final Camino ascents.

You will be warmed up when you make this steady climb. Once on the top, we’ll visit Lavacolla, a place where pilgrims used to wash in a shallow stream before entering Santiago.

Our driver will meet us in Lavacolla and take us to our hotel for some much deserved refreshments and dinner.

Meals included : Breakfast, Dinner

Kilometers walked: 17

Day 7 Hotel: Pazo Xan Xordo our regal feeling residence for the boasts a chapel, a granary and a stone cross and is bordered by a river. 

Day 8 – July 3 – Sunday

This is our last day walking the Camino together. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then lace up your boots. It’s time to see the finish line! Our goal is to arrive in Santiago in time for Pilgrims’ Mass at 12noon. 

We begin with a climb from Lavacolla to Monte del Gozo, or Mount Joy, where on a clear day the towers of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral can be spotted. 

The saying goes that if you are the first in your group to spot the church towers, you may officially change your name to King (Rey, Leroy, Le Roi). Or maybe Queen? It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

The walking portion of our journey ends today at the steps of the cathedral. Stop in to partake in Pilgrims’ Mass at 12 noon. 

After mass, enjoy a hearty lunch with the group before checking into the hotel.

You’ll have time today to get your Compostela stamp and look around this beautiful city. You might just want to sit in a plaza and pat yourself on the back while enjoying a glass of wine.

We have much to celebrate. Walking so many kilometers is a great accomplishment, and while your feet may be tired, your heart will be full. Together, we will meet for a champagne toast followed by a special dinner. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Celebratory Dinner

Kilometers Walked: 11

Day 8 Hotel: Parador de Santiago de Compostela, this is said to be the oldest hotel in the world dating back to the 15th century. You’ll be spoiled here and you deserve it. 

Day  9 – July 4 – Monday

You did it, pilgrim. Wake up slowly and enjoy your beautiful hotel room! 

Today, it’s time to see what Santiago is all about. Indulge a leisurely breakfast at the hotel followed by a two-hour walking tour of Santiago and the cathedral with an expert guide. Fall in love with a city that has been stealing hearts for centuries.

The afternoon is yours to explore Santiago and do some shopping. Find a lunch spot and linger. 

Our group meets this evening for a dinner experience fit for a foodie. Our tapas crawl will take us to the city’s best while we taste and explore the best tastes and delights of this gorgeous historic town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kilometers walked: Zero!

Day 9 Hotel: Parador de Santiago de Compostela

Day  10 – July 5 – Tuesday

It’s time to say “adios” to your pilgrim friends. After breakfast at the hotel, a private driver will take the group to the airport in Santiago. Or, extend your trip and keep exploring Spain. We can help you arrange this.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kilometers walked: Zero!

Optional Extension: A Guided tour to Finisterre on the sea, please inquire.

Note: A support van will assist with your luggage, freeing you up to travel light during the day.  All hotels, breakfasts, and delicious Galician dinners with wine are included in the tour price. You can purchase lunch and snacks at frequent checkpoints and rest stops along the way….you’ll also want to get your passport stamped at each place you stop whether it be a bar or a church, almost every place will give you a stamp when you ask for it!

GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!

NOTE -> Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.

Trip Cost

Trip Cost: 6,995 Euros

 

  • *All our trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay. If you’re traveling with a friend/relative, or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, double occupancy is often available for a reduction in cost. There is limited availability, however. Please inquire.
  • Interest-free payment plans are available. Please inquire.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights at beautiful hotels and B n B’s
  • 2 nights in a 5* Parador
  • A GG2P welcome gift
  • Breakfast and dinner nightly
  • A support van to carry your heavy packs
  • An English & Spanish speaking facilitator accompanying you every step of the way
  • Group airport transfer from Santiago de Compostela on arrival and departure
  • Private land transfers for the group throughout the entire adventure, if you feel you need a break from walking
  • Local expert bilingual guide walking with us
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • A planning guide to get you ready for this adventure & pre-tour planning meeting on Zoom
  • A much needed massage
  • A champagne toast upon arrival to Santiago! 
  • A tour of Santiago de Compostela with a guide

What’s not Included?

  • Roundtrip airfare (or other transportation) to Spain. 
  • Any additional spa treatments desired beyond what is described (1 massage included). 
  • Any personal souvenirs or purchases
  • Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals 
  • Lunches unless otherwise specified (you will eat lunch on the trail each daily)
  • Gratuities.
  • Expenses of a personal nature – telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any other services not specified above
  • Travel insurance – highly recommended, medical travel insurance is required for anyone over 50 years of age

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