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Camino de Santiago Private Group Tour April 15 – 22, 2020

About Your Trip

Cost (Land only) $1795 per person based on double occupancy

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 / April 15, 2020

Destination: Santiago-Sarria

Meals Included: None

On arrival at Santiago airport, you will be met by Val Eisnor and transferred to your hotel in Sarria, the province of Lugo – just over 100 kilometres from Santiago de Compostela. (Val Eisnor will confirm the group transfer time prior to the departure date). There is no walking scheduled for today.  In your hotel upon check in, you will receive a Welcome Pack. It is a pack of essential information and documents for your trip including very detailed Travel Book with updated itinerary, route notes and maps, Pilgrim Passport, (which you need in order to receive Camino certificate upon completion of your trip!), hotel and meal vouchers, luggage tags and some extra information about the places you are going to visit on your route. This Welcome Pack is an essential piece for your trip, and Val will review the included information so you can make yourself familiar with details of the exciting route that lay ahead.

 Included Activities

  • Luggage transport between hotels
    • Each pilgrim is allowed 1 piece of luggage for the daily transfer (luggage must not exceed 20kg or 45lbs)
  • Welcome pack
  • Complimentary Group Airport Arrival Transfer

Accommodation

Hotel Alfonso IX

Day 2 / April 16, 2020

Destination: Sarria-Portomarin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin the first stage of your walk. Throughout the course of the week you will become familiar with the yellow arrows and scallop-shell symbols that guide you. For centuries this shell has been the symbol of the Camino and there are a few different interpretations of its meaning, ranging from mythical and metaphorical to practical. The walk today takes you past many small hamlets. As you walk along the Rua Maior (Maior Street) to the Magdalena Monastery and cross the beautiful Bridge of Aspera, bid farewell to Sarria. Continuing through beautiful countryside and crossing a small idyllic stream, an uphill climb takes you to the villages of Vilei and Barbadelo. Barbadelo’s church is a perfect example of rural Galician Romanesque architecture. The Camino then winds along a dirt track through farming fields flanked by trees. Pass through the hamlets of Leimán and Peruscallo. The section from Peruscallo to the village of Brea (the official 100 km mark) is one of the most beautiful sections of the route. Continue through Mirallos and arrive at Penas, then take a downhill stone track to Moimentos, followed by Mercadoiro, Moutros, Parrocha and Vilachá. A steep descent brings you to the historic town of Portomarin, your base for the night.

Today’s walk should take approximately 5–6 hours and is 23 km long.

 

Accommodation

Hote Vistalegre

 

Day 3 / April 17, 2020

Destination: Portomarin-Palas de Rei

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

With the Church of San Nicolás in your shadow, you will leave Portomarin today and make your way to Palas de Rei. Following a beautiful uphill track, then a road for a short section, an ascent takes you to a local farm and then to the town of Toxibo. At this point you will come to a very well preserved ‘hórreo’, which is a granary on stilts, typical to northern Spain. At the village of Gonzar you have the opportunity to stop at a peaceful rest area for pilgrims. After you pass through Gonzar, a steep uphill trail takes you to the small village of Castromaior. Soon you will reach a milestone that marks 80 kilometres. From Ventas de Narón, a short ascent takes you to Monte de Ligonde. Once at the top, take a downhill trail to Ligonde and then ascend to Eirexe. From here, make your way to Lestedo before continuing onto your stop for the night, Palas de Rei.

Today’s walk should take approximately 6 hours and is 25 km long.

Accommodation

Rectoral de Lestedo

Day 4 / April 18, 2020

Destination: Palas de Rei-Melida

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today the Camino follows the path to Melida. An uphill climb takes you to Os Valos before you descend slowly to the pretty town of Palas de Rei, one of the most important towns on the pilgrim’s route in Galicia. Its large and partially canopied town square is the focal point of the town, home to a town hall made of granite and whitewash render (a typical example of the region’s architecture). Leaving Palas behind, you will enter the beautiful countryside on your approach to the lovely village of San Xulián. The trail then leads you through oak groves to Casanova, and you are soon at the border of the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña. When you reach Leboreiro you will notice its modest Romanesque church. Inside is a carved image of the Virgin Mary. In Furelos you will see a four-arch medieval stone bridge. Your final destination today is Melide, one of the largest towns on the pilgrim’s route in Galicia.
Today’s walk should take approximately 4–5 hours and is 19 km long.

Accommodation

Pensión Berenguela

Day 5 / April 19, 2020

Destination: Melida-Arzúa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bid farewell to Melide and wind your way along the quiet country roads and through beautiful countryside en route to the city of Arzúa – the point at which the Camino Frances (French Way) meets the Camino del North (North Way). Along the way, you will pass the ancient pilgrimage villages of Boente, Barona and Vilantime. Cross a bridge and follow the downward path that leads you to the restored village of Ribadiso on the banks of the Iso River. Continue and arrive at Arzúa, your base for the night. A small park in the town is a popular meeting point for the locals and provides an interesting insight into local village life. Some of Arzúa’s main monuments include the 14th-century Capilla de la Magdalena and the 20th-century Iglesia de Santiago. Be sure to try some of the famous local cheese (‘queixo’ in Galician or ‘queso’ in Spanish) – it’s available for sale in many of the town’s shops and restaurants.
Today’s walk should take approximately 3–4 hours and is 15 km long.

Accommodation

Pazo Santa Maria

Day 6 / April 20, 2020

Destination: Arzúa-Rúa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you will complete one of the final stages of the Camino de Santiago. This stretch of the walk takes you through agricultural meadows, landscapes of oak and eucalyptus and a collection of sleepy villages such as Ferreiros, Boavista, O Castro and Salceda. Soon after Salceda, you will pass a monument dedicated to the pilgrim Guillermo Watt who died at this point when making his journey to Santiago. Next you will pass through Xen and Ras into Brea. From Brea, continue along the road to Santa Irene. A highlight of the day is a visit to the beautiful chapel of Santa Irene, a beautiful building with unique statues of St James (Santiago). A continuous, quiet country road then takes you eventually to your next stop, Rúa, one of the quieter places before Santiago de Compostela.

Today’s walk should take approximately 4–5 hours and is 19 km long.

Accommodation

Hotel O Pino

 

Day 7 / April 21, 2020

Destination: Rúa-Santiago de Compostela

Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on the final and key stage of the Camino de Santiago, with your ultimate goal, the city of Santiago de Compostela, in your sights. After leaving Rúa, pass through San Paio and the village of Lavacolla. Pilgrims in ancient times would wash in the stream here before continuing to Santiago. An uphill climb takes you to the village of Vilarmaior, then a gradual ascent sees you reach Monte do Gozo. It’s at this point that ancient pilgrims experienced their first views of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. This is a great spot to sit back, reflect and enjoy a well-earned rest before leaving the rural landscapes behind and heading into the urban sprawl of the city. As you come to the end of the final leg, you will walk through the town to the magnificent Plaza del Obradoiro and then to the gates of the marvellous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. After you’ve rested and rejuvenated, take the time to wander around the historic quarter of the city. Perhaps obtain your Compostela certificate while here – provided you have stamps in your Pilgrim Passport as proof of completion of the last 100 kilometres (see your detailed route notes for more information).
Today’s walk should take about 4–5 hours and is 19 km long.

Accommodation

Hotel Compostela

Day 8 / April 22, 2020

Destination: Santiago de Compostela

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast in Santiago de Compostela. You may depart at any time.

**End of Services**

Important Information

FITNESS
You will need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours, with some up-and-downs, and on varied terrain, from well-defined paths to rocky trails.

 

SELF-GUIDED TOUR

This self-guided tour will be hosted by Val Eisnor who will review the daily requirements before and during the trip.

LUGGAGE

Each pilgrim is allowed 1 piece of luggage for the daily transfer. This piece of luggage must not exceed 20kg (45lbs).

Remember – the lighter you travel the better! A soft-sided duffel or sausage bag is the ideal form of luggage. Many hotels used in Europe do not have lifts, so you must be able to carry your own luggage. If you bring excess luggage, you will need to pay an additional luggage fee of 25 Euro. This service fee will be paid locally.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance that covers overseas medical services, emergency evacuation and repatriation is required for this trip. Most health insurance policies do not provide coverage for international travel, which is why a supplement policy must be purchased. Val Eisnor will assist you with getting the right insurance for your trip.

About Your Trip

Start Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

FinishLocation Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Accommodation

As per itinerary

Rooming Requirements

Twin Share ** Rooms available upon request

Included
Meals Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 5, Airport Transfers

Arrival Airport Transfer is included on a group basis

Transport Walking,  Private Vehicle

Included Activities

Per Day-to-Day itinerary below

Entrance/Admission Fees

Where applicable with included activities

Exclusions

International flights and departure taxes, if applicable

Any visas required

Services not mentioned in the itinerary

Early check-in nor late check out at hotels, unless specified below

Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

Drinks and tips with included lunches and dinners

Tips for leaders, guide and driver

Expenditure of personal nature

Personal Insurance

Optional activities

Val Eisnor has hiked

Here is her Bio

https://www.nichetravelgroup.ca/Niche-Travel-Group-Adventure-Contact-Us.html

Val Eisnor, Adventure Specialist
“Greetings! I’m Val and I LOVE adventure travel. I have explored 50+ countries on all seven continents, including my favorites: New Zealand, Bolivia, Turkey, Croatia and Antarctica. Where do you dream of vacationing? Contact me and I’d be happy to discuss all facets of destination planning to make your next adventure unforgettable.”

Are you a hiker, biker, kayaker and/or skier? Val is all four! Ask her about the most inspiring and excellent locations to enjoy these sports.

While Val is an expert on adventures (see Val’s Travel Gallery, below), she also brings 30+ years of customer service experience working at Bell Canada. The travel industry is ever-changing and there are countless big and small decisions to make. It can be overwhelming and it takes a deft hand to navigate. This is where Val shines. Her patience and ability to be your champion during the planning stages make this aspect of adventure travel as stress-free as possible.

Val lives and breathes the travel lifestyle and she’s here to assist you with building your perfect vacation.

 

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