Hike the Camino de Santiago Private Group Sept 11 -17 2022 ** Only 5 Spots left
Join Val Eisnor on her 5th Camino !
The cost of the land only portion of this trip is $1635 including taxes per person.
Walking Tour dates are September 11-17, 2022.
This is the last 100 km of the Camino so each of you will earn your Compostela at the end of the walk.
Start Location Sarria, SpainFinish Location Santiago de CompostelaAccommodation:Hotel 2 nightsPension 3 nightsPrivate apartment1 night Rooming Requirements Twin ShareIncluded Meals:6 x Breakfasts1 x LunchTransport On footLeader/Guide 1 x English Speaking Leader throughoutIncluded Activities Per Daily itinerary Entrance/Admission Fees Where applicable with included activitiesSupport 24-hour support from the local Intrepid office.Exclusions:• Airport transfers• International Flights• Any visas required• Services not mentioned in the itinerary• Late check out at hotels• Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary• Drinks with included lunches and dinners• Tips for leaders, guide and driver• Expenditure of personal nature• Personal Insurance• Optional activities
Made Walk the Camino de Santiago with host Val Eisnor
Day 1: Sarria
Welcome to Spain! Your adventure begins in Sarria in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. This autonomous
corner of the country has its own language, cuisine and culture, distinct from the rest of Spain, but is perhaps most famous for being the home of Santiago de Compostela, the finishing point of the Camino de Santiago. Over the next week you will be walking the final 100km of this iconic and world-renowned pilgrimage. A meeting will take place at 6pm this evening where you’ll meet up with your local leader and small group of fellow travellers joining you on your journey. After your meeting you may like to head out to a local restaurant for your first foray into the exciting world of Galician cuisine.Day 2: Sarria to PortomarinToday is a gentle introduction to the Camino de Santiago – it’s all about finding your feet, so be sure to take your time and pause to enjoy your scenic surroundings. Have your pilgrim passport handy as you will be getting this stamped at least twice a day throughout your journey. Kicking off from Sarria, walk a mostly asphalt path through beautiful countryside, passing forests of chestnut and oak trees, small farms, villages and wheat fields. You may like to stop for a breather at the Santiago de Barbadelo or the church of San Fiz de Reimondez – your leader will be on hand to share historical facts and interesting tidbits about the highlights you pass on your journey. Some of the little farms you pass will be selling lovely fresh produce like jams, bread and cheeses – perfect snacks to keep you going! After around 4.5 hours of walking (excluding stops) nish up for the day in the delightful town of Portomarin. An excellent spot to recharge your batteries, the town features an inviting array of restaurants and lovely views of the Embalse de Belesar lake. When the town was flooded by the creation of the Belesar reservoir, they dismantled the town’s historic buildings and rebuilt them on higher ground, so they can still be admired today. Special Information Today’s walking distance is 22km, taking approximately 5-6 hours (excluding stops).Day 3: Portomarin to Palas de ReiStarting from Portomarin, much of today’s route is along a gravel path alongside the road with little traffic, often cutting through gorgeous Galician forests and elds. Walk through the rural Monterroso region and pass by the little villages of Gonzar, Ligonde and Castromaior – a slight detour from the latter will take you to the impressive Roman ruins of Castro de Castromaior. There will be stalls along the way selling fruit, snacks and cold drinks, plus plenty of places to stop for a sit-down meal or a coffee. Around halfway, climb a gradual hill to Sierra de Ligonde, followed by a gentle descent. Today’s walk wraps up in Palas de Rei, an interesting town dotted with historical buildings and Romanesque architecture. This evening, prepare for a real treat as you get up close and personal with one of Galicia’s most mystical and celebrated specialties. The Queimada, or “re drink” has its roots in Galicia’s Celtic past, and is made with the liqueur oruju, lemon, and coffee beans, which is then set alight and said to ward off evil spirits. Not only is the result delicious, watching it come together is quite the show! Your leader will make this exciting drink for the group tonight, ensuring you won’t be bothered by any evil spirits for the rest of your journey! Special Information Today’s walking distance is 25km, taking approximately 5-6 hours (excluding stops). Included Activities Portomarin to Palas de Rei guided walk Roman ruins of Castromaior visit Queimada drink preparation & tasting Accommodation Pension As Hortas (Standard room) or similarDay 4: Palas de Rei to ArzuaGet ready for your longest day on this stretch of the Camino de Santiago, covering the distance from Palas de Rei to Arzua. Today’s terrain is undulating asphalt, so prepare for some ups and downs. First, walk to the town of Melide – home to around 9000 people, this is one of the most populated spots on your journey. Melide is renowned for its fantastic food, specialising in polbo a feira, a avoursome octopus dish. You and your group will gather together in Melide to tuck into a traditional polbo a feira lunch, which you may like to follow up with some melindres, mini glazed donuts popular in Melide. For those who wish to give their legs a rest, you’ll have the option to catch a taxi to Arzua, otherwise hit the road and continue the nal stretch of today’s journey, crossing the Iso River and navigating a series of short but steep slopes. On arrival in Arzua, be sure to ask your leader about the revered cheese made in this region – definitely a must-try while here! Special Information Today’s walking distance is 29km, taking approximately 6-7 hours (excluding stops). Included Activities Palas de Rei to Arzúa guided walk Local speciality lunch in Melide Accommodation Arzua Apartments (Standard room) or similarDay 5: Arzua to O Pedrouzo Date:Depart Arzua and reach a split in the path, where the right follows the main road, and the left cuts through shady forest. As the saying goes, the road less travelled is often the most rewarding, so veer left and enjoy a day of peaceful strolling, mostly through endearing forests and past little villages and farms – this is some of the most wonderful scenery on the whole Camino de Santiago. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way to stop and fuel up. As you draw closer to O Pedrouzo, your base for evening, pass by the Fountain of Santa Irene, the water from which was said to cure diseases of crops and illnesses of children. Special Information Today’s walking distance is 20km, taking approximately 5 hours (excluding stops). Included Activities Arzúa to O Pedrouzo guided walk Accommodation O Pedrouzo Pension Lo (Standard room) or similarDay 6: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de CompostelaGear up for your final day of walking, conquering the leg between O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela, with each step taking you closer to the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Begin by walking through dense green forest – with no cars or houses around, you may like to take this time to quietly reflect on all you’ve achieved over the past week. Next, follow a long stretch of road between Lavacolla and Monte do Gozo, then swap out rural landscapes for urban as you walk the nal 5km. Hear the sounds of Galician bagpipes welcoming you to the cathedral, marking the end of your journey along the Camino de Santiago, a truly massive accomplishment. Present your stamped pilgrim passport and receive your Camino certificate, proof that you have walked the 100km to Santiago de Compostela. If you arrive at the cathedral before noon, you can enter and participate in the pilgrims’ mass, where a list of all those who have collected their Camino certificates in the last 24 hours will be read aloud. The group will also pay a visit to the Museum of Pilgrimage to learn about the history of the Camino de Santiago and other places of pilgrimage across the world. This evening, why not treat yourself to a final dinner with the group in town – you’ve earned it! Special Information Today’s walking distance is 20km, taking approximately 5 hours (excluding stops). Included Activities O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela guided walk Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim’s museum visit Accommodation Hotel Miradoiro de Belvis (Standard room) or similarDay 7:There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.Departure Transfer additional