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Camino Pilgrimage

Live your pilgrim adventure walking the last 300 km of the Camino de Santiago also known as the St Jame's Way! This self-guided walking tour where your bags are transported daily to your next hotel or Inn gives you the perfect platform for taking in breath-taking scenery and nature, discovering local customs, food and wine and meeting other pilgrims. Visit historic monuments and lively cities such as Leon, Astorga, Ponferrada and Santiago. For many, the essence of the Camino de Santiago is about the journey, not just the destination.

Holiday Length: 16 days / 15 nights
Start City: Leon
End City: Santiago De Compostela
Departs: Daily
Type of Holiday: Walking Tour

 



ITINERARY
   

   
Day 1
  Leon
   

Arrive in Leon and fill in your pilgrim's passport (La Credencial). Discover the old quarter of Leon, a historic enclave on the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela

     
Day 2
  Leon – San Martin Del Camino or Villar De Mazarife  (26/21 km - 5 hours)
   

The route out of Leon takes you right through the city to the village of Virgen del Camino, where legend says the Virgin appeared to a shepherd in 1506, and asked him to build a shrine. (B)

     
Day 3
  San Martin or Villar – Astorga (22/29 km - 6 1/4 hours)
   

Today journey through the plains. When you reach Órbigo Hospital, move away from the main roads through two small villages. (B)

   
Day 4
  Astorga - Rabanal Del Camino (19 km - 5 hours)
   

The first village is Murias de Rechivaldo. The Camino starts a gradual and steady ascent through the oak forests with its huge Pilgrim's Oak that provides a resting point for travellers to Rabanal del Camino. (B)

     
Day 5
  Rabanal Del Camino - Molinaseca (25 km - 6 hours)
   

This stage is the highest on the route and one of the most picturesque. Visit the Iron marked by a simple tall cross on a large wooden mast. The route continues onto El Acebo, an essential stop on the Camino. Then it moves onto Riego de Ambrós and returns to the 21st century in Molinaseca. (B)

     
Day 6
  Molinaseca - Cacabelos (22.5 km - 6 hours)
   

One of the most beautiful stages, cross the Bierzo region, a sunken plain nestled within a ring of mountains before arriving in Ponferrada, Visit the Templar Castle. (B)

     
Day 7
  Cacabelos - Ambasmestas (23,9 km - 6 1/4 hours)
   

Cross the small village of Pieros to reach Villafranca Del Bierzo and visit the famous Puerta del Perdón (Door of Forgiveness) in the church of Saint James. The route moves through small villages to Ambasmestas. (B)

     
Day 8
  Ambasmestas - Cebreiro (13,7 km - 4 1/4 hours)
   

Walk through the villages of Ruitean and Las Herrerias. This is when the climb really begins, with a short but very difficult ascent. (B)

     
Day 9
  Cebreiro - Triacastela (21,7 km - 6 1/2 hours)
   

Travel through Galicia, some of the most beautiful landscapes on the Way. Walk past the Romanesque church of Santa María de O Cebreiro. Then start the climb towards Alto de O Poio (1,335 m), the highest point in Galicia on the French Route. After crossing the Alto do Poio, descent to the hamlet of Triacastela. (B)

     
Day 10
  Triacastela – Sarria (18.4 km - 5 1/2 hours)
   

Today walk through a hilly landscape into forest bridleways. Pass Fonte dos Lameiros, with its large pilgrim shell monument and after some undulating hills reach San Xil, before continuing onto Sarria through various charming villages. (B)

     
Day 11
  Sarria - Portomarin (23 Km - 6 hours)
   

Peaceful walk through oak woods past the villages of Barbadelo and Ferreiros before arriving in Portomarin. (B)

     
Day 12
  Portomarin - Palas De Rei (25.6 Km - 6 1/4 hours)
   

Cross over the Belesar dam footbridge, climbing to the village of Ligonde. Travel along andaderos (walking paths), or along paved trails. Visit the Cruceiro of Lameiros and the Monastery of Our Saviour of Vilar de Donas. (B)

     
Day 13
  Palas De Rei - Arzua (29.5 Km - 7 hours)
   

Enter Corunna, with its expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and numerous medieval bridges. Visit one of the most idyllic locations on the Camino in Ribadiso do Baixo famous for its octopus, an obligatory stop for pilgrims and lovers of good food. (B)

     
Day 14
  Arzua - Rua (18.5 Km -5 hours)
   

Nice easy walk over gentle slopes and through woodland ending in Rua. Don't miss the beautiful sculpture of Saint James the Pilgrim. (B)

     
Day 15
 

Rua - Santiago De Compostela (18.5 km + 4 km - 4 1/2 hours)

   

The last stage on your Camino de Santiago. A stage of anxiety and joy, where distance does not matter, because you are "already there". The route today is flat, except for the climb to San Marcos, from Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo and down to Santiago de Compostela. The entire city of Santiago de Compostela is magical, but especially it's Cathedral, which deserves a special visit. (B)

     
Day 16
 

Santiago De Compostela

   

This morning, exchange your pilgrim's passport. You may visit the cathedral and the surrounding areas or attend a pilgrim mass. (B)

     

INCLUDED




 

• Nightly handpicked hotels and Inns with private facilities
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel  
• Daily breakfast
• Credentials (Pilgrim's passport)
• 24/7 telephone assistance (English speaking)

     

 


 

 

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