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The Camino, a Walking Journey for the Soul (5390)

11 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

2023 Tour Details

The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the 9th Century, when the tomb of the evangelical apostle St. James was discovered in what is today Santiago de Compostela. Since then, pilgrims from all over the world have walked St. James' Way, originally seeking forgiveness for their sins, and nowadays often just to spend time on a journey of personal growth. This is a challenging experience as it involves a significant physical effort as you walk through forests and along busy roads for many miles each day. Your rewards will be intangible, but priceless: an opportunity to enjoy nature, meditate, search for answers and challenge your limits, discover beautiful rural areas of northern Spain, and make friends with whom you’ll have shared one of the most significant experiences of your life. At the end of your journey, relax on an excursion by coach to Finisterre and Muxia and a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela. You will receive the Compostela Certificate upon completion of the entire route on foot.

2022 has been designated Jacobean Jubilee Holy Year, an event that adds even more significance to this pilgrimage for believers. The next one will be in 2027.

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 Tour Highlights

Notes:

Small groups (maximum 20)
You will require a good level of physical fitness as well as some training before starting the walk. If unable to complete any of the stages on foot, transportation by taxi will be arranged at an extra cost. One piece of luggage per person, not exceeding 20 kg/44 lbs will be transported daily during the walk from the lobby of your overnight hotel to the next overnight hotel. You will need to pack a backpack containing essentials for the day (such as water, raincoat, essential medication, money, sunblock, etc.) that you will carry during the walk.

Mass services are available every evening at each overnight town/village. In Santiago, attend the Pilgrim Mass (Mass services may be in local language and venues are subject to change).

Hotel accommodation is of simple standards, often with no elevators and porterage at the hotels is not provided.

Transportation:

Train transfer from Madrid to Sarria and from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid. Transfers by coach between hotel and railway station and v.v. in Madrid and Sarria and coach excursion to Finisterre and Muxia. The rest of the itinerary is on foot, and daily distances are listed in the day-by-day itinerary.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily, 8 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN Check into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring this bustling city on your own with the help of the CosmosGO app. Later, meet your tour companions and the Tour Director during the included welcome dinner at your hotel. Your Tour Director will explain the dos and don’ts of the walk and give you some important advice.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

MADRID–SARRIATransfer to the train station to board the train to Sarria (you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage). On arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure; maybe go look at the early-Gothic Church of O Salvador on the Main Street, the 13th century Convent of A Madalena at the outskirts of the old town or enjoy a drink with your fellow pilgrims on the river walk next to the hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
Today’s distance (by train): 313mi / 504 km

Day 3

SARRIA–PORTOMARIN. Approximately 23 km/14.3 mi – avg 6 hrs – difficulty 3/3).
This is the real start of the journey. May every step be a thought on peace and an extension of loving kindness. Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak forest and through pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. You will also pass through the village of Ferreiros. On arrival in Portomar ín, relax at one of the many outdoor cafes in the main square.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

PORTOMARIN–LESTEDO Approximately 20 km12.5 mi–Average 4.5 hrs – Difficulty 2/3.
Let your mind wander and the feet follow. Begin the day by crossing over the Belesar dam footbridge, then start a gradual climb to the village of Ligonde. This stage mainly runs along andanderos (paths) next to the road or, in some cases, along paved trails. There are many signs indicating the pilgrim route, including the famous cruceiros (crucifixes). Check out the Cruceiro of Lameiros and the Monastery of Our Saviour of Vilar de Donas (2 km/1.2 mi detour off the Camino). Overnight in Lestedo.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

LESTEDO–MELIDE. Approximately 18 km 11.2 mi – Average 4 hrs – Difficulty 2/3.
Keep an open mind and heart, let go of expectations, and enjoy the feeling of freedom along this ancient pilgrim path. The Camino takes you into the province of Coruña, with its fine eucalyptus and pine expanses, and numerous medieval bridges, such as the ones in Leboreiro and Furelos. Melide is an obligatory stop for food lovers; the best known local delicacy here is octopus.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

MELIDE–ARZUA Approximately 14 km 8.7 mi–Average 3.30 hrs–Difficulty 2/3.
The Camino can be a powerful catalyst for positive change. Today’s landscapes are similar to the previous day’s, with some idyllic locations such as the Camino in Ribadiso da Baixo near Arzúa. Arzúa is where the modern town with its bars, restaurants and the Church of St James overshadows the Medieval center.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

ARZUA–AMENALApproximately 25 km 15.5 mi–Average 6 hrs–Difficulty 2/3.
Finding the courage to face our fears and stepping outside our comfort zone can lead us to self discovery. The route today is a nice and leisurely walk over gentle slopes and through woodland, combined with some stretches along the road, which you will have to cross on occasions.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

AMENAL–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Approximately 15 km 9.5 mi–Average 4 hrs–Difficulty 2/3.
Our experiences and encounters are waymarks to the inner path. This is the last stage of your Camino de Santiago. Today, distance will not matter. There is a climb to San Marcos, from Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo before descending to Santiago de Compostela. Congratulations, you made it! If you have walked all stages of the Camino you will receive your Pilgrim Certificate. Give thanks by attending the [M] Pilgrim Mass in the magnificent Cathedral.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–FINISTERRE–MUXIA–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA You have reached your goal; now reach the end of the world. Complete the experience with a morning excursion by coach to the stunning Cape Finisterre peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean, believed in Roman times to be the end of the world. Stop in Muxia, a small town on the coast, and visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Boat. This is a very scenic region that not only offers wild beauty, but also delicious seafood and interesting legends. Return to Santiago in the early afternoon and meet your local guide for a guided walking sightseeing tour of the magical old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today's Distance by coach: 117 mi / 187 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–MADRIDTake the spiritual growth and appreciation for simple things back home with you. This is your most important souvenir of the Camino. Today we transfer to the Santiago train station to catch a train to Madrid (you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage). Your Tour Director will be at hand for any assistance or suggestions on how to spend the last night in the Spanish capital.
Today’s Distance by train: 373 mi / 600 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

MADRID Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodation

MADRID

PRAGA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

SARRIA

ALFONSO IX

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Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

PORTOMARIN

VISTALEGRE SPA HOTEL

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Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

LESTEDO

CASA ROAN Y CASA GRANDE

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Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

MELIDE

PAZO DE SEDOR AT ARZUA

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Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

ARZUA

HOTEL ARZUA

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Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

AMENAL

GRAN HOTEL LOS ABETOS

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Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

COMPOSTELA

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First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
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