Camino de Santiago June 2023

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St JAMES WAY & GALICIA

Our driver will pick you up at Madrid airport or hotel to take you straight to Tricastela.

As the medieval legend has it, the remains of the apostle Santiago El Mayor were discovered in Galicia at the beginning of the 9th century. The city of Santiago de Compostela and one of the most exquisite Romanesque churches in the West were built in his honor. Ever since, pilgrims have come from the world over to travel the routes that lead to St. James’ relics.

AN INNER PILGRIMAGE. A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

The Camino de Santiago is a route for pilgrims. But despite its religious origins, its intrigue goes far beyond the holy experience. Walking for several days on the Camino del Sol (from east to west), mixing with strangers along the same route, spending the night in places where you wouldn’t have stopped under normal circumstances, and following the same path that pilgrims have traveled for centuries, all make St. James Way a spiritual experience.

The landscape on this “internal journey” also changes along the way: Santiago can only be reached by crossing the forests of Navarra, the rivers of Rioja, the barren plains of Castile-Leon and, finally, the mountains of Leon and Galicia.

St. James Way is a truly unique experience for everyone who dares to lace up their boots and start walking.

Below you will find our itinerary, which above all, points out departure and arrival places, for its development will vary depending on the needs of the Pilgrim.

The guide that will accompany us is an expert connoisseur of the best routes and will find the most suitable roads at all times. If it rains, the guide will look for the best paths to follow… If it’s hot, a more shaded area, varying every day so not to make it monotonous or hard.

The Camino does not consist of following the traditional yellow arrows and indications. This particular one will lead the Pilgrim to discover picturesque villages, lost hermitages or hidden areas that otherwise he or she would not come to know.

The company of your guide, that will be driving the car, will allow to the group to modify the route on demand, depending on the weather and the fatigue of the pilgrims. He will seek the best options to make it so unique, that you will want to repeat it all over again… and next time, maybe from the very beginning.

This route of El Camino de Santiago covers the last 100 km of the French Santiago Way, and will grant the Pilgrims the Compostela, which is an official document that recognize you as a Saint James Pilgrim.

 

 Includes:

  • Private transfer from Madrid to Tricastela.
  • Guide and support vehicle during all the Way.
  • Accommodation in double twin room for 10 nights: 7 nights at the Camino, Bed & breakfast and dinner basis. Last 3 nights at the Parador Reyes Católicos(Santiago de Compostela) Bed & breakfast basis.
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
  • Private guided tour in Santiago de Compsotela.
  • Pilgrim’s passport.
  • Tips and maps.
  • 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking).
  • Personalized electronic guidebook for each participant which includes:
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • Private transfer from Parador Reyes Católicos to Santiago’s airport.


JAMES WAY, basics day by day

Friday · June 23rd                     Arrival to Madrid Airport and Private Transfer to Tricastela

 

Saturday · June 24th                 First Stage: Tricastela – Sarria (18 km.)

Hotel Alfonso IX http://www.alfonsoix.com

 

Sunday · June 25th                   Second Stage: Sarria – Portomarín (23 km.)

Pazo do Berbetoros

https://www.pazodeberbetoros.com

 

Monday · June 26th                   Third Stage: Portomarín – Palas de Rei (25 km.)

Rectoral de Lestedo

https://rectoraldelestedo.com

 

Tuesday · June 27th                 Fourth Stage: Palas de Rei – Melide (15 km.)

Casa Adro

http://casaadro.com/en/

 

Wednesday · June 28th            Sixth Stage: Melide – Arzúa (18 km.)

1930 Boutique Hotel

https://www.1930boutiquehotel.com

 

Thursday · June 29th                Sixth Stage: Arzúa – Pedrouzo (20 km.)

O Muiño da Pena

https://omuinodepena.com

 

Friday · June 30th                     Seventh Stage: Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela (18 km.)

Parador Santiago https://parador-de-santiago-de-compostela.h-rez.com/

 

Saturday July 1st                      Half day excursion to Finisterre. An epilogue at the end of the world

Half day tour of Santiago de Compostela

Parador Santiago https://parador-de-santiago-de-compostela.h-rez.com/

Sunday July 2nd                       Half day private guided visit to a Pazo. A Parisise of sleeping Camelias.

Parador Santiago https://parador-de-santiago-de-compostela.h-rez.com/

 

Monday July 3rd                       Transfer Hotel de Santiago de Compostela to Airport to connect with flight Madrid.

The Camino de Santiago is a route for pilgrims. But despite its religious origins, its intrigue goes far beyond the holy experience. Walking for several days on the Camino del Sol (from east to west), mixing with strangers along the same route, spending the night in places where you wouldn’t have stopped under normal circumstances, and following the same path that pilgrims have traveled for centuries, all make St. James Way a spiritual experience.

The landscape on this “internal journey” also changes along the way: Santiago can only be reached by crossing the forests of Navarra, the rivers of Rioja, the barren plains of Castile-Leon and, finally, the mountains of Leon and Galicia.

St. James Way is a truly unique experience for everyone who dares to lace up their boots and start walking.

Below you will find a basic itinerary, which above all, points out departure and arrival places, for its development will vary depending on the needs of the Pilgrim.

The guide that will accompany them is an expert connoisseur of the best routes and will find the most suitable roads at all times. If it rains, the guide will look for the best paths to follow… If it’s hot, a more shaded area, varying every day so not to make it monotonous or hard.

The Camino does not consist of following the traditional yellow arrows and indications. This particular one will lead the Pilgrim to discover picturesque villages, lost hermitages or hidden areas that otherwise he or she would not come to know.

The company of your guide, that will be driving the car, will allow to the group to modify the route on demand, depending on the weather and the fatigue of the pilgrims. We will seek the best options to make it so unique, that you will want to repeat it all over again… and next time, maybe from the very beginning.

This route of El Camino de Santiago covers the last 100 km of the French Santiago Way, and will grant the Pilgrims the Compostela, which is an official document that recognize you as a Saint James Pilgrim.

 

Notes

The Saint James Way (Seven Stages) Includes:

  • Private transfer from Madrid to Tricastela.
  • Guide and support vehicle during all the Way.
  • Accommodation in double twin room for 6 nights at the Camino, Bed&breakfast and dinner basis. The hotels in the Camino cannot be confirmed until the time of reservation, as the only way to secure them is down-payment. However, all the accommodations that will be used are 3/4starts hotels in double twin room.
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
  • Pilgrim’s passport.
  • Tips and maps.
  • 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking).
  • Personalized electronic guidebook for each participant which includes:
  • Informative notes and videos of sites of interest
  • Restaurant reviews and suggestions

 

 

First Stage: Tricastela – Sarria (18 km.)

From Triacastela, start your way to Sarria, via San XiI. The first village is Fonte dos Lameiros, with its large pilgrim shell monument, and then after some undulating hills, you will reach San Xil, before continuing onto Sarria through different villages. Sarria is the main town between Ponferrada and Santiago de Compostela. The Romanesque Church of Our Saviour, with its Gothic façade, and the convent of Magdalena are well worth a visit, as are the Rua Maior main street and the ancient medieval castle tower.

Sunday · June 25th  – Second Stage: Sarria – Portomarín (23 km.)

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods through pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The village of Ferreiros is also on route. When you arrive in Portomarin, you can chill out at one of the numerous outdoor cafés in the main square.

 

Monday · June 26th Third Stage: Portomarín – Palas de Rei (25 km.)

The day starts by crossing over the Belesar dam footbridge, followed by a gradual climb ending in the village of Ligonde. This stage runs mainly along andaderos (paths), next to the road, or in some cases along paved trails. There are many signs indicating that we are on a 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 detour off the Camino).

 

Tuesday · June 27th Fourth Stage: Palas de Rei – Melide (15 km.)

On this stage, you will move into the province of Corunna, where you will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and numerous medieval bridges, such as those in Leboreiro and Furelos. Melide, which is famous for its octopus, is an obligatory stop for pilgrims and lovers of good food.

Wednesday · June 28th Sixth Stage: Melide – Arzúa (18 km.)

Image credits: Les Argonautes on Unsplash

Today the route is similar yesterday itinerary. You will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and numerous medieval bridges, such as the most idyllic locations on the Camino in Ribadiso do Baixo near Arzua. Remember that it is a very long village.

 

Thursday · June 29th Sixth Stage: Arzúa – Pedrouzo (20 km.)

Today’s route is a nice and easy walk over gentle slopes and through woodland, alternating with stretches near the road, which we will have to cross on occasions, before ending in the village of Pedrouzo. Don’t miss the beautiful sculpture of Saint James the Pilgrim in the Church of the same name in Boente.

Friday · June 30th Seventh Stage: Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela (18 km.)

Image credits: Jorge Luis Ojeda Flota on Unsplash

The last stage on your Camino de Santiago. The proximity of your goal will bring mixed feelings. On one hand, you will be eager to reach the desired end of the journey, yet on the downside, the feeling that comes to every pilgrim is that the journey is over. 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 its Cathedral, which deserves a special visit. Once in Santiago, there is a 4km walk before arriving at the Cathedral.

After the Cathedral, you will go straight to the Parador, one of the most magnificent and best located in the whole of Spain.

 

Parador de Santiago de Compostela – Santiago de Compostela, Spain

+ 34 981 582 200

Plaza Do Obradoiro, 1, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 15705

Jun 30           to            Jul 03                  3 Nights

One of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the Paradores chain is located in Santiago de Compostela. In this city, the destination of millions of pilgrims, rays of sunlight illuminate the building façades in summer and the rain creates a magical ambiance that overtakes the cobbled streets in winter. The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. It is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. A stay at this Parador means a visit to a truly unique and exclusive location.

The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims traveling to Santiago. Today, it continues to invite visitors to enjoy a city that is as universal as it is fascinating. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room that offers fish and meat prepared in the Galician style, along with classic apple filloas (a type of crêpe) and crème brûlée.

Amenities

Breakfast

Room Selection

Room Category

Double Superior Room

 

Saturday · July 1st Half-day Excursion to Finisterre. An Epilogue at the end of the World.

After the impressive efforts that pilgrims go through to reach their final destination in Santiago de Compostela, today it’s time to celebrate our successful enterprise and visit Finisterre, on the westernmost cape in Spain. its geographical location and impressive sunsets led Decimus Junius Brutus (the Roman general who conquered Galicia) to believe that this was indeed the place where the sun died at dusk.

The area surrounding this headland has been considered a magical place since the earliest times, and legend has it that the Celts set up an altar, the Ara Solis, upon which they worshipped the sun.

After a walk through these marvelous landscapes we will finally reach the lighthouse, the majestic sight of the cliffs overhanging the Atlantic Ocean, the sea battering against them and the feeling that there is nothing between this remote corner of Europe and the New World but this enormous mass of water, will leave their mark on us. After all, it’s not every day you get to see the sun go down at World’s End, as Finisterre, during the period of Classical Antiquity, was thought to be the end of the known world (Finis terrae).

Let’s take time to discover this corner of our coast, where the magic of the place will guide our footsteps.

Includes: Private guided tour in Finisterre. Lunch reservation at a traditional restaurant (reservation only). Private driver at disposal.

Duration: 6h including roundtrips from Santiago de Compostela (around 160Km total).

 

Half-day Tour of Santiago de Compostela

As medieval legend has it, the remains of the apostle “Santiago El Mayor” (St. James the Apostle) were discovered in Galicia in the early 9th century. The beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela and one of the most exquisite Romanesque churches in the West were built in his honor. Ever since, pilgrims have come from the world over to travel the routes that lead to the relics of St. James.

The magnificent Cathedral is a landmark in itself as the end of a journey that has led people for centuries along Christianity’s most famous pilgrimage. As Cees Nooteboom said in his book Roads to Santiago, there are some places in the world where one is mysteriously magnified on arrival or departure by the emotions of all those who have arrived and departed before. A work of splendorous architecture and a vehicle for inner spiritual contemplation.

The squares and “rúas” that surround the Cathedral (Quintana, Obradoiro, Inmaculada and Praterías) are also treasures we can’t miss when in Santiago. With our expert guides you will explore what is a must-see for every visitor, from charming medieval labyrinthic quarters to examples of contemporary architecture or miradors in the capital city of the Westernmost region of the peninsula, its Atlantic horizon and the mind-blowing greenery that embraces it.

Includes: Private guided visit. Tickets.

 

Sunday · July 2nd Half-day Private Guided Visit to a Pazo. A Paradise of Sleeping Camelias

We’ll visit a remarkable pazo, the unique Galician manor. The original 12th century fortress tower was completed centuries later as a villa. The reconstruction of the property, damaged over time, began in the 18th century and was led by a French architect. The result is a French manor that today presides over the extensive vineyards and majestic gardens, renowned for their amazing camellias. The day draws to a close with a relaxed, private tasting, providing you with an up-close look at the world of Albariño wine.

Camellias were first grown in Galicia at the end of the 18th century, brought over all the way from China and Japan to decorate the pazos and stately homes of Galician nobility, who were very enthusiastic about small botanical gardens. The visit combines the delicacy of cultivated nature and the soundness of stone in such noble architecture, and we’ll finish with a private lunch at the pazo.

Includes: Private guided tour with lunch. Driver at disposal.

 

Monday · July 3rd Transfer · Hotel in Santiago de Compostela – Airport

 

TOUR COSTS €4095 twin share 

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