THE WAY OF ST.JAMES OF COMPOSTELA  

The last 100 km till Santiago de Compostela and a visit to the Finisterre

 a group tour with an Italian / English speaking tour guide

 

The spirit of Santiago has been walking along the streets of Spain for 1000 years, up to the place where, in the 9th century, Apostle Pelagio arrived following a star which indicated him the tomb of St. James. Today, millions of pilgrims, driven by the pursuit of comfort and forgiveness of sins or by the desire of looking into their own souls, or, simply, by the pleasure of walking along ancient footpaths, discovering evocative places, history and above all themselves. The route is guided: along the way there are many signs, yellow arrows or blue ceramic tiles with a yellow shell, because pilgrims, over the centuries, used to pick up the shells of St. James on the beaches of Galicia to witness their pilgrimage. During this exciting tour, you go through villages with houses covered by typical slate roofs and their tiny churches, footpaths in lush forests of eucalyptus and the green Galician countryside, springs and small water streams, sweet ascents and descents until you get to the Cathedral of Santiago, at the end of a spiritual trip which regenerates the soul, body and mind. The  Camino Francés  is the most important and the most famous street among those which are part of the St. James Way, now Unesco world heritage. This stretch of St. James Way will allow you to get the Compostela, the official pilgrim's certificate of completion for this epic journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1 

Individual arrival at Santiago

Individual arrival to Santiago de Compostela. Meeting of participants and with your tour leader at the airport of Santiago. Transfer by private bus to Sarria, where your trip begins. Sarria, above all in the Middle Ages, was an important pilgrim centre, as evidenced by the monastery of La Magdalena and the many Romanesque churches of the surroundings. In this place, you will have time to arrange your things, have dinner and close your eyes, thinking that, on the next day, an intense and unforgettable adventure in the heart of Spain, towards Santiago, will begin.

Overnight in Sarria; breakfast and dinner included

 

Day 2 

Sarria - Portomarin    

After breakfast, you leave the hotel and you start walking together along the footpath from Sarria to Portomarìn. This stretch between Sarria and Portomarin is one of the quietest and most peaceful of the Camino. You have just started your journey, but there is already a lot to see: the characteristic signs of the albergues, pilgrims’ coves, the parish church of Salvador, the tower of the ancient wall and the convent of Madalena, founded in the 12th century as a hospital for pilgrims. You will cross a medieval bridge, green woods and will reach the church Santiago de Barbadelo, an excellent example of the Galizian Romanesque style. You pass During the summer there are plenty of places for lunch and drinks along the way. You pass Morgade, existing of only one house, village of Ferreiros and Vilachá, where are the ruins of the monastery of Loio. Descending towards the river you arrive ad Portomarin, dominated by the fortress / church of San Juan. Overnight stay in Portomarin: dinner and breakfast

Distance: 23 km; walking time about 5 hrs 45; altitude departing:420m – altitude arriving:550m

 

Day 3 

 

Portomarin - Palas de Rei

With the special wish of "buen camino" , the group gets ready for the second stretch of the way which leads to Palas de Rei, which owes its name to a hypothetical royal palace built in its vicinity. There are several miles of road  walking along this stretch but the roads are quiet and you pass through some small villages and monuments worthwhile to visit such as the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria in Gonzar and a lovely Galician cemetery church in Ligonde. Before you end this part of the way, you visit the church of San Tirso, situated at the entrance of Palas de Rei and delicate example of architecture melting different styles, like Romanesque and neoclassical. Overnight stay in Palas de Rei: dinner and breakfast

Distance: 25 km; walking time about 6 hrs 30; altitude departing:550m – altitude arriving:565m

 

Day 4 

 

Palas de Rei - Arzua  

In the morning we continue our walk along the Camino de Santiago through small villages with numerous religious crosses, small chapels and tall Galician corncribs. You will want to stop in the town of Melide at the famous to sample one of the Galician specialties—Pulpo Gallego- steamed octopus prepared by the locals and enjoyed by pilgrims! Melide is a pleasant town with a former monastery Church Sancti Spiritu, along with a pilgrim hospital and the Church of San Pedro and the church of  Santa Maria. You continue walking to Arzua where its dairy industry is famous for the creamy cow cheese, Tetilla, made in the shape of a women’s breast. In Arzúa the "Northern Way" merges into the "French Way".Overnight stay in Arzua: dinner and breakfast

Distance: 29 km; walking time about 7 hrs 30; altitude departing:565m – altitude arriving:389m

 

Day 5

Arzua - Amenal

Emotions continue to rise because you are approaching Santiago de Compostela. From Arzua, today’s walks dotted with small hamlets hidden within tall eucalyptus forests and behind moss covered stone walls. Villages named Rua, Calzada and Calle all refer to the word road, recognizing that this pilgrimage trail has been leading pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela for centuries. We end our day of walking at the Kilometre 15 marker in the hamlet of Amenal. Overnight stay in Amenal: dinner and breakfast

Distance: 23 km; walking time about 6 hrs ; altitude departing:389m – altitude arriving:262m

 

Day 6 

 

Amenal - Santiago de Compostela   

Today, we take to the trail one last time. One of the villages worth noting is Lavacolla, a place where pilgrims would wash themselves in the shallow stream before entering Santiago. En route, just 4-kilometers before Santiago, is Monte del Gozo, Mount Joy, our first glimpse of the towers of the cathedral. Tradition claims that if you were the first one in your group to sight the church towers, you could officially change your name to King (Rey, Leroy, Le Roi). Overnight stay in Santiago with dinner and breakfast. The route of today is more short to allow us to arrive in time for the pilgrims mass at the Cathedral.

Distance: 16 km; walking time about 4 hrs 30 min ; altitude departing:262m 

 

Day 7  

Santiago - Muxia - Capo Finisterre

After breakfast the group will have a guided tour through the town of Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon an excursion by bus to bring the group to Capo Finisterre to admire the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening a fish-dinner and back to Santiago. 

Overnight stay in Santiagio with only breakfast

 

 

 

The tour includes:  

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast  

  • 7 diners 

  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel (1 suitcase of max. 20 kg)

  • Transfer from the airport of Santiago to Sarria

  • Transfer to and from Santiago to Finesterre

  • Information about the tour  

  • Pilgrimage Kit and Certificate

  • Guided tour in Santiago

  • English / Italian speaking guide  

 

The tour doesn’t include:

  • trip to and from Santiago de Compostela

  • drinks during dinner

  • Entrance fees

  • tips

  • all personal extra’s

  • cancellation insurance

  • Everything not mentioned under 'the tour includes'

 

Period 2017

starting dates: 23/04; 30/04; 17/05; 24/05; 11/06; 18/06; 30/07; 06/08; 20/08; 08/09; 15/09

Level 3

Walking in hilly landscape. It is a tour for experienced walker's with a good physical condition

Climate

In Galicia : oceanic climate. Mite and humid.

Prices p.p. 2017

In double room  € 660,00

In single room € 810,00

Group discount (at least 4 bookings at once) € 30,00 p.p.

Participants

Departure guaranteed - Max 20 persons

 

 

 

 

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