Hiking Camino de Santiago in Spain. Flickr:Staffan Andersson

Octopus is a local favorite along the Camino de Santiago Trail in Spain. Flickr:Dale Cruse

Spanish Way Camino de Santiago

Spain Hiking + Walking Tours

Walk the Ancient Pilgrim Route of St. James Way

  • To hike along the Camino de Santiago is to walk an ancient pilgrimage of great historical, cultural, and spiritual significance shared by people of all interests.

    For some the Camino is a journey through beautiful landscapes. For others, it is a personal pilgrimage of self-discovery and achievement. There are those who walk because of the legend and those that walk to enjoy the incredible food and wine, historical sites, and camaraderie all along the way.

    Whatever your reason, as you trek the way of the ancients, moving along with other pilgrims, you are participating in something much larger than yourself.

    Highlights:

    • Cultural and historical impact of this walking experience
    • Quiet country lanes, leafy riverside paths, tracks lined with ancient stone walls and luscious green pastures as you step back in time in the footsteps of ancestral pilgrims
    • Santiago de Compostela with its awe-inspiring cathedral, shrouded in centuries of myths and legends
    • Hike with Unesco World Heritage recognition

    You have your choice in itinerary with this tour. One featuring shorter daily distances, and the other a bit longer.

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  • Option A:
    Twin/double: $ 1164 £ 570 $ 997 638 $ 1193 kr 7134 $ 706 Single supplement: $ 228 £ 112 $ 195 125 $ 234 kr 1398 $ 138 Option B:
    Twin/double: $ 1129 £ 553 $ 968 619 $ 1158 kr 6922 $ 685 Single supplement: $ 255 £ 125 $ 219 140 $ 262 kr 1565 $ 155

    extra options

    4-star upgrade in Santiago: please ask
     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Santiago de Compostella Airport aka Labacolla Airport (SCQ)

    Local Travel

    The airport is located 12 km northwest of Santiago de Compostela and is served by several intercity bus routes. Bus travel to Saria is not direct, but is not complicated, and does entail a transfer in Lugo.
    You will access the bus to Lugo (company FREIRE) right outside the main entrance/exit of the airport. If in doubt, there is an information desk in the main lobby of the airport. Tickets may be purchased on the bus. To check schedules and fares, please visit their website: Empresa Freire. There are 7 connections a day (3 less on Sundays). It is less than 2-hour ride and it will cost approx 9,45 Euro. The bus ends at Lugo and here you can as for the bus to Saria. This bus operates under the company Monbus. You can purchase your ticket on board. Travel time is 35 minutes and the fare is less than 5 euros.Please check the companywebsitefor schedules and fares. Please be sure to double-check all times and prices.

    Climate

    Santiago de Compostela has a moderate maritime climate which is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean despite its situation in the interior. On average temperatures are much lower than in the more southeasterly located places in Spain. During the summer average daytime temperatures are below 25 degrees Celsius (77 ° F). Please check local conditions before you travel.

    DOCUMENTS: 

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

The hotels are conveniently positioned very near or on the Camino and are always the best quality offered along the way. They are typically of the 3-star grading. On each day’s details, you will find the name of the preferred hotels. Please do note that the final hotel list is based on availability. If the preferred hotel is not available, you will be offered an alternative of equal quality.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Option A: 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners (excluding Santiago)
  • Option B: 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners (excluding Santiago)
  • Luggage transfer (one item is allowed. Additional items incur a supplement)
  • Detailed maps with trail clearly marked
  • Tourist information
  • Emergency support

What’s Not Included

TourHike + Walk
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From619 Rates
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Tour Dates

April 1 through October 31, 2020

Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate to difficult. Distances are considered longer and you will encounter a hilly terrain. Generally, this rating will entail four ascents per day.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Spanish Way Camino de Santiago Map

Option A:


Shorter daily distances

Day 1:  Arrival to Sarria
Day 2 Sarria - Portomarin, 14.2 mi. (23 km)
Day 3: Portomarin  - Lestedo, 12.4 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Lestedo  - Melide, 12.3 mi. (19.8 km)
Day 5:  Melide - Arzua, 8.6 mi. (14 km)
Day 6: Arzua - Rua, 11. 5 mi. (18.6 km)
Day 7:  Rua - Santiago de Compostela, 14. 3 mi. (23 km)
Day 8: End of tour 

Day 1:  Arrival - Sarria
Arrival at the Galician town of Sarria, the starting point for all pilgrims wishing to complete the last 100 km of the Camino. 

Accommodation: Hotel Roma, Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria or Posada Casona de Sarria

Day 2 Sarria - Portomarin, 14.2 mi. (23 km)
Today you set off on the Camino walking through ancient oak, birch and chestnut forests and later through many hamlets dotted around areas of cultivated land and grazing pastures along quiet country lanes and natural pathways. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you walk through a part of rural Spain that seems to be caught in a time warp!

Elevation: 300 m
Accommodation: Hotel Pousada de Portomarin, Hostal Villajardin, Hotel Ferramentairo, or Hotel Casa Santa Marinña

Day 3: Portomarin - Lestedo, 12.4 mi. (20 km)
Pine forests, cornfields, meadows, and leafy green woodland accompanies you on this strech of the Camino. You will also cross a number of small villages full of rural character, with ancient stone-built houses in age-old villages that reflect the simpler pace of life of a bygone era.

Elevation: 450 m
Accommodation: Casa Rectoral de Lestedo, Albergue A Paso de Formiga, or Casa Roán

Day 4: Lestedo - Melide, 12.3 mi. (19.8 km)
Today you will cross several beautiful river valleys as you follow secluded pathways through mature woodland. The area is full of medieval castles as well as Romanesque churches and ancient settlements. 

Elevation: 100 m
Accommodation: Pousada Chiquitín or Hotel Carlos 96

Day 5:  Melide - Arzua, 8.6 mi. (14 km)
A short stage day to give your legs a rest! You will walk amongst woodland, meadows and small orchards that surround the many small villages you go through. You'll be tempted to stop and savor each one you encounter!

Elevation: 90 m
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Teodora, Hotel O´Retiro, or Hotel La Casona de Nené

Day 6: Arzua - Rua, 11. 5 mi. (18.6 km)
This part of the Camino weaves its way towards Santiago through undulating fields and tiny villages, each one a hidden gem with stone-built houses, narrow streets and seemingly standing still in time. You can breathe the history along the way and can only imagine how many thousands of people over the centuries have shaped this legendary route. 

Elevation: 120 m
Accommodation: Hotel O'Pino, Hotel O Acivro, or Hostal Platas (Pedrouzo)

Day 7:  Rua - Santiago de Compostela, 14. 3 km (23 km)
Time to relish the last remaining kilometers of your adventure. Today the Camino leads you into the very heart of the unique city of pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela, into the Plaza de Obradoiro overlooking the Cathedral built in honor of Saint James. A city shrouded in centuries of legends, you will arrive elated to the echos of the pilgrims who have gone before you! This is a truly spiritual and uplifting experience! With a buzz of satisfaction and a smile on your face, you will arrive with enough time to get your “Compostelana” or Pilgrim’s Passport. This singular city offers many important landmarks for you to enjoy, every corner imbued with history and atmosphere. You won't want to say goodbye! 

Elevation: 375 m
Accommodation: Hotel Avenida or Hotel Herradura

Day 8: Return or extra nights in Santiago
Departure or why not linger in Santiago a few days to rest and enjoy. How about a touch of Luxury in the ***** Parador?

Option B:

Longer daily distances

Day 1: Arrival - Sarria
Day 2: Sarria - Portomarin, 14.3 km, 300 m elevation
Day 3: Portomarin - Palas de Rei, 26 km, 450 m elevation
Day 4: Palas de Rei - Arzua, 29 km, 150 m elevation
Day 5: Arzua - Rua, 17 km, 160 m elevation
Day 6: Rua - Santiago de Compostela, 23 km, 120 m elevation
Day 7: Rest day in Santiago de Compostela
Day 8: End of tour

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