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Spain – El Camino STAGE 5 Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes. For more than 1000 years, pilgrims from all over Europe were attracted by the grave of the Apostle James the Great at Santiago de Compostela at the far North-Western tip of Spain, where his tomb is said to be discovered in the 9th century. In 1987 it was declared the first European Culture Route and today, both hikers and cyclists from around the world follow the pilgrims trail and are impressed by the experience, whether from a spiritual, cultural or sportive point of view. The St. James trail is an unforgettable journey. A way of encounters, strain, rest, reflection and the origin of the European Idea some even say. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores, and the grooves in the shell that join together are said to represent the many different ways pilgrims travelled from to reach the tomb of Saint James.
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Day 1 | Arrival to Sarria

Day 1 | Arrival to Sarria

Begin your walking tour in Sarria, accessible by bus on your own. Fly into Santiago or Madrid then take a bus or train to Sarria. Please inquire for more information on transfers. Remember, on arrival fill in for Pilgrim’s passport “La Credencial”, which you will need to be stamped daily at either a “refugio”, church or town hall to receive the “Compostela” in Santiago. A great tradition of the route is to obtain the '”Compostela”, a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims upon completing the way and to earn this you need to walk at least 100km of the route. Go shopping and explore the town for the remainder of the day. Walk along the "Malecon" on the other side of the river, try some typical Galician food and check out pilgrims’ shelter and shops in the old town.

Mar de Plata

Sarria

Mar de Plata100 km from Santiago de Compostela, Sarria, the first and closest place for following the PILGRIM ROAD TO SANTIAGO and the Pilgrim’s Way stretching along the FRENCH PILGRIM ROAD. Hotel Mar de Plata is set on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Route. Hotel offers comfortable lodging, free Wi-Fi and free parking. It features a restaurant and a terrace.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Closed Parking Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 2 | Walk Sarria to Portomarin - 22 km, 5-6 hrs

Day 2 | Walk Sarria to Portomarin - 22 km, 5-6 hrs

Today is a somewhat hilly walk (constant up and down) giving travelers the opportunity to pass by Sarria Castle, with its one remaining tower, the rest destroyed in the peasants’ uprising against the aristocracy in the 15th Century. You will pass through small hamlets such as Cortinas and A Brea. The Camino ascends to a high point at Pena dos Corvos; at 660m you will enjoy panoramic views over a reservoir, before descending into the lush Rio Mino valley, to Mercadoiro and into Portomarin. In 1956 construction of the Embalse de Belesar Dam was started and completed in 1962 when the valley was flooded. During the construction period major monuments were moved block by numbered block to the new town of Portomarin. The old village is now under water and some of the building can be seen as you cross the new bridge into the town. Other highlights today include the mythical 100-km-milestone and the Romanesque Churches at Barbadelo and Portomarin (San Nicolas).

Hotel Villajardin

Portomarin Spain

Hotel VillajardinVillajardín Hotel is located in Portomarín , one of the most emblematic places Camino de Santiago . Completely equipped with services and with very spacious and complete rooms, it is the ideal place both to relax after a hard day's journey and to spend a few days knowing the wonders of theLucense province, enjoying the comfort and tranquility provided by the Hotel Villajardín.

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Amenities

Open Parking Cable TV Hotel Lounge/Bar

Day 3 | Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei - 25 km, 6 hrs

Day 3 | Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei - 25 km, 6 hrs

Today's walk takes you away from the Minho river with a steadily climb upwards, before passing through the settlements of Gonzar and Castromaior, where you’ll find the tiny Romanesque Church of Santa Maria. After exploring, you will continue uphill to today’s high point at Sierra de Ligonde (750 m). Again today you are no more than a few kilometers between any town or village, therefore there are many places for buying food and filling up with water (like for the rest of the Camino). This day reminds of walking in rural Ireland, both are very green farming communities. Then enjoy the descent to Ligonde where you can see the Stone Wayside Cross. Continue to Lestedo or Palas del Rei, depending on your lodging.

Casa Benilde

Palas de Rei

Casa BenildeWelcome to Casa Benilde, the rest on your way... Situated in the Heart of Saint James’s Way, in a quiet pedestrian area in the center of Palas de Rei, away from the noises of the road, the Hotel Casa Benilde offers you modern and welcoming installations, equipped with all the services you need. At some minutes from the big galician cities - Lugo, Santiago de Compostela, Ourense, A Coruña, Hotel Casa Benilde is the perfect place to make your stance in Galicia unforgettable.

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Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Hotel Lounge/Bar

Day 4 | Walk Palas de Rei to Melide - 15  km, 4  hrs

Day 4 | Walk Palas de Rei to Melide - 15 km, 4 hrs

A walk crossing five shallow river valleys. Along the way, stop at San Xulian do Camino, a classical Camino village with its tiny 12th Century church dedicated to Saint Julian. Cross the provincial border to the hamlet of O Coto, before traversing a medieval bridge edged by woodland to the quintessential Camino village of Leboreiro. Leboreiro is said to be the prettiest hamlet on the Galician section of the Saint James Way. Melide is famous for its octopus dishes Pulpo Galega as well as its old stone wayside cross (the oldest on the Saint James Way, although not at its original location). Make sure to try Pulpo in one of the typical Pulperia eateries.

Pension Berenguela

Melide

Pension BerenguelaBerenguela 2 star pension has recently been opened. It offers customers 12 rooms (2 individual and 10 double with complete bathrooms)

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV

Day 5 | Walk Melide to Arzúa  - 14 km, 3.5 hrs

Day 5 | Walk Melide to Arzúa - 14 km, 3.5 hrs

Today could be the start of the countdown to Santiago de Compostela and a shorter walk through typical Galician woods. Arzúa is the last town until arriving to Santiago! The only obstacles are the numerous river valleys one needs to cross. The tiny hamlet Ribadiso surprises for its magnificent pilgrims refuge next to the river Iso. Then continue on to your destination and overnight location, Arzua.

Pazo de Santa Maria

Santa Maria de Arzua

Pazo de Santa MariaOld historical building in a beautiful setting. The rooms and bathrooms are large and well appointed. The lounge areas are gorgeous - beautifully furnished with lovely views and a welcome log fire on a cool night. The gardens are landscaped with seating to relax in and rolling hills for a view.

Pazo de Santa Maria

Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Restaurant

Day 6 | Walk Arzúa to Pedrouza - 18.5 km, 5 hrs

Day 6 | Walk Arzúa to Pedrouza - 18.5 km, 5 hrs

As you leave Arzúa and make your way to Rúa today you will walk through different villages including Brea, Calzada and A Calle. Make sure to visit the medieval shrine at Santa Irene, dedicated to a martyr saint from Portugal and the Baroque fountain of healing waters..

Casa do Acrivo

O Pino

Casa do AcrivoA break on the way to rest and enjoy nature in rural environment . An ideal environment to get your strength back.

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Swimming Pool Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Restaurant

Day 7 | Walk Pedrouza to Santiago de Compostela - 21.5 km, 5.5 hrs

Day 7 | Walk Pedrouza to Santiago de Compostela - 21.5 km, 5.5 hrs

Today you reach the much anticipated Santiago, but there are a few places to visit before reaching your destination. The Camino path takes you first to San Paio and then to Lavacolla. It was traditional for pilgrims to wash in the river at Lavacolla before reaching Santiago. Tall eucalyptus trees sway in the wind as you make your way to the ‘Mount of Joy’ of Monte del Gozo (368m). From here, you are able to catch sight of your goal—the impressive towers of Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral (a little to the left of the chapel and still not easy to spot). It is worth taking a minute or two here to think how you got here - What you accomplished, how far you have walked. This might be the last point of silence and peacefulness for the next few days. You can pick up the “Compostela” in the Pilgrims Office, the official document that certifies you as a pilgrim who has completed the Saint James Trail. The pilgrims’ mass is each day at noon (more often in Año Santo, a Holy Jacobean Year) and during the summer will be very busy. The best time to visit the cathedral is early in the morning. Later walk around the city, marvel at the fascinating architecture and unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, at the end of the day, what better way to relax than with a reviving drink on the Praza das Praterias and watch the world pass by.

Hotel Pombal

Santiago de Compostela

Hotel PombalTraditional and intimate, it recreates in every detail the charm of its bourgeois past, showing, from a large part of its rooms, spectacular views of the monumental Pazo de Raxoi and the top of the magnificent baroque façade of the Cathedral.

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Air Conditioning Pets Allowed Internet Access Cable TV Mini-Bar Safe in Room

Day 8 | Departure Day

Day 8 | Departure Day

Departure on your own. We can arrange and strongly encourage additional nights in Santiago; please inquire.There's so much to see in Santiago and one of the greatest cities in Spain: great food, market, old town. Optional visits to Cabo Fisterre, Muros and the Galician Coast (an organized tour that takes a full day or on your own by rental car) can be arranged ahead of time.
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Prices

Camino Frances - Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (7 nights)

Double Occupancy:

817 €/person

Double Occupancy - upgraded (5 upgrades):

979 €/person

Single Supplement (for 2 or more travelers, no solo bookings possible):

310-400 €/person

Optional dinners (5 dinners included):

125€/person

Note: Please note that only 1 piece of luggage per person is included to be transferred during the tour. If you plan on having more than 1 piece per person, there is a supplement per extra bag.
+ What's Included?

- 7 nights accommodations in double room with private bath
- Daily breakfast
- All luggage transfers from hotel to hotel, 1 piece per person
- Local emergency support throughout your tour during daylight hours
- Arrival orientation by phone
- Route maps, route cue sheets customized to each hotel (1 per room) - shipped to first hotel
- All pre and post travel planning services
- A package of pre-travel documents sent electronically to help you prepare for your trip.
- Guidebook Everest "The Way of St James" - 1 per room
- Tourist taxes

Not Included:
- All other meals
- Arrival and departure transfers
- All other expenses not mentioned


Lodging

Accommodations: Hotels on this tour are usually family owned and in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom. Some upgrades to Parador accommodations are possible, please inquire. Hotels on the 7-night tour include:

Standard Hotels:

- Hotel Mar de Plata
- Hotel Villajardin
- Hotel Casa Benilde
- Pension Berenguela
- Pazo Santa Maria
- Hotel O Pino
- Hotel Pombal

Upgraded Hotels:

- Hotel Carris Alfonso IX
- Pousada de Portomarin
- Casa Leopoldo
- Pension Berenguela
- Pazo Santa Maria
- Hotel O Muino de Pena
- Hotel Virxe de Cerca
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information on other Camino sections. Please inquire **

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights: - World famous pilgrimage route

- Charming villages, quiet countryside

- Find your own meaning, meet others, grow intellectually


Need to Know: - this hiking tour includes lodging that is more comfortable than usual pilgrimage stops; it ensures a room each night. Comfort in the form of a clean bed and shower does not mean this trip is easy. You will walk on your own every day and hopefully meet people of all walks of life and backgrounds. An open mind is necessary, no matter your religious beliefs. - this is only 1 stage of the longer route from France to Santiago de Compostella. It is the final stage and to get a certificate in Santiago, you must walk at least this last 100km.

- Avoid August

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights;

Dates: Any date available on request from April through October. This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. For your safety, each booking needs a minimum of 2 participants, no solo traverlers. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.

Level 3 - Fit - rolling countryside; some notable hills with longer distance walks. Daily walking distances around 20 km. These are available to most people of some experience and average fitness who are working out regularly. This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!

Arrival & Departure: Sarria is accessible by train or bus. Travelers can into Madrid (take train, only two run daily, to Sarria) or Santiago (take daily bus, only one, by Monbus or via Lugo to Sarria). Take a taxi on your own from station to your first hotel. The tour concludes in Santiago. We recommend flying out of the Santiago airport when leaving.

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    Always on two wheels, Angel has been riding all over. Born and raised in the city of Gaudi (Barcelona),where he obtained an engineering title. Ten years ago he decided to make his hobby his profession, sharing his passion and local knowledge with the visitors. Always delighted to introduce you his country, He knows every hidden place, small paths, restaurants, local traditions. You will easily recognize him, as he is very tall considering he is Spanish

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    Gear Recommendations:

    - Hiking boots/trekking boots or trail shoes – sturdy, mid-weight, and well broken in.

    - Trekking poles - optional if you use them, bring them

    - Day pack - 1500+ cubic in (24 liter) with chest and waste straps

    A packing list is always sent at 60 days prior to travel. No other special gear or backpacking gear is required. Some things you may want to bring:

    - GPS - Smartphone with GPS app, and local SIM card for low cost calling
     
     
     
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    This tour was introduced in 2014 after years of experimenting with both cycling and hiking tours along the Camino. The hikes along the Camino are very popular and available from many different tour operators. Our position among the various offers are these: - service before and after your tour

    - better lodging, guaranteed each night - no need to walk all day and show to hope to have a place to stay!

    - on call telephone support if needed

    See other inclusions in that tab; but note we do transfer luggage each day.

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    Spain – El Camino STAGE 5 Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

    Tour Type: Self guided hiking
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    Distance: 20 km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €817 Euros





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