10 days/9 nights, with 7 days of hiking


Start any dates between February to November


Moderate
Terrain: Hilly but most of the gradients are moder-ate


Mix of Luxe, Classic, and Casual Accommodation:   US$1850  

Single Supplement: US$450

 

Accommodation on this trip is a mix of casual, classic and luxe accommodation.  

 

  • 9 nights hotels
  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
  • Detailed route instructions and map
  • Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits


You can reach Villafranca through Madrid.

 

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Randonnée Tours

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Hiking
10 Days

It ranks as one of the most rewarding walks in the world (James Michener rates it as one of the top 3 journeys). It’s a pilgrimage to many, but whatever your reason, you are likely to be transformed by the experience of walking this historic footpath. Starting from Villafranca allows you to walk through much of Galcia. Walking without heavy pack (we arrange transfer of your luggage), and with pre-arranged hotels (no need to compete for refugio beds), this itinerary will allow you to enjoy the walk without the stress of logistics. Having completed the camino many times, we know the secrets of making this trip special.




DAY 1
Arrive to Villafranca del Bierzo. Most people arrive via Madrid; there are train and coach options. Our Area Manager will connect with you to give you an orientation and be your contact during the trip. Villafranca, located at the mouth of the Valcarce valley, was originally a community of Cluniac monks. Hotel las Donas el Portazo (Classic

 

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DAY 2
Villafranca del Bierzo to O’Cebreiro (walk 27.8 km)
From Villafranca, you will climb through unspoiled countryside of heather and broom, pines, chestnuts and oaks enjoying a magnificent view over the Valcarce valley up to El Cebreiro, famous for its pallozas, straw-roofed dwellings.
Hotel El Cebreiro (Casual)

DAY 3
O’Cebreiro to Triacastella (walk 28.5 km)
Departing O’Cebreiro enjoy a long descent passing through Linares, Alto de San Roque, and Hospital da Condesa, perhaps one of the oldest hospitals along the camino ; there were 4 hospitals between O’Cebreior and Fonfria. After passing through the small hamlets of Filloval, As Pasantes and Ramil, you reach Triacastella (a name which means ‘three castles’). There were several hospitals here, including one that included a prison for riotous pilgrims, where you can still read graffiti left by them.
Casa Pacios (Casual)

DAY 4
Triacastella to Sarria (walk 17.3 or 21 km)
There are two alternate routes between Triacastella and Sarria. The recommended one is longer but passes the beautiful monastery of Samos, one of the most ancient in Spain. During the Golden Age of Spanish art and literature, Sarria contributed some eminent names including the eminent writer and theologian Fray Luis de Grenada and sculptor Gregorio Fernandez, part of whose work can be admired along the camino.
Hotel Alfonso IX (Classic)

DAY 5
Sarria to Portomarin (walk 21.5 km)
Begin your walk passing Barbadelo and other villages, through a varied landscape of oaks, chestnuts and fields enclosed by slate walls or chantos, indicating Celtic history. The terrain becomes more rugged until arriving at Portomarin, which overlooks the river Mino. The importance of Portomarin is demonstrated by the fact that three great military religious orders had headquarters there: The Knights of Santiago; Templars and Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Pousada de Portomarin (Classic)

DAY 6
Portomarin to Palas de Rei (walk 23.9 km)
The landscape continues to change as the countryside becomes softly undulating with small oak trees, pines and gorse. You will see typical Galician horreos, built of wood or stone and raised storage for grain granaries which date back to the 12th century.
Casa Leopoldo (Casual)

DAY 7
Palas de Rei to Arzua (walk 28.6 km)
After passing the villages of San Julian do Camino, Porto de Bois and Coto, you leave the region of Lugo and enter la Coruna via Cornixa and Leboreiro following an ancient medieval road. In Arzua is the convent of La Magdalena, a 14th century Augustinian foundation, and other monuments.

DAY 8

Arzua to O’Pino (walk 16.2)
Arzua to O’Pino of the camino pass through many small hamlets hidden amongst eucalyptus trees. You will see and feel a heightened excitement as Santiago nears. Your lodging tonight is a charming village inn with 7 guestrooms and a museum attached.
O Muino de Pena, O Pino (Casual)



DAY 9

O’Pino to Santiago (walk 22.2 km)
After 12 days of walking, your anticipation will build as you make your way towards the completion of your pilgrimage in Santiago itself. Arriving to the main plaza, admire the Santiago cathedral and the many architectural gems of this city. Receive your compostela (a certificate of accomplishment for having walked the camino) and then reward yourself with a fine dinner in one of the many great restaurants (we will provide our favourites), or celebrate with the many pilgrims who will be with taking tapas drinking vino tinto in the streets around the main plaza.
Monumento San Francisco (Luxe)

DAY 10

Depart from Santiago. After breakfast at your hotel, you can depart at your leisure. If you have time, we suggest you consider the noon pilgrim mass where you can observe the tradition of the botafumeiro incense to bless pilgrims.


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