The Camino, a Walking Journey for the Soul

11 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Vacation Overview

The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the 9th Century, when the tomb of the evangelical apostle St. James was discovered in what is today Santiago de Compostela. Since then, pilgrims from all over the world have walked St. James' Way, originally seeking forgiveness for their sins, and nowadays often just to spend time on a journey of personal growth. This is a challenging experience as it involves a significant physical effort as you walk through forests and along busy roads for many miles each day. Your rewards will be intangible, but priceless: an opportunity to enjoy nature, meditate, search for answers and challenge your limits, discover beautiful rural areas of northern Spain, and make friends with whom you’ll have shared one of the most significant experiences of your life.

Jacobean Holy Year (2021 and 2022)

Itinerary

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Check into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring this bustling city on your own with the help of the CosmosGO app before meeting your tour companions and the local host during the included welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 MADRID–SARRIA

Transfer to the train station to board the train to Sarria (you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage). On arrival, check in at the hotel and have an informative welcome meeting with your Tour Director who will explain the dos and don’ts of the walk and give you some important advice. Spend the evening at leisure; maybe go look for the ruins of the medieval castle and the convent of A Madalena.

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Day 3 SARRIA–PORTOMARIN

Approximately 23 km/14.3 mi – avg 6 hrs – difficulty 3/3). This is the real start of the journey. May every step be a thought on peace and an extension of loving kindness. Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak forest and through pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. You will also pass through the village of Ferreiros. On arrival in Portomarin, relax at one of the many outdoor cafes in the main square.

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Day 4 PORTOMARIN–LESTEDO

Approximately 20 km12.5 mi–Average 4.5 hrs – Difficulty 2/3.
Let your mind wander and the feet follow. Begin the day by crossing over the Belesar dam footbridge, then start a gradual climb to the village of Ligonde. This stage mainly runs along andanderos (paths) next to the road or, in some cases, along paved trails. There are many signs indicating the 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/1.2 mi detour off the Camino). Overnight in Lestedo.

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Day 5 LESTEDO–MELIDE

Approximately 18 km 11.2 mi – Average 4 hrs – Difficulty 2/3.
Keep an open mind and heart, let go of expectations, and enjoy the feeling of freedom along this ancient pilgrim path. The Camino takes you into the province of Coruña, with its fine eucalyptus and pine expanses, and numerous medieval bridges, such as the ones in Leboreiro and Furelos. Melide is an obligatory stop for food lovers; the best known local delicacy here is octopus.

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Day 6 MELIDE–ARZUA

Approximately 14 km 8.7 mi–Average 3.30 hrs–Difficulty 2/3.
The Camino can be a powerful catalyst for positive change. Today’s landscapes are similar to the previous day’s, with some idyllic locations such as the Camino in Ribadiso da Baixo near Arzua. Arzua is where the modern town with its bars, restaurants and the Church of St James overshadow the Medieval center.

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Day 7 ARZUA–AMENAL

Approximately 25 km 15.5 mi–Average 6 hrs–Difficulty 2/3.
Finding the courage to face our fears and stepping outside our comfort zone can lead us to self discovery. The route today is a nice and easy walk over gentle slopes and through woodland, combined with some stretches along the road, which you will have to cross on occasions.

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Day 8 AMENAL–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Approximately 15 km 9.5 mi–Average 4 hrs–Difficulty 2/3.
Our experiences and encounters are waymarks to the inner path. This is the last stage of your Camino de Santiago. Today, distance will not matter. There is a climb to San Marcos, from Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo before descending to Santiago de Compostela. Congratulations, you made it! The entire city is magical, especially the Cathedral, which deserves a special visit. In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour of the city center. Learn the story of St. James the Apostle, the meaning of the Way, the history of Compostela. Walk through the monuments of the town centre. Discover the impressive squares surrounding the Cathedral and the secrets behind the stones of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the Door of Glory to celebrate the Jacobean Holy Year. If you have walked all stages of the Camino you will receive your Pilgrim Certificate. Give thanks by attending the Pilgrim Mass.

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Day 9 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–FINISTERRE–MUXIA–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

You have reached your goal; now reach the end of the world. Full-day excursion by coach to the stunning Cape Finisterre peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean, believed in Roman times to be the end of the world. Stop in Muxia, a small town on the coast, and visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Boat. This is very scenic region that not only offers wild beauty, but also delicious seafood and interesting legends.
Today's Distance: 117 mi / 187 km

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Day 10 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–MADRID

Take the spiritual growth and appreciation for simple things back home with you. This is your most important souvenir of the Camino. Today we transfer to the Santiago train station to catch a train to Madrid. Say goodbye to your Tour Director and hello again to your local host in Madrid, who will be at hand for any assistance or suggestions on how to spend the last night in the Spanish capital.

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Day 11 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

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Vacation Highlights

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR during the walk and LOCAL HOST in Madrid

Hotels

Madrid

Praga

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Superior Tourist-Class

The Hotel Praga, situated in Madrid was the first hotel of the Santos Hotels chain. It has a total of 420 rooms and is equipped with the best facilities to make your stay unforgettable.

Sarria

Alfonso IX

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Superior Tourist-Class

A modern centrally located hotel with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool located next to the Sarria river offering air-conditioned rooms with mini bar, in-room safe, and free Wi-Fi connection. The cozy main restaurant serves a buffet breakfast each morning and offers a fusion of contemporary, traditional cusine for lunch or dinner.

Portomarin

Vistalegre Spa Hotel

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Superior Tourist-Class

Located on the main street in Portomarin this contemporary hotel offers beautiful views onto the River Miño from its outdoor terrace. There is a bright breakfast room, a bar, jacuzzi, zen outdoor space, and free Wi-Fi. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and mini fridge.

Lestedo

Casa Roan y Casa Grande

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Superior Tourist-Class

An authentic 18th century, family owned rural hamlet in a beautiful country setting offering genuine hospitality with delicious food. Each room is unique and all units come with an ensuite, TV, and free Wi-Fi access.

Melide

Pazo de Sedor at Arzua

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Superior Tourist-Class

Pazo de Sedor is a converted 17th-century mansion in Sedor, 25 mi outside Santiago de Compostela. It offers attractive classical design, an outdoor pool, and elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi and individual design. The Pazo de Sedor's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner in the grand dining room and there are also two lounges with sofas, board games, and a fireplace.

Arzua

Hotel Arzua

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Superior Tourist-Class

A brand new hotel located at the entrance to Arzua directly on the Camino de Santiago offering modern air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms.

Amenal

Gran Hotel Los Abetos

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Superior Tourist-Class

Gran Hotel Los Abetos is a cosy and comfortable hotel in Santiago de Compostela, located just 10 minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the city centre. With a classic and elegant atmosphere, the hotel counts 148 rooms fully equipped. It is perfect for leisure or business trips, because it has 9 meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, shuttle service to the city centre and free parking area. A garden, swimming pool, gym...Also, its privileged location, next to the stadiums of the city, make it the ideal place for sports teams, and for pilgrims we are at 100 meters from the Camino de Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela

Compostela

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First-Class

This hotel is perfectly positioned in the heart of Santiago de Compostela and is housed in an historic building with a beautiful façade and modern interiors in the famous Plaza de Galicia. The air-conditioned rooms are decorated in soft organic colors with hardwood floors and include Free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and private bathrooms with a hairdryer. The bar-cafeteria serves a complete buffet breakfast every morning and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and artisan shops to be discovered within walking distance of the property.

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2021-10-03 2021-10-13 $3,199 Please Call
2021-10-17 2021-10-27 $3,059 Not Available
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