Camino de Santiago Encompassed

Camino de Santiago Encompassed
Camino de Santiago Encompassed
Camino de Santiago Encompassed
Camino de Santiago Encompassed
Camino de Santiago Encompassed
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The opportunity to walk Spain's celebrated Camino de Santiago isn't just another vacation; it's an outright life-changing achievement. This incredible 10-day adventure begins with two days of exploration in stately (and must-see) Madrid. Then continue to the picturesque municipality of Sarria to begin your own once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage, along the final 100km of the famed Camino. Finish your walk at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, celebrating your accomplishment with fellow pilgrims from all over the world.

Highlights
  • Explore Madrid's Plaza Mayor and Gran Via at your own pace.
  • Walk into the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Complete the last 100km of the pilgrim's trail and complete your "compostela" walk through small villages and towns.
  • Enjoy hearty and delicious Spanish food.
Transport
Walking, local train.
Accommodation
Hotels (9 nts).
Meals Included
9 breakfasts
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Spain
Tour Types
  • Museum
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • White water rafting
  • Cultural
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • History
  • Religion-Spiritual
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Small Group

Location: Madrid

Arrive at any time.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Europa (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Madrid

Enjoy a short orientation walk around Madrid with a free day to explore. Opt to check out the world-famous museums, do some shopping or enjoy some fantastic food. <p>Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Take a wander around this amazing city.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Europa (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: La Casona de Sarria Complejo Turistico

Travel to the charming town of Sarria by train. Take some free time to explore before meeting up with the rest of your group.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: La Casona de Sarria (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Portomarín

Hike from Sarria to Portomarín throughout the course of the day.<p>Pass through many lovely towns along the way and maybe choose to have a picnic in places such as Barbadelo, Renta or Ferreiros.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Start hiking from Sarria to Portomarín, covering about 23km (14 mi) over the course of the day. Pass through many lovely towns along the way and choose to have a picnic in places such as Barbadelo, Renta or Ferreiros. Spend the night in the riverside city of Portomarin.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Villajardin (or similar)

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Location: Palas de Rei

Early start from Portomarin, continue walking through fantastic scenery with a rich history en route to Palas de Ray.<p>Walk from Portomarin to Palas de Rey. Weary pilgrims can get a jolt of caffeine in one Palas de Rey's cafes or visit some of the local shops to grab some souvenirs.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get those walking shoes back on! Leave Portomarin behind in the early light of the morning to make the most of the day. This stretch is a mix of ups and downs through beautiful scenery. The entire area has a rich history, especially during the Middle Ages. </p>

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Accommodation Name: Complejo la Cabana (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Melide

Continue the pilgrimage westwards, walking through the lush green valleys of Galicia. <p>Continue walking through rural Spain. Take a break in the lively market town of Melide (454m), and try octopus, Galicia's most classic dish, in one of the many 'pulperías'.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Head west and continue the pilgrimage, passing through the lush green valleys of Galicia. Covering about 15 km today, the day again passes through many lovely villages and towns along the way, offering ample opportunity for rest stops and time to pick up any needed supplies before arriving to Melide.</p>

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Accommodation Name: El Chiquitin (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Santiago de Arzúa

Follow the Camino from Melide to the village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Leaving Melide, the Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the scenic medieval village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m). In Arzúa, visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena. </p>

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Accommodation Name: Pensión Domus Gallery (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Rúa Lugo

The Camino walk will pass through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams most of the day.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Walk through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, don't miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa (310m). The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks. </p>

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Accommodation Name: Amenal Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Praza do Obradoiro

Enjoy a final day of walking through spectacular scenery towards the final destination.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Leave early in order to reach Santiago de Compostela in time for the pilgrim's mass. Walk the last part of the pilgrimage and enjoy the scenery before the baroque, painted towers of the cathedral come into view. Later, explore this fascinating city and sip some wine in a café to celebrate the incredible journey. Upon reaching our goal, the pilgrimage is not complete without a visit to the cathedral on the magnificent Praza do Obradoiro, which houses the supposed tomb of St. James the Apostle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the cathedral on the magnificent Praza do Obradoiro, which houses the supposed tomb of St. James the Apostle. It is widely believed that his remains were buried here in the 1st century AD; from then onwards he became the patron saint of the Christian Crusades.</p>

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Accommodation Name: A Tafona do Peregrino (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Santiago de Compostela

Depart at any time.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

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Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • - Luggage transport throughout
  • Meals
    -9 breakfasts Allow USD350-455 for meals not included.
  • - Orientation walk in Madrid
  • - Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation
    -Hotels (9 nts).
  • - Trekking along the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela (5 days)
  • -Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Fully Guided
    -CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
Aside from the train from Madrid and a short local bus ride on Day 4, transport on this trip is your own two feet!
Hotels (9 nts).
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
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Explore Madrid's Plaza Mayor and Gran Via at your own pace, complete the last 100km of the pilgrim's trail and complete your "compostela" walk through small villages and towns, enjoy hearty and delicious Spanish food, walk into the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
Please note that after the short bus ride on Day 4, this trip is a trekking trip. A support vehicle is available on every day to carry your main luggage, you will need to have a day pack large enough to fit whatever you require for each day hiking. Please note that only one bag is permitted per traveller, which cannot exceed 20kg/45lbs. Be prepared to hike an average of 6 to 10 hrs per day, approx. 20-25 km per day, with some shorter and longer days along the way. LUGGAGE FORWARDING OPTION: If travelling with extra luggage from previous trips or continuing on your travels after the tour, you have the option of forwarding extra luggage to Santiago from Leon for a reasonable fee (approx. 10-30 EUR depending on total weight). Please inquire with your Tour Leader on Day 1. There is also an option to transfer luggage daily to the next night stop, by taxi. This can be arranged with your Tour Leader and is an OPTIONAL service. Cost will be divided between those who choose to use this service.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day. To get from airport to Hotel Europa (please check your vouchers to ensure this is your start hotel): From airport terminals T1, T2, T3 or T4- take pink metro line "8" to Nuevos Ministerios. This should take about 22 minutes. From T1, T2 & T3 this is 5 stops. From T4 this is 7 Stops. At Nuevos Ministerios change trains to line "C3" to station 'Sol' this is 5 minutes, traditionally direct (no stops). The hotel is 1 minute walk away. At the Station 'Sol' Take exit Carmen. Walk west towards Calle del Carmen. Across the road you will see the Hotel Europa, it is number 4 Alternatively, you can take a taxi. Direct with no traffic would be about 20 minutes & cost 35 EUROS. Traffic in Madrid can be bad - this would then increase the taxi to about 45 minutes & cost 50 EUROS plus.
9 breakfasts
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico Visit (2EUR per person) - Gran Vía Visit (Free) - Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit (17EUR per person) - Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit (15EUR per person) - Plaza Mayor Visit (Free) Sarria - Browse the Antique Shops Santiago de Compostela - Pazo de Raxoi Palace (Free) - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (6EUR per person) - Praza das Praterias Square (Free)
Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) ESCS: • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece jacket or warm layer • Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Gaiters • Gloves • Hiking boots • Insurance info (With photocopies) • Lightweight wicking shirts • Passport (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies) • Slip-on sandals or shoes • Small travel towel • Sunblock • Sunglasses • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Vouchers and pre-departure information • Watch and alarm clock • Windproof rain gear • Windproof rain pants Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Trekking: • Gloves • Hat • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.) • Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).) • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.) • Walking poles (Highly recommended.) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for hiking is quick-dry, synthetic materials.The weather can be quite hot during the summer months, so we recommend hiking in shorts and a t-shirt. During the shoulder seasons (April-May, Sept-Oct) consider packing a pair of long, breathable pants and a sweater for cooler mornings and evenings.
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
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While conventions can vary from country to country, tipping is customary in Europe. A general rule is 10% of the bill for wait staff, and a smaller amount (€1 or €2) for other service providers. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. At the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is expected and appreciated. The precise amount is a personal preference, however €30-€40 per person, per week can be used as a guideline.
Walking, local train.
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Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Orientation walk in Madrid. Trekking along the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela (5 days). Luggage transport throughout. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Madrid
Finish:Santiago de Compostela
Group size:10 - 12
Suitable for: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Accommodation:Hotels (9 nts).
Physical rating:3 - Average
Meals:9 breakfasts
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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