El Camino de Santiago – The Leisurely Way: Leon to Santiago de Compostela (September)

El Camino de Santiago – The Leisurely Way: Leon to Santiago de Compostela (September)

From $ 4,995 AUD

Description

One of the world’s great historical trails, El Camino de Santiago, also known as the “The Way” or the “Way of St James”, is a fabulous walk of 800km if completed from beginning to end.

We will cover over 100km of the final walk into Santiago de Compostela with a combination of vehicle transfers and a maximum of 10km walking each day. With the addition of a couple of rest days along the way, we will complete our walk in style and comfort!

13 days escorted by Bronny Tudor.

$4,995*per person twin share departing Leon

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Trip Name
El Camino de Santiago - The Leisurely Way: Leon to Santiago de Compostela
Days
13
Overview
The Camino began as a religious pilgrimage to the relics of the Apostle James, interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and since the ninth century hundreds of thousands have made the life-changing journey.

The Camino is renowned as one of the most religious, inspirational and rewarding experiences. There is an enormous depth of history and everyday learning, as people of all ages from all over the world come together to walk the paths that so many have done before them. The small villages along the way would not exist if it wasn't for the Camino, and the Camino wouldn't exist if it wasn’t for the villages. The local people who are proud of their country and their culture, readily offer their hospitality. Their generosity is overwhelming.

The countryside is extremely picturesque. The rolling hills are often dotted with a church steeple on the horizon, which may look close, but quite likely may be two or more kilometres away. The daily walk provides plenty of thinking and reflection time, time to crystallise the 'where to from here' or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all. This itinerary has been specially designed so you only walk a maximum of 10km per day. There will be vehicle transfers to the best starting and/or end point to ensure you are walking through the most beautiful stages of the Camino and are able to do so at a leisurely pace. Engaging with the locals is most rewarding and at times quite emotional, with many elderly ladies in the local churches keen to stamp your pilgrim’s passbook in recognition of your visit.

This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need to carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for most active walkers.

The accommodation is a mix of centrally located hotels and Casa Rurals (Spanish privately owned accommodation). The meals are also a highlight. On occasion mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple which comes complete with a bottle of wine. There is also a variety of impressive cuisine from local chefs, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Spanish. English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 16 September
Leon
Welcome to Spain! You may arrive into Leon at any time
today. Explore the streets of this wonderful city, home to one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain. Freshen up before meeting the rest of the group at 6pm for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Tuesday 17 September
Leon to Sarria
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before your late morning
private transfer to Sarria. There will be time to settle in to your comfortable hotel and perhaps have a gentle wander around the village before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in preparation for the start of your walk tomorrow.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 – Wednesday 18 September
Sarria to Ferreiros
You will have an enjoyable day discovering the farmland communities west of Sarria as you start your Camino pilgrimage to Santiago. Start your magical walk through the Rua Major, where the street lamps lining the road bid you farewell to Sarria. Along the route today you will pass Morgade most famous for its history and views. From here you will be transferred by private vehicle to Ferreiros where you will spend your fist night on the Camino.
Walking:  3km transfer to the 10km point, estimated walking time approximately 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 – Thursday 19 September
Ferreiros to Portomarin
A gentle walk today, although walking into Portomarin, which is pitched beautifully on the hillside, is a little more
challenging towards the end of your walk. Just take your time and you will be rewarded.  Portomarin is steeped in history, and after crossing the longest bridge on the Camino, you will discover it is also well known for its tarts and liqueurs and where almost every second shop is a bakery! This is a great stop on the Camino to sit and watch the locals enjoy their daily coffee.
Walking: 9km, estimated time approximately 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 – Friday 20 September
Portomarin to Palas De Rei
You transfer out of Portomarin by private vehicle to break the longer walking day. Your path today is very rural, with no more than a few kilometres between any town or village, so plenty of places to pause for a coffee or snack.  One place on the Camino is the village of Ventas de Naron. It is here, where soon after the tomb of Santiago was discovered in 820, the Christian troops defeated the Emír of Cordóba.  You will pass the small chapel and a wooden wayside cross that leads up to the Sierra de Ligonde. This is the highest point on this section of the Camino – at approx 756 metres above sea level, providing beautiful views over the valleys below. The path now begins to descend and takes you through the hamlets of Previsa and Lameiros. Between Lameiros and the next village of Ligonde you will find a 17th century cruceiro which is said to be the most famous cruceiro on the Camino.
A little further on and just before you enter Ligonde you will find another stone cross which marks the location of an ancient pilgrim cemetery; all that remains of a former pilgrim hospital. Today your destination is Palas de Rei, a town of 3,700 people.
Walking: 15km transfer to the 10km point, estimated walking time approximately 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 – Saturday 21 September
Palas De Rei to Melide
A mix of descending today, with an occasional ascent. It is a nice stroll to Melide as the path takes you through small villages, farming regions, fields of sunflowers, and picnic areas. Melide, a lively market town, is said to be home to Galicia’s oldest wayside cross, or ‘cruceiro’ – Cruceiro de Melide.  The village was founded in the 10th century and in 1320, the Archbishop of Santiago allowed a castle to be built, fortressing the village.
Walking: 5km transfer to the 10km point, estimated walking time approximately 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 – Sunday 22 September
Melide
Today is a rest day. Why not get a taxi into town or, if you are feeling energetic, you can walk the 1.5km path instead. Whilst in Melide, don’t forget to stop in a local bakery and sample the town’s famous ‘melindres’.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 – Monday 23 September
Melide to Arzua
Much of the day is shaded through the Oak and Eucalyptus forest. This area is predominantly used for farming with more cattle per head than any other area in the region of Galicia.
Walking:  5km transfer to the 10km point, estimated walking time approximately 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 – Tuesday 24 September
Arzua
Today enjoy another rest day in the beautiful village of Arzua. Spend the day relaxing in the sun, sampling the local cheese, or discovering the ruins of the Convent of La Magdalena. The church, rebuilt in 1955, has two statues of Santiago – one as a pilgrim and the other as the Moorslayer.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 – Wednesday 25 September
Arzua to Rua
Walk off that cheese with a comfortable walking day. There are some interesting places to enjoy the company of the pilgrims making their final steps to Santiago. Salceda is conveniently placed on the path—it is an ideal place to rest and watch the pilgrims go by – and perhaps enjoy a glass of red as they did ‘back in the day’.
Walking: 10km transfer to the 10km point, estimated walking time approximately 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 – Thursday 26 September
Rua to Santiago de Compostela
Transferring to Lavacolla, the village of 200 people, for the final stage into Santiago, which feels like it is just up the road.
The last day of the pilgrimage will be a day of unexpected events. Arriving in Santiago can be an emotional and bitter sweet experience. Although you have walked nearly 70km, there is usually a feeling of not wanting the journey to end. Santiago is visible from about 5 kilometres away, making your way past the pied piper (donations welcome), to the final stage at the steps of the cathedral, then a trip to the Compostela office to show your stamp book to the team of volunteers, who are eagerly waiting to stamp your certificate highlighting your name in Latin.
Santiago is a great city to celebrate, and the rewards for all that walking are sampling an endless supply of tapas, chorizo, bocadillos (tasty Spanish sandwiches), tortilla and Iberico jamon (Spanish ham), to name just a few of the specialties.
Walking: 10km transfer to the 10km point, estimated walking time approximately 3 – 4hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – Friday 27 September
Santiago de Compostela
Today is free to discover this incredible city. Santiago de Compostela is a special city with a particular magic that can only be enjoyed by walking around its streets. Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site and offers dozens of churches and religious buildings, including the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago). The four plazas of Quintana, Platerias, Azabacheria and Obradoiro surround the Cathedral and each one stands as an open-air museum.
Another part of the historical centre contains the beautiful marketplace, which is of neo-Romanesque style. It is impossible to summarise the beauty of this great city in only a few lines. Our extra day here is to coincide with the Botafumeria display. Please note that this is not guaranteed every Friday in the Cathedral in Santiago, so we hope that we’ll be lucky!
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – Saturday 28 September
Santiago de Compostela
Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, the memories of the Camino will live on.
Meals: Breakfast



Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
16-09-201928-09-2019AUD $ 4,995-

Inclusions

    • 13 day escorted tour
    • 12 nights accommodation in a mixture of hotels/Casa Rurals
    • 12 breakfasts and 9 dinners
    • Luggage transfer each day between accommodation
    • Daily vehicle transfers to and from walking points
    • Private transfer from Leon to Sarria

     

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