Camino de Santiago Guided Tours

Guided Tour Camino Francés – Compostela

Guided Tour Camino Francés – Compostela

INFORMATION

days: 11

nights: 10

walking distance: 114,6 kilometers (71 miles)

value:  2.650 €  per person in double occupancy rooms

single supplement: 750 €

DATES (Click date for sign up!)

DESCRIPTION

The Camino Francés Compostela is designed at a more leisure pace, with shorter stages for those wishing for a relaxed walk.  This Camino give you the opportunity to experience the abundant cultural and historical sites of the Camino. We meet you in Madrid, and then begin our journey visiting the ancient Roman city Astorga, start walking to the mythical Iron Cross and the unique village of O Cebreiro. You’ll experience all the Camino offers through your discoveries along the way of ancient villages, fine cuisine, a robust history and the endearing and friendly nature of the native people of Spain. Join us on a magical and inspiring walk through history and time.

INCLUDED

  • 24 hours per day English-speaking guide assistance
  • 10 nights in stellar accommodations
  • 10 dinners and all breakfasts
  • The Compostela Certificate
  • Support vehicle provided during the entire tour
  • Ground transportation
  • Luggage Transfer between accommodations during the walking tour
  • Mobile phones with spanish line
  • Pilgrims Kit
  • Botafumeiro Ceremony
  • Photos of the entire Tour
  • Celebration Dinner

ITINERARY

The Camino Francés Compostela is walked during a 11 day period. Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.

DAY 1 Madrid – Astorga

We will meet in the lobby of our hotel in Madrid at approximately 8:30 am and then travel together in our private car towards Astorga. After lunch, we’ll meet again to have a delightful guided visit where you can get to know the history of the Astorga’s Cathedral, the Gaudi’s Episcopal Palace and, of course, why is Astorga famous for it’s chocolate…

Accommodations in Astorga

DAY 2 – Stage 1 – Rabanal del Camino – Cruz de Hierro (Iron Cross) – 7.5 km or 4.1 mi

Our journey starts heading a majestic spot that stands at 1.500 mts above sea level is crowned by a very humble monument: the Cruz de Hierro. The ancient tradition of leaving here a stone brought with the deepest respect from home represents the genuine and ancestral solidarity between Pilgrims, the testemony of a voul, a deep wish, a memorie, or a metaphore of liberation.

Accommodations in Sarria

DAY 3 – Stage 2 – Peruscallo – Portomarin 13,5 km or 8,39 mi

Crossing through Celtic woods with ancient trees that melt amidst small and picturesque villages, we’ll find the exciting and mythical stone marker noting 100 kilometers. Small churches and cruceros, founts, cultivated fields and the green gardens quietly lead us to Portomarín. Enjoying extraordinary views over the River Minho, we’ll learn more about the astounding history of the Church – Fortress of St. Nicholas, or, St. John, built during the 12th and 13th centuries.

Accommodations in Sarria

DAY 4 – Stage 3 – Portomarin – Vendas de Naron  – 13.2 km or 8,2 mi

We leave the Minho River behind and climb quietly on a dirt road surrounded by magnificent and ancient trees, taking the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views either of Portomarin and Embalse de Belesar. After Castromaior, with its pre- Romanesque castro and his Church of Santa Maria from the 12th century, we’ll reach the picturesque village of Ventas de Naron.

Accommodations in Palas de Rei

DAY 5 – Stage 4 – Vendas de Naron – Palas de Rei – 12 km or 7,46 mi

We’ll start the day, enjoying magnificent views over the Sierra de Ligonde. We continue to Lameiros where, close to St. Mark’s Chapel, find the Lameiros Cruise, dated 1672, which is considered one of the most touching of the Way. At the Alto do Rosário, we’ll learn the legend of the fighting bulls tamed by the disciples of Santiago, that carried the body of Saint James to Santiago. Accommodations in Palas de Rei

DAY 6 – Stage 5 – Palas de Rei – Melide – 15 km or 9,32 mi

The Calixtin Code (ancient Camino guide) mentions Palas de Rei as a starting point of the 13th stage and final stage of this Guide. As we prefer to stop and smell the roses, we’ll end our journey in Melide, a land known for its great octopus, always with a Albariño wine! A very quiet journey, between small villages, magnificent forests, and even an interesting stretch of the Roman road.

Accommodations in Arzua

DAY 7 Stage 6 – Melide – Arzúa – 14.3 km or 8,89 mi

We follow the familiar shells and yellow arrows to Santa Maria de Melide with its 12th Romanesque Church. Passing Carballal we walk through a picture postcard of the French Way: the magnificent grove along the river Catasol. In the Calixtino Code was here that the Pilgrims laid the stones that asked them to bring from Triacastela to the construction of the Cathedral of Santiago. Ribadiso de Baixo is an idyllic place with a view of the bucolic waters of the River Iso and a medieval bridge.

Accommodations in Arzua

DAY 8 – Stage 7 – Arzúa – O Empalme – 15.50 km or 9,6 mi

Arzúa is a city with pre-Roman history as indicated by the large amount of Castros in the vicinity. We’ll enjoy a smooth path between oak, pine, eucalyptus and green pastures where dairy cattle graze quietly. We pass through many tiny and picturesque villages such as Roda do Castro, a pre-Roman circular fortress wall hidden among huge oaks and wild blackberries bushes.

Accommodations in Lavacolla

DAY 9 – Stage 8 – O Empalme – Lavacolla – 13.6 km or 8,45

Our day begins by crossing through Santa Irene, with its chapel and fountain where the water is said to have healing powers. We then enter a forest where we find the largest eucalyptus on the Camino and continues through wonderful woodlands to San Palo with his 1840 Church, dedicated to St. Pelayo, first king of Asturias and Spain. Our day comes to an end after reaching Lavacolla, where, in ancient times the Pilgrims purified themselves before reaching Santiago.

Accommodations in Lavacolla

DAY 10 – Stage 9 – Lavacolla – Santiago de Compostela – 10 km or 6,21 mi

Today is bittersweet as it is our last day on the Camino. We walk a short way to the legendary Monte do Gozo, (Mount of Joy) and the interesting Chapel of São Marcos. We enter Santiago by an ancient and well cared for medieval path, magical and populated by magnificent buildings. The sounds of bagpipes welcome us to Obradoiro Square, opposite the impressive Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where we will participate in the Pilgrim Mass and the extremely touching ceremony of the Botafumeiro!

Accommodations in Santiago de Compostela

DAY 11 –  Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre

Santiago de Compostela is, in itself, a city rich in symbolism, secular and religious traditions, peculiar legends and spectacular architecture. In the morning we will be led by a local historian on a visit through the old parts of town to learn more about Santiago’s fascinating origins and traditions. After, we’ll have a wonderful lunch and a guided visit to the end of the World: Finisterre!! 

As we end our journey together, instead of saying farewell, we share our sincere wish that we will one day meet again.

Ultreia!