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The Camino, a Walking Journey for the Soul 2020

The Camino, a Walking Journey for the Soul 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Spain

Tour Itinerary

Join us for this inspiring walking pilgrimage covering the last section of the French St James Way from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. Since the 9th Century, pilgrims have walked to Santiago de Compostela to have their sins forgiven and to worship the relics of the Apostle James in the Cathedral built above his tomb. The Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) is considered a spiritual journey covering approximately 115 kilometers (72 miles) on foot in over the course of 6 days, with a local expert guide, hotel stays, and train transfers from Madrid to Sarria and from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid. After an overnight in Madrid, your walk will begin in Sarria through shady oak forests, pretty villages, and quiet country roads. Take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church in Barbadelo before arriving in Portomarin for the night. Cross the Belesar Dam footbridge with a gradual climb to Ligonde. See the Cruceiro of Lameiros and the Monastery of Our Saviour of Vilar de Donas located approximately one mile off the Camino. Pass through the province of Coruña amid its fine eucalyptus, pine, and medieval bridges. Continue through some idyllic locations such as the Camino in Ribadiso do Baixo near Arzua, followed by a day of gentle slopes and woodlands. Feel a great sense of achievement for your last day on the Camino, making our last effort as you arrive in Santiago de Compostela.Your pilgrimage complete, spend two nights in the magical city of Santiago de Compostela. Explore the magnificent Cathedral built above St. James’ tomb. Discover the town center and squares surrounding the Cathedral, attend the Pilgrim Mass, and receive your Pilgrim Certificate upon reaching your destination. Take a 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. Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Boat in the coastal town of Muxia, and find out about local legends while enjoying delicious seafood dishes. Return to Madrid by train for one more night in Spain and reflect on your amazing experience that will stay with you always.

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. (D)

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. (B,D)

Day 3: SARRIA–PORTOMARIN
. Approximately 23 km14.3 mi – Average 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. (B,D)

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). (B,D)

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. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

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 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. If you have walked all stages of the Camino you will receive your Pilgrim Certificate. Give thanks by attending the [M] Pilgrim Mass. (B,D)

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 (B)

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. (B)

Day 11: MADRID.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (B)

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Inclusions

SMALL GROUPS Maximum 20

Sightseeing & Activities:

THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (or ST JAMES’ WAY):
A guided walking itinerary of approx. 115 km (72 miles) in 6 stages

FINISTERRE AND MUXIA
Full day excursion

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Guided tour

PILGRIM KIT

COMPOSTELA CERTIFICATE
Upon completion of the entire route on foot

[M] Mass Services:
available every evening at each overnight town/village and Pilgrim Mass in Santiago (all in local language and venues subject to change).Train transfer from Madrid to Sarria and from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid. The rest of the itinerary is on foot, and daily distances are listed in the day-by-day itinerary. You will require a good level of physical fitness as well as some training before starting the walk (more information regarding preparation for this tour can be found on our website). If unable to complete any of the stages on foot, transportation by taxi will be arranged at an extra cost. One piece of luggage per person (maximum weight 20kg/44 lbs) will be transported daily from the lobby of your overnight hotel to the next overnight hotel. You will need to pack a backpack containing essentials (such as water, raincoat, essential medication, money, sunblock etc.), that you will carry during the walk.

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily, 8 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$390

Guaranteed shares available

No triple rooms reduction.

Madrid: Praga
Sarria: Alfonso IX
Portomarin: Vistalegre Spa Hotel
Lestedo: Casa Roan y Casa Grande
Melide: Pazo de Sedor at Arzua
Arzua: Hotel Arzua
Amenal: Gran Hotel Los Abetos
Santiago de Compostela: Compostela

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Cosmos Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.8

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