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The Camino, a Walking Journey for the Soul 2025 - Small Group

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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 for a total of approximately 71 miles. 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. At the end of your journey, relax on an excursion by coach to Finisterre and Muxia and a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela. You will receive the Compostela Certificate upon completion of the entire route on foot.

Countries Visited

Spain

  1. 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. Later, meet your tour companions during the included welcome dinner at your hotel. Your Tour Director will explain the dos and don’ts of the walk and give you some important advice. (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. 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 spend the evening at leisure, or spend free time to see the early-Gothic Church of O Salvador on the Main Street, the 13th- century Convent of the Magdalena at the outskirts of the old town, or enjoy a drink with your fellow pilgrims on the river walk next to the hotel. (B,D)
    Today’s distance (by train): 313mi / 504 km
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    SARRIA–PORTOMARIN
    Approximately 23 km/14.3 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 Portomarín, relax at one of the many outdoor cafes in the main square. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    PORTOMARIN–LESTEDO
    Approximately 20 km/12.5 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. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. 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 Arzúa. Arzúa is where the modern town with its bars, restaurants and the Church of St James overshadow the Medieval center. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. 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 leisurely walk over gentle slopes and through woodland, combined with some stretches along the road, which you will have to cross on occasions. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. 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! If you have walked all stages of the Camino, you will receive your Pilgrim Certificate. Give thanks by attending the [M] Pilgrim Mass in the magnificent Cathedral. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–FINISTERRE–MUXIA–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
    You have reached your goal; now reach the end of the world. Complete the experience with a morning 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 very scenic region not only offers wild beauty, but also delicious seafood and interesting legends. Return to Santiago in the early afternoon and meet your Local Guide for a guided walking sightseeing tour of the magical old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Today's Distance by coach: 117 mi / 187 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. 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 (you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage). Your Tour Director will be at hand for any assistance or suggestions on how to spend the last night in the Spanish capital.
    Today’s Distance by train: 373 mi / 600 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    MADRID
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select faith-based dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Small groups (maximum 20)

This tour is largely completed on foot, requiring a good level of physical fitness, and some physical training prior to departure is highly recommended.

This itinerary is not accessible by wheelchair or other ambulatory devices due to some uneven and unpaved paths.

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, not exceeding 20 kg/44 lbs will be transported daily during the walk from the lobby of your overnight hotel to the next overnight hotel. You will need to pack a backpack containing essentials for the day (such as water, raincoat, essential medication, money, sunblock, etc.) that you will carry during the walk.

Mass services may be in local language and venues are subject to change.

Hotel accommodation is of simple standards, often with no elevators, and porterage at the hotels is not provided.
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Buffet breakfasts daily, 8 dinners

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Accommodations

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

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Cosmos Tours Customer Reviews

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