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.
Your walking and spiritual experience is best enjoyed in small groups, and therefore the group size is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per departure and, of course, your Tour Director who will assist along the way.
Hiking is much easier without luggage; one piece of luggage per person, not exceeding 20 kg/44 lbs., will be transferred during your walk, from the lobby of your overnight hotel to the next overnight accommodation.
To make this itinerary more sustainable, transfers from Madrid to Sarria and from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid are by train. The only transportation by coach will be transfers between hotel and railway station and vice versa in Madrid and Sarria and the included excursion to discover Finisterre and Muxia or the occasional short transfer by car to any hotels that are not located directly on the Camino. Most of the itinerary will be on foot, enjoying the hike through the green Galician region. Daily distances are listed in the day-by-day itinerary.
Mass services are available every evening at each overnight town/village. In Santiago de Compostela, celebrate your personal achievement attending the Pilgrim Mass.
Departure March 31 includes Easter
Departure July 16 arrives in Santiago on St James' Festive day