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Guided Tours - Earn The Compostela

Guided Tours - Earn The Compostela

Join us on the final stretch of the St James Way to Santiago de Compostela. Our small group excursions are expertly led by our professional bilingual guide. Half Board, Bag Transfers, Airport Transfers & Credencial. Choose from the Portuguese or Frances.

Overview

Services on our Guided Camino Tour

You will be well looked after from the moment you arrive in Galicia until it's time to head home at the end of your Camino. Everything is arranged so that all you have to do is pack, fly and follow your guide. Staying in typical Camino lodgings, you'll have breakfast and dinner as a group - setting out together each morning on the Way.

We have departures on the Camino Frances from Sarria and the Camino Portuguese from Tui.

There are six daily walks of between 14 and 22 km. Each day brings you to a new hamlet or village or town heading west towards the Cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela.

All arrangements are made by our Camino team and you will have the support of a bilingual guide who will be accompanying the group throughout their time in Spain.

Your credential is provided, so that be collecting at least 2 stamps each day, when you reach Santiago you will have earned your Compostela certificate.

Our meeting point is the airport of Santiago, where you'll be met by your guide for the transfer to the start of your route.

Each day, we move your baggage from one accommodation to the next as you walk. This daily service is organised so that all you have to worry about is carrying a day sack with your essential items.

Extra Nights in Santiago de Compostela

A second night is recommended for those who wish to spend more time exploring this fascinating city. Prices from £35pp B&B in double/twin share; £55 B&B for single occupancy.

We also design Camino experiences out of Santiago. We have a full day and half day tour along the Camino and the wider Galician area. Many of our couples and groups wish to combine gentle short walks with sightseeing excursions and gastronomy experiences.

For further details about our slow walks of the Camino de Santiago, just get in touch. We will be happy to create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.

Extend Your Trip on Cape Finisterre & the Atlantic Coast

You can also spend 2 or 3 nights on Cape Finisterre where there are short walks to be enjoyed as well as a two-day mini itinerary the fishing ports of Fisterra and Muxia.

Itinerary

Camino Frances Guided Camino Tour

The "classic" and the most popular route is the Camino Frances or French Way. And this final section of 115 kms is the most popular of all walk, as it gains walkers the Compostela certificate and brings you to the splendid Cathedral of St James.

There are five daily walks from Sarria to Portomarin, then to Palas de Rei, Arzua, O Pino and finally Santiago. Each day's walk brings you to a new hamlet or village, town or city, always heading west towards the Cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela.

Day 1. Arrive Santiago Airport, transfer to Sarria for a welcome dinner with your guide
Day 2. Walk to Portomarin - 22.4 km
Day 3. Walk to Palas de Rei - 24 km
Day 4. Walk to Arzua - 28 km
Day 5. Walk to O Pino - 20 km
Day 6. Walk to Santiago de Compostela - 18 km
Day 7. Transfer to airport

Camino Portuguese Guided Camino Tour

The Camino Portuguese has grown in popularity route in recent years. This final section of 117 km begins in the town of Tui on the southern border with Portugal. You are eligible for Compostela certificate once the Way has brought you to the splendid Cathedral of St James.

There are six daily walks from Tui to Porrino, then to Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Rei, Padron and finally Santiago. Each day's walk brings you to a new hamlet or village, town or city, always heading north towards the Cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela.

Day 1. Arrive Santiago Airport, transfer to Tui for a welcome dinner with your guide
Day 2. Walk to Porrino - 18 km
Day 3. Walk to Redondela - 15 km
Day 4. Walk to Pontevedra - 19 km
Day 5. Walk to Caldas de Rei - 21.6 km
Day 6. Walk to Padron - 18 km
Day 7. Walk to Santiago de Compostela - 25 km
Day 8. Transfer to airport

Highlights

The main highlights of our guided walk of the Camino de Santiago are:

Experience Europe's most important and ancient pilgrimage route

Walk the thousand-year-old pilgrimage route and put yourself in the capable hands of an experienced bilingual local guide.

Soak up the Camino's ancient history as you pass through medieval villages, pilgrim fountains, and majestic monasteries linked for centuries to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Your guide will share her insights into Camino history, culture and the Galician way of life.

Galician Gastronomy and Wine

Every town in the Camino has a variety of lively plazas with bars and restaurants, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the delicious Spanish gastronomy and the variety of world-famous Spanish wines.

This is an area that still preserves a traditional way of life. Galicia is the green corner of Spain and its lush meadows support many family-run dairy and beef farms. Galician cooking is simple and hearty, using mainly fresh local produce.

Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Galicia's capital city Santiago de Compostela is the world-known destination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Around the Cathedral of Saint James of Compostela, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the city boasts a picturesque old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.

As an addition to your guided walk, we recommend the following tours

Guided Tour of Santiago de Compostela

As an optional extra, we can arrange a guided tour of the city's extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments grouped around the Cathedral of Saint James the Greater.

Day Excursion to Finisterre & Muxia

Take an excursion to Cape Finisterre & Muxia, on Galicia's Atlantic coast, which traditionally was the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. A walk to the lighthouse, or along the golden beach, searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience. Muxia is steeped in Camino legend. It is said that the Virgin Mary met St. James here and encouraged him to preach throughout Galicia. By the Nosa Señora da Barca Church is the Pedra de Abalar or rocking stone, purported to have healing powers, drawing people for spiritual and physical healing.

Day Excursion to Rias Baixas

Day Excursion to Riberia Sacra

Day Excursion to Lugo

Food & Drink

Half Board Lodgings, B&B Santiago

This is an area that still preserves a traditional way of life. Galicia is the green corner of Spain and its lush meadows support many family-run dairy and beef farms. A gastronomic point - in Melide look out for the local speciality "Pulpo Gallego" - octopus! The wines, cheeses and seafood are all renowned Galician specialities.

Galician cooking is simple and hearty, using mainly fresh local produce. Almost every meal begins with Caldo Gallego, a thick soup made from meat, potatoes, greens and beans. Empanadas are a square, pie-like dish made with meat, fish or seafood. Bread is rustic and tasty unlike so much of the mass produced bread we eat today. If you like your seafood, then eat it every chance you get. When in Melide, try Pulpo Gallego: steamed octopus is sliced up, sprinkled with paprika then served on wooden platters to diners eating communally at long wooden tables. Celebrate your arrival in Santiago with a big seafood dinner: much more expensive than a pilgrim menu, but well worth the splurge. Another delight is Vieiras de Santiago, scallops with onions and cured ham.

Those with a sweet tooth will love Tarta de Santiago, a type of almond cake dusted with sugar outlining the shape of the cross of Santiago. Galicia's trademark green fields make for happy cows, and their milk is often turned into a soft and creamy conical-shaped cheese named Tetilla and there are many other varieties.

Galicia's coastal climate is well suited to making superb white wines. Albariño is a straw-coloured wine with a distinct peach flavour that's now highly respected outside Spain and the perfect companion to fish and seafood. Albariño is becoming highly respected outside Spain. Galicia's most excellent reds come from Ribeira Sacra - a magical place. This is one of Spain's most talked about wine regions, where steeply terraced vineyards are worked by hand and cut through by the deep river filled canyons. Ribeiro is young, fresh, cloudy red and perfect with seafood. In more traditional bars it's poured straight out of the barrel into wide, shallow clay cups.

Those with a sweet tooth will love Tarta de Santiago, a type of almond cake dusted with sugar outlining the shape of the cross of Santiago. A gastronomic point - in Melide look out for the local speciality "Pulpo Gallego" - octopus - sprinkled with paprika and served with potatoes.

The wines, cheeses and seafood are all renowned Galician specialities.

Accommodation

Hand-picked comfortable, family-run establishments on half board.

We have chosen comfortable, small, family-run establishments on the Camino, which includes a variety of two and three star hotels. These establishments almost exclusively welcome walkers on the Camino all year round - many have restaurants, but sometimes you will eat out in a restaurant.

Our hotels are our Camino partners that we work with on a daily basis. We have reserved private rooms with twin & double beds and en suite facilities. Most en-suites have showers rather than baths. This is the norm in Spanish hotels, where people are ever mindful of conserving energy and water.

  • Breakfast and dinner are included in this tour, as well as baggage transfers.
  • The hotels are situated on or close to the Camino route.
  • Hotels do have wifi although speeds are variable.

Fly into Santiago de Compostela. Arrival should be timed to take advantage of group transfer - please check the arrangements with is before you book your flights.

Please ask if you need assistance finding a flight to suit you.

Customer Reviews

Listed below are some reviews from other customers who have already undertaken this tour with Walk the Camino.

  • Review by Darlene, USA
    Absolutely enjoyed my holiday - highly organized. Accommodations always met and sometimes exceeded expectations. ie Sarria and Portomarin. The group meals provided were delicious. Baggage Transfers were perfect- no issues. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent and very attentive. The extra night’s hotel in Santiago, the Hotel Bonaval was most enjoyable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is lovely and the 24-hour breakfast buffet is great! Would I consider booking another holiday with Walk the Camino? Yes, as very helpful and arranged another tour when one I was originally booked for was cancelled.

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