Walk the Camino de Santiago

7 Days | Embark on Europe’s greatest pilgrimage

4.9 out of 5 based on 91 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
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Whether you’re looking for a cultural odyssey, physical challenge, religious pilgrimage or to meet interesting travel companions, walking the Camino de Santiago is sure to be a life-affirming and personally enriching adventure. Over seven days, undertake a journey along the final 100km of Spain’s Camino de Santiago, travelling with a small group of likeminded travellers and a local leader to add a deeper layer to your discoveries. Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims as you walk through beautiful Galician countryside, passing quaint hamlets, roman ruins and stilted horreos. The feeling of arriving at the finishing point in Santiago de Compostela simply can’t be beat.

Trip overview

Map of Walk The Camino De Santiago including Spain
Start
Sarria, Spain
Finish
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Spain
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMXJ
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Walk the final 100km of the iconic Camino de Santiago with a local leader to provide historical context and add a deeper layer of understanding to your discoveries.
  • Uncover scenes of the real Galicia as you walk through traditional countryside, quaint hamlets, ancient bridges, roman ruins and beautifully preserved horreos on stilts.
  • Fuel your journey with unique Galician specialties, including traditional polbo a feira octopus in Melide and world-renowned cheese in Arzua.
  • Take a load off – literally! Your luggage will be transferred between your accommodation each day, meaning you’ll only have to carry a day pack, and your luggage will be waiting at your hotel.
  • Take a sip of Galicia’s Celtic history as your leader shows you how to make the traditional and mythical Queimada drink – prepare for a fiery show!
  • Feel an unbeatable sense of accomplishment as you complete your journey in the fascinating ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and collect your Camino certificate.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Open Arms. Donations help them safeguard the physical integrity and rights of migrant people in imminent danger who have fled their homes across the Mediterranean Sea. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves plenty of walking and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear is a must.
  • There will be some long walking days and we recommend reading descriptions of all walks carefully. Your longest walking day is 29km, but there will be the option to take a taxi to shorten the walking distance.
  • During your trip you will visit numerous religious sites. You will need to bring clothes that cover the shoulders and knees. A light scarf is a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot. Your leader will be able to advise when such clothing is necessary.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Walk The Camino De Santiago including Spain

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

On Foot

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Pension (1 night)

Activities
  • Pilgrim passport collection
  • Sarria to Portomarin guided walk
  • Portomarin to Palas de Rei guided walk
  • Roman ruins of Castromaior visit
  • Queimada drink preparation & tasting
  • Palas de Rei to Arzúa guided walk
  • Local speciality lunch in Melide
  • Arzúa to O Pedrouzo guided walk
  • O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela guided walk
  • Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim's museum visit

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Important notes

1. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 in Sarria.
2. This trip ends on Day 7 and you are free to leave at any time.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip and subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. We will transport your luggage between hotels, but you are only allowed one bag/suitcase of maximum weight 18kg. No items should be strapped to your luggage, such shoes, walking poles, etc. Transport of any extra luggage will incur small fee charged at the Welcome Meeting.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 91 reviews submitted.
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roger · Traveled October 2023
The "Walk the Camino de Santiago" trip was an amazing journey that has it all. It was challenging , rewarding, beautiful, spiritual, healing, tasty and fun. Our leader, Oswaldo was over the top amazing!! We will forever remember "walking the way".
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

Sarah · Traveled October 2023
The Camino de Santiago was a wonderful trip. Physically challenging but very manageable. You journey through picturesque farm towns with beautiful animals on display, other walkers are very friendly and local pilgrim stops are welcoming. Oswaldo was a wonderful tour leader and had a blast meeting new people.
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

Reanna · Traveled October 2023
This trip was fantastic for two reasons. First reason: the people (all except one of the other fellow guests) and namely our guide. Our guide Oswaldo was the absolute best. He set the tone for a positive, safe, informative, humorous, and incredibly fun experience. 11 members of the group were terrific, and although we walked at different paces (which is to be expected), Oswaldo arranged it so that we would have frequent meet ups for lunches, coffees, info sessions, etc. He went above and beyond by coordinating our meals, walking and conversing with everyone, and even walking back several kms when a member mentioned above left her walking poles behind to retrieve them for her. Despite having one very unpleasant member in the group, the rest of the group had the best time together- a great group of respectful, interesting, funny, and interested pilgrims who felt very accomplished at having completed their journey together. Second Reason: the TREK. Yes, it is a trek- a long, at times arduous journey with hills, sometimes roughed terrain, and rain (at least in Oct). I do recommend walking regularly at a pace that allows you to complete the number of kms in the time allowed before attempting this trek. Having said that, most if not all of us struggled with some aches and pains and fatigue at the end of the day and some with blisters, but we were all able to power through and with the encouragement and support of Oswaldo and each other, we all made it walking the whole way (even on the longest day) to the very end. The scenery was rustic, yet beautiful. The lodgings were simple (so if you prefer 5 star hotels this is definitely not the trip), and the food was great, and the comradery of group was excellent- which I credit our guide for arranging our meals together, allowing people to walk at their own pace but then bringing the group together at key times, and providing encouragement to all throughout the walks each and every day. We are fortunate to attend a full mass at the cathedral at the very end and it was quite impressive. It's a trip I will never forget, and I'm already thinking about doing the similar one in Portugal!
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

Belinda · Traveled October 2023
What a great trip! Challenging, but super fun if you have Oswaldo to lead the way! I highly recommend taking this trip with him. You will not regret it. Accommodations are simple but clean, and the Camino itself feels very safe.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Lynn · Traveled October 2023
This trip was the perfect amount of time. We enjoyed the 5 walking days on the Camino. It is harder than I thought but doable. Oswaldo was the perfect Leader with wonderful enthusiasm and a supportive and positive personality. He is everything you'd want in a Leader. We were so glad we did this 5 day trek of the Camino and you will be too. Do it. You will thank yourself.
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023
Walk the Camino de Santiago
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EUR €1,235