The Way of St james -small group tour

The Way of St james

An historic pilgrimage

 

For thousands of years, pilgrims of diverse faiths from around the world have traveled a path to honour Saint James, whose remains are believed to be held at the Cathedral de Santiago. Though early pilgrims began their journeys from their literal doorsteps, modern travelers often make the trek along the popular Camino Frances route, an 800-kilometre path which starts in France at St. Jean Pied de Port and crosses the Pyrenees Mountains. Some choose to travel just portions of the path.

Pilgrims who walk at least 100 kilometres can earn a Compostela, a keepsake certificate to commemorate their journey. This tour focuses on the last 185 kilometres of The Camino, allowing travellers to earn the compostela while enjoying a peaceful, hassle-free journey.  Knowledgable, certified and English-speaking local guides will be there every step of the way.

The trip and its flavours

 

Enjoy the intimacy of a small group, with a minimum of 4 travellers and a maximum of 14. You will stay in carefully chosen boutique manors and centuries-old farmhouses, experiencing the charm of ancient culture with all the comforts of today. You stay two nights in most stops, giving you an opportunity to relax and absorb your surroundings. Romance your palate with the tastes of Galician cuisine as organic farm fresh ingredients are paired with local wines, delighting even the most discerning foodies.

 

Day 1 Leon - O Cebreiro

We meet the group in the town of Leon (Spain). Here you will greet your fellow pilgrims and tour guides. After a brief meeting, we will depart from Leon in the van and drive west following the Camino de Santiago towards Galicia.

Day 2 O Cebreiro - Triacastela

Our first walking day starts mainly on high ground to the the Alto do Poio , the highest point of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. After a stamp and a coffee, we will descend amongst verdant hills and tiny hamlets to the village of Triacastrela where we will hop in the van to shuttle to our accommodations for the evening.

Day 3 Triacastela - Sarria

Today we start our walk from Triacastela, where we left it the previous day. We enter and old path shaded by tall poplars, birches, chestnuts and oaks and walk along the hills of San Xil.  After we arrive to Sarria and have a well deserved rest, we will pay a short visit to the Monastery of Samos, in order to hear the Vespers sung by the resident monks.

Day 4 Sarria - Portomarin

From Sarria, we walk past the Romanesque church of Barbadelo. On our way to Portomarin, we walk by the 100km marker, a milestone for the millions of pilgrims who have traversed this same spot during the last millennium.

Day 5 Portomarin - Palas del Rei

We leave Portomarin early in the morning to resume our westward route. After crossing the Mino river, we first ascend through a forest of chestnuts, oaks and pine trees until we reach more open plains from where we will continue mainly alongside secondary roads crossing various hamlets to Palas de Rei.

Day 6 Palas del Rei - Melide

Today we pass through various small villages with their typical slate constructions and one of the most beautiful early Gothic Bridges on the whole Camino. We end todays walk at the town of Melide, where we will be able to sample one of Galicia's most celebrated dishes, the pulpo da feria, consisting of octopus cut up and cooked with salt, paprika and olive oil. Alternative activities are planned for those who wish to see the heart of Galicia.

Day 7 Melide - Arzúa

Along the way, our journey is filled with tiny churches dating back to the 12th and 14th-century dedicated to Santiago and Santa Maria. Arzua is famous for its cheese, called 'tetilla' (breast) cheese due to its shape and prepared with pasteurized cow milk, we should take advantage to try some of these famous local cheese or perhaps a bit of empanada, a light crusty pastry filled with either beef or tuna.

Day 8 Arzúa - Pedrouzo

Returning from our accommodations to Arzua by bus, we resume our walk out of town through vegetable gardens and orchards and oak groves, and passing through a variety of tiny villages which still preserve their taste of ancient rural life, the smell of barn in the air, cows, hens and shepherd dogs roaming the cobblestone streets.

Day 9 Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Two important landmarks here before the end of our pilgrimage are the river of Lavacolla, where pilgrims would traditionally wash themselves before entering Santiago, and Mount of Joy, 'Monte del Gozo', so called because from here pilgrims could, for the first time, see the tall spires of the Cathedral of Santiago.

Day 10 Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, our guide will give us a closer look at the amazing Cathedral that has seen so many transformations since the original chapel built in the 9th-century. After the tour you will have the opportunity to attend the pilgrims mass at noon and to explore one of the most beautiful and intact of Spain's old cities which someone once called, a Symphony in stone.