Camino de Santiago Walking Tour
Leon Spain - Sun 22nd September 2019

Max Participants:
12
Location:
Leon Spain  
Date:
Sun 22nd September 2019
Start Time:
6:00pm
Duration:
17 Days
Meals:
16 Breakfasts 14 Dinners
Non-Member Cost:
$4450.00 Per Person based on Twin Share
Member Cost:
$4350.00 Per Person based on Twin Share
Deposit Required:
$500.00
Single Supplement:
From $850.00 Per Person
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If you're looking to experience the Camino de Santiago, but don't have 8 - 10 weeks free to cover the whole distance, this is the perfect trip for you.

 

We will be walking the last stretch of the famous Camino de Santiago from the Medieval kingdom of Leon through to Santiago de Compostela at around 300km's in distance.  The walking will be at a steady pace, on varied terrain - sometimes flat, sometime mountainous and between 9 - 28km's in any given day.  We've chosen this route to enable you to truly soak in the magic of the Camino de Santiago.  Along the "way", we'll meet fellow pilgrims, explore ancient history, get to know the locals and their traditions ... and discover more about ourselves through this journey.  

 

Our day's are uncomplicated as we 'walk, eat, sleep, repeat' - No worries in the world, enjoying the unique atmosphere of the trail with plenty of time to think!  We organise luggage transfers and comfortable guest houses along the way, so no need to carry heavy backpacks, nor queue at hostels hoping for a bed at the end of a big day - it's all taken care of. 

 

Gallery

little villages along the way
This looks like the Way!
Into the woods we go
Celebration time
Stunning architecture
every night's a celebration
Lot's of doggie's along the way
Sometimes you've just gotta put the feet up!
Rolling hills
This was a good find!

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Itinerary

Welcome to Spain! There is no walking today, however we recommend you arrive some time before dinner. You may want to consider arriving a few days early, to adjust to any jet lag, as well as to allow time to explore this fascinating, historic city, the last major city on this stretch of the Camino, with many sites worth seeing! We will meet over dinner for a debrief, outlining the details of the tour.

Meals: None included

Today we avoid the built up areas, clear the city limits and transfer by Local Bus to Vilar de Mazarife to start our walk. Many pilgram’s choose to do this, as it can take some time to clear the city limits of Leon, as well as placing unnecessary stress on our feet from the onset. We head into Hospital de Orbigo over the Puente de Órbigo’s – one of the most famous stone bridges of the pilgrimage. This 13th century Roman bridge has a massive 20 arches, an interesting monolith at its centre - the site of love battle between jousting knights in 1434!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we continue following the iconic scallop shell symbols and yellow arrows of the Camino, across the magnificent mediaeval bridge over the Órbigo River. From here we head through beautiful rural countryside, heading steeply downhill to cross the Tuerto River before ascending again to Astorga.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We head off today for a largely uphill walk through farmland and lovely views in the Leon Mountains. We pass through a collection of small villages over cobblestone paths, past pilgrim’s fountains and old buildings with quaint thatched roofs. Just before we reach the small town of Rabanal we pass El Roble del Peregrino, or "The Pilgrim’s Oak Tree”, where many a pilgrim has stopped to rest in the shade. We head off, refreshed along a cobblestone road into this charming town.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We start our day with a steep uphill stretch, as we head towards the town of Foncebadón, then on to one of the most magical places on the Camino – the Cruz de Ferro, (iron cross) one of the Camino’s most sacred sites. The cross was believed to have been placed on what was originally a Roman altar, in the 11th century by a hermit Gaucelmo, who devoted his life to protecting pilgrims on the Camino. It is surrounded by millions of rocks, part of an important Camino ritual. Many were brought from pilgrims’ homeland and inscribed with inscribed little messages. We continue our walk until we reach the highest point on the entire Camino, at 1515 meters, after which there is a prolonged descend into a nice valley, before we reach the charming stone village of Molinaseca, the town where there is a natural swimming pool by the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning is a gentle downhill walk from Molinaseca to Ponferrada, where you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the day relaxing or exploring this beautiful town.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s walk, while relatively flat, takes us through some hilly vineyards and tranquil farming country, passing through many small villages, and crossing small rivers. Just prior to arriving at the historical town of Villafranca del Bierzo we may pass an interesting set of sculptures.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving town today, we pass some chestnut trees as you head through more small villages and hamlets, and through a forest of giant chestnut trees. After a relatively flat terrain yesterday, we have now reached one of the mythical climbs of the Camino, as we leave the region of Castilla y León, and enter the region of Galicia. However we will rest often, and turn around to take in the fabulous views of the impressive countryside. We might even find a quaint place to stop for liquid refreshment.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's walk is only 9km, however it's up..up and up to reach the tiny mountain village of O Cebreiro. O Cebreiro is as special as it is small. Nestled, at 1,300 metres of altitude, between the mountain ranges of O Courel and Os Ancares, the village is home to traditional mountain dwellings of pre-Roman origin, called ‘pallozas’. These unique homes can only be found in this region of Galicia. Built in circular or oval shape, with granite or slate walls of up to 1.70 metres high and thatched roof, a ‘palloza’ is a great example of traditional houses of Celtic design, and give visitors a very unique insight into the lives of local residents back many centuries ago.before pushing up the final few kilometers to the unique O Cebreiro, with its distinctive "pallozas” - round drystone houses with cone-shaped thatched roofs (descendents of Celtic huts) .

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s walk takes us from the mountainous terrain of Castilla down to the fertile valleys of Galicia. A few kilometres outside O Cebreiro we head briefly uphill again to San Roque where we are rewarded with spectacular views, as well as a famous statue of a pilgrim on his way to Santiago. Not far from here, we commence a long downhill stretch on dirt and narrow stony-dirt tracks through a number of small villages, until we reach our destination village of Triascastela (which literally means "three castles” that once stood there but unfortunately no longer exist).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we have the choice of 2 routes. The route to the right at the junction via San Xil is mainly on the road and quite a difficult incline early on. The rewards however, are great views of the surrounding Galacian Hills.

The recommended route is longer by about 6km, it heads to the south through Samos, past a famous Benedictine Monastery (originally built in 5th & 6th century).It follows oak and chestnut lined track, providing beautiful scenery as it follows the valley and the Oribio River.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we cross over the all-important last 100km-to-Santiago milestone. This is the minimum distance pilgrims must walk in order to obtain their Compostela in Santiago. Today’s journey takes us through a time warp of cobblestone paths through countless villages, farmland, lush forests, more wonderful architecture, quaint medieval walkways and bridges, interspersed with modern conveniences.

The town of Portomarin has a fascinating recent story. The original town is now completely under water – the result of the damming of the Río Miño river to create the Embalse de Belesar reservoir in the 1960’s. The most historic monuments were relocated, brick by brick, and reassembled where they stand today. If you look closely at the bricks on the Iglesia de San Nicolas you can still see numbers from their relocation.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We set out this morning across metal bridge over the Torres River, then think of home as we walk through forests of eucalyptus and oak as we pass the ruins of an old fort at Castromaior, before a long gradual ascent of Mount San Antonio. This area divides the valleys of the Mino and Ulla rivers and the surrounding area is the site of a 9th century battle between the northern Christian kingdoms and the Arabs. We are now quite familiar with lovely walks through farmland, forests, small hamlets, larger towns with amazing ancient architecture and today is no exception.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Aside from the distance, todays walk is relatively easy with gently undulating terrain and more of our familiar eucalyptus and oak forests. In the Leboreiro we’ll come to the 13th century Iglesia de Santa María and a curious Cabazo, which is a gigantic weaved basket with straw roof perched up on a stone platform, used to store corn.

At about our half –way point in the town of Melide we are met with the Camino Primitivo, which is another Camino trail, a deviation southwards from the Camino del Norte (which runs along the north coast of Spain). In Arzua we are also joined by the pilgrims on the Camino del Norte.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We head off today through gently undulating Galacian countryside, through farmland and the ever-present quaint little villages and hamlets. Always following the little scallop shell markers, yellow arrows and Camino waymarkers we enjoy all that this iconic walk has to offer. We soon see an example of the stark contrast of the ancient and modern, as we pass near the Santiago airport.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

It will be with mixed emotions that we set off today, as we cover the last few kilometres on our final day of walking on the world-famous Camino de Frances.

The first highlight of today will be Monte de Gozo, meaning "Mount of Joy”. Here stands huge statues of pilgrims, and on top of the hill a modern monument commemorating the visit of Pope John Paul II in the Holy Year 1993. We may even get glimpses of the huge spires of the Santiago Cathedral.

It’s not long until we enter Santiago, where we continue on through exquisite historical buildings across the Praza da Immaculada, underneath the Arco del Abispo and into the massive Praza de Obradoiro. There stands before us, the magnificent Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, guaranteed to take your breath away! In mediaeval time this was the third most important place of pilgrimage, after Jerusalem and Rome.

After savouring the moment, and our wonderful journey, we’ll head off to register our pilgrimage and apply for our Compostela.

Meals: Breakfast

Our tour concludes today after breakfast, however we thoroughly recommend you attend the Pilgrim’s Mass in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, regardless of your religious beliefs. This is a special Mass held at noon every day where the countries of origin and starting points of all pilgrims who received their Compostelas the previous day (including us!) are announced. During this Mass, we watch the spectacular swinging of the massive ‘butafumeiro’, synchronised beautifully with the moving "Hymn to Christ”. It really is an extremely moving experience, not to be missed.

**We recommend arranging transport from Santiago to your next destination after the Mass if at all possible.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

Adventurous Women Tour Leader (experienced Camino End-to-Ender)

Public Bus Travel between Leon to Villar de Mazariffe

16 nights twin share accommodation in hotels & guesthouses with ensuite facilities

Meals as stated on itinerary, including complimentary wine during dinner

Daily Luggage transfers (1 piece of max 20kg per person)

Camino Guide Book/Information Pack & Pilgrim Passport

Pre-departure information & support to assist you with pre-trip planning (flight/transport options to Leon, local transport options, emergency contact numbers, taxi’s, accommodation pre/post, )

We have some ‘unlocked’ Mobile Phone’s with local sim card available for your use while on our tour, if required

Visitor Tax

16 Breakfasts

14 Dinners

Excludes

Flights - Travel to Leon/ from Santiago de Compostela

Lunch, Snacks & Drinks not noted on the itinerary

Items of a personal nature

Entrance fees to optional sites

Travel insurance (Compulsory)

Accommodation

We're staying in comfortable accommodation along the way and you will be twin sharing (in your own single bed) in a room along with another lady from the group (many of our travellers come along solo and have not met one another - it's part of the fun), unless you wish to pay the additional single supplement to have your own room every evening.  We mix it up for your comfort and that of others - you get to room with a different lady from the group every evening - this is designed to bond the group, while alleviating any potential annoyances which may occur as a result of sharing with the same person throughout.

What To Bring/Wear

- Detailed Trip Notes will be provided well in advance of your departure, to help you plan & prepare.

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How to Get There

 

Travelling BY AIR Your closest international airports is Madrid. There are a number of full service and low cost airlines that fly to these locations from points throughout Australia, Europe and beyond. If you need any assistance with booking flights please let us know and we can also help connect you with others from the group who are travelling from Australia.

On arrival at the Madrid airport you will need to take a short domestic flight to Leon, or alternatively many of our guests take the train from from Madrid to Leon (the station is easily reached from the Madrid Airport).  We can help coordinate this for you.

No Princess Policy

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This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller.

It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a challenging, unique and rewarding experience (Once in a Lifetime)! 

We do stay in comfortable accommodation and we don't carry heavy backpacks, so there's no roughing it ...... our No Princess Policy is more about adopting a 'Go with the flow' mind set when travelling as part of a group so you enjoy the experience - ie: we suggest earplugs if you're a light sleeper, or pay the extra $$ for a single room. 

We mix it up - you get to room with a different lady from the group every evening and this is designed to bond the group, while alleviating any potential annoyances.  

 

Good news is that even though we're a group, we don't expect you to walk together at all times, there will be meeting checkpoints and plenty of direction from our experienced Camino Tour Escort, ensuring that you get the most from your own Camino experience.

What our Clients Are Saying…

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

Apr 14 2014 by NirmalaK

A wonderful trip. Challenging and uplifting. Beautiful and diverse scenery, great company, comfortable accommodation, good food and supportive guide.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

A wonderful trip. Challenging and uplifting. Beautiful and diverse scenery, great company, comfortable accommodation, good food and supportive guide.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail
5 5

A wonderful trip. Challenging and uplifting. Beautiful and diverse scenery, great company, comfortable accommodation, good food and supportive guide.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

Apr 14 2014 by Leanne T

A great way to do the camino, having the comfort of accommodation and meals already arranged together with bags delivered each day and always available when we got to the next place. The comfort of not being lonely but being alone if you want to be ...and everyone does at some stage on the camino. Sharing with different people each night also works well as you get to know everyone. This trip challenges you physically, emotionally and mentally but makes you realise what you truly are capable of. All in all a great trip ...which entices you to want to see and walk more of the camino. Loved it.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

A great way to do the camino, having the comfort of accommodation and meals already arranged together with bags delivered each day and always available when we got to the next place. The comfort of not being lonely but being alone if you want to be ...and everyone does at some stage on the camino. Sharing with different people each night also works well as you get to know everyone. This trip challenges you physically, emotionally and mentally but makes you realise what you truly are capable of. All in all a great trip ...which entices you to want to see and walk more of the camino. Loved it.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail
5 5

A great way to do the camino, having the comfort of accommodation and meals already arranged together with bags delivered each day and always available when we got to the next place. The comfort of not being lonely but being alone if you want to be ...and everyone does at some stage on the camino. Sharing with different people each night also works well as you get to know everyone. This trip challenges you physically, emotionally and mentally but makes you realise what you truly are capable of. All in all a great trip ...which entices you to want to see and walk more of the camino. Loved it.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

Camino de Santiago

Apr 13 2015 by Rosanna F

This is a fantastic trip, very inspiring with beautiful scenery the whole way. Sue O was amazing with her insight on attractions etc. The accommodation was first class and the food was totally amazing with 3 courses every night. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering doing the Camino.

Camino de Santiago

This is a fantastic trip, very inspiring with beautiful scenery the whole way. Sue O was amazing with her insight on attractions etc. The accommodation was first class and the food was totally amazing with 3 courses every night. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering doing the Camino.

Camino de Santiago
5 5

This is a fantastic trip, very inspiring with beautiful scenery the whole way. Sue O was amazing with her insight on attractions etc. The accommodation was first class and the food was totally amazing with 3 courses every night. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering doing the Camino.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

Apr 14 2014 by Peta

shorter days.. 20 km was long enough a rest day.. or maybe a couple of shorter days where the town was worth a bit more of a looksee. those who were slower often did not get a good opportunity to look around as they were pushed along by tail-end charlie.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail

shorter days.. 20 km was long enough a rest day.. or maybe a couple of shorter days where the town was worth a bit more of a looksee. those who were slower often did not get a good opportunity to look around as they were pushed along by tail-end charlie.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - The Spanish Pilgrims Trail
5 5

shorter days.. 20 km was long enough a rest day.. or maybe a couple of shorter days where the town was worth a bit more of a looksee. those who were slower often did not get a good opportunity to look around as they were pushed along by tail-end charlie.

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