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Location

Spain

Difficulty

4

Moderate

Length

9

Trip Cost

from $2670
twin share

Overview

  • Delve into the sacred tradition of yoga while reconnecting with nature
  • Experience mindfulness and reflection on one of the world’s greatest pilgrimages
  • Participate in rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions
  • Acknowledge your walking achievement at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela before exploring the historic city
  • Enjoy great accommodation and luggage transfers each day

Walk a section of the world-famous Camino de Santiago walking trail or ‘The Way’. Start in Sarria and walk through the hills of Galicia to finish at the Pilgrim’s goal of Santiago De Compostela. Walking this route will allow you to receive the Compostela – the official certificate of completion for this epic journey.

Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail. Following scenic country roads and forest tracks that pass through old villages and cities born from the Camino trail, it is difficult to imagine a better way to enjoy Spain’s rich legacy of history, culture, food and art. Join people from all walks and life and nationalities as they embark on this great adventure, you don’t have to be religious just a keen walker!

To complement your daily explorations on foot, we offer energising and restorative yoga and meditation sessions. Led by an experienced, certified yoga teacher, our daily practice aims to grow a deeper sense of inner health, providing you with techniques to help you balance your mind and body.  We invite you to escape the chaotic schedules of life and find rejuvenation through these spiritually engaging sessions.

Yoga Class Description

All hotels we are staying at have a private space to practice yoga. We will start the day at 6.30am with a 1 hour yoga class suited to all levels including:

  • Sun salutations to warm the body
  • Asana (body movements)
  • Pranayama (breath awareness/exercises)
  • Meditation
  • Self-reflection

In the evenings, we will finish off the day with a deep stretch and guided meditation at a time suitable for the group.

Your Yoga Teacher

Arantxa Perez

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This is a self-guided itinerary. While you will be joined by a RAW Travel yoga teacher in the morning and evening, you will be making your own way on the trail each day. You will be provided with a guidebook and walk notes to assist you.

Minimum 6 people for guaranteed departure.

Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Sarria

Welcome to Sarria, the starting point for your exciting journey! If you arrive in the morning on this first day you can spend time exploring the city of Sarria and all it has to offer.

Sarria is a busy, modern town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, but its origins are Celtic and it was an important and major medieval centre for pilgrims. Remnants of its ancient past can still be seen in the old quarter along Rua Major. The church of Igrexia de Santa Maria has an ancient pilgrim’s mural. If you follow the Camino route to the top end of town you will see the ancient convent Monasterio da Madalena, the ruins of the castle and the medieval bridge Ponte Aspera that crosses the River Celerio.

Nowadays the town is bustling with peregrinos, from those that started their Camino 100’s of kilometres back, to pilgrims like you that walk the final 100 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela to qualify for their Compostela.

This afternoon you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will have time to settle in before you have a chance to unwind with your first yoga and meditation session. Afterwards the group will meet for a welcome dinner.

Meals: D

Day 2: Walk Sarria to Portomarin (21km)

The day starts with an invigorating early morning yoga class before breakfast. Then it is time to get onto the Camino trail and on your way to Santiago. Your first days walk is a great introductory day as the majority of the trail is along sheltered woodland pathways or quiet country roads and passes through many hamlets and small villages. The scenery along the way is wonderfully green and lush and very rural. The trail climbs and falls repeatedly as it passes tiny hamlets full of history.

The high point of the day (660m) at Pina dos Corvos has wonderful views over the reservoir and surrounding countryside. From here begin your steep descent, crossing the Mino Reservoir over its modern bridge into Portomarin.

Portomarin has been inhabited for thousands of years and its importance grew with the popularity of the Camino in the middle ages. At one time it had three orders of Knights: the Knights Templar, the Knights of St John and the Knights of Jerusalem, which may go some way to explaining the castle like edifice of the 12th century Romanesque Igelsia San Nicolas church which still stands in the square at the centre of town. The town was previously divided by the Rio Mino but was flooded in 1960 to create the Mino Reservoir. Every historic monument was moved brick by brick to the town that stands on the hill today; you can see pictures of the old town in some of the bars and cafes that line the main street.

This evening, enjoy a deep stretch and meditation session; refresh and reflect, while soaking up the beauty of your surrounds.

Meals: B

Day 3: Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25km)

You begin the day with an energising early morning yoga session. Today’s walk is uphill for pretty much all the way, however the gradient is never too steep. The path crosses and runs parallel to the main road to Gonzar, though you spend most of your days walking on woodland tracks and quiet roads

A climb takes you to Sierra Ligonde, today’s high point at 720m. The walk is then downhill to Ligonde and Eirexe and onto A Calzada. There is a detour here of 2 km to the National Monument, Vilar de Donas where the Knights of Santiago are buried and is worthy of a visit if you have time. A gentle climb now takes you through several small hamlets to Alto Rosario, a good vantage point on a clear day and then down into Palas de Rei.

Palas de Rei or Palace of the King has little to remind you that it was once home to a king. Today it is a small country town with plenty of services available.

You will meet in the evening for a deep stretch to soothe your muscles. You’ll have time to meditate and reflect on your journey so far.

Meals: B

Day 4: Walk Palas De Rei to Melide (15km)

Today starts with an early morning rejuvenating yoga session and after breakfast, you will set off for a beautiful day of walking.

Today’s walk is mostly on paths through quiet woodland, crossing over the main road to Arzua several times and guiding you through six river valleys to reach a high point of 515m at Coto.

On route you will pass Melide, a busy town founded in the 13th century and has many historic buildings and churches including the Capilla de San Pedro and San Roque next to which stands a 14th century stone cross said to be the oldest in Galicia. The museum and the buildings around the Plaza de Convento are well worth a visit. Melide is also famous for Pulpo Gallego, octopus cooked Galician style and reputed to be the best in Spain.

Upon arrival at your accommodation, take some time to relax before meeting for a deep stretch and meditation session.

Meals: B

Day 5: Walk Melide to Arzua (14km)

Kick start the day with an energising yoga session before fuelling up on a hearty breakfast.

From Melide the path winds through woodlands of oak, pine and eucalypt, passing over several valleys though Boente, Castañeda and then Ribadiso from where you can see the Hospital San Anton, one of the oldest pilgrim hospitals in existence. From Ribadiso follow the country road on a steep uphill climb and through the outer suburbs before entering Arzua.

Arzua with a population of around 7000 is the last large town before you reach Santiago. The 14th century Capilla de la Magdelena is the town’s main monument. Arzua is most famous for its local cheese, Queixo, a smooth creamy cheese made from cow’s milk which most restaurants feature in some way and is definitely worth trying. The town also celebrates its cheese with a Queixo Cheese festival every March.

After checking into your accommodation, a sunset deep stretch and meditation session will relax you into the evening.

Meals: B

Day 6: Walk Arzua to O Pedrouzo (19km)

An early morning yoga session gives a great start to our walking day.

The majority of today’s walk to O Pedrouzo is through wonderful pine and eucalyptus scented woodland. The path is mostly level, passing through three shallow river valleys with a gradual climb up to Alto de Santa Irene at 404m. The country lanes and woodland paths pass through many small hamlets. The final section climbs steeply to a main road, into eucalyptus woodland and onto A Rua and the village to O Pedrouzo. O Pedrouzo /Arco do Pino is a small but busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the staging point for the last section of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

A blissful deep stretch and meditation will complete your day.

Meals: B

Day 7: Walk O’Pedrouzo to Santiago (20km)

Enjoy your final morning yoga session as your journey towards Santiago is almost at its end. Today’s route will be a busy as pilgrims begin the last stage of their walk into Santiago. The pilgrims mass at Santiago Cathedral begins at midday so you will need to leave early to arrive on time. The first section of today’s route passes through eucalypt forests with most of the route on quiet roads and pathways before the final kilometres and a climb to Mount Gozo before descending into the suburbs of Santiago. The path runs alongside the airport and you will see many crosses of twigs and branches used by pilgrims to decorate the fence.

Lavacolla village is where pilgrims traditionally washed to purify themselves before entering Santiago and Lavacolla literally means to wash your tail. At Monte Gozo, Mount of Joy, you will first sight the stunning Catedral de Santiago spires.

The final section is well signposted into the old quarter with its wonderful historical buildings and narrow shop filled alleyways, until you finally reach the Praza Obradoiro and the wonderful ancient Cathedral.

In the evening, enjoy a deep stretch and meditation session, with personal time to reflect on your yoga and Camino experience.

Meals: B

Day 8: Free day in Santiago

This morning you will enjoy one last yoga session to mark the end of your pilgrimage. Today you have the whole day to enjoy and explore historic Santiago with its many enticing tapas bars and restaurants. You can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the famous Cathedral of St James which forms the city’s heart and watch the steady stream of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey.

Meals: B

Day 9: Depart Santiago

You are free to check out of your hotel any time before 10am. If you would like to explore Santiago further you are able to leave your bags with reception.

Meals: B

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

Start date
23 May 2020
End date
31 May 2020
Price
$2670
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodation including historic hotels and character country houses
  • Private en suite rooms on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast, 3 dinners
  • Daily yoga and stretch/meditation sessions
  • Experienced and qualified yoga teacher
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Full Camino guidebook with maps (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Spanish phrasebook (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Document case
  • Luggage tags
  • RAW Travel yoga mat bag
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain

Options/Add Ons

Take a private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel in Sarria at an additional cost of $260 per vehicle, based on 4 people, so that you can start your trip as smoothly as possible.

For an unforgettable birds-eye view of the city and the cathedral interior, add the Rooftop Cathedral Tour for $25 per person.

 

Map & Guide

Reviews

Maree Guppy, Yarraville (VIC) – June 2019
We had a fabulous time. The scenery was superb and we met some wonderful people along the way. Our accommodation was terrific and the food exceptional. The bag transfer went without a hitch. We thank you and RAW Travel for helping us to have such a memorable experience.

Christopher Collins, Mittagong (NSW) – May 2019
Walking the Camino through the countryside of Galicia. Seeing working farms. The local food, wine and beer were all excellent. Accommodation selected was very good.

Leanne Robyn Turner, Upwey (VIC) – May 2019
The walk itself was amazing – a real insight into not only what the original pilgrims achieved but also what life is like in Spain today, and most of the scenery just beautiful! Our accommodations were perfect. At the end of a long day walking, to have a beautiful place to stay with great food, a comfy bed, and in some cases a washing machine, was priceless!

Francis Arguelles, Burnside Heights (VIC) – April 2019
Very easy to deal with and very understanding of our expectations based on our group requirements.

Ingrid Gillingham, Campbell (ACT) – July 2018
The Camino experience was a unique and amazing adventure. Using RAW Travel made life a lot easier – having accommodation and luggage transfer sorted for you, especially if your Spanish isn’t great!

Claudia Lunn, The Netherlands – May 2018
When looking becomes seeing, existing becomes living. The views, the food, the company. A great experience!

 

What our Clients Say

We had a fabulous time. The scenery was superb and we met some wonderful people along the way. Our accommodation was terrific and the food exceptional. Thank you RAW Travel for helping us to have such a memorable experience.

Maree Guppy, VIC– June 2019

The walk itself was amazing. A real insight into what the original pilgrims achieved. The scenery just beautiful and our accommodations were perfect. At the end of a long day walking, to have a beautiful place to stay with great food and a comfy bed was priceless!

Leanne Robyn Turner, VIC – May 2019

Walking the Camino through the countryside of Galicia. Seeing working farms. The local food, wine and beer were all excellent. Accommodation selected was very good.

Christopher Collins, NSW – May 2019

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate