length

9 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

from $2670 pp

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9 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

from $2670 pp

Self-Guided Trip

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  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Yoga Classes
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Similar Walks

Overview

Sarria to Santiago - Yoga and Hiking

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.

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.

Boots on a landmark of Camino de Santiago

Highlights

Get Ready For

  • Sacred tradition of yoga while reconnecting with nature
  • Participate in rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions
  • Great accommodation and luggage transfers each day
  • Mindfulness and reflection on one of the world’s greatest pilgrimages
  • Acknowledge your walking achievement at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Group practicing yoga poses in Pokahra

Yoga Classes

Qualified Yoga Teacher

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.

Itinerary

Spain

Week 1
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 (22KM)

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 (21KM)

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

Week 2
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

Inclusions

What you get

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain
Added Extras

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.

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