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Walk the pilgramage of St James as you follow along Spain's most celebrated pilgrimage route.
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Eight nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all transport and listed activities and Exodus tour leader throughout.
Selected Saturdays 29 Apr 2017 - 07 Oct 2017
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes; travellers have made their way across northern Spain to Santiago on what is also known as 'The Way of St James' for over 1000 years. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores, and a great tradition of the route is to obtain the ‘compostela’, a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims upon completing the way, gained by walking at least 100km of the route, which you will do on this trip.
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Walk through rolling countryside.
Follow the way of St James.
Collect stamps in your pilgrim's passport.
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Start in Samos.
Our week starts in one of the most unspoilt sections of the Camino, as we walk through the Galician countryside, populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages. After walking alongside the river Oribio, we reach the quaint village of Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and continue through ancient oak forests to the town of Sarria.
We continue walking up and down the hills of Galicia to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop from its original location in the River Minos valley to escape flooding when a reservoir was constructed in 1962. The old church was moved, stone by stone, to the new location.
We start with a steady uphill to the village of Ventas de Naron, where the terrain becomes gentler. Along the way to Palais de Rei there are plenty of cafes where we can enjoy a break. Palas de Rei marks the half-way point of our trek and we spend the night in a pension, where we can really feel the spirit of the Camino as many walkers stop here.
We begin our longest day's walking along a very picturesque stretch of the Camino, as we cross several Roman bridges and walk past Mediaeval castles and Romanic churches. For lunch we stop in the small town of Melide, renowned for its octopus with potatoes and end our day in Arzua, famous for its cheeses.
Today's walk to the village of Pedruozo involves a number of short ascents and descents through woods, fruit fields and eucalyptus. As Santiago draws ever closer, more pilgrims will cross our path, adding to the anticipation of reaching our goal, the Cathedral of Santiago.
Our final day's walking sees us climbing up to the famous Monte do Gozo , where pilgrims traditionally took in their first views of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. As part of the centuries-old tradition, we make our way through the city's streets and crowds to Plaza del Obradoiro, dominated by the impressive Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where most Fridays we can observe a mass service with the impressive 'Botafumeiro' incense swinging.
Free day to explore the historic city of Santiago at your own pace. There are plenty of things to do: you can visit the spectacular Cathedral, stroll around the narrow streets of the World Heritage-listed Old Town with its diverse architecture; alternatively, you can visit the museum of Galician Life, home to interesting exhibits on Galician traditions and arts. If you wish, you could also join a day excursion to Cape Finisterre.
End in Santiago de Compostela.
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