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Enchanting Camino Frances - 19 Days

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Join us as we travel our prayerful path…..The Way of St. James. This journey for the soul, which we will embark on, is the same journey that millions of pilgrims have walked before us. Step by step, we will walk approximately 300 kms from beautiful Leon to Santiago de Compostela. We will start this pilgrimage with a day of exploration in the majestic city of Leon. This day will give us time to rest from our travels to Leon and explore this amazing city. As we start our pilgrimage we will cross the Maragata region into the beautiful Bierzo valley and finally into the enchanting Galicia. This is the northwestern route of the Camino Frances, the most popular of all the Camino routes. At the end of this walk, you will receive your “Compostela, (El Camino Certificate, Pilgrims passport).  This route will bring us beauty and wonder. We will enjoy the mental (Meseta) and spiritual (Galicia) side of the Camino. The Camino de Santiago is a life-changing experience for many and is always an adventure of a lifetime.

Are you ready? Are you being called? Reconnect with yourself, connect with other pilgrims from all over the world, clear your mind, be inspired. As we walk through villages, enjoy the local food, engage in conversation with the locals and be apart of this ancient journey, you will feel the power of the Camino.

Even within the retreat group, we encourage you to take the opportunity to be alone with yourself. The journey is yours to experience. Each of us on our own journey. Part of the beauty of the Camino is walking no matter what, in the rain or the sun. This allows us to experience the Camino, to take what is given to us and to endure and be thankful every step of the way.

Want to walk without a group? Let us help you plan your perfect Camino!

Self Guided Camino

DIFFICULTY: AVERAGE

ACCOMMODATION: 18 nights in holiday farms and hotels

Pilgrim’s Credential with each person’s name on it will also be issued.

Day 1
Depart USA
Day 2
Meet in Madrid

Meet up in Madrid at the airport and depart for Leon, via Van or Bus.

Day 3
Day in Leon

Leon a perfect day to rest, explore and enjoy.

Day 4
Leon to Villavante ... 28 kms, 18 miles

This day is easy walking with a long up hill at the start, however it is easy going all day – except on the eyes. Long stretches of the Meseta, which is part of the Mental side of the Camino.

Day 5
Villavante to Astorga ...  24 kms, 15 miles

Today is a fairly easy walk into Astorga. We will arrive into Astorga with plenty of time to explore and enjoy this beautiful city.

Day 6
Astorga to Rabanal del Camino ...  22 kms, 14 miles

Underfoot the route is easy walking mostly along an old rarely used asphalt road.  There is lots of tree cover during the day as you walk up into the Leon Mountains. There are many grass fields where it is pleasant to stop for lunch and rest if you are walking through the mid day sun. 

Day 7
Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca ... 24 kms, 14 miles

At all times of the year an early start will be chilly, so it is worth having your fleece out as you start walking.  The panorama views in the mountains are beautiful.

Today is a day that many pilgrims hope to be lighter, both physically and spiritually. The Cruz del Ferro is an iron cross on top of a 5 metre wooden pole.  Many pilgrims bring a stone from home to leave with the many thousands of stones already there.  Leaving a stone is the sign of leaving behind a burden, or letting go of something in your life.

Day 8
Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo ... 31 kms, 19 miles

Today is a fairly easy day walking as far as the Camino goes.  It is a long day, but most of the day is through vineyards and along easy tracks underfoot.  The maximum change in elevation over the day is about 70 meters.

Day 9
Villafranca del Bierzo to O'Cebreiro  ... 30 kms, 19 miles

Due to the long day, we start early. Todays walk is gently uphill and fairly easy until we arrive in Las Herrerias. At this point, we will start our climb. We will walk our last 8kms climbing from 600 meters to 1,335 meters. It is a beautiful climb with an amazing reward at the top, O’Cebreiro. This quaint little village is where we will rest our heads for the night. 

Day 10
O'Cebreiro to Samos ... 29 kms, 18 miles

We start our day off with some hills but some beautiful views. These long days start to flow as your body is getting use to the walking. Beautiful scenery with ups and downs.

Day 11
Samos to Sarria ... 15 kms, 8 miles

Call it a partial rest day, as we saunter into Sarria. A short nice day, time to rest and enjoy this town. Prepare yourself for the crowds, this is where most people start the last 100 kms walk.

Day 12
Sarria to Portomarin ... 22km ... 14 miles

Today’s section is along small country roads and a few country paths, it is generally tree-lined and will provide good shade in the sun.

Day 13
Portomarin to  Palas de Rei ... 24 kms, 15 miles

After the steep down hill along Portomarin main street and the a gentle uphill around Monte San Antonio the rest of the day is easy going through rolling country side.

Day 14
Palas de Rei to Arzua ... 29 kms, 18 miles

Today is an easy day, apart from the length of the route, it is easy under foot and there are no long steep accents or descents.  The Spanish call this section the “leg breaker” not due to the surface, but due to the length.  If you have been walking for the last two weeks or more you will find it quite an easy stroll in comparison to much of the way already walked. This is the last long day.

Day 15
 Arzua to O'Pedrouzo ... 19 kms, 12 miles

As with the previous few days since Sarria there are lots of hamlets and villages along the way for food and water. 2/3rds of today we walk on natural pathways with good shade offered by the ubiquitous eucalyptus. We have a largely level path with just 3 shallow river valleys. We end with a climb around the Alto de Santa Irene. 

Day 16
O'Pedrouzo to Santiago  ... 22 kms, 14 miles

The long awaited, final stage. Only the uphill climb to Monte do Gozo presents any real resistance, and this feels a lot easier on the legs due to the fact that we are so close to Santiago Cathedral. The entrance to the city along the road does not affect the mood of the pilgrim who has finally arrived to la Plaza del Obradoiro.

Today we will get our Compostela!

Day 17
Santiago/Finisterre

We will travel along the Costa da Morte on a full-day tour from Santiago de Compostela. We will visit Cape Finisterre, go to the villages of Muros and Muxía, and see the waterfall in Ézaro. Along the way, learn about the history and culture of the Galician region. Guided tour by an outside company. Back by 5 with time for dinner and exploring Santiago.

Day 18
Day in Santiago

This is your day to explore this amazing city. Time to shop and explore.

Day 19
Depart for home

Today we will transfer to the Santiago Airport to start our way back home or onto your next adventure!

Included:

  • Pre-departure information including planning and packing suggestions. Phone time with Mary.
  • Guide/Spiritual Coach accompanying the group
  • Private transfer from Madrid to Leon (where we start our pilgrimage)
  • Nights in double rooms, single occupancy additional $200.
  • Luggage transfer
  • The Way of St. James devotional
  • Pilgrims passport
  • Daily/retreat guide book.
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Day tour to Finisterre
  • Flight back to Madrid

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Europe. All flights need to fly into Madrid. (We will give you all the information you need to make these arrangements correctly).
  • Traveller’s insurance or trip cancellation insurance.​
  • Tips

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD $ 1,700/person, dbl occupancy
1700
Total $ 1,700 USD

Trip Facts

  • $300 deposit of which $150 is non-refundable
  • $200 additional for optional Van Support
  • Limited to 10 pilgrims