If ever there was a moment when a spiritual pilgrimage is warranted, this might be it. (And yes, we’ve said that a lot lately!)
A leisurely trek along the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain, with its history, hamlets, welcoming locals and spectacular countryside may just be a healing journey to last a lifetime. This 7-day trip, new by Intrepid Travel, will see you hike along the last 100 kilometres of the famed pilgrimage route, specifically in the northwestern region of Galicia.
Known in English as the “Way of St. James,” pilgrims have trekked the Camino for a thousand years, on route to its final destination of the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, where legend has it that Saint James is buried. Today, it attracts trekkers from all over the world and from all cultures who want to undertake a spectacular hike through quiet, verdant, hilly countryside that is well-supported by local people and tourism infrastructure.
On this tour, you hike alongside a small group of fellow travellers, led by a local guide who will “add a deeper layer to your discoveries” as they tell the history and recount stories of the great pilgrimage route. You’ll visit hamlets, cross ancient bridges, see roman ruins, stop along route to explore archaeological gems, learn about local culture, trek across incredible countryside, enjoy a few nights in a pensión, and sample spectacular local cuisine.
Below is an itinerary overview of the trip, but check out the link below for more details.
7-Day Trek Overview
Day 1 | Sarria, the Galicia region of northwest Spain, where your trek to Santiago de Compostela launches from.
Day 2 | Trek from Sarria to Portomarin, approx. 22 kilometres, about 5-6 hours.
Day 3 | Trek from Portomarin to Palas de Rei, approx. 25 km, about 5-6 hours.
Day 4 | Trek from Palas de Rei to Arzua, approx. 29 km, about 6-7 hours.
Day 5 | Trek from Arzua to O Pedrouzo, approx. 20 km, about 5 hours.
Day 6 | Trek from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela, approx. 20 km, about 5 hours.
Day 7 | Santiago de Compostela, where this trip ends, but where you can stay and explore on your own. (The Old Town of Santiago de Commpostela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.)
Booking Info | Walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Length/Departs: 7 days; May, June, July, Sept., Oct. 2022
Accommodations: hotel, pensions, private apartment (1 night)
Group size: max. of 12 people
Price: from $1,700 CAD
Difficulty: we recommend you talk to Intrepid about this, as it depends on your own health and physical ability. Intrepid does recommend “reading descriptions of all walks carefully,” so you get a good sense of what’s involved, and that you can ask about options “to take a taxi to shorten the walking distance.”