Camino de Santiago trekking holiday in Spain
Optional single supplement from £265 - £305.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 30 Sep
Description of Camino de Santiago trekking holiday in Spain
This nine day small group tour invites travellers to step onto one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, as they take part in a trekking holiday thats as culturally enlightening as leg stretchingly satisfying.
For more than one thousand years the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James has been challenging walkers and pilgrims to achieve distances over 100kms in return for a certificate of accomplishment (compostela).
This trekking holiday sets out to do just that as well as providing plenty of opportunities to make friends and find out more about the natural and cultural history of northern Spain as you follow the famous scallop shell markings from the Monastery of St Julian of Samos to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
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4 Reviews of Camino de Santiago trekking holiday in Spain
Reviewed on 22 May 2023 by PATRICK DONOHOEArriving in the square of the cathedral in Santiago, the achievement, tasting different wines of the region Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2022 by Eve EndicottI enjoyed the camaraderie of the group and the other Camino walkers. Our leader, David, was absolutely wonderful. He was always cheerful and funny while also being professional and organized.... Read full review
Reviewed on 14 May 2019 by Noemia MaxwellAchieving the walk from day to day, the fauna, flora and the arrival in Santiago were the most memorable parts of our holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 08 May 2018 by Denise HoWe had a great group of international travellers and at every meal, we would mingle and share wonderful stories about our walk. Highly recommended. Read full review
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use small businesses to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of the Camino de Santiago. We have the chance to explore cathedrals, monasteries and rural locations where our commerce has a really positive impact.
Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle any litter.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation & Meals:
We will spend the week in a variety of small, locally run hotels throughout the trip. By spreading our business to several different hotels, we are providing more financial benefit to the local community. Food is a massive part of Spanish culture and so where meals are provided (all breakfasts), our local staff are enthusiastic about showcasing fresh produce from the area. Your guides can make sure youre acquainted with local restaurants and cafes, which is a great chance to both support the community and to get an authentic experience. Our route takes us through a variety of areas and terrains so there is opportunity to try regional specialties like tapas, pinchos, vegetable stews and succulent lamb dishes in the mountainous areas and fresh seafood nearer the coast. Try the food in Melide, which is known for octopus with potatoes and dont miss Arzua for cheese.
We support a local charity called RAIS Fundacion, which works with homeless people in the area to provide housing and training opportunities. Annually, we arrange activities every year with RAIS so that groups working with the charity can experience cycling and walking day trips with us.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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