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Asturias, Spain - 8 nights
Available May to October
Experience history as you walk "The Pilgrims’ Trail to Santiago de Compostela" which is one of the great historical ‘long distance foot paths’ through Europe. This nine day tour takes you through the legendary pilgrimage with easy to moderate walks along beautiful settings, farmland and quaint villages in Northern Spain. Stay in a selection of different accommodations, ranging from traditional village hotels (2 nights), charming and comfortable rural hotels (2 nights) to 3 and 4 star city hotels (4 nights), all rooms with en-suite bathrooms. This tour is also available as a self-guided pilgrimage.
According to legend, the pilgrimage began in the 9th century when the bones of the apostle St. James, murdered in Palestine, miraculously appeared in a village in what is now Galicia. Word spread round the Christian world, reaching (among others) King Alfonso II of Asturias. He undertook the pilgrimage - journeying through dark woods and daunting mountains, from Oviedo via Lugo to Santiago – and invited fellow kings and nobleman to follow in his footsteps. This ‘original’ route became very popular in the early Middle Ages, when areas south of the Cantabrian Range were continuously at war. This route, walked by millions of 'peregrinos' over the centuries, reveals the beautiful natural settings, captivating historical monuments, gorgeous rural farmland and authentically friendly villages of Northern Spain. Near Lugo, the ‘Camino Primitivo’ joins the more popular French route, which is almost entirely paved.
From here, we continue by bus to Santiago de Compostela, making the requisite stop at Monte del Gozo, the hilltop which affords a pilgrim’s first glimpse of Santiago.
Option of walking the last few kilometres, to enter the city on foot.
Walking Difficulty: Easy to moderate walks of 5 to 6 hrs with an average ascent and descent of 300m.
Arrival in Asturias
Arrival in the regional capital, Oviedo.
Dinner this evening is at an authentic cider house in the city center.
Welcome to Asturias!
Oviedo to Puerma and transfer to Salas
We start our pilgrimage by walking directly from the cathedral, following the Camino Primitivo through Oviedo then out into the peaceful countryside. The original pilgrims’ trail will show us lovely farmland and charming villages steeped in history.
Afternoon visit to Cornellana Monastery and transfer to our unique hotel in Salas.
Salas – Tineo – Monastery of Obona
Beautiful landscapes, historic towns and the abandoned Monastery of Obona make today’s route a delight.
Accommodation at a hotel housed in a historic building in/near Tineo
Borres – Puerto El Palo
Challenging ascent on one of the Camino’s most famous stretches. On clear days, splendid views from El Palo.
Transfer to our hotel for this evening, where we will sample regional specialties at a popular family-run restaurant.
Berducedo to Grandas de Salime
Today we pass Lake Salime to reach the intriguing village of Grandas, with its ethnographic musem.
This evening, creative cooking enjoyed at your hotel overlooking the reservoir.
Grandas – Fonsagrada – Poboa - Paradavella
We walk one of the Camino’s oldest and most authentic sections, on the high route to O Cádavo.
Accommodation at a simple village inn or rural accommodation nearby.
O Cádavo – Lugo
Quintessential Galician landscapes and historic estates with ancient stone mansions, as the Camino Primitivo moves toward the French Route.
Overnight stay in Lugo, with its impressive Roman Walls and outstanding tapas bars.
From Lugo to Santiago de Compostela
To avoid walking long sections on tarmac, today we drive to Monte del Gozo, a hilltop which affords a pilgrim's first glimpse of Santiago. From here we walk onward, all the way to St James' Cathedral in the historic city center.
Afternoon free to explore Santiago de Compostela and farewell dinner at a centuries-old restaurant serving "pulpo a feira".
End of program and departure from Galicia
The tour comes to an end today after breakfast. Departure from Santiago de Compostela.
Option of booking return transfer to the airport in Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao. Or extra night in the city, if you wish.
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour (and 6 participants on the guaranteed departure dates) and the tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants. (*Please inquire regarding larger groups)
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Convenient airports: Bilbao, Oviedo or Santander
Extension hotels: Oviedo, Bilbao, Santiago
*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.
Difficulty of walking routes: Easy to moderate walks of 1 hour to 5 hours following well-maintained dirt tracks, footpaths and cattle trails (some loose rock, occasional muddy sections). Max ascent-descent 500m.
Based on Six Persons
*Please inquire about pricing for groups of 5 or less
High Season Supplement (Applies to the September guaranteed departure date)/US$150
*This tour is also available as a self-guided pilgrimage: 8 nights/9 days from Fonsagrada or 16 nights/17 days from Oviedo - please inquire
*This tour is also on request for private groups (minimum 4 participants) - as well for smaller private groups of 2-3 participants - please inquire about pricing
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a 20% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date.
Available on request May to October with a minimum of 2 participants - please inquire about pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates: *These guaranteed departure dates require a minimum of 6 participants
*Dinner & breakfast during 9 days
*Transfers during walking program (from days 2-8)
*Bilingual driver/ guide and support vehicle for 9 days
*Pack lunches during walking days (7) to be prepared by driver can be booked separately.
*Transfers at the beginning and end of the tour to any other airport (ex. Bilbao or Madrid; quoted separately); Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the tour quoted separately”
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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
S.E. and W.E., Australia
"We thoroughly enjoyed travelling through Green Spain with some memorable and excellent stopovers. The itinerary you planned for us was really great and we appreciated all the effort you went to and the information provided. We were able to sample the culture and take in the history and scenery. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine too!"
K.W. and K.A., Denmark
"Last summer you arranged for us a 15-day walk in the Picos de Europa. We were very pleased with the arrangement and your helpfulness - it was a marvelous tour. We have been looking at your website for another trip this summer in July. . ."
B.W. and J.W., Spain
"We are very pleased we found your company, you have been so kind and helpful. "
T.M., Chico, California
"We wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our trip in Asturias. The routes provided allowed us to see the wonderful natural beauty of the area along with the historic villages, with their many churches and squares. The directions were clear and easy to follow. The degree of difficulty was just right for our level of fitness. Each of our hosts at our accommodations along the way were friendly and the rooms and meals they provided were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we thank you for helping to arrange our vacation in Spain."
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