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DISTANCE

70 miles

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DURATION

8 days

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LEVEL

Medium

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ROUTE

Madrid - Sarria - Santiago

  • Welcome packet
  • 24/7 support

From:
$2,350

classic camino de santiago route

Classic Camino de Santiago

Our original and popular Camino de Santiago tour, the Classic Camino, leads you through the last 70 miles (115km to be exact) of the French Way of St James. This tour departs from Madrid and will take you by train to Sarria where your walking adventure will start.

After a 6-day walk through beautiful landscapes and lush forests, we will end our tour in Santiago de Compostela, covering the last section of the French route of the Camino de Santiago. This tour makes you eligible to receive the official Compostela certificate upon arrival in Santiago.

We’ll stay at unique and historical hotels and family-run bed and breakfasts, all with private en-suite bathrooms. We'll also take the time to taste the best of the local gastronomy along the way, while we become immersed in the history and tradition of this amazing pilgrimage. Classic Camino allows you to walk comfortably with guided support while giving a truly authentic experience.

  • TOUR TYPE: Guided
  • GROUP SIZE: 10
  • AGE: 14+
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels & Rural Houses
  • TRANSPORTATION: Train, Walk
double beds in camino classic hotel room
Best Accommodations

We will be staying at hotels and authentic rural houses in close proximity to the walking path. Each room has its own private bathroom and all the necessary amenities. Staying at the different villages each day makes your Camino pilgrimage experience more authentic.

galician steak with fries
Delicious Meals

All meals are included in our tour. Enjoy the best of Galician cuisine over 3-course dinners every night with your group. Full breakfasts are provided every morning, together with picnic lunches to build up strength along the way.

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On the trail

You will be walking 9-16 miles/day. This tour's activity level is rated as medium or moderate. While it is not a demanding hike and pilgrims of many different ages walk the Camino, it is important that you are used to walking and in good physical condition. Our guide and private vehicle will support you every step of the way!

Itinerary

Day 1. Meet in Madrid
Our team will meet you in Madrid where our journey will begin. Your welcome packet contains directions to the station and your meeting point. Our trip starts with a journey by train to Sarria, where we will have our welcome dinner and spend the night, resting as we prepare for the first walking day.

Meals: L,D. Overnight: Sarria.

Day 2: Sarria - Portomarin (14 mi)
Sarriá is strategically placed just over the 100Km mark away from Santiago which is the minimum distance eligible for the completion certificate (Compostela). It is the ideal starting place for new Camino walkers. The day starts at one of the most beautiful oak groves in El Camino. Along the way, you will see Romanesque building remains, rustic crossings and a medieval bridge together with several historical sites like the church of Santiago de Barbadelo or the church of San Fiz de Reimondez. As you reach the end of the stage you will cross over the Miño river.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Portomarín

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Day 3: Portomarin - Palas de Rei (16 mi)
Portomarín dates back to the Roman invasion of Spain and was an important stop along the route in the Middle Ages. You can visit its 13th century church and see the ancient roman bridge when the river runs low. This stage will take you through the region of Monterroso and Palas de Rei, crossing renowned villages like Gonzar, Castromaior (with its famous Castro) and Ligonde.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Palas de Rei.

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Day 4: Palas de Rei - Melide (10 mi)
Palas de Rei was the old residence of the visigoth king Witiza in the 8th century where you can visit the church of St. Tirso dating from the 12th century. We will set on foot for Melide today, an important town where both the Northern Camino and the Camino Primitivo merge with the French. For this reason, you'll find more pilgrims on the following stages until you arrive in Santiago.

Melide is famous for its pulpo a feira (octopus) and melindres (dessert), which we will enjoy!

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Melide.

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Day 5: Melide - Arzúa (9 mi)
After enjoying the local food in Melide, we will make our way to Arzúa. The route is a mix of well conserved and repaired trails together with some more abrupt sections. You will cross the Iso river and reach the village of Ribadiso while walking through some of the most spectacular scenery in el Camino. We will make sure to try the renowned cheese varieties from this region (Arzúa-Ulloa). In March they hold a Cheese festival at the village dedicated to this local staple, famous enough to carry its own trademark.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Arzúa.

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Day 6: Arzúa - O Pedrouzo (12 mi)
After our stay in Arzúa, where you can visit the Convent of Mary Magdalen and the parochial church of Santiago, we'll get our pilgrim passports stamped and head out to the town of O Pedrouzo. This stage takes you through quiet forest paths with eucalyptus groves between villages that are so small with houses so spread out that it is hard to tell where one village ends and the next one begins. The scenery is one of the most beautiful throughout el Camino. Towards the end of the stage, we will visit the chapel and fountain of St Irene, built in the Baroque style.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: O Pedrouzo.

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Day 7: O Pedrouzo - Santiago (12 mi)
Ready with anticipation as this is the final stage of the journey on the Camino, some pilgrims eager to reach their final goal in Santiago usually make it through this stage pretty fast. Other pilgrims, sad to see their wonderful time on the Camino coming to an end, choose to take it easy through the leaf covered paths. Monte de Gozo (Hill of Joy) is the first place from where you can see the spires in Santiago's Cathedral. After that, you will arrive in Santiago where you can visit the famous Obradoiro square, the Cathedral and have a chance to hug the apostle.

We will also collect our last stamp and with the completed credential, visit the Pilgrim's office to request your pilgrim certificate. Finally, we will enjoy our farewell dinner in Santiago.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Santiago de Compostela.

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Day 8: Santiago de Compostela
In the morning, we will have a guided tour of Santiago's main landmarks. Find out about Santiago's rich cultural heritage and visit its famous monuments and squares. Your Camino adventure ends here. If you would like to extend your tour with other activities, let us know and we'll arrange them for you. Congratulations, you did it!

Meals: B

  • pilgrims walking on trail on el camino de Santiago
  • delicious spanish tapas on a counter
  • Camino goers with hike the way shirts
  • Way to Melide
  • church of st tirso in Palas de Rei
  • Mile marker with hiking boots
  • Cruceiro in Sarria
  • minho river view
  • pilgrims in front of Santiago's cathedral
  • Land tour only (No airfare)
  • Double Accommodations (7 nights)
  • Daily Breakfast (7)
  • Picnic Lunch (7)
  • Daily 3-course dinners (7)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Expert guides
  • Support vehicle
  • All transfers on itinerary
  • All taxes, tips
  • Welcome packet
  • Pilgrim's Credential
  • Tour prices listed are per person, in double occupancy accommodations.
  • See OPTIONAL tab for individual supplement and other add-ons
  • SINGLE OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT: $449
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$2,350

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Guides: Our guides are great! They speak both English and Spanish and are here to respond to your needs on the spot. They will teach you the local culture, the secrets of el Camino and in short, turn your trip into a memorable experience.

Luggage Transfer: Carry just a small backpack on the trail as we transfer your luggage to your hotel for you every day. It will be waiting for you when you arrive from your walk.

Support Vehicle: Our private support vehicle will meet you at checkpoints along the way to assist you in anything you need, whether you want to rest, drink water, or even be transferred the rest of the way to your hotel.

Welcome packet: Our complete information package includes your pilgrim credential, maps for the walk and hotels and all the information you need during the tour.