Camino de Santiago
Galicia Spain

8 Days & 7 Nights

This trip is a bit unlike other b-untethered trips, in that it is less physically demanding, but just as much one of the mind. The purpose is to connect within yourself through extensive walking, journaling and visiting historical spiritual destinations

What is involved in this trek?

This 8-day pilgrimage will have you walking the final stage of the French Way, or Camino Frances, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. The Camino de Santiago, or in English the Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrims’ ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition holds that the remains of the apostle are buried. This legendary pilgrimage, rich in medieval allure, is not merely a trek – it’s a profound spiritual voyage

Itinerary

April 23

Day 01

Arrive Sarria

Fly into Santiago de Compostela. Arrive by 2 PM. Catch a bus to Sarria. Sarria is an atmospheric place and home to a beautiful, historical village in its upper section. You can visit both the Torre del Batallon – a medieval tower – and the Monasterio de La Magadalena, a former monastery that has been converted into a hotel. Sarria always has a great energy with new pilgrims excited to begin and seasoned pilgrims approaching their end of the journey. Buen Camino, and prepare to relish the 73.9 miles that await!

April 24

Day 02

Sarria – Portomarin (14.2 miles/5 hours)

Today’s walk to Portomarin will take you through five villages before arriving at Portomarin, via the Camino’s longest bridge, which offers memorable views of the surrounding landscape.

Portomarin was flooded in the 1960s after the Miño River was damned, leaving the old town underwater. After, the historic buildings were rebuilt brick-by-brick in the new location. These days Portomarin is a top spot for an afternoon drink and a well-earned meal. Be sure to taste the town’s tarts and liquors, for which it is very well known.

April 25

Day 03

Portomarin – Palas de Rei                                (15.5 miles/6 hours)

Though today’s walk is on the longer side it’s a pleasant amble through farming regions, sunflower fields and a number of picnic areas. There are fewer villages along the route so it’s the perfect opportunity to soak up the countryside and enjoy some alone time or the company of your fellow pilgrims. The destination, Palas de Rei, is a small, welcoming town typical of the Camino, with about 3,700 residents.

April 26

Day 04

Palas de Rei – Melide (8.7 miles/3–4 hours)

A shorter distance with undulating terrain, today’s walk will see you travel through Casanova and O Coto on your way to Melide. This is where the Camino Frances trek and the Camino Primitivo trek meet each other. The town has been linked with the Camino de Santiago for centuries. The ‘Pulperia Ezequiel’restaurant is particularly well known for its octopus and the Terra de Melide museum, housed in an old pilgrim hospital, provides interesting information about the region’s history.

April 27

Day 05

Melide – Arzua (9.3 miles/4 hours)

Much of the day is spent walking through pleasantly shaded oak and eucalyptus forests. This is cattle country and there are more cows than people, though more pilgrims will join you, as Arzua is where the Camino del Norte (the Northern Way) joins the French Way. Arzua is home to Capilla de la Magdelena, a 14th-century chapel, and also the perfect place to sample the local cheese, Queixo, a smooth cheese made from cows milk, worthy of its own festival in March.

April 28

Day 06

Arzua – Rua (12.4 miles/4 hours)

The penultimate day of your pilgrimage is a thrilling experience. Rua is a small town with Roman history, and may well be your last opportunity to meet strangers along the Camino. Share wine and experiences with your fellow pilgrims, both new and old, and get a good rest in before the walk to Santiago.

April 29

Day 07

Rua – Santiago de Compostela        (13.6 miles/4–5 hours)

The final day of pilgrimage is a bittersweet affair and you’ll no doubt wish that your journey was not ending. But if the pilgrimage teaches anything it’s acceptance and the final 3 miles, from which Santiago is visible, are some of the most memorable steps you’ll take. Wind your way through the city’s alleys to the steps of the cathedral and soak it up – you’ll likely find it rewarding watching other pilgrims arrive.

When you’re ready, visit the Compostela office to receive your certificate – then it’s time to celebrate. And when it comes to celebrating, Santiago is one of the best. The stunning old town has an endless supply of chorizo, tortilla, Iberico jamon, pulpo and wine, while the atmosphere is unbeatable.

April 30

Day 08

Santiago de Compostela

Your pilgrimage comes to its end after breakfast. Enjoy a final morning with your fellow pilgrims before departing but remember: the Camino doesn’t finish in Santiago, the memories live on.

Depart for home.

Activity Level

Easy – This itinerary is designed for those who are new to walking, or those who are perhaps looking for a slower-paced walking holiday. Averaging a distance of 6,2 miles per day, or 3–5 walking hours, the walks feature fairly even surfaces with a few ascents and descents. A basic level of fitness is recommended. Given you only need to carry a lightweight day pack, this trip is very manageable for those who are new to walking holidays.

Train & Travel Adventure Training

As a part of this program, you will be offered training and preparation, beginning 60 days in advance of the trip. The training will include a physical training plan each week as well as nutrition, hydration and gear suggestions.

The training is included in the trip fee and will be delivered via weekly zoom calls each Tuesday evening. The times of the calls are 5pm PST / 8pm EST. Please click here for additional information on training.

We strongly encourage you to join these calls, especially if this is your first trek of this kind. We will provide education and key information on what to expect and how to prepare.

PLUS it will give you a chance to meet others who will be traveling with us!

Logistics

Arrival April 23

Arrival: Fly into Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)

Pick-up Location: Airport – Please arrive before 2 PM.

Bus transport to Sarria. Meeting time: 6pm for Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Departure April 30

Departure: Fly out Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)

When: Bus transport to the airport. Please make sure the flight is after 11 AM.

What Is Included

  • 7 nights accommodation, carefully curated to enhance your Camino experience
  • Experienced Camino guide

  • Private en-suite facilities

  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel (1 x 20kg bag unless indicated otherwise)

  • Daily breakfast

  • 7 Three-course dinners with local wine

  • Information packs with route maps and instructions on how to locate hotels

  • Luggage identification tags

  • Pilgrim’s passport

  • 12-Week Pre-trip Training Program Included: Weekly group calls and training plan to prepare for trip starting 60 days prior to departure

What is NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Bus Transportation to and from Airport
  • Lunches
  • Any tips, gratuities

Payment Policy

In order to secure your reservation a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 is due at time of booking.

All guests with unpaid balances will receive an email reminder with a payment link before the Total Balance Due Deadline.

The remaining balance of the trip is due as stated below:

Amount Due

Balance Due Deadline

50% of Trip Balance ($1550 USD)

150 days prior to arrival (November 24, 2024)

Total Remaining Trip Balance ($1550 USD)

120 days prior to arrival (December 24, 2024)

Unfortunately, for any balance not paid in full at deadline, trip will be forfeited with no refund.

Reservations made within the Total Balance Due Deadline below will need to be paid in full upon time of reservation.

Refund Policy

Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
We strongly encourage you to secure travelers insurance.

Refunds will be given as noted below:

Refund Amount

Trip Length > 5 Days

Full Less Deposit

121+ Days Out

50% Trip Cost

61- 120 Days Out

No Refund

60 Days or Less

Cancellations by BU Adventures:
BU Adventures requires a minimum number of guests before confirming a departure. Every trip page states the minimum number of required guests. A trip is confirmed as soon as our minimum guest count is met.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to BU Adventures will be fully refunded.

Do not book any airfare or travel before your trip is confirmed.

Accomodations:

Your accommodations are on a twin-share basis with private facilities. Options include a refurbished farmhouse, a boutique hotel with a chef who would not be out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant, or unique properties including converted monasteries, lighthouses and tiny

B&Bs. You’ll always have the option for private en-suite facilities. Wherever you end up, you’ll be well looked after, warm and comfortable and, most importantly, ready to tackle the next day’s walk.

Food:

The local cuisine is a definite highlight of your walk. The Camino regions are famous for their culinary delights, and you’ll end up exploring the destination using not only your feet, but also your taste buds.

Breakfast at your place of accommodation is usually continental style and may include cereals, yogurt, bread, pastries, ham, tea, coffee and juices.

Lunch – at your own expense – will depend on where you are on your walk and what is available. It’s often purchased at a local café or bar, with choices along the trail perhaps including Spanish omelette (tortilla Espanola), tuna empanadas, soups or sandwiches (boccadillo). Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy a picnic in a perfect spot along the path.

Evening meals are a hearty, three-course affair known as the ‘pilgrims’ menu’. These usually consist of a salad or soup to start, followed by a choice of a meat or pasta dish, then finishing with a dessert. This is always accompanied by a bottle of local wine, of course. On occasion, the owner of the accommodation may be in the kitchen preparing the house special, which will not disappoint.

All evening meals are included on this guided group trip, and we can accommodate most dietary requirements, so please let us know in advance.

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