- Your luggage will be transported from Hotel to next Hotel.
Day 1-13JUL Cape Town / Oporto
Depart Cape Town
13JUL EK771 CPTDXB 1820 0545
14JUL EK197 DXBOPO 0915 1430
Day 2-14JUL Oporto / O Cebreiro
Arrive in Oporto 1430
Private Transfer from Oporto to Santiago
Transfer from Santiago to Pedrafita do Cebreiro
Taxi from Pedrafita do Cebreiro to O Cebreiro (about 4 km)
Overnight: O Cebreiro
Day 3 -15 JULY – O Cebreiro
Day at leisure
Day at Leisure where you will start your self-guided walk of St. James on your own the next day.
Overnight: O Cebreiro
Day 4 -16JULY – O’ Cebreiro – Triacastela (21 km / 13 mi)
Today your Camino beings! You will begin your walk in O’ Cebreiro, which is the beginning of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. In this town, located 1300 meters above sea level, you will see ‘Las Pallozas’ (buildings composed of stone and hay) presumably of Celtic origin. Stone houses are also some of the main structures of this mountainous area.
Taxi from Hotel to Start of O’Cebreiro Overnight: Triacastela
|Day 5 -17JULY – Triacastela – Sarria (21.4 km / 13.29 mi)|
In this stage you will walk until you arrive to the town of Sarria, the start of the meaningful last hundred kilometres to Santiago. Along the journey you will pass through charming towns and villages like San Xil, A Balsa, Pintín and Furela in between forest paths that have a magical atmosphere.
Day 6 -18JULY Sarria – Portomarín 18.9 km / 11.74 mi
As you journey through this stage you will come across many little villages and towns of which the most interesting are Sarria, Barbadelo, Ferreiros and Portomarín where you can see beautiful monuments such as: the convent of “La Magdalena” originally founded as a Pilgrim’s hospital in the 13th century, the church of “Santiago de Barbadelo” famous for its beautiful architecture and uniqueness of its capitals, the Romanesque portico at the church of Ferreiros and the legendary 100 km marker!
Day 7 – 19JULY Portomarín – Palas de Rei 24.3 km / 15.09 mi
Today’s journey will take you through the towns of Portomarín, Ligonde and Vilachá, where you will have the opportunity to see the wonderful view of the Miño river valley right outside Vilachá, the fortified church of St. Nicholas and the famous Romanesque façade of San Pedro’s church in Portomarín as well as the church of “Vilar de Donas”, considered to be one of the best examples of Romanesque art associated to the Camino.
Overnight: Palas de Rei
Day 8 – 20JULY Palas de Rei – Castañeda 22.3 km / 13.85 mi
In today’s stage you will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña via an ancient Roman road. Once you get to La Coruña you will be able to enjoy true jewels of the Camino such as the church of “La virgen de las nieves” in the town of Furelos and the churches of Sancti Spiritus and Santa Maria de Melide in Melide.
Day 09 – 21JULY Castañeda – Salceda (23.5km / 14.30 mi)
Today’s walk will take us through the lovely towns of Arzúa and Castañeda, both very closely linked to the Camino’s history. In Arzúa you can see the beautiful chapel of “La Magdalena” built in gothic style and founded in the 14th century. You can also enjoy some of Arzúa’s delicious cheese which was awarded Denomination of Origin.
Overnight: Salceda Area (O Pedrouzo)
Day 10 – 22JULY Salceda – Lavacolla 17.5 km / 10.87 mi
Our stage for this day will take us to the villages of A Salceda, A Brea, Santa Irene, A Rua and O Empalme mainly through wooded areas and forests until you finally reach Lavacolla, the place where the purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago was performed in ancient times. Along the journey you will have the opportunity to see the hermitage of St. Irene, the Portuguese martyr saint and its baroque fountain whose water is said to have curative properties. gin.
Day 11 – 23JULY Lavacolla – Santiago 10 km / 6.2 mi
You pass by Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) where you can enjoy a marvelous panoramic view of Santiago in which you will be able to make out our final destination: Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral. We suggest you get an early start so you can get to Santiago in time for the Pilgrim’s mass at noon! You spend the night in Santiago.
Day 11- 24JULY Day in Santiago
In the morning we offer a guided visit through Santiago at 10 am. The focus of the guided visit will be on the old city, where we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its main monuments, squares and streets. On our tour we will also go to the fresh produce market, called Mercado de Abastos. Once there, the group will have the opportunity to buy typical products of Galician gastronomy (fish, seafood, veal…) that can be sampled later in one of the nearby restaurants.
Our tour comes to an end at about 1 pm.
The first one is a 2 hours free walking tour around the historical part of the Santiago de Compostela. The tip for this tour is not included in this price and each participant is free to pay as they want.
The walking tour around the city includes the most famous squares, that surround the Cathedral (Obradoiro, Quintana, Platerias, Fonseca) and we will explain the origin of the city and its Camino.
Then, the tour goes to admire the best views of the Cathedral and enters in the less explored part of the city, although full of entertaining stories.
At the the end of this tour, different kinds of gastronomical activities take place: (Choose one o-f the following)f
1. Galician cheeses tasting.
2. Galician tapas tasting.
3. Galician wine tasting.
4. Galician liquors tasting.
Day 13 -25 JULY Day in Santiago
Enjoy The Feast of St. James
Santiago or Saint James is the Patron Saint of Spain. The annual Feast of Saint James (Dia de Santiago) took place in Santiago de Compostela on the 25th July and was a public holiday in Galicia.
The truly devout visited Santiago in the days leading up to 25th July, which is both the Dia de Santiago and the Dia de Galicia, Day of Galicia. As far back as 865AD, St Germaine’s text, Martyrology, mentions the Feast Day and it was on July 25th, 1120 that Santiago was given the supremacy of the churches in the west of Spain.
The two weeks leading up to El Día de Santiago are full of art exhibitions, drama productions, indoor and outdoor concerts of all kinds of music and street entertainment – both professional and amateur. Almost every night there will be something going on in the major squares, Plaza del Obradoiro and Plaza de la Quintana. On the evening of 24th July, in the Plaza del Obradoiro, is the Fuegos Del Apóstol – an incredible display of pyrotechnics that sees the side of the cathedral dramatically and unforgettably illuminated at midnight.
The feast day itself includes many official celebrations the most important of which is an official mass which is attended by representatives of the Galician government and often by members of the Spanish Royal family. Known as the King’s offering to the Apostle, this is the occasion when the gigantic incense burner, the Botafumeiro, is swung down the cathedral aisles in breath-taking fashion almost touching the vaulted ceilings. The handlers of the botafumeiro, known as tiraboleiros, somehow guide its movements by ropes.
On the day of the Feast of Saint James, the streets of Santiago de Compostela are lined with people watching processions of different carnival groups, papier-mâché cabezudos and a multitude of Galician pipers. The dancing, music, eating and drink continue well into the next morning. Much emphasis is placed on the eating of oysters or scallops in order to ensure that the following year is wealthy and healthy.
Santiago de Compostela is a beguiling city full of historical and religious atmosphere but also, with its large student population, a vibrant, lively place to visit. Around the time of the Día de Santiago it is remarkably busy, but especially worth visiting. Should July 25th happen to fall on a Sunday then the day becomes more special. The year itself is proclaimed to be a Jacobean Year and there are, astonishingly, even greater celebrations than usual.
|Day 14 -26JULY Santiago/Oporto|
Depart Santiago on a private to Oporto 09h30
Overnight in 3 / 4 Star Hotel on a Bed Breakfast
|Day 15 -27JULY Oporto/Cape Town|
27JUL EK198 OPODXB 1735 0415
28JUL EK770 DXBCPT 0905 1645
|Day 16 -28 JULY Cape Town|
Arrive in Cape Town
- FLIGHTS CPT/DXB/OPO/DXB/CPT
- Transfer from Porto/ Santiago
- Transfer from Santiago / Pedrafita do Cebreiro
- Taxi from Pedrafita do Cebreiro/Hotel
- Taxi from Hotel – O Cebreiro Enclave to commence walk
- 13 accommodation Bed and Breakfast Basis
- Walking tour in Santiago on 24th July
- Transfer Santiago to Porto
- Transfer from Porto Hotel to Airport
- Camino Membership
- Camino Credential Pack
(Includes Luggage Labels, Spanish Survival Guide, Pilgrim Credentials. Visa Letter and Certificate of Membership, Camino Buff, Camino Metal Pin. Pocket Book
- Meals not specified
- Personal items and laundry