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Camino Pilgrimage Itinerary

Follow the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

Full Itinerary

An Unforgettable Experience for Christians of All Denominations

8 Days/7 Nights Walking Pilgrimage 

 

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Turkish AirlinesOutbound Travel Day

Depart Kuala Lumpur (TK061, 23.25 hrs) or Singapore (TK055, 23.15 hrs) by Turkish Airlines, awarded “Best Airline Europe” by Skytrax. We have selected Turkish Airlines for their quality of service, and also because they are the only international airline flying directly to Santiago de Compostela (with a convenient 3 hour stopover in Istanbul).


SarriaDay 1 – Sarria – The Start of Your Journey

Arrive at Santiago de Compostela International Airport (scheduled for 14.00 hrs). Meet and greet by your guide at the airport, then transfer directly to the town of Sarria, your starting point for the Camino Pilgrimage. Check into your hotel, then free at leisure to explore this ancient town,which features a 12th century stone bridge and many fascinating medieval churches. After dinner in your hotel, your guide will conduct a briefing in preparation for tomorrow’s journey.


SignDay 2 – Sarria to Portomarin (6 hours, 22 km)

Enjoy a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, through pretty villages and along quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros, home to some splendid old churches. When you arrive in Portomarin , you can chill out on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Day 3 – Portomarín to Palas de Rei (6 hrs 15 mins, 25 km)

From Portomarin, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei for dinner and overnight.


 Chef with octopusDay 4 – Palas de Rei to Melide (4 hrs, 15 km)

Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the charming villages of Casanova and Leboreiro. This is a very easy-going day,designed to allow you to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of Melide. This bustling 10th Century village is famed for its hearty cuisine,especially superb octopus dishes, so lunch in one of the many family-run restaurants is a must. In the afternoon, stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. In the afternoon, visit the many medieval churches and other historic buildings.


Water Mill Arzua

Day 5 – Melide to Arzùa (3.5 hrs, 13 km)

The Camino follows a forest track and crosses several streams by means of ancient stone bridges, bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa. This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.


Rua Valdeorras WineDay 6 – Arzùa to A Rúa ( 5 hrs 15 mins, 18 km)

This shaded section of the Camino passes through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to A Rúa/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. A Rúa is the centre of one of Spain’s finest wine producing regions, so a glass or two of the local Rua Valdeorras is highly recommended. A Rúa’s ancient Roman bridge is also worth visiting.


Santiago's Cathedral 2 FR8 SANTIAGO

Day 7 – A Rúa to Santiago de Compostela (5hrs 20 mins, 21 km)

The final stage continues on to Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo (368m). From the “Mount of Joy” you can see your goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (population 80,000) you will be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this important cultural and spiritual centre.

 

BotafumeiroIn the afternoon, visit the Pilgrim’s Office to receive your Compostela Document (if performing the pilgrimage for spiritual reasons) after filling out a brief questionnaire, then proceed to the cathedral for the Pilgrims’ Mass. During the mass, your group may wish to sponsor the Botafumeiro (censer swing, Euros 150 divided between group members), which will be acknowledged by the priest conducting the mass. However, it is quite possible that the Botafumeiro has already been sponsored by other pilgrims. After the mass, enjoy a farewell “tapas festival” at one of Santiago’s leading restaurants.


Obradoiro-square

Day 8 – Santiago de Compostela – Transfer Out

Spend the morning at leisure, attending the morning mass, sightseeing or shopping in this fascinating historical city. Catholics seeking a Plenary Indulgence have plenty of time to perform any remaining requirements. At 12 noon, transfer out for your return flight to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.


Changi

Inbound Travel Day

Arrive home at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (16.50 hrs) or Singapore Changi International Airport (17.25 hrs), tired but happy and spiritually fulfilled.


General Terms and Conditions

General Conditions
  • Sightseeing arrangements in the itinerary are subject to change or reverse according to time, traffic, weather conditions, etc., as determined by the local ground operator.
  • Tour prices, departure dates and timings are not guaranteed. Neither SUNTRAVEL nor the carrier concerned will accept liability for flight cancellations, delays or diversions that are not within their control.
  • Airport tax is subject to change without prior notice. Any increase in airport tax will be passed on to the client at cost.
  • A service charge will be imposed for any amendments to the name, alterations to the routes or change of dates on the issued air tickets or for reissue of air tickets.
  • Replacement of passengers is subject to airlines’ seat availability and a handling fee will be imposed for each replacement passenger.
  • Flight deviations are subject to airline conditions, ticket validity and seat availability. A handling fee will be imposed, which varies according to airline.
  • Cancellation fees will be imposed accordingly when tour members wish to cancel their tour (see Small Print). However, SUNTRAVEL reserves the right to cancel or withdraw at any time bookings made due to insufficient group size, in which case any monies paid toward booking fees shall be refunded in full.
Tour Price Includes: 
  • Airfare to and from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • All taxes (except for local taxes on items you purchase in Spain)
  • Breakfast and Dinner for all days in Spain. Lunch and snack meals are at your own expense.
  • All transfers at destination (unless otherwise indicated in the tour description)
  • Daily baggage transfer
  • English speaking guide for all days in Spain.
Tour Price Does Not Include
  • Additional baggage charges
  • Other items as advised at time of booking

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