Follow the Camino to Santiago de Compostela
An Unforgettable Experience for Christians of All Denominations
8 Days/7 Nights Walking Pilgrimage
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.
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Arrive home at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (16.50 hrs) or Singapore Changi International Airport (17.25 hrs), tired but happy and spiritually fulfilled.
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