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      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 07/21/2024 - 07/28/2024

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 8 Days / 7 Nights


      If you’re looking to take on your own pilgrimage – along a route through the beautiful countryside and rustic villages of Northern Spain – start here, at the Camino de Santiago. On this 8-day trip, complete the last 60 miles of the pilgrimage route to Santiago and receive a “compostela” at the finish as evidence of your accomplishment. Refuel with tasty Spanish food along the way. This journey is an active one, but at a slower, more picturesque pace.

      What's Included:
      • Trekking along the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela (6 days)
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, local guides
      • 7 breakfasts – allow $285-370 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels (7 nts)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using private vehicle
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Sarria at any time. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Spain at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to rest and adjust to any time difference. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Sarria before the trip. To get to Sarria, you will probably want to fly into Santiago de Compostela or Madrid and take a bus to Sarria. Santiago de Compostela is closer, but Madrid will have more affordable flights. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another.

      Today, we start our trek to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela by hiking from Sarria to Portomarín, covering about 14 miles over the course of the day. We will pass through many lovely towns along the way, and you can choose to have a picnic lunch in places such as Barbadelo, Renta, or Ferreiros. We will spend the night in the riverside city of Portomarín. Approximate travel time: 6-8 hrs on foot

      We will leave Portomarín in the early morning light in order to make the most of the day. This stretch of the trek will see some changes in elevation through beautiful scenery. The surrounding area has a rich history, especially from the Middle Ages; the Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the later Middle Ages. The Black Death, the Protestant Reformation, and political unrest in 16th-century Europe led to its decline, but pilgrimages have continued without interruption since the Middle Ages. After our hike, we will arrive in the town of Palas del Rei. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs on foot

      Today, we continue the pilgrimage through the lush green valleys of Galicia, covering about 9 miles. We will have ample opportunities for rest stops and time to pick up any needed supplies before arriving in Melide. Take a break in the lively market town and try octopus, Galicia's most classic dish, in one of the many pulperías. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs on foot

      Leaving Melide, the Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track to the village of Boente. Next, walk through the scenic medieval village of Ribadiso before finally arriving in the town of Arzúa. In Arzúa, we will visit the churches of Santa María and Capela de la Magdalena. The distance covered today will be approximately 8 miles. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs on foot

      Today, we traverse 14 miles of scenic Galician countryside, passing through pretty woods and sleepy villages and across streams. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of St. James, is worth a visit. En route, visit the lovely hamlet of Rúa. The rest of the walk to Amenal is a mix of calm country roads and forest trails. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs on foot

      This morning, we depart early in order to reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in time for the Pilgrim's Mass. Enjoy the scenery during the final 8-9 miles of the pilgrimage before the baroque, painted towers of the cathedral come into view. Later, we will explore this fascinating city and sip some wine in a café to celebrate the incredible journey. The pilgrimage would not be complete without a visit to the cathedral on the magnificent Praza do Obradoiro, where tradition holds that the remains of St. James the Apostle are buried in the 1st century. Originally built as a small church over the tomb of St. James in 819 AD, the cathedral has remained the end-point of the spiritual pilgrimage to those walking the Camino de Santiago for centuries. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs on foot

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Santiago de Compostela at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Santiago de Compostela, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but, we can still offer you a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.


      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about the Camino de Santiago
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. This trip is a trekking trip from start to finish. Be prepared to hike an average of 6 to 10 hrs per day, with some shorter and longer days along the way.
      2. LUGGAGE: A support vehicle is available on every day to carry your main luggage, so you will need to have a day pack large enough to fit whatever you require for each day while hiking. Please note that only one bag, which cannot exceed 45 lbs, is permitted per traveler.
      3. LUGGAGE FORWARDING OPTION: If you are traveling with extra luggage from previous trips or continuing on your travels after the tour, you have the option of forwarding extra luggage to Santiago from León for a reasonable fee (approx. €10-30 EUR, depending on total weight). Please inquire with your Tour Leader on Day 1. There is also an option to transfer luggage daily to the next stop by taxi. This can be arranged with your Tour Leader and is an OPTIONAL service. The cost will be divided between those who choose to use this service.
      4. PILGRIM PASSPORT: The Pilgrim Passport is included on this tour; this small stamp book can be used to obtain at least 2 stamps per day to prove they have done the final 100km of the Camino. If this is done, you will be eligible for a Compostela Certificate upon arrival at the cathedral in Santiago. Your tour leader will help arrange all of this during the journey.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      You must be prepared to hike an average of 6-10 hrs per day, approx. 10-15 miles per day, with some shorter and longer days along the way.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. The program starts in Sarria. You will probably want to fly into Santiago de Compostela, Coruna, or Madrid. Santiago de Compostela and Coruna are closer, but Madrid will have cheaper flights. Trains run daily to Sarria from Santiago de Compostela (usually via Orense-Empalme), and take about 3.5 hours. Tickets & timetables can be found on Alternatively, to get to Sarria via bus from Santiago de Compostela, they still must go via Lugo. So, Between Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, there is a direct bus that runs 5 times per day taking about 2 hours and 30 minutes. More information found at, & From Lugo to Sarria, Buses take about 40 minutes & there are about 5 per day. More information found at & The Hotel Albergue Turistico La Casona is a 5 minute walk from the train station and a 10 minute walk from the bus station. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela? Pre-book a private transfer with G Adventures from Santiago de Compostela to start your tour in Sarria. The transfer is approximately 1 h 30 mins by car and roughly 75.5.miles. More information can be found at and If those websites give you trouble, try
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Office London, United Kingdom During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5:30pm Local Time): +44 20 7243 9870 For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact: +441858378000 If for any reason you are unable to reach the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below to connect with their Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.) Do not forget to pack a medical kit with extra Band-Aids. Blister kits are also available, and are a good idea to have with you. Please remember to bring and wear footwear that you know is comfortable and will not give you blisters. This is not a trip to break in new boots or shoes on. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Comfortable daypack for hiking
      • Personal clothing for hot weather – expect daytime highs to be in the 70s, but possibly warmer. There will probably be no time for laundry
      • Comfortable waterproof (Gortex) hiking boots/shoes – you will be walking a lot
      • Trekking socks – wool or synthetic, not cotton
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle (you can refill it often along the trail with clean water)
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries – Important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      • Moleskin for blisters
      Optional Checklist
      • Hiking poles
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Flip-flops/sandals
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
      • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
      • EUR/USD cash
      • Credit or debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
      Laundry facilities are sometimes offered by the hotels. You can also use a local laundromat if need be. As mentioned in the checklist above, however, there will likely be little to no time to do laundry on this trip.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Spain. Non-American participants should check with their government or nearest Spanish Embassy to find out if they need a visa.
      Money Exchange
      Spain is part of the Eurozone and uses the common currency, the euro (EUR). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 USD per person per week would be appropriate.
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. The program starts in Sarria. See joining instructions for more information about recommend airports. The program ends in Santiago de Compostela. Several airlines have flights daily to Madrid from Lavacolla Airport, just outside of Santiago de Compostela. The hotel is located in the heart of the historical old town and is a 15-minute drive to the airport and a 10-minute ride to the bus station. Taxis to the airport charge a flat rate of €16 EUR. There are also several buses and trains that run on a daily basis from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid or other cities.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. Spain has type C outlets for two circular prongs, and the voltage is 220-240V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
      • You will be hiking 4-10 hrs per day.
      • While hiking, you will be carrying a daypack with your water, snacks, and any other items you might need.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      July and August are the high season for the Camino de Santiago. It can be very warm in Spain during the summer, but the northern regions are usually cooler than the rest of the country. High temperatures average in the 70s and can climb into the 80s (or higher) during a heat wave. The weather is sunny most days, but there is a chance of rain, particularly in Sarria.


      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $20 USD
      International Airfare from USA
      Roughly $1,000-$1,700 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      We recommend $40-55 USD for your G Adventures tour leader.
      Airport transfers
      $20-100 USD, depending on into which airport you use
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $285-370 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Variable; at your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Santiago de Compostela
      Museo del Pueblo Gallego: €4 EUR The former Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval now houses the Museum of the Galician People. The wide-ranging and varied collection provides a general view of Galicia's culture. Its permanent rooms display different aspects of costal life, traditional costumes, and architecture. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral: €6 EUR per person Originally built as a small church over the tomb of St. James in 819AD, this now-grandiose cathedral has remained the end point of the spiritual pilgrimage to those walking the Camino de Santiago. Additional entrance fees may apply at the cathedral, e.g. to climb to the rooftop, enter the Pilgrimage Museum, visit the Treasury room, etc. Pazo de Raxoi Palace: Free Take in the beauty of this palace located in the Plaza del Obradoiro. Originally built as a seminary for confessors in 1766, it is the contemporary home of City Hall and the Galician government. Praza das Praterias Square: Free Visit the square to marvel at the Fuente de los Caballos, a glorious fountain created in 1825. With the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the background, this spot makes for a great photo op.