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CAMINO DE SANTIAGO – Summer

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  • Hotels: Standard Class
  • Max Participants: 16
  • 6/21/2020 - 6/30/2020
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights

If you’re looking to take on your own pilgrimage – along a route filled with beautiful countryside and rustic villages of Northern Spain – start here, at the Camino de Santiago. This incredible 10-day adventure begins with two days of exploration in stately (and must-see) Madrid. Then continue to the picturesque municipality of Sarria to hike the final 100km of the famed Camino and receive a “compostela” at the finish to prove your accomplishment. Refuel with tasty Spanish food and take the time to stop and smell the flowers – it’s active but at a slower, more picturesque pace.

What's Included:
  • Orientation walk in Madrid
  • Trekking along the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela (5 days)
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • 9 breakfasts – allow $350-$455 USD for meals not included
  • Hotels (9 nights)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using walking and 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

Day 1: MadridArrive at any time. Group meeting at 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Arrive at any time in Madrid. If you have the time, we recommend coming in a few days early. There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.

Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting, typically 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. After the meeting, you might want to head out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to get to know your tour leader and traveling companions further. Please make every effort to arrive on time for this welcome 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.

Day 2: Madrid (B)Enjoy a short orientation walk around Madrid with a free day to explore. Opt to check out the world-famous museums, do some shopping or enjoy some fantastic food.

Enjoy a short orientation walk around Madrid with a free day to explore. Opt to check out the world-famous museums, do some shopping or enjoy some fantastic food. Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music. See our optional activities list below to get an idea of what to do with your free time.

Day 3: Madrid/Sarria (B)Travel in the early afternoon to the charming town of Sarria by train.

Travel in the early afternoon (typically our train departs around 1 PM) to the charming town of Sarria by train. We arrive in time for dinner.

Approximate travel time: 6 hrs by train

Day 4: Sarria/Portomarín (B)Hike from Sarria to Portomarín.

Today, we start our trek by hiking from Sarria to Portomarín, covering about 23 km (14 mi) over the course of the day. Pass through many lovely towns along the way and choose to have a picnic in places such as Barbadelo, Renta, or Ferreiros. We spend the night in the riverside city of Portomarín.

Approximate travel time: 6-8 hrs on foot

Day 5: Portomarín/Palas de Rei (B)Early start from Portomarín. Hike through fantastic scenery with a rich history en route to Palas de Rei.

Get those walking shoes back on! We leave Portomarín behind in the early light of the morning to make the most of the day. This stretch is a mix of ups and downs through beautiful scenery. The entire area has a rich history, especially during the Middle Ages.

After our approximately 23 km hike, we arrive in the town of Palas del Rei.

Approximate travel time: 6 hrs on foot

Day 6: Palas de Rei/Melide (B)Continue the pilgrimage westward, walking through the lush green valleys of Galicia.

Today, we head west and continue the pilgrimage, passing through the lush green valleys of Galicia. Covering about 15 km today, we pass through many lovely villages and towns along the way, offering ample opportunity for rest stops and time to pick up any needed supplies before arriving in Melide.

Approximate travel time: 4 hrs on foot

Day 7: Melide/Arzúa (B)Follow the Camino from Melide to the village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa.

Leaving Melide, the Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the scenic medieval village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389 m). In Arzúa, we visit the churches of Santa María and Capela De La Magdalena. The distance covered today will be 13 km.

Approximate travel time: 4 hrs on foot

Day 8: Arzúa/Amenal (B)Continue to trek the Camino del Santiago. Pass through pretty woods, sleepy villages, and across streams.

Today, we traverse 23 km of scenic Galician countryside, passing through pretty woods, sleepy villages, and across streams as we continue our pilgramage. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En route, don’t miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa (310 m). The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.

Approximate travel time: 6 hrs on foot

Day 9: Amenal/Santiago de Compostela (B)Enjoy a final day of walking through spectacular scenery toward our final destination.

This morning, we depart early in order to reach Santiago de Compostela in time for the pilgrim’s mass. Walk the last part of the pilgrimage (14 km) and enjoy the scenery before the baroque, painted towers of the cathedral come into view. Later, we 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, which houses the supposed tomb of St. James the Apostle. It is widely believed that his remains were buried here in the 1st century AD. From that time forward, he was revered as the patron saint of the Christian Crusades.

Approximate travel time: 4 hrs on foot

Day 10: Santiago de Compostela (B)Depart at any time.

Depart Santiago de Compostela at any time.

Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs).

If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details
Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has 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.

 
Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. 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. LUGGAGE: Please note that, after the short bus ride on Day 2, this trip is a trekking trip from start to finish. A support vehicle is available on every day to carry your main luggage, but you will need to have a day pack large enough to fit whatever you require for each day’s hike. Please note that only one bag is permitted per traveler, which cannot exceed 20 kg/45 lbs.
  2. LUGGAGE FORWARDING OPTION: If travelling 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. Cost will be divided between those who choose to use this service.
  3. ORIENTATION WALKS: The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobble stone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer. Feel free to opt out of these walking tours if you wish, as they can be physically very taxing. In some cases, on the other side of the coin, they may move a bit too slow for you. If you have a map, a travel app, or guidebook, feel free to go off on your own. GEEO wants you to have the experience you desire, and sometimes that means separating yourself from the group.
 
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 (CEO). 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. 20-25 km per day, with some shorter and longer days along the way. 

 

Single Travelers

Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.

 

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.

To get from airport to Hotel Europa (please check your vouchers to ensure this is your start hotel):

From airport terminals T1, T2, T3 or T4- take pink metro line “8” to Nuevos Ministerios. This should take about 22 minutes. From T1, T2 & T3 this is 5 stops. From T4 this is 7 Stops.

At Nuevos Ministerios change trains to line “C3” to station ‘Sol’ this is 5 minutes, traditionally direct (no stops).

The hotel is a 1 minute walk away. 
At the Station ‘Sol’ Take exit Carmen.
Walk west towards Calle del Carmen. 
Across the road you will see the Hotel Europa, it is number 4

Alternatively, you can take a taxi. Direct with no traffic would be about 20 minutes & cost 35 EUROS. Traffic in Madrid can be bad – this would then increase the taxi to about 45 minutes & cost 50 EUROS plus.

 

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 UK office (8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. GMT)
+44 (0) 2072439878

If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from within UK: 0844 272 0000
Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

For absolute emergencies after office hours, please contact +44 7817 262559
If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

 
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. 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. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! 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 plus a daypack per person.

 Suggested Checklist
  • Comfortable daypack for hiking
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Personal clothing for hot weather – there will probably be no time for laundry
  • Comfortable 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
  • Bathing suit and small quick dry towel
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
  • Packing cubes
  • 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
  • Light fleece top
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

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.

Americans do not need a visa for travel in 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 in the Eurozone, and the unit of the currency is the Euro. As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency, and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note: If you are carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed recently.

 
Tipping

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 your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. 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.

Also, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a guideline, $35-$50 USD per person per week can be used.

 
Vaccinations

You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program.

 
Flights

We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here.

The program starts in Madrid.

The program ends in Santiago de Compostela. There are several buses and trains that run from Santiago on a daily basis to Madrid or other cities. Several airlines have flights daily to Madrid from Lavacolla Airport, just outside of Santiago. Our end hotel is located in the heart of the historical old town. It is a 15-minute drive to the airport and a 10-minute bus ride to the bus station. To Santiago airport from downtown, taxis charge a flat rate of 16 EUR.

 
Plugs and Converters

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Spain uses a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

 
Expectations

Before you decide on traveling 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.

 

Weather

June, July, and August are peak walking months on the Camino de Santiago. For this section of the trail, expect highs in the high 70’s and lows in the high 50’s. While temperatures are higher than other times of the year the weather tends to be much more consistent with less rain. Hikers tend to sleep earlier at night and rise again in the pre-dawn hours to get a head-start on the heat of the day.

 

Costs

Please keep in mind 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

$220 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. 

Insurance

$25-$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 well.

Tipping

We recommend $60-$75 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. 

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

$350-$455 USD

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

Make sure you budget for these types of expenses

Airport Transfers

$20-$100, depending on into which airport you travel

Souvenirs

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 in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. 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 feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.

Madrid

Prado Museum: €14
Hop on hop off bus: €20
Reina Sofia Museum: €10 (Closed Tuesdays)
Botanical Garden and Retiro Park: €2
Thyssen Museum: €12
Palacio Real: €11

Santiago de Compostela

Museo do Pobo Gallego: Free 
Cathedral entrances: Free 
Museum of Modern Art: Free 
Pilgrimage Museum: Free

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