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Camino in Style Self-Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walk the final 100km of the Camino Frances in style
  • Stay in beautiful boutique hotels and "pazos" along the way
  • Feast on delicious Galician gourmet cuisine
  • Arrive in Santiago at a relaxed pace in time for the Pilgrim's Mass
  • Finish your walk with a stay in the iconic Parador hotel in Santiago

Walk the final 100km of the Camino Frances in style, finishing each day with an overnight stay in a boutique hotel or country manor house (pazo), and enjoy some of the finest Galician cuisine.

The route takes you through rural Galicia, peppered with charming old churches and religious sites and finishes with a flourish at the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and an overnight stay in the famous Parador hotel.

Whether you are walking the Camino for religious or spiritual reasons, doing it “in-style” like this makes for a very special experience, allowing you to sample beautiful Galicia at its finest.

You can also download our free guide to the Camino Frances or visit our Online Camino information page to give you all the tools you need to get started on your Camino adventure.

Day 1: Arrive Lugo

The typically Galician city of Lugo is just off the route of the Camino and is a fascinating place to start your trip.  The only city in the world to be completely surrounded by intact Roman walls, Lugo is an intriguing place to explore with some amazing restaurants, a charming cathedral and the interesting Museo Provincial.


Stay overnight in a baroque palace dating back to the 18th century in a fantastic location right next to the Roman walls.


Lugo is easily accessible from Santiago airport and we include a private transfer to take you from Santiago to your accommodation in Lugo making sure you start your journey in style!  (approx. 1h 30m)


Overnight: Lugo


Day 2: Transfer to Sarria, walk to Portomarin

A short 40min transfer will take you to Sarria this morning where you will begin your Camino journey. Walk along  shady tree-lined roads and pathways, passing through pretty small hamlets such as Cortinas and A Brea, before reaching the stone marker; a photo opportunity before taking the first step on the final 100km to Santiago.


As you arrive in Portomarin enjoy the Galician ambience as you stroll up the cobbled main street and end your day by relaxing in one of the cafés surrounding the square.


Your abode for the night is the lovingly converted country house, the Pazo de Berbetoros.


Walk: 24km, 6 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Portomarin


Day 3: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

The Camino steadily climbs upwards, before passing through the settlement of Gonzar and Castromaior, where you’ll find the tiny Romanesque Church of Santa Maria.


Continue along country roads edged by bright yellow gorse, pine and oak trees. Upon reaching the high point of today’s Camino at Sierra de Ligonde (750m), descend to the ancient hamlet of Ligonde, before descending to Palas de Rei.


Rest for the night in the welcoming and elegant family run hotel Casa Leopoldo, where you be made to feel right at home! Breakfast is a wonderful affair here with delicious poached eggs served with truffles being a real treat!


Walk: 24 km, 6 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Palas de Rei


Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzua

Leaving Palace de Rei you soon reach San Xulian do Camino, a classical Camino village with a tiny 12th Century church dedicated to Saint Julian. Pass through the hamlet of O Coto and village of Leboreiro. Perhaps stop for lunch at the town of Melide, famed for its octopus dishes ‘pulpo Galega’. The shaded forests of oak and chestnut give way to eucalyptus and pine before you ascend to Arzua.


Your destination for the day is the exquisite Pazo Santa Maria, an 18th century manor house offering fine Galician cuisine and an oasis of comfort on the trail. You can even relax after a long day by having a wonderful massage (best to book in advance through us).


Whilst this long day is more than made up for by a relaxing night at the Pazo, it is possible to shorten it if you wish by taking an optional transfer (paid locally) for the first 13km to Melide but this does unfortunately mean that you will not qualify for your Compostela certificate.


Walk: 28km, 7 hours 


Dinner & Overnight: Arzua


Day 5: Arzua to Pedrouzo, transfer to Lavacolla

Leaving the old quarter of Arzua the Camino leads past sturdy oak trees, which give way to lush meadows. Visit the medieval shrine at Santa Irene, dedicated to a martyr saint from Portugal and the Baroque fountain of healing waters.


Throughout the day you’ll be walking through many small villages: Brea, Calzada, Rua and A Calle. On arrival in Pedrouzo, a transfer will meet you and take you to Lavacolla, where it was tradition for pilgrims to wash in the river before reaching Santiago.


Your home for the night is the Pazo Xan Xordo, a traditional Galician manor house featuring it’s own chapel and tranquil gardens.


Walk:  21km,  5 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Lavacolla


Day 6: Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela

A nice short final day means that if you set off early you can be in Santiago in time for the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon—a highlight of any journey on the Camino! As you leave Lavacolla, continue past swaying Eucalyptus trees to the ‘Mount of Joy’, Monte del Gozo from where you first catch sight of the impressive spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Before long you will reach Santiago where the experience of walking up to the Cathedral is one you will never forget!


The perfect culmination to your “Camino in Style” is an overnight stay in the luxurious Parador hotel located on Obradoiro Square right across from the Cathedral.


Walk: 10km, 2-3 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Santiago de Compostela


Day 7: Onward Travel

We highly recommend adding extra nights in Santiago (prices on request) or make your way back to the airport in Santiago for onward travel.



Accommodation

6 Nights accommodation is included in stylish boutique hotels and country manor houses (pazos) close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite bathroom. The accommodations we have chosen will make your Camino just that extra bit special with their focus on service, special little touches and elements of luxury!


Alternative Accommodation

If the below hotels are not available we will offer alternatives of as close a standard as possible. There will be a reduction in price for your tour if this is the case which we will work out based on availability.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo travellers to start on any day. You will need to pay a supplement for a single room (which is available on the Included tab of this tour).


Meals

A light continental breakfast is included each morning.
Evening meals are included every day apart from Day 1 and you can expect delicious Galician cuisine in wonderful restaurants including the Restaurante O Mirador in Portomarin with its terrace overlooking the River Minho and the intimate Restaurante O Curro Da Parra serving the freshest market cuisine. All the restaurants have been chosen for their reputation for serving the most delicious food and fantastic service. On the first day in Lugo you are free to choose from the many local restaurants.



 

 

 




Pazo de Orban - Lugo

The 18th century Pazo de Orbán sits in a fabulous location right next to the famous Roman wall of Lugo. Featuring elegant rooms with wooden floors and traditional décor, as well as a charming terrace and tavern, this lovely boutique hotel is a real hidden gem!


 

 

 


 

 

 



Pazo de Berbetoros



Pazo de Berbetoros - Portomarin

Pazo de Barbetoros is a beautiful old country house which has been lovingly converted into a stylish hotel. Relax at the end of your walk in the large interior garden surrounded by fruit trees and enjoy sipping on a glass of wine from their cosy café and being attended to by the extremely friendly staff.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Casa Leopoldo



Casa Leopoldo - Palas de Rei

Casa Leopoldo is a delightful historic home which has been converted into a charming family run small boutique hotel. With just six individual rooms this hotel offers a warm Galician personal touch. Delicious breakfasts including poached eggs with truffles are served in their gorgeous garden terrace.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Pazo Santa Maria



Pazo Santa Maria - Arzua

The Pazo Santa Maria is a real oasis on the trail. A historical manor house dating back to the 18th century, the hotel offers a massage service for those weary legs, a fantastic restaurant serving fine Galician cuisine and tranquil gardens in which to relax.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Pazo Xan Xordo - Lavacolla



Paxo Xan Xordo - Lavacolla

A tranquil haven in Lavacolla, the final resting stage before reaching Santiago, the Pazo Xan Xordo features a elegant rooms, its own chapel, and real “olde world charm” in the Galician countryside.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Parador de Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela

The Parador of Santiago de Compostela or “Hostal Reis Catolicos” is set in an exquisite 15th century building facing the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. An overnight stay here offers a wonderfully luxurious end to your Camino journey and an experience you will never forget!


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Camino in Style on any day of your choosing between March and October. As some of the accommodations used have limited rooms we recommend booking this trip as far in advance as possible.


Alternative Accommodations


If the detailed hotels are not available we will offer alternatives of as close a standard as possible.There will be a reduction in price for your tour if this is the case which we will work out based on what is available.


Time of Year

April, May, June, September and October are the busiest months for walking the Camino and also some of the nicest months due to slightly cooler temperatures. July and August can get very hot.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo travellers to start on any day. You will need to pay a supplement for a single room (which is available on the Included tab of this tour).


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate overall and includes daily walks of 10-28 km per day.
You can expect to walk for between two and eight hours each day. Whilst the days are quite long the paths you are following are mainly flat and the terrain is easy. It is also possible to shorten the longest day with an optional transfer (paid locally). You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


In addition to the printed route notes you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Camino is very easy to follow. The route is marked with
yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. The
detailed travel pack we supply to you includes a detailed guidebook
including maps, a detailed information pack for planning and preparing
for your Camino, detailed instructions of how to find your overnight
accommodation and everything you need for your Camino.


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will
be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that
you only need to walk with a day pack.


Pilgrim Passport

The Compostela certificate is a certificate that pilgrims can get in Santiago after having completed the last 100km of the pilgrimage route to Santiago. This can be for any of the various routes leading to Santiago (Frances, Norte or Ingles, for example). As we provide a transfer from Pedrouza to Lavacolla on this particular itinerary this brings the total distance walked to under 100km, meaning one wouldn't qualify for the certificate. If you would like to walk the entire route then just let us know and we can take this transfer out for you. However, this would mean a longer walking day of 20km on the last day meaning that you may not arrive on time for the Pilgrim's Mass at noon. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Destination specialists who will be able to advise you on this.


Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack. Read our kit list for the Camino for more detailed packing advice.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Lugo/from Santiago

By Air:


The closest airport to Lugo is Santiago. From the UK Ryanair fly direct to Santiago from Stansted and Easyjet fly direct from Gatwick. From outside the UK, you can fly to Santiago via Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair.


From the US it is possible to fly to Santiago via Madrid with Iberia, American Airlines or Lufthansa.


Private Transfers:


We include a private transfer from Santiago Airport to your accommodation in Lugo. A transfer is also included to take you back to the airport at the end of your stay.


Included

  • 6 Nights accommodation in stylish hotels and country manor houses
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Transfers to and from Santiago Airport
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • 6 Breakfasts and 5 Evening Meals
  • A detailed information pack including guidebook, route notes, maps and local information
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel to Lugo/from Santiago.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Evening meal on Day 1
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation.
  • Single supplements.

Below you will answers to our FAQ's. If you are considering the Camino please download our Free Guide to the Camino. You will also find numerous Camino articles on our blog.

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is graded moderate overall and includes daily walks of 10-28 km per day. You can expect to walk for between two and eight hours each day. Whilst the days are quite long the paths you are following are mainly flat and the terrain is easy. It is also possible to shorten the longest day with an optional transfer (paid locally). You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.

Can I walk the Camino solo? 

Yes, many of our guests travel solo. Although the nature of the Camino means that they soon join up with other pilgrims. There is a single room supplement payable for solo walkers.

When can I start?

You can start on any day of your choosing between February and mid November, subject to availability.

Can I tailor-make my Camino tour?

Yes, although we find our standard itineraries are perfect for most walkers, we can add additional nights at any point of the Camino and tailor-make the trip to meet your needs.

What type of trails does the Camino follow?

A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is well marked and easy to follow. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular and some of the hotels on this tour have limited rooms available.

When is the best time of year?

Although you can walk the Camino most of  the year we would recommend April/May/June and September/October when the weather is at its best for walking. July and August can be very hot and are busy.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support contact us and we will be more that happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly suggest that you have travel insurance which covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury before and during your trip.

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