2017 A Kinder (Gentler) Camino
11 days & 10 nights
The Last 112 KMs to Santiago
The crown jewel of Spanish walking trails, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela began as an act of faith as Europeans crossed Spain to visit the sacred tomb of Saint James. One thousand years later, the Camino continues to draw the spiritual as well as the traveler looking to enjoy the beauty of the green rolling hills and small hamlets of northwestern Spain's Galicia. Come be part of this magical route that is very special for us - it is on the Camino where the idea for Fresco Tours was first born in 1999.
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2017 Tour Dates
- May 1 - 11, 2017 Waiting List
- May 13 - 23, 2017 Last Spots
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- May 31 - Jun 10, 2017 Waiting List
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Camino de Santiago with Fresco Tours Highlights What's Included
- Experience and expertise: Your two bilingual guides that accompany the tour are either Spanish or live in Spain year round. This is our home and we love to share it with you!
- Fabulous food: All your meals (B,L,D) are included, so you only need to worry about enjoying the trail! Weather permitting; our gourmet picnics showcase the freshest of local flavors.
- Unique accommodations: Charming restored manor homes and 3-4 star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort, and location.
- La Compostela: Our itinerary qualifies you for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival to Santiago.
- Semi-independent tour: You choose! Walk alone with the assurance that we'll take care of you or enjoy the company of others and your knowledgeable guides.
- Van supported: No need to carry a heavy pack - let us do the lifting while you do the walking.
A Kinder Camino Itinerary Download 2017 PDF
In the afternoon at 3:30pm, your Fresco Tour guides meet and greet you at your Orientation Meeting. Afterwards, our local guide takes us on visit of León's magnificent Gothic Cathedral, whose stained glass windows have led people to say that it is made of more glass than stone. We finish our evening with a meal fit for the kings!
*We are happy to provide assistance in arranging your transportation from Madrid to León.
León to Iron Cross to SarriaAccommodations: Sarria / Walking: 8 KMs or 4 miles
After breakfast, we hop in the van and set our eyes on the Iron Cross or Cruz de Ferro, where pilgrims ask for protection while on their journey. In keeping with the long-standing tradition, make sure to bring a stone to leave at the foot of the cross. After lunch, we continue our journey to the mountaintop village of O Cebreiro to learn about the famous miracle that took place here in the 15th century. Finally, we unwind at our accommodations for the evening.
Sarria to FerreirosAccommodations: Sarria / Walking: 13 KMs or 8 miles
As we leave the market town of Sarria, make sure to keep an eye out for the ruins of Celtic castros hiding in the vegetation along the Camino. Our destination today is the 100km marker, a milestone (or kmstone!) for the millions of pilgrims who have traversed this same spot during the last millennium. We return to our hotel for a rest before heading to the Benedictine Monastery of Samos and a wonderful dinner of local fare.
Ferreiros to GonzarAccommodations: Portomarin / Walking: 17 KMs or 11 miles
Continuing from where we left off the day before, we walk along the Camino de Santiago to Portomarin, where the 12th-century Church of San Juan, a fortified church, once stood guard over the banks of the River Miño before it was moved stone by stone to the new center of town - your Fresco Tour guide will tell you more about that! After lunch, the Camino takes us through farmland and woods and brings us to the agricultural hamlet of Gonzar.
Gonzar to Palas de ReiAccommodations: Portomarin / Walking: 17 KMs or 10 miles
Walking from Gonzar to Palas de Rei is a walk back into time! The Way takes us through many small hamlets and villages of historical importance. Some sights that we should not miss are: the 17th century Cross of Lameiros, 16th century hospice where Carlos V stayed on his journey to Santiago, and the 13th century Romanesque Church of Santiago in Eirexe! In Palas de Rei, we regroup and return to our hotel in Portomarin for a well deserved rest!
Palas de Rei to MelideAccommodations: Melide / Walking: 15 KMs or 9 miles
Following the now very familiar yellow arrows, we ramble up and down gentle rolling hills along quiet footpaths. Little has changed in this quiet corner of Spain, and the peaceful rural environment of local farmers tending to their lazy cattle in stone houses accompany us back to another time. We quickly arrive back to the present in the bustling market town of Melide, where tender octopus, pulpo, is still boiled in large copper kettles by the street.
Melide to ArzúaAccommodations: Arzúa / Walking: 14 KMs or 9 miles
We leave Melide early morning and wind our way across the Galician countryside. Our journey is filled with tiny churches dating back to the 12th and 14th-century dedicated to Santiago and Santa Maria. Arzúa is the ideal opportunity to set out in search of their famous local cow cheese or perhaps a bit of empanada, a light crusty pastry filled with either beef or tuna.
Arzúa to Santa IreneAccommodations: Arzúa / Walking: 16 KMs or 10 miles
Today we continue to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Galician countryside and charming atmosphere of tiny 3-house villages. Get a feel for the people and greet a local villager with a "Buenos dias" or "Hola". You'll see how these quiet and reserved people, quickly wish you well on your journey to Santiago. On this trek, you are no longer a tourist but a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago!
Santa Irene to LavacollaAccommodations: Lavacolla / Walking: 12 KMs or 7 miles
Our day starts with a morning excursion to the 13th century Santa Maria Monastery of Sobrado, whose Benedictine monks welcome those pilgrims coming from the Northern Route. Afterwards, we return to the Camino and walk our way into Lavacolla, where in the middle ages weary pilgrims would wash themselves before entering the holy city of Santiago, our destination tomorrow!
Lavacolla to SantiagoAccommodations: Santiago / Walking: 10 KMs or 6 miles
9 days, 116 kilometers, and we have arrived to Santiago de Compostela. Congratulations! You are going to love this magical city filled with fantastic monuments and with a lively buzz from the international pilgrims and university students that fill its medieval streets. After requesting our Compostela certificates at the Pilgrims' Office, we head to our hotel and get ready for our evening celebratory dinner!
Santiago de CompostelaThe End
After breakfast, our local historian gives us a closer look at the amazing Cathedral that has seen so many transformations since the original chapel built in the 9th-century. After the tour, we sadly say our last "buen camino" as we leave you at the Cathedral in time for the pilgrims' mass at noon.
The Compostela & the Camino de Santiago Tour
This itinerary gives you the opportunity to walk the last 100KM into Santiago. This is a requirement needed to request the compostela, the certificate granted by the church of Santiago upon the completion of the pilgrimage. It is not mandatory, however, to walk 100km (60 miles) to participate in this Fresco Tour. As with all our trips, your walk is accompanied by a support van and shorter walk options are available on a daily basis.
* Please note: This itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals and other occurrences.