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Camino De Santiago – Alone Pilgrimage

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Camino De Santiago – Alone Pilgrimage

7 Nights from €695 per person sharing

Departs: 16th – 23rd October

Sarria to Santiago: 5 Days Walking & 2 Nights in Santiago

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Join ALONE as we walk final stretch of the Camino Francés in Northern Spain from October 16th to 23rd, 2024 and raise much need funds. To help us support older people who are lonely, isolated, frail, ill, homeless, living in poverty, or are facing other difficulties. We are asking those who join us on this self-funded trip to fundraise €1500 that will go directly to providing supports to the older people we work with.

Walk the last 115 km of the classic French Way of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (the minimum required to earn your Compostela). This is often viewed as one of the most historic routes, as you will walk through many varied landscapes, there are numerous reminders of the pilgrims past who travelled the route including crosses, statues and grain silos.

This final section of the walk takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever through the undulating landscapes of Galicia.   Enter the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and relish the end of your journey at the Cathedral!

Highlights:

  • From Sarria to Santiago is the most popular section of the entire Camino de Santiago
  • Enjoy mouth watering local cuisine
  • Sarria is 100km from Santiago, which is the minimum distance required for pilgrims to receive the “Compostela” certificate
  • The main street of Sarria, Rúa Maior, has a picturesque atmosphere where we suggest you enjoy a good coffee during the afternoon.
  •  Varied landscapes with forests, farmlands and rustic villages
  • Beautiful green landscape that is  characteristic of Galicia
  • In Santiago de Compostela you can visit the beautiful old town, which has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site
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Oct 16th - Sarria to Santiago
(115 Km)
7 Nights - B&B
€695 pp

Day 1: Dublin to Santiago - Sarria

After arriving into Santiago de Compostela, a scheduled coach transfer* at 17.00pm will take you to Sarria where you will be based for 1 night.

When you have reached Sarria you could possibly visit the old town, and you can choose to sample some of the local cuisines in one of the restaurants in Sarria.

*Transfer Included: Coach transfer departs Santiago Airport at approximately 17.00pm to connect with the with Aer Lingus flight from Dublin

Transfer Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín, (23Km)

This first stage goes through different towns where you can visit some Romanesque churches  along paths and forest tracks.

On reaching Portomarín we have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas and this pretty village with its peculiar history.

Day 3: Portomarín to Palas de Rei, (23Km)

First we descend to the reservoir and then we’ll start climbing the hill to the Monte San Antonio, from where we will reach the villages of Toxibó and Gonzar.

Then we will go through different villages and small towns like Hospital de la Cruz, Ventas de Naron and  Eirexe until Palas de Rei.

Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzúa, (29Km)

When leaving Palas de Rei we’ll have a nice walk through forests to Coto.

About noon we`’ll reach Melide, halfway along this stage, where you can taste the octopus in one of its typical local cuisine restaurant called  “pulpería”

Then across eucalyptus forests we will reach the village of Boente, from where we’ll walk to the village of Ribadiso before reaching Arzúa.

Day 5: Arzúa to O Pino (17Km)

This stage also goes through eucalyptus forests and brings us even closer to our destination.  We’ll pass through different towns, including Santa Irene close to O Pino.

Day 6: O Pino to Santiago de Compostela, (20Km)

As we get closer to our destination we  pass through the Monte del Gozo, whose name comes from the joy felt by the pilgrims when seeing the city for the first time.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela

Free to Explore the town of Santiago de Compostela.

Spend the days visiting this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.  Why not visit the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum.

Day 8: Depart Santiago de Compostela

Free morning in Santiago before your transfer to the airport. Coach transfer will depart your Santiago hotel at approximately 1.30pm to service the Aer Lingus flight departure.

Transfer Included: Coach transfer at approx 1.30pm. (Check hotel reception to confirm departure time).

For those requiring a later transfer, taxi and public transport is readily available from Santiago. See links below.

Depart Santiago de Compostela for home.

 

Useful links:

Alsa Bus

Santiago Rosalia de Castro Airport

Get there by bus

Get there by Taxi 

www.aerlingus.com

Price of €695 person includes:

  • Seven nights accommodation in twin rooms with private facilities (generally 2* and 3*) conveniently located on or beside the Camino.
  • Private airport transfer from Santiago airport to your accommodation in Sarria to connect with an afternoon flight.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Daily luggage transfer of one 20kg bag per person.
  • Pilgrim Passport.
  • Private transport from your accommodation in Santiago the airport for your departure flight.
  • Emergency support in the event of a problem.
  • Local taxes and charges.

Departs: 16th – 23rd October

Important Information

  • NB: All participants MUST have travel insurance and book their own flights.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory. Proof of travel insurance must be supplied to the UWalk reservation team by August 16th.
  • We recommend that all EU citizens carry the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Apply HERE
  • Single Trip travel insurance can be purchased HERE.
  • Transfers are available on day of arrival at 17.00pm and day of departure at 1.30pm for flights arriving/departing in at the same time as the Aer Lingus flights.
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing. Single rooms are generally not available.
    • Twin Room – 2 Guests (Both names are required when booking)
    • Twin Room – Guaranteed Room Share (If you are a solo traveller and wish to share a room, we will match you up with someone to room share).
  • Accommodation is in hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels and pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.
  • Final payment is due August 16th. Payment can be made in instalments.

We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

  • Twin Room – 2 Guests (Both names are required when booking)
  • Twin Room – Guaranteed Room Share (If you are a solo traveller and wish to share a room, we will match you up with someone to share a room).

How to Book: 

•  Call: 0818 333 990
•  Complete enquiry form at the top right of this page.
•  Email: info@uwalk.ie

Camino Travel Tips

  1. Break in your walking boots and socks to prevent blisters. It is also a good idea to have worn any clothing on long walks before you travel to make sure they are comfortable.
  2. Bring runners or ideally flip flops for evening time to give your feet at chance to breath & recover
  3. Pack a sports bottle & fill it each morning before you leave the hotel at breakfast
  4. Bring spare (dry!) socks in your backpack
  5. Get your pilgrim passport stamped in hotels, shops & restaurants along the Way. You must have walked 100km in order to receive your Compostela certificate of completion, in Santiago.
  6. If you have luggage transport booked with us, put your name on your luggage label and attach it to your case on the first morning. This will enable the driver to identify your bag and its destination each day.
  7. Buy a scallop shell on your first day & attach it to your rucksack
  8. A poncho is fantastic for any wet days to keep you, your clothing & your bag dry
  9. If you run out of battery on your camera / phone along the way, charge it in one of the many restaurants / cafes that you stop at. Just bring your adapter & lead. Or take a charged battery pack with you.

What to pack in your rucksack?

  1. Plasters (incl. blister plasters)
  2. Safety Pins
  3. Sun Cream
  4. Lip Protection
  5. Snacks (Protein Bars, Glucose sweets or take a few pastries from the breakfast buffet!)
  6. Hiking Poles (if required)
  7. Plastic Bags for wet clothing
  8. Spare socks & t-shirt depending on the weather
  9. Water Bottles
  10. Tissues / Wipes
  11. Antibacterial Hand Gel
  12. Camera (Charge your battery fully & make sure you’ve plenty of memory!)
  13. Mobile Phone
  14. Sun Glasses
  15. Pilgrim Passport
  16. Emergency Phone number (on travel documents)
  17. Hotel Voucher & Directions to hotel
  18. Spanish Phrasebook

 

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