Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage to Santiago and Finisterre

Pathway to Joy: Celebration and Reflection on the Camino de Santiago

21 Days

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Includes Ávila, Walking 100 km of the Camino, 3 nights in Santiago de Compostela, and the magical End of the World Coast in rural Galicia, Spain

Embrace the adventure of a lifetime with our unique pilgrimage through Spain’s famous UNESCO Camino Trail landscape, starting in vibrant Madrid and journeying to the soul-stirring landscapes of rural Galicia. This isn’t just a trip; it’s a dynamic journey of discovery, connection, and joy, carefully designed to cater to your spirit of exploration, longing for meaningful experiences, and taking valuable time for yourself.

Small Group, Big Heart: ❤️👫

With a cozy group size (max 12-15 pilgrims) and two dedicated leaders, our pilgrimage fosters close-knit bonds and personal growth, creating a Camino family over 21 transformative days.

Walk Your Pathway to Joy on a Pilgrimage of the Soul in Spain!

Discover Your Path to Joy: A Pilgrimage of the Soul in Spain!🚶‍♂️

Kickstart your journey in the bustling capital, Madrid, followed by a visit to historic UNESCO Ávila, the home of St. Teresa, setting the stage for your spiritual pilgrimage ahead.

Walk the Last 100 km of the Camino: 👣

We traverse the picturesque rural landscapes of Galicia, from the quaint town of Samos, with its 6th-century monastery, to the sacred Santiago de Compostela that houses the remains of St. James. Our journey is paced to welcome all, with daily walks of 5-9 miles at your own comfortable rhythm, making the ancient pilgrimage extremely accessible and deeply rewarding. If you can walk 2-4 miles a day now, you will enjoy this enriching Camino pilgrimage.

Conclude at the End of the World: 🌊

Experience the magical Celtic coastal towns of Muxía and Finisterre, where mystical land meets sea, and pilgrims have gathered for centuries to reflect on life’s journey at the Camino’s 0.0 km markers.

Camino Walkers on the Langosteria Beach
Camino Walkers on the Langosteria Beach

“Muxia and Finisterre were magical. I wouldn’t want to skip these last 4 days.” CS, 2019 Camino Pilgrim

A Tailored Experience Just for You: 🕊️

Every detail of this pilgrimage is crafted with care, from scenic walks, to old-world charming and comfortable accommodations, to extraordinary local cuisine; all providing relaxing support that allows you to immerse fully in the moment and relax into your journey.

Enrich Your Journey with Yoga: 🧘‍♀️

We treat our bodies most days to the restorative power of yoga and stretching, enhancing the pilgrimage’s physical and spiritual journey and giving ease to the body after a day’s walk.

Yoga on the lawn most afternoons as we walk the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
Yoga on the Lawn

A Journey for All Souls: 🌟

Our Camino is a heartfelt invitation to seekers of all faiths and walks of life, with space to ponder inner questions, celebrate life, and connect deeply and joyfully with fellow travelers.

2 Men Pilgrims at the Ponferrada Castle
Two Pilgrims at Ponferrada Castle

Embrace Camino Traditions: 🏰 🌍

Delight in the rich tapestry of Camino history, from the majestic Santiago Cathedral to the customs that make the pilgrimage a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Joining a pilgrimage with us extends beyond the physical path; it’s an invitation to walk toward joy, inner peace, and lasting friendships. Let’s step forward together, embracing the magical beauty of the Camino and weaving Camino stories together.

Ready to embark on this life-changing adventure? Sign up today!

Our pilgrim family at the End of the World at Finisterre Lighthouse
Pilgrims at the Finisterre Lighthouse Cross on a sunny day

Visit the very informative tabs below for: Complete Trip Overview, Full Day by Day Itinerary, What the Trip Includes, FAQ’s, Map, and Info on Insurance.

Discounted price valid until 3/15/2024. Limited space available. All registrations are double occupancy. A single room option for the duration of the trip can be guaranteed for an additional single-supplement fee of $1900 during checkout. Pay $1000 now to hold your spot, or pay in full at the time of making your registration. Inquire about other payment options by check, financing, and credit cards. A $75 discount is available during checkout if you send a check drawn from a US bank or pay using a bank transfer like Zelle. Ask about a group discount when 4 or more enroll together!

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Overview

Embark on a soulful journey of 108 km (67 miles over 11 walking days) on the renowned Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage, culminating at the majestic Santiago Cathedral. With our expert guidance and years of experience, we’ve crafted a trip that ensures you can fully immerse yourself in the spiritual and cultural richness of the path. Forget the worries of planning and logistics, and let yourself be carried by the rhythm of the Camino. Relax into Spirit, connect with fellow pilgrims, and experience the transformative power of this ancient path. Here are some of the trip highlights:

Trip Highlights

  • Walk the Last 108 km of the Camino Pilgrimage at a relaxed and reflective pace covering 5-9 miles per day from near Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Enjoy spectacular old-world lodgings with ensuite bathrooms, a focus on comfort and convenience.
  • Luggage Transportation: Daily transportation of your luggage ensures you carry only essentials, allowing for a carefree walking experience.
  • Amazing Local Cuisine: Delight in the region's culinary traditions with meals that cater to the traveler’s palate.
  • Inclusive Spirituality: Open to pilgrims of all faiths, fostering a spiritual experience with a close-knit walking family.
  • Stunning Spanish Countryside: Explore the natural beauty of rural Galicia, old Roman bridges, ancient castros and local people.
  • Personal Growth and Reflection: Take time to engage with your inner pilgrim, focus on personal life questions, and deepen your connection to Spirit with expert pilgrimage guidance and spiritual inspiration by your experienced highly-rated guide, Sitabai.
  • Follow in the Footsteps of Celtic Pilgrims: Experience Langosteria Beach, the Atlantic Ocean's first glimpse for millions of pilgrims, and explore mystical Celtic sites in Muxía and Finisterre.
  • Deepen Spiritual Bonds: Continue your journey with our intimate, supportive pilgrimage group and find time for spiritual reflection before returning to everyday life.

Itinerary

Emperador

 

Our pilgrimage officially begins as we gather between 6-7 pm on the rooftop pool patio of the luxurious Emperador Hotel. This “Meet and Greet” session provides an excellent opportunity for fellow travelers to mingle and enjoy the stunning skyline of Madrid as the sun sets.

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Leaving Madrid, we will take a short 1.5-hour bus ride to exquisite and holy Ávila. We visit powerful sites where Saint Teresa was born, the monastery where she lived nearly her entire life, and prayed. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Ávila rampart walls or the Ávila Cathedral.

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We travel to Ponferrada to visit the best-preserved Knights Templar castle in all of Spain. Afterward, we travel a little farther by bus to Samos, to stay in a rural Casa near a 6th Century Monastery and the Camino walking trail.

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We walk 5 remarkably beautiful miles through the countryside near Samos to arrive back at our rural Casa lodging in Samos, giving us a taste of the magic of the Camino. Later in the day, you will have the option of going on a tour of the monastery, soaking in the hot tub, or just walking more around the beautiful area. In the evening, we attend the Monastery Pilgrim’s Mass as a delightful way to start our pilgrimage by receiving a pilgrim blessing and our first pilgrim walking stamp.

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horreo

We walk 6.5 miles through the beautiful Spanish countryside to the very charming Spanish town of Portomarin. Our lovely hotel has views of the Rio (river) Miño.

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castro

We walk 8.5 miles through charming woods and countryside to Ventas de Naron, visiting an ancient castro along the way. Castros are pre-Roman settlements from late Bronze and Iron Ages, associated with Celtic culture.  We will return to Portomarin to our same hotel for the evening.

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We return to Ventas de Naron to begin our walk again, this time with 7.3 miles to Palas de Rei through more charming rural Spanish countryside. We stay tonight at a delightful rural casa that has been in the family for generations and they provide us with their home-cooked meals.

“The rural Spanish Countryside was a major aspect of the pilgrimage for me.” CH, 2019 Pilgrim

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Balneario

We walk 5.5 miles to O Coto through more beautiful rural farmland, where we will stay at a lovely, relaxing Country Spa with healing mineral waters and glorious spa services. The spa has round pallazo houses – iconic round stone dwellings of this region of Spain (sometimes we stay in the pallazo buildings and sometimes in the main building).

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With 2 nights and one full day at the Spa, today we take the day to relax, reflect, and be pampered. Enjoy the optional (extra fees) spa services including massages, facials, and using the healing mineral waters pool and sauna. You can even walk to a small Knights Templar castle nearby. Lunch is included today, and all meals are enjoyed in the spa dining room.

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roman bridge

Today we pass over an ancient Roman Bridge as we walk 7.5 miles and through the largest small town along our 11 days walking the Camino Pilgrimage, Melida, full of old-world charm and ancient chapels and churches. We stay tonight at another amazing old-world 17th-century Pazos (rural manor) with country vistas and family charm.

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Rio Iso

Another walking day of 6.8 miles through rural farmland and scenic countryside, crossing another Roman Bridge, to the famous center of Galician cheese-making in the town of Arzúa. We stay at another very charming rural Casa tonight, again with home-prepared meals.

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A pleasant, flat 8.3-mile walking day through rural farmlands to stay in Salceda at a rural albergue, filled with charm and hosted by a warm family with professional chef experience.

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2 Pilgrims enjoying the Trail

Today we walk about 7.5 miles through more rural Galicia. Our luggage is moved to our next beautiful rural lodging with fantastic home-cooked meals. A day to relish the scenery, the joy, the friendships in our group!

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Pilgrims see the Santiago Cathedral for the first time

 

We walk 9 miles today to return to our same beautiful rural lodging with home-cooked meals, past Lavacolla and Monte Gozo – which means Mount of Joy. At Monte Gozo, we like pilgrims before us are so filled with joy to see Santiago for the first time! We take a group picture together at the statue of the pilgrims. Tonight we stay at our final lodging before reaching Santiago (same lovely lodging as last night). Here we take time to reflect and inwardly prepare for our pilgrimage completion tomorrow. The town of “Lavacolla” that we passed through today means to “wash oneself,” and in preparation for our pilgrim’s arrival in Santiago tomorrow, we take time as a group for some special inner reflections here.

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Santiago

We walk 8 miles today through the countryside that yields to outer-urban areas of the city of Santiago. Our pilgrimage goal is gloriously fulfilled at the central plaza that stands in front of the 1000-year-old Santiago cathedral. We stay tonight in a 17th-century original monastery that has been remodeled for modern pilgrims, directly outside the exit of the Cathedral.

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Bodega Room

We visit the Santiago Cathedral with the tomb of St. James. A sense of awe and spiritual grace is usually felt in the cathedral due to the devotion of the millions of pilgrims who have journeyed here before us with sincerity of heart. We also enjoy a private guided tour of the cathedral today, and have time to visit the charming old-world walled city on your own. We end this evening with a really special pilgrim dinner celebration at the St. Francis Monastery Hotel, first begun as a monastery by St. Francis himself in 1215.

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We depart in the morning to travel by a 1.5-hour bus ride to Muxía, a coastal village renowned as a sacred Celtic center. We visit the “Our Lady of the Boat” church, hike up to the cross on the hill at Miradoiro Do Corpiño for panoramic views of both the ocean and bay and culminate your whole walking Camino spiritual journey by tossing a stone into the sea at the 0.0 km marker. Our stay tonight is at a charming hotel overlooking the Muxía Bay.

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We start with a short 30-minute bus ride to the fishing village of Finisterre. There we walk along the Langosteria beach where ancient pilgrims rejoiced at their first encounter with the “End of the World”, and we continue walking another mile to visit the iconic lighthouse on the Finisterre Point. We spend the night tonight at a family-run hotel with stunning views of the town and bay where they prepare local coastal Galician food.

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Today is about personal reflection. Depending on the weather, we will have the opportunity to participate in an optional spiritual purification ceremony on the beach (weather permitting) at sunrise. There is time today to explore the town, follow the boardwalk to the ocean, spend time journaling, get a massage, or walk to an ancient Celtic fertility site nearby. Soak in the ocean breeze as you assimilate the experiences of your Camino journey.

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We return to Santiago via a 1.5-hour bus ride and check into the lovely St. Francis Monastery Hotel, begun by St. Francis himself in 1225. We also enjoy a magnificent closing pilgrimage dinner at the St. Francis Monastery once again to celebrate our magnificent pilgrimage journey and the deep friendships we have formed.

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Savor a final gourmet breakfast at the St. Francis Hotel. As you say your goodbyes, leave with the enriching experiences of the Camino in your heart, and a deeper connection to your inner self. Buen Camino!

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Trip Costs are per person.

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodation: 20 nights in top-rated rural lodgings, including The Emperador in Madrid (or similar), as well as rural casas and pazos (manors or estates), all featuring ensuite bathrooms.
  • No group dormitory rooms.
  • Rooming is in double occupancy rooms (Single-Occupancy rooms are available for an additional $1900; also see the FAQ section).
  • Meals: All dinners and breakfasts are included, curated for a high-quality culinary experience, plus two group lunches.
  • Guides: Two dedicated and experienced guides available 24/7, responsible for spiritual inspiration and all logistical matters. All guide expenses, except tips, are included.
  • Transport: Hassle-free luggage transfers between lodgings as well as daily transportation, as per the pilgrimage itinerary.
  • Itinerary & Guidance: Daily aerial maps with cultural and food stop suggestions, and daily inspirational guidance.
  • Attraction Fees: Admission to monasteries, castles, and the Santiago Cathedral.

Trip Excludes:

  • Airfare: Round-trip international airfare to Madrid and from Santiago to your exit city.
  • Transfers: Airport-hotel or hotel-airport transportation.
  • Pre-trip Lodging: Accommodation in Madrid before the pilgrimage begins.
  • Travel Documentation: Costs for Passport and/or Visa, if applicable.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance (required for medical, strongly recommended for lost travel expenses).
  • Personal Expenses: Souvenirs, additional meals, and snacks.
  • Incidentals: Laundry, international cell phone data plans, etc.
  • Optional Luxuries: Massages and spa treatments.
  • Tips: For bus drivers, cathedral tour leader, and our two daily tour directors.
  • Emergency Costs: Emergency services, ambulance, or emergency repatriation.
  • Additional Transport: Taxi costs, if needed.
  • Unspecified Services: Any service not mentioned or promised in the trip description.

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FAQ's

How fit should I be for this pilgrimage?

You should be comfortable walking 2-3 miles a few times a week to fully enjoy this experience. We gradually increase our daily mileage, starting the first few days with shorter walks. For specific concerns, a consultation with Sitabai, who has extensive experience, can be arranged.

What if I can't walk one day?

If you need to skip a day of walking, we can arrange a taxi to take you to our next destination. The cost of the taxi would be your responsibility.

Is there an age limit for participants?

We welcome anyone over the age of 16. Most of our pilgrims are between 45 and 75 years old, and the oldest so far has been 80. Anyone fit to walk in a gentle daily way is welcome. Contact Sitabai for a face-time meeting if you have questions about your age or fitness suitability.

How often do we change accommodations?

We stay in 15 unique lodgings, with 6 locations hosting us for two nights each – providing a more relaxed start on those days.

Are all lodgings on the Camino trail?

While some are on the trail, others are not. We prioritize unique, rural accommodations, and a 10–20-minute bus ride may be necessary to take us from the lodgings to or from the Camino trail to begin or end our walking day.

Will I always walk as part of a large walking group?

Our group pilgrimage total size ranges from 12 to 20, allowing you the freedom to walk alone or with a companion. Our two leaders are always available for support, so you may walk alone if this suits you, with another pilgrim, or with a leader.

What is the trail like, and can I walk at my own pace?

The trail features mostly broad and level paths with some gentle inclines and declines. Occasionally the trail goes through small urban areas. You’re encouraged to walk at your own pace; one leader will always be at the back of our walking group to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.

Is it easy to get lost?

We use the phone app called WhatsApp to stay connected. Trail markings are clear and, to date, no one has ever gotten lost while walking with our group.

Why should I consider walking with your group instead of going solo?

The choice to walk the Camino Pilgrimage solo or with a group depends on your personal preferences and what you aim to gain from the experience. If you’re adept at arranging your own accommodations and meals, a solo journey is entirely feasible. However, solo travelers often find themselves in albergues with communal sleeping arrangements of 4-20 beds in a room and shared bathrooms, not to mention the challenge of finding varied and quality meals during the trek.

Choosing to walk with our group offers a different kind of experience – one focused on comfort, camaraderie, and cultural richness. We provide charming, old-world accommodations featuring private, double-occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms (single occupancy rooms are available for $1900 more). Your culinary experience will also be elevated, featuring a variety of scrumptious breakfasts and dinners. With us, you get the best of both worlds: a spiritually enriching pilgrimage coupled with comfortable lodgings and delightful Spanish cuisine. Not to mention that our guests regularly tell us that the opportunity to experience the Camino with a group is a leading feature that made the trip incredibly outstanding and memorable. We really enjoy a lot of wonderful times together as a pilgrimage group and form strong friendships by the end.

What is the size of this pilgrimage group?

We have a minimum of 8 guests, up to a maximum of 15 guests, for this pilgrimage. Because some people book a single supplement room, our maximum group size is an intimate family of 12-15 pilgrims. We always have 2 highly-trained leaders available 24/7 for the duration of the trip.

What are the rooming options?

The registration rate is for double-occupancy rooms. Single rooms are available at a single supplement fee of $1900. The single supplement fee will apply if we cannot assign a same-gender roommate to you when registration closes on July 1, 2024 (also see below, “Do I need a roommate before signing up?”). Thus, it is better to sign up earlier so another solo traveler can be assigned to your room with you.

Do I need to have a roommate before signing up?

No, we pair solo travelers of the same gender together. To improve your chances of getting a roommate, we suggest you sign up early. If we can’t pair you with a roommate, you will have the choice to either pay the single supplement fee of $1900 on July 1st, or you can opt to cancel your pilgrimage registration between July 1 and 5, 2024, for a full refund of the amount you have paid minus a $175 cancellation fee.

How quickly does this trip fill up? Do you offer it each year?

The Camino Pilgrimage trip often fills quickly. Generally speaking, we offer this trip each year, depending on our ability to secure reservations at our lovely casas and pazos.

What are the booking details?

We accept reservations until July 1, 2024, or until all registrations are filled.

The special sale rate lasts until March 15, 2024.

We accept nearly all payment types, see the checkout screen for options. We will apply a $75 savings coupon (available at checkout) if you pay with ACH Bank transfer, Bank Wire, or by mailing us a check.

If you wish to pay in installments, either use the option on checkout or contact Sitabai for monthly payment options to be completed by March 15, 2024, for discounted registrations or by July 1, 2024, for standard-priced registrations. A minimum deposit of $1000 is required to hold your registration. If you have any other questions, please email Sitabai.

What is your Cancelation Policy?

All cancellations must be submitted via email to Sitabai by the following dates:

  • If you cancel by 3/15/24: You will receive a full refund, minus a $175 cancellation fee that covers our booking costs.
  • If you cancel between 3/16/24 and 6/1/24: You will receive a full refund, minus a $500 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 6/2/24 and 7/1/24: You will receive a 60% refund of the total amount paid.
  • If you cancel after 7/1/24: No refunds will be given. Please consult your Travel Cancellation Insurance for reimbursement options.
  • Exception for Solo Travelers: If you have signed up as a solo traveler and we are unable to pair a same-gender roommate with you by 7/1/24, you may cancel between 7/1/24 and 7/5/24 for a $175 cancellation fee that covers our booking costs. Alternatively, you may continue with your current trip registration and pay the single supplement fee of $1900 and enjoy a single room on this trip.
  • Exception if We Cancel: Though we incur many non-refundable costs like merchant fees and trip deposits, should we have to cancel the trip (typically due to not reaching minimum participant numbers or radical world events like COVID), we will refund 100% of your payments.

Insurance

We require that participants obtain medical insurance providing a minimum coverage of $25,000 for medical emergencies. While Trip Cancellation and additional travel insurance options are not obligatory, we highly recommend considering them for your peace of mind. Please refer to our Cancellation Policies in the FAQ section for more details.

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Pathway to Joy: Celebration and Reflection on the Camino de Santiago
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  • Sale Price until 3/15/2024
  • Single Supplement Rate Available
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  • Pay $1000 deposit to hold your place or pay in full, inquire about payment options.
  • Includes 2 professional, experienced guides

Trip Info

  • Deluxe on Camino
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2 Experienced Guides 24/7
  • 7/1/2024
  • Visa, Master Card, check, bankwire, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, Apple Pay
  • Gentle with Spirit
  • 8-15 Pilgrims (because of single supplement rooms, the group size is usually an intimate 12-15)
  • $1900

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