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13 Days, 12 Nights
Availability : April, May, June, July, September
Madrid
Santiago De Compostela
Trek Summary

Walking the Camino is an incredibly memorable and unique experience. A positive energy and warm sense of community can be felt all along the Camino, allowing you to meet like-minded people and build new friendships.

The history in the Galician region is perhaps the most interesting in all of Spain. Known as the seventh Celtic nation, it is home to ancient relics, pagan folklore, and a colourful living history unlike anywhere else. Galician’s are proud of their Celtic routes, and along the trail, you may be surprised to see Celtic symbols or hear the sound of traditional Galician gaita (bagpipes).

The Romans also left quite a mark on the region, having official claimed Galicia as a part of the Roman Empire in 218AD. They left behind stunningly preserved landmarks like bridges, towers, walls, and aqueducts. Of course, walking the Camino itself is like taking a step through time, as you weave in and out of medieval hamlets past centuries-old churches and farmhouses.

Departure & Return Location

Trip Start: Madrid
Trip Ends: Santiago De Compostela

Price Includes

  • Pre-Trek: 1x night accommodation in Hostel
  • Pre-Trek: Transfer from Hostel to Santiago by flight or train
  • Pre-Trek: Transfer from Santiago to Ponferrada by private bus
  • Pre-Trek: Dinner & breakfast in Ponferrada
  • All meals as indicated in ‘Detailed Itinerary’
  • Wilderness First Aid qualified and highly experienced Australian Tour Leader/s – Guaranteed*
  • 9 x nights in hostel-style accommodation during trek
  • Luggage transfers
  • 24-hour emergency support network
  • Detailed Risk Management Plan
  • All ground travel arrangements (where required)
  • Public Liability Insurance

Price Excludes

  • International and Australian domestic airfares & airport departure tax
  • Passport & Visa costs
  • Travel insurance [mandatory]
  • All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary
  • Personal expenditure
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

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What to Expect
  • Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail.
  • The Camino de Santiago is one of the world’s most famous long-distance walks.
  • From gently rolling foothills to steep mountain terrain the breathtaking scenery is truly engaging.
  • Gothic cathedrals of mind blowing scale, steeped in history.
  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow trekkers.
Curriculum Benefits

Cross Curriculum Priorities

  • Sustainability

General Capabilities

  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Identify issues and develop strategies to assist with preparation and the experience itself, including fitness, teamwork & group dynamic. cultural expectations etc.
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Appreciation and respect of a different culture and recognition of evolution of cultural groups and identities.
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Personal & Social Capability
  • Managing a range of emotions resulting from physical & mental load, developing empathy for others, building relationships, developing self-worth and self-awareness

Subject Based

  • Geography
  • Environmental change and management
  • Geographies of human wellbeing
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Food & Nutrition (FN) Health Benefits of Physical Activity (HBPA)
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing (MH)Safety (S)Challenge & Adventure Activities (CA)
  • Language – Spanish
  • In country experience
  • Civics & Citizenship

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the sustainability of communities along the Camino, including the impact of tourism, COVID and environmental change
  • Inter-cultural appreciation through meeting local people in various communities
  • Concepts of human wellbeing from within a European context
  • Participation in physical activity to a high level, and the impacts on physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Transferrable skills supporting development into active and informed citizens.
  • Increase in confidence through meeting challenges, team work and group work activities.
  • Global awareness and appreciation of social responsibility in the context of living in a first world nation.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival

Arrive in Madrid & overnight at hostel.

Day 2Travel to Santiago by flight.

Travel by road (2.5 hours) to Ponferrada and relax before enjoying dinner and getting an early night to be fresh to start our trek the following morning.

Day 3Trek: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo 22km

Transfer from Madrid to Ponferrada via Santiago. Cross the region of Bierzo, a sunken plain nestled within a ring of mountains. It is a fertile land, whose agreeable climate allows the cultivation of many types of fruit and vegetables. In Villafranca, enjoy the garden of the “Iglesia de Santiago”.

Day 4Villafranca del Bierzo  to  O Cebreiro 30km

A challenging day with ascent of 1000m. Pass through narrow valley of River Valcace before tackling ascent of O Cebreiro. Situated between ranges of “Los Ancares” and “La Sierra do Courel”, this stage involves a steep climb in the course of only a few kilometers.

Day 5Trek: O Cebreiro  to Triacastela 21km

From O Cebreiro trail passes through “Sierra de Ranadoiro” (Ranadoiro Mountains) and, after crossing the Alto doPoio, it descends into the valley to the village of Triacastela.

Day 6Triacastela  to  Sarria 19km

The “San Xil” Camino offers scenery will uplift our spirits and encourage us on our way. It has many “Corredoiras” (narrow forest routes) with paved pathways cutting through typical Galician oak woods. We may wish to visit Samos, passing through the narrow valley of the river Ouribio, mostly following the road.

Day 7Sarria to Portomarín 22km

Peaceful walk in shady oak woods and pretty villages on quiet country roads. Barbadelo Village (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church to visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros, then continue to Portomarin (550m), where we can relax on the terraces of the main plaza.

Day 8Portomarín to Palas de Rei 25km

Cross the River Minho and climb steadily uphill. Continue to Gonzarand with opportunity to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior, the calm and peaceful Galician Cemetery in Ligonde and Romanesque portal of church in Eirexe, featuring a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino. Arrive in Palas de Rei (565m).

Day 9Palas de Rei to Arzua 29km

Trek slightly downhill, passing the villages of Casanova and Leboreiro. Snack break at Melide (454m), before following forest track and crossing several streams to Boente with its church of Santiago. Continue to medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m), with two churches that we can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

Day 10Arzua to Rua-O Pino 18km

Trek this morning through shady woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. We have plenty of time to visit chapel of Santa Irena, with unique statues of Santiago. Continue to Rua-O Pino (310m), one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela, on quiet country roads.

Day 11Rua-O Pino to Santiago de Compostela 20km

Our last day! Trek to Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. Continue to Monte del Gozo (368m), or Mount of Joy, providing our first sight of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cathedral of Santiago. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.

Day 12Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we bid this beautiful village farewell.

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