Join Graham Ball, CEO and Founder of TVF, and challenge yourself on the experience of a lifetime where you will help to transform lives through the funds you raise. The El Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as ‘The Way of St James’, is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world and is a World Heritage Site. A journey millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores.
Don't miss this spectacular five day 100km trek from Sarria to Santiago and experience the beauty of rural northern Spain. You will stay in guest houses/hotels along the route.
(TVF's 2018 Vietnam Trekkers)
Cost (for 6- 10 participants) £985 excluding flight. Included in the cost:
• All transfers
• Luggage transfers and vehicle back up
• Local mountain guides
• Shared accommodation in hotels, hostels and Albergue
• All food unless otherwise stated
• Official Camino de Santiago certificate/passport
• Celebration dinner
• UK UTC Doctor*
Not Included in the cost
• Single room supplements
• Flights and taxes
• Lunch on day 1 and day 7
• Personal expenses
• Personal travel insurance
*TVF will cover the cost of the UK UTC doctor to accompany the group. The Ultimate Travel Company will arrange the trekking challenge and TVF will arrange fundraising support and briefing in the UK
Fundraising Target per participant is £2,500 excluding Gift Aid
TVF will support your fundraising - 50% of the funds you raise can be transferred by TVF to a UK medical charity approved by TVF when you start fundraising after you have completed the challenge.
Briefing Session - 11th March 2019 from 7pm - 9pm
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Day 1: Depart UK on a flight to Santiago de Compostela 7th September
On arrival you will be met by UTC guides. You will then transfer to your overnight accommodation in Sarria for dinner and a briefing about the challenge ahead.
Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín, 22km (6hrs trekking) 8th September
The first day of our epic challenge! Today expect a stunning trek through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Overnight in Portomarín.
Day 3: Portomarín to Palas de Rei, 22km (6hrs trekking) 9th September
Starting from the beautiful village of Portomarin, today the Camino will cross the river Miño and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. On route you will stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, as well as Pilgrim Santiago. Overnight Palasde Rei.
Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzúa, 28km (7hrs trekking) 10th September
Today, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa(389m). Overnight in Arzúa.
Day 5: Arzúa to Amenal, 23km (6hrs trekking) 11th September
Today’s Camino trail will go through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks. Overnight Amenal.
Day 6: Amenal to Santiago de Compostela, 14km (4hrs trekking) 12th September
The final day of your challenge! Today you start by trekking towards Lavacolla sitting on the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your route to Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here you will catch your first glimpse of the Cathedral of Santiago your finish point. When you arrive in the city (264m), explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural mecca. In the evening you will enjoy a celebration dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 7: Depart Santiago de Compostela to UK 13th September*
Today you will be transferred back to the airport for our return flight to the UK.
*NB Easyjet fly directly to the London on 14th September
Accommodation - may be subject to change
- SARRIA: HOTEL ALOFNSO IX / HOTEL ROMA
- PORTOMATIN: POUSADA PORTOMARIN
- PALAS DE REI: HOTEL CASA BENILDE
- ARZUA: HOTEL RIBADISO
- AMENAL: HOTEL ACIVRO
- SANTIAGO: HOTEL NH PEREGRINO
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