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TVF El Camino de Santiago Trek September 2019


The Sarria to Santiago de Compostela trekking challenge was fantastic  - it was five long days of trekking in the heat and on hilly terrain.   

               

         

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Graham, Lorna and those taking part were very glad to reach Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and complete the 115km walk from Sarria. The participants are so grateful to all those who have  generously sponsored them. It is not too late to sponsor Graham NOW to help us reach our team target of £30,000 for the trekking and cycling challenges! The funds will help to provide medical support and equipment which will transform many more lives. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/grahamball2019

We are currently planning the 2020 challenge - for details please email enquiries@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk 

DETAILS OF THE CAMINO CHALLENGE 2019

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. 

The Cycling and Trekking Teams are aiming to raise £35,000 PLEASE SPONSOR GRAHAM BALL NOW TO HELP US REACH THE TARGET AND TO HELP TRANSFORM LIVES https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/grahamball2019

THANK YOU FOR ANY DONATION SMALL OR LARGE AS IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

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Cost (for 6- 10 participants) £985 excluding flight. Included in the cost:

•  All transfers

•  Luggage transfers and vehicle back up

•  Local mountain guides

•  T-shirt

•   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

• Gratuities

• 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 

To book the briefing session, for further details and to request an information pack please contact enquiries@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk

DETAILED ITINERARY

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 

To book the briefing session, for further and to request an information pack please  contact enquiries@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk 

PREVIOUS CHALLENGE - TVF's VIETNAM TREKKING and CYCLING CHALLENGE 2018 

TVF's Cycling and Trekking Challenge in November 2018 was a fantastic success - tough but a real achievement for all the team members who raised over £40,000 which will transform many more lives. TVF would like to thank our fantastic supporters who took part in the challenge, covered the cost, donated funds and for all their generous sponsors. The Victoria Foundation and our beneficiaries so appreciate all this truly wonderful generosity. 

There are so many once in a lifetime challenges  to take part in: Trekking on the Great Wall of China,  Arctic Survival, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro  ..... the choice is yours! If you would like to take part in your own challenge in aid of The Victoria Foundation please get in touch.  

T: 020 8332 1788 or Email   For challenge ideas Ultimate Travel Company