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Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostela


Itinerary for Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostela



French Route
Northern Route
Portuguese Route
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Sample Itinerary: French Route - subject to changes

--This is only a guideline. the actual itinerary may vary depending on the time of year--

Day 1: Arrival in O Cebreiro
P
ick up from Santiago and transfer to O Cebreiro where you will enjoy a nice welcome dinner.

Day 2: O Cebreiro to Samos
The French Route enters Galicia from el Bierzo going up into the mountains of O Cebreiro at 1300 meters elevation - the Province of Lugo. On the summit of O Cebreiro, we find the historic village, that has adapted to the harsh climate conditions of being high in the mountains. This village represents a notable ethnographic space, very much characteristic of the northeast Iberian Peninsula.
Here our riding tour starts. We ride out from O Cebreiro, continuing along the mountainside near the sierras of Os Ancares and O Courel. After reaching the O Poio (1337 m) at the maximum elevation of the French Route, we ride in the direction of Fonfria. From here, we can enjoy a beautiful green panorama until we reach Triacastela. In the afternoon, we arrive to Samos, where we spend the night.

Day 3: Samos to Portomarín

We make our way to Sarria and take the time to admire the pretty landscapes, crossing over Sarria´s river, or San Cristovo and San Martiño, and also one of the oldest Occident monastery.
Sarria, is the most populated locality of the French Route with about 7,000 inhabitants. Then, from Sarria, the route crosses the beautiful stone bridge of Aspera. Through woods, meadows and agricultural lands we arrive in Paradela. To enter in Portomarin, it is necessary to cross over the 1960's bridge to pass by the Belesar´s Dam. There we can explore the ruins of old Portomarin.

Day 4: Portomarín to Palas de rey 
Through Gonzar´s village, the route continues in the direction of Castromaior and Ventas de Naron Lameiros. On today's route, we will find examples of old traditions everywhere. Just before reaching Palas de Rey, we will cross Ulloa, famous for its delicious cheese and other traditional products.

Day 5: 
Palas de rey to Arzúa
We ride on to Pambre´s Castle, one of the rare feudal castles of Galicia to be saved from the fury of the “Irmandiños" battles. We eventually enter the A Coruña´s province, via Leboeira and Furelos, crossing an immense medieval bridge. In Melide, which is considered the geographic center of Galicia, we will taste the best Galician octopus you can find! Soon the French Route becomes urban and we will meet the villages Boente and Castañeda, before reaching Arzua.
In Arzua, the French Route meets the pilgrims coming from the North.

Day 6: Arzúa to Santiago de Compostella
From Arzua, we cross through eucalyptus, oaks and beautiful meadows. We circle the little villages of Calzada, Salceda and A Rua. The pilgrim route reaches Lavacolla, near Monte do Gozo a little hill, offering for the very first time, the vision of the Santiago´s cathedral towers far away.

Day 7:
 Santiago de Compostella
Today, we will visit of course the city and its cathedral be fore we will accompany you to the airport or corresponding train station.

Note: The regular 7-day trip begins in O Cebreiro.  If you are looking for a longer ride - there are options to start from Astorga (10 days) or from Logrono (22 days).
The 10 day trip from Astorga, follows the same itinerary as above, but the first three days are spent in Astorga, Molinaseca Ponferrada and VillaFranca Del Bierzo.


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Sample Itinerary: Northern Route (AKA Camino del Norte or Coastal Route) - subject to changes

--This is only a guideline. the actual itinerary may vary depending on the time of year--

The scenery on this route is fantastic with fine coastal views. The terrain is quite hilly for much of the route, and you are often sent inland to reach a bridge over the numerous rivers.

Day 1: Arrive in Ribadeo
Pick up from Santiago and transfer to Ribadeo, where you will enjoy a nice welcome dinner.

Day 2: Ribadeo to Mondoñedo
Ribadeo, an important touristic place and community, is considered the starting point of the northern road entering Galicia. Ribadeo serves as a liaison between the shrines of Oviedo and Santiago. This village was built between the 13th and 18 Century for the "defense of the Cantabrian coast".
From here we ride to Obe and onwards to the mountain of Santa Cruz, passing by Lourenzá.

Day 3: Mondoñedo to Abadín
Mondoñedo is one of the Galician dioceses with a large cultural tradition and one of the most unique historic villages of Galicia. In Mondoñedo, there are historic buildings such as churches, hospitals and palaces. The medieval route leads us through the valley of the river Valiñadares about Valina, and Pacios Lousada. Then we ride to Pé da Ponte, As Corgas and further on to Gontán and Pobecende - ending up in the village of Abadín.

Day 4: Abadín to Vilalba 
From Abadín the trail crosses through Terra Chá and through the parishes of Castromaior, and Goiriz Ponterroxal. Across a medieval bridge we cross the river and reach Arnela Castromaior. From here we cross the magnificent medieval bridge Ponte Vella, that leads us through uninhabited villages. The route goes to the tiny village of Frances O. From here, we ride on to Chozas and reach Vilalba, a beautiful city.

Day 5: Vilalba to Baamonde
Today's destination is Baamonde.

Day 6: Baamonde to Sobrado
To go out from Baamonde, we must take the N-VI highway, which runs parallel to the tram, to the river and Parga. The trail then goes on to Ponte Leijosa Miraz, and Marco Pedramaior the Pías. From here, we reach Esgueva in Sobrado dos Monx (A Coruña).
 
Day 7: Sobrado to Arzúa
Today's route goes through Carelle before ending in Arzúa, where the northern route is ultimately united with the French way.

Day 8: Arzúa to Santiago de Compostella
From Arzua, we cross through eucalyptus, oaks and beautiful meadows. We circle the little villages of Calzada, Salceda and A Rua. The pilgrim route reaches Lavacolla, near Monte do Gozo a little hill, offering for the very first time, the vision of the Santiago´s cathedral towers far away.

Day 9:
 Santiago de Compostella
Today, we will visit of course the city and its cathedral be fore we will accompany you to the airport or corresponding train station.

Note: The regular 8-day ride starts at Mondoñedo while the 9-day ride starts in Ribadeo or Vegadeo (170 km to Santiago).


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Sample Itinerary: Portuguese Route - subject to changes 

--This is only a guideline. the actual itinerary may vary depending on the time of year--

This route, from Portugal to Spain, follows the Atlantic coast of northern Portugal and Galicia.  Being a coastal route, the trail does cross numerous river drainages as they approach the Atlantic resulting in a series of ups and downs. Generally the route is through agricultural land but this is interspersed with pine and eucalyptus forests. It does not have any high mountain passes, with the highest elevation at about 275 meters. Alleged to have existed since the Middle Ages, the route begins at the Miño (Tui) and is filled with historic bridges, country chapels, sanctuaries, stone crosses, ancestral homes and ancient cities on the way to the grave site. The main attractions and cultural depth of this tour go beyond the ancient architecture.

Day 1: Arrive in Tui
Pick up from Santiago and transfer to Tui, where you will enjoy a nice welcome dinner.

Day 2: Tui to Pontevedra
We start from Tui and come to a bridge that gives us a couple of options: we can continue over the bridge or take a detour path to the left. In the end, both trails will arrive to Madalena. From here, we follow a Roman road and come to N-550, which goes to Redondela and the monastery Vilarella. The route will pass through the town, where we find the historic inn "Casa da Torre" a 16th century building. As we leave Redondela, we ride past the railway bridge, right through the woods to Soutoxusto. Surrounded by pine trees, we ride through it and then climb down to the village of Sete Fontes. We will eventually arrive to Arcade, a place known for its delicious seafood! Once you have had a good taste, we are off to the historic site Pontesampaio where the route crosses the river Verdugo and saw one of the greatest defeats of Napoleon's army during the Revolutionary War! We ride on to more points of interest, like the St. James Bertola, as we approach Pontevedra.

Day 3: Pontevedra to Souitomaior
After reaching the city, the road will leads us to the square and across the street to Santina. The road runs parallel to the railway line Pontecabras and we ride under the pine and eucalyptus trees until we arrive to the church of Santa María de Alba.

Day 4: Soutomaior to Padron
We find the trail of Casal de Eirixio and O Pino in the deciduous forests, which are located near the old mills. At the mill of Solleiros the road bends slightly to Valga and then we will ride in the direction of Padrón, in the Province of Coruna.

Day 5: Padron to Santiago de Compostella
On our way to Santiago, we stop in Santiaguiño do Monte, which has a charming view, and a chapel dedicated to Santiago and an altar with the picture of Santiago in one of the stones. In Santiago we enter O Obradeiro, where we can appreciate the principal entry of the Saint James Basilica.

Day 6: Santiago de Compostella
After the cathedral visit, we will transport you to the Airport or train station.

NoteThe 7-day route starts in Ponte de Lima and it takes 187 km to get to Santiago. You can also opt to start from Barcelos for an 8-day trip or take the 10-day route that starts in Portugal at the town of Porto and covers 240 km on horseback.

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Sample Itinerary: Sea Route - subject to changes 

--This is only a guideline. the actual itinerary may vary depending on the time of year--

This itinerary follows the waterway by the ria de Arousa and the Ulla´s river, commemorating the arrival by sea in Galicia of the Apostol's corpse of Santiago el Mayor, following his martyrdom in Jerusalem (44 AD).

Day 1: Arrival in Vigo
Pick up from Santiago and transfer to Vigo, where you will enjoy a nice welcome dinner.

Day 2: Soutomaior to Pontevedra
You are transferred to Soutomaior, where the riding itinerary is set to start.

Day 3: Pontevedra to Cambados
When leaving Pontevedra, we observe the coasts of Sanxenxo and Ons island, protected since it has been declared a natural area. We observe the O Grove peninsula and A Toxa island, some of the most famous resorts of the ria. The route then crosses rich viticultural lands before reaching Cambados. The city has been formed by the historic nucleus of Cambados, Fefiñans and Santo Tomé do Mar. It offers an important quantity of historic and artistic monuments, like the Cortegada.

Day 4: Cambados to Vilagarcía
When leaving Cambados, at the entrance of Ria de Arousa, we can see the coastline of Salvora island.
We continue our way in the North direction, passing by A Illa de Arousa. This last island, standing in the middle of Arousa´s sea, is the biggest ria´s island , showing a jagged, rocky coastline with numerous beaches.

Day 5: Vilagarcía to Padron
The itinerary takes us along the course of Ulla´s river, in the direction of Pontecesures and the old river port of Iria Flavia in Padron. Soon, on the two river banks appear, the lands of Valga and Dodro. Valga has got an appreciable complex of romanesque churchs (XII century), like Xanza´s church (reformated during the XVII- XVIII centuries), or Campaña and Cordeiro. Near the Os Martores´s chapel (possible popular derivation of “ martyrs “) exists a necropolis, where we suppose that the sepultures of Prisciliano and his disciples, whose corpses were transportated to the Galice since Tréveris ( Germany ), could lie.
From Pontecesures, we continue until we reach Padron.

Day 6: Padron to Santiago de Comspostella
We take the direction of the Nosa Señora da Escravitude ´s baroque sanctuary, where we will meet a lot of Tea´s ethnographic nucleus, in the middle of the woods, until the Castro Lupario. We eventually arrive at the famous gothic crossroads of Cala (XV century ), one of the oldest of Galicia, near the Compostela´s doors, final point of all the occidental pilgrimage routes. The urban itinerary of this Route in Santiago coincides with the Portuguese Route.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostella
After the cathedral visit, we will transport you to the Airport or train station.

Note: The 10-day itinerary starts from A Guarda, the 9-day ride starts from Baiona, the 7-day trip starts from Vigo / Soutomaior and the 6-day route starts from Pontevedra.

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Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostela
Tour Code: IT-SPGA01
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : April to Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 04/01 - 04/10 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP- French Rout... 4 /14 Expired
H 2020 04/12 - 04/17 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP- Portuguese R... 4 /14 Reserve
L 2020 04/18 - 04/27 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP- Sea Route f... 4 /14 Reserve
H 2020 04/21 - 04/26 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP- Portuguese R... 4 /14 Reserve
H 2020 05/03 - 05/08 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP- Portuguese R... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 05/12 - 05/18 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 05/20 - 05/26 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 06/12 - 06/18 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 06/29 - 07/05 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 07/11 - 07/17 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
L 2020 07/20 - 07/29 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP- Sea Route f... 4 /14 Reserve
H 2020 08/07 - 08/12 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP- Portuguese R... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 08/17 - 08/23 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 08/31 - 09/06 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 09/10 - 09/16 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
H 2020 09/13 - 09/18 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP- Portuguese R... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
C 2020 09/28 - 10/04 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP- French Route... 4 /14 Reserve
L 2020 10/08 - 10/17 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP- Sea Route f... 4 /14 Reserve
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