Camino Section # F5

Galicia Spain: (ZZ-HK-ESCAM05)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_hiking_camino_santiago_french_route_5.aspx

Introduction
Galicia Spain
This Walking Holiday explores the fifth section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

Walk the Camino and start from Sahagun, a medieval town renowned for its architecture, and finish in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, crosses the vast Castilian Plateau (900m) and passes through its wealthy villages.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.

Accomodation

Accommodations
Our accommodation is selected based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price and character.
Please note, in case of non-availability of the below mentioned Hotels on the requested dates, similar ones will be used.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Sahagun
Night 2: Guesthouse in El Burgo Ranero
Night 3: Guesthouse in Mansilla de las Mullas
Night 4: Hotel in Leon

Sahagun - Hotel Vista Flor Puerta De Sahagun
This hotel offers a gym and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. The 91 spacious rooms all feature tiled floors and modern décor. Each has a safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. There is also an outdoor pool (OPEN 15 JULY) and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

El Burgo Ranero - Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas is equipped with a total of 11 double rooms with bathroom. The rooms are well-equipped rooms and all have a TV and heating.

Mansilla de las Mullas - Albergueria Del Camino
This guesthouse is situated on the banks of the River Esla, in the heart of the medieval town of Mansilla de las Mulas. It is right on the Pilgrim´s Way to Santiago, in the shadow of the Tower of Santa María, offering peace, quiet and comfort in a rural and cozy atmosphere. This accommodation opened to the public at the end of 2002 and offers 4 wonderfully decorated double rooms, each with full bathroom, in a traditional two-storey farmhouse restored specifically for this purpose. Cots are available on request.

Leon - Real Colegiata San Isidoro
Hotel Real Colegiata San Isidoro is located in the 11th-century San Isidoro Colegiate complex, with its basilica, cloister and museum. Located in the historic center of León, it is 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. The hotel has a 24-hour reception and a free WiFi zone.
All rooms feature stone walls and views of the Roman Wall or the cloister. They are heated and have a desk, wardrobe and flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.



Meals
Breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. Breakfast are eaten at the hotels and evening meals in the restaurant’s hotel or a restaurant nearby. It is usually a set menu.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We can only request dietary requirements to our suppliers for the following diets:
– Diabetic - Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests.
– Gluten Intolerant/Celiac also known as low gliadin, non-tropical sprue, Celiac disease, low wheat, wheat free, gluten restricted diet. A Gluten Intolerant Meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats.
– Vegetarian  (No meat – no fish). Nuts may be used as a protein substitute.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

The Camino is clearly marked with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. The walking can be physically demanding and will require a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding venture that includes numerous cultural highlights along the way!

French Route 5/8 - Walk From Sahagun to Leon - 55km

Day 1: Sahagun
You will be staying in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Sahagun


Day 2: Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero
In Sahagun, you will leave “Tierra del Campo” behind, moving on through the cereal and grain-covered plateau of Leon.
Distance: 18km  / approx. 5 hours (ascent: 100 m / descent: 20 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in El Burgo Ranero


Day 3: El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas
Going down from the plateau towards the capital of the province, Leon, you pass the pretty village of Reliegos. On the Camino you will have the chance to take the “Via Traiana”; another camino to Santiago that originates in Bordeaux.
Distance: 19km  / approx. 5 hours (descent: 100 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mansilla de las Mullas


Day 4: Mansilla de las Mullas to Leon
You will continue alongside land that has been set aside for irrigated crop growing before seeing the first signs of industrial activity up ahead. From Portillo Hill you will be able to make out the beautiful city of Leon. The historic center of Leon is well preserved and worth visiting. Over the course of time, Leon became the capital of the kingdom in the Middle Ages; a historic enclave on the pilgrim’s road to Santiago de Compostela. Don’t miss The Pulchra Leonina (the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Spanish architecture) & the old Hospital de San Marcos.
Distance: 19km  / approx. 5 hours (ascent: 130 m / descent: 90 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Leon


Day 5: Leon, end of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell.
Meals included: Breakfast



Rates and Dates for Camino Section # F5

Rates include:

Accommodations in standard hotel (2-3*), All breakfasts, Luggage transfer, Detailed walking notes and map, Pilgrim passport & 24/7 customer service

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20225 day hike, MAP€405$485
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2022 Single supplement - please inquire
2022 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, dbl, pp - please inquire
2022 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, single - please inquire
2022 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, dbl, pp - please inquire
2022 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, single - please inquire
2022 Extra night, dbl, pp ~ Please inquire

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day hike, MAP 1 /16 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunches and Dinners, Drinks & Airport transfers

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Camino - French Route F5 (ZZ-HK-ESCAM05):

All booking dates for 2021 and 2022 can now be changed up to 10 days before departure.

We value the safety of our customers and the confidence they put in us. We hear and share your concern about how the spread of Coronavirus, and resulting travel restrictions, will affect everyone.

The travel industry has been heavily impacted by the outbreak. We understand that the changing situation can be disconcerting for people planning trips. The situation is being closely monitored and we are following the advice of the WHO and other experts.

We want to ensure that we are as fair and flexible as possible, especially with the situation being so changeable. This is why we are updating our booking change policy.

If you are unable to travel due to COVID-19, your booking may be postponed to a future date.
“Unable to travel” is limited to the following conditions:
You or a member of your party contracts COVID-19 and is not allowed to travel
The country that you are traveling to does not allow you to enter due to travel restrictions

As normal, we recommend that all our clients take out comprehensive travel insurance.


For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Sahagun
Airport: Santander
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                    León area


Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

46

50

56

60

66

76

82

81

75

63

53

47

Average Low Temperature (°F)

32

33

36

39

44

51

55

54

51

45

38

33

Average High Temperature (°C)

8

10

13

15

19

24

28

27

24

17

12

8

Average Low Temperature (°C)

0

1

2

4

7

10

13

12

10

7

3

1

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

6

5

7

8

4

2

2

4

7

7

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The French Way in its entirety stretches from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, and is divided into eight sections. Some of the most popular cities along the route include Pamplona, Leon, and Sarria. All sections of the Camino Frances stretch across the northern region of Spain, creating very seasonal weather.

Summer
Like most countries in the Western Hemisphere, Spain in summer can be very warm. In fact, from June to August the temperatures in this region average at around 27°C (80°F). The sun is shining for a majority of the days every month. However, in Sarria in particular, there is a higher chance of rain.

Fall
When the season turns to fall, the temperature on the Camino shifts as well. Temperatures cool to around 23°C (73°F) in September, 18°C (64°F) in October, and 13°C (55°F) in November. As the temperatures drop, there is also a higher chance of rain along the route. Like before, in Sarria specifically, there are more predicted rainy days than sunny days.

Winter
As winter hits the region, the temperatures drop drastically. Averaging around 9°C (48°F) or 10°C (50°F), the weather in the northern region of Spain is typically rainier.

Spring
In March, April and May, the temperatures slowly get warmer. With temperatures increasing from 13°C (55°F) in March to 18°C (64°F) in May, the days still have a tendency to be half rainy and half sunny.

What To Bring: