Just a “Taste” of the Camino
Travel along the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago
Our adventure along the Camino de Santiago, Europe’s legendary pilgrimage takes us through the Spanish countryside, showing us its people, its food, it’s past and present until we reach Santiago de Compostela the final destination of the adventure.
On the “Taste” of the Camino, we follow the Way of St. James along the same path as the pilgrims who are walking and hiking with van support for anyone who wants it. We believe that everyone should make their way along the Camino de Santiago and so we are happy to offer a as much or as little support from our van..
When you’ve checked out the other companies that can take you along the Camino, you will find that our price is competitive and our tour of the highest quality. That is because we’ve been making this journey since 1995. We personally know each and every hotel, family run Inn, and restaurant owner and also maintain the integrity of the Camino.
Come travel across Spain with the company that paved the way, let us show you the Camino the way it should be seen….up close and personal.
Arrival in the beautiful city of León, once the capital of the ancient Kingdom. You will be greeted by your Spain Adventures specialists and after a welcome lunch and brief presentation of the days to come, the adventure begins. We visit the magnificent Cathedral of Leon with a prominent historian of Leon and later we visit the Basilica. This evening is your official welcome dinner in one of Leon’s most popular areas, El Barrio Humedo.
We leave Leon and shuttle to Astorga this morning where we visit Gaudi’s Bishop’s Palace. Astorga is known for little pastries called mantecados and chocolate and so we stop in the pastry shops and visit the chocolate factory. After lunch we make our way to the Bierzo where we visit a winery. We get our first glimpses of the green Galician countryside.
Today we make our way up to a beautiful little hamlet of Celtic houses and a church which houses the chalice of a 14th century legendary miracle. This afternoon we head to Samos and visit one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Spain, founded by the Apostle of Galicia, San Martin Dumiense in the 6th century. The frescos and the magnificent Cloister of the Nereids dating from the 17th century will amaze you.
Our destination is a town rebuilt stone by stone exactly as it was in 993A.D. Today the roads will take us through lush green forests and primitive farms still worked as they were a thousand years ago.
Tonight we dine with our friend and host watch wide-eyed as he offers his special queimada a tradition of Galicia, which conjures up tales of witches and spirits.
Our journey to Palas del Rei is marked by cruceiros and many historical remnants along the way. This area is one of the most important to art historians throughout the world because of its abundance of Romanesque architecture. Our shuttle awaits to take us to our accommodations for this evening, a traditional, magical, pazo owned by the same family for 300 years. Prepare to dine as Kings and Queens.
The first stop today is a “factory” where cheese is made as it was hundreds of years ago. The route today is dotted with small hamlets hidden among the eucalyptus trees all within a short distance from one another. While most days are about the art, architecture and history of the Camino, today is all about the local cheeses and of course if there is cheese; there is wine! We stop at one of our favorite wineries where after a lovely walk through this family winery, we sit down to a formal wine tasting. This winery has been owned by the same family for four generations. Here, the grapes are harvested by hand and is a family affair. Grandmother who is 85 still comes to work each day. She oversees the day to day operations her father taught her when she was a child.
With all the wine and cheese we enjoyed yesterday, it seems fitting that we take a short walk through the magical eucalyptus forests that ascend the Monte de Gozo where, from the top of the mountain we see Santiago de Compostela for the very first time. This is an exciting stop for the pilgrims as they realize that their journey to Santiago is coming to an end. You will notice the energy and anticipation all around you.
We make our way into the city and follow the familiar yellow arrows that have guided so many for days; until we see the cathedral before us. We’ll visit the Cathedral and go off on our own for lunch. The afternoon is yours to explore the many ruas of this beautiful city. Tonight we meet for our farewell dinner at our spectacular hotel and celebrate a journey you’ll remember always!
Departures from Santiago
No Hiking-No Biking
9 days/8 nights
Difficulty: None really, some long days and a few good climbs
• Picnic lunch daily
• Bi-lingual guide
• Support Vehicle
• Farewell dinner
Year : 2017
Price : $2995.00