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Galicia: Camino, Compostela and Costa da Morte

Group Tour

8 Days From £1,945

Overview

The Romans knew it as the end of the world, the Spanish call it the ‘Land of 1,000 Rivers’ and to the Galicians there is possibly more of the Celt than the Castilian in this unique corner of the Spanish mainland. Occupying the north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula, Galicia is wonderfully eccentric, revelling in the fact that it is culturally, linguistically and gastronomically distinct from its Spanish neighbours. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

7 x Breakfasts
6 x Lunches
7 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Minibus, private boat and our own two feet.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights x Premium

ACCOMMODATION

Wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience. This can obviously vary greatly across both countries and tours. On this particular trip we will typically be in small charming locally-owned hotels. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. TRANSFER TO RIBEIRA SACRA

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. TRANSFER TO RIBEIRA SACRA

Starting at Santiago de Compostela’s international airport today, we turn our back on the Galician capital for now and journey south, towards the canyons of the Sil River and the heartlands of Ribeira Sacra. Our destination is the beautifully restored 16th century setting of La Casa Grande de Rosende, a wonderfully characterful Galician country house where we will spend our first three nights. On arrival there will be a chance to relax and soak up the atmosphere before dinner.

La Casa Grande de Rosende or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: THE VINEYARDS OF RIBEIRA SACRA

DAY 2: THE VINEYARDS OF RIBEIRA SACRA

Today we enjoy a walk amongst the renowned wine country of Ribeira Sacra, following in the footsteps of the Romans who introduced the grape to this region 2,000 years ago. Running along part of the Sil Canyon, our route takes us past the terraced vineyards so typical of this region and on to Os Chancis. From here we begin a private boat excursion along the River Sil, taking the opportunity to disembark along its banks to enjoy another walk before returning to Rosende. 

Total walking distance approx. 12kms/ 4.5 hours. 315m ascent/415m descent


La Casa Grande de Rosende or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

DAY 3: WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Today we walk part of the famous Way of St James, between Samos and Aguiada. This section, known as the ‘French Camino’, encompasses some of the most visually and historically important parts of the Camino de Santiago, taking in the beautiful oaks and chestnut woods so characteristic of the Galician countryside. Driving on to Sarria, we then stop to take in the atmosphere of one of the Camino’s most important towns, before visiting the beautiful old village of Montforte de Lemos.

Total walking distance approx 12 kms/4.5 hours.


La Casa Grande de Rosende or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: ROSENDE - CAMINO SANABRÉS - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

DAY 4: ROSENDE - CAMINO SANABRÉS - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

We drive back towards Santiago de Compostela this morning, stopping just short of the city along the old pilgrimage route of the Camino Sanabrés. This allows us an opportunity to walk into the old town to take in the initial splendour of Galicia’s historic and cultural jewel before taking lunch at the old market. Galician cuisine, and more specifically the gastronomic delights of the Mercardo de Abastos, is almost a pilgrimage in itself. In the afternoon we’ll discover more examples of the city’s beautiful Spanish renaissance and baroque architecture as well as having free time to further explore Santiago’s World Heritage centre.

Total walking distance approx 5kms/2 hours. No ascent/descent

Hotel A Tafona or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - COSTA DA MORTE

DAY 5: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - COSTA DA MORTE

Swapping the rural heartlands for the wild coastline, we head next for the Costa de Morte (Coast of Death), home to some of the finest seafood in the region. Our journey takes us first by way of the impressive castle of Vimianzo. We then begin following a river valley on foot, passing several old mills and secluded beaches en route to the beautifully sited village of Muxía and the old sanctuary of Virxen da Barca. We complete our journey to Lires by road. 

Total Walking distance approx 6.5 km/2.5 hours. 252m ascent/252m descent

Hotel Liresca or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: MORNING ASCENT OF PICO PINDO; AFTERNOON COOKERY LESSON

DAY 6: MORNING ASCENT OF PICO PINDO; AFTERNOON COOKERY LESSON

At 624 metres, Pico Pindo is one of the highest of Galicia’s coastal hills, offering us some spectacular views across the Bay of Finisterre and out towards the tiny island of Lobeira. With a chance for a refreshing swim after our walk to its summit, we then return to the hotel in time for a cooking class later this afternoon. Focusing on the famed Empanada Gallega, probably Galicia’s most famous pie, we’ll prepare and make tomorrow’s lunch (a dish, like revenge, best served cold). 

Total walking distance approx 8 kms/3.5-4 hours. 385m ascent/620m descent

Hotel Liresca or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: COASTAL WALK ALONG THE CAMIÑO DOS FAROS

DAY 7: COASTAL WALK ALONG THE CAMIÑO DOS FAROS

The Lighthouse Way (Camiño dos Faros) follows the Galician coast for some 200 kilometres, taking in all the lighthouses and important landmarks along the Costa da Morte. Today’s walk, from Arou to the lighthouse at Cabo Vilán, encompasses one of the most beautiful and dramatic sections. After returning to the hotel to freshen up for dinner, we then head out to the Finisterre fish auction, before paying a pre-dinner visit to Cape Finisterre, once regarded as the end of the Old World.

Total walking distance approx 10 kms/3.5 hours. Ascent 300m/descent 470m.

Hotel Liresca or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: TRANSFER BACK TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WHERE THE TOUR ENDS

DAY 8: TRANSFER BACK TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WHERE THE TOUR ENDS

This morning we transfer back to Santiago de Compostela airport where the tour ends.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Getting There

For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

Unfortunately we are unable to book these flights on your behalf as Ryan Air is an online, low cost, airline so you will need to book these yourself. However, we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. Please note that before making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

Flight Code Departing Arriving
FR 8378 London Stansted (STN) 12:00 Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) 15:05
FR 8379 Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) 10:30 London Stansted (STN) 11:35

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Spain.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

We can arrange additional accommodation in Santiago de Compostela so please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Santiago de Compostela

With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the Old Town of Santiago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. Why not spend some additional time here to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy its wonderful food?
Allow 1-2 days

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Galicia’s climate has much more in common with Northern Portugal than with central or Mediterranean Spain. So while summer heatwaves are occasionally possible (30-35 C), you’re much more likely to encounter more moderate temperatures (approx. 20-25 C) due to the moderating factor of the Atlantic. Rain and overcast days are always a possibility but from spring to autumn, you can also expect many sunny days.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a good state of health who enjoys hill and coastal walking should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. While all the walks are nominally optional and can be opted out of, they are also a key highlight of the tour so you should be suitably prepared for them if wanting to get the most out of your time in Galicia.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you {wild-miles} Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

INSPIRATION