The Feast day Special: the last 100 kilometers of the camino de santiago
the same excellent adventure + fireworks
A Small Group Walking Tour from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
- walking days: 5
- walking distance: 115 kilometers
- value: 1.800€
- single supplement: 400€
July 19th – 25th
What is a feast day?
The Catholic church assigns a special date to every canonized saint to celebrate their life’s work. Some are of little mention (St Longinus receives no parade) while others, like St. Patrick, are celebrated far and wide. In the case of Saint James the Lesser, that day falls on the 25th of July. He is the patron Saint of Spain and the day is celebrated nationwide.
In Santiago de Compostela the day is celebrated with a full-blown liturgical feast, and is preceded with a week of festivities culminating in the Fogos do Apostol, a mighty display of fireworks set against the Obradoiro facade of the Cathedral. It is a spectacular way to commemorate the life of Saint James and the completion of a pilgrimage.
why 115 km?
Walking the last 100 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago means that you can request your Compostela, or certificate of completion of the pilgrimage. Sarria happens to be just to the East and makes for a convenient starting point. Transportation there is easy and we like the restaurants.
The walk starts right out of the hotel lobby and quickly reaches beautiful oak woodlands, fragrant eucalyptus forests and traditional Galician villages. This region of Spain is famous for its great seafood, its cheeses and its wines, and we will be tasting them all on this walk!
At the end of The Feast Day Special all walkers are presented with a Compostela issued by the Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and the Pilgrim’s Office. This is true about all of the walks that complete at least the last 100 km of any Camino de Santiago.
It’s not necessarily the last
Over the years we have found that many of the pilgrims that walk The Feast Day Special do so to fit time and budget constraints, or because they feel that 100km is enough of a challenge and that more would be too much.
By the end of their journey they realize that they have only begun to explore wonderful Spain and the joy of unbridled walking, and they call us up the next year to find out what other trail we can show them to.
This is normal. Do not be alarmed to find that you have made friends in Spain with a desire to share their enthusiasm. Do not be afraid to keep on walking.
The Feast Day Special is walked exclusively in Galicia, Spain’s green oasis in the North. It is famous for the wines produced there (both red and white), its seafood (pretty much everything the Atlantic has to offer), and its cheese (curiously shaped). You can count on enjoying all of these things. We take care of nearly every meal and for the rest we provide recommendations for our favorite local restaurants.
Included in The Feast Day Special
4 Lunches with wine
6 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.
On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub. They are all up to our standards.
Included in The Feast Day Special
6 nights of accommodation: This includes the first night in Sarria, the last night in Santiago de Compostela, and of course every night in between. Of course we also have VIP plaza-side seats for a special dinner at the famous Parador to see the spectacular fireworks and celebrations!
Extra days before or after
If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in Santiago de Compostela it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.
From the starting point in Sarria, to the ending point in Santiago de Compostela, we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.
For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room. We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day.
For you this means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.
Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task. Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered. We’ll discuss transportation to and from the starting point too.
You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.
The Feast Day Special is a fully guided walking tour along the Camino de Santiago. That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same. For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. The Last 100 Kilometers, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified guide.
The The Feast Day Special is walked during a 5 day period. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately try to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with energy enough to walk about town.
Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.
Our booking process
BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK
this is STEP 1
The journey to Santiago de Compostela is one of many steps. We feel strongly that learning more about your expectations should be the first.
To make sure that AndaSpain is an ideal fit for the adventure ahead tell us when you can be reached by phone and we will call you up.
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Other Walking Tours Related to The Last 100 Kilometers
There are a few other tours available that are directly related to this one. Some can be combined with this tour or walked as a separate itinerary.
Self Guided Version
This tour is also available as a self guided option, allowing you to travel in a smaller pack. Be sure to drop in to the full description of what his means by visiting the Self Guided Camino de Santiago page.
Please note: Because of the popularity of the Feast Day celebrations the self guided version of this trip must be booked as soon as possible to ensure accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.