Semana Santa, A Very Holy Week of Easter Celebrations

The same excellent adventure + a very holy week of festivities! A Small Group Walking Tour from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.

Trip details

  • Dates next tour:

    April 4th - 10th, 2020

  • Following tour dates:

    March 27th - April 2nd, 2021

  • Days:

    7

  • Nights:

    6

  • Value:

    1800€

  • Single supplement:

    400€

  • Group size:

    6-15

  • Trip pace:

    5

  • Comfort level:

    5

  • Walking distance:

    115 KM (72 miles)

  • Starting point:

    Sarria

  • Ending point:

    Santiago de Compostela

What's included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in great hotels, “casas rurales” and “pazos” – typical manor house accommodation 
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners, including wine 
  • Water and snacks along the way 
  • Special view of the Procesion de Jesus Flagelado, the silent procession that takes place at midnight through the cobbled streets of Santiago de Compostela. 
  • All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…  
  • English and Spanish speaking guide/s 
  • Guided tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral  
  • The Pilgrim Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport and scallop shell 
  • Exclusive Andaspain Camino Guide Book  

Trip description

Semana Santa or Holy (Easter) Week

Easter Week is one of the most special times to be on the Camino de Santiago. This week long celebration for Semana Santa  or “Holy Week” fills the streets of Santiago de Compostela with processions.  Easter Week is very famous in all of Spain because of the elaborate celebrations!

We walk into Santiago de Compostela on Jueves Santo, or Holy Thursday, to view the Procesion de Jesus Flagelado. This is the silent procession that takes place at midnight through the cobbled streets of Santiago de Compostela. Arriving early allows you to enjoy the rest of the Easter festivities through out the weekend.

The week of processions, whether you are religious or not, are an amazing sight!

Processions/Celebrations

Leading the processions are religious brotherhoods known as hermandades, or cofradías.  They carry large floats known as pasos which depict different scenes from the gospels related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of Virgin Mary. Often these floats are very large with many details. Those who carry the floats have their head covered by the traditional clothing, which is perhaps the most striking of elements.

The participants are wearing the penitential robes, or nazarenos.  They look like a tunic and cloak and have a hood with a conical tip called a capirote.  The colors are quite dramatic and vary between processions.  The whole appearance is a throwback to medieval times when the penitents could carry out their penance without being recognized. During the parade, you will see groups wearing one color nazarenos and capirote, representing a religious brotherhood, most often from the same church or village.

During the processions these hermandades carry crosses and may also walk barefoot or shackled in chains as a penance.  Marching bands with loud, slow and rhythmic drumming usually join the processions, adding a dramatic affect.

Many woman will participate in the processions wearing all black, with lacy veils to show their mourning for the death of Jesus. They often follow the floats, holding candles which is also a big tradition during Semana Santa.

Easter Camino de Santiago Procession

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!

The Compostela

At the end of the tour, all pilgrims will receive a Compostela issued by the Pilgrim’s Office. This is true about all of the walks that complete at least the Last 100km of any Camino de Santiago.

 

Itinerary

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The The Last 100km is walked during a 7 day period.  We have divided the journey into days of similar length.  We 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.  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 family.

Day 1: Arrival in Sarria. Welcome Meeting and Dinner.  – Accommodation in Sarria

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Portomarín

Day 3: Portomarín to Palas do Rei – 24km : 14.9m – Accommodation in Palas do Rei

Day 4: Palas do Rei to Ribadiso – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Arzua

Day 5: Ribadiso to Arca – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Arzua

Day 6: Arca to Santiago de Compostela – 20km : 12.4m.  Pilgrims Mass and special view of the Procesion de Jesus Flagelado, the silent procession that takes place at midnight through the cobbled streets of Santiago de Compostela.  – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela

Day 7:  Private guided tour of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Tour End.

 

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Let´s hear from some Happy Andaspain Pilgrims

Rhonda Cawthorn

Every Inch of the Camino, May 2018

Enjoyed every second and inch of the Camino with Andaspain. Vanessa Ash Alex and Justin made the trip wonderful and I would recommend Andaspain to anyone thinking of giving The Camino a crack.

Susan Alexander

The Last 100 KM, Sept 2017

I cannot say enough about how wonderful this experience was and how awesome Vanessa, Ashleigh and Stephanie are. I could not imagine a better team or tour group.

Bruce Berschmann

The Last 100km, June 2017

The experience was magical in the sense that practically everything was done for us. All we had to do was the walking.[…] Van, Ash, and Steph were absolutely tops! Their can-do attitude, answering all questions, doing all things and engaging in spirited and laugh-filled conversations are memories that will never fade.

Accommodation

All accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the Camino, 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. Usually these 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 Last 100km

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.

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.

Food

The Last 100km 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 Last 100km

All Breakfasts
4 Lunches with wine
6 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.

Luggage

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.

We also have our support vehicle which 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.

Guidance

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 Last 100km is a fully supported walking tour along the Camino de Santiago.  That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Our guides

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.  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 qualified guide/s.

Our Booking process

  • Step 1

    Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call.  We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.

  • Step 2

    After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on your chosen trip, and the places of anybody that will be joining you. This is done by means of a deposit of 300€ or 600€ per person (depending on trip length). 

  • Step 3

    Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date. You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly. This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.

BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK

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