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Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage 5-Day Trek 2024

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

8 June - 15 June 2024 On Sale
28 September - 5 October 2024 On Sale
Duration 8 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £299
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Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage 5-Day Trek 2024

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Trek the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in five days on our life-changing charity challenge. Following the footsteps of pilgrims and star-gazing Celts, we’ll tackle 115km on the Camino de Francis, the French Way.

Setting off from the Gothic town of Sarria in North West Spain, we’ll wind our way up and down lush valleys and enchanting forests full of eucalyptus, fir and oak trees. We'll encounter magnificent, man-made monuments and breathtaking natural landscapes, looking out for woodpeckers and taking in an amazing range of architecture built across centuries.

We’ll stop in rustic hamlets and traditional Spanish towns, with chances to gain insight into the current local lifestyle and the captivating cultural history of the pilgrimage.

Dating back to around the 10th century AD, the famous Camino de Frances actually begins in France and extends some 800km, but this final section gives a perfect alternative for time-tight trekkers.

We’ll, of course, end at the Holy city of Santiago, with a free day to explore its mix of ancient and modern architecture. You can take in the towering spires of the cathedral and enormous statue celebrating Pope John Paul’s 1993 Holy Year visit, along with the striking contemporary art in the modern galleries.

Places are limited and are likely to go extremely fast for this top-rated trek, so sign up today to secure your place before they sell out.

Your itinerary

Day 1
UK - Sarria

We start our adventure at the airport in London, where we meet as a group for the first time and catch a short flight to Spain.

A road transfer later, we arrive at the small town of Sarria in Galicia, North West Spain. Home to narrow lanes lined with traditional Spanish architecture and the early-Gothic 13th Century church, O Salvador, this is the perfect place to begin our pilgrimage.

We end the day with a delicious welcome dinner at our hotel and a briefing from our challenge leader.

Day 2
Sarria – Portomarin | approx. 14 miles/23km

Rising to breakfast at our hotel, we climb out of the valley and enter an enchanting, mossy, oak wood.

Straight away, we’re treated to stunning views of magnificent oaks and their welcome shade from the sun. If we’re lucky, we may spot black woodpeckers perching on the branches overhead.

Trekking on, we leave the woods for a stretch along quaint roads through the countryside and a number of local hamlets. Lunch is not provided on this pilgrimage, to give you flexibility and the option to fast for a true pilgrimage experience, so you may want to nip into the local shops on our water breaks.

Eventually, we reach Portomarin, a beautiful town on the River Mino. Its exquisite medieval architecture and the 12th Century San Nicholas and San Pedro churches make it a key destination along the Camino de Santiago.

We find our hotel tucked in the town for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 3
Portomarin – Os Valos | approx. 13 miles/21km

After breakfast at the hotel, we get the hills out of the way early. Descending along the town’s main street, we bid Portomarin goodbye and climb around Monte San Antonio.

We’re now into lush, rolling hills with gentle terrain that makes for easier hiking. There will be many places on today's route, where you can buy your lunch or snacks from, if you wish.

We hike along a dirt track to the magnificent Hospital de la Cruz, a striking example of Spanish architecture. Crossing the main road, we follow smooth, rural paths, until we finally reach Os Valos. Here, we dine and stay in a hotel in the town.

Day 4
Os Valos – Arzua | approx. 20 miles/30km

Fuelling up with breakfast at our hotel, we head for Palas de Rei and admire its captivating remains of dolmens and forts. We then we set off along a winding track through the woods.

Before long, we emerge beside the main road and continue along our footpath through the quaint town of Carballo. Then we’re back onto a dirt track, taking advantage of the shade from the trees either side.

Trekking on, we encounter an exquisite medieval bridge with four arches and fantastic views across the river. Crossing the bridge to the medieval village of Fuerlos, we take in the mix of historic and modern buildings, including the Church of San Juan, once a pilgrim’s hospital.

More tranquil country roads lead us to Melide, a bustling market town dating back 4,000 years, where our route meets the Camino Primitivo, the original pilgrimage route. This gives you the chance to meet other hikers and we push on past the Romanesque Iglesia de Santa María de Melide, a church full of intricate murals.

Our path then takes us to the 749AD municipality of Caballo, whose name means Oak, thanks to its location nestled amidst forested mountains.

We find an enchanting path undulating through a eucalyptus forest, speckled with oak and fir trees. Hiking up and down through small valleys, we enjoy lush panoramas and welcome shade, all the way to our hotel in Arzua.

Tonight, you may well want to try out the smooth, creamy cheese on the menu, as this town is famous for it, thanks to the many cows in the area. We dust off our day with dinner at our hotel in the town.

Day 5
Arzua – O Pedrouzo | approx. 15 miles/24km

As usual, we enjoy breakfast at our hotel before following a route that provides ample opportunities for you to buy your lunch along the way.

Having conquered the steep slopes on our previous days, we hike through gentler valleys and pass several charming countryside hamlets and get a better feel for life in Galicia.

At last, we find our hotel in the modern satellite town of O Pedrouzo and settle down for dinner.

Day 6
O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela | approx. 10 miles/16km

We’ve made it to our last day of trekking and it does not disappoint! Setting off through forest and farmland, we continue to Monte Gozo, which translates to Mount Joy. Here, we catch glimpses of Santiago’s cathedral spires and the statue celebrating Pope John Paul II’s 1993 Holy Year visit.

Our path is likely to grow busier as we trek on, with tourists joining the last section of the Sande de Compostela.

A stark contrast to the tranquil hamlets and sleepy towns we’ve passed along the pilgrimage, Santiago bursts with a diversity of culture, colour and contemporary art. We can take in the mix of modern and historic buildings, with pilgrims, tourists and locals alike milling around its sites, streets and squares.

At last, we reach our hotel and finish line in the city and for a delicious celebration dinner of local cuisine.

Day 7
Santiago

Today is free for you to explore the medieval streets of Santiago de Compostela as you wish.

Visit the chic shops, admire the modern art galleries or visit the famous sites that surround the Plaza del Obradoiro, including the Cathedral, Raxoi Palace, and the luxurious Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, said to be the world’s oldest hotel!

As you explore the Cathedral, make sure to follow the renowned ritual to take in the spectacular building from every angle. Admire the main gate of Portico de la Gloria, embrace the statue of St. James on the main altar, descend to the crypt in which St James is buried and climb to the rooftop for the best views over the city.

Neither lunch nor dinner are provided today, so please make the most of the opportunity to try the famous range of cuisine in the city. Grab some fresh seafood, cheese, Padron peppers and/or tapas from the Mercado de Abastos food market or take your pick of the local restaurants.

Day 8
Santiago

Today, we enjoy a final Spanish breakfast at the hotel, before transferring to the airport and catching our short flight back to the UK. Touching down in London, we part ways and you make your own way home.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£299) and challenge costs (£1,695) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £250).

£1,695

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299, which is used to administer the challenge in Spain and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,695 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge in Spain starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £250), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, first aid trained guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (capped at £250).
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee (£299) and fundraise £3,390 or more for your chosen charity.

£3,390

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299, which is used to administer the challenge in Spain and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,390 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,695 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £250), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, first aid trained guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (capped at £250).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage 5-Day Trek 2024

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness level when they sign up.

Our charity challenge following the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage is the perfect motivation to get fit, improve your own mental and physical health and support your favourite charity in a big way.

We strongly recommend you train for the trek as we'll be tackling some steep terrain on our way to Santiago and the fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy it.

Once you register for the challenge, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Spain. You can also check out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!

Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in Spain, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training walks. 

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage 5-Day Trek in 2024.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Everyone who is 18 years old or over by the departure date is more than welcome to join this trekking challenge in Spain. We'll have adults of all ages taking part to achieve something awesome for charity — one of the many things that make our overseas charity challenges so special

If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on our Camino de Santiago trek, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or bookings@dream-challenges.com, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

You will need a pair of quality walking boots with ankle support — these are essential for trekking on uneven terrain. Please also bring a 2-litre water bottle.

We'll supply you with a full kit list for your overseas trekking challenge well before we leave for Spain.

 

Your luggage will be transported to our accommodation on each day of the challenge, so you will only need to carry a small day pack containing essential accessories and equipment, including your 2-litre water bottle.

We recommend packing light, as you will need to carry your luggage to and from the airport in the UK.

We will stay in comfortable hotels on a twin-sharing basis throughout the challenge.

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional price. Just call us on 01590 646410 or email us at bookings@dream-challenges.com

We'll encounter a range of terrains throughout the trek, including tough climbs and gentle stretches. We'll follow clear trails through forests, villages, fields, towns and along the coast.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Spain, please let us know at least 17 weeks before our Camino de Santiago challenge starts and we can arrange this for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email us at bookings@dream-challenges.com, or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,695 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights, excluding airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (capped at £250).
  • Breakfast and dinner throughout the challenge (except for your dinner on your free day in Santiago at the end of the challenge).
  • Accommodation.*
  • Entry fees where applicable.
  • All transfers in Spain.
  • A team of outdoor remote first aid trained challenge guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your trekking challenge in Spain.
  • Medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Your Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage 5-Day Trek medal.

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional price. Just call us on 01590 646410 or email us at bookings@dream-challenges.com

**Please note that lunch is not included for this challenge, to give you the opportunity to fast during the day for a true pilgrimage experience. There will be many places along the way for you to buy lunch/snacks on each day of the challenge.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£299) and either self funding your challenge costs or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for your:

  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Lunch throughout the challenge.
  • Dinner on Day 7 in Santiago.
  • Optional excursion to Fisterra on Day 8 if you choose to partake.

There will be around 20-25 participants in our group for the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage 5-Day Trek. You'll no doubt make lots of new friends!

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Please arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you sign up to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge.

In your Welcome Pack, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of overseas challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Spain. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your charity trek.

Visa
Currently, UK citizens don't need a visa to travel to Spain for tourism. We'll let you know if this changes before our challenge in 2024.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your trekking challenge for charity and we will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your Camino de Santiago challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination in Spain and the weather we can expect on our trek, the structure of an average trekking day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the trek. The training programme builds up gradually as the trek gets closer.

We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the pilgrimage, with more important details and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the trek in Spain, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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