This unique and exciting itinerary will take your students on a special pilgrimage, following in the footsteps of thousands of others who have made this iconic journey to the cathedral of Santiago. For over one thousand years, pilgrims have been walking to the shrine of St James to find enlightenment, pray for loved ones, seek healing or just to enjoy the journey through the rugged Spanish countryside! Over the course of five spectacular and different days we will follow El Ingles route, beginning in the town of Ferrol and finishing at the famous cathedral in Santiago. We will pass through varied coastal, mountainous and rural terrain, appreciating the lay of the land and nature, as well as rural Spanish culture in the settlements we stay in. This is a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to improve our Spanish, as well as walk a section of one of the world's most important paths.
WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO AMEND THIS ITINERARY TO SUIT THE DATES, BUDGET AND GOALS OF YOUR SCHOOL GROUP.
We will meet at the airport this morning for our international flight to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Upon arrival at the airport we will be greeted (maybe in Spanish!) by our expert local guide who take us to our hotel in the windswept coastal city of Ferrol.
This morning we can have an option surf lesson (additional cost for those who would like to go) with board and wetsuit before enjoying some lunch together in the town. We will then drive to the outskirts of the city where the trail begins, and hike together along the first section of the Camino Ingles towards the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostella. We will arrive later this afternoon and check into our hotel in the beautiful coastal town of Pontedueme. We will enjoy dinner tonight, practise our food and drink vocabulary in the restaurant and understand some more about this rugged but proud corner of Galician Spain.
Another day of hiking awaits us today, as after breakfast we put our boots back on and hit the trail. Our destination today is the town of Betanzos. Our trail will take us through beautiful Galician countryside, farms, fields and following an ancient track which has connected these settlements for generations. After a full day of fresh air and hiking, we will arrive into the town of Betanzos, check into the hotel and enjoy a rest and some dinner.
We will continue the Camino Ingles today, following the trail over the hills with our guide, and maybe meeting some farmers or rural shepherds along the way to practise our Spanish! The scenery here is beautiful and windswept, with strong breezes coming from the Atlantic and the rocky terrain shaping the views. After walking for around 4-5 hours, we will meet our support vehicle to drive back to the lovely town of Betanzos again, perhaps walk around the meandering river which forms the centre of the town, and taking in the local culture, architecture and cafes. We will enjoy dinner again together and another night in the hotel.
We will drive back to where we finished yesterday, and continue our longest and penultimate day. Our destination, Marantes, is a small village on the road to Santiago, and it will likely take around 6 hours to reach. Like all the days here, we will take our time, stopping to speak to local people and admire the views, as well as enjoying drinks breaks. It’s not a race, and the emphasis is on enjoying this holy and special trail. After a hopefully fantastic day we will check into our hotel, ready for the final stretch tomorrow morning.
After a good breakfast in Maranates we will journey the last 2-3 hours along the road to Santiago, finishing in front of the mighty Cathedral built in the thirteenth century, and supposedly close to the tomb of the martyr of Jerusalem St James. It’s a revered and sacred place for many Christians, many of whom make pilgrimages from all over the peninsula and further to reach the church and pray. After a visit to the Cathedral to admire the architecture and tranquil interior, we will have free time to relax and enjoy the city. There will be opportunities to practise more Spanish in the cafes and shops where we can purchase souvenirs, or just with the local pilgrims who have made the journey to the city. We will have a celebration dinner tonight in a local restaurant, and discuss our favourite memories from the trip. Overnight in the hotel.
We will depart to the airport this morning in our private bus to catch our flight back home and the end of our adventure.
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