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"Vicki and I had an AMAZING Camino trip with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. We were thrilled with absolutely everything and will recommend your company to others. The trip was very well organized. We were very impressed with Sheila and how she handled our many questions, kept us on track and did it all with a purpose and sense of humour. Our group bonded quickly and were very pleased with our accommodations and all the extras that were included. The cooking school was an amazing fun activity and we all certainly enjoyed the gourmet food and were pleasantly surprised to find the Spanish wine just kept coming to the tables!"
Janet C. (Camino 2017)

Camino de Santiago, Spain

The Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, is more than just a famous trail. Depending on the hiker, it is also a pilgrimage, a cultural tour, a historical tour, and a religious experience. For over 1000 years, this route has enthralled people from all over the world, as the journey winds its way down from mountain villages, through farm fields and eucalyptus, culminating in an awe-inspiring conclusion in Santiago de Compostela's Obradoiro square overlooking the gothic cathedral.

 

We begin in the small town of O’Cebreiro, high in the Galician hills and some 160km from our end point. From the very first day, we are not just hikers but true pilgrims. We shall strap a sea shell on to our packs for good luck and cover an average of 22km per day along the famed "French Way", passing Galician Blondies (aka Spanish cows), historic churches, sites where miracles are reputed to have occurred and even the occasional bar for a welcome refreshment and, of course, a stamp for our passports. Our Camino passport is our proof of completion and must be guarded as preciously as our wallets!

 

This being a Comfortable Hiking Holiday, our daily efforts will be rewarded with a clean, comfortable hotel room or inn to relax in at the end of each day. No refugios with bunk beds and shared bathrooms on our tour. To give our feet a break, we will take a couple of days off to get a little better acquainted with the region. On one of the days we will take you on a tour of the historic city of Lugo, best known for its 1700 year-old Roman Wall which surrounds the city. On the other day off we will make you work for your meal, as we enjoy a traditional Galician cooking class.

 

The excitement levels rises daily knowing the goal is near. By the time we reach the incredible cathedral, all discomfort is forgotten. We've made it and it is time to hand in our passports for our pilgrims' certificate. Moving and joyous, this will be a hiking trip you will wear as a badge of honour.

Dates

April 28 to May 10, 2018

Grade

Moderate

What's Included

- 12 nights' accommodations
- 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners
- 7 guided hikes
- Guided tours of Lugo, Santiago de Compostela and the Costa Morte
- Galician cooking class
- All entry fees for attractions per itinerary
- Ground transportation and transfers

Cost

$3695 CAD land

Send $300 deposit to reserve - balance is payable February 26, 2018

My Own Room

If you would like to share accommodations, we offer a roommate pairing service. If there is another solo traveller looking to share accommodations, we will pair the two of you up together; in this case there would be no single supplement to pay.

If you would like to have your own room (or if a roommate is not available), then the single supplement would apply.

The cost of the single supplement for this holiday is $580 CAD.

Group Airfare

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, group airfare is not available for this holiday. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers. Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

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Daily Synopsis

Day 1

HOLA
Upon arrival at the Santiago de Compostela airport, we shall transfer to village of Ambasmestas (approx. 2.5 hours).

Day 2

O'CEBREIRO TO TRIACASTELA
The day starts with a steady climb to the Alto do Poio, the highest point of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. Our destination is Triacastela (a village meaning "three castles"). Although there are no castles remaining, there is an 18th century church still standing. (Moderate, 21.2km)

Day 3

TRIACASTELA TO SARRIA
From Triacastela, the picturesque trail soon starts to climb, as we ascend the Alto de Riocabo. From here it's a gradual descent into the town of Sarria. (Moderate, 18km)

Day 4

SARRIA TO PORTOMARIN
Today's section of the Camino is one of the most picturesque. We walk through rural countryside, traversing enchanted forests and small patches of farmland to the banks of the Mino River. En route to Portomarin, we'll pass the 100km marker. (Moderate, 21.5km)

Day 5

TOUR OF LUGO
Guided by an art historian, we shall visit the UNESCO city of Lugo. This small town is unique for its perfectly conserved, 50ft high, city wall, which still surrounds the center of Lugo.

Day 6

PORTOMARIN TO PALAS DE REI
Today, we'll be passing through small villages decorated with cruceiros, meeting other peregrinos on the trail. (Moderate, 24km)

Day 7

PALAS DE REI TO CASTANEDA
We'll trace the Camino as it weaves along country lanes and ancient stone pathways called corredoiras. Farmers tend their fields and the chimes of cow bells accompany the sounds of our footsteps. (Moderate, 23km + 1.5km)

Day 8

COOKING CLASS
Our cooking class will be at O Muino de Pena, a tranquil rural restaurant/inn housed within a restored water mill and located on the banks of the Mera river.

Day 9

CASTANEDA TO RUA
Today's section of the Camino weaves through meadows and forests of eucalyptus, passing through tranquil villages along the way with curious names such as Xen, Ras and Brea. We'll stroll under shady fig trees and fragrant eucalyptus to reach O Pino. (Moderate, 26km + 1.5km)

Day 10

RUA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Walk through rolling terrain towards Lavacolla to ascend the Monte del Gozo ("Mount of Joy"), the point where pilgrims first catch sight of the spires of the Cathedral of Santiago. And finally, we arrive in Obradoiro square, in front of the immense Cathedral; it is an exciting moment. (Moderate, 19km)

Day 11

GUIDED TOUR OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Day 12

TOUR OF COSTA DA MORTE
This full day guided excursion will have us exploring the spectacular Costa da Morte (the ominous sounding "Death Coast"), home to rugged cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and tranquil fishing towns. We shall stop in Finisterre - the final destination for many pilgrims or "the end of the earth".

Day 13

ADIOS

 

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What an experience!

 

"Vicki and I had an AMAZING Camino trip with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. We were thrilled with absolutely everything and will recommend your company to others. The trip was very well organized. We were very impressed with Sheila and how she handled our many questions, kept us on track and did it all with a purpose and sense of humour. Our group bonded quickly and were very pleased with our accommodations and all the extras that were included. The cooking school was an amazing fun activity and we all certainly enjoyed the gourmet food and were pleasantly surprised to find the Spanish wine just kept coming to the tables!"
Janet C. (Camino 2017)

 

What a great time we had. I wouldn't have missed it and am richer for the experience of the Camino and the comradeship of fellow hikers. I was glad to meet with Sheila again and I must say, her leadership was excellent. The days off were most enjoyed also ------touring Lugo, the cooking class, touring the cathedral in Santiago, the Mass, a very moving experience and the final day at the spectacular sea coast. All in all, thank you for a well planned holiday with superb dining locations (wine included!)."
Isobel H. (Camino 2017)

 

"Thank you for all the work you put into this. It certainly paid off for Peter and I. It will never be forgotten. The Camino has been on my bucket list for at least 15 years. Never really thought I would get to it. You made it possible. I believe this "walk" has changed me just a little. So again Thank you."
Doreen P. (Camino 2017)

 

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RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking (see individual trips for amount required for deposit). The balance is due 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise specified. Late payments causing penalties to be levied by the airlines or any other supplier shall be the responsibility of the traveller.

 

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Comfortable Hiking Holidays

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Toronto, ON  M2J 4R3  Canada

 

Comfortable Hiking Holidays is a part of Vision 2000 Travel (Toronto) Inc., a Canadian Company registered under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, Registration No. 50023501.

 

CANCELLATIONS

All deposits are non refundable. After the balance has been paid, a refund can be made (less $50 per person and less any incurred charges by hotels, airlines etc.) if you can find a replacement person. If no replacement is found then all monies paid will be forfeited. No refund for any unused portion of a trip. All cancellations are only considered to have been received on the date of receipt of written cancellation in the office of Comfortable Hiking Holidays.

 

AIRFARE

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, Comfortable Hiking Holidays will no longer be offering group airfare for its trips. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers.

Comfortable Hiking Holidays will provide a meeting time and place for each trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you coordinate your schedule to fit with the trip’s itinerary, and we will be more than happy to help you with this so that you can take advantage of transfers between airports and hotels together with the group.

Do not book your airfare until you check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays that we have the minimum number of participants to move ahead with the trip. Comfortable Hiking Holidays is not financially responsible for additional expenses incurred by you (such as non-refundable airline tickets) should a trip be cancelled.

Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

 

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H.S.T.

The Harmonized Sales Tax will be added to all trips taking place in Canada.

 

INSURANCE

Medical and cancellation insurance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and can be arranged through our offices. See the Reservation Form. If insurance is declined, a signed form will be required. Note that health insurance is mandatory for travel to Cuba; travellers must present proof of health insurance in order to enter the country.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the traveller's responsibility to determine what documentation is necessary for each country to be visited. All Canadian and U.S. citizens require valid passports for travel. It is recommended and sometimes necessary that passports have a minimum of 6 months to expiry. Other nationalities should check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. For more information on travel requirements per country, visit www.voyage.gc.ca.

 

It is imperative that the traveller discloses to Comfortable Hiking Holidays any medical condition(s) that may affect his/her ability to complete the hike and/or tour. Examples include (but are not limited to): allergies, ailments, diseases, medical conditions, special diets, medications and so forth. This information will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, but if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, they are authorized to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be responsible for additional costs incurred.

 

In booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described. If you have any doubt about your abilities, please call us to discuss.

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Prices are quoted are in CANADIAN DOLLARS (with some exceptions which are quoted in USD). They were calculated based on the exchange rates in 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Should tour costs increase, Comfortable Hiking Holidays reserves the right to increase the price accordingly. If the price change is more than 7% of the total price for the travel services (except for a price change that is a result of Government Taxation), you are entitled to cancel if you wish, with full refund. You must notify us of your intention at least 48 hours after notification or if the change is a last minute change, within 24 hours of notification.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Prices quoted are for shared accommodations (two to a room unless otherwise agreed). A roommate (of the same sex) will be arranged  when possible, otherwise the single supplement will apply. Single rooms are available on most holidays; cost for the single supplement is available on request.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

The scenery is always picture-worthy so please take as many photos as you wish. We will do the same, but please note that it is customary for us to use photographs taken on actual hikes for our promotional materials. If you do not wish to have your photo used in any of our promotional materials, please inform your hike leader at the BEGINNING OF THE TRIP.

 

SMOKING

As the great majority of trip participants do not smoke, those who do are requested to refrain from smoking while with the group (e.g. on the bus, during the hikes, at meals, in the bar and in your room if sharing with a non-smoker).

 

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All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

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Comfortable Hiking Holidays has attempted to make this site accurate. However, changes might occur for reasons beyond the control of Comfortable Hiking Holidays. In addition, the right is reserved to substitute hotels or change the itinerary when necessary, provided the travel facilities or other services are of at least the same standard or value.

 

HIKE LEADERS

All of our leaders are experienced hikers and have had first aid training. A representative of C.H.H. will accompany all of the trips (unless otherwise specified) to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Our hike leaders will be your guides on most holidays, but in some cases we will use local guides. C.H.H. reserves the right to make changes in hike leaders when necessary.

 

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We shall not be liable for any claims, losses damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment for any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or a supplier's reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labour disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts of restraints imposed by government authorities.

 

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Comfortable Hiking Holidays and Vision Travel the operators, its agents, and/or suppliers of services act only as agents for the traveler and accept no responsibility for services of any hotel, aircraft, vessel, train, motor coach or any other conveyance used in connection with these tours, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services, from whatsoever cause. In the event it becomes necessary due to changes by supplier's airlines, or for the comfort or well being of passengers, or for any other reason, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operator. The extra cost, if any, resulting therefore, shall be paid by the tour members. Conversely, refunds will be made to passengers if any savings are effected thereby. The right is reserved to cancel any tour and to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, at any time. Acceptance of the initial service to be provided under the tour shall be considered an acceptance of all these conditions. There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations outside Ontario. Climate conditions may affect the provisions of services and the accommodations included in our tours. Accommodations offered in the tour are, to the best of our knowledge, available at the time of printing and accurately described.

 

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Although every precaution is taken for your safety, this type of excursion involves, by its very nature, a certain amount of risk. All participants are therefore required to sign a form releasing Comfortable Hiking Holidays of all liability.