Walking the Camino de Santiago

From $2029 per person

****# Based on 37 customer reviews
  • Walk along one of the most famous UNESCO pilgrimage routes in the world
  • Excellent variety of accommodation: converted water mills, restored parish houses, stylish farmhouses
  • Poppy-sprinkled wheat fields, orchid-rich water meadows, pine-scented woodland
  • Share in a breathtaking 1000-year-old sense of achievement
  • Pilgrim Passport to record your adventure en route

What's included?

  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Daily from 1 Apr '17 to 21 Oct '17
  • All buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 98%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Guided city tour of Leon
  • Pilgrim's Passport

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Spanish Camino de Santiago is one of THE most ancient walking routes in the world. Ever since the C9, the French Way has led thousands of pilgrims on an 800km journey across northern Spain, winding from the Pyrenees across the wheat fields of old Castile to pass through Leon, the seat of Spanish Kings, full of soaring cathedrals and hushed convents, before entering Galicia. The route then builds to a spectacular finale at Santiago de Compostela's majestic Baroque cathedral, the last resting place of St James the apostle.

Your walk begins in Leon and, in keeping with the pilgrimage route, you walk daily along farm tracks, paths and country lanes, enjoying sociable lunches in restaurants en route. You'll stay in an astonishingly diverse range of properties including restored parish houses, converted water mills and stylish farmhouses, all packed with period features. We've included transfers after breakfast on the first three walking days, after which you'll walk all the way to Santiago. The sense of achievement on arrival is immense, and sharing in this tradition with your fellow pilgrims en route is incredibly rewarding.

Everyone on the Camino has a Pilgrim Passport that can be stamped in bars, hotels and churches along the way to qualify for a certificate from the official Pilgrim Office in Santiago. You'll notice a profound and heart-warming camaraderie with other walkers, as day by day you fall in and out of step with people from all over the world, some of whom have been walking for months, covering hundreds of miles! You'll also find complete strangers cheering you on and wishing you 'Buen Camino!' ('Enjoy your walk!').

Read more about this holiday on the travel blog.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Leon

Arrive at your historic hotel in the heart of Leon. There are masses of restaurants and tapas bars on your doorstep, so we've left the choice up to you for dinner tonight.

Day 2 - Leon to Molinaseca 8km/5mi/2hr or 19km/12mi/5hr

Your day starts with a guided tour of Leon's magnificent gothic Cathedral which is often called the 'House of Light' and a visit to the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and resting place of Leon's mediaeval monarchs. You will then receive your pilgrims passport at the local albergue. We then provide a transfer (1hr) to Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the Camino, marked by a pre-Roman cross. The Camino winds downhill through fragrant pines where once the Knights Templar protected pilgrims from bandit attack. A path lined with wild chestnuts, cherries, peppers and fennel leads to Molinaseca and your hotel.

Day 3 - Molinaseca to O Cebreiro 15km/9.5mi/5hr

After a short transfer (30 mins), you ascend the Rio Valcarce valley, climbing into moody oak woods strung with lichen and strewn with early purple orchid. O Cebreiro is an C11 village in the heart of the Cordillera Cantabrica. Walk to the viewpoint above the village for a perfect sunset and views over four ranges of hills then return along the narrow, cobbled streets, past traditional thatched houses known as pallozas.

Day 4 - O Cebreiro (Triacastela) to Sarria 18km/11.5mi/5.5hr

After a short transfer we drop you off at Triacastela. As the Camino meanders between heatherclad villages overlooking the Monastery of Samos, you can hear the bells ringing. On reaching Sarria - the antiques capital of Galicia, you'll be whisked to Javier and Raquel's elegant country rectory (10 mins), complete with chapel and al fresco dining patio area.

Day 5 - Sarria to Portomarin 23km/14.5mi/7.5hr

A Roman bridge leads out of Sarria up the Celerio Valley, where you'll traverse the hamlets of the southern flank of the Sierra del Paramo. Descend into Portomarin - the original village was drowned by the Belesar Reservoir, and some remains still shimmer below the surface!

Day 6 - Portomarin to Lestedo 21km/13.5mi/7hr

Drop into Portomarin's church then follow the Torres stream, passing between cornfields lined with ox-eye daisies. Stamp your Pilgrim Passport in country churches dedicated to the Order of St James before arriving at your beautifully restored rectory.

Day 7 - Lestedo to O Coto 14km/9mi/4hr

Country lanes lead past fortified farmhouses into the hillside town of Palas de Rei (Palace of the King) as you enter the province of a Coruna. You'll pass typical, raised Galician granaries, and chickens scamper across narrow streets as you enter vineyards, with views east to the Montes del Vacaloura.

Day 8 - O Coto to Arzua 21km/13.5mi/6hr

Today's first stop is Melide - a thriving country town where tavernas brim with locals enjoying Galician seafood in specialist pulperias (octopus restaurants). Drop into the Romanesque church to admire the frescoes, before lanes lined with bright yellow celandine bring you into the lively market town of Arzua. Continue on to your elegant manor house, surrounded by tranquil countryside, just outside the town.

Day 9 - Arzua to Rua 19km/12mi/5hr

Arzua's colonnaded streets lead into open country where local farmers wear berets as they tend vines and build haystacks with pitch forks. Your route rises and falls through river valleys, crossing rushing streams. This evening you can marvel at Javier's breathtaking converted water mill, where original machinery has been turned into spectacular period features.

Day 10 - Rua to Santiago de Compostela 21km/13.5mi/6hr

Excitement mounts as you set off towards Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), where pilgrims of old caught their first glimpse of the spires of Santiago. On reaching Santiago's historic centre, congratulations are everywhere as a steady stream of pilgrims reach their journey's end below the cathedral's spectacular Baroque facade. Drop into the Pilgrim Office to collect your certificate if you wish, before checking into our historic hotel near the old marketplace - still a riot of colour!

Day 11 - Leave Santiago de Compostela


Walking information

Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Walking boots are essential. Walking poles are recommended.

Walking information

Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Walking boots are essential. Walking poles are recommended.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Posada Regia, Leon   (3 Star)

Posada Regia, Leon

The Posada Regia is perfectly located in the centre of Leon, just off the main (largely pedestrian) street and around a five minute walk from the impressive central cathedral. The hotel has two buildings on adjacent streets.

The main building is where the restaurant and bars are located. Once inside you enter the world of ‘old Leon' as even part of the original Roman city wall has been incorporated into the structure of the new building. The atmosphere is rustic with lots of timber and tile floors, and this building is next to a lively square where it is pleasant to sit out for drinks of an evening. The second building (where Headwater rooms are located) is 20m down a quieter street. Bedrooms are attractive with bold colours and smart new bathrooms.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television

Hotel de Floriana, Molinaseca   (3 Star)

Room at Hotel de Floriana, Molinaseca

The Hotel de Floriana is a modern hotel beautifully combining wood, glass, slate and stone. There is a terrace for breakfast and evening meals for warmer days.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops

Hotel O Cebreiro, O Cebreiro   (3 Acorn)

Hotel O'Cebreiro, O'Cebreiro

The Valina family have run much of the accommodation in O Cebreiro for generations, and the village certainly looks like time has stood still. With amazing views in all directions, this tiny place is one of the most charming on the Camino. There are rooms in three different buildings, each just 20m apart and made from the heavy, grey stone typical to this area.

One building is an C11 monastery and is actually connected to the little church next door so the monks could walk directly between their rooms and their pews! Rooms are light and more spacious than you would suspect in such small 2 storey buildings.

The main restaurant is next to the cafe and bar, often filled with characters from the village. English is in short supply but there are so many nationalities passing though here you will always find someone to help!

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television

Rectoral de Goian, Sarria   (4 Acorn)

Rectoral de Goian, Sarria

A rectoral in Spain is the equivalent of a parsonage in the UK. A grand home, often in a picturesque location built of attractive old stone. Such is the case with The Rectoral de Goian - a gorgeous property set in isolated countryside in landscaped gardens that are just too perfect. Javier will collect you from the Hotel Roma café opposite the station in Sarria and bring you the 8km to the hotel, and will also drop you off in the morning in the same place to continue the walk.

The Rectoral building is horseshoe shaped - it has an open patio and balconies facing the garden so it is ideal for eating al fresco in the evening. There is even a tiny chapel in the garden that is still used!

Bedrooms are gorgeous with stone walls, beams, wooden floors and modern bathrooms, all with views on to the patio or the garden. Raquel and Javier don't speak English, so a phrase book will come in handy here too.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Television

Pousada de Portomarin, Portomarin   (3 Star)

Pousada de Portomarin, Portomarin

The Pousada de Portomarin is a large modern building set high above the reservoir, just a short walk from the centre of this village. The ground floor is given over mainly to public areas decorated with period furniture and with views out towards the lake. The thirty two rooms are on the upper floors where bedrooms are relatively modern, spacious and light with modern amenities.

The hotel has a gymnasium and a pool just in case you fancy some extra exercise, and it is just a 5 minute stroll into the centre of Portomarin where you can find a small selection of shops and bars.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Rectoral de Lestedo, Lestedo   (4 Acorn)

Rectoral de Lestedo, Lestedo,

Set deep in the countryside directly on the Camino, on a hillside with fabulous north facing views, this ancient light stone ruin has been restored by Susana and Cesar (a local vet). The sloping garden gives all the rooms pleasant country views, and the public spaces are very effectively designed to maximise natural light and make the most of the views. The 9 bedrooms are light and spacious with black and white photos on the walls, wooden floors and some striking designer touches that you might not expect in a building of this age.

Selected departures will be staying in Casa Roan, a spectacular original walled Galician farmhouse 3km from the Camino de Santiago. (You will be picked up from Eirexe by the owners, Pilar and Jose Manuel Rodriguez Vasques). Their rambling walled farmhouse has fireplaces you could park a car in, and 8 homely bedrooms are decorated in rustic style. There is also a grand stone dining room that looks as if it could host a gathering for the entire village. Pilar and Jose Manuel don't speak English, so a phrase book will definitely come in handy. The website is www.casaroan.com

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Television

Casa de los Somoza, O Coto   (3 Acorn)

Casa de los Somoza, O Coto

In the tiniest village of just a few houses, Jesus Cardelle's rustic country Turismo Rural is a popular stop on the Camino. The house was originally a farm, and has an old world charm about it with tiled floors and wooden beams throughout. The garden outside is always full of passing pilgrims having a drink in the sunshine, and playing Jesus' typical in house Galician skittle game. This is a simple village and a simple hotel, full of rustic charm. There is no English spoken here.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Pazo Santa Maria, Arzua   (3 Acorn)

Pazo Santa Maria, Arzua

Juan Manuel Duque took on this ruined Galician stately home on the outskirts of Arzua as a retirement project several years ago, and has restored it to it's former glory using original materials and creating an atmosphere of perfect peace and tranquillity.

Most rooms are set into the old stables around a central courtyard, with several also in the main house where the luxurious public lounges can be found on the ground floor.

The walls are solid stone, the beams and roof all ancient, and the dining rooms sports a giant fireplace and other original features. The entire complex is set in landscaped grounds on the edge of Arzua so it is around a 10 minute walk from the centre where all the shops and banks are located, as well as your onward route to Santiago.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

O Muino de Pena, Rua   (4 Acorn)

O Muino de Pena, Rua,

Just off the Camino (you will be picked up from Pension Compas which is on the Camino by Javier), can be found some of the loveliest and most unusual properties to stay in, and this is one of them.

Hidden in the backwoods and valleys this ancient mill sits next to a rushing river and weir, instantly relaxing you with the sound of running water. The bedrooms are on the top floor as you enter (you enter on the second floor as it is built on a steep hill), and all are utterly charming with beams, stone walls and dark wooden furniture.

Downstairs, much of the heart of the mill has been retained, with giant wheels and massive machinery blending perfectly with the bar and dining area and looking quite spectacular. The open riverside garden is perfect for a drink, and the entire place feels as if it is a mythical secret hideaway. Javier will drive you back to the Camino (10 minutes) in the morning.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Television

Hotel Virxe da Cerca, Santiago de Compostela   (4 Star)

Hotel Virxe da Cerca, Santiago de Compostela

Just on the edge of the historic centre in Santiago de Compostela, the Virxe da Cerca sits just below the old market - it is still used by the locals daily and is definitely worth wandering through.

Our superior rooms are in the grand old 4 storey building that backs on to an extensive garden at the back. The breakfast room overlooks the garden while the in house restaurant is on the ground floor in the depths of the building with solid stone walls and a cosy atmosphere.

It is only a 5 minute walk into the heart of the old town so it is perfect for exploring, and feels like coming back to your very own stately home in the city.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Petit Palace Londres, Madrid   (3 Star)

Petit Palace Londres - Madrid

The Hotel Petit Palace Londres enjoys an excellent position just off the bustling Puerta del Sol Square, which is considered one of the central spots in Old Madrid. The hotel itself lies just off the pedestrian area to the north where the famous Corte Ingles department store is located. You are ideally situated for exploring all of Madrid's famous sights.

The hotel has a charming turn of century façade and many of the rooms have wrought iron balconies from which you can sit and watch the world go by.

The 75 rooms are furnished in a modern style with laminate flooring and crisp white décor. All are double glazed and air-conditioned and are equipped with mini bar, satellite television and direct dial telephone. The bathrooms are well appointed and many have hydro massage showers.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

The price includes a rail ticket between Madrid and Leon however the start point for this holiday is the Hotel Posada Regia in Leon.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Bellis on 15/10/2016

*****
We had a very enjoyable trip, with great walking in beautiful locations, meeting interesting people, eating some delicious meals and we appreciated having our luggage transported!

Reviewed by Mrs Watson on 16/09/2016

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire set-up of this holiday. Our companions in the group were friendly and good company. The walk was spectacular with some of the more boring bits done by vehicular transfer. We were also extremely luck with the weather, it only rained once for 5 minutes! We felt a real sense of achievement when we arrived in Santiago de Compostella.

Reviewed by Mrs Wright on 10/09/2016

**#..
Anyone of reasonable fitness can walk the Camino, but maybe you should consider grading your Camino walking holiday. One grade for people who are not really used to walking distances and another grade for people who have come to walk at least 25 - 30 km per day. Most of the walkers had booked hotels and albergues in towns and villages. Walkers like to meet up with each other in the evening and share experiences. At one place the hotel pick up was 1 hour 15 minutes late from the agreed time, with no apology or

Reviewed by Mr Paterson on 25/08/2016

*****
Quite demanding. 9 days is a long walking holiday.

Reviewed by Ms Feist on 13/06/2016

*****
A very good trip. Where scores have been less than excellent this is because I think the hosts could welcome guests with an offer of drink after a day of exertion - including making tea/coffee available. At times the hosts were not visible and when they appeared it felt awkward asking for a service of this kind with the exception of Pazo Santemaria and Casa los Semoza (the latter had a bar). Some of the accommodation may not be conveniently located so meant waiting around to be picked up. An arrangement whereby the guest could have a taxi as he/she arrived at collection point would be better. Also in some places it was cool/damp weather and bed linen felt a little damp. Heating not always switched on (noticeable feature when one is tired) and I had to ask at one place for it to be put on as I was quite uncomfortable. However, luggage was always transported exactly which was reassuring. Blanca the guide in Leon was excellent and Headwater have made a very interesting programme of accommodation - full of interest/quirky and beautifully located. Thank you.

Reviewed by Mrs Lewis on 02/06/2016

*****
We are 2 female friends and booked single occupancy of rooms. We felt hotels were well chosen and variable, but all interesting and overall comfortable . We got a bit sick of the Pilgrim 10 euro menu, but also had some superb meals. The walking was excellent, and easier than we had expected. We enjoyed the independence of being self guided. There were a few minor faults in the daily walking guide and we have offered to come in and point them out. We live in Chester and decided to Travel from Liverpool to Madrid and spend a night there rather than at Heathrow. We did find that the schedule on Day 1 was a bit over-heavy. Everyone was exhausted that night. But, overall this was a Brilliant holiday! And May was a very good choice this year.

Reviewed by Mrs Feerick on 29/05/2016

*****
The Camino is a wonderful experience. The walking can be challenging so you need to practice before your holiday. The accommodation was mixed, breakfast tended to be a disappointment. The star of the show for us was Rectoral de Goian. A wonderful place with great food and a sincere welcome. Overall the accommodation is lovely and given the standard that some of the pilgrims use it is pure luxury. The bag transfers and pick ups ran like clockwork.

Reviewed by Mr Hilary on 24/04/2016

*****
A few suggestions a) Update your travel notes to refer to the actual kilometre-markers which are now in place b) Arrange the final leg so that your clients have the option to be in Santiago for the midday pilgrim service in the cathedral c) The staffing of the Casa de los Samozo was a source of great amusement, somewhat lacking experience, but all was still delivered d) Hotel Petit Palace was noisy but the location was perfect But overall the holiday surpassed our expectation and we will certainly consider Headwater again

Reviewed by Mrs McInnes on 19/09/2015

*****
This is my 10 th Headwater holiday,this time I convinced three friends to walk the Camino de Santiago with Headwater. Our group of four were very pleased with Headwater and are looking at more holidays with them.

Reviewed by Mrs Bush on 06/09/2015

*****
We loved this walk. Accommodation on the whole was as good as it could be given the isolated nature of some places. We were particularly impressed with the helpfulness of staff at Headwater when BA cancelled our outward flight the evening before our journey so we didn't miss any of our holiday. The arrangements went very smoothly. The weather in mid July was very hot-unusually so according to locals- so if you suffer from the heat, earlier or later might be better!

Reviewed by Mr Collingham on 23/06/2015

***#.
Well organised; great choice of places to stay with walking well directed and right amount of effort per day. The Camino is not the most beautiful route we have walked but communion with fellow travellers made it feel special. Only comment would be O Coto. Finished short walk to Casa de la Somoza by lunch and really not much to do that afternoon. While the hotel was adequate it was not the sort of place you could amuse yourself in for an afternoon. The common parts were a bit gloomy. We went for a walk! that afternoon. A pity about baggage handlers' strike in Madrid, main problem was that we had our walking poles taken from us in Stansted in spite of the fact that my husband had checked with Ryanair that we could get them through security. This is categorically not true. We had to store our poles in Stansted at cost to ourselves and buy poles in Leon.

Reviewed by Mrs Lawrence on 13/06/2015

*****
A superb holiday experience that we will always remember. Headwater's advice & organisation was faultless.

Reviewed by Mr Small on 06/06/2015

*****
Casa Rural santa maria-would have been helpful to know that he would pick up from the town as the extra km was not good on a v hot day.La Posada de Muriel-the hosts had changed! The breakfast of one piece of toast was not enough for a long walk and certainly could not be described as a buffet! Pazo Santa Maria-should have informed us of the most direct way to get to it as it is also a bit out and at least a 20min walk from the track as described.Rectoral de Lestedo-it would have been very helpful to have known that there was no option of drinks(tea, coffee or anything else for the three hours before the meal,which was poor.It would be useful to suggest that walkers go into the cafe about a km before the accommodation as going back doesn't seem sensible and we were ok with water (from the tap)

Reviewed by Mr Howard on 05/06/2015

*****
Excellent experience. A privilege to walk through such a beautiful and little known part of Spain!

Reviewed by Mrs Moxham on 29/05/2015

***#.
This is a classic walk which also includes extra interest such as a tour of Leon and the ability, due to transfers, to stay in some lovely establishments. This part of Spain is very beautiful and we walked through lovely little villages and farms. The flowers, particularly on the first day, along the way were stunning. Lots of places to get snacks and drinks. The Camino is so well signposted that there is very little need to consult notes and maps so it is easy to enjoy the walking.

Reviewed by Mr Woodgate on 23/05/2015

*****
My 2nd camino walk holiday, a different personal experience but excellent, Galicia & Spain at its very best, Headwater organisation & bag moving en route is superb hassle & worry free,

Reviewed by Mr Ruffler on 24/10/2014

***#.
I have a friend who is doing this trip next year and I have recommended your company

Reviewed by Mr Heald on 24/09/2014

*****
It was an excellent holiday and very well planned so that we had a good morning sightseeing in Leon*, walked the best stretches of the Camino and had an attractive balance of accommodation. * We were a bit concerned about starting the 1st days walk so late in such heat (30c+), but we managed it!

Reviewed by Mr Smith on 29/06/2014

*****
We were blessed with decent weather, and so enjoyed this 160km. very much. We found the O Munio De Pena a bit of a gloomy place, with Javier nowhere in sight until 8.30 that evening! The only other mild carp we have is at Sarria, where that last km. through the town was hard work. Could a pick-up closer to our entry into the town be considered? Also, going into Arzua, the Pazo told us that if Headwater had told us we could have phoned the Pazo for a taxi from our entry into the town to the hotel for 4 euros! This could have been very valuable info. as we were being chased by a thunderstorm at that time! We also recommend the taxi back to the starting point next day.

Reviewed by Mrs Evans on 25/04/2014

*****
This was a great holiday. It's the walks are fairly straightforward, but there are some long days. The arrangement by Headwater worked like clockwork. The hotels are well-chosen and generally of a good standard. Our favourites were the 2 rectorals and Paze Santa Maria. This was a great way to explore the Camino de Santiago.

Reviewed by Dr Tudor on 24/11/2013

*****
Overall it was a fantastic holiday - one of our best ever. We loved the Camino itself and our holiday was enhanced by the 6 others in our group. Our stay in O'Cebriero was horrid, as the community was celebrating its local saints day and the hotel/pub was in the centre of the long festivities, including lots of pulpo (octopus) being prepared, boiled and eaten and an amplified band striking up at midnight. Understandably on such a big occasion it took quite a while before we could access our rooms, and it was not possible to get our cases through the crowds for a time either. Unfortunately the refuge at the quiet end of the village was fully booked otherwise we would have stayed there instead. Headwater should warn clients arriving on that day what to expect.

Reviewed by Mr Arscott on 23/10/2013

*****
Enjoyable expierence

Reviewed by Mr Hutton on 07/10/2013

***#.
Good mixture of walking, history and culture which in combination produced an excellent break

Reviewed by Mrs Crookes on 29/06/2013

*****
Felt could have walked further each day, especially in order to reach Santiago more comfortably to experience the pilgrim's service (we walked the final 21kms in 4 hours in order to do this) plus that last part is the least interesting part of the walk. Appreciated the care taken to make the first 3 days so interesting - very glad that started at Leon and not at Sarria - and very glad that stayed way out of Sarria as it's a rather depressing town! Found the trek down to the resort at Portomarin a pain - felt had arrived, at the river, then found had another good up and down km to do to reach the entrance. The manager/owner offered to drive us the next morning, which we all appreciated. All the taxi and other drivers were excellent, on time, friendly and efficient. Would especially like to mention Blanca, the guide in Leon; such a lovely and enthusiastic person with immense knowledge - we were expecting to be bored, but were totally immersed and hope to go back. We all agreed that it would be useful to have a list of taxi and other drivers' phone numbers as we often arrived 2 or 3 hours before pick up time. O'Coto was a pleasant hotel, it was just a pity that was sandwiched between 2 busy roads with a car dump nearby. It was also a bit damp, tho the owners put the heating on for us (we know they are new owners so maybe will be making improvements for next year), and was difficult to dry our washing - which we all did as were staying 2 nights there. I am being very pernickety here, as overall we enjoyed the holiday immensely and have enthusiastically recommended it to our friends.

Reviewed by Mr Neilson on 22/06/2013

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed the walking but preferred the days when the accommodation was actually on the Camino. The inconvenience and waste of time waiting for taxis in unpicturesque places at the end of a day's walking was irritating. Similarly starting a day with a taxi ride to get back to the Camino from remote accommodation was unsatisfactory.

Reviewed by Ms Clough on 24/04/2013

*****
Fantastic, it was everyting I hoped it would be and more!

Reviewed by Mr Pearson on 24/09/2012

***#.
Most of the hotels we stayed in were located alongside the Camino de Santiago de Compostela itself but some involved long taxi rides to/from the route. The standard of accommodation varied from fairly basic (as at Santa Marina,Portomarin)to outstanding in the case of Rectoral de Lestedo.The quality of cuisine also varied considerably. We made our own arrangements for staying 3 nights in Madrid before travelling to Leon and were very pleased with the 3 star Hotel Reyes de Catholica in the Latina district - just 180 Euros for the three nights for us both(double, en suite). Unfortunately, we both suffered severe sickness and diorrhea on our night at O Muina de Pena and this affected the rest of our trip and made the journey home an uncomfortable one but this does not detract from the fact that we still enjoyed this holiday greatly (with temps above 30 degrees C almost every day)and we enjoyed too the company throughout the Camino of Paul & Susan Hicks from Melbourne, NSW, who also booked with Headwater.

Reviewed by Mrs Winter on 11/07/2012

*****
A challenging, but enjoyable holiday. Well organised by Headwater

Reviewed by Ms Dadley on 07/07/2012

*****
A lovely holiday and a different experience. Some inevitable variations in hotels - but some disappointments - see below

Reviewed by Dr Vetter on 30/06/2012

*****
Excellent overall; quite taxing, but worth it

Reviewed by Mr Warburton on 30/06/2012

***#.
walk was not as attractive as anticipated and holiday was marred by travel problems on the homeward journey.

Reviewed by Mr Woodgate on 30/06/2012

*****
a marvellous,experience, great organisation, thank you, i miss the camino already

Reviewed by Mrs Durham on 23/06/2012

***#.
Some hotels poor eg posada de Muriel. Also Muino de Pena a bit shambolic. No- one to serve breakfast until 10 mins past 8 when it should have been 8. Rectoral de Lestedo good in so many ways but the outside terrace needs attention - a bit scruffy and nowhere comfortable to sit eg dog and stain on bench with cushions. It was very cold at casa somoza - could have done with heating but their personal service and desire to serve you the food you wanted was excellent. Antonio at Marina also excellent in welcome and servie. tho it is out of town he took us to start of camino in the morning

Reviewed by Mr Rogers on 23/06/2012

*****
Very enjoyable

Reviewed by Dr Pearson on 23/06/2012

**#..
Damp and dank Quality of accommodation left a lot to be desired and we drew the short straw on many occasions considering we paid an equal amount to others.

Reviewed by Mrs Peasgood on 11/06/2012

*****
An enjoyable experience shared with many others.

Reviewed by Mr Darch on 05/05/2012

*****
The holiday was very well organised, with pleasant places to stay.

From our postbag

In addition to comments received on our post-holiday questionnaires, we've also been sent the following comments from our satisfied customers.

Mrs Gail Bowen travelled to Galicia in 2010

This was our first holiday with Headwater, and we were a bit concerned about the plethora of information we had received (from Headwater) about the holiday, plus a bit worried about the heat due to it being the height of Summer.

Needless worries - what we were provided with by Headwater was first class. Really useful maps and a very informative book, as well as useful notes.

We had a lovely hotel in Leon, the starting point for our holiday, with a personal guided tour provided by a lovely young woman who was incredibly knowledgeable, personable and interesting - I cannot recommend her too highly. There was no need to worry about finding the path - it is hardly possible to miss it (except when you have to walk through a town, then it can get a bit elusive).

All of the transport worked beautifully - to our surprise - and with a couple of exceptions, we were welcomed very warmly at all of the accommodation, all of which was of the highest quality. Even where the welcome was a bit iffy, the accommodation was good.

We loved the walking, the views, the friendliness of our fellow pilgrims who we kept meeting up with. It was a very special holiday - we felt it did us a lot of good, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually - and we did not want it to end.

One of the days, one of us had a bug, which was a bit of a problem. However, the 'emergency' number we were provided with worked like magic and everything was sorted out. We felt very looked after by the local agent and Headwater, who contacted us a couple of times from the UK to make sure we were OK and that everything was working out well. Very impressed.

Communication was interesting - our Spanish is poor, but even worse was the English of most (but not all) of our hoteliers - but it made little difference, we managed by using French, German, notes, pictures, gestures and signing. The Casa de los Somoza was a particularly special spot - the food was amazing, but even better, our hostess (with whom we were unable to communicate apart from gesture and signing and a few words from our dictionary) very kindly organised a taxi to take us to a lovely local romanesque chapel (and back again) which had beautiful wall paintings. She was determined that we would not be overcharged by the taxi driver, and that our visit was a success, which it was.

We were met with many kindness and much understanding at many other of our hotels, some of which were just fabulous. Food was excellent everywhere - and en route, it was always easy to find somewhere to have a snack and/or a drink.

I sort of wish we had never done this holiday, just so that we could do it again this year! Highly recommended.

Departure dates & prices

April 2017 departuresTour only 
Apr 1$2170
Apr 8$2170
Apr 15$2170
Apr 22$2170
Apr 29$2200
May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 6$2200
May 13$2200
May 20$2245
May 27$2245
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 3$2245
Jun 10$2245
Jun 17$2245
Jun 24$2290
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 1$2290
Jul 8$2290
Jul 15$2290
Jul 22$2290
Jul 29$2290
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 5$2290
Aug 12$2290
Aug 19$2290
Aug 26$2245
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2245
Sep 9$2245
Sep 16$2200
Sep 23$2200
Sep 30$2170
October 2017 departuresTour only 
Oct 7$2170
Oct 14$2170
Oct 21$2170

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Daily from 1 Apr '17 to 21 Oct '17, for 11 days (10 nights).

Meals

All buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

The price includes a rail ticket between Madrid and Leon however the start point for this holiday is the Hotel Posada Regia in Leon.

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