SPAIN Walk Camino Adventure Challenge

Bucket list .... a guided walk along the final and most popular stage of the Camino Frances, long enough to earn your Compostela and help raise funds for your charity.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising awareness and monies for your charity
  • Walk the last 115km of the Camino de Santiago with a knowledgeable guide and a group of fellow walkers
  • Stay at friendly, family run hotels and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes
  • Reach Santiago on foot and experience the famous pilgrims mass
  • Experience the history of the ancient pilgrimage route

Overview

The last six days of the Camino de Santiago offers the chance for time starved travellers to walk the final 115kms into Santiago and gain a wonderful appreciation of the historic significance of the route. Walking through mixed landscapes in the company of your guide and group, there are numerous reminders of the pilgrims past who travelled the route including crosses, statues and grain silos. Thanks to your guide, the history of the trail will be shared with you to ensure that you soak in as much as you can during your short time on the trail. One of the many highlights is reaching the gates of Galicia which lead on to the fabled Santiago de Compostela with its famous cathedral, site of the tomb of St James.

Challenge Grade

The walking is graded moderate (3). Daily walks are between 14 and 24km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to rolling hills. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.

Itinerary

After all the planing and preparation the wait is finally over! As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The afternoon is free time to relax and stretch your legs. We meet for arrival dinner approx 7pm, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.

Meals:  D

Today we will travel by vehicle/coach from Madrid to Sarria, which is approx 6 hours drive. We plan to have some stops along the way to stretch the legs and have organised a picnic lunch. Sarria is located on a hilltop with a river on either side affording you great views of the region. This evening we will meet with your guide for a tour briefing, followed by dinner with the group.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we can take the time to visit the Church of the convent of La Magdalena. Over the “Meseta lucense”, the Lugo Plateau, we will pass through many hamlets dotted along areas of cultivated land, grazing pastures and woodlands and view the first “horreos”, typical raised grain silos. The walk today is relatively easy until the descent, crossing the Dam of Portomarin where we can see ruins of the ancient flooded village, and into the town to our accommodation.

Meals:  B,D

The route today takes us through forested areas which have a magnificent fragrance. Along the path we will pass charming hamlets and calvaries. We will continue through Ventas de Naron, head over the gentle Sierra de Ligonde, then downhill through Previsa, Lameiros and Ligonde where we will find a church dedicated to the apostle St James. Emperor Charles V stayed here in the modest village of Ligonde, on the 24th of march 1520. Then we continue on to Palas de Rei, where will overnight in a charming hotel.

Meals:  B,D

On our walk to Melide we will pass through the small towns of Coto and Leboreiro. Melide is one of the larger towns along the Galician section of the Camino Trail. We recommend that for dinner tonight you try the local speciality of ‘Pulpa a feira’, octopus usually served boiled and cooked with red pepper and paprika.

Meals:  B,D

The terrain becomes much easier today as we walk through the villages of Carballal, San Xuilan do Camino and Lebereiro and past Eucalyptus trees. The group will be able to stop at one of many villages for lunch. As we cross over the River Seco on the Magdalena Bridge we will reach Furelos and continue onto Arzúa in the province of La Coruña.

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk will bring us to the small town of Rua which has a population of only 50 people. The walk today is lovely, as you pass large green fields and rural landscapes.

Meals:  B,D

On our last walk together we will pass many ancient sites including monuments, chapels and bridges – all which have a story to tell. We follow country lanes and forest paths through increasingly populated countryside. The last day on the trail is always a special one, as we make our way to Santiago on foot. Arriving in the fabled Santiago de Compostela there is plenty to see and do – or simply relax and celebrate the end of the journey.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we visit the Santiago Cathedral for the midday service where your nationality will be read for completing the pilgrim. Afternoon we transfer to the local airport for our flight to Madrid to connect with the international flight home.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • English speaking guide on the Camino walk
  • 8 nights in a combination of quality hotels, farmhouse B&Bs and hostals generally with private facilities
  • Transport from Madrid to Sarria including picnic lunch
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 dinners: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by chicken, red meat, fish or a pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag, max 20kg per person)
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline

What's Not Included

  • All flights - including Santiago to Madrid
  • Transfers
  • Lunch daily and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance

Fundraising Impact

Step 1: Choose your charity – determine which registered charity you’d like to fund raise for.

Step 2: Choose your challenge – choose from our range of iconic Adventure Charity Challenges. The Adventure Charity Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, email or fax the completed form to us.

Step 3: Charity authorisation - once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization.

Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit - once you are booked on an Adventure Charity Challenge we’ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing:

• Welcome Letter

• Fundraiser’s Guidebook

• Responsible Travel Guidebook

• Trip Pre-Departure Information

• Medical Form (if applicable)

• Travel Insurance document

• Travel Invoice

Step 5: Start Fundraising - now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser’s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It’s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations.

Step 6: Start Training - depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you're physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for ‘getting fit’ and some suggestions on the gear you’ll require.

Step 7: Take the Challenge - once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Adventure Charity Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Optional Single Supplement - Hotel only:USD$120 
Non Refundable Registration Fee:USD$90 
Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraised:USD$400 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 20 Oct 201827 Oct 2018
 24 May 20191 Jun 2019
 1 Oct 20198 Oct 2019
Duration:9 Days
Activities:charity challenge trek
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:OC4
Travel Cost:USD$1490

The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group just for our team members. Here, people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Plus our fundraising booklet with many fundraising ideas and how to make these super duper effective