The Down Syndrome Centre Camino 2024 - JWT Travel

The Down Syndrome Centre Camino 2024

  • 29 September 2024
  • 7 Nights
  • 1220 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • Camino | Spain
Join The Down Syndrome Centre Camino 2024 and raise fund for a great cause.

Pilgrims have travelled to Santiago de Compostela for centuries taking the different routes across Europe. There are Camino de Santiago routes but the Camino Frances is by far the best known, as featured in movies such as Martin Sheen’s The Way.

The Down Syndrome Centre Camino adventure starts from the market town of Sarria in Galicia, and you will be walking the last stretch of the famous Camino Frances route into Santiago de Compostela. Sarria is the pilgrims’ favourite starting point as 100kms is the distance required in order to be able to request your Compostela pilgrim certificate.

From the market town of Sarria, the group will walk through the rolling green countryside of Galicia, across oak forests, little villages and pretty hamlets such as Ribadiso and San Xiao do Camino. Along the way,you will spot many ‘horreos’, Galicia’s iconic granaries and a constant feature in country homes; as well beautiful Romanesque Churches and ancient wayside crosses known as ‘cruceiros’.

The group will be staying in the wonderful city of Lugo, famous for its UNESCO listed Roman Wall, and in Santiago de Compostela; travelling by private bus to the trail each morning so you don’t need to pack your bags each day. All walkers will get their official pilgrim passport so you can stamp it along the way and get your Compostela certificate at the Pilgrims Office.

From the historic paths of Santiago de Compostela to the serene landscapes of Galicia, this journey promises a physical challenge and visual and culinary delights, but it is also a spiritual journey where life-long friendships are forged.

Our trekkers will enjoy a full day exploring Santiago's bustling cobbled squares and vibrant streetsand a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed ‘old town’ before departing for Dublin.

Join The Down Syndrome Centre on this remarkable pilgrimage, creating lasting memories while supporting a worthy cause.

For more information and details about the trip, contact The Down Syndrome Centre Fundraising Manager Rhona O'Donovan: rhona@downsyndromecentre.ie

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The Down Syndrome Centre Camino 2024

Join The Down Syndrome Centre Camino 2024 and raise fund for a great cause.

Pilgrims have travelled to Santiago de Compostela for centuries taking the different routes across Europe. There are Camino de Santiago routes but the Camino Frances is by far the best known, as featured in movies such as Martin Sheen’s The Way.

The Down Syndrome Centre Camino adventure starts from the market town of Sarria in Galicia, and you will be walking the last stretch of the famous Camino Frances route into Santiago de Compostela. Sarria is the pilgrims’ favourite starting point as 100kms is the distance required in order to be able to request your Compostela pilgrim certificate.

From the market town of Sarria, the group will walk through the rolling green countryside of Galicia, across oak forests, little villages and pretty hamlets such as Ribadiso and San Xiao do Camino. Along the way,you will spot many ‘horreos’, Galicia’s iconic granaries and a constant feature in country homes; as well beautiful Romanesque Churches and ancient wayside crosses known as ‘cruceiros’.

The group will be staying in the wonderful city of Lugo, famous for its UNESCO listed Roman Wall, and in Santiago de Compostela; travelling by private bus to the trail each morning so you don’t need to pack your bags each day. All walkers will get their official pilgrim passport so you can stamp it along the way and get your Compostela certificate at the Pilgrims Office.

From the historic paths of Santiago de Compostela to the serene landscapes of Galicia, this journey promises a physical challenge and visual and culinary delights, but it is also a spiritual journey where life-long friendships are forged.

Our trekkers will enjoy a full day exploring Santiago's bustling cobbled squares and vibrant streetsand a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed ‘old town’ before departing for Dublin.

Join The Down Syndrome Centre on this remarkable pilgrimage, creating lasting memories while supporting a worthy cause.

For more information and details about the trip, contact The Down Syndrome Centre Fundraising Manager Rhona O'Donovan: rhona@downsyndromecentre.ie

Itinerary

  • Direct return flights from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela
  • 20kg checked luggage and small personal cabin bag
  • Private coach transfer to your hotel with English speaking guide assistance
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Lugo
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
  • Meals: breakfast each morning and dinner on 2 evenings at the hotel and 5 evenings in look restaurants
  • 24/7 assistance by our team of local representatives and Camino specialist guides
  • 1 full day in Santiago de Compostela including guided walking tour of the city
  • Private coach transfers between your hotel and the walking route
  • Camino information pack including practical information and the official pilgrim passport

DAY 1 – START YOUR CAMINO JOURNEY

It is time to start your Camino journey! After your flight to Santiago de Compostela, the group will meet the guide at the arrivals hall and travel to the hotel in Lugo city where you will be staying for four nights. Lugo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls.

It is also on the Camino de Santiago: on the Camino Primitivo route, so you will spot yellow arrows and shell markings in the old town.

DAY 2 – FROM SARRIA TO PORTOMARIN

After breakfast, the group will travel by bus to the town of Sarria to start the Camino walk, approximately 30 minutes away. Sarria is a small market town and the most popular starting point for the Camino de Santiago, as the distance from here (111kms) allows walkers to request the Compostela certificate.

Today you will walk 22kms from Sarria to Portomarin, entering rural Galicia, through one of the most wonderful oak woods (‘carballeiras’) on the route. It is a relatively easy stretch of the Camino trail, taking in forest tracks and quiet country roads, passing tiny hamlets and pretty Romanesque buildings such as Barbadelo Church before arriving in Portomarin. After a little time to wander around Portomarin, the group will be collected and travel to the hotel in Lugo (approximately 30 minutes). The city has plenty of amazingrestaurants for you to explore at leisure over the remaining evenings in Lugo.

DAY 3 – FROM PORTOMARIN TO PALAS DE REI

After breakfast, the group will be picked up at the hotel in Lugo and travel back to Portomarin (approximately 30 minutes) to continue the journey. Today’s stage is 24kms long, leaving Portomarin and the river Miño behind and walking across the countryside to the town of Palas de Rei.There is some uphill walking to be done on your way to the beautiful Serra de Ligonde, the highest point of today’s stage. You will get to admire some of the wonderful churches, tiny villages, and scenery along the way.

In Os Lameiros, you will get to admire its wonderful stone cross ‘cruceiro’, built in 1670 with one side depicting the crucifixion of Christ and the other side featuring an image of the Virgin. After spending some time exploring the town of Palas de Rei, the bus will collect the group again and travel back to the hotel in Lugo (approximately 30 minutes).

DAY 4 – FROM PALAS DE REI TO ARZÚA

This morning the group will be picked up after breakfast to continue the Camino walk from Palas de Rei a Arzúa. At 29kms, the longest walking stage of the week awaits today, however, the path is downhill for most of the day with just a few ascents.

The path begins through a forest track from Palas to San Xulián or San Xiao do Camino, a very pretty stretch and one of the most wonderful of the trail. San Xulián or San Xiao do Camino is a picturesque little hamlet with a wonderful Romanesque Church and a ‘cruceiro’ stone cross in the centre of the village. Halfway to Arzúa, you’ll find the market town of Melide, which is famous for its octopus restaurants known as ‘pulperias’ serving Galicia’s most traditional dish. A perfect place to stop for lunch. The second part of the day you will walk through lovely countryside and charming little hamlets such as Leboreiro with its traditional ‘cabazo’, Boente and Ribadiso bythe medieval bridge over the River Iso. Once in Arzúa, you will have time to relax and explore for a bit, even try some of the local cheeses, before being picked up and returning to your hotel in Lugo.

DAY 5 – FROM ARZÚA TO O PEDROUZO

Today the group will check out of the hotel in Lugo and be picked up after breakfast to continue the Camino walk from Arzúa to Pedrouzo. Today’s stage is a very manageable, comfortable stretch of approximately 20kms. Arzúa is the dairy capital of Galicia and home to some of its best cheeses. The group willleave the market town by the pretty Rua do Carmen street, with its wood-cladded dwellings.

After the Fonte dos Franceses (the Fountain of the French) we leave the town behind, replacing the urban landscape with lush meadows and cows happily enjoying the green pastures. Wonderful forest tracks, quiet country roadsand farmland make our Camino path for the day.

Our finish line is the village of O Pedrouzo, where the group will be picked up and travel to the hotel in Santiago de Compostela. The city has plenty of amazing restaurants for you to explore at leisure on the evening of day 5 and 6.

DAY 6 – FROM O PEDROUZO TO SANTIAGO

After breakfast, the group will be picked up and travel by bus back to O Pedrouzo to complete your last walking day into Santiago de Compostela. This is a very exciting day as you will finally walk into the old town in Santiago de Compostela and its magnificent cathedral.It is also possible to start a bit earlier today in order to try to arrive into the city for the Pilgrim Mass, which takes place at 12pm.

From O Pedrouzo, pilgrims continue the walk through the last great oak wood of this ancient Camino trail to the hamlets of Amenal before walking up the hill to Cimadevila.

Next on the trail you will pass the village Lavacolla, a place where pilgrims used to stop to wash in the stream, hence its name.The path then continues on to Monte do Gozo, the Mount of Joy, where you will catch your first glimpse of the city and the spires of the cathedral. We are only about an hour away from Santiago Cathedral and as you approach the city, the quiet path and country roads give place to an excited atmosphere as the group enters the city outskirts. Walking down Rua de San Pedro and entering the Old Town, the excitement of all pilgrims is palpable. Walking down the steps under the archway and into Obradoiro Square, you will finally reach Santiago Cathedral and Praza do Obradoiro where the atmosphere of exhilaration and jubilation is something special, a memory that you will treasure forever. Enjoy and savour thismoment, you have arrived!

Your guide will bring the group’s pilgrim passports to the Pilgrim Office to collect your certificates.

DAY 7 – EXPLORING SANTIAGO

Santiago has been a destination for pilgrims for centuries and the capital of Galicia is a city full of wonders, with beautiful cobbled squares, arched streets and cosy nooks and crannies. Originally built in the 9th century on the spot where the remains of Saint James were found, the Cathedral is the city’s most important landmark and monument butthere are many other wonderful places not be missed in Santiago’s Old Town such as the Abastos Market, the Alameda Park, the University Buildings and its many museums.

In the lively streets of the Old Town such as Rua do Vilar, Rua Nova and Rua do Franco you will find a vibrant mix of pilgrims, locals and students enjoying the many cafes, bars and restaurants. Galicia’s traditional cuisine can be found everywhere; the famous Galician octopus, empanadas (savoury pastries), Padrón peppers, caldo galego and Tarta de Santiago almond cake are just some of the region’s many delicacies you should sample. Santiago city is split in two areas: the Old Town (Zona Vella), and the New Town (Zona Nova). You can also venture into the New Town, wrapped around the historic quarter and a short walk away where you will find many stores.

DAY 8 – GUIDED CITY TOUR AND RETURN

Your local guide will then meet you at the hotel to take you on a guided tour of a the city; the best way to discover this magnificent UNESCO-listed Old Town. You will then have a visit to the cathedral after the city tour. Your bags can be left at the hotel reception while you go on the tour. The group will then be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.

  • Price per person based on two adults sharing rooms 
  • Single occupancy is available on request at a supplement (enquire for details)
  • Airport taxes, charges and airline related fees included
  • Travel insurance is available as optional extra
  • Deposit of €300 is required at the time of booking
  • Meals where not stated, in-flight catering and expenses of personal nature are not included
  • Itinerary may be subject to change
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