Experience the contact with nature, so different but equally beautiful in each place, begin to breathe fresh air and perceive the particular smells of the vegetation, in addition to all the history of art that you’ll get to know and from which you’ll learn.
The affection and care that the people of the Santiago’s Way give to their pilgrims is unmatched, their smiles, their stories, their attention and of course their universal greeting “Buen Camino Peregrino” are a great gift for the heart.
The friendships that are woven and the experiences lived when walking are unmatched.
There are so many gifts that you get during your walk that little by little you forget about tiredness, discomfort or any physical sensation unrelated to that of someone who is discovering a wonderful new world.
When we invite you to live a VIP experience, it is not about providing you with the luxuries to which you are already accustomed. Although we have chosen the best hotels and restaurants on the route, this is not the main feature of our experience.
What really makes it VIP is the quality of our services, it is being able to provide you with the support you need at all times and not just limit ourselves to emergencies.
It is having carefully chosen the accompaniment, the lodgings and the gastronomic or cultural experiences so that you make the most of your trip and that even in the moments of rest, you live a wonderful surprise…
A few drinks around the fireplace in a medieval village, a theatrical performance, a room with a view of the square, a choice of the best local dishes, picnics in nature and visits to wonderful places not frequented by tourists.
All this and much more is what makes our trips a VIP and unforgettable experience.
Once you arrive to Madrid, we welcome you at the airport and you won’t have to worry about a thing. Your transfers, meals, drinks, snacks, insurance, and more, will be taken care of by our team.
We meet you at the airport, and then transfer you to the hotel that we have selected for you. You will have the afternoon free to rest or explore the city and in the evening we will meet again for our welcome celebration in which we will share a delicious dinner with all the participants.
We will take advantage of this moment to get to know each other and learn a little about the Way of Santiago.
Meet up in the hotel lobby after breakfast to go to the Chamartín station. We will travel by high-speed train from Madrid to the city of León where we will make a short stop for rest and leisure.
After getting to know León, we will take our Van and introduce you to the Santiago’s Way by road. We will pass through Astorga, Cruz de Ferro and Ponferrada visiting the most representative monuments on our way. We will end this day in the magical pre-Romanesque village of O Cebreiro where we will sleep.
After breakfast, we will go down from O Cebreiro in our Van and we will visit the monument to the pilgrim located in San Roque. Site of one of the most iconic photographs of the Santiago’s Way.
Then we will go to the centenary chestnut tree, our starting point to start walking through a lush forest of oaks and its rihachuelos. Our stage ends in the famous town of Sarria where most of the pilgrims start their journey.
We will move to Sarria to start our next stage on foot, we will walk along different paths between chestnut trees until we see the impressive Portomarín dam.
We will visit the fortified church and have dinner with many pilgrims in the town square, followed by a good rest to prepare for the next day.
At this stage we will come into contact with the Sierra Ligonde, which divides the Miño and Ulloa rivers.
At the beginning, we will have an ascent through Mount San Antonio, to continue the trip observing impressive Roman churches. Depending on the resistance and spirit of the group, we could even make a detour to visit the church of San Salvador, the valuable Cruceiro de Lameiros and old pilgrim hospitals.
This stage begins with a real leg-breaking challenge but one that we will enjoy a lot. Then we will cross the limits of the province of Lugo to enter A Coruña through the village of O Coto.
We will finish the stage in Melide, where the primitive path begins, as a reward, we will eat the best Galician octopus in one of the typical pulperías of the area.
We continue our trip and on this day we will visit dream scenarios such as the Catasol River, to Ribadixo da Baixo and Arzúa, which connects with the Primitive Way.
In the previous stage we culminated in the capital of the octopus, in today’s stage, we will culminate in Arzúa, the capital of cheese and of course it will be one of the protagonists of our dinner.
Between Arzúa and Santiago of Compostela we have almost 40 km left. For this reason, the most logical and prudent thing to do is to divide this section, making our stop to rest in O Pedrouzo or in Santa Irene.
This will be a very comfortable journey with easier slopes, it will be a day in which we will already feel tired, but our enthusiasm will prevail as we find ourselves so close to Santiago.
We will walk along trails of fallen leaves and between eucalyptus and oak trees, reaching the last villages of O Pino.
Then Monte do Gozo at the gates of Santiago, where we will regroup before entering the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago together.
Surely some tears will appear on our faces. At night we will have our Gala Dinner to say goodbye to the Way.
We will have the morning to enjoy the city of Santiago and buy some souvenirs. At noon we will meet to take the train back to Madrid where we will end our services.
You can consult with us an alternative option if you want a different return, for example joining us in the Van making stops at places of interest. This alternative option is not available on all our paths, places are limited and it is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
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You will have the company of a specialized guide and support staff throughout the experience, leaving enough space for you to enjoy the journey at your leisure and talk with your companions.
You have the peace of mind of having our support car available for any situation, for example, if you need to rest or go ahead on a stretch. We are not limited to just emergencies.
On the Way, hostels with a room and bathroom shared by 4 or more people predominate. We have chosen hotels and rural houses to offer you privacy and a better rest.
We want you to make the most of your visit to Spain. For this reason, we have our trip back to Madrid in a Van, visiting Medieval towns such as Puebla de Sanabria and the City of Segovia.
As a Colombian, I know the warmth and kindness that represents us. From us you will always receive personalized, familiar and close treatment even if you are far from home.
We include a first day of initiation to the Camino, highly valued by our pilgrims. Visiting the most magical places of the French Way, the CRUZ DE FERRO and O CEBREIRO (Small Pre-Romanesque Celtic Village)
In addition to our special gastronomic outings, you will enjoy Picnic-style lunches, in front of the most amazing landscapes of the Camino and tasting the best of Mediterranean food.
Once you arrive in Madrid, your transfers, meals, drinks, snacks, insurance and others, will be in charge of our team. Our groups are small in order to provide personalized attention.
The VIP Walking experience includes your accommodation in double rooms with private bathroom, each night you share a room with one person from the group. (Max. two people per room)
If you come as a couple, as a family or with friends, you can choose who accompanies you. If you come alone, we will place you with a person of your same sex, who will be your partner or roommate throughout the trip.
Remember that you will only share with one person belonging to the group. If you want a single room, we can talk to quote the extra amount to pay.
The Way is a very busy destination, it is likely that in some towns there is no possibility of having a single room.
The support car is reserved solely for our Walking pilgrims. Therefore, it is not possible to bring a companion who does not participate in the experience.
You can offer your companion the option of signing up for the experience and they can have our support car if they need to rest or go ahead on a stretch, we will take care of accompanying and guiding them and you can enjoy the pace you want.
Remember that this option is allowed in our Premium version Paths (Customized, under quote). If you want to talk with us to quote a Camino Premium you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in this route and that you can achieve your goal of walking the 110 km, you must be in good physical shape.
It is not necessary that you be an advanced hiker, with a minimum of preparation it is enough. It is good that you start training a month or two before coming to the trail in order to avoid fatigue or sore muscles during the experience.
If you are not used to walking, you can start a training program, walking one hour a day during the week and two hours a day on weekends, achieving an average of 4.5 km per hour, perseverance is more important than traveling many kilometers a single day and then abandon. We recommend that you wear the same footwear that you would bring to the Way.
The most important preparation is on a mental level, you must be aware that you will be out of your comfort zone and in contact with another culture, you will also share with people from different parts of the world.
Every day we will get up early and travel an average of 20 km. Meal times will be different from what you are used to, we will spend most of the time in rural settings and it is possible that during the tour it will rain, be cold or we will have to walk on wet ground. Nothing that an adventurous mind does not know how to take advantage of.
The basic program foresees paths with easy slopes.
Yes, regardless of the entry requirements that Spain demands according to your country of origin.
ZocoCamino has some measures to guarantee the protection of its pilgrims.
It is necessary that you use the mask in the indicated places and that you wash your hands or use hydroalcoholic gel frequently. In addition, we will maintain a constant disinfection of the Support Car and our work elements.
Your medical insurance included in the price of the experience, has coverage in case of suspicion, symptoms or being diagnosed with COVID 19 during your trip.
Remember that by booking any of our experiences, you are committing to follow the security instructions of the ZocoCamino team.
Each pilgrim may carry a single suitcase or backpack of max. 23 kg of weight that will be transported in a vehicle from hotel to hotel. (If you bring more suitcases with you to Spain, you must leave them in storage in Madrid)
To get used to the way of traveling of the pilgrims, avoid carrying unnecessary luggage on the Way. You don’t need: Jewelry, books, elegant or party clothes or shoes, iron or hair dryer, towels, sleeping bag, umbrella, wallets.
On some selected dates, you will need the following warm items:
You must bear in mind that lunch and accommodation on the 10th day is not included and we will end our services when we are back in Madrid.
You may need to bring extra money if you want…
– Meals and drinks not specified in the program.
– Upgrade to a single room.
– Carry extra luggage to the one allowed (1 suitcase or backpack per person).
– Visit payment monuments.
– Buy Souvenirs.
Yes, you can enjoy this route with children from the age of 10 who have experience walking. It is necessary for one of the parents or family member to take care of him and not leave him alone at any time, even if he chooses to rest in the support car.
You can travel with your group in private as long as they are 12 or more people. In this case, you will also enjoy a special 10% discount on the total value of the trip.
If your group is smaller, we will accept more pilgrims until completing the 12 places.
The group must accommodate our available dates for the VIP Walking Path.
If you wish to carry out the experience on the dates of your choice or a totally private trip as a couple or with a group of less than 12 people, you can choose to quote a Camino Andando Premium version.
The VIP experience, either by bike or on foot, is a pre-designed experience, which is carried out in a group and on the dates that we have chosen. The activities and the tour are carried out without any modification.
The Premium experience is the option that we offer you so that together we can design a route that suits you, if you want to come in private, as a couple or with your own group, add or remove stages, more or fewer days, include other activities, etc. The Premium experience is made under quotation since the price varies according to the dates, the number of days, the stages, the activities and the number of people to include.
If you want to plan a Camino Premium with us, you can contact us at email@example.com
For us, all the stations on the Santiago’s Way have their charm. The best time to do it depends more on your personality and tastes when traveling.
The months of May and September have pleasant weather and fewer tourists than the summer months.
Between March and April Holy Week is celebrated with many religious representations and we have the first shoots of spring.
Summer is lived from June to August, they are the hot months although normally in Galicia we do not have temperatures as high as in the rest of Spain, there is more influx of tourists and more atmosphere on the Camino.
October is the ideal month to experience a change of season and enjoy the colors of nature, the fall of the leaves and the beautiful sunsets that autumn gives us.