Group meals are a highlight so breakfasts and dinners are included. The cost also includes a room with private facilities, flights with 20kg of checked luggage and seat allocation, airport transfers in Spain, local guiding, and gratuities to those who help us on our journey.
Travel insurance, single room supplement, lunches.
The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for this pilgrimage is £49 (£74 for aged 75 and over), and we also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.
A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.
You can read the full policy wording here.
We fly from London directly to Santiago de Compostela airport. This is a two hour 10 minute flight. 20 kilos of checked-in luggage and pre allocated seats are included. McCabe Travel will require your passport details prior to departure, and will check you in, and issue your boarding passes with your final travel documents.
Sarria and Santiago, at the beginning and end of the week offer good four star accommodation. The four single nights of our walk will be in simpler hotels, but all are of an acceptable standard, and have been previously used by McCabe Travel groups. All rooms feature private facilities.
You can click on the hotel websites below:
Alfonso IX Hotel, Sarria ****
Hotel Pousada de Portomarin ***
Hotel Villajardin, Portomarin *** (17 June 2019 tour only)
Pension Complejo Cabana, Palas de Rei **
Hotel Rua, Arzua **
Hotel Ruta Jacobea, Lavacolla ***
Hotel Compostela, Santiago ****
Days generally start at 09:00 and finish around 18:00 with dinner served around 20:00. Lunches are not included as we like to keep flexibility of each day’s timings, but our tour managers are expert at recommending options each day.
Most groups celebrate the Eucharist at a key point on the journey and at your destination we join in a pilgrim Mass in the cathedral of St James, where the great Botafumeiro is usually swung. Our final celebratory dinner includes the traditional end of pilgrimage “Quiemada” experience. The rhythm of this pilgrimage is not readings and prayers as in the Holy Land, but typically a great time of sharing.
Our walks along The Way will vary in length and degree of difficulty, we will be walking between 14-18 miles each day, sometimes roadside on flat pavement, sometimes through country roads, cobbled paths and through woods & forests. Luggage is transported between hotels, so you only need to walk with a day pack.
No special footwear, clothing or equipment is required, however we recommend sturdy and comfortable shoes. You are more than welcome to use walking poles, or wear anything that will make your walk more comfortable. The weather in the Galician region of Spain is a lot like English weather. You should be prepared for any eventuality, and don't expect the same weather as the balmy beaches of Southern Spain.
Passports, visas and health
Check that your passport is valid beyond the return date of this tour. If you need a new passport apply early as there can be considerable backlogs at the passport offices. There are minimal formalities for British passport holders entering Spain. If you are holding a non-British passport, or require further advice, please consult the McCabe office. No inoculations are required. We do, however, advise you to consult your doctor regarding your own personal requirements.
Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.
The McCabe Educational Trust
For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.
McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.
Full Financial Security
All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.
AITO Quality Statement
McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.