*This is an Expression of Interest for the Women's 2019 Camino Trip. Bookings will open on the 20th July when the new Women Want Adenture website goes live. Please register your interest and you will be first to receive the link to book this trip.
Departure date: September 19th (Thursday)
Finish Date: September 30th (Monday)
Days: 12 days
Nights: 11 nights
Total distance walked: 160km
Numbers: 10 women + WWA Female Leader – Sue Thodey
Grade: Moderate. Long walking distances.
Cost: $4390 INC GST
Deposit: $600 (non refunable)
The Camino de Santiagois known in English as the Way of Saint James. It is a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Saint James are buried. For over a thousand years pilgrims have followed its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in walking “The Way”. For the modern day Pilgrim walking offers the chance to slow down from the hectic pace of modern life, and revert to a gentler, more reflective rhythm.
Walking often gives rise to insights , as distractions are less and you have time to explore and notice the landscapes in more detail. Walking is also an intimate activity, and conversation tends to flow easily with any walking companions.
The camaraderie amongst walkers is many people’s favourite experience of their Camino, not to mention the simplicity of the daily routines and leaving behind outside cares.
In fact, your new cares become about blisters!
Our Women Want Adventure experience will be an authentic Pilgrimage. We will set off early each day, and on average we will walk 20kms daily. On our first day, in Ponferrada, we will register as pilgrims, collect our Scallop shell (which identifies us as Pilgrims) and our Credencial del Peregrino (which must be stamped at least daily to identify us as valid Pilgrims).
On the last day of our walk, at Santiago, we will apply for our Compostela. This is the ancient certificate we receive (in Latin) which proves our Pilgrimage. We will also attend the Mass in Santiago. Both these experiences are high points of our trip.
We will meet in Ponferrada. We will meet at Hotel Temple Ponferrada at 5pm on Thursday 19th September, 2019. The Hotel is just one km from the bus station and minutes from the ancient and imposing 12th Century Knights Templar castle. (The Knights Templar were the religious sect which guarded the Camino in days gone by.)
Women can expect around 6 hours of walking each day in mild (temp range on average is 11-25C) conditions. There will be dirt trails, lots of forested paths, quiet roads and some busy roads. The distances are long, however it is easy walking. Women should feel comfortable walking distances of up to 20km each day. We will, however, have a vehicle with us, and you will able to be transported if you are tired. The car will only be a phone call away!
It is important to walk regularly before heading off on this trip. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable experience you will have. The best way to train is to walk at least 2 times per week for distances of around 5-10km with some hills.
If you have hiking boots, wear them in so they are comfortable and will not cause you blisters. Nb Not everyone wears hiking boots on the Camino. Sue recommends a waterproof hiking shoe or even a running shoe which is waterproof. Feel free to have a more in depth discussion with Sue as to what would be most suitable for you.
Use the day pack you will wear on the Camino trail in your practice walks and enjoy your pre-training with friends.
*WWA includes opportunities to meet up as a group for free walks before we leave. Depending on your location, we will send out the walking invitations closer to the departure dates.
The experience of walking an ancient and revered Pilgrimage
Taking time out from our hectic lives to walk, think, communicate, experience, talk, share
Unexpected ancient buildings, history in action
Receiving your Compostela
Celebrating your amazing achievement in Santiago.
11 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 11dinners
11 nights accommodation in twin or triple share, bed and breakfasts
Experienced female Women Want Adventure Leader
Baggage transfer between hotels
What’s not included:
Items of personal nature, such as laundry and postage
Travel insurance (compulsory) you will need to provide your policy number to us prior to departure.
Snacks for the trail (we buy over there)
Telephone charges back home
Meals not mentioned in itinerary
Arrival in Ponferrada: Fly to Madrid then by train to PonferradaDeparture from: Santiago AirportClimate/Country: Temperature range in September is 11 – 25 degrees C
A Day on the Camino Trail:
Your leader will be working with you each day to discuss the best times to start walking on the trail. Each day will start with breakfast and packing daypacks for the walk. Each day will be different. However, usually we cover around 20 km. We stop for morning tea and lunch and take the walk slowly to soak in the atmosphere. We usually get to our hotel in themid afternoon to rest our legs, before having an organised dinner.
What you carry:
You will be required to carry a daypack with personal items such as water, sunscreen, medication, camera, jackets etc. Another packing bag (maximum 12 kg) can contain your additional clothing and is transported to your accommodation each day.
Dietary requirements: (where will we be eating and what)
When making a booking, please advise us in as much detail of your dietary requirements such as vegetarian, lactose free or allergies and intolerances. Please make sure you communicate with us well in advance so we can best choose the restaurants to dine at night. Food is carefully selected to stick with traditional Spanish dishes. Please note that options may be limited in some towns for eating out, however there are many side of the road stalls with fresh fruits and options to eat. On this trip we will advise women to bring or buy some personal snacks to carry in their day packs.
You do not need a Visa for Spain if you are visiting for less than 90 days.
September 19th 2019 to September 30th 2019. If this sounds like the trip for you, please contact us to check availability. We only operate in small group numbers of 10 women for this trip. There may be reasons why you may not be able to join this trip. It is difficult for us to let you join last minute. To ensure we can assist you on to your adventure of a lifetime we ask you check when deposits are due and availability with our team as early as you can.
Please note: This trip will only open for bookings after July 20th with our new website booking system. Please be patient as we upload a better and faster way to book trips for you.
Social Facebook Group:
For all our larger trips, we have a private Facebook Group. You will be sent the link upon paying your deposit to join, meet the other ladies, ask questions and get excited!
Meet Up Hikes:
Prior to your trip, your leader Sue will organise a Meet Up Hike where the 10 ladies can connect, ask questions and get to know each other. The Meet Up hike is included in the total trip price. Meet Up hikes will be hosted in the area where most ladies live. They are not mandatory to attend as we understand ladies book from a variety of states and countries. Dates and times will be emailed closer to the trip in 2019.
How to book:
Please carefully read through the trip itinerary, grading and requirements before making a deposit. Your booking will be secure only once a $500 (per person non refundable) deposit has been received. The deposit is payable via credit card or direct deposit on our website booking page for Camino.
EQUIPMENT TO BRING:
1x merino/wool t-shirts for walking. Must be wool
1x Thermal top
2x T-shirts/long sleeve
2x Walking pants or shorts
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Lightweight Poncho (Ikea sells one for $12.99)
Clothes for evenings (going to dinner)
Walking socks (best to get merino/wool)
Hiking boots or shoes (waterproof)
Spare comfortable pair of sandals or shoes to change into in the evenings
*Please make sure you wear in your boots well before the trip departure
Battery solar packs to charge your phone
Personal toiletries and First Aid:
Personal first aid kit (blister pack/bandaids)
1x Day Pack (around 20-30L) with waist band and chest strap
1x Backpack or larger bag for other items you will transport to accommodation each day
Water bottles or 2L bladder
Day 1: Meet in Ponferrada - Thursday 19th September
Hotel Temple Ponferrade
Day 2: Friday 20th September
Ponferrada to O Cebreiro
Today we drive to OCebreiro, a total of 53 km. In order to warm up our legs we complete two warm up walks today. In Ponferrada we visit the beautiful and historic Knights Templar Castle. In OCebreiro we visit the Ethnographich Museum and the Traditional Celtic houses called Pallozas and the Royal Church St Marys
Meals: Try the Local cheese Quiexo. Dinner included
Day 3: Saturday 21st September
O’Cebreiro to Triacastella
Walking distance: 21 km
Accommodation: Complex Xacabeo Albergue
Day 4: Sunday 22nd September
Triacastella to Sarria
Walking distance: 19
Accommodation: Albergue la Casona De Sarria
Day 5: Monday 23rd September
Walking distance: 23
Accommodation: Casona da Ponte
Day 6: Tuesday 24th September
Walking distance:20km - Ruins! Visit ancient Castro ruins just past the cafe Castro meier
Accommodation: A Pasa de Formiga (Ants Way)
Day 7: Portos-Melide - Wednesday 25thSeptember
Walking distance: 19 km
Accommodation: Albergue Melide
Dinner and breakfast included
Day 8: Thursday 26th September
Accommodation: La Casona de Nene
Meal: Included : Long lunch at Ribadiso de Baixo
Walking distance: 15 + 5km side trip to Castillo de Pambe at Casanova (which we may prefer to drive and make it a 15 km “rest” day
Day 9: Friday 27th September
Arzua to Pedrouzo Arca
Walking distance: 20km
Accommodation: Pension 23 (Pension Vinte e tres)
Day 10: Saturday 28th September
Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago
Walking distance: 20 km
Accommodation: Hospederia San Martin Pinario
Day 11: Santiago! Sunday 29th September
Accommodation: Hospederia San Martin Pinario
Attend Midday Mass
Day 12: Monday 30th September
End of the tour
Transport to Santiago Airport
Walking distance: none!
How fit do I need to be to attend? You need to be fit enough to walk 20 km carrying a 5 kg pack. There is no need to walk quickly, and there will be regular stops at coffee shops during the day. Note: If you are tired or sick there will be a car to transport you to the next accommodation.
Do women attending individually or do I need to book with a friend? Individually, but you will be sharing with someone on the trip in twin share accommodation each night
What are the age ranges of women attending? Between 30-70 years.
What if I get sick on the trip? You will be able to travel by car and our lovely driver will look after your every need.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag? There is no need to bring any bedding.
How much training should I do before the trip? Start training 3 months before - July to September 2 to 3 times per week.
Can I stay on longer after the trip? Yes. Our last night of accommodation is September 29thso you will need to organise your own accommodation from then on.
Who do I contact with questions about this trip? Ring Sue Thodey 0402 611 261 or email suethodey@ facebook group
What are the best flights to catch? Best to fly to Madrid, then train or bus to Ponferrada
Where do I meet the group for day 1? We meet in Ponferrada in Spain on Thursday 19th September at:Hotel Temple Ponferrada, Avenida de Portugal, 2 24400 Ponferrada Spain Phone (+34) 987 41 00 58, Fax: 987 42 35 25, email@example.com
Can I bring hiking poles? Definitely! They save your knees! Train with them too if you can
I have a vegan diet and other dietary needs, do you cater for me? We will do our best. Spain is a very meaty place!
How do I get from the bus station in Ponferrada to the meeting hotel for day 1? You can walk, get a cab, or we might be able to pick you up.
What if I book and cannot attend? Is there a cancellation policy? Yes. Please refer to the terms and conditions sent with your deposit booking. Cancellation fees apply. The trip deposit is non refundable.
I missed out on a place on this trip, will there be another one? Yes. We will be hosting the Camino trail 1x each year. You can email our Team at womenwantadventure@ place yourself on the waiting list for 2020.