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Spain Gay Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour

Spain Gay Madrid &
The Camino De Santiago Tour

Journey Along Galicia's Famous Pilgrimage

Madrid, Sarria, Portomarin, Palas de Rei, Monterroso, Arzua, Pedrouzo, Santiago de Compostela, Cape Finisterre, Muxia, and more!

10 Days from/to Madrid, Spain

September 03 – 13, 2020

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Camino De Santiago gay tourWe’re off to one of the most gay-friendly countries on Earth. Warm up to the Spanish spirit in Madrid, the capital famous for food, nightlife and classically handsome men. Then we’ll venture north where we'll saunter along the final leg of the Camino de Santiago – a world-famous pilgrimage that takes us through lush Galicia. Oak woodlands, eucalyptus forests and traditional villages await. At the end of our trek you’ll qualify for the Pilgrim’s Compostela, a certificate of completion and the perfect souvenir for our excursion. Savour the region’s wine, seafood, and cheese. Stay in local accommodations like ‘pazo’ manor houses that embody the region’s spirit of hospitality. And grab some comfortable shoes for an epic one-hundred kilometre excursion. Olé!

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Spain Gay Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour Highlights

• Dive into the flavours and culture of Madrid, Spain’s gorgeous capital

• Experience the camaraderie of other pilgrims along the most popular length of the Camino de Santiago

• Walk through the bucolic hills of Galicia, past many churches and chapels dedicated to St. James

Devour Galician fare like pulpo (octopus with paprika), savoury empanadas, tetilla cheese and albariño (Galician white wine)

• Complete the famous pilgrimage at Plaza de Obradoiro, where the grandeur of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela awaits

• Stay in Santiago’s famous Parador Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, a pilgrim’s hospital from 1486 turned 5-star luxury property

• Wallow on the Spanish coast in Finisterre and Muxía

 

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Spain Gay Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Madrid, Spain / Arrival Day
Madrid, Spain Gay TourHola – welcome to Spain!

Things kick off with a Group Meeting at 6PM where you can meet your guide and fellow travelers.

Our Welcome Dinner follows in the heart of Madrid’s gay neighbourhood, Chueca.

 

 

Day 2 - Madrid, Spain
Gay Madrid tourA walking tour of the city immerses us in the magic of Madrid while we learn about its gay culture and history. The journey begins in Puerta del Sol, then we’ll walk the famous Calle Mayor to admire some of the oldest buildings in the city, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa.

Lunch at Mercado de San Miguel lets you taste the local food and wine. This afternoon consider a nap, or explore on your own.

After tonight’s group dinner we’ll catch a flamenco show to experience this mesmerizing Spanish dance up close.

Fun fact: flamenco is Spanish for flamingo – one of the gayest birds we know.

 

Day 3 - Madrid to Sarria
Camino Santiago gay tour - SarriaAt 10AM we board a private bus for our 6-hour drive to Sarria.

We’ll stop for lunch in Astorga, a city founded in 14 BC where Roman walls still surround the old town.

Once in Sarria we’ll gather for an official meeting concerning the Camino. Our day ends with dinner at a restaurant owned by a former butcher and pilgrim, with fish and vegetarian options available.

 

Day 4 - Camino de Santiago - Portomarin
Camino Santiago gay tour - PortomarinToday we kick off the Camino de Santiago! We’ll depart at 8:45AM, with our first Checkpoint at 5km/3.1mi. These daily stops let you check in with your guide, change shoes, drop off gear or just rest in the van. A picnic lunch will be served at 13.9km/8.6mi in Ferreiros, with fresh salads and lighter fare available.

After a total of 22.6km/14mi, we’ll arrive in Portomarin tonight. Our boutique hotel is the perfect place to rest in this medieval town. Portomarin was actually relocated during Franco’s reign, stone by stone, up the hill and away from the river. Consider a swim in the River Minho before dinner. We’ll eat at a local casa rural, a basic country house on the river featuring food from the family’s organic garden, homemade wine and liquors; and a chance to experience the some ancient Pagan rituals.
Today's distance: 22.6km/14mi.

 

Day 5 - Camino de Santiago - Palas de Rei / Monterroso
Camino de Santiago - Palas de ReiWe set off for Palas do Rei at 8:45AM, with a Checkpoint in El Gonzar at 7.8km/4.8mi and lunch served at 17.4km/10.8mi. From here we’ll detour to the Iglesias de Vilar de Donas, either by foot or car depending on your mood.

The church and monastery were given to the Order of Santiago in 1184, with many members of the order buried here. The property is undergoing restoration but your guide can let you peek at some colour frescoes from the fifteenth century.

Once we arrive at Palas de Rei, we’ll take a shuttle to our casa rural, our basic country house for the night. Tonight’s dinner is an organic feast prepared by our host family. Paella, anyone?
Today's distance: 24.8km/15mi.

 

Day 6 - Camino de Santiago - Melide / Arzua
Pilgrim Camino de Santiago GaliciaAfter a bright, early breakfast we’ll shuttle back to the Camino and depart Palas do Rei at 8:45AM. Today’s Checkpoint is at 8.7km, with lunch served in Melide at 14.4km/8.9mi. This is one of the route’s oldest towns, famous for their signature octopus on Galician bread (it’s one of many choices that will be on the menu).

Tonight after 25.8km/16mi we’ll arrive in Ribadiso, located just over the oldest known bridge on the route. Grab a drink to unwind and dip your feet in the river before we shuttle to our ‘pazo’ – a traditional manor house – in Arzua. This town is famous for its Queso de Tetilla, or “little tit” cheese (the cheese looks like a boob, nipple et al). Dinner is served at the pazo.
Today's distance: 25.8km/16mi.

 

Day 7 - Camino de Santiago - Pedrouzo
Camino de Santiagor - PedrouzoAfter a shuttle back to Ribadiso we’ll recommence our march forward. Today’s Checkpoint at 8.2km/5mi includes time to unwind in our travel partner’s bar, and to fetch some vegetables in their garden. Lunch will be at 14.3km/8.9mi, on your own or with the group.

Tonight we’ll arrive in Pedrouzo. We’ll shuttle to the hotel where you can unwind, grab a drink, or splurge on a massage to soothe your weary bones. Dinner at the hotel is included.
Today's distance: 22.5km/15mi.

 

Day 8 - Camino de Santiago - Santiago de Compostela
Camino de Santiago - Santiago de CompostelaOur final day on the Camino includes a 3km/1.8mi Checkpoint at Amenal, with a picnic lunch served in Monte do Gozo at 14.6km/9mi. This is the last hill and stop on the pilgrimage, and offers our first views of the Cathedral spires.

We’ll arrive at Plaza Obradoiro as a group to celebrate the end of our walk, then pick up our certificate of completion, the official ‘Pilgrim’s Compostela’. Enjoy a hot shower and grab a massage if time permits. For the full experience consider attending the Pilgrim’s Mass at 7PM to honour your achievement.

Tonight we dine together and raise a glass to our industrious trek at a favourite restaurant. Felicidades!
Today's distance: 19.3km/12mi.

 

Day 9 - Santiago de Compostela / Cape Finisterre / Muxia
Camino de Santiago - Cape FinisterreOur day begins with a tour of the Mercado de Abastos. This market dates back to 1874 and sells a solid selection of local foods.

From here, a one-hour drive brings us to Cape Finisterre. This is actually another pilgrimage destination, and would take 3-4 more days to walk. Considered the end of the world in the Middle Ages, people would burn their clothes and boots upon arrival (the practice has only recently been banned). Instead, we’ll enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the port, then stop at Muxia. This magical town is mainland Europe’s westernmost point, and another pilgrimage landmark.

Once we return to Santiago de Compostela, you have the choice to join us at one of our favourite restaurants in town. Then, if you have the energy, consider a stop at Bloom, the town’s gay bar.

 

Day 10 - Madrid
Gay Madrid - ChuecaToday we fly back to the capital of Madrid. Do some final souvenir shopping, or check out one of the city’s impressive museums.

With the pilgrimage behind us, we'll enjoy a glorious Farewell Dinner together.

The you'll have one last chance to wallow in Spain’s famous gay nightlife, with our private guide taking us to Chueca’s most popular bars.

 

Day 11 - Madrid / Departure
As the last day of our tour, no activities are planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your trip leader, and safe travels home.

 

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What's Included

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Out Adventures Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
• Accommodation
• All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners including wine
• Transportation by private coach
• Baggage transport and van support on the Camino if you need snacks, a break, or need to stop walking
• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host
• Guided private tour of central Madrid and Mercado de San Miguel
• Traditional Flamenco Show
• Guided private tour through the nightlife of Chueca, Madrid’s gay neighbourhood
• Guided private tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and surrounding area
• The Pilgrim Credencial / Pilgrim ´s Passport
• Exclusive Camino Guide Book
• Hotel porterage
• Gratuities for city guides and drivers

 

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Not Included

• International Airfare
• Alcoholic drinks not included with meals unless stated in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for Group Leader (Recommended $70-$110 USD)
• Visa fees
• Other activities, meals and extra costs at hotels not mentioned
Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.

 

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Trip Notes

How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with like-minded guys. Whether we’re sitting around a campfire or indulging in five-star decadence, our goal is to make the experience magical. We also support the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations whenever possible, and seeking out authentic local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Spain Visa
As part of the European Union’s Schengen Area, Canadians and Americans do not need a visa for stays less than 90 days, but ensure your passport is valid for six months. There may be exceptions.

Culture Shock
Spain is a highly-developed Western nation. Crime rates are low and the nation is generally safe, but beware of pickpockets and petty theft anywhere that's popular with tourists. It's best to leave valuables at home or in your hotel room.

Local LGBT Scene
Madrid has an amazing gay scene centred around the neighbourhood of Chueca. And while Santiago may be famous for being the end of a Catholic pilgrimage, there’s even a small gay scene there. It’s Spain - the whole country is gay-friendly!

Weather
Madrid will most likely be hot but not sweltering when we visit, being the tail end of summer. Up north, where we’ll hike, things cool down. Galicia has an oceanic climate with mild temperatures and regular rainfall.

 

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Required Vaccinations
Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for Type F sockets.

Connectivity
Madrid and Santiago de Compostela will both be well connected. Cell service may be spotty along the Camino de Santiago but you’ll find plenty of free Wi-Fi hostspots en route.

Physical Preparedness
All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case-by-case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise us of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.

Travel Insurance
For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $50,000.

Meals
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners with wine are included on this trip.

 

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Starting/Finishing Point
Hotel Regina, Madrid
The Regina has a superb location in the heart of Madrid, next to the famous Puerta del Sol and 100 m from Sevilla metro station. It offers a rich breakfast, and free Wi-Fi access.

Standard check-in time is after 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check-ins, but you may store your luggage if you want to explore the area while you wait. If you want to guarantee an early check-in, you’ll need to reserve an extra night of accommodation.

Tipping
We’ve covered the gratuities for included activities, meals, and our local Tour Guide. You’ll only need to offer a tip on any extra drinks or services you buy on the trip.

Money
Spain’s local currency is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted, but keep cash handy, especially in rural parts. We also recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Flying Solo
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Optional Activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

What to Bring
Please keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb to avoid costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller to carry a water bottle, your camera and souvenirs on day trips.

Groups Within Groups
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time.

 

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Spain Gay Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour Prices

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$ 5495

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Min. $750.00 deposit required.
Remaining balance collected min. 60 days prior to departure.

 

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