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El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James), refers to the various pilgrimage routes throughout Europe, all of which lead to Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia, were the remains of Sant Iago (St. James the Apostle) were discovered in 816 AD, and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originating over 1,000 years ago, these routes started from the pilgrim’s hometown. All the routes merged at the Pyrenees and continued in a single trail to Galicia. Today, more than 100 different routes have been recognized, but The “Camino Francés” (the French Way) is, by far, the most popular route. This route starts at the French side of the Pyrenees and passes through Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León on its way to Santiago (780 kms), about 35 days walking. Later other routes emerged such as the North way, the Eastern route, the English Route and the Portuguese Route. Each traveler has a different reason for making this journey. Some are on a spiritual quest; others wish to explore the rugged and unspoilt landscapes; discover Romanesque monuments and treasures or simply savour the local gastronomic delights. Whatever the motivation, travelers arriving in Santiago will be guaranteed a warm welcome and an enourmous sense of satisfaction at their achievement! The Irish travel agency, Map Travel, organizes different trips depending of the traveler’s motivation: “Taster of the Camino”, a Full stage of the Camino trail. A week to complete, walking approx. 21 kms/ 13 miles per day ant at the end qualifies you for the certificate (Compostela). “The Camino for the Less Energetic, less than 15 kms per day!”, slow pace and it takes about 10 days to reach the final destination of Santiago de Compostela. “The Camino for School Groups”, a week-long tour designed for students with their teachers or parents. Other tours are: “The Camino Explorer”, from Bilbao to Santiago, a coach tour along the Camino with optional gentle walks. “Treasures of Galicia”, staying in Santiago day trips and optional gentle walks. MAP Travel is also organizing Customized Tours/Special Group Departures. The services provided by Map Travel are: flights meet and greet at the airport, transfers (airport back to airport), professional guides, transport of luggage each day, pilgrim passport, advice on what to bring, itinerary and route planning, etc. In terms of accommodation, Map Travel, has selected different hostels, guesthouses, 2*, 3*, 4* and 5* hotels and other luxury accommodation (“Paradores”) in order to suit all tastes and budgets. Map Travel can be found in 36 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Telephone 01 878 3111, info@maptravel.ie, www.maptravel.ie   Other agents packaging trips to the Camino de Santiago are:    Abbey Travel 43/45 Middle Abbey Street Dublin 1 T: 01 804 7100 information@abbeytravel.ie www.abbeytravel.ie J. Barter Travel Group 92 Patrick Street Cork T: 021 485 1700 info@jbarter.com www.travelnet.ie Follow the Camino One Foot Abroad Dublin Guinness Enterprise Center Taylor's Lane Dublin 8 T: 01 443 3972 info@followthecamino.com www.followthecamino.com 

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