Camino Walking: Guaranteed departures

8 days walking with a guide the last 115 km of the French Way: from Sarria to Santiago
  • Feel like a pilgrim and walk the last 115 km of the Camino de Santiago: from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
  • Discover the charm of rural Galicia with its people and its landscapes. And of course, try the best of the Galician gastronomy!
Description

While Saint Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees is the official starting point of the French Way, the most popular starting point is the town of Sarria, 115 km away from Santiago, since it can be done in one week and it gives you the option of getting the official Compostelana Certificate of pilgrimage on arrival to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The last section of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago through the green rural Galicia is also where you have most chances to meet other pilgrims and where you can really feel the spirit of the Camino.

 

  • Day: 1 - Arrival to Sarria

    Join the group in Sarria. With its Celtic origins Sarria was a major medieval centre for pilgrims. The ancient atmosphere can still be felt in the beatiful old quarter streets. Walk around town, getting our first stamps on our Pilgrims passport. Dinner in town to get to know each other.

  • Day: 2 - Sarria - Portomarín (23 km)

    Today we start walking up and down the hills of Galicia through forests and rural landscape to reach the town of Portomarín over the River Miño. This town has the peculiarity that it was moved in 1962 when a reservoir was built in the River Miño leaving the old town under the water. The old church was moved stone by stone to the new location. This church is a good example of a fortress church with towers and battlements, very typical of the military orders that guarded the Camino in the middle ages and protected the pilgrims from thieves. 

  • Day: 3 - Portomarín - Palas de Rei (25 km)

    Today`s walk starts with a prolonged uphill up to the village of Ventas de Narón from where the walk is more gentle and interesting. There will be plenty of places to stop along the way to enjoy a break, a picnic and to talk to locals and other walkers. We are now half way into our trek and we stay in the town of Palas de Rei where you can really feel the ambience of the Camino since there are many walkers staying here.     

  • Day: 4 - Palas de Rei - Melide (16 km)

    Today walk is a very beautiful stretch of the Camino. We will cross roman bridges and several rivers mostly through delightful woodland to get to the town of Melide, famous for its bars where they sell octopus cooked in Galician style. Melide is also where pilgrims from the Camino Primitivo (Oviedo way) join the main Camino Francés. 

  • Day: 5 - Melide - Arzúa (14 km)

    We carry on walking through beautiful forest and rolling hills from village to village to get to Arzúa. This town is the last major centre or population before we enter Santiago. Arzua is famous for the cheese they produce; it is sold locally in many shops and bars.

  • Day: 6 - Arzúa - O Pedrouzo (19 km)

    Over half this stage is on natural pathways with good shade offered by eucalyptus forest. We can now really start getting excited about the arrival to Santiago since we are nearly there and there are more and more pilgrims sharing the paths with us. 

  • Day: 7 - O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela (20 km)

    Today is the last day walking and we will make our way through forest and rural areas to the famous Monte do Gozo, where we will be able to see for the first time the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. From here we only have 5 more km to the Plaza del Obradoiro where all pilgrims celebrate their longed arrival surrounded by the beautiful facade of the Cathedral, old stone buildings, like the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, and the town hall.

    We will also get our Compostelana (certificate in Latin of our pilgrimage).

    Tonight we will celebrate together over a good table (special dinner with seafood) and enjoy the lively University city of Santiago.

    The hotel we stay at in Santiago is very close to the city center.

     

  • Day: 8 - Return

    The tour ends after breakfast. It's possible to book extra nights in Santiago.

Prices and Dates

2017 Dates: 

  • 13th May
  • 23rd September

*Guaranteed departure from 2 people.

 

Prices (per person)

Person in double/twin room: 689€

Single Supplement: 150€

 

What's included: 

  • 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels on the Camino itself with en-suite facilities
  • Half-board with reinforced breakfast and three-course dinner including drinks
  • English and Spanish speaking guide throughout
  • Luggage transfers between accomodations
  • Arrival and departure collective transfer from and to Santiago Airport. There is a set pick up time
  • Pilgrim Passport
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