- Difficulty: Moderate+
- Category: Walking, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Walking in the footsteps of pilgrims over the centuries. A singular experience discovering the World Heritage route, the Camino de Santiago.
- World Heritage Recognition.
- Pilgrimage of historic importance.
- Walking with people from many different countries.
- Stunning walks each day in rural countryside.
- Historic city of Santiago de Compostela: Impressive Cathedral and historic town center.
This is not a standard tour. People from many countries across Europe have been travelling along the Camino de Santiago for centuries. The Camino itself is part of our history and cultural heritage. Out of all the long distance routes that exist, only the Camino de Santiago has been given the recognition of World Heritage by the United Nations because of its historical and spiritual significance. Countless millions have walked it over the last thousand years and yet it has remained largely unchanged. It continues to cross the same rivers, climb the same mountains and pass by the same villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals.
You will be walking the final 113 kms of the classic Camino de Santiago. Starting at the Galician town of Sarria where many pilgrims begin their walk will give you the chance to soak up the history that surrounds this long distance route.
Why not continue walking on to Finisterre, "end of the Earth"? Five more days.
Which airport should I fly to? Santiago International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? By private transfer from the airport to Sarria, for 105€ in a taxi for up to 4 passengers. You can book this through us. Or by bus from Santiago to Sarria: Monday to Friday, 18:00-21:00 (15,60€); Weekends, Santiago to Lugo and Lugo to Sarria, (buses every couple of hours).
Day 1 Arrival to Sarria:
Arrival at the pretty Galician town of Sarria, where many pilgrims travelling the last 100 kms to Santiago depart from.
Day 2 Sarria to Portomarin:
Set off on the Camino amongst ancient oak, birch and chestnut forest and later walk through many hamlets dotted around areas of cultivated land and grazing pastures along quiet country lanes and natural pathways.
23 km / Climb: 300 m
Day 3 Portomarin to Palas de Rei:
Pine forests, corn fields, meadows and oak and chestnut woodland accompanies you on this strech of the Camino. You will also cross a number of small villages full of rural character.
26 Km / Climb: 450 m
Day 4 Palas de Rei to Arzua:
You will cross 6 river valleys along secluded pathways through mature woodland. The area is full of medieval castles as well as Romanesque churches and settlements.
29 Km / Climb: 150 m
Day 5 Arzua to Rua:
A short stage walking amongst woodland, meadows and small orchards near the many small villages you go through.
17 Km / Climb: 160 m
Day 6 Rua to Santiago de Compostela:
The last stage. The first few kms through dense eucaliptus forest, then the long climb up to Monte Gozo and finally enter the historical city to make your way towards the famed Cathedral.
23 km / Climb: 120 m
Day 7 Rest day in Santiago de Compostela:
One last day to rest and enjoy the history and culture of this fabulous city.
Day 8: Return or extra nights in Santiago.
Our hotels are conveniently positioned very near or on the Camino and are always the best quality on offer along the way. They are typically of 3 star grading. These are some of the hotels used as an example:
Palas de Rei
Santiago de Compostela
- Price: 599€ per person
- Single supplement: 140€
- PILGRIM´S PASSPORT.
- 7 nights´ accommodation.
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners (not in Santiago).
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
- Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
- Emergency support.
- Activity insurance.
- 4 star hotel upgrade in Santiago (price on asking).
- Extension walking to Finisterre, four or five extra walking days (price on asking)