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Camino de Santiago to Santiago (French Way)

€695 per person
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Travel the most preferred self-guided walking section on the Camino de Santiago route. This is one of the most beautiful and rewarding parts of the Camino, perfect for those eager to experience a portion of the route. From Sierra, the Camino passes through forests, farms and villages revealing the authentic charm of Spain and the Galicia province. Explore the peculiar horreos, the many local pillar-raised granaries you will encounter along the way. Tasting local food is also an eminent part of the journey, so do not miss to try the local octopus dishes. The final point of this section of the Camino is the final destination of the whole route itself – the city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino trail is very well-marked with the famous Scallop Shell symbol. A good level of fitness is required for this tour, yet you will be rewarded with the exploration of numerous heritage sites along the way.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 3/4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in hotels/country inns incl. breakfast & dinner (en-suite rooms); Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel (1 piece of luggage per person, up to 20kg); Detailed walking notes in English and maps; Pilgrim passport; Emergency support
  • What is not included
    Other meals and drinks;
  • Best period
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Day 1. Arrival at Sarria
Individual arrival to Spain and the city of Sarria where your overnight will be.
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Day 2. Sarria - Portomarin (23km, 6hrs, +230m/-300m)
The first day of the self-guided hiking tour is as a nice warm-up. You will follow the walking trail through green oak forests and the lovely little villages of Barbedelo and Ferreiros with their numerous churches and colorful frescoes. Arrive at Portomarin where your overnight will e. Make sure you visit a local bakery and try the delicious “Torta de Santiago”.
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Day 3. Portomarín - Palace do Rei (23km, 6,15hrs, +340m/-140m)
After a healthy breakfast, continue your independent walking tour across the river Minho and uphill for the first part of the day. Continue to Gonzar and visit the beautiful Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. Advance towards Eirexe with the unique hand-made Romanesque church portal as well as its various elegant stone sculptures. Your overnight is in Palas do Rei.
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Day 4. Palace do Rei - Melide (15km, 4hrs, +100m/-180m)
Follow the Camino past the village of Casanova as it gradually descends to the captivating village of Leboreiro with its paved streets. While in Melide, do your best to try some of the locally made excellent fresh squid, and also the Melindres (sweet glazed mini donuts made with eggs and flour characteristic of Melide). Time permitting, you can tour the three main churches in the town.
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Day 5. Melide - Arzùa (13km, 3,30hrs, +200m/-400m)
Continue on a forest track to the village of Boente crossing a number of playful streams. You will pass through the medieval village of Ribadiso until you reach the final destination for the day - the small town of Arzùa. There are two churches you can visit there - Santa María and La Magdalena.
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Day 6. Arzùa - Rua/Amenal (23km, 5,30hrs, +370m/-460m)
Today’s gentle self-guided walk will take you past shady forests and quiet villages. The small Santa Irena chapel with its amazing statues of Santiago is a definite highlight. On your way you will pass the beautiful hamlet of Rua with houses covered in vines. Your overnight will be in Rua or Amenal (subject to availability with hotels at the time of booking).
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Day 7. Rua/Amenal - Santiago de Compostela (14km, 4 hrs, +305m/-305m)
The last stage of your independent hiking tour follows the Camino past Lavacolla where pilgrims performed their traditional wash before reaching the final destination of the legendary route - Santiago de Compostela. Follow the trail past tall eucalyptus trees until you reach the famous viewpoint of Monte del Gozo from where you can spot the beautiful Cathedral of Santiago. Do not miss to visit the beautiful cathedral as it is a magnificent heritage site. It is a unique combination of Romanesque and Baroque architecture. It is one of the three churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostolate of Jesus - St. James the Greater. Congratulate yourselves for the successful completion of the last stage of the celebrated Camino de Santiago.
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Day 8. Santiago de Compostela. Departure day
Your tour and our services end after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
695 Euro/person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 185 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 285 Euro
Tips
Daily departures between January and the end of December.
How to get to the beginning of the trip: 1 - Santiago airport to Lugo - appr. 1hr 45. See web in English: www.empresafreire.com; 2 - Lugo to Sarria (appr. 30 min). Many buses a day, until late. www.monbus.es and look for "Horarios" on the left. Monbus operates a direct service to Sarria at 6pm (3h), but from the Bus station (20' from the airport). (www.monbus.es "Horarios" on the left); 3 - Airport transfers: Santiago to Saria (appr. 140 Euro for up to 4 pax)
Accommodation
The best accommodation is booked on the way with a combination of 1*, 2** and 3*** hotels with rooms en-suite at each stage. Breakfasts and dinners are included.

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