Walk the last 100km of the classic French Way (Camino Frances) of the Camino from Saria to Santiago de Compostela (the minimum required to earn your Compostela) with a guide and in a group for an even more unforgettable experience. If you have ever wanted to walk the Camino but join other people and have a professional guide to tell you about the route, the area and other highlights, this is the tor for you. The final section of the walk takes you through the charming region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you will treasure forever, sharing it with other pilgrims as well.
We also offer this Camino as a self-guided tour. Check our itineraries here.
- Church of San Juan of Portomarín – an unusual Late Romanesque temple
- The Galician cuisine
- Cathedral of Santiago – the aim of every pilgrim, a UNESCO heritage site
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Day 1: Arrive in Sarria
Private transfer from Santiago airport/train station to Sarria. Sarria is a small town in Galicia and the last place where you can start your Camino and collect your Compostela. If you arrive early, we strongly recommend taking a taxi to Samos and visiting the Monastery that was founded in the 6th century and has welcomed pilgrims since then.
- Overnight in Sarria (Hotel Novoa or similar)
Day 2: Sarria – Portomarin | 22km
Setting off for Portomarin, you pass Sarria Castle and start your first walk on the Camino, mainly along small country roads and a few pathways. Most of the roads are tree-lined and will provide good shade in the sun. There are hamlets every kilometre or so. You will not have to worry about water or food, and whenever you sit down and take a short rest, you will hear interesting stories from other pilgrims.
- Walking for the day: 22km, 5-6h, ↑200m ↓300m
- Overnight in Portomarin (Hotel Spa Vistalegre or similar)
Day 3: Portomarin – Palas de Rei | 24km
Today the Camino crosses the Minho river and then steadily climbs upwards before passing through Gonzar and Castromaior, where the tiny Romanesque Church of Santa Maria is situated. Continue along country roads edged by bright yellow gorse, pine and oak trees to reach the high point of today’s walk at Sierra de Ligonde (750m), then descend to the old hamlet of Ligonde, once a popular resting point along the Camino. For the last 3 km leading into Palas de Rei, you will walk on a dirt track alongside the main road.
- Walking for the day: 24km, 6h, ↑450m ↓300m
- Overnight in Palas de Rei (Hotel Complejo La Cabaña or similar)
Day 4: Palas de Rei – Arzua | 29km
Start one of the longest but technically very easy sections of the route. Pilgrims consider this section the start of the countdown because shortly after Coto, there are stone markers at the side of the path with the distance to Santiago marked. Much of the day is shaded, and shortly after Melide, you will walk through oak and eucalyptus forests. Melide is where the Camino Primitivo merges with the Camino Frances. You can also ask your hosts to be taken to the Pambre Castle in the morning and take a shortcut to Coto, away from the busy roads. Relax on the river bank at Ribadiso before ascending to Arzua.
- Walking for the day: 29km, 7h, ↑225m ↓400m
- Overnight in Arzua (Hotel Arzua or similar)
Day 5: Arzua – Amenal | 22km
Upon leaving Arzua, perhaps pick up some delicious cheese for lunch, then continue through the old quarter of the town as the walk leads past sturdy oak trees, which give way to lush meadows. Visit the medieval shrine at Santa Irene and the Baroque fountain of healing waters. While not as spectacular as on the previous day, today’s walk will enable you to make many new friends among the pilgrims going to Santiago.
- Walking for the day: 22km, 5h, ↑200m ↓225m
- Overnight in Amenal (Hotel Amenal or similar)
Day 6: Amenal – Santiago de Compostela | 16km
Your final stage! You will walk mostly through rural settings and eucalyptus groves. At Monte del Gozo, pilgrims historically make one last stop at the spring in Lavacolla to wash their faces and feet before presenting themselves before the Saint. Enter the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and relish the end of your journey at the Cathedral. Tour of the old town in Santiago and farewell dinner.
- Walking for the day: 16km, 3-4h, ↑175m ↓175m
- Overnight in Santiago de Compostela (Hotel Gelmirez or similar)
Day 7: Departure
Arrange extra nights in Santiago or enjoy breakfast and then make your way to Santiago Airport. If you have time, explore the old city of Santiago de Compostela before you leave.
What to expect
Accommodation is in simple but comfortable hotels and guesthouses located close to the route of the Camino. All of them have private or en-suite facilities and offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
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- Hotel Novoa (Sarria)
- Hotel Spa Vistalegre (Portomarin)
- Hotel Complejo La Cabaña (Palas de Rei)
- Hotel Arzua (Arzua)
- Hotel Amenal (Amenal)
- Hotel Gelmirez (Santiago de Compostela)
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included (usually buffet breakfast/coffee and toast/bread/croissant) on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Most places serve hearty pilgrim menus – you can get a 3-course evening meal including wine and water for £10-12. A farewell dinner with drinks is included in Santiago.
Difficulty and terrain
This walk is graded moderate and includes walks of 20km per day on average (the longest one is 29km); the terrain is flat or hilly (read more about difficulty grades) without steep ascents or descents. You will follow a mixture of dirt roads, woodland paths, minor roads and some busier roads close to the bigger towns and cities. The routes are well-waymarked, and there is a guide to lead you the way. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. You can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.
When to go
This trip is available on specific dates from April until October. Keep in mind that in the summer months it may become too hot (and crowded). Check the Dates & Prices button on the right for available dates and prices. The group is up to 20 people.
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By train or bus
- Arrival in Sarria: There is a transfer included on day 1 from Santiago airport/train station.
- Departure from Santiago de Compostela: There is a shuttle bus to the airport of Santiago from the centre of Santiago with different stops in the city. Check www.empresafreire.com for more details, or use the Omio planner above. You can also book a private transfer with us.
- 6 nights in private rooms with en-suite facilities
- 6 breakfasts and 1 dinner in Santiago
- Private transfer from Santiago airport/train station to Sarria on day 1
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (1 pc up to 20 kg per person)
- Support car throughout the trip for emergencies
- Local English-speaking guide
- Guided tour of Santiago de Compostela (old town) and entrance to Santiago Cathedral
- Pilgrim’s passport and scallop
- Travel insurance for the duration of the Camino
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, 5 dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance if you stay longer in Spain (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- A supplement applies to those who require a single room
- Extra nights in Santiago before and after the tour
- Airport transfers
You need to get your passports stamped in churches, restaurants or hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago de Compostela, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate.
Important: Due to the large influx of pilgrims during summer, and to avoid long waiting times, the Pilgrim Office in Santiago has installed a numbered ticket system for issuing pilgrim certificates (the Compostela). This new system allows pilgrims to collect their tickets and, using a QR Code, to check the status of the queue and estimated waiting time to obtain the Compostela. However, the number of tickets per day is limited, so on days with high numbers of pilgrims arriving; there is a possibility that not all pilgrims will be able to collect their certificate on the day of arrival and will have to return for it on the following morning.
Therefore, if obtaining a pilgrim certificate is important to you, and if you plan to undertake the Camino between April 15th and October 15th, we recommend that you arrange the return travel in such a way that you will be in Santiago de Compostela during the morning after your arrival. Better still, we encourage you to book a second night in Santiago so that you can collect the certificate without rushing and enjoy the charms of the city!