If you are looking for the classic Camino experience, this is the perfect tour for you! You will be walking the last 100kms of the famous Camino Francés from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela over 7 days, across the green rolling landscapes of rural Galicia.
This is the most popular Camino trip and perfectly captures the essence of the Camino de Santiago: Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions and enjoy the unique atmosphere of it all, rewarding yourself with good food after your day’s walk.
You will start your Camino trip from Sarria, the most popular Camino starting point for walkers, and you will walk the last stage of the Camino Francés over a week. This means you can receive your pilgrim certificate at the Pilgrims Office when you arrive in Santiago.
With your ‘Compostela’ certificate in hand, it is time to explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage city.
*This is a standard week-long package but you can add extra days to shorten your walking stages or stay additional nights in Santiago. Ask our team for advice. This route has excellent reviews with many 5 star ratings.
All our trips include: selected accommodation with private bathroom, holiday pack with notes and maps, 24/7 support number during your trip and GPS files. You can also add luggage transfers (one bag per person, up to 20kg), dinners (where available), bike rental and airport transfers. Superior Collection also includes a complimentary spa in Santiago. Flights are not included.
This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Call for more details
Sarria You arrive in Sarria
After your night in Sarria, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. Your destination for the night is the town of Portomarin. Easy Option: You can choose to split this day between Sarria and Portomarin in two and stay in the hamlet of Morgade.
Palas de Rei
After your night in Portomarin, your Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river) and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago. Easy Option: You can choose to split this day in two and stay in the hamlet of Ventas de Narón.
After your night in Palas de Rei, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You should take a break in the lively market town of Melide (454m), where you should try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish, in one of the many ‘pulperías’. The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m), famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, you should visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.
Easy Option: You can choose to split this day in two and stay in the the town of Melide
After your night in Arzúa, your Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, don’t miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa (310m) where you can choose to stay tonight and split this walking day. The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.
Santiago de Compostela
After your night in Amenal, your next point of interest is Lavacolla in the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city (264m, population 80,000), explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city. With only 16.5km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm). After visiting Santiago Cathedral and recovering from your walk, take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Its old town will enchant you. In Santiago the Compostela you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and socialising over a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes
Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.
Easy Option: Last stop before reaching Santiago. Choose to stay in Lavacolla and after a deserved rest, arrive in Santiago the next day feeling refreshed and calm.
End of your Camino de Santiago tour after breakfast the next morning. Consider adding an extra night in this gem of a city or perhaps a day tour.
Price from €512 per person. Flights are not included. Prices are subject to change and availability. Please call us for more details.