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Camino Frances: Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 585 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 650 Euro (EUR)

Beginning in Sarria and finishing in Santiago de Compostela the Camino, or Way of Saint James, crosses the hilly lands of Galicia. One of the most beautiful parts of the Camino, and of course the most rewarding! This is the final of our eight sections of Camino Frances. Every day, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is extremely well marked, with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk including numerous cultural highlights.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Sarria. You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the lively town of Sarria. The rooms are en-suite.

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarin (6 h, 23 km). Today is the most peaceful part of the Camino, offering shady oak woods, pretty villages, quiet country roads and many churches with statues and frescoes. The village of Barbedelo (580 m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros, passing by long narrow rectangular “stones on legs” typical of the region. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), be sure to visit the bakery to try the local specialty: the “Torta de Santiago”.

Day 3: Portomarín to Palace do Rei (6 h, 15-23 km). From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill for half of this leg of the journey. On your way, you will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the handmade Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565 m).

Day 4: Palace do Rei to Arzùa (7 h, 28 km). Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming paved street village of Leboreiro. Coming to Melide (454 m) you can stop in one of the many restaurants to try their famous squid. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago, the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa (389 m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena. If you wish to take your time, we can split this walking day in 2 (15 km and 13 km), staying overnight in the bustling market town of Melide. Here you will stay in a charming 2* hotel in front of the "Refugio de Peligrino", in the center of the town.

Day 5: Arzùa to Rùa-O Pino (5 h, 15-18 km). This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. This will be your last night before Santiago. Rúa (310 m) is an intermediate stopping point that is less crowded than others before Santiago. Enjoy a good night’s sleep remembering the way you traveled. The last stretch is about to begin.

Day 6: Rúa to Santiago de Compostela (5 h, 20 km). You are nearly there. You can feel civilization taking over again as the Camino pass by Amenal. The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees will accompany you to Monte del Gozo (368 m) and its huge modern sculpture - from here you can see the Cathedral of Santiago. You are on the “Mount of Joy” and you can start your final descent to Santiago de Compostela (264 m, population 80000). Finally, you reach the place of most interest in Santiago; its Cathedral. Partly Romanesque and partly Baroque, this wonder will amaze you. You can take some time to visit it before settling down in your luxurious hotel for the last night of your walking holiday. With the spirit of Saint James nearby, the memories of your trip will buzz around your head.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are high/low season-dependent.

Price Includes:
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Room(s) en-suite
- Half-board during the hike (except in Sarria and Santiago)
- Detailed walking notes, maps and pilgrim passport.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Insurance (recommended)
- Drinks
- Dinners in Sarria and Santiago
- Transfers to/from airport.

Options at extra cost: single rooms, airport transfers, picnics, additional nights, split day.