WALK THE CAMINO

Sarria to Santiago - Guided Tour

Join us on the final stretch of the St James Way to Santiago de Compostela. This is a small group excursion, expertly led by our professional bilingual guide. You'll gain a deeper insight into the heritage of the Camino and the Galician way of life. You will also gain the Compostela certificate.

A Guided Camino Tour from Sarria to Santiago

Sarria is the Galician town where many walkers choose to begin their Camino, joining up with those who have walked the entire route. A real sense of excitement is evident in Sarria, with many international walkers on the trail to Santiago. There are six daily walks, each day bringing you to a new hamlet or village, town or city, always heading west towards the Cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela.

All arrangements are made directly by our Camino team and you will have the support of a bilingual guide who will be accompanying the group throughout their time in Spain. You will qualify for the Compostela certificate.

Our meeting point is the airport of Santiago, where you'll be met by your guide and taken by private coach to Sarria. Each day, we move your baggage from one accommodation to the next as you walk. This daily service is organised so that all you have to worry about is carrying a day sack with your essential items.

Extra Nights in Santiago de Compostela

A second night is recommended for those who wish to spend more time exploring this fascinating city.

We also design Camino experiences out of Santiago. We have full day and half day tour along the Camino and the wider Galician area. Many of our couples and groups wish to combine gentle short walks with sightseeing excursions and gastronomy experiences.

For further details about our slow walks of the Camino de Santiago, just get in touch. We will be happy to create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.

Extend Your Experience - Transfer to Cape Finisterre & the Atlantic Coast

You can also spend 2 or 3 nights on Cape Finisterre where there are short walks to be enjoyed as well as a two day mini itinerary to Muxia.

Earn the Compostela on Our Guided Camino Tour

The "classic" and the most popular route is the Camino Frances or French Way. And this final section of 115 kms is the most popular of all walk, as it gains walkers the Compostela certificate and brings you to the splendid Cathedral of St James.

There are six daily walks from Sarria to Portomarin, then to Palas de Rei, Melide, Arzua, Arca and finally Santiago. Each day’s walk brings you to a new hamlet or village, town or city, always heading west towards the Cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela. 

 

 

 

The main highlights of our slow walk of the Camino de Santiago are:

Experience Europe's most important and ancient pilgrimage route

Walk the thousand-year old pilgrimage route in manageable sections, at your own pace. Soak up the Camino's ancient history as you go past medieval villages, pilgrim fountains, and majestic monasteries linked for centuries to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Spanish Gastronomy and Wine

Every town in the Camino has a variety of lively plazas with bars and restaurants, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the delicious Spanish gastronomy and the variety of world-famous Spanish wines.

Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Galicia's capital city Santiago de Compostela is the world-known destination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Around the Cathedral of Saint James of Compostela, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the city boasts a picturesque old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.

As an addition to the tour, we would recommend you the following optional extras:

Guided Tour of Santiago de Compostela

As an optional extra, we can arrange a guided tour of the city's extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments grouped around the Cathedral of Saint James the Greater.

 

THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO SEE AND DO IN GALICIA...

Day Excursion to Finisterre & Muxia

As an add on to the tour we can take you for an excursion to Cape Finisterre, in Galicia's Atlantic coast, which traditionally was the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. We also organise slow walks on the Camino de Finisterre. A walk on the beach, searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience.

Day Excursion to Rias Baixas

As an add on to the tour we can take you for an excursion to Cape Finisterre, in Galicia's Atlantic coast, which traditionally was the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. We also organise slow walks on the Camino de Finisterre. A walk on the beach, searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience.

Day Excursion to Riberia Sacra

As an add on to the tour we can take you for an excursion to Cape Finisterre, in Galicia's Atlantic coast, which traditionally was the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. We also organise slow walks on the Camino de Finisterre. A walk on the beach, searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience.

Day Excursion to Lugo

As an add on to the tour we can take you for an excursion to Cape Finisterre, in Galicia's Atlantic coast, which traditionally was the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. We also organise slow walks on the Camino de Finisterre. A walk on the beach, searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience.

Hand-picked comfortable, family-run establishments on half board.

We have chosen comfortable, small, family-run establishments on the Camino, which includes a variety of two and three star hotels.

Our hotels are our Camino partners that we work with on a daily basis. We have reserved private rooms with twin & double beds and en suite facilities. Most en suites have showers rather than baths. This is the norm in Spanish hotels, where people are ever mindful of conserving energy and water.

Breakfast and dinner are included in this tour, as well as baggage transfers.

The hotels are situated either on the Camino route.

They do have wifi although speeds are variable.

 

Galician Food & Wine

This is an area that still preserves a traditional way of life. Galicia is the green corner of Spain and its lush meadows support many family-run dairy and beef farms. A gastronomic point - in Melide look out for the local speciality "Pulpo Gallego" - octopus! The wines, cheeses and seafood are all renowned Galician specialities.

Galician cooking is simple and hearty, using mainly fresh local produce. Almost every meal begins with Caldo Gallego, a thick soup made from meat, potatoes, greens and beans. Empanadas are a square, pie-like dish made with meat, fish or seafood. Bread is rustic and tasty unlike so much of the mass produced bread we eat today. If you like your seafood, then eat it every chance you get. When in Melide, try Pulpo Gallego: steamed octopus is sliced up, sprinkled with paprika then served on wooden platters to diners eating communally at long wooden tables. Celebrate your arrival in Santiago with a big seafood dinner: much more expensive than a pilgrim menu, but well worth the splurge. Another delight is Vieiras de Santiago, scallops with onions and cured ham.

Those with a sweet tooth will love Tarta de Santiago, a type of almond cake dusted with sugar outlining the shape of the cross of Santiago. Galicia's trademark green fields make for happy cows, and their milk is often turned into a soft and creamy conical-shaped cheese named Tetilla and there are many other varieties.

Unlike the red wine–producing rest of Spain, Galicia's climate is better suited to whites. Albariño is a straw-coloured wine with a distinctive peach flavour that's slowly becoming respected outside Spain. Ribeiro is young, fresh, cloudy and perfect with seafood. In more traditional bars it's poured straight out of the barrel into wide, shallow clay cups.

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The Twin Spires of the Cathedral of Santiagode Compostela

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Our hotel in Santiago de Compostela beside the Cathedral

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Walking Through Green Galicia

  • Date

    1-8 October 2017

  • Cost

    7 nights HB with baggage transfers from £865 pp sharing double / twin rooms, single occupancy £990 and some triple rooms at £830 pp available. Airport transfer from Santiago with group is included. Not Included:- flights, lunches, alternative transfer arrangements from Madrid and other entry points, refreshments, tips.

  • Accommodation

    1-3* Guest Houses, Pension and Hotels on the Camino. Half Board Included.

  • Grade

    Easy/Moderate

  • How To Get There

    Fly into Santiago de Compostela - arrival should be timed for mid afternoon on the 14th of June and 1st October for group transfer. Please ask if you need assistance finding a flight to suit you.

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We enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn't have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It's hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.

Anne Corrigan, UK, walking the Camino Frances

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.

Anne and Brian Harris, UK, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago

We had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.

Chris and Davina, Australia, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago