Spain 12 Day French Way (Leon – Sarria)

Durartion: 12 Days

Price: From $1,145 (excluding flights)

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The French Way is the most famous Camino route to Santiago. It runs from the eastern side of the Pyrenees at SJPP to Santiago de Compostela in the Northwest of Spain, extending to a distance of 780km.

This 12 day walking experience takes you over the fifth section of the French Way from the beautiful city of Leon, court and burial place for the Kings of Leon to the town of Sarria in Galicia, where the majority of modern day pilgrims start their Camino journey to Santiago.

You will be leave the city of Leon westwards towards the towns of Astorga, an old Roman city with fascinating architecture including the Gaudí designed Palace. Continue along a flat route of country roads and walking paths to Ponferrada and Villafranca del Bierzo. Leave the Castilla and León region and the high plains of El Camino and to enter Galicia, the northwestern region, with its Celtic history and hilly landscapes. Climb up to O Cebreiro, an old Celtic village at 1,300m, where pilgrims customarily place a stone at the ‘cruceiro’, or stone cross, for good luck. Descend to Triacastela and on to the final town; Sarria.

This trip is ideal for people who walked the previous four sections of the Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Leon and wish to continue to Santiago de Compostela, as they complete the entire Camino in stages over a number of years.

As part of this trip, you will stay 11 nights in Rural Guesthouses with private bathroom ensuite and up to  3 star hotels with breakfast and luggage transport between your accommodation. Around-the-clock emergency assistance is also included which adds confidence to the detailed walking notes which covers landmarks, distances and things to see over the course of your walk.



Day 1 – Arrival day to Leon

Day 2 – Leon – Villavante (24.5km)*

Day 3 – Villavante – Astorga (21km)

Day 4 – Astorga – Rabanal del Camino (20.5km)

Day 5 – Rabanal del Camino – El Acebo de San Miguel (16.5km)

Day 6 – El Acebo de San Miguel – Ponferrada (16km)

Day 7 – Ponferrada – Villafranca del Bierzo (23.5km)

Day 8 – Villafranca del Bierzo – Ambasmestas (15.5km)

Day 9 – Ambasmestas – O Cebreiro (13.5km)

Day 10 – O Cebreiro – Triacastela (20.5km)

Day 11 – Traicastela – Sarria (18km)

Day 12 – Departure day from Sarria

Total Distance 189.5km

* We provide a taxi transfer on Day 2 to exit the city of Leon and reduce the first walking stage from 31.5kms to 24.5kms.



Mid Season

April, May, June and October

Price €950 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €440


High Season

Easter, July, August and September

Price €995 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €495



  • Add Airport Transfers from and to Santander or Santiago de Compostela Airport
  • Upgrade to Luxury accommodation in the 5 star Parador Hotel in Leon

If you choose not to include airport transfers, we will provide detailed advice how to get from /back to the airport.



Self guided, tailor made trips are available from mid March to mid October. Choose a start date that suits you/your group. You can secure your booking with a 20% deposit.



For further information about this package, contact us on 01 – 442 8921 or email us at

At a glance:

  • 11 nights in up to 3 star Hotels/Rural Houses/Rural Pensiones
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
  • Pilgrim’s Passport
  • Camino Information Pack and Walking Notes
  • 24 hour phone assistance
  • Transfer in case of emergencies

Quote of the day:

“Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased”

John Steinbeck