Spain 8 Day Guided French Way (Sarria – Santiago)
Durartion: 8 Days
Price: From $1,199 (excluding flights)
FRENCH WAY (GUIDED)
1 – 8 OCTOBER 2023
SARRIA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
The quintessential, most traveled and most documented of all the Ways.
Running from the eastern side of the Pyrennes at Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela in the Northwest of Spain, the French Way is the Way par excellence. It is the most famous route to Santiago and the most walked (in 2022, 225,000 pilgrims from all over the world reached Santiago).
The French Way was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, its entire length being 780km. It follows earlier Roman trade routes and traverses the Pyrennes, beech and pine forests of Navarre, the vineyards of La Rioja, the meseta of Castile until it reaches the mountains and the oak and chestnut forests of Galicia.
Our 8 day trip runs from Sarria to the cathedral of Santiago through medieval towns, meadows, small villages, past rivers and eucalyptus forests. It is the perfect option for novice Camino walkers as it is the best signposted route and has a great range of services (cafes, restaurants etc). It is also recommended for those looking to meet other pilgrims and enjoy the social aspect of the Camino. Daily distances are an average of 22.9km.
Optional transfers from the airport at Santiago place you directly at the heart of western Galicia so you can immediately settle into life in the pretty town of Sarria. As part of this trip you’ll find featured 7 nights in comfortable locally-owned hotels or rural guesthouses with breakfasts and luggage transport between accommodation. Around-the-clock emergency assistance is also included which adds confidence to the detailed walking route notes that cover landmarks, distances and things to see over the course of your walk.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 – Arrival day to Sarria
Day 2 – Sarria – Portomarín (22.2km)
Day 3 – Portomarín – Palas de Rei (25km)
Day 4 – Palas de Rei – Melide (14.5km)
Day 5 – Melide – Ribadiso (11.5km)
Day 6 – Ribadiso – O Pedrouzo (21.7km)
Day 7 – O Pedrouzo – Santiago (20.2km)
Day 8 – Departure day from Santiago de Compostela
Total Distance 114.8km
€995 per person, based on two people sharing a room
Single Room Supplement of €210
Please note this is a guided trip which means that you go on a prearranged set date of the year and it includes a bilingual guide.
The benefits of this option is that it eliminates worrying about getting lost and is ideal for solo travellers who do not want to walk on their own. Having said that, we will say that walking the Camino (particularly the French Way), you will never be alone as it is very popular. In 2022, 225,000 people from all over the world walked this route, representing 52% of the entire number of pilgrims who walked a Camino in 2022. You can also still walk at your own pace and alone if you wish but you have the added safety of knowing your guide and other group members are close by for you.
For people who prefer more independence, who would like to choose a start and finish date that suits you, or a tailor made trip we recommend our self guided walking trips.
Note: Our guided trips are guaranteed at a minimum of 8 people. If we do not reach a minimum number of 8 for this trip, you can convert it into a self guided trip and we will refund you the price difference with our equivalent self guided trip or you can get a full refund.
For further information about this guided package, contact us on 01 – 442 8921 or email us at email@example.com
At a glance:
- 7 nights in 2-3 star Hotels/Rural Houses/Rural Pensiones
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
- Bilingual and experienced guide
- Transfer in case of emergencies
- Camino Information Pack & Detailed Itinerary Pack
- Pilgrim’s Passport
Quote of the day:
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going”