Camino Francés – Sarria to Santiago – September 2019

Guided Walk

Description

This is the most popular section of the Camino, walking approximately 115km from Sarria, a little more than the 100km required to allow you to collect your Compostela in Santiago.

The level of difficulty is moderate – the rolling hills in this part of Galicia are similar in many respects to the Irish countryside.

 

Departure Date and Cost:

  • September 28th – October 5th (Saturday – Saturday)
  • €565 pps (not including flight – flight booked at cost).
  • Single Supplement €180 for first 6 places, €250 thereafter.
  • If a single traveller is willing to share and a partner can’t be found, SS of €90 applies.
  • €30 discount for previous Camino Groups walkers!

All our escorted walks are with an Irish guide – the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing the Camino at your own pace!

 

What’s included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
  • Transfer from Santiago to Sarria to begin the walk and from Santiago to te airport the for return flight to Dublin.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
  • Premier Plus travel insurance – the highest level of cover available from Blue Insurance, Ireland’s largest travel insurance provider.
  • An Irish tour guide to accompany you every step of the way.
  • A Camino Groups walking top – the must-have fashion accessory of 2019!
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.

Note:

  • Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we will book your flights at cost for you. The earlier you book, the cheaper it will be!

 

Itinerary

Saturday 28th, Day 1

  • Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Transfer to Sarria for overnight.

Sunday 29th, Day 2

  • Walk 22km to Portomarín, getting your first sense of the typical Galician farms that you walk through. Portomarín has a fascinating history, the original town being flooded by the development of a major hydroelectric plant further along the Miño river.
  • The town as you find it today was relocated above the water levels of the flooded plain. The church was reconstructed brick by brick from the original!

Monday 30th, Day 3

  • Walk 24 km to Palas de Rei. By now, you will have begun to notice the ubiquitous Horreos – stone and wooden structures that were used to store corn and keep it away from pesky rodents! Now mostly ornamental, the Horreo is as much a symbol of Galicia as the scallop shell is of the Camino.

Tuesday 1st of October, Day 4

  • Walk 29km to Arzúa. This is your longest and toughest day – but when you make it to Arzúa, you know you’re well on your way. The second half of the day is hilly, but the picturesque hamlet of Ribadiso helps to ease away thoughts of weary limbs.
  • You also pass through the town of Melide, the self-styled Galician capital of pulpo (octopus). You have to try some!

Wednesday 2nd, Day 5

  • Walk 19km to Pedrouzo. Don’t let the shorter distance completely fool you! There are still some hills to be negotiated as you pass through some more small hamlets and farmyards. Pedrouzo itself is a small town that has grown in the last couple of decades, now serving as a satellite town for the city of Santiago. You will see the placenames of Arca, Pedrouzo and Pino intermingled – they all refer to the same town!

Thursday 3rd, Day 6

  • Walk 20km to Santiago. After skirting around the airport near Lavacolla, you will arrive at Monte de Gozo about 5km from Santiago. This marks the traditional spot where pilgrims would wash themselves in preparation for their arrival into Santiago. Nowadays, it is a great gathering spot for groups to meet up, before walking into Santiago together.

Friday 4th, Day 7

  • Free day in Santiago. A chance to collect your Compostela from the Pilgrim Office and to attend the midday pilgrim mass (there’s usually an English language mass in the evening).
  • The historic centre of Santiago is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a beautiful place to wander or indeed to sip a café (or something a bit stronger!) and watch the world go by. The centre of Santiago is very compact and easily walkable – a treasure trove of beautiful buildings and winding streets.

Saturday 5th, Day 8

  • Free time in the morning in Santiago before your transfer to Santiago airport for return flight home.