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This trekking holiday encompasses the most popular Camino walking route to Santiago from Sarria. The French Way is by far the most widely trodden of all the Caminos.

  • Walk the ‘Way of St James’
  • Visit ancient sites & Romanesque churches
  • Qualify for the official Pilgrim’s Certificate

Your journey begins in Sarria and ensures that you walk the final 100 kilometres (Sarria is 112 kilometres from Santiago) to qualify for the official pilgrim’s certificate on arrival at the magnificent cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

You walk through rolling terrain following quiet country lanes, old bridle paths and forest trails. Ever popular with pilgrims from around the world, early booking and some flexibility with travel dates are highly recommended.

For those wanting to hike the Camino de Santiago with a little more luxury, take a look at our French Way in Style itinerary.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Travel to Sarria

    Fly to Santiago de Compostela airport and make your way (by bus or taxi) to your hotel at Sarria.

  2. Day 2: Begin your journey & walk to Portomarin

    Covering one of the most beautiful stages of the French Way, you'll walk through forest, across meadows, past orchards and stone hamlets to Portomarin and your overnight hotel.

  3. Day 3: Across the Rio Minho & to Palace do Rei

    The Pilgrims Way continues on through lush Galician countryside to Palas de Rei. On the way, if you wish, you can take a detour to visit one of Spain’s most outstanding Romanesque churches at nearby Vilar de Donas, which is classified as a national monument.

  4. Day 4: Past medieval villages & to Arzua

    The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track, bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua.

  5. Day 5: Onwards to Rua & Amenal

    Passing through woods, sleepy villages and along streams makes up the majority of today’s walk. The chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago, is worth a visit.

  6. Day 6: Complete the pilgrimage & arrive in Santiago

    Initially, follow country lanes and forest paths and then the increase in population is increasingly apparent. From the Mount of Joy you have your first views of Santiago de Compostela, before you continue downhill and into the city to the Plaza del Obradoiro where you receive your official certificate at the Cathedral office.

  7. Day 7: Fly back to the UK

    Depart Santiago on your flight back to the UK.

Price and Other Information

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 7 days from £649 per person
  • Duration including flights from/to UK: 7 days Price available on request
  • Single room supplement: From £180
  • Walking grade: Moderate
  • Guiding: Self-Guided
  • Max alt: Low
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  • What’s included
    • Hotels x 6 nights
    • 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners

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Dates & Prices

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Self-Guided Dates and Prices
Year Daily Departures Price From (Exc. Flights) Options
All prices are per person. Daily departures subject to availability.
2019 From 1 Mar to 30 Nov £649 Book or Enquire

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