Camino Francés Final Stage - Sarria to Santiago

This is final stage of the Camino Francés. It takes 5 days walking to complete, averaging approx. 22 km per day and qualifies you for the Compostela (certificate). The trail is a combination of small country roads, stone footpaths and well maintained compact dirt tracks with not too many steep climbs or treacherous descents. This walk is considered “moderate” and suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit but, most importantly, stamina is required.

Highlights

  • The interesting and varied Galician countryside
  • The first sight of the Cathedral when entering Plaza Obradoiro
  • Collecting your well earned Compostela from the pilgrim's office in Santiago
  • Galician food and wine
  • The camaraderie of fellow walkers
  • Upgrade to the world famous 5* Parador in Santiago for the final 2 nights (optional)

What is Included

  • Return flights Dublin/Santiago. (This trip is based on a specific airfare. A surcharge may apply if the fare is unavailable when booking).
  • Airport taxes
  • One carry on bag per person max 10 kg
  • 5 nights B&B in basic en suite hotels/pensions while walking
  • 2 nights in 4* hotel in Santiago at end of walk
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Luggage transfers throughout
  • Services of local English speaking agent (emergencies only!)

What is Not Included

  • Single room supplement €182.00
  • Travel insurance €38.00 (+66 years double premium applies)
  • Checked in bag max 15 kg €70.00 (currently)
  • Pilgrim passport €12.00

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Sarria

Depart Dublin on direct flight to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival in Santiago, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation in Sarria. Overnight in Sarria.

Day 2 – Sarria to Portomarin (22 km)

Enjoy a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, through pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The route takes you to the village of Barbadelo with its beautiful Romanesque Church of Santiago de Barbadelo. Cross the river Miño and enter the village of Portomarín. Try the local speciality – “Tarta de Santiago”.
Overnight in Portomarín.

Day 3 – Portomarin to Palas de Rei (23 km)

Today’s walk goes by Monte San Antonio with the Torres river to the right. Pass small villages and gentle undulating countryside so typical of Galicia. From Hospital de la Cruz a 10 km. walk takes you through Eirexe, with its beautiful Romanesque church and Portos before arriving in Palas de Rei for overnight.

Day 4 – Palas de Rei to Arzúa (28 km)

The walk today is slightly downhill and once again marvel at the fabulous Galician countryside, the charming villages and medieval churches before arriving in the bustling market town of Melide, a good place to stop for lunch. Follow the forest road, cross the streams and arrive in Boente with its church of Santiago. Pass Ribadiso, a medieval village before arriving in Arzúa. Take the opportunity to see the Santa Maria and Magdalena churches and sample the cheese for which Arzúa is famous. Overnight in Arzúa.

Day 5 – Arzúa to Pedrouzo (19 km)

On this section of the Camino you will walk through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Be sure to visit the chapel of Santa Irene with its fountains and unique statues of St. James as you near your final destination, Santiago de Compostela. Overnight in Pedrouzo.

Day 6 – Pedrouzo to Santiago (20 km)

Arriving in the municipality of Santiago, you reach the town of A Lavacolla. Here in former times pilgrims would wash from head to toe in a little brook that runs through the area. Then approach the Monte de Gozo, a small hillock from where you get your first glimpse of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. Finally you are on the home straight leading to the gates of the Cathedral. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 7 – Santiago de Compostela

Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore Santiago. Attend the Pilgrims Mass in the Cathedral.
Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 8

Morning at leisure before transferring to airport for return flight home.

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in 2/3* hotels/pensions while walking. Your en suite room will be simple, basic and clean. Facilities generally consist of a reception area and a breakfast room. Some have restaurant facilities. Breakfast is usually of the continental variety - coffee and croissants – anything else is bonus!

As we use a wide range of accommodations in the various overnight locations you will be advised of names of all accommodation with your travel documents. The 2 final nights in Santiago will in a good centrally located 4* hotel in Santiago.


Upgrade to the Parador de Santiago de Compostela 5* Deluxe for the final 2 nights

Reward yourself at the end of your Camino by staying in the Parador for the last 2 nights. This historical 5 star deluxe hotel – built in 1499 and reputedly the oldest in the world! – is in a wonderful location right beside the Cathedral.

Click here for more information on the Parador de Santiago de Compostela

Call us for our special pilgrim rates. It is a unique experience and a real treat!


Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin / Santiago

13.10 hrs.

16.20 hrs.

Aer Lingus

Santiago /Dublin

17.00 hrs.

18.10 hrs.

Dates & Prices

2018

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Sat 31 Mar 2018

Sat 7 Apr 2018

€835.00

Sat 7 Apr

Sat 14 Apr

€749.00

Sat 14 Apr

Sat 21 Apr

€749.00

Sat 21 Apr

Sat 28 Apr

€749.00

Sat 28 Apr

Sat 5 May

€815.00

Sat 5 May

Sat 12 May

€805.00

Sat 12 May

Sat 19 May

€795.00

Sat 19 May

Sat 26 May

€795.00

Sat 26 May

Sat 2 Jun

€795.00

Sat 2 Jun

Sat 9 Jun

€795.00

Sat 9 Jun

Sat 16 Jun

€795.00

Sat 16 Jun

Sat 23 Jun

€795.00

Sat 23 Jun

Sat 30 Jun

€795.00

Sat 30 Jun

Sat 7 Jul

€795.00

Sat 7 Jul

Sat 14 Jul

€795.00

Sat 14 Jul

Sat 21 Jul

€795.00

Sat 21 Jul

Sat 28 Jul

€795.00

Sat 28 Jul

Sat 4 Aug

€795.00

Sat 4 Aug

Sat 11 Aug

€795.00

Sat 11 Aug

Sat 18 Aug

€795.00

Sat 18 Aug

Sat 25 Aug

€795.00

Sat 25 Aug

Sat 1 Sep

€795.00

Sat 1 Sep

Sat 8 Sep

€795.00

Sat 8 Sep

Sat 15 Sep

€795.00

Sat 15 Sep

Sat 22 Sep

€795.00

Sat 22 Sep

Sat 29 Sep

€795.00

Sat 29 Sep

Sat 6 Oct

€795.00

Sat 6 Oct

Sat 13 Oct

€795.00

Sat 13 Oct

Sat 20 Oct

€795.00

Sat 20 Oct

Sat 27 Oct

€795.00

Other departures can be organized on request from April to September

Important Information

  • Walking grade - moderate
  • Walking each day: you are “independent” which means you have maximum flexibility – set off walking in the morning whenever you are ready, walk at your own pace, choose when and where to stop for lunch en route and plan the day around your own agenda. You simply leave your packed luggage at reception and it will be awaiting you on arrival in your next accommodation!
  • If you cannot continue walking? – have no worries, public transport and/or taxis are available. Simply call our local partner in Spain who will be happy to assist – he speaks fluent English!
  • We can tailor-make your Camino to suit your personal preferences – pick your own dates, decide how many days walking you would like and even add in rest days along the way.
  • The direct flights from Dublin to Santiago operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card. A 2% surcharge applies only to balances paid by credit card.