Camino Francés Final Stage - Sarria to Santiago

This is the full and final stage of the Camino Way. It takes 5 days walking to complete, it averages out at approx. 22 kms. 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 no really steep climbs or treacherous descents.It is strenuous enough to give a sense of achievement at the end of each day without being exhausted!This walk is suitable for everyone and anyone who is reasonably fit but, most importantly, stamina is required.

Highlights

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)
  • One carry on bag per person max 10 kg
  • 5 nights B&B in basic en suite hotels/pensions while walking
  • 2 nights B&B in 4* hotel in Santiago
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Luggage transfers throughout while walking (maximum 2 bags - one large/one small – per person)
  • Services of local English-speaking agent (emergencies only!)

What is Not Included

  • Single room supplement €185.00
  • 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.

Day 2: Sarria – Portomarín (23 km/6 hours)

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”.

Day 3: Portomarín – Palas de Rei (23 km/6 hours)

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.

Day 4: Palas de Rei - Arzúa (28 km/7 hours)

The walk today is slightly downhill; 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.

Day 5: Arzúa - Pedrouzo (19 km/5.5 hours)

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.

Day 6: Pedrouzo - Santiago (20 km/5.5 hours)

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.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela

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

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 final 2 nights in Santiago will be in a 4* hotel.


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 - reputedly the oldest in the world! – is in a wonderful location right beside the Cathedral.Call us for our special 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

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Sat 09 Mar 2019

Sat 16 Mar 2019

€785.00

Sat 16 Mar

Sat 23 Mar

€780.00

Sat 23 Mar

Sat 30 Mar

€765.00

Sat 30 Mar

Sat 6 Apr

€775.00

Sat 6 Apr

Sat 13 Apr

€775.00

Sat 13 Apr

Sat 20 Apr

€1,085.00

Sat 20 Apr

Sat 27 Apr

€939.00

Sat 27 Apr

Sat 04 May

€819.00

Sat 04 May

Sat 11 May

€825.00

Sat 11 May

Sat 18 May

€885.00

Sat 18 May

Sat 25 May

€835.00

Sat 25 May

Sat 01 Jun

€885.00

Sat 01 Jun

Sat 08 Jun

€965.00

Sat 08 Jun

Sat 15 Jun

€935.00

Sat 15 Jun

Sat 22 June

€935.00

Sat 22 Jun

Sat 29 Jun

€955.00

Sat 29 Jun

Sat 06 Jul

€955.00

Sat 06 Jul

Sat 13 Jul

€935.00

Sat 13 Jul

Sat 20 Jul

€945.00

Sat 20 Jul

Sat 27 Jul

€945.00

Sat 27 Jul

Sat 03 Aug

€935.00

Sat 03 Aug

Sat 10 Aug

€935.00

Sat 10 Aug

Sat 17 Aug

€875.00

Sat 17 Aug

Sat 24 Aug

€875.00

Sat 24 Aug

Sat 31 Aug

€875.00

Sat 31 Aug

Sat 07 Sep

€875.00

Sat 07 Sep

Sat 14 Sep

€875.00

Sat 14 Sep

Sat 21 Sep

€875.00

Sat 21 Sep

Sat 28 Sep

€875.00

Sat 28 Sep

Sat 05 Oct

€875.00

Sat 05 Oct

Sat 12 Oct

€875.00

Sat 12 Oct

Sat 19 Oct

€875.00

Sat 19 Oct

Sat 26 Oct

€875.00

Sat 26 Oct

Sat 02 Nov

€875.00


Other dates available from March to October

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 (+ cost of insurance if required) 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 only.