This unique trip is designed to enable you to walk the Camino and qualify for the Compostela (certificate), albeit at a more leisurely pace. This walk is the final stage of the Camino Francés (the French Way) – the most traditional and best known of all the Pilgrim Ways to Santiago de Compostela. You will walk on average of 12 km per day over 10 days with the longest distance being 16 km on one day only!
Day 1: Dublin – Santiago de Compostela – Sarria
Depart Dublin on direct flight to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival in Santiago transfer to your accommodation in Sarria.
Day 2: Sarria – Ferreirós – Sarria (13.7 km)
Today 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. Transfer by coach back to Sarria.
Day 3: Sarria – Ferreirós – Portomarín (10 km)
After breakfast, transfer by coach to Ferreirós to continue your walk. Cross the river Miño and enter the village of Portomarín. Try the local speciality – “Tarta de Santiago”.
Day 4: Portomarín – Ventas de Narón - Portomarín (11.20 km)
Today’s walk takes you around Monte San Antonio with the Torres river to the right, passing small villages and gentle undulating countryside so typical of Galicia, before arriving in the small village of Ventas de Narón.Transfer by coach back to Portomarín.
Day 5: Ventas de Narón – Palas de Rei (11 km)
After breakfast depart by coach to Ventas de Narón to take up your journey where you left off. Today’s walk passes through Eirexe, with its beautiful Romanesque church and Portos before arriving in Palas.
Day 6: Palas de Rei – Melide (16 km)
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.
Day 7: Melide – Arzúa (15 km)
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 8: Arzúa – Salceda (11.3 km)
Leaving Arzua, the last major town on the route, wander through the picturesque village of Calle with its traditional stone houses then onwards to Salceda.
Day 9: Salceda – Arca/O Pino (7 km)
Today’s walk takes you through meadows, oak and eucalyptus trees and small villages. Take a moment to visit the chapel of Santa Irene with its fountains and unique statues of Santiago.
Day 10: O Pino - A Lavacolla (10.8 km)
Walk until you arrive in the municipality of Santiago and 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 in preparation for their arrival into Santiago.
Day 11: A Lavacolla – Santiago de Compostela (10 km)
The Way now approaches the Monte do Gozo (The Mount of Joy), a small hillock from where the pilgrims caught their first view of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. From here you are on the home straight! Your walk now leads to the gates of the Cathedral of Santiago.
Day 12: Santiago de Compostela
At leisure today to explore Santiago de Compostela. Attend the Pilgrims Mass in the Cathedral.
Morning at leisure before transferring to airport for return flight home.
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.
Call us for our special pilgrim rates. It is a unique experience and a real treat!
From / To
Dublin / Santiago
Thu 16 May 2019
Tue 28 May 2019
Thu 06 Jun
Tue 18 Jun
Thu 05 Sep
Tue 17 Sep
Other departures can be organized on request from April to October