Camino Frances Final Stage – Travel Solo Not Alone

About This Walk

Walk the French Way Final Stage Group Departure

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Sarria to Santiago: 5 Days Walking & 2 Nights in Santiago

7 nights – B&B

€150 Deposit Per Person (Non refundable)

 

Group Departure Dates: 

August 12th – 19th

September 23rd – 30th (SOLD OUT)

 

Walk the last 115 km of the classic French Way of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (the minimum required to earn your Compostela). This is often viewed as one of the most historic routes, as you will walk through many varied landscapes, there are numerous reminders of the pilgrims past who travelled the route including crosses, statues and grain silos.

Enjoy a meet and greet on arrival and be transferred to your hotel where you will join your group for a welcome dinner. Listen to a briefing from our local guide who will explain about the week ahead and the walks you will embark on. Set off on your self guided Camino journey and travel solo but not alone, with your Uwalk Guide on hand and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers and make like-minded new friends along the way. Finish in Santiago, relax and enjoy the magic atmosphere of the city for two more nights, and then be transferred back to Santiago airport for your journey home.

This final section of the walk takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever through the undulating landscapes of Galicia.   Enter the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and relish the end of your journey at the Cathedral!

Highlights:

  • Guided or Semi Guided Trip with Meet & Greet on Arrival & Local Guide Briefing
  • Walk the Camino with like minded people – great way to make new friends.
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • From Sarria to Santiago is the most popular section of the entire Camino de Santiago
  • Enjoy mouth watering local cuisine
  • Sarria is 100km from Santiago, which is the minimum distance required for pilgrims to receive the “Compostela” certificate
  • The main street of Sarria, Rúa Maior, has a picturesque atmosphere where we suggest you enjoy a good coffee during the afternoon.
  •  Varied landscapes with forests, farmlands and rustic villages
  • Beautiful green landscape that is  characteristic of Galicia
  • In Santiago de Compostela you can visit the beautiful old town, which has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • After finishing in Santiago, you can continue walking to Finisterre, it will take 3 – 4 more days
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7 Nights - B&B - Sarria to Santiago
(115 Km)
Aug 12th - Available
€749 pp

Day 1: Sarria

*Airport Transfer Included: Coach transfer departs Santiago Airport at 17.30pm

Arrive in Sarria.

After your transfer to Sarria you could possibly visit the old town. Choose to sample some of the local cuisines in one of the restaurants in Sarria.

Day 2:

From Sarria to Portomarín, (23Km)

This first stage goes through different towns where you can visit some Romanesque churches  along paths and forest tracks.

On reaching Portomarín we have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas and this pretty village with its peculiar history.

Day 3:

From Portomarín to Palas de Rei, (23Km)

First we descend to the reservoir and then we’ll start climbing the hill to the Monte San Antonio, from where we will reach the villages of Toxibó and Gonzar.

Then we will go through different villages and small towns like Hospital de la Cruz, Ventas de Naron and  Eirexe until Palas de Rei.

Day 4:

From Palas de Rei to Arzúa, (29Km)

When leaving Palas de Rei we’ll have a nice walk through forests to Coto.

About noon we`’ll reach Melide, halfway along this stage, where you can taste the octopus in one of its typical local cuisine restaurant called  “pulpería”

Then across eucalyptus forests we will reach the village of Boente, from where we’ll walk to the village of Ribadiso before reaching Arzúa.

Day 5:

From Arzúa to Lavacolla, (29Km)

This stage also goes through eucalyptus forests and brings us even closer to our destination.  We’ll pass through different towns, including Santa Irene close to Arca.

Day 6:

Arca to Santiago de Compostela, (12Km)

As we get closer to our destination we  pass through the Monte del Gozo, whose name comes from the joy felt by the pilgrims when seeing the city for the first time.

Now you can rest in Santiago for 2 nights after a weeks walking.

Day 7

Explore Santiago de Compostela

Visit this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.  See the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum.

Day 8:

Santiago de Compostela

Free morning in Santiago before your transfer to the airport. Coach transfer will depart your Santiago hotel at approximately 1.30pm to service the Aer Lingus flight departure.

Transfer Included: Coach transfer at approx 1.30pm

For those requiring a later transfer, taxi and public transport is readily available from Santiago. See links below.

Optional Excursion: Day trip to Finisterre from Santiago

Finisterre is known as the Edge of the World! Traditionally, this was the last stretch of the Camino and the final 0.0km waymarker where pilgrims used to finish their Camino journey and burn their clothes as they admired the spectacular sun sets of World’s End over the Atlantic Ocean.

Ask your reservation specialist about an optional day trip to Finisterre which will take you from Santiago de Compostela to the fishing village and Cape, stopping along stunning parts of the Costa da Morte.

Price from €749 per person sharing  includes:

  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Fully Guided or Semi Guided*
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Welcome dinner on evening of arrival with briefing from local guide about the week and walks ahead.
  • Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Scheduled Arrival Airport Transfers* with Aer Lingus flights.
  • Baggage transferred daily
  • Daily Coach Pick Up and Drop off transfers for all walking points
  • Walking Notes
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • 24/7 Emergency support in the event of a problem
  • Airport Departure Transfer

*Guides – Dependant on group size.

 

Note:

  • Transfers are only available on day of arrival for Aer Lingus flights
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing.
  • Accommodation is in 2/3 star hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

 

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
  • *Transfers not supplied for Ryanair evening Flights

 

€150 Deposit Per Person (Non refundable)

Single Room supplement applies

Travel Insurance: €30 (Click here to purchase)

 

Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure which can be paid in instalments.

 

Group Departure Dates: 

August 12th – 19th

September 23rd – 30th (SOLD OUT)

 

Cancellation Policy

Up to 60 days before travel = loss of deposit

60 – 30 days before travel = 50% cancellation charges

30-15 days before travel 75% cancellation charges

Inside 14 days 100% cancellation charges: NO REFUND.

 

Name Changes

Name changes may be allowed subject to the agreement our suppliers/partners as follows:

Up to 30 days before travel €50.00pp

30 days to 8 days €100.00pp

Inside 7 days no changes.

 

Accommodation is in 2/3 star hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

August 12th – 19th

September 23rd – 30th (SOLD OUT)

 

Useful links:

Alsa Bus

Santiago Rosalia de Castro Airport

Get there by bus

Get there by Taxi 

 

Camino Travel Tips

  1. Break in your walking boots and socks to prevent blisters. It is also a good idea to have worn any clothing on long walks before you travel to make sure they are comfortable.
  2. Bring runners or ideally flip flops for evening time to give your feet at chance to breath & recover
  3. Pack a sports bottle & fill it each morning before you leave the hotel at breakfast
  4. Bring spare (dry!) socks in your backpack
  5. Get your pilgrim passport stamped in hotels, shops & restaurants along the Way. You must have walked 100km in order to receive your Compostela certificate of completion, in Santiago.
  6. If you have luggage transport booked with us, put your name on your luggage label and attach it to your case on the first morning. This will enable the driver to identify your bag and its destination each day.
  7. Buy a scallop shell on your first day & attach it to your rucksack
  8. A poncho is fantastic for any wet days to keep you, your clothing & your bag dry
  9. If you run out of battery on your camera / phone along the way, charge it in one of the many restaurants / cafes that you stop at. Just bring your adapter & lead. Or take a charged battery pack with you.

 

What to pack in your rucksack?

  1. Plasters (incl. blister plasters)
  2. Safety Pins
  3. Sun Cream
  4. Lip Protection
  5. Snacks (Protein Bars, Glucose sweets or take a few pastries from the breakfast buffet!)
  6. Hiking Poles (if required)
  7. Plastic Bags for wet clothing
  8. Spare socks & t-shirt depending on the weather
  9. Water Bottles
  10. Tissues / Wipes
  11. Antibacterial Hand Gel
  12. Camera (Charge your battery fully & make sure you’ve plenty of memory!)
  13. Mobile Phone
  14. Sun Glasses
  15. Pilgrim Passport
  16. Emergency Phone number (on travel documents)
  17. Hotel Voucher & Directions to hotel
  18. Spanish/Portuguese Phrasebook

 

Useful Blogs:

Walking the Camino – Advice from Chartered Physiotherapist Siobhán Treacey

Training for the Camino de Santiago

A Typical day on the Camino

Staying Hydrated on the Camino

Camino Paperwork

 

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