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Camino Frances Final Stage with Dev Skehan SOLD OUT

About This Walk

Walk the Final stage of the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago with Dev Skehan

5 Days Walking & 2 Nights in Santiago

Departs: 10th to 17th July 2024

Non Refundable Deposit of €100 per person + Booking Fee

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Join Dev Skehan and 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.

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:

  • Dev Skehan and a Uwalk Guide will accompany the group along the Camino, however please note that this is a Self Guided Walking Trip. Walking Notes will be provided with your documents to help you along the way.
  • Walk the Camino with like minded people and fellow hikers from Ireland along the route– great way to make new Irish hiking friends!
  • Traverse the most popular section of the entire Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago
  • Enjoy mouth watering local cuisine
  • Sarria is 115km from Santiago. 100km 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 a 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 choose the optional excursion to take a day trip to Finisterre from Santiago* (Subject to availability & demand)
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Sarria to Santiago
(115 Km)
7 Nights - B&B
€830 pp

Day 1 - Dublin to Santiago

After arriving into Santiago de Compostela, a scheduled coach transfer*
at 17.00pm will take you to Lugo where you will be based for 3 nights.

Overnight Hotel – Lugo

*Transfer Included: Coach transfer departs Santiago Airport at 17.00pm
Transfer Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins

**Late Transfer NOT Included – Available at an Additional Cost: Coach transfer departs Santiago Airport 23.45pm. Additional Cost: €50pp

Day 2 - Lugo (Walk - Sarria to Portomarín)

Breakfast: 7am

Bus leaves: 7.30am – Coach transfer from Lugo to Sarria for the start of the
first day’s walk.
Route: Walk from Sarria to Portomarín, (23Km)

Start Walk: Sarria

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.

Finish Walk: Portomarín

Afternoon coach transfer: from Portomarín to Lugo. (Approx 30 mins)

Bus leaves: Approx 4.30 / 5pm
Bus Stop Location: Location to be confirmed at hotel reception each morning.
Transfer Time: 25 Mins

Overnight Hotel – Lugo

Day 3 - Lugo (Walk - Portomarín to Palas de Rei)

Breakfast: 7am

Bus leaves: 7.30am – Coach transfer from Lugo to Portomarín to start your walk.
Route: Walk from Portomarín to Palas de Rei, (23Km)

Start Walk: Portomarín

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.

Finish Walk: Palas de Rei

Afternoon coach transfer: Palas de Rei to Lugo.

Bus leaves: Approx 4.30 / 5pm
Bus Stop Location: Location to be confirmed at hotel reception each morning.
Transfer Time: 30 Mins

Overnight Hotel – Lugo: Gran Hotel

Day 4 – Palas de Rei to Arzua – 29km

Breakfast: 7am

Bus leaves Lugo: 7.30am – Coach transfer from Lugo to Palas de Rei.
Route: Walk from Palas de Rei to Arzúa, (29Km)

Start Walk: Palas de Rei

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 restaurants 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.

Finish Walk: Arzúa
No afternoon coach transfer. You will walk to Arzúa where your hotel is situated.

Overnight Hotel – Arzúa

Day 5 - Arzúa (Walk - Arzúa to Lavacolla)

Breakfast: 7am

No morning coach transfer

Route: Walk from Arzúa to Lavacolla (Arca), (29Km)

This morning walk from Arzúa through eucalyptus forests which bring us even closer to our destination. We’ll pass through different towns, including Santa Irene and Arca.

Afternoon coach transfer: From Lavacolla (Arca) to Arzúa.

Bus leaves: Approx. 4.30 / 5pm
Bus Stop Location:
Location to be confirmed at hotel reception each morning.
Transfer Time: 20 Mins

Overnight Hotel – Arzúa

Day 6 - Arzúa (Walk - Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela)

Breakfast: 7am

Bus leaves: 7.30am – Coach transfer from Arzúa to Lavacolla (Arca) and walk to Santiago de Compostela.
Route: Walk Lavacolla 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.

Overnight Hotel – Santiago: Hotel Gelmirez or Hotel San Lorenzo

Day 7 - Free day in Santiago de Compostela

Breakfast: 7am

Free to Explore the town of Santiago de Compostela.

Spend the days visiting this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.  Why not visit the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum.

Overnight Hotel – Santiago

Day 8 - Depart Santiago de Compostela

Breakfast: 7am

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. (Check hotel reception to confirm departure time).

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

Depart Santiago de Compostela for home.

 

Useful links:

Alsa Bus

Santiago Rosalia de Castro Airport

Get there by bus

Get there by Taxi 

www.aerlingus.com

Price from €830 per person sharing includes:

  • Dev Skehan and a Uwalk Guide will accompany the group along the Camino, however please note that this is a Self Guided Walking Trip. Walking Notes will be provided with your documents to help you along the way.
  • 7 Nights Hotel accommodation with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.
  • 3 Nights in Lugo
  • 2 Nights in Arzúa
  • 2 Nights in Santiago
  • Breakfast included daily.
  • Scheduled Airport Transfers* at 17.00pm approximately included to connect with the Aer Lingus flight (details below). Transfers required later than the scheduled 17.00pm transfer are available at an additional cost.
  • 1 x 20kg Bag transferred daily.
  • Walking Notes – A hard copy of each day’s walking notes will be available at your hotel.
  • Pilgrim Passport – You will receive on arrival at your first hotel.
  • 24/7 Emergency support in the event of a problem.
  • Uwalk – Local walking guide throughout trip.
  • Back up of local Uwalk office for support.

 

Not Included: 

  • Flights
  • Meals not specified above
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

 

Walking the Camino:

  • Walk the last 115km to Santiago. 100kms is the minimum distance required for pilgrims to receive the ‘Compostela Certificate’
  • Collect stamps from the places you pass through to certify that you have been there. Stamps can be obtained from Churches, Hostels, Town hall & Cafes.
  • Collect Two Stamps per day to receive your ‘Compostela Certificate’.
  • Route is well marked (The bike signs can be confusing, so you must stay alert.)

 

Suggested Flight Details:

Aer Lingus and Ryanair fly from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela

 

Aer Lingus Flights are suggested (Not Included)

Transfers ARE Included for these flights.

For Flight bookings: Click Here: www.aerlingus.com

Wed 10th July – Dublin to Santiago de Compostela
Flight number: EI 742
Depart: 13:30 Dublin (DUB), Ireland 2h 20m
Arrive: 16:50 Santiago de Compostela (SCQ), Spain
Flight Duration: 2h 20m

Wed 17th July – Santiago de Compostela to Dublin
Flight number: EI 743
Depart: 17:30 Santiago de Compostela (SCQ), Spain
Arrive: 18:40 Dublin (DUB), Ireland
Flight Duration: 2h 10m

 

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Ryanair Flights (Not Included)

PLEASE NOTE: Transfers are NOT Included for these flights. 

Dublin to Santiago
Date: 10th July
Flight: FR 3568
Depart: Dublin: 19:35
Arrive: Santiago de Compostela: 22:45
Duration: 2h 10m

Santiago to Dublin
Date: 17th July
Flight: FR 3567
Depart: Santiago de Compostela: 18:15
Arrive: Dublin: 19:10
Duration: 1h 55m

  • Ryanair Flights arrive into Santiago at 22.45 on the day of arrival (please not you will have an early start the following morning). Transfers are not included for these flights and are limited.
  • You can purchase an optional transfer to take you to Lugo on arrival for €50 if you book Ryanair flights.
  • Transfers on the day of departure will not be available for this flight, but Taxis and Buses are readily available to bring you to the airport from Santiago de Compostela City.
  • Click here to book Ryanair Flights: www.ryanair.com

 

7 Nights Hotel accommodation with private facilities and breakfast is included daily. We have chosen popular family run hotels along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

  • 3 Nights in Lugo
  • 2 Nights in Arzúa
  • 2 Nights in Santiago

Important Information

  • NB: All participants MUST have travel insurance and book their own flights.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory. Proof of travel insurance must be supplied to UWalk 8 weeks prior to departure.
  • We recommend that all EU citizens carry the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Apply HERE
  • Single Trip travel insurance can be purchased HERE.
  • Transfers are available on day of arrival at 17.00pm and day of departure at 1.30pm for flights arriving/departing in at the same time as the Aer Lingus flights.
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing. Single rooms are generally not available.
    • Twin Room – 2 Guests (Both names are required when booking)
    • Twin Room – Guaranteed Room Share (If you are a solo traveller and wish to share a room, we will match you up with someone to room share).
  • Accommodation is in hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels and pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.
  • Final payment is due on May 8th. Payment can be made in instalments.

 

 

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.

 

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 Phrasebook

 

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