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Join Mark O’Donnell on the French Camino

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Walk the French Camino with Mark O’Donnell

Departs: 19th – 26th July

Join Mark O’Donnell on a 7 day Camino journey from Sarria to Santiago.

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Departs: 19th – 26th July

7 Nights from €759 pp

Non Refundable Deposit of €150 per person

 

French Way Final Stage from Sarria to Santiago: 5 Days Walking & 2 Nights in Santiago

Join Mark O’Donnell as he returns to the Camino this year with another successful walking group trip. Following Mark’s Portuguese Camino last year his followers are eager to walk a new route of the Camino with some ‘craic and ceol’ along the way and will embark on the final stage of the French Way this July.

Stretching the full width of Spain, the Camino Frances remains the most famous and most popular of the Camino routes. Beginning in the historic French town of St Jean de Pied Port, the French Way climbs steadily over the Pyrenees before winding through delightful landscapes and extraordinary cities for 769 kilometres before arriving at Santiago de Compostela. The Final stage of the French Way 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! Many walk the Camino as a religious pilgrimage but many also embark on this journey for spiritual reasons and to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. Join Mark O’Donnell for this walk from Sarria to Santiago over 5 Days and then relax and explore the beauty of Santiago for your final 2 days.

Highlights:

• Self Guided Trip
• Mark O’Donnell 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
• Traverse the most popular section of the entire Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago
• Enjoy mouth watering local cuisine, Wonderful coffee & beautiful  wines
• 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 coffee during the afternoon reflecting on your journey to date.
• 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)
• 24/7 Emergency Support

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July 19th - Sarria to Santiago
(115 Km)
7 Nights - B&B
€759 pp

Day 1: Dublin to Santiago - Sarria

After arriving into Santiago de Compostela, a scheduled coach transfer* at 17.00pm will take you to Sarria where you will be based for 1 night.

When you have reached Sarria you could possibly visit the old town, and you can choose to sample some of the local cuisines in one of the restaurants in Sarria.

*Transfer Included: Coach transfer departs Santiago Airport at approximately 17.00pm to connect with the with Aer Lingus flight from Dublin

Transfer Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins

**Late Transfer NOT Included – Available at an Additional Cost. Late coach transfer departs Santiago Airport 00.15am.

 

 

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín

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: 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: 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: Arzúa to O Pino (17Km)

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 O Pino.

Day 6: O Pino to Santiago de Compostela, (20Km)

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 of Santiago for the first time.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela

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.

Day 8: Depart 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. (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

7 Nights from €759pp

Non Refundable Deposit of €150 per person

How to Book: 

•  Call: 0818 333 990
•  Complete enquiry form at the top right of this page. 
•  Email: info@uwalk.ie

Trip Includes:

  • Mark O’Donnell 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.
  • Breakfast included daily
  • Scheduled Airport Transfers* at 17.00pm approximately included with Aer Lingus flight. Transfers required later than the scheduled 17.00pm transfer are available at an additional cost. .
  • 1 x 20kg Bag transferred daily – 20 kilos and maximum size is 65 x 50 x 40 cm.
  • Please clearly mark all your belongings with your name and contact details. Labelling your belongings prevents mix ups, delays and loss. We will provide Uwalk baggage labels when you arrive at the first hotel.
  • 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

 

Departs: 19th – 26th July

Note:

  • Final payment is due on May 17th 2024.
  • Travel Insurance: **It is compulsory to have travel insurance for this trip**. You must confirm you have adequate travel insurance and provide a copy of your insurance to Uwalk by May 17th
  • Travel insurance can be purchased HERE from €35 per person.
  • Transfers are available on day of arrival at approximately 17.00pm and day of departure at 1.30pm for flights arriving/departing in at the same time as the Aer Lingus flights.
  • Transfers required later than the 17.00pm transfer, are available at an additional cost.
  • This is a holiday. You might decide to take a chill day from walking. It is perfectly ok to take a taxi back to the hotel if you want to take a break.
  • Accommodation is in hotels with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing. Single rooms are not guaranteed, have limited availability and are available on request.
    • 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 share a room).

Not included:

  • Flights not included
  • Travel Insurance is Compulsory for this trip. Travel insurance can be purchased HERE.
  • Transfer for Ryanair and other flights
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks – Enjoy on route.

 

  • Flights are NOT Included in this package. Please see the flight details below to book your flight for this trip.

 

Aer Lingus Flights are recommended (Not Included)

Transfers ARE Included for these flights. 

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

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Fri 19 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

Fri 26 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)

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PLEASE NOTE: Transfers are NOT Included for these flights. 

  • 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

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

Hotels:

  • Sarria – 1 Night
  • Portomarin – 1 Night
  • Palas de Rei – 1 Night
  • Arzua – 1 Night
  • O Pino – 1 Night
  • Santiago – 2 Nights

Available Rooms:

  • 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 share a room).

Mark O’Donnell 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.

How to Book: 

•  Call: 0818 333 990
•  Complete enquiry form at the top right of this page. 
•  Email: info@uwalk.ie

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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