This ancient trail explores the eighth and final section of the French Way, the most traditional and best known of all the
pilgrims' ways to Santiago de Compostela. During this 5-day walk we traverse the hilly landscapes of Galicia, passing numerous
points of cultural and historical interest along the way before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage site of Santiago de Compostela,
our final destination.
Today, thousands of people known as 'pilgrims' walk the Camino de Santiago for a number of different reasons. Often this is for spiritual reasons but it is increasingly for cultural and adventurous reasons such as wanting to learn about the history of this ancient trail or just as a way to get fit and spend time outdoors. More than this, the Camino is about the journey and to many it symbolises a time of reflection, learning and fresh starts.
Day 1 (Thu 10 Sep): London – Sarria
Fly from London to Spain and upon arrival transfer to Sarria for your first night where you and receive a briefing on the trek to come.
Day 2 (Fri 11 Sep): Sarria – Portomarin
After a hearty breakfast we start our walk today, through shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When we finally arrive in Portomarin, there is time to relax and enjoy the numerous terraces of the main plaza. 22km trekking, approx 6 hours.
Day 3 (Sat 12 Sep): Portomarin – Palace do Rei
Leaving the village, the Camino crosses the River Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On our way, we cross Gonzar and the Romanesque Church of Santa María Castromaior, and then stop a moment to enjoy the peace and calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde. On to Eirexe and its stunning Romanesque church featuring a sculpture of Daniel, as well as Santiago de Peregrino. Our overnight stop is in Palace do Rei. 25km trekking, approx 6.5 hours.
Day 4 (Sun 13 Sep): Palace do Rei – Arzua
Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide there is a chance to stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. Later today, the Camino follows a forest track and crosses several streams bringing us to the village of Boente, with its church of Santiago. Then we pass through the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally reach Arzùa. This small town has 2 churches that can be visited, Santa María and La Magdalena. 29km trekking, approx 7 hours.
Day 5 (Mon 14 Sep): Arzua – Rua Opino
Today's shaded section of the Camino passes through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. We take our time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela. 18km trekking, approx 5.5 hours.
Day 6 (Mon 15 Sep): Rua Opino – Santiago de Compostela – London
The final stage today, firstly to Lavacolla, where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line the way to Monte del Gozo (the Mount of Joy), from where we can see our goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After descending to the city we will meet our vehicles and return to the airport for our return flight to London. 21km trekking, approx 5.5 hours.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, trail conditions, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Local transfers and transport in Spain
- Expert English-speaking local guide
- Baggage transfer
- All meals
- Different Travel UK tour manager
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Carbon emission offsetting