8-Day SELF-GUIDED French Way - From Sarria to Santiago

 


French Way: Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

An 8-day, 117 kilometre Pilgrimage through Spain.

SELF-GUIDED - DEPARTURE DATE: Date to suit you

TRIP LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights BREAKFAST: Included daily 

OTHER: Luggage Transfer – 20KG TRIP GRADE: Moderate

PRICE FROM (Dinners not included): Euro910 per person twin share.
PRICE FROM (Most dinners included): Euro1,040 per person twin share
All subject to availability

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Euro425 DEPOSIT: AUD 800per person

SARRIA to SANTIAGO

It began as a religious pilgrimage to the relics of the Apostle James, interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and since the ninth century hundreds of thousands have made the life-changing journey.

It can take between 30 and 40 days if you choose to do it all in one go, however many also do a portion at a time, and some only walk the last 100km's as this entitles the pilgrim the Compostela recognition. There are many varied reasons that people walk the Camino, which is renowned as one of the most religious, inspirational and rewarding experiences.

Some people do it simply for health and wellbeing, whilst many refer to it as a religious or spiritual journey. There is an enormous depth of history and everyday learning’s, as people of all ages from all over the world come together to walk the paths that so many have done before them. The small villages along the way would not exist if it wasn't for the Camino, and the Camino wouldn't exist if it wasn’t for the villages. The local people who are proud of their country and their culture, readily offer their hospitality and their generosity is overwhelming.

The countryside is extremely picturesque. The rolling hills are often dotted with a church steeple on the horizon, which may look close, but quite likely may be two or more kilometres away. The daily walk provides plenty of thinking and reflection time and the challenge of walking distances of 20 to 30 kilometres per day becomes easier as fitness increases with each step. Engaging with the locals is most rewarding and at times quite emotional, with many elderly ladies in the local churches keen to stamp your pilgrim’s passbook in recognition of your visit.

Walking the Camino is a time for reflection and recognition and a time to shake your worries for another time and place. It provides thinking time to crystallise the 'where to from here', or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all.


SELF-GUIDED WALKING

Our self-guided itineraries are ideal for groups and independent travellers who prefer to navigate their own way in their own time. The Camino de Santiago is well suited for self-guided walking, as the paths and tracks are well-marked with yellow arrows showing the way.

You will be provided with a pack of easy to read maps and instructions, complete with directions to guide you. Your pack will be available at your joining hotel on the first day of your trip.

And you can be confident that ‘you are not alone’ as we monitor your arrival at your accommodation each day and provide you with contact details for your journey.

This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for any inexperienced walker.


ACCOMMODATION & LUGGAGE TRANSFER

Your stay will be in an excellent combination of centrally located hotels and charming village accommodation dotted along the Camino.

The character, comfort and often the uniqueness of the accommodation all adds to the experience. In some villages you will stay in ‘Casa Rurals’, which are bed and breakfast style accommodation.

Your private accommodation is pre-booked in advance and is on a twin share basis with private en suite facilities. Single supplement is on request and where possible we will offer a gender share option as requested.


The local cuisine is also a highlight. On occasion, mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple, which comes complete with a bottle of wine, (which can be returned to the kitchen if you wish, or if you are under age!). The cook, or regular chef will not disappoint, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Spanish. English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.

Your luggage is transferred daily which means you are carefree to enjoy the walking, with no need to worry about your bed for that night, nor straining your body from carrying too many kilos on your back.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


Day 1/Night 1
ARRIVE SARRIA 

As well as being rich in history, Sarria is a key service centre for the Camino. There are two parts, one being the beautiful historical village which is located in the upper part of town. Here you can visit the Tower of El Batallon and the Convent da Magdalena. Once a convent and now a hotel, it is definitely worth a visit to appreciate the architecture. Sarria is also renowned for its restoration workshops and antique stores.

You will need to be prepared with the words ‘Hola’ and ‘Buen Camino’ - the most commonly spoken words on the pilgrimage.

Day 2/Night 2
SARRIA - PORTOMARIN 23km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours 

Leaving Sarria as the sun comes up (between 7am and 8am from May through October) it is worth the early morning wake up call, for the magical walk through the Rua Major, where the street lamps lining the road bid us farewell to Sarria. There are at least 5 villages en route to Portomarin, which is another highlight for history and views. Arriving at Portomarin, after crossing the longest bridge on the Camino, every second shop is a bakery, as Portomarin is also well known for its tarts and liqueurs.

Day 3/Night 3
PORTOMARIN – PALAS de REI 25km. Estimated walking time approx. 6 hours

An easy 25 kilometre walk to Palas de Rei, a town of 3,700 people. Todays path takes you through farming regions, fields of sunflowers, and picnic areas. It is a day of fewer villages, so time to soak up the countryside. Palas de Rei is quaint and welcoming.

Day 4/Night 4
PALAS de REI - MELIDE 14km. Estimated walking time approx. 3-4 hours 

There are only a couple of kilometres between towns and villages before arriving in Melide, founded in the 10th century and permitted to build a castle in 1320.

Day 5/Night 5
MELIDE - ARZUA 15km. Estimated walking time approx. 4 hours 

Much of the day is shaded through the Oak and Eucalyptus forest. An area for farming and more cattle per head than another area in the region of Galicia.

Day 6/Night 6
ARZUA - RUA 20km. Estimated walking time approx. 4 hours  

This is a thrilling day, the excitement mounts as Santiago, the final stage feels like it is just up the road and, one sleep away. There are smiles on the faces of the pilgrims and the locals. Today is also a day to sample some mushrooms, which are in abundance at the right time of year.


Day 7/Night 7
RUA - SANTIAGO 20km. Estimated walking time approx. 4 to 5 hours 

The last day of the pilgrimage, it will be a day of unexpected events.

Arriving in Santiago can be an emotional and bitter sweet experience. Even if your feet and legs are tired, there is usually a feeling of not wanting the journey to end. Santiago is visible from about 5 kilometres away, making your way past the pied piper (donations welcome), to the final stage at the steps of the cathedral, then a trip to the Compostela office to show your stamp book to the team of volunteers, who are eagerly waiting stamp your certificate highlighting your name in Latin.

Santiago is a great city to celebrate, and the rewards for all that walking are sampling an endless supply of tapas, chorizo, bocadillos (tasty Spanish sandwiches), tortilla and Iberico jamon (Spanish ham), to name just a few of the specialties.

Day 8
SANTIAGO 

Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, the memories of the Camino will live on.

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again.

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