The French Way
7days/ 6 night
Our Camino follows the traditional stops along the last 100 KM of the French Way along the Camino de Santiago in 7 days. For your convenience, we use private accommodations in unique hotels and enchanting Pazos or Casas Rurales, which are best described as rustic yet charming guest-houses, owned by Spanish families who use their homes to welcome pilgrims and provide them with a more authentic experience.
Accommodation Charming Guest-houses
Starting point: Sarria
Stops: Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Arzua, Pedrouzo
Ends: Santiago de Compostela
Day 1- MAKING OUR WAY TO YOUR STARTING POINT OF THE CAMINO
Make your way to Sarria, where you will spend your first night. Once you’ve settled in, enjoy exploring this little town. Visit the Old Quarters, go for a walk by the river and soak in the unique atmosphere of the staircase on which the old town of Sarria has been built. You can stop at one of the many terraces by the river for your first taste of Galician beer or wine.
Day 2- 22 KM - WALK FROM SARRIA TO PORTOMARÍN
Finally, this is the day you start your pilgrimage! Head up the medieval stairs as you make your way to Portomarín. The Camino starts with easy paved trails going up and down through beautiful countryside, meadows and oak woods, charming villages with slate roofs before you find a huge medieval bridge in Portomarín. Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself in front of the 100 KM marker and witness those who have walked hundreds of kilometers get emotional. Portomarín is a town with great history, impressive archways, and a memorable church. This town is very unique as great battles took place in the valley below and the town you visit is only a replica of the medieval town relocated in the 60s rock by rock to avoid floods. Tonight you will stay in a nearby Casa Rural in Portomarín.
Day 3- 23,9 KM WALK FROM PORTOMARIN TO PALAS DE REI
Today, you will be walking a trail that has been protected by the Knights of the Order of Santiago since 1184 and you will pass near a Romanesque Church, of Vilar de Donas, where the knights are buried (2,5 KM away from the Camino). There will be some more uphill and downhill but mostly peaceful oak and eucalyptus forests and charming villages including Gonzar and Airexe until Palas de Rei. Tonight, you will stay in an old farmhouse with Galician style architecture from the 18th century 8 km away from Palas de Rei. You will be provided free transfer to your accommodation.
Day 4- 29 KM - WALK FROM PALAS DE REI TO ARZÚA
Another relaxing day through the peaceful Galician countryside. You will find by now the Camino is changing. As your body and feet are getting used to the activity, the path becomes gentler. Take it in and enjoy this time-off from your busy life, to think, relax and interact with fellow pilgrims. You have done more than half of the journey but the best is still to come. Our destination for the night, Arzúa, is famous for its peculiarly shaped cheese, so ask your host tonight to do a cheese and wine degustación at dinner. Tonight you will stay in an 18th century Country House with a 35.000 m2 garden surrounding your stay.
Day 5- 19 KM - WALK FROM ARZÚA TO O PEDROUZO
Only 40 KM left from Santiago, the ambiance along the Way is changing as people plan to celebrate their arrival and start realizing it will soon be time to part with people they might have been walking with for a month. The countryside itself changes as you enter forests with totally symmetric rows that produce curious visual effects. The villages you pass virtually have no name and seem stuck in time. Walk this section at sunrise for an unforgettable experience and arrive early in O Pedrouzo. Tonight you will stay in an old sawmill turned into a hotel along a riverbed in a town called O Pino next to O Pedrouzo.
Day 6- 20 KM - WALK FROM O PEDROUZO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Only twenty kilometers separates you from your goal. Leave early to reach Santiago before twelve if you wish to see the pilgrim mass at midday (other at 7:30). Enter the Medieval Town through the Puerta del Camino, pass the iconic Praza de Cervantes. A few meters further you will find the Azabachería Door, the official entrance to the Cathedral on non-Holy years (in 2016 until November 20th and again in 2021 you will be able to enter through the Holy Door on the Quintana Square). Enter the Cathedral now, if you wish, we recommend continuing to the Plaza del Obradoiro, the main Square of the Cathedral, where you will find the Portico de la Gloria and the most impressive view of the Cathedral. Simply stop here. Congratulations, you have made it to Santiago de Compostela, the resting place of the Apostle Saint James. Breath in and truly live this moment, do whatever feels right. You still have a few things to do today - check in to your hotel, get your pilgrim certificate, attend pilgrim mass, try some delicious tapas and marvel at the architecture of our beloved City. You will be staying in a hotel in the historic center of Santiago only 5 minutes away from the Cathedral.
Day 7- START OF YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
A wise pilgrim once told us “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.” We hope the Camino de Santiago has brought you whatever you were looking for and we wish to see you again soon in Galicia!
Receive your Compostela, your accreditation for completing the pilgrimage
Excellent value for money
Experience timeless Galicia and our world-famous hospitality
Full booking management
6 night en-suite accommodations in rural housing with private bath
Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
Emergency support from our local team
All taxes and gratuities for the hotels
$120 Extra night in Santiago (Option to upgrade to 5* hotel)
$260 Single supplement
$180 Dinners included all 6 nights
$22 Cancellation Insurance
Transfers to airport and station (prices quoted depending on location)
Sightseeing tours: ie. Monasterio de Sarria or Finisterre
Round trip airfare to Spain
For an additional cost: Transfer to and from starting point and airport
Reservations are subject to change
Rates subject to change without previous notification
As per internal regulation of International Airport passengers must be 3 hours before departure time
Dream Your Journey as a tour operator is not responsible for any accidents during the entire itinerary.
We are not responsible for theft of loss of luggage and personal belongings during the entire period of the tour
We highly recommend that you use travel cancellation insurance for any unforeseen cancellation needs
Refer to our Terms and Conditions page to read our full description on cancellation policies
Rates are quoted in Euros, therefore rates are subject to change until tour is fully paid. Payments can be made through our e-commerce website by credit card or by phone. Because of the small availability of rooms in the Casa Rurales, full payment is due at least 90 days prior to your starting day.