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8 days/ 7 nights   Total Walking Distance: 112KM

Our Camino follows the traditional stops along the last 112 KM of the French Way in 8 days. For your convenience, we use private accommodations in "Casas Rurales", which are best described as rustic charming guest-houses, owned by Spanish families who use their homes to welcome pilgrims and provide them with a more authentic experience.  With our package, you will also receive all your dinners included, which will provide you with a more cultural experience as you delight in local dishes and local wines through each village you pass.

 

Accommodation Charming Guest-houses
Starting point: Sarria
Stops: Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Melide, 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 the night in a small hotel in the town center. In the afternoon, try to 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. Then 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. Our destination is a small hotel in the center of Portomarín, 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.

Day 3- 23 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. At night, you will stay in a bungalow style hotel, 1 KM before Palas de Rei but just next door to the Albergue Municipal and the public swimming pool so you can expect a good atmosphere.

Day 4- 16 KM - WALK FROM PALAS DE REI TO MELIDE
There is less than 4h walk today, so take it easy and make sure to arrive in Melide in time for lunch. Follow the ancient roman road through forests to a different Province - A Coruña - and marvel at true jewels of the Camino such as Furelo’s medieval bridge, considered one of the jewels of the French Way’s civil architecture, and the oldest surviving cruceiro (calvary) in the world. In Melide - please - treat yourself to “Pulpo a la Galega” (Octopus Galician Style) at our recommended establishment.

Day 5- 14 KM - WALK FROM MELIDE 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.

Day 6- 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.

Day 7- 20 KM - WALK FROM O PEDROUZO TO SANTIAGO
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 200 meters way, get your pilgrim certificate, attend pilgrim mass, try some delicious tapas and marvel at the architecture of our beloved City.

Day 8- 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 to wish to see you again soon in Galicia!

HIGHLIGHTS:
Receive your Compostela, your accreditation for completing the pilgrimage
Excellent value for money
Experience timeless Galicia and our world-famous hospitality

Included:
All breakfast and 3 course dinners with local dishes
En-suite accommodations in rural housing with private bath 1-3*
Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
Emergency support from our local team
All taxes and gratuities for the hotels
A detailed John Brierley guidebook per room
All breakfasts and three-course dinners (wine or beer included on request)
Pilgrim Kit- including an official pilgrim passport (credential)

Not Included:
Round trip airfare to Spain
For an additional cost: Transfer from Madrid Airport to your starting point or transfer from Santiago Airport to your starting point and back to Santiago Airport at the end of your journey.
Tips
 

Important Notes:
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
 

Payment:
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.