Duration:

8 Days / 7 Nights

Distance:

112 km / 69 mi

Difficulty:

Medium

Start / End

Madrid - Santiago

2017:
1980 €

Single Supplement +350 €

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Buen Camino - Sarria to Santiago

Our classic! The fantastic last and most important 100 kilometres of the French Way (Camino Francés) of the Camino de Santiago. We will pick you up in Madrid and take you to Sarria, from there you will begin the incredible walk along 6 beautiful stages from Sarria to Santiago. At the end of the trip you will be able to obtain the Compostela Certificate. We will provide complete support along the way and you will be able to enjoy the charm of The Camino and its beautiful landscapes while staying in carefully selected, authentic Galician rural manors.

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Most lunches are not included because we want to provide you with more flexibility during the day and so that you can experiment on your own. When you are walking, you can stop and eat along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.

Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you an incredible experience. You will be staying in charming Galician manors, usually in rural areas. In many cases, this manors used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen. They are part of the cultural experience. Usually they are located in privileged areas surrounded with green, peaceful scenery. All our accommodations have private en suite bathrooms. The owners will make you feel at home and you can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from them.

Walking

On our Buen Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago, you can walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with, but our guides are always available to support you. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruits and water. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.

If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle and be taken back to the hotel. Don't worry about getting lost as the yellow arrows always show the way. On the Camino you are never alone! After the daily walk you will have a much-deserved break.

Before and After

Before: Our Buen Camino starts in Madrid. This city enjoys easy international access. We offer activities in Madrid and its surroundings for those interested. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date. Take advantage of our exclusive rate at the 5-star Paseo del Prado hotel where we meet the first day in Madrid for the two pre-tour nights.

After: Our tour ends in Santiago de Compostela on the last day at around 1:00 pm. Transportation back to Madrid is NOT included. We offer optional add-on activities once the tour is finished like our recommended one-day trip to Finisterre or culinary activities in Santiago. You can join one of our activities, stay in Santiago on your own, or leave on the last day of the tour. An extra night in Santiago is 75€ per night for this tour.

You can fly or take the train back to Madrid or elsewhere. The Santiago-Madrid flight is 1 hour long, and the train trip is 6-10 hours long. There are plenty of short flights throughout the day to Madrid and other cities. You can book online or through your travel agency. We would be happy to make recommendations.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • Aug 29 - Sep 05, 17
  • Sep 06 - Sep 13, 17
  • Sep 17 - Sep 24, 17
  • Sep 25 - Oct 02, 17
  • Oct 02 - Oct 09, 17
  • Oct 19 - Oct 26, 17
  • Oct 21 - Oct 28, 17
  • Apr 24 - May 01, 18
  • May 08 - May 15, 18
  • May 22 - May 29, 18
  • Jun 06 - Jun 13, 18
  • Jun 19 - Jun 26, 18
  • Aug 28 - Sep 04, 18
  • Sep 11 - Sep 18, 18
  • Sep 15 - Sep 22, 18
  • Sep 25 - Oct 02, 18
  • Oct 08 - Oct 15, 18

Our Buen Camino includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Transfer from Madrid
  • Welcome lunch in Castrillo de los Polvazares
  • ALL dinners
  • 1 Picnic Lunch
  • Guided visit in Santiago de Compostela

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Transfer to Sarria

We will meet at 8:30 am at the lobby of the 5-star hotel NH Paseo del Prado in Madrid. We head from Madrid to Sarria in our private vehicle. First stop: the stunning Astorga followed by a wonderful welcome lunch in the town of Castrillo de los Polvazares. We will then head to the charming town of O'Cebreiro, a place that marks the beginning of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia.
Night in Sarria

Day 2

Sarria (Barbadelo) - Portomarín
18.7 km / 11.6 mi

Today is a wonderful day because we start our Camino! As we walk this stage, we will come across many little towns and villages like Barbadelo, Ferreiros, Vilachá and Portomarín. We will be able to see important monuments such as: The Church of "Santiago de Barbadelo", the Romanesque portico at the Church of Ferreiros and the fortified church of St. Nicholas in Portomarín. We will also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Miño river valley right outside the town of Vilachá.
Night in Sarria

Day 3

Portomarín - Palas de Rei
24.3 km / 15 mi

We will have the opportunity to see some gorgeous oak and eucalyptus forests while passing thought the charming villages of Gonzar, Ventas de Narón, Ligonde and the lovely town of Airexe. We head towards Palas de Rei.
Night in Palas de Rei

Day 4

Palas de Rei - Boente
20.7 km / 12.9 mi

We will see the Romanesque portico of San Tirso's church. Our next destination is Palas de Rei. We will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña. We will see the church of "La virgen de las nieves" in Furelos and the church of Sancti Spiritus. Do you like octopus? We will be able to sample some of it at a "Pulpería" in Melide, a town that is famous for its octopus. In Melide we will also be able to see the beautiful Church of Santa Maria.
Night in Arzúa

Day 5

Boente - Salceda
19.5 km / 12.1 mi

We head to Boente, home of the spectacular church of Santiago. We will continue on through the lovely towns of Arzúa, Ribadiso and Castañeda, all of these towns are very closely linked to the Camino's history. In Arzúa we can see the chapel of "La Magdalena" - a gothic church founded in the 14th century. We will also enjoy some of Arzúa's delicious cheese, which was given Denomination of Origin. We will continue our walk to Salceda, passing by the town of Calzada.
Night in Arzúa

Day 6

Salceda - Monte do Gozo
22.9 km / 14.2 mi

We will start our walk in the beautiful villages of A Brea and A Rua. We will have the opportunity to see the hermitage of St. Irene with its beautiful baroque fountain. Its water is said to have curative properties. We head to the town of Lavacolla, known for being the town where the ancient purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago was performed. We end at one of the Camino's most emblematic places: Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), and enjoy a marvellous view of Santiago and our final destination, the Cathedral.
Night in Lavacolla

Day 7

Monte do Gozo - Santiago de Compostela
4.8 km / 2.9 mi

The day has arrived! Our journey's most exciting day!
We will walk to our final destination: Santiago's Cathedral. We are scheduled to arrive before 12:00 pm. If you wish to attend the pilgrim’s mass and perform any pilgrim rituals like hugging the Apostle Santiago, you are welcome to do so. After that, we will have a wonderful farewell surprise accompanied by a delicious dinner to celebrate our arrival.
Night in Santiago de Compostela

Day 8

Guided visit of Santiago
End of tour

In the morning we will enjoy a guided visit through Santiago, in particular, the old city, we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its main monuments, squares and streets. During the visit we will enter the Cathedral where, in addition to its history and evolution, well-known traditions will be explained. We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cathedral's roof to enjoy the most spectacular view of the city. Our tour comes to an end at about 1 pm. Your Camino through life begins!

OPTIONAL

Full-day Trip to Finisterre
Not Included in Price

You will need to extend your stay in Santiago by one or two nights to join this trip.
You meet your local guide in Santiago and, in our private van, head towards Muros, one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Spain, making a short stop in Alto de Paxareiras until we reach Ézaro & head to the famous Finisterre lighthouse. After breaking for lunch in Finisterre, we will drive back to Santiago.

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Will the guide walk with us?

It is important for us that each person walks at his/her own pace. During the stage there will be meeting points where you will see the guide and support vehicle along the way.

How do we return to Madrid or go elsewhere?

There are many flight and train options back to Madrid or elsewhere…