Camino Frances Final Stage - Sarria to Santiago

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  • Walking the last 100km of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela
  • The pilgrim's mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
  • Collecting your Compostela from the Pilgrim's office in Santiago
  • Meeting fellow pilgrims, exchanging stories and turning strangers into friends for life
Walk the last 100km of the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela on the famous Camino de Santiago. Walking this section of the Camino means you are eligible to collect your Compostela certificate in Santiago, one of the reasons that make this trip the most popular section of the Camino Frances. There are many reasons to walk the Camino, religious, spiritual or just taking a break from the stresses of modern life, but whatever your reason, the feeling of satisfaction when you receive your Compostela certificate on completion is overwhelming. Walking the Camino is a unique experience as much about the people you meet as the places you visit. The route takes you through rural Galicia and is peppered with charming old churches and religious sites. It finishes with an emotional end at the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

What To Expect

If you don't have time to walk the full Camino or just want a taster of what the route is like, then this section is perfect for you. You still get the great sense of completion, walking into Santiago and getting your Compostela, and build that camaraderie with your fellow pilgrims.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • Personal Growth
  • Historical Journeys

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Activity Level & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 19-28km so you will be walking for between 5 and 8 hours each day. The trail consists of a mixture of dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.

Navigation

The Camino is very easy to follow. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. The detailed travel pack we supply includes a detailed guidebook including maps, a detailed information pack for planning and preparing for your Camino, detailed instructions of how to find your overnight accommodation and everything you need for your Camino.

In addition to the printed route notes, you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.

Accommodations

Our Camino Tours include small rural hotels and hostels close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom. When staying in Leon, Pamplona, Sarria and Santiago, you will stay in 3* hotels, the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and hostels.

Single Rooms

Single rooms are available, although a supplement is payable. The price for a single room is available on the included tab of this tour and in the booking engine.

Meals

A light continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 Euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Extensions and tailor-made itineraries

We can tailor-make your Camino to exactly meet your needs. Adding or reducing the number of nights and rest days. Contact our specialists to start planning your Camino. Purists might want to consider adding the extension to Finisterre in order to finish their Camino on the beach.

Included
  • 6 Nights accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack including route notes, maps and local information
  • Camino guide book including detailed maps
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Return travel to Sarria/Santiago
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
Extras
  • Additional nights’ accommodation

When To Go

You can start your Camino anytime between April and Mid October.

Weather and Climate

The weather on the Camino will change slightly as you travel from the Pyrenees over to Galicia. The spring months of April and May tend to offer nice mild conditions for walking although the nights can be quite cold at this time of year and there can be quite a lot of rain in the region of Galicia at this time. The summer months of July and August can get very hot and humid. The autumn from late September through to October offers cooler temperatures again although daylight hours start to become less at this time. The region of Galicia in particular experiences higher rainfall than the rest of Spain so you should come prepared with waterproofs!

Getting to the Start

By Air:

From the UK Ryanair fly direct to Santiago from Stansted and Easyjet fly direct from Gatwick. From outside the UK, you can fly to Santiago via Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair

Private Transfers:

We are able to arrange taxi transfers for you in Spain (bookable in advance at a supplement); these include from Sarria/Santiago to Santiago Airport/O’Cebreiro/Sarria/Vigo Airport/A Coruna. Please get in touch to enquire about how we can help with transfer arrangements in Spain.

By rail from Madrid city centre to Sarria

If you are flying into Madrid, you can take the train directly to Sarria. It takes around 7-9 hours. You can check this on the RENFE website, but please note that on the website you have to book the train to Lugo (and get off at the stop before which is Sarria). German Rail (Deutsche Bahn) has a useful website for looking up train travel throughout Europe.

To reach Madrid city centre from the airport, you can take a train, a bus or the underground (see Madrid Airport's website)

From Santiago Airport to Sarria by bus and train

From Santiago city centre, catch the bus to Monforte de Lemos – timetables are available at http://www.alsa.es/

Then from Monforte de Lemos it is a very short train journey to Sarria by train – timetables are available at http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html (Sarria is small so you will find your accommodation easily).

You can also travel from Santiago Airport to Sarria by road; you will need to change buses in Lugo. The Santiago-Lugo route runs between the airport and the city of Lugo with stops in the towns of Arca, Ferreiros, Arzúa, Mélida, Palas de Rei and Guntín. From the airport, departures are at 07:10, 09:25 (except Saturday and Sunday), 11:10, 12:55 (except Sunday), 16:10, 18:40 and 20:10 h (except Saturday). Please check for the most recent information on the Santiago Airport website and/or the Monbus website.

Empresa Freire run buses from Santiago to Lugo – please visit their website for timetables http://www.empresafreire.com/html/ingles/seccion3a.php

**Top Tip! As websites are not always available in English - use google chrome as your web browser, and use the ‘translate’ function (right-click on the page then click ‘translate’)**

From Santiago Airport to city centre and vice-versa

From Santiago, you can arrange a private transfer through Macs Adventure, to ensure a smooth end to your Camino. Alternatively, a bus runs between the airport and Plaza de Galicia in Santiago, stopping at different points in the city (Pazo de Congresos, Capilla San Lázaro, the bus station, the railway station, Rúa da Rosa, and others). From the airport, the bus departs from 00:00 to 23:30, every half hour (duration 20 mins). Please see the Santiago Airport website for current timetables.

From Santiago to Madrid by train

If you would prefer to travel by rail, you can take a train (fast trains are available, 6h30 duration approx.) from Santiago to Madrid with RENFE.

By Bus within Spain

There are good bus connections from Santiago to other cities within Spain – see http://www.alsa.es for bus schedules.

Getting from the End

From Santiago City Centre to the Airport

From Santiago, you can arrange a private transfer through Macs Adventure, to ensure a smooth end to your Camino. Alternatively, a bus runs between the airport and Plaza de Galicia in Santiago, stopping at different points in the city (Pazo de Congresos, Capilla San Lázaro, the bus station, the railway station, Rúa da Rosa, and others). From the airport, the bus departs from 00:00 to 23:30, every half hour (duration 20 mins). Please see the Santiago Airport website for current timetables.

From Santiago to Madrid by train

If you would prefer to travel by rail, you can take a train (fast trains are available, 6h30 duration approx.) from Santiago to Madrid with RENFE.

By Bus within Spain

There are good bus connections from Santiago to other cities within Spain – see http://www.alsa.es for bus schedules.

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Pilgrim Passport

The Pilgrim Passport is issued by the Church of St James, you will find this in your pack waiting for you at your first hotel. Alternatively, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the Pilgrims’ Office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk, in Santiago, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km).

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Sarria and overnight Day 2 Sarria to Portomarín 14.9 miles / 24 km Day 3 Portomarín to Palas de Rei 14.9 miles / 24 km Day 4 Palas de Rei to Arzúa 17.4 miles / 28 km Day 5 Arzúa to A Rúa 11.8 miles / 19 km Day 6 A Rúa to Santiago de Compstela 11.2 miles / 18 km Day 7 Onward travel

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