Experience the ancient pilgrimage to Santiago in style on this luxury 7-day walking tour
The ancient Camino de Santiago is a route that has lead pilgrims on their spiritual journey to Santiago for nearly a thousand years. Steeped in history and culture, you will embark on a 100 km walk with the luxury of upgraded accommodation and services.
This pilgrimage follows the French Way (Camino Francés) and is the perfect solution for travelers that prefer to combine high-quality accommodation with all the adventure of their own pilgrimage on the Camino Francés.
Walking through the Galician countryside, you will stay at the best hotels the Camino de Santiago has to offer and enjoy authentic Spanish culture and cuisine. All your luggage will be transferred between hotels, so you can forget the stress of logistics and immerse yourself in this wonderful Spanish walking holiday.
Highlights of the Camino de Santiago in Luxury
Camino de Santiago in Luxury Itinerary
Day 1 Check in to Sarria
You will begin your walking adventure in the Spanish town of Sarria, a famous starting point for the Camino Francés, being 100 km from Santiago de Compostela. Sarria is full of beautiful architecture, like it’s gorgeous castle, churches and quaint antique dealers. You can visit the local eateries for some local stew in winter or a refreshing cold drink with tapas in the summertime. After a delicious meal at your hotel, you will settle down for a good night’s sleep before tomorrow’s walk.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Sarria
Day 2 Walking to Portomarín
After enjoying breakfast in your lovely hotel, you will set out for the town of Portomarín. Today’s walk will take you through beautiful Galician countryside and traditional Spanish hamlets with their gorgeous Romanesque churches. On arriving at your destination, you can visit the church of San Juan that was lovingly moved stone by stone by residents to protect it from flooding. On exploring Portomarín, you might catch a glimpse of the old flooded town in the depths of the river. Afterwards, you can head to your hotel for a warm welcome, good food and an ever-better night’s sleep.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Portomarín
Distance: 22 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Through the mountains to Palas de Rei
Waking up in your luxury hotel, you will savor a delicious breakfast before hitting the trail once again. Passing over beautiful rivers and through the gorgeous Ligonde Mountains, you will follow the footsteps of countless ancient travelers. A combination of dirt tracks and paved roads will lead you to Palas de Rei, for a peaceful night of rest and recuperation.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Palas de Rei
Distance: 25 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Tasting your way to Arzúa
Having fueled your body with coffee and a meal, you will set out for your longest day of walking on this self-guided Spanish walking adventure. Today you will pass through the wonderful medieval town of Ribadiso as you push on to Arzúa for the night. You can stop along the way to sample local delicacies, like the sugared doughnuts and local octopus at Melide, or the famous creamy cheese at Arzúa.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Arzúa
Distance: 29 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Onward to O Pedrouzo
The week will have flown by, and you won’t believe that tomorrow is your final day on the trail. The terrain won’t be too challenging today, but you will cross over several streams and pass through sleepy villages. Enjoying the shade of eucalyptus trees, you can visit the legendary fountain of Santa Irene, believed to have miraculous healing powers in years gone by. When you arrive in O Pedrouzo you can attend the pilgrims’ mass at the Romanesque Gothic church of St Eulalia, before checking into your hotel for a peaceful night of rest.
Overnight Location: Hotel in O Pedrouzo
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Arriving in Santiago
Today you will arrive in Santiago. This final leg of the Camino Frances starts off with a peaceful path through the woods of Oak and Eucalyptus. Getting closer to the city of Santiago, the landscape becomes more rural, and you will spot the twin spires of the cathedral from the top of the hill called Monte do Gozo. As you descend into Santiago, you can reflect on the memories and friendships that you have forged this week, before collecting your pilgrims’ certificate and visiting the pilgrims’ mass, ancient relics and tombs. This is the final night of your French Way Luxury walk, so you are sure to sleep soundly after a long week on the trail.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Santiago
Distance: 20 km
Day 7 Check out day
Having walked 100 km in just 5 days, you can be proud of your achievement! After one last breakfast in your gorgeous hotel, you will check-out of your accommodation and begin your journey home. Alternatively, you can pre-book some additional nights in your hotel in Santiago, to explore the history and culture of this vibrant Spanish city.
Overnight Location: None
Camino de Santiago in Luxury Tour Price and Dates
This self-guided walking tour on Camino de Santiago French Way is always run as a custom tour for your group only. The price always depends on the number of people sharing a room.
The best time to travel to Northern Spain for this walking adventure is spring and autumn, though the tour can be completed year-round. Summer is the most popular time, but it can be quite warm.
Prices of Private Self-guided Camino de Santiago in Luxury Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
- Price per person staying in single room: $1,095 USD
- Price per person staying in double room: $975 USD
- Price per person staying in triple room: $875 USD
Accommodation on the Camino de Santiago in Luxury
The Hotels provided on the French Way Luxury walk are extremely special. These include some gorgeous 5* hotels, based in beautiful historical buildings and offering top of the range facilities. You will be staying in a different hotel every night, as you make your way along the pilgrimage to Santiago, but you can be sure of comfortable and luxury accommodation to replenish your spirits after a long day of walking.
Rooms are based on double occupancy, but private rooms can be arranged with a supplement for single travelers.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $150 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel Alfonso IX in Sarria
Centrally located and not far from the Camino, the rooms are modernly furnished, and the grounds offer a pool, sauna, and buffet breakfast.
Hotel Pazo de Berbetoros in Portomarín
Stunning stone property with peaceful views overlooking a park and next to Iglesia San Pedro.
Hotel Rectoral de Lestedo in Palas de Rei
Contemporary hotel with rustic charm sits just outside of Palas de Rei and offers visitors modern amenities, top-rated cuisine, and views of the Galician countryside.
Hotel Fogar de Lecer in Arzúa
Feel at home and be treated like royalty in this intimate hotel of five rooms. Enjoy beautiful decor, excellent food, and friendly service.
Hotel O Muiño da Pena in Pedrouzo
Picture-perfect stone watermill renovated into a hotel, museum, and high-end restaurant and set beside a bubbling stream in peaceful surroundings.
Hotel Parador de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela
A 15th-century royal hospital-turned-hotel (the world’s oldest of its kind) offers elegant rooms with a dining room that features sumptuous Galician fare.
What’s included in the Camino de Santiago in Luxury?
6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.
The accommodation for 6 nights along the tour is included.
Transportation during the Tour
This tour includes luggage transfers only.
- 24/7 phone assistance
- Walking notes and maps
- Pilgrim passport
- Guide Services
- Personal Expenses
- Extra accommodation charge for arriving to Santiago before St. James Day (July 25th)
- Extra night in Sarria before the tour
- Extra night in Santiago after the tour
Frequently Asked Questions about Camino de Santiago in Luxury
Galiwonders is a specialist tour operator, focusing on pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal as well as the Via Francigena in Italy. They offer adaptable tours to suit a variety of client needs and focus on truly taking care of their guests.
The tour guides are local experts, living and working right along the Camino. They have visited each hotel and restaurant they recommend, ensuring each is up to standard.
Galiwonders offers constant contact with their guests, ensuring all concerns or questions are addressed immediately so you can relax and enjoy your trip.Learn More
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Margot is a new guide with Galiwonders, and loves sharing her pride in her home region of Galicia with visitors. She enjoys sharing the history, stories, legends, and unknown information with tourists to connect them deeply with the region they’re in.
- Q: What is your favourite trip to lead and why?
- A: Any trip around Galicia. Fortunately, I have had the chance to travel far and wide, I’ve visited many counties, many cities, all beautiful and with something special, but I guess the saying "the heart is where home is" is applicable to me.
- Q: What are guests most surprised about in visiting your country?
- A: Tourists usually have a preconceived idea of what Spain is like, and when they are here they are surprised to see that how they thought it was had no similarity to that notion. I find this is especially true with Galicia. The most common ide they have is that it’s all Flamenco, bulls and polka dot dresses. That is just in Andalucia, and in Madrid, for tourists. Each region has its own unique traditions and folk culture.
- Q: What is one experience anybody visiting your country should do?
- A: El Camino de Santiago. It does not matter what religion you belong to. It is the sentiment, the relaxation, the feeling of wholeness one senses while on the Way. It’s the goal of accomplishing a pilgrimage for whatever the reason one may have, reaching the end of the road where all roads meet. Along the way you make friends with people from all over the world, the group gets larger and larger, some speak Spanish, others French, others English, even Chinese. It’s a wonderful multiracial group, and once you all reach Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, you all embrace. Everyone’s jumping and laughing with sore, bruised feet and sweaty clothes for having accomplished the challenge, feeling so good and wondering why the rest of the world does not embrace this experience.