Guided Camino Frances in 7 days

Guided Camino Frances in 7 days

Guided Camino Frances in 7 days

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From $1,625USD

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Highlights

Enjoy a guided pilgrimage on the Camino Frances to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Walk the same worn paths used for centuries by countless pilgrims as you make your way along the old French Way from Celtic Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.

Revel in the beauty of the Spanish countryside as you enjoy walking the Camino Frances.

Taste your way through the Galician area as you stop along the way for authentic local food and drink, especially the octopus!

Explore the historic Cathedral and surrounding area at Santiago de Compostela and find yourself steeped in the local history of days gone by.

Become a certified pilgrim on this 8 day guided walk along the French Way (Camino Frances) in northern Spain. This is the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago, and you’ll love the atmosphere of the walk.

You’ll walk along the Spanish countryside following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims from long ago as you trek from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. The 115 km journey is the minimum allowed to qualify you for the official Compostelana Certificate of pilgrimage, and has the added advantage of being easily completed within a week.

You’ll travel through ancient towns, stunning countryside, and quaint villages as you make your way down this historic Camino with your fellow pilgrims. Don’t forget to stop and taste all the Galician area has to offer in the way of delicious delicacies and tasty beverages!

Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Sarria

Upon arriving in Sarria, you’ll join your group and then have a chance to explore the town. Originally a Celtic town, Sarria was an ancient hub for traveling pilgrims. If you pay close attention, you can still feel the history of the place in the atmosphere as you walk down the picturesque streets of the old quarter. After getting your first stamp in the Pilgrim’s passport, it’s time for a group dinner so you can get to know your fellow travelers.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Saria
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 The Journey Begins – Walk to Portomarín

You’ll begin your pilgrimage on the Camino Frances by following your guide through the Galician hills. Passing through forests and rural countryside, you’ll come to Portomarín, a town situated above the River Miño. If you’d been around before 1962, you’d notice the town isn’t in the same place it used to be. That’s because at that time, a reservoir was built in the river which would leave the old town location underwater. So the residents actually relocated the entire town. The church even used the exact same stones, hauling them one at a time and reconstructing it in the new location. When you look at the church, you’ll find it’s a great example of a fortress church, complete with battlements and guard towers. This was normal at the time as the church served to protect travelers on the Camino de Santiago from highwaymen.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Portomarin
Distance
23 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Walk to Palas de Rei

Today’s walk begins as you head uphill to a village called Ventas de Narón. You can take a breather at the town and continue from there over less strenuous terrain. You’ll have a plethora of scenic stops to rest at along the way as you journey toward the half-way point of the journey. You won’t be walking alone, so enjoy the company of other pilgrims and picnic at your leisure. Once you arrive in Palas de Rei, you can sense the true vibe of the Camino as you’ll be among many fellow travelers also staying there.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palas de Rei
Distance
23 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Walk to Melide

You’ll enjoy this lovely portion of the Camino as you trek across roman bridges and a few rivers. Revel in the woodland atmosphere as you continue on your way to Melide, a town known for its Galician-style cooked octopus. This is also the stretch of road where pilgrims traveling from Oviedo way join the main French Way.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Melide
Distance
16 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike to Arzúa

As your guided hiking pilgrimage continues, you’ll pass through a forested land of rolling hills, walking through several villages to get to Arzúa. This is the last big town before you enter Santiago, so you’ll want to explore. Especially when you find out about their famous local cheese. Yum!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Arzúa
Distance
14 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Walk to O Pedrouzo

As you journey closer, you’ll be joining increasing numbers of pilgrims. This phase of your trip will be on shaded paths through a eucalyptus forest, so take your time to enjoy the scenery and share the excitement of your fellow pilgrims as you near Santiago de Compostela.

Overnight Location
Hotel in O Pedrouzo
Distance
19 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Complete the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Today you’ll reach your final destination on this guided hiking tour and pilgrimage. Hike through forested countryside to Monte do Gozo, where you’ll catch your first glimpses of the towering Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You only have another five kilometers to go until you reach the Plaza del Obradoiro, traditional celebratory location of arriving pilgrims. When you reach it, you’ll be surrounded by the stunning Cathedral facade, ancient stone buildings, and the town hall. Once you’ve completed your pilgrimage, you’ll receive your Compostelana – a Latin certificate showing you completed the pilgrimage. Tonight you’ll join your fellow pilgrims for a special seafood dinner and explore the city of Santiago.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Distance
20 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast the tour is over and you’re free to explore further or book additional nights in Santiago.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Spain is run as a private tour for your group only.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2+: $1,625USD per person

Please note that the pricing might change depending on your group size.

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Accommodation on Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour

This tour is based in 2-3-star hotels and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $295USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotel Duerming Villa de Sarria in Sarria

Enjoy the best of Sarria from this centrally located hotel and overnight in clean, quiet, and spacious rooms with helpful staff.

Hotel Villajardin in Portomarin

Next door to attractions including Portomarin’s main square, and a supermarket, Hotel Villajardin is a convenient spot to rest tired feet.

Hosteria Calixtino in Palas del Rei

Remote accommodation 4 km out of Pala del Rey, offers quiet respite in charming setting with homecooked meals and friendly service.

Hotel Xaneiro in Melide

Centrally located and quiet, Hotel Xaneiro provides basic amenities in comfortable cozy rooms and serves some of the area’s best cuisine.

Pension O Retiro in Arzua

Located right off the Camino, Pension O Retiro has simple rooms perfectly suitable for the road weary peregrino.

Pension A Solaina in Pedrouzo

Close to the Camino and top-rated restaurants with bright, spacious rooms and friendly employees.

Hotel Alda Avenida in Santiago de Compostela

Perfectly situated to top-rated attractions and restaurants in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, enjoy your last night in quiet comfort.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included.

Also Included

  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Service of guide speaking in Spanish and English throughout the tour
  • Luggage transfer between hotels

Not included

  • Flights to and from Santiago
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Lunches

Optional Extras

  • Transfers to and from the airport

Frequenty Asked Questions about Guided Camino Frances in 7 days

How hard is the Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Although the terrain is not challenging, you will be walking up to 23 km daily. If you do this in July and August the heat can make this a very challenging walk.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour?

7 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Santiago to start this tour?

Santiago Airport has direct flights to all the major cities in Spain. It can also be reached by bus.

Is the Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Where does the Guided Camino Frances in 7 Days Tour end?

The tour ends at Santiago de Compostela.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to North Spain for this tour?

The best time to travel to the North of Spain for this trek is between May and September.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Although the terrain is not challenging, you will be walking up to 23 km daily. If you do this in July and August the heat can make this a very challenging walk.


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