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Camino de Santiago- The French Way

Follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims and walk along the oldest and most travelled pilgrimage path in Europe to reach Santiago de Compostela. Walking though picturesque scenery and historic towns we travel from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela to walk the last 100km.

  • Spain

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • May

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    Oct

Tour codes: 14400

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the famous pilgrimage path
  • Collect stamps on you pilgrim’s passport along the way
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment as you claim your Pilgrims Passport
  • Visit historic towns and cities
  • Admire the breath-taking Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Participate in Pilgrims mass
  • Walk over peaceful hills in rural Galicia

The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage routes in Europe with tens of thousands of people coming from all over the world every year in order to walk one of the many different routes it offers.

The French Way is the most famous of them all being featured in many documentaries, films and books. The whole route starts from the French town of Saint Jean Pied de Port and finishes, like all routes, in Santiago de Compostela. In order to gain the final stamp on your Pilgrimage Passport, all that is needed is to walk the last 100km which starts in the town of Sarria, which is where our tour begins.

Starting in the town of Sarria the Camino de Santiago takes us through famous markets towns of Portomarin, Aruza and Melide and into the Galicia region of Spain, famous for its wines and seafood. We finish the tour in the city of Santiago de Compostela taking part in the pilgrims mass to finish our journey.

  • En-suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotel
  • Dinners in local restaurants
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Airport transfer
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Pilgrims Passport
  • Local transport costs
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We depart from the UK and travel to Santiago de Compostela airport. From there our coach will meet us to take us to our first hotel of the tour in Sarria (approx 1 hour 45 minutes). We settle into our hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2

Sarria

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast in our hotel we set off on the start of our journey. Walking from Sarria through the small villages of Abadelo, Rente, Brea and Ferreiros before we stop off for lunch. After lunch we continue our journey reaching our final destination of the day Portomarin, which is a town which was moved to the top of a hill that dominates the artificial lake.

  • Distance

    13.9 miles

Day 3

Melide

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our coach will take us where we left off yesterday, Portomarin. Today we walk through the towns of Gonzar, Castromaior, Hospital de la Cruz, Ventas de Naron before our lunch break. After lunch we continue on to Ligonde, Airexe, Avenostre and our final destination Palas de Rei, a historical city which was described in the Codex Calixtinus, the description of the Camino written by a French Priest in the 12th century. Our bus will meet us here to take us onto out next hotel in Melide.

  • Distance

    15.5 miles

Day 4

Melide

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From our hotel in Melide we are transported back to Palas de Rei, today we walk through Canova, Leboreiro, Furelos and Melide where we stop off for lunch and have some free time where you may opt to visit the ethnologic museum (time depending). We then set off again to Boente, Castaneda, Ribadis da Baixo and finally Aruza. Aruza is a modern city and is where the French path crosses with the Northern Path which being in the Basque country.

  • Distance

    17.7 miles

Day 5

Santiago de Compostela

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

Starting in Aruza we walk to Salceda before stopping off for lunch. We then proceed to the villages of Santa Irene, Rue and finally Pedrouzo, which is one of the most visited cities for pilgrims as it is the last station before reaching Santiago de Compostela.

Day 6

Santiago de Compostela

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From Pedrouzo we walk to Lavacolla, where the pilgrims washed themselves before reaching Santiago de Compostela. We then pass through San Marcos and Monte de Gozo where you will have yuort first view of Santiago. We stop off for lunch before setting off again on our last walk to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

  • Distance

    12.4 miles

Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, a world heritage city and goal for thousands of pilgrims coming from all over the world. Here we will have time to visit the medieval city and participate in the Pilgrims mass at 12:00 which is known to be very impressive. We have free time in the afternoon to explore the city and have some well deserved rest from our long journey.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Departure dates for your selected tour

17th May 2023 - 24th May 2023 (7 Nights)

14th Jun 2023 - 21st Jun 2023 (7 Nights)

20th Sep 2023 - 27th Sep 2023 (7 Nights)

11th Oct 2023 - 18th Oct 2023 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Alfonso IX

Alfonso IX is located in the town of Sarria. The starting point for many to walk the last 100km of The French Way. The four star hotel is surrounded by gardens and close to a river. Rooms come equipped with Air conditioning, TV, safe, desk, en suite, wi-fi and hair dryer. The hotel also has its own swimming pool on the premises.  

LuxMelide

The newly renovated LuxMelide Hotel is located in the city centre of Melide. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, kettle, hairdryer and a desk. 

Gran Hotel Santiago

Gran Hotel Santiago is located just 20 minutes by car to the airport and a short walk away from the cathedral. The hotel has 143 rooms all equipped with Wi-Fi, ensuite, hairdryer, Tv, Air conditioning , mini bar and safe. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro.

Tipping

Tipping to our local suppliers including hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers is included in your holiday price. If, however, you would like to make an additional contribution for a particular service, this is entirely at your own discretion, and any donation should be given directly to the recipient.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Coronavirus Travel Advice

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Local Guidance & Travel Restrictions

Entry Requirements

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Footwear & Kit List

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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