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Location

Sarria to Santiago

Difficulty

4

Moderate

Length

11

Trip Cost

from $1550
twin share

Overview

  • Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail
  • Walk the final 100km of the Camino Trail and qualify for your Compostela
  • Santiago – finish in this historic city and visit the final end point of your walk at the Cathedral
  • Self-guided trip allows you to set your own pace while we look after your accommodation and luggage transfers
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Walk a section of the world famous Camino De Santiago walking trail or ‘The Way’. Start in Sarria and walk through the hills of Galicia to finish at the Pilgrim’s goal of Santiago De Compostela.

Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail. Following scenic country roads and forest tracks crossing old villages and cities born from the Camino trail, it is difficult to imagine a better way to enjoy Spain’s rich legacy of history, culture, food and art than to follow your own Camino. Join people from all walks and life and nationalities as they embark on this great adventure, you don’t have to be religious just a keen walker!

Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

Read more about our city breaks.

Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Sarria

Welcome to Sarria, the starting point for your exciting journey! If you arrive in the morning on this first day you can spend exploring the city of Sarria and all it has to offer

Sarria is a busy, modern town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, but its origins are Celtic and it was an important and major medieval centre for pilgrims. Remnants of its ancient past can still be seen in the old quarter along Rua Major. The church of Igrexia de Santa Maria has an ancient pilgrim’s mural. If you follow the Camino route to the top end of town you will see the ancient convent Monasterio da Madalena, the ruins of the castle and the medieval bridge Ponte Aspera that crosses the River Celerio.

Nowadays the town is bustling with peregrinos, from those that started their Camino 100’s of kilometers back, to pilgrims like you that walk the final 100 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela to qualify for their Compostela.

Day 2: Walk Sarria to Morgade (13km)

Time to finally get onto the Camino Trail and on your way to Santiago. The majority of your first walk is a great introduction as it is along sheltered woodland pathways or quiet country roads and passes through many hamlets and small villages. The scenery along the way is wonderfully green and lush and very rural. The trail climbs and falls repeatedly as it passes tiny hamlets full of history.

Meals: B

Day 3: Walk Morgade to Portomarin (9km)

The high point of the day (660m) at Pina dos Corvos has wonderful views over the reservoir and surrounding countryside. From here begin your steep descent, crossing the Mino Reservoir over its modern bridge into Portomarin.

Portomarin has been inhabited for thousands of years and its importance grew with the popularity of the Camino in the middle ages. At one time it had three orders of Knights: the Knights Templar, the Knights of St John and the Knights of Jerusalem, which may go some way to explaining the castle like edifice of the 12th century Romanesque Igelsia San Nicolas church which still stands in the square at the centre of town. The town was previously divided by the Rio Mino but was flooded in 1960 to create the Mino Reservoir. Every historic monument was moved brick by brick to the town that stands on the hill today; you can see pictures of the old town in some of the bars and cafes that line the main street.

Meals: B

Day 4: Walk Portomarin to Ventas de Naron (13km)

Today’s walk is uphill for pretty much all the way, however the gradient is never too steep. The path crosses and runs parallel to the main road to Gonzar, though you spend most of your days walking on woodland tracks and quiet roads

Meals: B

Day 5: Walk Ventas de Naron to Palas de Rei (12km)

A climb to start the day takes you to Sierra Ligonde, today’s high point at 720m. The walk is then downhill to Ligonde and Eirexe and onto A Calzada. There is a detour here of 2 km to the National Monument, Vilar de Donas where the Knights of Santiago are buried and is worthy of a visit if you have time. A gentle climb now takes you through several small hamlets to Alto Rosario, a good vantage point on a clear day and then down into Palas de Rei.

Palas de Rei or Palace of the King has little to remind you that it was once home to a king. Today it is a small country town with plenty of services available.

Meals: B

Day 6: Walk Palas De Rei to Melide (15km)

Today’s walk is mostly on paths through quiet woodland, crossing over the main road to Arzua several times and guiding you through six river valleys to reach a high point of 515m at Coto.

On route you will pass Melide, a busy town founded in the 13th century and has many historic buildings and churches including the Capilla de San Pedro and San Roque next to which stands a 14th century stone cross said to be the oldest in Galicia. The museum and the buildings around the Plaza de Convento are well worth a visit. Melide is also famous for Pulpo Gallego, octopus cooked Galician style and reputed to be the best in Spain.

Meals: B

Day 7: Walk Melide to Arzua (14km)

From Melide the path winds through woodlands of oak, pine and eucalypt, passing over several valleys though Boente, Castañeda and then Ribadiso from where you can see the Hospital San Anton, one of the oldest pilgrim hospitals in existence. From Ribadiso follow the country road on a steep uphill climb and through the outer suburbs before entering Arzua.

Arzua with a population of around 7000 is the last large town before you reach Santiago. The 14th century Capilla de la Magdelena is the town’s main monument. Arzua is most famous for its local cheese, Queixo, a smooth creamy cheese made from cow’s milk which most restaurants feature in some way and is definitely worth trying. The town also celebrates its cheese with a Queixo Cheese festival every March.

Meals: B

Day 8: Walk Arzua to O Pedrouzo (19km)

The majority of today’s walk to O Pedrouzo is through wonderful pine and eucalyptus scented woodland. The path is mostly level, passing through three shallow river valleys with a gradual climb up to Alto de Santa Irene at 404m. The country lanes and woodland paths pass through many small hamlets. The final section climbs steeply to a main road, into eucalyptus woodland and onto A Rua and the village to O Pedrouzo. O Pedrouzo /Arco do Pino is a small but busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the staging point for the last section of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 9: Walk O’Pedrouzo to Santiago (20km)

Today’s route will be a busy as pilgrims begin the last stage of their walk into Santiago. The pilgrims mass at Santiago Cathedral begins at midday so you will need to leave early to arrive on time. The first section of today’s route passes through eucalypt forests with most of the route on quiet roads and pathways before the final kilometres and a climb to Mount Gozo before descending into the suburbs of Santiago. The path runs alongside the airport and you will see many crosses of twigs and branches used by pilgrims to decorate the fence.

Lavacolla village is where pilgrims traditionally washed to purify themselves before entering Santiago and Lavacolla literally means to wash your tail. At Monte Gozo, Mount of Joy, you will first sight the stunning Catedral de Santiago spires.

The final section is well signposted into the old quarter with its wonderful historical buildings and narrow shop filled alleyways, until you finally reach the Praza Obradoiro and the wonderful ancient Cathedral.

Meals: B

Day 10: Free day in Santiago

Today you have the whole day to enjoy and explore historic Santiago with its many enticing tapas bars and restaurants. You can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the famous Cathedral of St James which forms the city’s heart and watch the steady stream of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey.

Meals: B

Day 11: Depart Santiago

You are free to check out of your hotel any time before 10am. If you would like to explore Santiago further you are able to leave your bags with reception.

Meals: B

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 10 nights excellent accommodation including historic hotels and character country houses
  • Private ensuite rooms on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Full Camino guidebook with maps (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Spanish phrasebook (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Document case
  • Luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Not Included

  • Single supplement ($600 extra)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain

Options/Add Ons

Take a private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel in Sarria at an additional cost of $270 per vehicle (based on 4 people), so that you can start your trip as smoothly as possible.

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador for only $120 per person/per night twin share, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

For an unforgettable birds-eye view of the city and the cathedral interior, add the Rooftop Cathedral Tour for $25 per person.

Single supplement $550 extra.

RAW Travel also offers tailormade arrangements and can adapt this itinerary to suit your needs – just ask us about this and we can advise on how to best vary the itinerary to suit your needs. Please note that tailormade arrangements incur higher costs due to the extra work involved.

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Reviews

Joanne Burke, McCrae (VIC) – September 2018
Loved this trip so much. Really enjoyed the knowledge RAW have, particularly the accommodation. I loved the little farmhouses/casas and places off the main trail. I wouldn’t have known where to stay and these experiences enriched my experience of the Camino. Thank you!

Phillip & Beth Harris, Canberra (ACT) – April 2018
From the very first contact, RAW Travel staff were professional and informative. They allowed us to tailor the walk timetable to our requirements and they provided a wealth of information before the trip started. The baggage arrangements and the booked accommodation were excellent. The walk we did was a highlight of our 3-month trip in Europe. Thank you, RAW.

Joanne Lemyre, Boronia (VIC) – April 2018
Thanks to RAW Travel for organising my Camino walk. I just returned to Melbourne after my walk, which was so much more than I could have ever imagined. My adventure went off without a hitch. All of my luggage transfers, B&Bs etc were brilliant, took all my concerns away so all I had to do was focus on my journey! I will be booking my next walking adventure through RAW Travel. Thanks to all the ladies from the Mornington Peninsula office who organised my trip.

Christine Foster-Muir, Leichhardt (NSW) – July 2018
My favourite casas were Rural Roan and Morgade. The opportunity to sample local produce from this particular Galician region was a very special experience. Staying with these families made our stay memorable. Thank you, RAW.

Valerie Liddle, Glynde (SA) – May 2018
Everything was extremely well organised and we enjoyed the range of good quality accommodation.

Judith Taunton, Somersby (NSW) – May 2018
One of the things we loved was the variety of accommodation – the Parador de Santiago de Compostela was a standout experience. Speaking Spanish (with help from the phrasebook and app) gave us have a far greater understanding of the culture.

Lisa Rose Golding, Cromer (NSW) – April 2018
The trip was superbly organised from beginning to end. Fabulous accommodation with a great mix of places to stay. We particularly loved the rural casas and the home-cooked meals. Our bags were always waiting for us and every host was charming and friendly. The whole experience was just perfect. Would highly recommend and will be back to travel a different section of the Camino again.

Suzanne Chisholm, Maleny (QLD) – October 2017
As a first time and solo traveller it was very helpful to have RAW Travel’s experience to help me put together an excellent itinerary that took into consideration the length of each day’s walk, accommodation and ease of luggage transportation.

Susan & John Alcock, Narrabundah (ACT) – September 2017
The experience of the walk itself was uplifting. The quality of the accommodation and meals provided were above our expectations, and we were very happy with the efficient way in which our luggage was transported each day. The organisation of the Botafumeiro in the Cathedral happened seamlessly, with seats reserved in a great position, and with no need on our behalf to do anything other than arrive at the Cathedral.

Frieda Enriquez, Sans Souci (NSW) – September 2017
Very professionally prepared packs and excellent communication prior to our travel dates. Mel was also very quick to respond to all our questions and gave us confidence that RAW Travel had expert knowledge on the Camino.

Robyn Lindsay, Cronulla (NSW), September 2017
An absolutely beautiful experience – highly recommend for any husband and wife yearning for some re-connective time together. The scenery was a visual delight each day, the accommodations cosy, and meals scrumptious. The experience of walking the last 120km has planted a seed within us to return one day and do more of the Camino.

Robert Smith, Macgregor (ACT) – August 2017
The whole trip was planned for our ease and experience. Our baggage was always waiting at the next hotel and all the hotels were expecting us.

Riahana Laerkesen, Benowa (QLD) – May 2017
Thank you Sandra for organising a wonderful trip for us. Everything ran smoothly from start to finish . We couldn’t fault it.  We loved our accomodation at the casa rurals, and the parador was a very special place indeed. Thank you for all the tips – we followed all your recommendations, which made our trip very comfortable and enjoyable. We will certainly book another trip with RAW Travel.

Jan Flynn (QLD) – May 2017
Thank you very much for your excellent planning of our Camino adventure. I loved the landscapes, the rural medieval villages, the camaraderie between the peregrinos, and the walking itself. Your choice of accommodation gave us a broad experience of Spanish rural life. Some were so luxurious that I even felt guilty. But only for a short time!  The 2 day rest in Melide was gratefully enjoyed as we were able to do our laundry. All your advice was accurate and helpful. I have recommended your company to my family and bushwalking friends. Thanks again.

Catharina Koopman, Bruce (ACT) – June 2017 
My sister and I loved the experience of walking together through the most beautiful quiet hamlets in Spain, sharing stories with people from all over the world and aware that this was a historical and spiritual journey for so many before us.

James Kerin, Ballarat (VIC) – October 2016
We enjoyed every day of the walk. The longer days were testing but a great sense of satisfaction when completed. The accommodation was excellent, always very clean, good bathrooms with plenty of hot water and comfortable beds. The included breakfasts were certainly enough to get you going for your day’s walking. When evening meals were available at your accommodation the quality and choice was very good, delicious Spanish food. The baggage transfers were faultless.

Trish & Kevin Phillips, Wodonga (VIC) – September 2016
The whole trip was wonderful – walking the Camino and travelling around Spain and Portugal. The Camino leg ran smoothly thanks to your expertise in coordinating that for us. The luggage transfer was spot on, always pleased to see it when we arrived each day. The accommodation was mostly excellent. We preferred to stay in town but realise that most hotels would have been booked by the time we made the commitment to undertake walking the Camino. Thank you Sandra for your superb organisational skills and your assistance. Everything ran so smoothly. Your attention to detail was exceptional. Phone calls and emails were always promptly dealt with. You were very approachable and patient, always making time to answer our many queries. We highly recommend you and RAW Travel to all. Kevin is pretty keen to complete another stage of the Camino next year!

Jill Tanner, Melbourne (VIC) – September 2016
The host at Akeretta was great – coping with my thinking I would need a taxi to Pamplona the next day and offering to book me a mule 🙂 He was right, I slept on it, enjoyed their great food and walked on the next day.

Vicki Foote, Adelaide – September 2016
Walking with a destination in mind each day combined with the anticipation of what we would experience and the people we would meet made each day a highlight in itself.

Sandra Bowmer, Sydney (NSW) – September 2016
Had a very memorable time walking the Camino from Sarria to Santiago De Compostela over 5 days. The first day was very warm but lots of shade. The weather changed that afternoon and we had rain for the next 4 days. All our gear was tested on the 2nd day but our spirits could not be dampened. So glad to share this special journey with my son. Our luggage turned up without a hitch each day and all the accommodation was excellent. The only comment I would make is that 3 of our nights were in farmhouses where we had no option but to eat in their dining room. The food was very good but more expensive than what was available in the towns. The only other issue was that in 2 places where we had booked a twin room the hotel was providing a double room. In both instances, the hotels were marvellous and were able to sort something out so we didn’t have to share a bed!

Magnus McNeil-Windle, Perth – September 2016
Lovely accommodation in characterful restored farmhouses and hotels. Staff were all friendly and helpful. All logistics worked perfectly including local taxis to places off the Camino.

Melinda Robinson, Brisbane – September 2016
It was a great introduction into the pilgrims life.

Allan Murray, Sydney – September 2016
I loved the ease with which administrative and logistical arrangements were made and implemented. Everything went smoothly although it was good to know there was local backup if I needed it. RAW Travel provided a quality service.

Hoon Leng Ong, Perth, WA – September 2016
Everything went as planned. The places that we stayed were lovely – we are now thinking of another trip to walk a different section of the Camino.

Patricia Jones, Canberra – August 2016
The availability of information on your website and through your staff was really helpful and that all went to plan during the walk. your choice of accommodation along the walk was fantastic, each place different, authentic, just loved it.

What our Clients Say

The accommodation was excellent; the bag transfers ran like clockwork. The places we stayed were a wonderful mix of what Spain or Galatia has to offer. A wonderful experience, one that we will never forget. Thank you all at RAW Travel.

Rob, Barb & James Woodhouse, VIC - May 2017

We enjoyed every day of the walk. The longer days were testing but a great sense of satisfaction when completed.

James Kerin, Ballarat - Oct 2016

The entire holiday was a huge success, and I would rate having walked the Camino from Sarria to Santiago as being one of the highlights of my life. Everything about the walk, including the accommodation, food and luggage transfers lived up to our expectations.

Susanne Sutton, WA - April 2016

The tour was everything I hoped it would be, sometimes even better. It was a great trip which provided a sense of achievement. Arriving in Santiago was a highlight as was mass in the cathedral. I enjoyed the people we walked with and met along the way.

Pamela Bishop, Melbourne - Sep 2015

My sister and I loved the experience of walking together and sharing stories with people from all over the world.

Catharina Koopman, Bruce, ACT - June 2017 

Thank you very much for your excellent planning of our Camino adventure. All your advice was accurate and helpful.

Jan Flynn, QLD - May 2017

An absolutely beautiful experience - highly recommend. The scenery was a visual delight, the accommodations cosy, and meals scrumptious

Robyn Lindsay, Cronulla (NSW), September 2017

Mel was also very quick to respond to all our questions and gave us confidence that RAW Travel had expert knowledge on the Camino.

Frieda Enriquez, Sans Souci (NSW) - September 2017

As a first time and solo traveller it was very helpful to have RAW Travel’s experience to help me put together an excellent itinerary.

Suzanne Chisholm, Maleny (QLD) - October 2017

The experience of the walk itself was uplifting. The quality of the accommodation and meals provided were above our expectations, and we were very happy with the efficient way in which our luggage was transported each day.

Susan & John Alcock, Narrabundah (ACT) – September 2017

The trip was superbly organised from beginning to end. Fabulous accommodation with a great mix of places to stay. We particularly loved the rural casas and the home-cooked meals.

Lisa Rose Golding, Cromer (NSW) – April 2018

The opportunity to sample local produce from the Galician region was a very special experience.

Christine Foster-Muir, Leichhardt (NSW) – July 2018

My adventure went off without a hitch. All I had to do was focus on my journey! Thanks to all the ladies who organised my trip.

Joanne Lemyre, Boronia (VIC) – April 2018

From the very first contact, RAW Travel staff were professional and informative. This walk was a highlight of our 3-month trip in Europe.

Phillip & Beth Harris, Canberra (ACT) – April 2018

Loved this trip so much. Really enjoyed the knowledge RAW have, particularly the accommodation. I wouldn't have known where to stay and these experiences enriched my experience of the Camino.

Joanne Burke, McCrae (VIC) – September 2018

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This trip is rated as Moderate