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Imagine centuries of history, the irresistible essence of Spain, and delightful company of women hikers, all converging on the legendary Camino de Santiago. Immerse yourself in this shortened week-long adventure as you pursue the coveted Pilgrim Passport stamp. Amidst the bucolic setting of Galicia, traverse the final 100 km (60 miles) of the beloved Camino Frances and leave your mark on this ancient pilgrimage. Discover a realm where the Mediterranean countryside intertwines with medieval churches and captivating Roman ruins. Delight in the exquisite flavors of Spain, relishing the culinary delights of polbo á feira and tetilla cheese. Each step draws you closer to Santiago de Compostela—a testament to the unwavering faith and devotion that echoes through the ages.

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Adventure highlights

  • Centuries of history

    Hike one of world’s most famous pilgrimage routes, dating back to the 9th century

  • Spanish delights

    Savor mouthwatering Galician dishes paired with crisp, aromatic whites

  • Connect with like-minded women

    Reach the historic Santiago de Compostela in inspiring and inviting company of adventurous women

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Itinerary

Every year, thousands of adventurous women embark on the journey along Camino de Santiago's renowned route: Camino Francés (lit. the French Way). Instead of committing to the full-length trail spanning over a month, join this all-women walking tour to hike the final 100 kilometers (60 miles) and proudly receive your stamped Pilgrim Passport. Embarking from the vibrant city of Sarria, the trail meanders through picturesque Spanish countryside and charming villages, each offering tantalizing local delicacies. Your remarkable journey culminates in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, where the awe-inspiring cathedral is said to protect the sacred remains of St. James, the apostle.

  • Make sure to arrive at your hotel in Sarria on time to enjoy your first dinner as a group. Meet the guide, the group, and get a good night’s sleep before starting the Camino.
    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Alfonso IX

    A medieval church in the Spanish town of Sarria, found along the Camino de Santiago.
  • To kick off the Camino, you’ll have a peaceful walk through oak woods and quaint villages along quiet country rods. The village of Barbadelo at 580m has a beautiful Romanesque church that’s worth a visit. You’ll also pass through Ferreiros. Once you arrive in Portomarin at 550 m, you can relax on one of the many terraces of the main plaza.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 21.9 km / 13.6 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Ferramenteiro

     

    A hiker walking along the Camino de Santiago in a wood near Portomarin, in Galicia.
  • Start the day by crossing the river Minho and climbing steadily uphill. On your way, you’ll pass through Gonzar, Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior, and the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde. In Eirexe, you’ll find a Romanesque portal of the church, featuring a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino. Arrive in Palas de Rei at 565 m for the night.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 24.2 km / 15 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Complejo La Cabana / Hotel Alda Palas de Rei

     

    A medieval church in Palas de Rei, a Galician town found along the Camino de Santiago.
  • Today the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. End your day at Melide with dinner at one of the many traditional restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 14.7 km / 9.1 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Carlos 96

     

    A medieval relief depicting the Virgin Mary and Christ in the Spanish village of Leboreiro.
  • Head off to the tranquil countryside along forest trails and through a few hamlets. At Boente de Ariba, pass by an ancient church of Santiago before continuing through a forest track and reaching Catanada. Cross a few streams and the last stretch to Arzua on a long, uphill bit. Once there, relax in your hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 14.3 km / 8.9 miles
    Accommodation: 1930 Boutique Hotel

     

    A direction sign along the Camino de Santiago in the Galician town of Arzua.
  • Today you’re passing through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena and marvel at its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua-O Pino is on a quiet country road. Rua at 310 m is one of the less-crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 17.5 km / 10.9 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Ruta Jacobea

     

    A walker along the Camino de Santiago.
  • You’re nearly there! The next stage is Lavacolla, where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo (Mount of Joy) at 368m). From here, you can see your goal—the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent into the city, you’ll be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 20.5 km / 12.7 miles
    Accommodation: Pombal Rooms

     

    All-Women Final 100 km of Camino Frances.
  • Your Camino Frances tour has come to an end. Say goodbye to your guide, fellow women hikers, and to Spain—or continue touring on your own. If you’d like to stay longer in the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations.
    Meals: Breakfast

     

    A group of women walkers posing in front of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, after ending their camino de Santiago.
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Meet your guides

Silvia Santos
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Silvia Santos
Born and raised in Bilbao, before starting to work on the Camino as a tour guide, Silvia was a mountain guide in places like the Himalayas, Aconcagua, and many other places. It was not until she had the opportunity to walk the Camino for the first time that she understood the reason why so many people are attracted to it. Having walked the full Camino Frances, Silvia became enamored with the legends and stories of Camino. She currently lives in Galicia, working as a Camino guide and sharing her passion for it with people coming from all around the globe.
Follow the Camino
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Follow the Camino
Follow the Camino has been leading the way since 2007 and was the first-ever tour operator to lead along Camino de Santiago. They’ve been making the Camino more accessible, enjoyable, and achievable for thousands of pilgrims and travelers from all around the world. Their focus is on respecting this ancestral pilgrimage, its spirit, and its values.
5.00 (12 reviews)
Lynda Campbell

Silvia Santos was incredible. Outstanding guide. Very personable, professional and qualified leader.

Brenda Turpin-Esquirol

Silvia Sontos was excellent! She was experienced, great communicator, fun and took care of absolutely everything. Highly recommend Silvia on any Camino hike!

Fiona Ward

Guide was fantastic – knowledgeable and friendly

Luanne Holden-Boushey

Our guide was Silvia. She was amazing and I couldn\’t have wanted anything more in a guide than what she provided. She was always informative, helpful and encouraging. We had a challenging group and she was nothing but helpful to those who needed a lot of her time and care. And, for those of who did not need as much she was always checking to make sure we were ok. She truly was remarkable and wonderful.

Marta Rodriguez Gomez

We could not have wished for a better guide! Silvia was fun, caring, knowledgeable and a perfect fit to look after a group of women. We all left feeling we had made a new friend and would love to return for another adventure with her!

Diane Beacroft

Silvia was the most amazing guide, she completely made our trip extra special and is a complete superstar. Her organisational skills are amazing but her interpersonal skills, humour, kindness, patience and boundless energy is outstanding

Christine Gilmore

Silvia is THE BEST!

Samantha Morton (source: Google Reviews)

Follow the Camino did a great job organizing and managing our trip. All accommodations were outstanding and all logistics were punctual and reliable. Highly recommend!

Elayne Cheetham (source: Google Reviews)

These guys were great. Our trip ran really smoothly from pick up to completion in Santiago. The hotels were lovely and people lovely to deal with. I would highly recommend Follow the Camino.

Ailish Maloney (source: Google Reviews)

First camino and definitely not my last. it was amazing to meet such wonderful people and a super guide!!!

Marie Mckeon (source: Google Reviews)

Really enjoyed this walk. Our leader was very friendly, funny and easy to be with. Will do this again

Kathy Rye (source: Google Reviews)

What a great trip from Sarria to Santiago de Compestela! The walk is challenging but the the scenery and friendly people are well worth the effort!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day hiking tour along Camino Frances
      • Most breakfasts and dinners (as listed in the itinerary)
      • Accommodation (specially chosen 2-3* hotels or equivalent)
      • Luggage transfers
      • Holiday or Pilgrim Pack by your guides
        • Pilgrim passport, luggage tag, route notes or guidebook (if you have requested a hard copy)
      • 24/7 Customer Service

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from the starting/end point
      • Lunch and drinks
      • Premium accommodation — available upon request
      • Airport pick — available upon request
      • Additional night — available upon request
      • Day tours — available upon request
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Insurance

     

  • The most important thing about this all-women Camino Frances guided walking trip is that you can enjoy the journey at your own pace. Whether you’re a very fast or a slow walker, we encourage you to enjoy the trail. Having said that, being in good walking shape is still required. The trails have plenty of opportunities to rest and recover, and there is public transport or taxis/Ubers available along the route if you’d like to shorten a day.

    You’ll be doing between 11 and 28 km a day (7 to 17 miles), carrying a daypack of things you might need on the trail. Don’t worry about the baggage, though, as the support vehicle will carry everything for you!

    Hiking consecutive full days can be quite strenuous. In preparation for your hike, your guides recommend doing some 5-10 mile (8-16 km) walks – including some uphills and downhills with a loaded backpack.

  • Here’s a list of clothing we recommend bringing:

      • Clothes made from quick-drying fabrics (avoid cotton)
      • Leisure clothing and footwear for the evenings
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Fleece pullover or jacket
      • Quick-dry short-sleeved and long-sleeved tops
      • Quick–dry walking pants (consider the ones that zip off to make shorts)
      • Waterproof pants — optional (unless it’s very cold, it’s usually best to hike in shorts, but feel free to
      • bring these pants if you’d feel more comfortable)
      • Hiking boots or shoes
      • Hiking socks
      • Sunhat
      • Gloves

    Here’s a list of other equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Daypack large enough to carry everything you might need throughout the day
      • Hydration bladder or a water bottle
      • Sunglasses
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Earplugs — optional
      • Basic first aid essentials, such as blister protection
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Your guides will take care of all luggage handling and transportation for the duration of your all-women Camino Frances tour. This means that you’ll leave your bags with your Camino Frances walking guide in the morning, and they’ll handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room. Luggage is transferred on the days that you are walking to a different hotel. We ask you to have it ready at reception at 8.00 so as to make sure we can deliver your luggage and others as early as possible in the afternoon. The luggage transfer is limited to 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 15 kg per bag. Additional bags can be transferred for an extra €10 per bag per transfer.

  • Accommodation for the duration of your all-women Camino Frances tour is based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price, and character. Though accommodation on the Camino is limited, your guides will always try to book something that is near the Camino as well as the historical center of the city. Expect hotels of a 3* standard in larger cities, while for the smaller villages and towns, your guide choose hotels or guesthouses of a 2* standard. Exceptions may be made.

  • Your Camino Frances walking guides are determined to provide you with the best available food. Each night, you can expect traditional meals or tapas prepared with fresh and local products. A table will always be reserved for your group at the end of the day in one of your guides’ favorite restaurants along the trail. Any special dietary requirements or allergies can be accommodated, just let us know in time so they can be taken into consideration.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this women’s Camino Frances tour, the usual client to guide ratio is 16:1. That’s also the maximum group size.
      • It takes a minimum of 7 people for this tour to operate. If the minimum number of participants for the date is not reached up to 30 days before the departure date, the tour will be conducted as a self-guided trip.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Camino Frances tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To start your Camino Frances tour, you need to reach Sarria. Most people fly into Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ), 2-3 hours away from Sarria—depending on whether you rent a car or take the bus. Your guides can either arrange airport transfers to the meeting point for an additional fee or you can reach them by yourselves.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Spain and Portugal, please refer to requirements for travel to Spain.

    Please contact us if you have any questions!

  • For set dates, a non-refundable 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the deposit.
      • For cancellations fifteen (15) to fifty-nine (59) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

    Client can transfer their booking to a person who satisfies all the requirements, having first given the Guide reasonable notice in writing to do so before the departure date (such notice must be given more than 21 days prior to the date of departure). Client who transfers the Booking shall be jointly and severally liable with the transferee to the Guide for the payment of any balance due in respect of the holiday and for a substitution fee of €30.00 per person substituted, subject to a maximum of €120.00 per booking (or such other greater sum as may be authorized).

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