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Weaving its way through the pastoral Spanish countryside, it’s no wonder that the millennium-old Camino de Santiago pulls in hundreds of thousands of people yearly—with most people choosing to walk the beloved Camino Francés. But hiking the entirety of this 500-mile route takes a lot of time. So why not walk only the final slice of it—and still get your Pilgrim Passport stamped? The bucolic setting of Galicia is the ideal backdrop for your 8-day hiking journey along Camino Francés: charming villages, ancient churches, Roman remains, and lush forests—accompanied by out-of-this-world polbo á feira, empanada, or tetilla. Culmination of the journey is arriving at Santiago de Compostela, a historic city which marks the official end of your pilgrimage.

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  • Millennium-old route

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

  • Heaven for your taste buds

    Relish drool-worthy Galician dishes and crisp, aromatic white wines

  • Witness the holy city

    Grand finale in the historic Santiago de Compostela, where supposed remains of St. James are enshrined

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Itinerary

Every year hundreds of thousands people make the journey along Camino de Santiago’s most famous route: Camino Francés. Instead of spending more than a month on the full-length trail, join this tour to hike the last 100-kilometer (60-mile) portion of it—and you’ll still get your Pilgrim Passport stamped! Starting from the city of Sarria, the trail takes you through the delightful Spanish countryside and villages, with each of them offering mouth drooling local dishes. The path’s endpoint is in the historic Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, whose monumental cathedral reputedly safeguards the remains of St. James, the apostle.

  • Make sure to arrive to 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

    Start of 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

    Hiking in Camino Frances
  • 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

    Stamping pilgrim passport
  • 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

    Hiking couple along the Camino
  • 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

    Camino Frances and river
  • 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

    Group hikers in Camino
  • 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

    Santiago de Compostela city
  • Your Camino Frances tour has come to an end. If you’d like to stay longer in the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations!
    Meals: Breakfast

    Group in Santiago de Compostela
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Meet your guides

Francisco Álvarez
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Francisco Álvarez
Originally from Barcelona, Francisco moved to Ponferrada—a town right on Camino Frances—at a very young age. He made his first pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in his twenties, which is when he started traveling around the world. Francisco has lived in California, India, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, etc., where he discovered his love and passion for being a guide. Once he came back to Spain, he knew he wanted to work as a guide, showing other people the beauty of Camino de Santiago.
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.
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Tony Dunne (source: Google Reviews)

I am just back from a truly memorable and incredible 7 day experience which was made so good by the attention to detail and going beyond my needs in relation to a holiday package from the people in “Follow the Camino “ from the pick up drivers to hotel staff to the quality of service I cannot fault one bit. My bag was taking daily and dropped off at the next destination. Breakfast was had daily.
The quality of the hotels was comfortable and clean & tidy. I individual reviewed them all .
This is not my first trip with “follow the Camino” and certainly won’t be my last.. well done – Gold star.

darragh o’neill (source: Google Reviews)

My first time doing the Camino and the professional way FOLLOW THE CAMINO handled our trip from start to finish was second to none. The communication made it so easy to understand what we needed to do to prepare and gave us plenty of hints and tips to make the walks more enjoyable and make the most of the stunning scenery along the way. They also supplied a luggage transfer to our next hotel and the hotels were very clean, great food and excellent prices. We were given a kit with Camino Passport, Camino shell and a bandana which came in handy protecting from the sun. Over all FOLLOW THE CAMINO made this an experience we will never forget and would highly recommend them to groups or solo for a life time of memories.

Martin Jones (source: Google Reviews)

Our group had a fabulous time on our Camino Way walk. The support, guidance and pre-trip information were excellent. The roadbook with maps was a great help although there were plenty of markers and hundreds of fellow travellers to keep us on the right track. The most welcome surprise was the accommodation which, in each case, was very good and, in some cases, outstanding!

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
      • Insurance
      • Premium accommodation — available upon request
      • Airport pick — available upon request
      • Additional night — available upon request
      • Day tours — available upon request
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • The most important thing about walking the Camino Frances is that you 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 you’ll be accompanied by a support vehicle that can help you shorten or lengthen the walking stages if needed.

    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)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    Your guides will take care of all luggage handling and transportation for the duration of your tour. This means that you’ll leave your bags with your 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 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 guides are determined to provide you with the best available on the Camino. 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 these Camino Frances tours, 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.
      • 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 and travel advice for Portugal.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • 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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