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For over a millennium, the legendary Camino de Santiago has captivated millions. We’ve whipped up this self-guided week-long tour along the last 70 miles to the City of the Apostle that’s not only hassle-free but also all about living it up in maximum comfort! Imagine traversing rolling hills adorned with fields, vineyards, and olive groves. Along the way, immerse yourself in the charm of medieval towns, offering an authentic glimpse into Spanish culture, away from the crowded tourist hubs. And after each day, you get to kick back in deluxe hotels and guesthouses—trust us, these are usually rare finds along the Camino! Elevate your Camino Frances adventure with a touch of luxury, become part of history, and get your pilgrim passport stamped—it’ll be an experience to cherish for years to come.

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Itinerary

Get ready for a self-guided week-long adventure along the final 70 miles of Camino Frances, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. Delight in picturesque Spanish countryside, charming villages, and delectable local cuisine. Relax in deluxe accommodations each evening—a rare luxury along the Camino. With included breakfasts and dinners, luggage transfers, and 24/7 customer service, this hassle-free journey ensures maximum comfort as you leave your mark on this storied trail. Receive a pre-departure pack and walking notes to enhance your experience.

  • Make sure to arrive to your hotel in Sarria on time to enjoy your first dinner on the Camino. Get a good night’s sleep before starting the pilgrimage!

    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse
    Meals: Dinner

    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 has a beautiful Romanesque church that’s worth a visit. You’ll also pass through Ferreiros. Once you arrive in Portomarin, 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: 4* hotel or guesthouse

    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 for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 24.2 km / 15 miles
    Accommodation: 4* hotel or guesthouse

    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. Once you reach Melide, stop for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants. Continue walking along a forest track and cross several streams until you reach the village of Boente and its church of Santiago. Soon you’ll be in the medieval village of Ribadiso, and then finally Arzua.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 29 km / 18 miles
    Accommodation: 4* hotel or guesthouse
    Note: There’s an option of splitting this day into two.

    Camino Frances near Arzua, Spain.
  • 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 is one of the less-crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 17.5 km / 10.9 miles
    Accommodation: 4* hotel or guesthouse

    Arzua town on a river
  • 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 368 m. 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: 4* hotel or guesthouse

    Pilgrim in front of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Your Camino Frances tour has come to an end. Feel free to stay longer or catch your flight!

    Santiago de Compostela city
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Follow the Camino
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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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Best 7 day walk of my life
Ken Lavin (June 2022, source: Tripadvisor)

Wonderful Camino walk with excellent accommodations. The best were hotel Ferromenteiro in Portomarin and the Boutique in Arzua. Having the van take our bags from town to town was extremely helpful in completing the daily walks.

Brilliant trip
Karen P (September 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

The Camino from Sarria to Santiago far exceeded my expectations as an experience, for the scenery, the quality of the accommodation and the organisational details completed by Follow the Camino.

Trip of a Lifetime!
Jon O (October 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Follow the Camino is THE WAY TO GO if you’re pre-planning your Camino adventure. Everything went exactly as planned and it was a beautiful, rewarding journey for my family and I. Our accomadations were all wonderful and the baggage transfer was seamless. All of the directions and tips we were given were so helpful and Follow the Camino truly made our journey a perfect one. Thank you SO much to Jade for EVERYTHING!

Stop talking about it - Do it!
EoghanM (October 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Will definitely be using Follow the Camino again to book our next camino trek. Airport transfers, accommodation, luggage transfers and restaurants were all sorted in advance and took the worry off our shoulders. All we had to do was walk and we saw some beautiful scenery along the way and met some lovely people who shared their camino experiences. Going at the end of October meant that some cafes/restaurants and churches were closed along the route but we did not go hungry. We were very fortunate with the weather until we arrived at Santiago! I would highly recommend good quality socks, runners/hiking boots and we had no trouble with our feet which is vital during the long daily walks. Bring some cash as some cafes/restaurants would not take card. Can’t wait to do our next Camino!

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:

      • Self-guided tour of the final 100 km (70 miles), from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
      • Accommodation during the tour based on double occupancy (4* hotels or quality guesthouses)
      • Breakfasts and dinners
      • Luggage transfers
      • Pre-departure pack
        • Pilgrim passport
        • Luggage tag
        • Route notes or guidebook if you have requested a hard copy
      • Walking notes and vouchers with all the information about your accommodation
      • 24/7 customer service

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from the starting/end point
      • Lunches and drinks
      • Insurance
      • Airport pick-up — available upon request
      • Additional nights — available upon request
      • Day tours — available upon request

    If you have any special dietary requirements, let us know in time so we can make arrangements. Please remember to mention it once again upon check-in, it’s always best to double check.

  • The most important thing about walking the Camino Santiago 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. You’ll be doing between 14 and 25 km a day (9 to 15 miles), carrying a daypack with things you might need on the trail. Depending on the self-guided tour you choose, you’ll be walking for 5 consecutive days. Don’t worry about the luggage, though, as they will be transferred to each accommodation!

    Hiking consecutive full days can be quite strenuous. In preparation for your luxury Camino Frances tour, we recommend going on regular hikes/long 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 water bottles
      • 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)

    We recommend packing for the season, which means that your packing list may vary quite a bit depending on the month you choose to go on this luxury Camino de Santiago tour. Also, you should be prepared for unseasonal weather conditions (unexpectedly warm/rainy or hot/cold weather). Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • By going on a self-guided tour, you’re able to walk at your own pace and enjoy the journey without worrying about the logistics of it all. Follow the Camino have been leading pilgrims along their journey since 2007 and they were the first ever operator to organize walking along Camino de Santiago.

    There are many perks of choosing a self-guided tour. Apart from not having to adjust to the group, you’ll have the accommodation, breakfasts, luggage transfer, and route instructions sorted. You’ll be staying in carefully-selected 4* hotels and quality guesthouses and there’s no need to print out anything upon checking-in—your guides booked and arranged everything for you, all you have to do is show your I.D.

    This is a hassle-free trip so if you want to focus on enjoying your pilgrimage in the Spanish bucolic countryside, these self-guided tours are the perfect match.

  • Before the tour, you will be sent a pre-departure pack by post. The pack contains your pilgrim passport, luggage tag, route notes or guidebook if you’ve requested a hard copy. In case there are certain complications with receiving the pre-departure pack, it will wait for you at your first accommodation.

    You’ll have to download the walking notes yourself. The walking notes are here to assist you. Although the Camino is pretty well-marked and you only need to follow the yellow arrows, there are sometimes variations on the routes or some of them are more difficult to follow than the others. We recommend that you always familiarize yourself with the daily journey ahead. You’ll also download the vouchers yourself. These vouchers contain all the information about your confirmed accommodation—there will be an address, their phone number, any special instructions on how to get there, and a small map.

    You will find a 24/7 support phone number on the bottom of each voucher. Keep in mind that there’s no need to print out the vouchers, as your reservations will be confirmed.

  • Accommodation for the duration of your self-guided luxury Camino Frances tour is based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, and character. Though accommodation on the Camino is limited, since this is a luxury version of Camino de Santiago walking tour, you can expect the highest quality possible, Expect hotels of a 4* and high-quality guesthouses if hotel accommodation is not available at a particular destination. Exceptions may be made.

    In case your accommodation is located outside the town, you’ll need to check your vouchers for specific instructions on how to get to your accommodation. Most likely the accommodation will organize a taxi transfer or they will pick you up themselves. All the necessary information will be on the vouchers, which is why it’s important to check them every morning so you can plan ahead.

  • 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. Please note that boots or smaller bags attached to the main bag count as an extra bag and will be charged accordingly.

    If you’re moving to a different accommodation, we ask you to have the luggage ready by 8 am at the reception. Make sure to use your luggage tags—ideally, write your trip reference and your mobile phone number if you wish. Your luggage should be at the next hotel by 6 pm max.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • It’s possible to arrange self-guided tours for both solo travelers as well as large groups. The per-person cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    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.

  • This self-guided luxury Camino Frances tour starts in Sarria, Spain. To get there, most people fly into Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ). From there, your guides can either arrange airport transfers to the meeting point for an additional fee or you can reach Sarria on your own—by renting a car or taking a bus, which could take up to 2 hours. Once you get to the starting point, just find and check into your accommodation.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Spain, please refer to Spain’s foreign travel advice.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • 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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