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All-Women Camino Francés Walking Tour

Guide(s)
Francisco Álvarez, Silvia Santos, Follow the Camino
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Duration
8 day
Guide(s)
Francisco Álvarez, Silvia Santos, Follow the Camino
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  • 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.
    • 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.
        • 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!

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