The Way of St. James from Sarria in 6 Sections

The Way of St. James from Sarria in 6 Sections

 The French Way of St. James: Sarria – Santiago de Compostela

PROGRAM: 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
MODALITY: TAILOR-MADE
REF: VE-7 LAST 112 KM: SARRIA-SANTIAGO

DETAILED PROGRAMME:

Discover the essence of the Way of St. James from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela on foot and without having to carry your luggage, walking the last 100 km. of the millenary Way. In this way you will get the “Compostela”. A walk across Galicia up to Santiago through hamlets, villages and magic forests in 6 sections. Live the unforgettable experience that this trip represents.

DAY 1:
Arrival in Sarria and two-star Hotel accommodation (single/double/triple room) in B&B (bed and breakfast)
Optional service: HB (half-board)


DAY 2:

Breakfast and stage from Sarria to Portomarín 23 Km
One-star Hotel accommodation in B&B.
Luggage transport arranged between lodgings.

DAY 3:

Breakfast and stage from Portomarín to Palas de Rei 25 Km
Three-star Rural Complex accommodation in B&B.
Luggage transport arranged between lodgings.


DAY 4:

Breakfast and stage from Palas de Rei to Melide 15 Km
Two-star Hotel accommodation with B&B.
Luggage transport arranged between lodgings.

DAY 5:
Breakfast and stage from Melide to Arzúa 14 Km
Three-star Guesthouse accommodation in B&B.
Luggage transport arranged between lodgings.

DAY 6:
Breakfast and stage from Arzúa to Pedrouzo 20 Km
Two-star Hotel accommodation in B&B.
Luggage transport arranged between lodgings.

DAY 7:
Breakfast and stage from Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela 19 Km.
Two-star hotel accommodation in B&B.
Luggage transport arranged between lodgings.

DAY 8:
Breakfast and departure from the hotel by midday.
End of programme.

Download the PDF programme: PROGRAMA REF. VE-7

FLEXIBLE DATES

  • The prices and services are included in the PRICE section
  • The accommodation characteristics are in the ACCOMMODATION section
  • Frequently asked questions are in the QUESTIONS section

HOW TO BOOK: 

  • In the section RESERVAS, fill in the form and send it to us
  • By phone: +0034 966 424 792
  • E-mail: info@viviendoexperiencias.com / reservas@viviendoexperiencias.com

WHAT TO DO NEXT

  • Once we have received your booking application form, we will send you an e-mail within 24 hours (on working days).
  • We will then send you the proforma invoice so that you pay a deposit of 100€ per person. Depending on the  payment method, we will tell you the steps to follow and we will give you a bank account number if needed.
  • 30 days before the starting date, you will have to pay the remaining amount. We will get in touch with you again to send you the invoice so that you can pay the remaining amount (total minus the 100€ per person deposit).
  • Once we have received the full payment, we will send you all the trip documents by post. In case there is no time because it has been a last-minute booking, we will e-mail them to you so that you can print them yourself.

PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED

  • Bank transfer
  • Money order (Western Union)
  • Credit card (Paypal)

You can check the GENERAL CONDITIONS



ACCOMMODATION

What types of accommodation are there?   

The accommodation is in two or three-star hotels or guesthouses for standard trips. The accommodation in special trips is in three to five-star hotels or manor houses. Check this modality.



Where are the lodgings located?   

The lodgings are found in different towns and villages along the pilgrimage route. Unless stated otherwise, all hotels are easy to reach on foot. Some rural hotels and guesthouses are outside the towns. If this is so, we will let you know. 



Is it possible to get the name of the lodgings before booking?     

We work with a wide range of hotels and guesthouses in each town and village. In the group trips, we can let you know beforehand which ones have been designated for your trip. In the tailor-made trips, the lodgings will depend on availability. However, we will give you all the information about them before the trip.


Single, double or triple rooms?

Single rooms have one bed; double rooms have either a double bed or two single beds; triple rooms have three separate beds. For the latter, availability will need to be checked first.




Do all rooms have their private bathrooms?  

All the rooms have a private bathroom, unless otherwise stated.



Do the lodgings have wi-fi or internet access? 

Most lodgings have wi-fi or internet access, but not all of them. When you get your trip programme, a few weeks before you start, we will give you the characteristics of each of your lodgings.



Do the lodgings provide bed linen and towels, or do I have to bring my own? 

All the lodgings provide bed linen and towels. You do not have to bring them.



Should I inform the lodging about what time I will arrive? 

If you are going to get to your lodging after 7 p.m., please let them know in advance. The check-in and check-out times are usually at midday, so if you get there earlier, you may find that your room is not ready yet. You can find the contact information for all the lodgings on the trip programme which we will send you.



Can I upgrade my accommodation? 

In some towns and villages, it is possible to book lodgings of a higher category at extra charge. Please ask us for more information and we will offer you an upgrade wherever it is possible.



What is a manor house or pazo? 

A pazo is an historic building made of stone or granite. Some have gardens and swimming pools for relaxing in. Our selection of accommodation is based upon the character and level of tranquillity of the area and complex, therefore pazos are often outside the towns (2-5 kilometres away). The quality is considerably higher than that of a hotel. All rooms have their own bathrooms; the interior décor is authentic and tasteful, with ancient exposed beams and original, classical furnishing.
If you want to stay in a pazo, we provide a especial programme. Check the programme: The Way of St James in Manours, Ref: VE-8

You can see the accommodation: HERE

HOW TO ARRIVE IN SARRIA:

BY TRAIN:
Directly from Madrid: (Chamartín Train Station)
Daily: departs at 13:05 arrives at 18:59
Monday to Thursday: departs at 07:15 arrives at 13:14
Sunday to Friday: departs at 15:00 arrives at 21:07
Sunday to Wednesday: (train-hotel) departs at 22:14 arrives at 06:42

Directly from Barcelona:
Dialy: departs at 09:00 arrives at 18:59; departs at 09:30 arrives at 21:07
Sunday to Friday: (train-hotel) departs at 20:20 arrives at 09:01
You can take them in Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Vitoria, Burgos, Palencia and León. (The train-hotel does not stop at Pamplona or Vitoria).

DIRECTLY FROM LUGO:
Daily: departs at 08:26 arrives at 09:02; departs at 11:10 arrives at 11:35; (train-hotel) departs at 19:18 arrives at 19:53; departs at 21:35 arrives at 22:01
Sunday to Friday: departs at 16:00 arrives at 16:24
Sunday to Wednesday: departs at 23:56 arrives at 00:20
From the south of Spain you have to change trains in Madrid and from the east you have to change trains in Tarragona, Zaragoza or Madrid.
Check the timetables in: RENFE or at: 902320320

BY BUS FROM SANTIAGO:
The company Freire goes from Santiago to Lugo, where you can take another bus to Sarria (see the next section). You can take the bus at the bus station and in Santiago’s airport. The buses are very frequent. You can check the timetable in its web.

BY BUS FROM LUGO:
The company Monforte goes from Lugo to Sarria. The buses are very frequent. It is also possible to go from Sarria to O Cebreiro. The only bus leaves at 18.01 from Monday to Friday and at 14.20 on Saturday.

GROUP OR TAILOR-MADE TRIPS

What is a group programme? 

You will be part of an organised tour group, the dates of which will have been set in advance. There will be a tour guide and a support vehicle for the group throughout the trip. The accommodation, meals and luggage transport are the same for both types of trips. You can join a group on your own or with other people.

If you have your own group of six or more people, we can arrange specific dates with a private tour guide for you.

What is a tailor-made programme? 

It is a self-guided tour; you will not be part of an organised group. The dates are flexible, so you can choose when to start. You will not have a guide or a support vehicle. The accommodation, meals and luggage transport are the same for both types of trips.

Whom will I be walking with? 

You can walk with your family or with other people who have booked the trip on the same dates. At high season in particular, there tend to be a lot of people walking, so you will almost certainly get to meet and to know other people every day.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of people for tailor-made trips? 

Yes, the minimum number of people for the programme with family is 3.

MEALS

What does half-board (HB) mean? 

Half-board includes breakfast and dinner. Most lodgings offer a daily menu, from which you can choose a first and second course and a dessert. Wine are water are often included.

Can I book HB? 

If you want to book HB, please let us know when you book so we will add it in your programme.

What times are meals served? 

Dinner is usually served from 8.00 p.m. onwards, but this may vary according to the lodging. Upon arrival, ask at the reception desk about breakfast and dinner timetables.

Is lunch included in the programme? 

No, lunch is not included since, almost certainly, you will be walking at this time of the day. If you wish, we can include picnic lunches at 10€ per person per day. These are prepared by the lodgings and generally include a sandwich or baguette, some fruit, a bar of chocolate and a drink.

I have specific dietary restrictions. 

If you have special dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know when you book so that we can inform the lodgings. If you are wheat-intolerant or follow a gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring your own bread, since not all lodgings can offer gluten-free bread.

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

Luggage transport

Your luggage must be in the hotel reception area by 08.30 a.m. each morning. In general, it will be delivered to your next lodging before 14.30 p.m. each day.

Who transports my luggage? 

Your luggage is transported by reliable companies we work with and, sometimes, by the lodging staff themselves. In some lodgings, they may not be familiar with the system because the luggage transport arrangement has nothing to do with them.

What is the maximum luggage weight allowed? 

The luggage transport is limited to one bag or suitcase per person with a maximum weight of 15 kilos each. You can arrange to transport extra luggage by paying a supplement. Please contact us to discuss if this is the case.

DETAILED PROGRAMME

For the tailor-made trip, when will I receive my package with my programme? 

You will receive your detailed programme within one week of completing your booking. It will be sent to the postal address you included in the booking form.

What does the programme include? 

Each programme includes: hotel vouchers; route maps; general information on the pilgrimage route; maps; one luggage label per person, and a pilgrimage accreditation per person.

Where will I receive my programme? 

We’ll send your programme to your address or that of the person who made the booking, unless there is not enough time to do so. If this is the case, we will send it to you by email. Please let us know which you prefer.

How will my programme package be sent to me? 

Programme packages are sent by registered post.

CONNECTING TRANSPORT

Is transport to the starting point of the trip included? 

For the tailor-made trips, we do not book or include transport to the starting point, but we arrange it for you or provide you with information about the best ways of getting there, depending upon your destination and where you are coming from. For the group trips with fixed dates, you have the option of booking transport from Madrid or to go on your own.

SERVICES EN ROUTE

Are there cafés, restaurants and shops to buy food and drinks en route?

In most towns and villages en route you can buy snacks and drinks. The route planner tells you where the bars, restaurants and shops are.

Are there toilets en route? 

In general, you can use the toilets in the bars, shops and restaurants en route, although sometimes you may need to buy something there to be able to use the toilet.

Is there drinking water en route? 

Along the route, there are springs and fountains, but we recommend you not to drink from them as the water is untreated. You will find bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and vending machines en route where you can buy bottled water.

Do I have to take a sleeping bag, bed-linen and towels? 

The hotels provide bed-linen and towels, so you don’t need to take  your own.

Is there Wi-Fi or internet access en route? 

Most hotels and villages have Wi-Fi or internet access, but not all of them. You can check which hotels offer this service when you receive your programme a few weeks before setting off. You will spend a lot of time in rural areas, which means the internet access will be limited.

Will I get a signal on my mobile phone en route? 

In most areas and in the towns, you will get a mobile phone signal. In rural areas the signal may be limited at times.

Is there public transport en route in case I cannot walk the entire stage? 

In some areas, there is public transport between towns, but not in all of them. Check with us beforehand or, when you are there, ask at your hotel about local bus and train services. Where there is no public transport, the alternative is to get a taxi.

Is there a parking area in Santiago or in the town I’ll be setting off from? 

In Santiago, there are lots of free parking spaces. There are also safe chargeable car parks all over the city. Your hotel in Santiago provides parking spaces for a daily fee. Check with us in advance for the different options.

PERSONALISING ROUTES

If a stage of the route is very long, can I split it? 

It is possible depending on the hotel availability. Ask before booking to get a price quotation.

Can I add extra nights to my programme? 

Yes, you can add as many extra nights  to your programme as you wish.

Can I change my itinerary midway through the programme?

Generally speaking, it is not possible to make changes once you have booked. If exceptional circumstances arise, ask us and we will do our best to help you. A change of booking would have a domino effect on the rest of the tour and would increase the price considerably.

Can I add resting days to my trip? 

Yes, you can add resting days by booking an extra night in any town or village.

Can I book a taxi if I don’t feel like walking on a given day? 

Yes, we will provide you with a list of services for each town. You can also ask for information at the hotels you stay in.

Can I customize my programme? 

Yes, let us know your preferences and we will do our best to tailor a trip to your taste.

Can I start and finish in any location, or do I have to stick to a set itinerary? 

You can start and finish wherever you want – at the beginning, middle or end of the programme. However, we have organised the programmes so that they start and finish in big towns so that you have no problem in finding a means of transport.

Can I exclude the meals and the luggage transport? 

Yes, you can exclude these services.

PRICES

What does the price include? 

The price includes accommodation in hotels or guest houses with private bathrooms for the standard package, and three to five-stars hotels or Pazos (country guest houses) for the superior package; breakfast (and dinner if it is HB); the transport of the luggage between lodgings, and an information pack with a route planner, maps, luggage labels, accrediting Pilgrim’s Card and 24-hour help line.

Are there any additional taxes or costs? 

All the taxes are included in the price and there are no additional costs. You  only have to pay extra costs if you request services such as airport transfers, taxis, extra nights, picnic lunches, hotel upgrades, etc.

What is the extra cost for booking a single room? 

You can check the fees in the PRICE section.

BOOKINGS AND CHANGES IN BOOKINGS

When do I pay the booking fee? 

A deposit must be paid when you book in order to make a firm booking. You can choose your preferred payment method on the booking form. Deposits are non-refundable.

How much is the booking deposit? 

The booking deposit is 100€ per person for both group tours and tailor-made tours.

When do I pay the balance?   

The balance should be paid a month before you set off. You’ll receive an e-mail when you have to do so.

Is there a cost for changing my booking? 

Once you have booked, there is a 30€ charge for any changes or alterations to the dates chosen. You will also need to wait for confirmation of the new dates selected.

What happens if I cancel my booking? 

If you cancel your booking, the following charges apply:
Administrative expenses (100 €/person deposit): NON-REFUNDABLE
Cancellation costs (if there are any)
Cancellation within 15 and 10 before the starting date: 5% of the remaining amount
Cancellation withing 10 and 3 days before the starting date: 15% of the remaing amount

Cancellation within 48 hours before the starting date: 25% of the remaining amount
If you fail to start the trip without notifying: 100% of the total cost

Once you have started the trip, the total amount is non-refundable.

CHOOSING YOUR ROUTE

How do I choose my route? Which route is best? 

You can choose your trip according to your destination, chosen theme, difficulty rating, category, or duration. Information for each route offers a general description of the landscape and difficulty level. We can also help you to choose a route which is suitable for you.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

What should I take with me? 

Comfortable trainers or walking shoes (but not brand-new ones).
Comfortable footwear for resting after a day’s walking.
A poncho for when it rains, or a raincoat which covers your rucksack.
Shorts or trousers for walking, short-sleeved T-shirts, a jumper, sweater or jacket for nights and various spare pairs of socks.
Hat or baseball cap, sunglasses and sun lotion.
Water bottle or flask.
A first-aid kit. Blisters, chafing and twisted ankles are the most common ailments.
Hiking poles.
All documentation clipped together for each of the stages, hotel booking slips and pilgrimage accreditation.                    

Which is the best month or time of year to make the trip? 

The time of year depends upon the route you wish to take. If you take the shorter, end routes of the pilgrimage which finish in Santiago de Compostela, the most popular and pleasant time is between April and June, or September. July and August tend to be much hotter, but continue to be popular. In general, northern Spain does not suffer the same extreme temperature found in the south. From late October to March, temperatures can be very low and there is a greater chance of rain in the Galicia region. It often snows during the winter months, but mainly in mountainous areas. Contact us for further information.

What transport methods should I use to get to the start of the route? 

For each case, we will give you detailed information according to where you are coming from and where your starting point is.

What is a pilgrimage accreditation, and a Compostelana?

This is an official document that proves you are a pilgrim. You can get this accreditation from the ecclesiastical authorities from any town or village or church along your route. This accreditation shows your name and where you started your trip from. Along the pilgrimage route, you can gradually add on stamps to show the official checkpoints you have passed through. Once you reach Santiago, you can obtain the Compostelana (a certificate to show you have completed the pilgrimage) at the Pilgrims’ Office, provided you have covered at least 100 kilometers.

PRICES:

  • Reception in Sarria double/Triple AB 445€
  • *the accommodation can change according the availability.

INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Accommodation in Hotels/Hostels of 2 and 3 stars
  • Breakfast (Coffee, infusion, bakery, toasts, fruits, cold meat, cereals, yogurts)
  • Luggage transport between routes
  • Telephone assistance 24h
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sheet of Route and needed documentation
  • Credentials

OPTIONALS SERVICES:

Individual room 135€
HB (breakfast and dinner, except in Santiago) 98€
Extra nights in Santiago de Compostela 45€

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