The Way of St James from Sarria

The Way of St James from Sarria

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

PROGRAM: 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
MODALITY: IN GROUP
REF: VE-1 LAST 112 KM: SARRIA-SANTIAGO

SCHEDULE DATES 2017:
From 11th to 17th April / From 13th to 19th May / From 20th to 26th May
From 10th to 16th June / From 17th to 23th June / From 8th to 14th July
From 15th to 21th July / From 5th to 11th August / From 19th to 25th August
From 2th to 8th September / From 9th to 15th September / From 1th to 7th October

EXPANDED PROGRAM:

You will be a member of an organised group which dates have been programed in advance. You have a guide and a support vehicle with the group, during all program. You have, accommodation, meals, luggages transport, all the necessary documentation about stretches and the credential to obtain the Compostelana. You can join in a group only, or with other persons, friends or family.
A tram inside of Galicia to Santiago between rural villages, towns and magic forest in 5 stretches. Live the experience of this unforgettable travel.

DAY 1:
Option 1: Arrival to Sarria and accommodation in Hotel** (double/triple/single) with AB/HB
Option 2: Departure from Madrid at 11.00h from Las Matas station
20.00h group presentation and to give the documentation
21.00h dinner optional with the group or free

DAY 2:
Breakfast and route Sarria – Portomarín 23 Km
Accommodation in Hotel* with AB/HB.  Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
20.30h Meeting and dinner with the group or free

DAY 3:

Breakfast and route Portomarín – Palas de Rei 25 Km
Accommodation in Rural Complex*** with AB/HB. Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
20.30h Meeting and dinner with the group or free

DAY 4:

Breakfast and route Palas de Rei  – Arzúa 28 Km
Accommodation in Hotel***  with AB/HB. Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
20.30h Meeting and dinner with the group or free

DAY 5:

Breakfast and route Arzúa – Pedrouzo 20 Km
Accommodation in Hotel** with AB/HB. Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
20.30h Meeting and dinner with the group or free
On the option HB will have “Queimada y Conjuro” after the dinner.

DAY 6:

Breakfast and route Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela 19 Km. Time of the pilgrims mass in the Santiago Cathedral at 12:00h. Lunch and dinner free
Accommodation in Hotel*** en AB

DAY 7:
Option 1:
From 7.30h until 11.00h breakfast. Departure from hotel at 12.00h
End of services
Option 2:
8.00h Breakfast and come back to Madrid. 16.00h. Arrival to Madrid
End of services

Download the program in pdf: PROGRAMA REF. VE-1

  • Prices and services are included in the PRICE section
  • Description about the choosen accommodation are in the ACCOMMODATION section
  • All the frequently questions are in the QUESTIONS section

HOW TO BOOK:

  • In the section RSERVAS, fill in the fields and send the form
  • By phone: +0034 966 424 792
  • Email: info@viviendoexperiencias.com / reservas@viviendoexperiencias.com

WHAT TO DO NEXT

  • Once we have received your booking form, we will respond within a maximum of 24 hours (on working days).
  • We will then send you a pro-forma invoice so you can pay your deposit of 100€ per person, and tell you what steps to take depending upon your chosen method of payment, either a bank account number so you can make a transfer, or how to pay by card.
  • You should pay the balance 30 days before the start of your trip. We will contact you again to send you the invoice, with the deposit of 100€ already paid deducted from the total.
  • Once we have received full payment, we will send you all the paperwork you need for your trip to your email address.

PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card (Paypal)

You can check the GENERAL CONDICIONS

ACCOMMODATION

What type of hotels or  other accommodation is there?   

Accommodation is in hotels or guest houses of two or three stars for the standard tours. Special tours tend to be in large country guest houses or hotels of three to five stars. Check the modality.

Where are the hotels based?   

The accommodation is 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 guest houses are outside the towns, so you will have to make diversions off the established footpaths. Where this arises, we’ll let you know. 

Is it possible to get details of the hotels before booking?     

We work with various hotels and guest houses in each town and village. On the group tour, we can let you know beforehand which ones have been designated for your trip.

Single, double or triple rooms?

A single room has one bed; a double room has a double bed and a triple room has three separate beds. For the latter, availability will need to be checked first.

Do all rooms have their own, private bathrooms?  

All rooms are booked with a private bathroom, unless otherwise stated.

Will the hotels have Wi-Fi or internet access? 

Some hotels will have Wi-Fi or internet access, but not all of them. When you get your trip programme, a few weeks before you start, we’ll tell you in full detail about each of your hotels.

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

All hotels provide bed-linen and towels. You don’t need to bring a sleeping-bag.

Visualise Accommodation: HERE

HOW ARRIVE TO SARRIA:

If you opt to go on your own, the option 1, you have these combinations:

BY TRAIN:
Directly from Madrid:
Monday to Friday: Train-Hotel at 22:30h. Arrival at 6:50h.
Saturday: there are not service.
Sunday: Train-Hotel at 22:30h. Arrival at 6:50h.
Prices: from 51,30€ with tourist zone
Directly from Barcelona:
Diary: 9:20h and arrival at 21:03h and Train-Hotel at 20:20h and arrival at 8:45h
Prices: From 72,30€ with tourist zone. Train-Hotel from 102,60€
The Barcelona to Sarria train can take in the next capitals too: Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Vitoria, Burgos, Palencia and León. (The train at 20:20h does not go for Pamplona neither Vitoria but for Logroño yes)

DIRECTLY FROM LUGO:
Monday to Friday and Sunday: five frequencies
Saturday: four frequencies
From the south of Spain there are to do transfer in Madrid and from the Levante there are options of transfer in Tarragona, Zaragoza and Madrid
consult schedule in: RENFE Number: 902320320

BY BUS FROM SANTIAGO:
The company Freire do the route between Santiago and Lugo, where you can take other bus to hasta Sarria (see the next section). You can take the bus in the bus station and in the Santiago airport. There are a big quantity diary frequency that you can consult from the section Route and Schedule in its web.

BY BUS FROM LUGO:
The company Monforte do the route directly between Lugo and Sarria. There are variety diary frequencies all the days a week. From Lugo is possible to move to O Cebreiro too. Monday to Friday the same transport company in only unique frequency at 17:30h.

GROUP OR TAILOR-MADE TRIPS

What is the group programme? 

You’ll be part of an organised tour group, the dates of which will have been set in advance. There’ll be a tour guide and a support vehicle for the group throughout the trip. Accommodation, meals and equipment transport are the same for both types of tour, both the group trip and the self-guided tailor-made trip. 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.

GROUP OR TAILOR-MADE TRIPS

What is the group programme? 

You’ll be part of an organised tour group, the dates of which will have been set in advance. There’ll be a tour guide and a support vehicle for the group throughout the trip. Accommodation, meals and equipment transport are the same for both types of tour, both the group trip and the self-guided tailor-made trip. 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 the tailor-made trip? 

This is a self-guided tour and you do not form part of an organised group. The dates are flexible, so you can choose when to go. You won’t have a guide, nor a support vehicle. Accommodation, meals and equipment transport are the same for both types of tour, the group one or the tailor-made trip.

GROUP TOURS

What dates do the group tours start? 

We’ve set up a series of guided tours throughout the season with different start dates – check them out.

Transport 

You can choose to book a tour where you are met at the start, or a trip which sets off from Madrid.

Depending upon the number of participants, a minibus or coach will be organised from Las Matas railway station at 11.000hrs on the first day of the tour. To get to Las Matas, daily suburban trains on lines C8 and C10 run from Atocha and Chamartín stations every 15 minutes.

Is there a minimum and maximum number of people on the guided group tours? 

In guided tour groups on foot or on bicycles, a minimum of six people is required. There is also a maximum number, but various tour guides will be on duty if the groups are very large.

If you have booked a guided tour but have not been able to get together the minimum number of people necessary, we will give you the option to switch to a tailor-made tour on foot or on bicycle or offer you a full refund for all trips. This does not usually occur, however.

For groups of six people or more, we can organise guided tours on any date.

Who tends to be in the groups? 

A large variety of people take part in guided tours, a mixture of lone travellers, couples, families and pairs or groups of friends.

What happens if the group walks too slowly or too fast for me? 

Each member of the group can walk at their own pace – nobody is obliged to keep up with the others. In general, each group comprises a mix of people with different abilities and walking speeds.

Can I, or will I have to, share a room with other group members? 

You can share a room with another group member if you wish, and this is perfectly possible. Alternatively, you can book a single room if there is one available.

Do you have to train physically beforehand?

Logically, this depends upon how fit you are already. If you are physically in good shape, you will find it easier to cover the distance involved, so it is advisable to train beforehand. However, you can always resort to the support car (if you are on a group trip) for some of the checkpoints, if you need to.

Can the support car pick me up anywhere?

During each stage of the journey there are a series of set meeting points, and this is where each participant decides whether they want to carry on walking or whether to use the support car if they are tired or suffering from physical difficulties.

Do I have to carry my own equipment?

No, this is carried by the support car, although we recommend you take a small rucksack with a bottle of water, a change of clothing, camera, a small first aid kit, identity documents, and so on.

Are the services in guided group tours and tailor-made trips the same? 

The difference is that on the group tour, you will join an organised party with a tour guide and support car, whilst on the tailor-made tour you will not have either a guide or a support car, these are self-guided trips. Accommodation, meals and equipment transport services are the same for both types of tour.

MEALS

What does half-board (HB) mean? 

Half-board includes breakfast and evening meal. Most hotels offer a lunchtime menu. Generally, a first and second course with a series of choices for each, plus dessert, wine and water are offered.

What times are meals served? 

Evening meals are usually served from 20.00hrs onwards, but this may vary according to the hotel. Upon arrival, ask at the reception desk about times for breakfast and evening meals.

Is lunch included in the programme? 

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

I have specific dietary requirements. 

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know when you book so that we can advise the hotels. If you are wheat-intolerant or need a gluten-free diet, it is best to bring your own bread, since not all hotels can offer gluten-free bread.

What is the maximum luggage weight allowed? 

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.

SERVICES EN ROUTE

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

In most towns and villages along the route you can buy sandwiches and drinks. The route plans tell you where the bars, restaurants and shops are that you can buy food and drinks.

Are there toilets en route? 

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

Is there drinking water en route? 

Along the route, there are springs and fountains, but we recommend you do not drink from these as the water is untreated. You will have bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and vending machines at your disposal to buy bottled water without any problems.

Is there Wi-Fi or internet access en route? 

Some hotels, towns or villages will have Wi-Fi or internet access, but not all. 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, meaning internet access will be limited.

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

In many areas, and, in general, in the towns, you will get a mobile phone signal. As you will be mainly walking in rural areas, the signal may be limited at times.

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

In Santiago, there are a number of free parking spaces. There are also secure paid-for car parks in various parts of the city. Your hotel in Santiago will provide parking for a daily fee. Check with us in advance for the various options.

BOOKINGS AND CHANGES IN BOOKINGS

When do I pay the booking fee? 

A deposit must be paid when you book in order to reserve your place. 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 a notification by email or telephone to remind you.

Is there a charge 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:
Cancellation more than 45 days before start of tour: 30% of full price
Cancellation between 10 and 30 days before start of tour: 50% of full price
Cancellation less than 10 days before start of tour: 100% of full price
We recommend you take out travel insurance before you start.

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 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 kilometres.

PRICES:

  • Option 1: Reception in Sarria double/Triple AB 445€
  • Option 2: Transport Madrid-Sarria/Santiago-Madrid 95€

INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Accommodation in Hotels of 2 and 3 stars
  • Breakfast (Coffee, infusion, bakery, toasts, fruits, cold meat, cereals, yogurts)
  • Luggage transport between routes
  • Support vehicle permanent with 24h attendance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Companions guide during all the program
  • Sheet of Route and needed documentation
  • Credentials

OPTIONALS SERVICES:

Individual room 115€
HB (breakfast and dinner, except in Santiago) 90€
Extra nights in Santiago de Compostela 45€

SCHEDULE DATES 2017:
From 11th to 17th April / From 13th to 19th May / From 20th to 26th May
From 10th to 16th June / From 17th to 23th June / From 8th to 14th July
From 15th to 21th July / From 5th to 11th August / From 19th to 25th August
From 2th to 8th September / From 9th to 15th September / From 1th to 7th October

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