The Way in Private Shelters

The Way in Private Shelters

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



DAY 1:
Arrival to Sarria and accommodation in Private Shelter with AB
Accommodation option with share room or private room.

DAY 2:
Breakfast and route Sarria – Portomarín 23 Km
Accommodation in Private Shelter with AB.  Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 3:

Breakfast and route Portomarín – Palas de Rei 25 Km
Accommodation in Private Shelter with AB. Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 4:

Breakfast and route Palas de Rei  – Arzúa 28 Km
Accommodation in Private Shelter with AB. Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

DAY 5:

Breakfast and route Arzúa – Pedrouzo 21 Km
Accommodation in Private Shelter with AB. Lunch in the route, it depend of the speed. Free afternoon.
Luggage transport arrange between accommodations

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 Private Shelter with AB

DAY 7:
Breakfast and departure from shelter at 12.00h
End of services

Download the program in pdf: PROGRAMA REF. VE-12


  • 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


  • In the section RSERVAS, fill in the fields and send the form
  • By phone: +0034 966 424 792
  • Email: /


  • 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.


  • Bank transfer
  • Postal order (Western Union)
  •  Credit card

You can check the GENERAL CONDICIONS


What type of accommodation is there?   

These are private Shelters with a variety services more large than the public’s Shelters. We host you in with multiples rooms of 4, 6, 8 and 12 capacity. If you want to host in hotels/hostals of 2 and 3 stars, consult this modality: Program 7 days in Hotels

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 shelters before booking?     

We work with various shelters in each town and village. Your Shelter depend of the availability in the Shelters, so we can not tell you in which Shelter you will host before the reservation. We will send you the ticket and the information about the accommodation with the program before to start the trip.


Some shelters have rooms. If you want you can contract it. A single room has  one bed and double room has a double bed or two separate beds. The triple room has three separate beds. In the last case we will have to consult the availability.

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

All shelters provide bed-linen and towels with a supplement. You have to bring your sleeping-bag.

Should I advise the hotel about what time I will arrive? 

If you’re going to get to your shelter after 19.00hrs, please let them know in advance. Check-in time is normally after 13.00h in the afternoon and the check-out is before 9.00h

Can I upgrade my accommodation? 

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

You can see the accommodation: HERE


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)

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

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.

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.


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.

Whom will I be walking with? 

You can walk alone or with any other person who books to go with you. At high season in particular, there tend to be a lot more people walking, so you will almost certainly get to know and to see other people every day.

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

No, there’s no minimum or maximum number of people for tailor-made trips.


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.


Transporting luggage 

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

Who carries my luggage? 

Luggage carrying is by companies we work with and, sometimes, by the hotels themselves. In some hotels, it may be that the hotel is not familiar with the system because it has been organised independently of them.

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.


For the tailor-made tour, 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 give us on the booking form.

What does the programme include? 

Each programme includes: reservation slips for hotels; route maps; general information about 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 recorded delivery.


Is transport to the start of the tour included? 

For the tailor-made tour, we do not book or include transport to the starting point, but we can provide you with information about the best ways of getting there, depending upon your destination and where you are coming from. For the group tour with set dates, you have the option to book transport from Madrid or to go directly to the start of the tour yourself.


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.

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

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

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 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. It depends upon where in town, and what connections are available. 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 use a taxi.

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.


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

This is possible where the programme description gives the option of splitting up a day. Ask before booking to get a price quotation.

Can I add extra nights to my programme? 

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

Can I change my itinerary midway through the programme?

Generally, it is not possible to make changes once you have booked. If exceptional circumstances arise, ask us and we’ll help as much as possible. A change of booking may have a knock-on effect on the rest of the tour and increase the price.

Can I add rest days to my trip? 

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

Can I book myself taxis if I don’t want to walk on a given day? 

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

Can I personalise my programme? 

Yes, you can personalise your programme. Let us know your preferences and we will do whatever we can 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 anywhere you wish – at the beginning, middle or end of the programme. However, we have organised the programmes so that they start and finish in large enough towns to give you access to the best methods of transport.

Can I exclude transport of food and luggage? 

Yes, you can exclude some services if you wish.


What does the price include? 

The price includes accommodation in private shelters, transport of luggage between designated accommodation, and an information pack with notes, maps, luggage consignment tickets, pilgrimage accreditation and 24-hour assistance.

Are there any additional taxes and charges? 

No, there are no additional charges. The only elements that attract extra costs are services that you request specifically, such as airport transfers, taxis, extra nights, picnic lunches, hotel upgrades, additional packages, and so on.

What is the extra price for booking a single room? 

Single rooms in hotels carry an extra cost, which will be added when you book.


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.


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.


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.


  • Reception in Sarria multiple host and share bathroom AB 149€
  • Note: the accommodation can change according the availability.


  • Accommodation in Private Shelters (multiple host of 4, 6, 8 and 12 places) with share bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transport between routes
  • Telephone assistance 24h
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sheet of Route and needed documentation
  • Credentials


  • Luggage transport arrange between accommodations 25€


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