A Self-Guided Trip. 8 Days, 7 Nights, with 5 days walking
This popular itinerary covers the last 115 km / 71 miles of the Camino Francés, starting the pilgrimage from the town of Sarria, taking 5 days of walking to reach Santiago de Compostela. This section of the Way is often known as the “final 100 km of the Camino”, the minimum distance required to qualify for the famous Compostela certificate. What makes our trip so special is that it also allows you to experience some of the completely different culture and environment of Castilla y León and the transition towards Galicia, normally only available to those who start walking much further away!
After a first night in historic León, you’ll transfer in a private taxi, following the Camino to Villafranca del Bierzo for your 2nd night. En-route there will be stops at the main highlights, such as Astorga, Castrillo de los Polvazares, Cruz de Ferro and Ponferrada, as well as options to walk some short but attractive sections of the historic route. On Day 3, a short transfer to the emblematic village of O’Cebreiro for a short visit, then on to Sarria to start walking all the way to Santiago.
8 Days, 7 Nights
Several daily connections from Madrid and Barcelona by air, rail or bus
Santiago de Compostela
Several daily connections to Madrid, Barcelona and certain European cities by air, as well as rail connections to Madrid and other cities
(C -) Although the terrain is very easy, we classify this as “Moderate”, due to length of walks with constant short ups and downs, averaging just over 22 km / 13.8 mi daily over 5 days walking. For most people this would be about 5 to 6 hours.
In León and Santiago we use quality 3* or 4* hotels in great locations in the pedestrian-only zones of the old cities. In rural areas, we use the best available, mostly 2* to 3* or equivalent, small family-run hotels and inns. All properties have en-suite bathrooms and are personally chosen for their comfort, character, location and overall quality, with a preference for stylishly restored historic buildings. Good food is also a must!
Any day from March 1 to October 31
1115€ – in double or twin room
235€ – Single room supplement
Discounts for 3 or more people
7 nights accommodation
7 breakfasts, 3 dinners with local wine and bottled water. Other nights to explore on your own.
Custom-written, detailed daily route instructions, hotel contact information, local maps of León, Villafranca del Bierzo, Sarria and Santiago
All luggage transfer between walking Sarria and Santiago
Private taxi transfers on Days 2 and 3
Local English-speaking Iberian Adventures contact
80 euros per person in a twin or double-bedded room
90 euros per person in a single room
80 euros per person in a twin or double-bedded room
145 euros per person in a single room
150 euros per group (up to 4 persons). Includes transport, hiking notes & map and lunch recommendations in Finisterre town. This is a great morning hike and wonderful way to end your time on the Camino!
You can book this service when reserving & paying for your trip or we can arrange it for you and you pay the guides directly in cash.
León: 125 euros per group
Santiago: 125 euros per group
With a flexible departure time, the route follows the Camino de Santiago and includes scheduled stops at several sites of interest, as well as allowing you the option to walk up to 3 short but attractive sections of the Camino.
Total driving time: 2 hours + stops & optional walks
Stops during transfer: Astorga – the city’s illustrious patrimony include numerous Roman ruins, a Gothic cathedral and Catalán architect Antonio Gaudí’s Neo-Gothic Bishop’s Palace; Castrillo de los Povazares is one of Spain’s best preserved medieval villages. Cruz de Ferro is an emblematic iron cross near the highest spot on the entire Camino, with an enormous mound of stones, placed by pilgrims at its base; Ponferrada’s castle is one of Spain’s finest, built by the order of the Knights Templar.
Walks on the Camino en-route to Villafranca: these will be described in your daily route notes.
Total driving time: 1 h 10’ + 20 minute stop in O’Cebreiro
León – one of Spain’s great historic cities, home to some of Europe’s greatest masterpieces of Gothic art and a wonderful pilgrim’s atmosphere, its old quarter is perfect for strolling and enjoying tapas and the excellent local wine.
Astorga – crossroads of the Via de la Plata and Camino de Santiago, the city’s illustrious patrimony include numerous Roman ruins, a Gothic cathedral and Catalán architect Antonio Gaudí’s Neo-Gothic Bishop’s Palace.
Castrillo de los Polvazares – one of Spain’s most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages, it is the symbol of the area in western León province known as La Maragatería.
Cruz de Ferro – emblematic iron cross called “cruz de ferro”, emerging from and enormous mound of stones, placed by countless pilgrims at its base.
Villafranca del Bierzo – considered the “gateway to Galicia”, the last major town before the Way begins the arduous ascent to cross the Leon-Galicia border, it has a wealth of historic buildings, including several churches, a castle, a monastery, a convent and plenty of noble homes.
O’Cebreiro – an emblematic hilltop stone village with curious pre-Roman thatch-roofed dwellings called pallozas. The chapel is the site of one of the Camino’s most famous legends.
Santiago de Compostela – one of the world’s great historic cities, its ancient granite-clad old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to Galicia’s regional government, one of Europe’s oldest universities and the magnificent cathedral that has drawn millions over the centuries like a magnet, it virtually buzzes with a unique energy and is a fascinating place to explore.
NOTE: If you aren’t in a hurry we definitely recommend you stay at least 2 nights in Santiago to fully enjoy and experience this magical city. Then…if there’s time and you want to see more of the area or another part of Spain, consider hiring a car and driving from Santiago along the coast to Bilbao, across the country to Madrid or Barcelona, Andalusia, etc. We can help you to plan your itinerary. Ask us!