Camino de Santiago Walking Tour: Guided Tour via the French Way (Spain)

A Guided Walking Tour of the Camino de Santiago

Walking the Camino de Santiago offers a Pilgrim the opportunity to join a community of hikers on a journey of spiritual and personal endeavour to Santiago de Compostela.

The French Way, or Camino Francés, is the most popular of the pilgrim trails to Santiago de Compostela. We opt to begin in Sarria and walk the final 100 kilometres of this Camino route. This is the minimum distance required for a Compostela, which serves as proof of your incredible accomplishment.

Taking a guided walking tour means much less planning is required on your part, knowing that an expert is leading the way and planning all your logistics for you. It also allows you to walk with just a day pack, reducing the strain and stress of having to carry your large pack every day.

If you’d prefer to undertake this challenge on your own, take a look instead at our self guided walking tours of the Camino de Santiago. Even our self-guided tours include luggage transfers and accommodation bookings to ease your burdens. But you’ll walk on your own, which some Pilgrims prefer to do for added introspection.

Of course, we’re always happy to chat about our walking tours, so do get in touch if you have any questions at all.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €990 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€350

Tour Dates: 

Sunday 29th, September to Sunday 6th, October 2024

Tour Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Hotel 

Included / Excluded

Camino de Santiago Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival to Sarria

Following your arrival into Santiago Airport we will transfer to Sarria, your starting point on the way.
Pickup time at Santaigo Airport is 3 pm. Meet you guide and travel to your first accommodation in Sarria. Travel time is aproximately 1 hr 30 minutes.

Day 2 - Sarria to Portmarin

Following breakfast in Sarria, your first day on the Camino Way takes you to the banks of the River Miño and the walled town of Portomarín. The church fortress of San Nicolás, Portomarín also contains the church of San Pedro and the Pazos of Conde da Maza.

Distance: 21.5 km / 13.5 miles, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 3 - Portmarin to Palas de Rei

Starting out after breakfast, you will rise from the riverbank on your journey to Palas de Rei, a bustling town with strong artistic heritage and home of the church of San Tirso.

Distance: 25 Km / 15.5 miles, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 4 - Palas de Rei to Melide

Leaving Palas de Rei after breakfast, your day on the Camino Way Pilgrimage moves you forward to the hub town of Melide.

Distance: 14.5 km / 9 miles, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

Day 5 - Melide to Arzúa

Day 5 from Melide winds down country lanes, through fields and along gravel tracks and through the hamlet of Ribadiso before finishing in Arzúa.

Distance: 16 km / 10 miles, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

Day 6 - Arzúa to O Pedrouzo

Following breakfast in Arzúa, you will depart for your final overnight before Santiago in O Pedrouzo. Home of the distinctive Chapel of Santa Irene.

Distance: 20 Km / 12.5 miles, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 7 - Arrival in Santiago de Compostela

Departing O Pedrouzo, you are now on your last day of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. When passing Monte del Gozo you will have your first glimpse of Santiago and in its centre, the magnificent Praza do Obradoiro Santiago de Compostela.

Distance: 20 km / 12.5 miles, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 8 - Santiago

Our guided tour end with breakfast but not before a visit to the Pilgrim Office to collect your Compostela!

End of Tour

Guided Camino de Santiago Tour: The French Way

A few words from our customers...

Thank you to Philip and all the Footfalls staff for a magnificent week on a tour of the Camino. This was not my first tour with Footfalls, and it won’t be my last. We had a brilliant week from start to finish, couldn’t fault a thing.
Joan & Eilis
Just arrived home from a great week on the Camino organised by Footfalls and their team. I was part of a small group on a guided tour. Philip was very organized, competent, quietly attentive to everyone's skill level and needs. All the accommodations were comfortable and clean, and his choice of restaurants was very good. Would highly recommend Footfalls for a guided tour.