French Way by Horse
If you believe the world is best viewed through the ears of a horse and that no hour spend on the saddle is wasted, then this is the Camino for you. Spend 6 days traveling horseback from the timeless Celtic village of O Cebreiro through the beautiful region of Galicia to the resting place of the Apostle Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. Follow the gaits of the first royal pilgrims, stay in the most beautiful, peaceful and historical places and eat at the best gourmet restaurants along the last 154 km of the French Way before obtaining your Certificate of Achievement, the Compostela.
From €1.875 per person sharing!
French Way by Horse INCLUDES
• En-suite accommodation in charming luxurious manors & 3 to 4* charming hotels
• Meals and accommodation for the Horses near your hotel (the organizer always plans more horses than needed so you will never be without a horse)
• Arrival on the Obradoiro Square on your horse
• Transfers in and out from Santiago airport, other airports on request
• Private Van Support during the riding days
• A horse per person and all necessary equipment
• Dedicated bilingual Guide with 15 years experience on the Camino de Santiago
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
• Emergency support from our local team
• All taxes and gratuities for the guides and hotels
• A detailed guidebook per room
• All Breakfasts, lunches and Dinners
• A Pilgrim Kit per person including an official Pilgrim Passport (Credential)
• A collection of photos of the group to share
• Ride between 24 km and 39 km per day
price & dates
Due to the nature of this Camino, we have chosen a highly experienced partner to help us organize this tour and to take care of the horses. Our partner responds to our strict sustainability and quality policies and has pre-booked departure dates. New dates can be organized on request for groups of at least 4 participants on the date of your choice - subject to availability and price fluctuations, simply ask us for details.
Join a guided tour or plan your own departure with 4+ participants: €1875 per person
• Single room supplement: extra €40 per night
• Start in Astorga (9 nights / 10 days): total €2.900 per person
• Start in Logroño (20 nights / 21 days): total €6.000 per person
• Ride to Finisterre in 4 days: €1200 per person
• Extra night in Santiago in the same 4+* hotel: + €140 per room (dinner not included)
• Extra night in the 5* Parador of Santiago: + €300 per room (dinner not included)
2017 Guided Tour Dates
Month Departure date Arrival date April Sat, 15th April Fri, 21st April July Sat, 1st July Fri, 7th July August Mon, 7th August Sun, 13th August September #1 Mon, 4th September Sun, 10th September September #2 Fri, 15th September Tue, 21th September October Sun, 1st October Sat, 7th October
fact fileAccommodation Luxurious Manors & 3 to 4* HotelsSingularity Horse-riding tripTotal Riding Distance 154 kmDuration 7 days / 6 nightsStarts O CebreiroStops Sarria, Portomarin, Palas de Rei, Arzua, LavacollaEnds Santiago de Compostela
highlightsA whole new adventure on the CaminoImprove your horse-riding skillsGet your CompostelaA private guide for the duration of your trip
what to expect on this tour?
Expect to have a wonderful time and to experience the last 154 km of the French Way in a unique Way with your new best friend! This tour was designed by our partner which has over 30 years experience horse-riding the Camino de Santiago. If you love horses you will have the time of your life. Learn more about our Services here.
Be ready for the ride of a lifetime
The Camino on a horse is a unique experience. You will be able to cover larger distances each day and share your journey with your trusted horse. Our partner's horses are very well suited for the region, mostly native breed and they always plan extra horses to make the journey easier on our companions and to ensure you always have a horse to ride. Their horses are very well treated, used to traveling on the Camino and get large resting periods afterwards.
Don't worry if you are not an expert rider, the journey will be fairly easy with moderate distance days but you will need previous horse-riding experience. So, make sure you practice your horsemanship skills beforehand.
You will travel as a group with an experienced and bilingual English / Spanish guide. There will be scheduled stops every 2h along the Way for meals, to allow you and your horse to rest. A special highlight of your horse-riding tour will be entering Santiago de Compostela on horseback. You will feel like a VIP clattering along the cobbled streets into the city center towards the Obradoiro Square.
Sleep in charming luxurious manors & 3 to 4* historical hotels
On this tour, you will sleep in charming luxurious manors near the Camino & 3 to 4* historical hotels in town centers. They all provide a welcoming, authentic and unique experience with all the comfort and service of a hotel of these category with en-suite bathrooms. Your horse will stay in a stable nearby if not in your hotel.
Everyday, as you change accommodation, you will find your suitcase, left with your hotel receptionist in the morning, will travel with you to the next accommodation and you will have different facilities to enjoy including for example swimming pools and spas (during summer and in selected locations). Most nights, you will be in the heart of a town and others you will enjoy the peace of the countryside. However, you will never be far away from the Camino and always in a area full of history.
Eat fresh, delicious & traditional meals
All meals have been included in this tour and will be either served at your hotel or at a local nearby restaurant, whichever offer the best quality meals. Expect mouth-watering traditional three-course meals with several choices prepared with the best fresh and local products.
We cater for vegetarians, vegans and any special dietary requirements or allergies. Just let us know beforehand so we can advise the chefs.
Add extra days or activities for an unforgettable adventure
Why not take advantage of the fact you are in Spain to do some tourism and visit Madrid, Barcelona, Grenada or any Spanish city on your bucket list? The closest International airport to your Camino is Santiago de Compostela but you might want to change the airport pickup town or add nights somewhere on your way to Santiago. Pick ups from Santiago Airport are included in the tour.
We can help you choose and book those extra nights before or after your tour, for example, you could start your journey in Astorga instead of O Cebreiro or continue to Finisterre after you arrived in Santiago. We could also organize day tours around Galicia (Cies Islands, Finisterre, Oporto...), extra activities during the tour (wine-tasting, guided tours of the Cathedral de Santiago...). Let your imagination run wild and let us know how you would like to make this tour even more unique.
French Way by Horse DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
This 6 nights horse-riding route brings you along the last 154 kilometers of the Camino Frances - French Way into Santiago de Compostela.
DAY 1 - MAKING OUR WAY TO YOUR STARTING POINT OF THE CAMINO
We will pick you up at your arrival airport at 3pm or from Santiago City and drive you out to the starting point of your Equestrian Pilgrimage 3h away, a typical Galician guiest-house in the heart of the Celtic mountain village of O Cebreiro. With stunning panoramic views of the valleys below from 1300 meters up, the ancient pallozas (circular pre-Roman stone dwellings built by the Celts of the region) and the rebuilt Romanesque church of St. Mary’s, site of a 14th century Eucharistic miracle, few places along the Camino are as enchanting as O Cebreiro!
After check-in take your time to enjoy the views with a Galician beer or wine in one of the village’s terrace with your fellow pilgrims, before enjoying a welcome dinner in the guest-house.
DAY 2 - 31 km - RIDE FROM O CEBREIRO TO SAMOS
This is the day you start your equestrian pilgrimage! After meeting the horse you will share the journey with, we will saddle up around 10 am and initiated a steady descent towards the valleys of Galicia. Through your horse’s ears, you will enjoy a unique viewpoint onto traditional farmland villages and the beautiful valleys beneath.
As Medieval horse-riding pilgrims would have done, we will ride until we get to the Benedictine Monastery of Samos, one of the wealthiest and most powerful of all the monasteries of the peninsula in Medieval Times. The Monastery is still run by Benedictine monks and allows guests to stay over for one night at a time. We will spend the night in this unique environment and probably enjoy a typical trout and eels dish for dinner.
DAY 3 - 33 km - RIDE FROM SAMOS TO PORTOMARIN
Saddle up after breakfast to follow the river down from Samos towards Sarria, where most pilgrim now start their pilgrimage. Today's Camino will be easy paved trails through beautiful countryside, meadows and oak woods, charming villages with slate roofs and will head towards a huge medieval bridge.
Don't forget to take a picture of yourself and your horse in front of the 100 km marker. We will have lunch in the Mercado da Serra by an old water mill and continue our journey to the 3* hotel of Portomarin, a town with great history, impressive archways and a memorable church. We will tell you about the battles that took place here, the great Medieval Bridge and the town that was relocated rock by rock to avoid floods.
DAY 4 - 30 km - RIDE FROM PORTOMARIN TO PALAS DE REI
Today, you will be following a trail that has been protected by the Knights of the Order of Santiago since 1184 and you will pass near a Romanesque Church, of Vilar de Donas, where the knights are buried (2,5 km away from the Camino - a detour can be organized on request). There will be some more uphill and downhill but you will mostly be riding through peaceful oak and eucalyptus forests and charming villages including Gonzar and Airexe until Palas de Rei.
You will be staying tonight in a beautiful and luxurious Guest-House/ Galician Manor just outside the Camino.
DAY 5 - 29 km - RIDE FROM PALAS DE REI TO ARZUA
While we ride along the ancient Roman road into a different Province - A Coruña, we will have a chance to marvel at true jewels of the Camino such as Furelo's’s medieval bridge, considered one of the jewels of the French Way’s civil architecture, and the oldest surviving cruceiro (calvary) in the world.
In the afternoon, we will pass by Castañeda, where the limestones used for the construction of the Cathedral of Santiago were cut. Back in the 11th century, pilgrims would carry stones from this quarry on their back to increasing their penance and help built the Cathedral. Our destination for the night, Arzua, is famous for cheese, so we will do a cheese and wine degustation before your gourmet dinner at your Galician Manor.
DAY 6 - 34 km - RIDE FROM ARZUA TO monte de Gozo
The first half of the day, we will be riding through farmlands and forests with totally symmetric rows that produce curious visual effects. You will pass villages with no name that seem stuck in time. We will visit the hermitage of St. Irene and its baroque fountain whose water is said to have curative properties.
A bit further, you will go through the hamlet of Lavacolla, 10 km from Santiago. Lavacolla's name comes from a purification ritual that pilgrim would undergo before reaching Santiago. It was traditional to clean your clothes - and hence purifying your soul - in that same river before stepping into the Cathedral the next day.
After a short break there, you will continue your journey to the borders of Santiago, Monte de Gozo, (Mount of joy) which was transformed into an area for pilgrims for the Jacobean Holy Year of 1993 and offers stunning views on the City of Santiago de Compostela. We will spend our last night together in a beautiful 4* hotel on the Mount and take advantage of the free hotel shuttle to visit Santiago in the afternoon, obtain our Compostela and assist Pilgrim Mass at 7:30pm.
day 7 - 5 km - Ride into Santiago de Compostela
Wake up early because this is it, only 5 kilometers separates you from your goal, the resting place of the Apostle Saint James. The group will need to leave at 7:45am to reach Santiago before nine to be able to enter the city and the Obradoiro Square on your horses. In the afternoon, if you have not opted for an extra night in Santiago, we will bring you back to Santiago Airport.
We hope the Camino has brought you whatever you were looking for and wish to see you again soon in Galicia!
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