French Way Mini
Experience the best the French Way has to offer in only a few days. Spend 4 nights in the most beautiful, peaceful and historical places and eat at the best gourmet restaurants along the last 150 km of the French Way. Walk three of our favorite sections and visit unique places like the Celtic village of O Cebreiro, the Benedictine Monastery of Samos and the Historic-Artistic town of Portomarin. However, we must warn you, you will want to come back with more time to do the full walk.
Only €990 per person sharing!
CAMINO FRENCH WAY MINI INCLUDES
• En-suite accommodation in charming luxurious manors & 4 to 5* historical hotels including the Paradores of Villafranca del Bierzo, of Monforte de Lemos and of Santiago de Compostela
• All transfers from Santiago airport and to and from the hotels
• Party of less than 8 participants: Private Transport in taxi to and from each hotel + 1 extra transfert per day on request as walking support
• Party of more than 8 participants: Private Transport in luxury Mini-Van or bus and Support during the walking days
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
• Emergency support from our local team
• All taxes and gratuities for the guides and hotels
• All breakfasts and three-courses dinners (wine or beer included on request)
• A Pilgrim Kit per person including an official Pilgrim Passport (Credential)
• Walk between 5 km and 22 km per day
price & dates
Can be organized on request for any number of participants on the dates of your choice - subject to availability and price fluctuations.
€990 per person
• Single room supplement: + €480 per room
• Accompanying Guide for the duration of the tour: + €1000
• Extra night in the 5* Parador of Santiago: + €300 per room (dinner not included)
fact fileAccommodation Luxurious Manors & 4 to 5* HotelsTotal Walking Distance 46 kmDuration 5 days / 4 nightsStarts PonferradaStops Villafranca do Bierzo, O Cebreiro, Samos, Monforte de Lemos, Sarria, Portomarin, LavacollaEnds Santiago de Compostela
highlightsPerfect for a short break or a first taste of the CaminoStay only in the best accommodation along the Way including three ParadoresWalk only the most beautiful and meaningful stages of the CaminoEat at the most delicious gourmet restaurants
what to expect on this tour?
Expect to have a wonderful time and to experience the best the last 150 km of the French Way have to offer! We designed this tour around personal experiences of the Camino, client feedback and recommendations so your group can have the best experience possible along the Way in only four nights.
Note: The stops, activities and distances detailed in the tour itinerary are subject to accommodation availability. Ask us for a final itinerary based on your dates and requirements! We will happily customize this itinerary by adapting the number of days and the distances to your specific interests and needs! Learn more about our Services here.
Walk & discover the best of the Camino
This tour includes 3 walking days where moderate levels of fitness are required. However, in case one of your group members does not feel like walking anymore, our support vehicle will be waiting every few kilometers with snacks, fruits and water as well as muscular pain creme and blister plasters.
We will guide you through our favorite stages of the last 150 km, the arrival onto O Cebreiro, the day between Sarria and Portomarin and the last 10 km into Santiago. Transfers between these stages and between your hotels will be done in a luxury minivan or minibus depending on the size of your group.
Sleep in luxurious manors & Paradores
We take particular pride in the quality of our accommodation. To ensure your group only stays in the best accommodation along the Way, we regularly visit and rate all our providers.
On this tour, you will sleep in charming luxurious manors near the Camino & three different Paradores. They all provide a welcoming, authentic and unique experience with all the comfort and service you would expect from a hotel of those standards.
Eat fresh, delicious & traditional meals
You have chosen a Gourmet tours, so each night, we will bring you to the best restaurants near your hotel. Galicia is proud to have a few Michelin star restaurants and is known all over Spain for the quality of our products and our cooks' skills. So, expect mouth-watering dinners made out with fresh, local ingredients. Local wine can be included at dinner on request.
Lunch is usually not included to allow your group to stop whenever they feel they need a break and enjoy quality time with the new friends they made along the Way.
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 the Iberian peninsula to do some tourism and visit Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona 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.
We can help you choose and book those extra nights before or after your tour and organize day tours around Galicia (Cies Islands, Finisterre, Oporto...), extra activities during the tour (wine-tasting, guided tours of the Cathedral de Santiago, the Monastery of Samos, O Cebreiro...). Check out our selection of Day Tours in Galicia and European Stop-Overs or let your imagination run wild and let us know let us know how you would like to make this tour unique.
CAMINO MINI DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
This 4 nights tour includes visits of the main attractions between Ponferrada and Santiago de Compostela and 3 days walk.
day 1 - Making our Way to Villafranca and visit of Ponferrada
We will pick you up at your arrival airport and drive you to Villafranca del Bierzo where you will spend the night and forget about today's transit at the town's 4* Parador. Villafranca del Bierzo is a lively medieval town with great importance for the pilgrimage. Indeed, Pilgrims who could not make it to Santiago de Compostela because they were ill were given the jubilee blessing once they passed the Puerta del Perdón gate (as detailed in the book “the Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coelho).
On the way to the hotel, if the time of arrival of your flight allows, we will make a 2h stop in Ponferrada to visit one of the last remaining Templar Castle or to visit the impressive Médulas de Carucedo, Roman gold mines declared World Heritage Site.
day 2 - 5 km - Visits, miracles & breathtaking views
You are in for a treat today, so wake up early. After breakfast at the Parador, we will drive you up the mountain to the border of Castilla-y-León and you will walk the last 5 km through beautiful mountain paths into the region of Galicia and into the timeless Celtic 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 lunch, we will let you discover the Benedictine Monastery of Samos, one or the wealthiest and most powerful of all the monasteries of the peninsula in Medieval Times (option to visit the Ribeira Sacras and go wine-tasting instead). We will spend the night at the Parador de Monforte de Lemos a XVIIth century Benedictine Monastery transformed into a luxury hotel with incredible views, gardens and a swimming pool.
day 3 - 22 km - Walk from Sarria to Portomarin
After a short drive to Sarria (there is an option to start around the 100 km marker instead of Sarria to reduce the walking time) you will start your pilgrimage by walking to Portomarin. Walk along easy paved trails through beautiful countryside, meadows and oak woods, charming villages with slate roofs and a huge medieval bridge.
Take a picture of yourself in front of the 100 km marker and witness those who have walked hundreds of kilometers get emotional. Expect some steep uphill and downhill at some point today, but it will be made up by the beauty of the route and remember if you are tired our van is never far away. At arrival in Portomarin, we will transfer you to a beautiful Galician Mansion near the Camino where you will discover Galician hospitality.
day 4 - 10 km - Walk from Lavacolla to Santiago!
Wake up early as today, we walk into Santiago de Compostela. We will bring you ten kilometers away from your goal to the town of Lavacolla, where pilgrims used to bath before reaching the Cathedral. The first hour walk is through peaceful oak and eucalyptus forests.
Half-way you will pass Monte do Gozo (Mount of joy) which was transformed into an area for pilgrims for the Jacobean Holy Year of 1993 and you will get your first glimpse of the City of Santiago de Compostela. The last hour walk will be entering the City of the Apostle mostly going downhill before getting to the Medieval Old Town and the Plaza del Obradoiro. We will quickly check-in into the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos directly on the Plaza del Obradoiro before heading to the pilgrim mass at twelve. The afternoon will be free to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, relax and marvel at our beloved City.
day 5 - Half day in Santiago de Compostela
On the last day of your tour, we will gather for a guided visit of the City and the Cathedral where you will be told about the fascinating stories of each monument you see. We will then set out for your departure airport and say our farewells until next time.
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