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A Fresco Start 115 km Tour

Starting from Sarria, you will cover the last 115 km of the Camino on foot, which will allow you to request de Compostela certificate in Santiago. Sarria is a market town that has all the conveniences for you to begin your journey!

Private Bed & Bath

We understand that people do want to walk the Camino, but would rather not sleep in albergues, the communal dormitories available along the trail. Some pilgrims enjoy having their own bedrooms with a door, an en-suite bathroom, and plenty of hot water!

Freedom From Your Bags

Our self-guided clients do not want or cannot carry all their belongings with them. In fact, they enjoy being able to add some extra weight to their load and have some creature comforts, such as that Ipad!

Meals with Friends, IF you wish

Independence can be great when traveling, but it is also nice to have some occasional companions to share those tales from the trail and a meal or two!

A Live Person to Help

Are you nervous and scared? Coming to a foreign country to walk for a couple of weeks is daunting no matter how many books and web forums you’ve read. You want more than just an Orientation Packet sent to you in the mail – you want a LIVE person to answer your questions and help you take those first steps on your journey.

La Compostela

Our itinerary qualifies you for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival to Santiago.

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Bridge in Sarria on the Camino de Santiago.

Day 1

Sarria

Accommodations: Sarria (D)

Meeting time: 7:00pm

In the evening, we meet the group in the market town of Sarria, where many pilgrims begin their journey to Compostela. Your Fresco Tours guide will hand out your Orientation Packets and review all the materials to get you ready for your Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago! Afterwards, we'll take you to get your first stamp in your Pilgrim's Passport before dinner, where we will continue to answer your questions in a more informal atmosphere - and with a glass of wine!
The church near Mercadoiro after the 100 kilometer marker on the Camino de Santiago.

Day 2

Sarria to Portomarín

Accommodations: Portomarín (B)

Walking: 22 km / 14 mi

With our boots and scallop shells on, your Fresco Tours guide escorts you out of town indicating the various Camino markers and the famous yellow arrows. As we leave Sarria, your guide will point out the thousand year old chestnut trees and ancient Celtic ruins hiding in the vegetation. Here we bid you a last "Buen Camino" as you continue on your own along the Way to Santiago! You stroll through the countryside on a combination of tiny backroads and country footpaths as you pass the 100 km marker, a milestone (or kmstone!) for the millions of pilgrims who have traversed this same spot during the last millennium. Onward you continue to Portomarín, where you see the 12th-century Church of San Juan, a fortified church, standing guard over the River Miño.
Pilgrims on their Way to Santiago after leaving Portomarin.

Day 3

Portomarín to Lestedo

Accommodations: Lestedo (B)

Walking: 20 km / 12 mi

Leaving Portomarin the walk begins with a gentle climb out of the river valley and through typical Galician villages, decorated with hórreos, raised corncribs, and the occasional carved granite cross that marks the way to Santiago. In the hamlet of Lameiros pay special attention to the 17th century Cross showing the Crucifixion of Christ. As you work your way into Palas de Rei, you'll begin to notice the many eucalyptus forests of Galicia.
The hamlet of San Xulain on the Camino de Santiago.

Day 4

Lestedo to Melide

Accommodations: Mellide (B)

Walking: 19 km / 12 mi

Following the yellow arrows, you continue to ramble up and down gentle rolling hills along quiet forest paths. Little has changed in this quiet corner of Spain, and the peaceful rural environment of local farmers in stone houses accompanies us back to another time. You quickly arrive to the present-day at the bustling market town of Melide, where octopus (pulpo) is boiled in large copper kettles next to the street!
A pilgrim crossing the stepping stone bridge after Melide on the Camino de Santiago.

Day 5

Melide to Arzúa

Accommodations: Arzúa (B)

Walking: 14 km / 9 mi

On the outskirts of Melide, stop to admire the 12th century church of Santa Maria, a gem of the Romanesque period. Following the Camino through eucalyptus forests, you quickly come into Boente, whose tiny Santiago Church has a simple, but lovely wooden altarpiece.
Two pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago holding hands.

Day 6

Arzúa to Arca

Accommodations: Arca (B)

Walking: 18 km / 11 mi

Today, you start to get closer to Santiago and the excitement starts to build! Get a feel for the people and greet a local villager with a Buenos dias or Hola. You’ll see how these quiet and reserved people quickly wish you well on your journey to Santiago. On this trek, you’re no longer a tourist, but a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago! Just a few steps from Santiago...
The statue of a pilgrim at the Monte de Gozo on the Camino de Santiago.

Day 7

Arca to Santiago de Compostela

Accommodations: Santiago de Compostela (B)

Walking: 20 km / 12 mi

6 days, 115 kilometers, and you have arrived to Santiago de Compostela. Congratulations! Head to the Pilgrims' Office for your last stamp in your passport and request that well-deserved certificate, the Compostela, for having walked to Santiago. You are going to love this magical city filled with fantastic monuments and with the lively buzz from the international pilgrims and university students that fill its medieval streets.
The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela

Accommodations: Itinerary ends (B)

After breakfast, our local historian gives us a closer look at the amazing Cathedral that has seen so many transformations since the original chapel built in the 9th-century. After the tour, we sadly say our last Buen Camino! as we leave you at the Cathedral in time for the pilgrims' mass at noon.

 

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals, and other occurences.

Orientation Meeting

A Fresco Tour guide will hand deliver your Orientation Packet and give you a detailed meeting on the first night in Sarria. Your Welcome Packet is filled with all the materials you’ll need to transform into a pilgrim: Your credentials (Pilgrim’s Passport), a scallop shell, daily maps of the route, a guide book with historical information of the villages that you will pass through, and a few other goodies for the trail! We’ll answer any questions that you have before starting your journey to Santiago and on the next morning lead you out on The Way! Minimum of 3 people for this service to be provided.

Accommodations

7 nights in a combination of 3 & 4 star hotels, restored manor homes, and small pensions / inns located on the Camino. All rooms have their own bathrooms. We’ve chosen places for their hospitality, comfort, and location.
*Keep in mind that as you will be walking through rural countryside, the availability of 3 & 4 star hotels all along the route is not possible.

Meals

All breakfasts are included with your hotels. We have arranged that they will be supplemented from the standard Spanish breakfast of coffee & toast. The first night of the itinerary, our guide will take you for dinner at one of our favorite places in Sarria – wine and beer included. Afterwards, we will provide you with a list of places along the Camino with food recommendations. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we can ask our hotels to accommodate for those as well!

Limited Group Size

Although this tour is Self-Guided, we’ve limited the size of each departure to 16 participants. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Luggage Transport

We will arrange for the transfer of 1 suitcase / piece of luggage (20 kg / 45 lbs MAX) per person between your hotels on your walk along the Camino. If the weight of your bag exceeds the limit, you will need to divide it into 2 pieces. Please contact us for details for rates for extra bags.

Guided Visit

In Santiago, our local art historian will provide you with a guided visit of the Cathedral and the surrounding squares. Minimum of 5 people for this service to be provided.

Additional Assistance

We are here to help! Need assistance with hotels prior to or after your trip? Train or bus tickets to and from your tour? Questions about what to wear? Need a taxi while on the trail? Based in Spain, we are here to make sure that your trip runs smooth as can be – we are available!

Table of Contents

Getting There & Back  

How do I get to A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

Sarria, Spain is the official starting point of A Fresco Start 115 km Camino Tour and can be reached via train, bus or plane, depending on your departure city. If you are traveling from Madrid, the easiest way are the direct trains (RENFE) that run twice a day. You also have a bus option which will require a transfer in Lugo. The quickest, but not the most economical way, would be to fly from Madrid to Santiago (Ryanair & Iberia airlines: 1 hour), and then take a taxi from Santiago to Sarria (1:30h). 

If you are traveling from A Coruña (Galicia), one can take the bus to Lugo and then transfer to Sarria. Trains (RENFE) run five times daily from A Coruña to Sarria. For an example of prices and timetables, please see: 

RENFE (Train) – Madrid to Sarria & A Coruña to Sarria 

Bus (ALSA) –  Madrid to Lugo & A Coruña to Lugo & Lugo to Sarria & Santiago to Sarria 

How can I purchase my bus or train tickets beforehand?

We recommend the Omio website for purchasing tickets. Omio is a travel booking platform with more than 1,000 trusted partners across trains, buses and airport transfers. Search, compare and book all in one place so you can focus on the journey.

Keep in mind that train tickets cannot be purchased until 60 days prior to departure. Schedules and availability are subject to change based on train maintenance needs.

How do I get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid and other cities?

There are now RENFE trains that will get you from Santiago to Madrid in less than 6 hours. While routes and availability may vary upon time of booking, there are several daily trains from Santiago to Madrid. The direct trains are listed as Alvia. If you are looking to fly, there are excellent internal flights that fly Santiago to Madrid 

How do I get from Madrid Airport to the city center?

If your flight flies into Madrid’s T-4 (Aeropuerto T-4) terminal, you have a local Cercanias train that will get you from the airport to the Atocha and Chamartín train station in 25-30 minutes. These trains leave the T-4 station more or less every half an hour. For more information, please visit RENFE Train 

In addition, there is an express bus that services all terminals at the airport with the Atocha Train Station. 

On the Road  

What is the weather like on A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

Fresco Tours Camino de Santiago Tour covers the last 115 km of the Camino in the Northwest region called Galicia. Here you will enjoy a more temperate climate, as it is generally cooler than other parts of the Camino de Santiago and Spain in the summer.  

Visit this link for current and average monthly temperatures of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.  

What is the terrain like on A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

In Galicia, the region where you will walk, the terrain is green rolling hills – there are neither steep climbs nor treacherous descents. The trail itself is a combination of very well-maintained compact dirt and stone footpaths and small country roads.  

What is the change in elevation on A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

You will be walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the last 115 km of the Camino de Santiago. For a detailed map of the distances between towns along the Camino and their respective altitudes, please click here. This data has been kindly provided to us by Arturo Murias. 

How many kilometers are walked each day on A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

The number of kilometers scheduled for each day varies on average from 14 km to 23 km. You will walk the last 100 km to Santiago, which is the requirement by the Pilgrims’ Office in Santiago if you are going to ask for the Compostela Certificate. 

Before You Go / Preparing  

What type of shoes do I need to walk A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

Footwear is a very personal question – depending on how active you are and how much support you will need. Since we will be walking on a daily basis on the Camino de Santiago, I believe that comfort is key – you do not want to get blisters. You probably won’t need a full high boot that covers your ankle (unless you need this support), but rather light trail walkers or even running shoes if you are used to walking. In the spring, there may be mud and water along the trail, so keep that in mind. Most important: Make sure that they are well broken in!  

What sort of conditioning do I need to undertake before A Fresco Start 115 km Tour?

We encourage you to walk before and be prepared for your own enjoyment. As you will be walking from inn to inn, you should be prepared to cover the day’s full stage. They say your Camino begins once you decide to do it, so enjoy your “training” walks and get those km’s in before your arrive to Spain! As a bit of insurance, we will also provide you will a list of taxi phone numbers…just in case!

Booking a Tour

Thank you for choosing to travel with Fresco Tours! We are very excited for you to join the ranks of our Happy Customers. If at any moment you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you again and we look forward to sharing memories of a lifetime with you.

Reservations and Payments

To join us on a Fresco Tour, please visit our Secure Online Reservation Form or download and print a PDF version of the Reservation Form, one for each participant. To reserve your space on a tour, a 15% deposit per person is required and payment should be made via bank transfer or with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).

Confirmation

Once Fresco Tours has received your registration form and tour deposit, we will send you an email with an invoice of payments received and your remaining balance, a copy of our Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver Form and a link to your Guest Questionnaire. These last 2 items must be returned 60 days prior to the start of tour. In addition, we will send you a Confirmation Packet with information regarding suggestions on preparation, a packing and reading list and other tips to get you excited and prepared for your Fresco Tour.

Final Registration

Once we have received final payment, the signed Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver Form and Guest Questionnaire, you will be sent a receipt and final details regarding your tour, including a detailed itinerary and the hotel contact list.

Single Supplement Fee

Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, there are a limited number of single rooms available. Requests for these rooms are based on availability. Please see the tour itinerary for the cost of this fee. In some cases, it may imply a room smaller in size than a standard double room. If you are traveling alone, and would like to share a room, we will do our best to match you with a same-gender roommate.

Cancellation / Refund Policies

All cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be issued due to late arrival, early departure, or any unused portion of a tour. The Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver form must be signed and received 60 days prior to tour departure or the reservation will also be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees are outlined below:

Time Price
Cancellations received 121 or more days prior to trip start
10% of trip price
Cancellations received 120 - 61 days prior to trip start
15% of trip price
Cancellations received 60 - 31 days prior to trip start
50% of trip price
Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to trip start
100% of trip price

Fresco Tours reserves the right to change, modify, or cancel a tour prior to departure for any reason, including lack of participants (tour minimum: 3-6 passengers with 1 guide, 7 passengers or more with 2 guides) or acts of nature and/or circumstances beyond our control. In this case, any payments received will be refunded in full, and this will constitute full settlement. Fresco Tours is not responsible for any additional expenses due to a canceled tour, such as the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets.

Fresco Tours reserves the right to accept, refuse, or decline any tour member’s participation at any time for any reason. In such a case, Fresco Tour’s liability is limited to the actual cost of the unused services.

Changing Tour Dates

If we are notified of a change to your scheduled tour date 6 months prior, you can apply your tour deposit to another departure date without penalty. This change can be up to 1 calendar year in advance and is subject to availability. Otherwise, the above Cancellation Fees will be applied.

As Spain-taneous Private Tours are custom built and created with specific dates in mind, any modifications will incur a 15% surcharge.

Insurance

In accordance with Spanish law and for the duration of your tour with Fresco Tours, you are covered by a basic insurance provided by Intermundial.  We  strongly advice the purchase of a more comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation / interruption. We suggest using TravelInsurance.com, which allows you to compare and assess top insurance provider policies and their different coverage plans.

Traveling Safely and Responsibly

Traveling during these complex times requires a bit more planning and a lot more reassurance. We believe that the Fresco Tours style of travel is particularly well-suited to safe activities: walking in the outdoors, small group sizes, strong reliable relationships with our local partners and, most importantly, we have the local knowledge of our home – the Camino de Santiago and the Spanish culture.

Self-Guided

8 days / 7 nights

115 km / 71 mi

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Price per person

1095 €

1,203.30 $

* USD$ price based on current exchange rate

Single Supplement Fee

395 €

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