Part 3 Camino Francés – León to Santiago de Compostela

Into Galicia - a Small Group Walking Tour from León to Santiago de Compostela. The last section of an epic journey across Spain!

Trip details

  • Dates next tour:

    May 17th - 31st, 2020

  • Following tour dates:

    May 15th - 29th, 2021

  • Days:

    15

  • Nights:

    14

  • Value:

    2750€

  • Single supplement:

    500€

  • Group size:

    6-15

  • Trip pace:

    5

  • Comfort level:

    5

  • Walking distance:

    310 KM (193 miles)

  • Starting point:

    Leon

  • Ending point:

    Santiago de Compostela

What's included

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in great hotel and manor houses always with private bathroom 
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners including wine
  • Guided tour of the Cathedrals in Leon and Santiago de Compostela  
  • Water and snacks along the way 
  • All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break… 
  • Guided tours of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela 
  • The Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport and scallop shell 
  • Guide Book with full set of maps for the Camino     
  • English and Spanish speaking guide/s 

Trip description

Into Galicia

This is the last section of the classic pilgrimage along the Camino Francés.  This route is perhaps the most famous and certainly the most popular route to Santiago de Compostela.   Beginning in the beautiful city of León, we cross the Maragata region and climb to the emblematic Cruz de Ferro in the Bierzo hills.  From there we enter the magical province of Galicia before arriving at the legendary cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.   

You will be following in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who have made the journey on foot since the 8th Century.  The Camino is for many a life-changing experience and always an unforgettable adventure! 

Every Inch of the Camino Francés Tour

This tour comprises one ‘section’ of the Every Inch of the Camino Francés Tour, which itself can be completed as one tour or in parts. We run the Every Inch of the Camino Francés Tour in Spring so you can come back and join us year after year until you walk the different sections of the Camino Francés!

From the Pyrenees

The Glorious Meseta

The Last 100 Kms (as part of our Every Inch of the Camino Tour)

The Compostela

Walking the last 100 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago means that you can request your Compostela. This is your certificate of completion of the pilgrimage. This is true about all of the walks that complete the last 100 km of any Camino de Santiago.

Highlights: 

  • Being a part of the Camino!  You will be walking with people from all over the world all heading to the same place.  This is one of the things that make the Camino Francés so special. 
  • The changes in landscape, architecture, language, cuisine and climate as you move through this vast and amazing country. 
  • The many monuments, chapels, churches and cathedrals marking the way, from the magnificent Gothic cathedral of León to Romanesque gems such as Vilar de Donas in Galicia. 
  • Walking through the beautiful Bierzo region of Castilla y León with views of heather-covered moors and tiny villages filled with slate-roofed houses. 
  • Arriving at the Plaza de Obradoiro to see the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, along with the familiar faces of all the other pilgrims who have, like you, walked to get there!

Itinerary

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Part 3 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés is walked during a 15 day period.  We have divided the journey into days of similar length.

Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here.  They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and family.

Day 1: Arrive in León  – Guided private tour of the Cathedral of Leon. Welcome meeting and dinner – Accommodation in León

Day 2: León to Villar de Mazarife – 24km : 14.9m  – Accommodation in Astorga

Day 3: Villar de Mazarife to Astorga – 26km : 16.1m  – Accommodation in Astorga

Day 4: Astorga to Foncebadón – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Rabanal del Camino

Day 5: Foncebadón to Ponferrada – 28km : 17.4m  – Accommodation in Ponferrada

Day 6: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – 24km : 14.9m –  Accommodation in Villafranca del Bierzo

Day 7: Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerías – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Las Herrerías

Day 8: Las Herrerías to Fonfria – 25km : 15.5m  – Accommodation in Sarria

Day 9: Fonfria to Sarria – 27km : 16.8m  – Accommodation in Sarria

Day 10: Sarria to Portomarín – 22km : 13.7m  – Accommodation in Portomarín

Day 11: Portomarín to Palas do Rei – 24km : 14.9m  – Accommodation in Palas do Rei

Day 12: Palas do Rei to Ribadiso – 25km : 15.5m – Accommodation in Arzua

Day 13: Ribadiso to Arca – 22km : 13.7m –  Accommodation in Arzua 

Day 14: Arca to Santiago de Compostela – 20km : 12.4m  – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela

Day 15: Guided Private Tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Let´s hear from some Happy Andaspain Pilgrims

Rhonda Cawthorn

Every Inch of the Camino, May 2018

Enjoyed every second and inch of the Camino with Andaspain. Vanessa Ash Alex and Justin made the trip wonderful and I would recommend Andaspain to anyone thinking of giving The Camino a crack.

Susan Alexander

The Last 100 KM, Sept 2017

I cannot say enough about how wonderful this experience was and how awesome Vanessa, Ashleigh and Stephanie are. I could not imagine a better team or tour group.

Bruce Berschmann

The Last 100km, June 2017

The experience was magical in the sense that practically everything was done for us. All we had to do was the walking.[…] Van, Ash, and Steph were absolutely tops! Their can-do attitude, answering all questions, doing all things and engaging in spirited and laugh-filled conversations are memories that will never fade.

Accommodation

All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the Camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.

On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub.  They are all up to our standards.

Extra days before or after

If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in León and Santiago de Compostela it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.

Food

Part 3 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés passes through  Castilla y León and Galicia.  Each region does food differently and all of them cook with great pride.

From the “backwards” Cocido Maragato to handmade Quiexo do Cebreiro con membrillo we go out of our way to track down the best to share with you.

Included in Part 3 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés

All Breakfasts
5 Lunches with wine
2 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.

Luggage

From the starting point in León, to the ending point in Santiago de Compostela we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.

For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into your next hotel room.  We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day whether this be a change of jacket or picking up your walking sticks.

We also have our support vehicle which means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.

Guidance

Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task.  Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered. We can advise the best ways to get to the starting point from your arrival city as well as back to your departure city from the ending point.

You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.

Part 3 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés is a fully supported walking tour along the Camino Francés.  That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Our guides

Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same.  For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. Part 3 of Every Inch of the Camino Francés, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified and bilingual guide.

Other Professional Guides

Along Part 3 of  Every Inch of the Camino Francés we pass several cathedrals of significance.  For such important pieces of the camino we defer to the locals for their expertise.  These guides walk you through the following cathedrals:

  • León
  • Santiago de Compostela

 

Our Booking process

  • Step 1

    Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call.  We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.

  • Step 2

    After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on your chosen trip, and the places of anybody that will be joining you. This is done by means of a deposit of 300€ or 600€ per person (depending on trip length). 

  • Step 3

    Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date. You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly. This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.

BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK

This is STEP 1
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