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French Route on St James Way

Itinerary for French Route on St James Way

During the rides, breakfast is usually served around 8 am so that you can start riding at about 9 am. Along the way, you stop for a small break at 11 am. You then stop for lunch and siesta at about 2pm and start riding again around 4 pm, arriving at the accommodation for 6-6:30 pm.
Dinner is generaly served at 8:30 pm.

Sample Itinerary: French Route - subject to changes

--This is only a guideline. the actual itinerary may vary depending on the time of year--

Day 1: Arrival
Pick up from Santiago and transfer to Triacastela where you will enjoy a nice welcome dinner.

Day 2: O Cebreiro to Samos
The French Route enters Galicia from el Bierzo going up into the mountains of O Cebreiro at 1300 meters elevation - the Province of Lugo. On the summit of O Cebreiro, we find the historic village, that has adapted to the harsh climate conditions of being high in the mountains. This village represents a notable ethnographic space, very much characteristic of the northeast Iberian Peninsula.
Here our riding tour starts. We ride out from O Cebreiro, continuing along the mountainside near the sierras of Os Ancares and O Courel. After reaching the O Poio (1337 m) at the maximum elevation of the French Route, we ride in the direction of Fonfria. From here, we can enjoy a beautiful green panorama until we reach Triacastela. In the afternoon, we arrive to Samos, where we spend the night.

Day 3: Samos to Portomarín

We make our way to Sarria and take the time to admire the pretty landscapes, crossing over Sarria´s river, or San Cristovo and San Martiño, and also one of the oldest Occident monastery.
Sarria, is the most populated locality of the French Route with about 7,000 inhabitants. Then, from Sarria, the route crosses the beautiful stone bridge of Aspera. Through woods, meadows and agricultural lands we arrive in Paradela. To enter in Portomarin, it is necessary to cross over the 1960's bridge to pass by the Belesar´s Dam. There we can explore the ruins of old Portomarin.

Day 4: Portomarín to Palas de rey 
Through Gonzar´s village, the route continues in the direction of Castromaior and Ventas de Naron Lameiros. On today's route, we will find examples of old traditions everywhere. Just before reaching Palas de Rey, we will cross Ulloa, famous for its delicious cheese and other traditional products.

Day 5: 
Palas de rey to Arzúa
We ride on to Pambre´s Castle, one of the rare feudal castles of Galicia to be saved from the fury of the “Irmandiños" battles. We eventually enter the A Coruña´s province, via Leboeira and Furelos, crossing an immense medieval bridge. In Melide, which is considered the geographic center of Galicia, we will taste the best Galician octopus you can find! Soon the French Route becomes urban and we will meet the villages Boente and Castañeda, before reaching Arzua.
In Arzua, the French Route meets the pilgrims coming from the North.

Day 6: Arzúa to Santiago de Compostella
From Arzua, we cross through eucalyptus, oaks and beautiful meadows. We circle the little villages of Calzada, Salceda and A Rua. The pilgrim route reaches Lavacolla, near Monte do Gozo a little hill, offering for the very first time, the vision of the Santiago´s cathedral towers far away.

Day 7:
 Santiago de Compostella
Today, we will visit of course the city and its cathedral before we will accompany you to the airport or corresponding train station.

If you are looking for a longer ride - there are other options available.

Other options to ride the St James Way include:
Northern Route
Portuguese Route
Sea Route
Finisterre Route

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French Route on St James Way
Tour Code: IT-SPGA01-FR
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : March to October

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2023 04/01 - 04/06 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
B 2023 04/10 - 04/16 7d / 6n 7-day French Route from Tria... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 04/11 - 04/16 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 05/15 - 05/20 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 06/05 - 06/10 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
D 2023 06/20 - 07/01 12d / 11n 12-day French Route from Ast... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 06/25 - 06/30 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 07/17 - 07/22 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 08/16 - 08/21 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 08/17 - 08/22 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
A 2023 09/19 - 09/24 6d / 5n 6-day French Route from Sarr... 4 /20 Reserve
B 2023 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7-day French Route from Tria... 4 /20 Reserve
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Rates | Dates
Tack: English, Western can be arranged
Horses: Andalusian, Spanish and Arab/Spanish m...
Pace: Moderate with some difficult terrain a...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Santiago de Compostela
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