Horse Ride the Camino Frances

Stage 8 of 0

120.4km

12 days

Comfort

Popular time

november

Starting from

€2417

Overall

Distance:

24.3 min | 30.1km average | 38.1 max

Ascent:

592.8 min |700.8m average | 804.7 max

Cardio:

3   3.8   4

Follow the Camino Preview Map Trip 645

Travelling on horseback is a great alternative to walking and can be a unique experience. It allows you to cover a lot more ground, around 30km per day, and provides you with an elevated viewpoint from which you can admire the Camino Frances’ gorgeous scenery.

2024 Dates

  • 17 Jun 2024 to 23 Jun 2024

* Private group minimum signed 6 participants any date available from April to October

Note: Groups from 4 to 8 participants. In the event we do not reach the minimum of participants the trip can be moved to another date or change the tour to walking or cycling.

The final stage of the famous Camino Frances (or French Way) is the most popular Camino package. It traverses the beautiful hilly landscapes of Galicia. Reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James.

Camino on horse

Expert Guidance and Support

Journey with confidence as each ride is led by our knowledgeable route managers and organisers riding at the forefront to guide you. Learn about the history of the Camino while riding one of the most iconic pilgrimage routes in the world. Accompanied by an all-terrain vehicle carrying your luggage and essentials, we ensure your adventure is seamless and comfortable.

The Noble Steeds

The Noble Steeds

Our horses, primarily of native Spanish breeds, are perfectly matched to the Camino’s diverse terrains. While riders with some experience are preferred, our equine companions make it accessible for those with even basic skills to also enjoy the ride. The bond that you forge with your horse as your traverse the Camino is one you’ll remember for years to come!

Arrival in Santiago de Compostela

Arrival in Santiago de Compostela

The climax of your pilgrimage is marked first by ascending the majestic Mount of Joy. Here, not only will you collect a unique stamp at the quaint church, but you’ll also encounter the iconic Pilgrim Statues, signalling your first breathtaking view of the Santiago Cathedral. The emotional arrival at Praza do Obradoiro, facing the stunning façade of the cathedral, is an unparalleled experience. Afterwards, dive into the heart of the city Santiago, where the mediaeval streets come alive with vibrant market stalls, inviting restaurants, lively bars, and street performers.

Horse Ride the Camino Frances

Starting from € 2417

O CEBREIRO

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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Included in this package

Specially Hand-Picked Accommodation

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as per itinerary (Only breakfast included in Santiago)

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel

Guide

Horse with all the necessary equipment

Detailed horse Camino notes

Pilgrim passport

24/7 Customer Service

Add-On

Additional Nights

Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest

Not included: Flights/trains, Insurance, Drinks, Services not mentioned on your itinerary

Itinerary

Day

1

km

O CEBREIRO

O’Cebreiro is a megalithic village with round stone houses and an amazing church, Santa Maria Real, where you can find the most important religious remains of Galicia. The remains are of Don Elias Valina Sampredo, the father of the modern Camino pilgrimage route and ‘inventor’ of the yellow arrow seen throughout the Camino network of walking routes.

Day

2

28.9 km

O CEBREIRO SAMOS

Leaving O Cebreiro, you will travel along gentle country roads through to Samos, famous for its monastery. San Julian de Samos is the oldest inhabited monastery in Spain and is a truly magical place to visit. The wall paintings depicting the life of St Benedict will amaze and with regular guided visits you get to see and learn about this important monastery.

Day

3

km

SAMOS PORTOMARIN

Expect a peaceful route through shady oak woods and pretty villages on quiet country roads. Your destination for the evening, Portomarin, is a delightful mediaeval village situated on the river Mino. It is famous for its 400m-high Romanesque staircase that leads you to the town.

Day

4

24.3 km

PORTOMARIN PALAS DE REI

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs uphill. On your way, you’ll be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty, featuring a sculpture of Daniel, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino. You will then arrive in Palas de Rei (at an elevation of 565m).

Day

5

29.1 km

PALAS DE REI ARZUA

Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (an elevation of 454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialities. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente. Then, you’ll encounter the mediaeval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (at an elevation of 389m). This small town has two churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

Day

6

38.1 km

ARZUA SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After breakfast we mount our horses and follow the road to Arzua. The road follows the ancient trail and takes us through old Roman roads and over bridges to the town of Melide. Here we shall meet many other pilgrims and enjoy a special pilgrims lunch. After lunch we will pass by Castaneda, where lime for the Cathedral was sourced. Some pilgirms would take stones from here to increase their penance. If you want to do this you will have to walk from here as no horse has to do penance! From here we will then follow the road through forests and over hills to the town of Arzua, famous for its famous Spanish Cheeses and Hams.

Day

7

km

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you:
– Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre of Santiago.
– Continue with us along the wild Camino Fisterra (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the hotel in the lighthouse!
– Or take a bus to Fisterra to visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience. Buses depart from Santiago Bus Station at 9am and 10am. Buses return to Santiago at 4:45pm and 7pm. The journey takes 3 hours.

How to Get There

Getting to O Cebreiro, Spain

It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela. You will need to travel to O Cebreiro from Santiago yourself, or we can arrange a private transfer.

Fly into Santiago de Compostela

Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK and Ireland. Ryanair flies from Stansted, Iberia/BA operates from Gatwick and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin. Santiago can also be reached by a number of locations around Spain and Portugal, as well as major European cities. Iberia/BA offers the best selection of flights from Europe.

You must take a direct bus, operated by Monbus, from Santiago Airport to O Cebreiro. From the airport, this journey will take you around 2 hours and 45 minutes in total.

    Fly home from Santiago de Compostela

    Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport depart every 20 minutes.

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