The French Way hiking vacation, Sarria - Santiago
€695To€725 excluding flights
Mid Season - April, May, June, Sept & Oct €695p.p based on two people sharing. Single Room Supplement of €210. High Season - July & Aug €725p.p based on two people sharing. Single Room Supplement of €245.
Description of The French Way hiking vacation, Sarria - Santiago
This trip can be tailor made from the end of March to mid October
Travel by Train
From London St Pancras International take the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord (journey 2 h 22m). From Paris Gare du Nord, take the subway to Montparnasse/Bienvenue (journey 15mins). In Montparnasse 1 train station, take the train to Irun/Hendaye (journey 4h 25m). We recommend you spend the night in the nearby town of Hondarribia, which is regarded as one of the most picturesque towns in the Basque Country. On Day 2, take the morning train from Irun/Hendaye to Monforte de Lemos (journey 8h 43m). Change trains in Monforte de Lemos and take the train to Sarria (journey 26 mins).
1 Reviews of The French Way hiking vacation, Sarria - Santiago
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2022 by Andrew Gerrard
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Great walking and support.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
The standard accommodation we booked was good and recommended.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes to the extent it encourages walking over transport using fossil fuels.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe focus on selecting local suppliers who are committed to preserve the environment. The taxi companies we hire use modern vehicles with low CO2 emissions. We also ration transport so we minimise the number of vehicles in use.
When sending our 'Camino Information Pack' and 'Detailed Itinerary Pack' to our clients, we use electronic format only, not paper. Our paper use is restricted to the Pilgrim's credential as this is necessary for them to collect their stamps in the different towns where they are staying.
Travelers are briefed on local environmental considerations including appropriate waste disposal. They are asked to be considerate not only with the local customs and culture but with the Camino trail they will use.
To reduce international travel:
- We encourage clients to consider taking the train to get to the start of their Camino, when possible.
- We provide details of public transport options to clients for all our trips.
- We use family run accommodation providers and hire local guides.
We ask our clients to:
- Not waste running water
- Not to litter and dispose of rubbish in the appropriate bins
- Pick up litter they encounter on the trails to help keep these beautiful environments clean
- Use ecological re-usable bags in supermarket, not plastic bags, or to put items directly inside their rucksack when possible
- Reuse materials where possible
- Take a reusable bottle and fill it up at the numerous fountains along the Camino,
- Respect all animals that they encounter along the Camino
- Respect all flora and fauna along the trail
- Stay on the sign posted path at all times.
PeopleOur business model supports suppliers at a local level so the majority of your money goes directly towards helping local businesses and their families in the Galicia region. We believe this is the best way to benefit the local economy. For example, we work primarily with small family run/owned hotels in these regions instead of large hotel chains.
For transport, we work with local taxis/drivers who are self employed and receive a fair price as regulated by the regional Government instead of large transport companies which tend to pay low wages to their drivers.
These type of hiking packages offer a greater contribution to the local economy and help create more jobs in the local community compared to traditional vacations packages that concentrate the money spent by tourists in one single location. According to researchers, 65% of your money as a hiker stays in the community on Hiking/Walking vacations compared to 15% for traditional beach-resort vacations.
In each town where they spend the night, we recommend three local restaurants so that clients can enjoy the regional cuisine as well as benefiting the local community, avoiding large franchise restaurants. For example, in this package clients can dine in local seafood restaurants in Santiago de Compostela or the specialised octopus restaurants in Melide.