French Way: Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

An 8-day, 117 km Pilgrimage of a lifetime through Spain. It promises to be one of the most inspirational classrooms in the world, bringing history to life and opening the minds of all who walk the path to Santiago de Compostela.  



DEPARTURE DATE: May 26, 2020     

TRIP LENGTH: 8days/7nights    MEALS: 7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

OTHER: Luggage Transfer – 20KG   TRIP GRADE : Easy/Moderate

PRICES FROM: Euro 2,200 Youth (under 30) Euro1,500   SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Euro350   DEPOSIT: AUD 800

A single supplement will apply if there is no gender share option.



Glenyce & Matt have shared a professional and personal journey over the past 20 years, their passion for exploring the world lead them to join the travel industry. They completed a life-changing Camino in 2013 on the Camino Frances, and again on the Portugal Camino in 2017. In 2018 they participated in a leadership program on the Camino from San Sebastian, and that enlightenment encouraged them to want to share more of their learnings for all age groups to enjoy.  They are particularly enthusiastic about helping young people to find their way through coaching, and they are thrilled to join forces to embark on this emotional discovery sharing their unique stories and experiences in nature on the 117km pilgrimage from Sarria to Santiago. An unforgettable ‘Inner and Outer’ journey awaits.


Matt has worked as a Senior Human Resources professional in travel, community services, hospitality, government and not for profit organisations. There isn't much 'people stuff' that Matt hasn't seen over the past 12 years! A musician, writer, father, husband and baseball player, Matt's personal passion is developing emerging leaders and helping others to understand the influence that they can have on their cultures and environments. Matt is really eager to combine his lifelong love of travel with his expertise in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development with others in an exceptional environment.


Glenyce, formerly from Warrnambool, followed her parents footsteps and worked in the local factory from the age of 15. At 23 Glenyce headed overseas and spent the next eight years travelling the world, returning to Australia with a Degree in Finance, then expanding on her career to advance to CEO where her people skills put her in good stead for managing and mentoring over 100 staff. Awarded winner of the Telstra Women Awards for the Private & Corporate Sector in 2006 was one of her proud achievements, however her life-changing moment was walking the 800km pilgrimage across Spain, her mantra became ‘more walking, less working’ and sharing the travel she loves. Glenyce is a Co-Founder of Wandering the World and has enjoyed escorting over 15,000 Camino kilometres, believing the Camino and walking in nature to be a truly life changing, transformational experience. 


Matt and Glenyce consider the Camino an inspirational journey. Exploring a place where you come home with a new sense of awareness, wonder and achievement. To be re-energised mentally, physically and spiritually. This trip allows people to step away from their often hectic, everyday lives to seek a time of just being. Where they can reconnect to the natural world and enjoy the company of others. 

"It gave me awareness of my own strength and weaknesses and strategies to help me work on them for my own benefit and others. It gave me the confidence to take on a leadership role in the future"

"I learnt that being a good leader is about the impact you have on your team, not about the noise that you make.”

"I have learnt confidence to step outside of my comfort zone and the courage to confront problems – not bury your head in the sand and pretend it’ll go away. 

This trip is hosted/escorted to welcome Wandering the World travellers at the joining hotel on the arrival day. It is also designed so you can share the journey with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company. Your host/escort provides assistance, support and guidance to ensure you have an exceptional experience, with camaraderie and fun for all to enjoy.  


One of the world’s great historical trails, El Camino de Santiago, also known as the “Camino trail” or the “Way of St James”, is an epic 800km walk across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

On this trip Matt and Glenyce will coach you throughout the walk, embracing the true spirit of a pilgrimage - walking with an intent to grow, develop and discover.

It began as a religious pilgrimage to the relics of the Apostle James, interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and since the ninth century hundreds of thousands have made the life-changing journey. It can take between 30 and 40 days if you choose to do it all in one go, however many also do a portion at a time, and some only walk the last 100km's as this entitles the pilgrim the Compostela recognition.

There are many varied reasons that people walk the Camino, which is renowned as one of the most religious, inspirational and rewarding experiences. Some people do it simply for health and wellbeing, whilst many refer to it as a religious or spiritual journey. There is an enormous depth of history and everyday learning’s, as people of all ages from all over the world come together to walk the paths that so many have done before them. The small villages along the way would not exist if it wasn't for the Camino, and the Camino wouldn't exist if it wasn’t for the villages. The local people who are proud of their country and their culture, readily offer their hospitality and their generosity is overwhelming.

The countryside is extremely picturesque. The rolling hills are often dotted with a church steeple on the horizon, which may look close, but quite likely may be two or more kilometres away. The daily walk provides plenty of thinking and reflection.


Your stay will be in an excellent combination of centrally located hotels and charming village accommodation dotted along the Camino. The character, comfort and often the uniqueness of the property all adding to the experience. The language is Spanish, English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.


Day 1/Night 1 – July 15, 2019

Welcome to Sarria. As well as being rich in history, Sarria is a key service centre for the Camino. There are two parts, one being the beautiful historical village which is located in the upper part of town. Here you can visit the Tower of El Batallon and the Convent da Magdalena, once a convent and now a hotel it is definitely worth a visit to appreciate the architecture. Sarria is also renowned for its restoration workshops and antique stores.

Day 2/Night 2
SARRIA - PORTOMARIN 23km - Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Leaving Sarria as the sun comes up (between 7am and 8am from May through October) it is worth the early morning wake up call, for the magical walk through the Rua Major, where the street lamps lining the road bid us farewell to Sarria. There are at least 5 villages en route to Portomarin, which is another highlight for history and views. We enter the town of Portomarin, crossing the longest bridge on the Camino, you will notice, every second shop is a bakery, as Portomarin is also well known for its tarts and liqueurs. Owing to the construction of a dam on the River Mino you can see the remains of a few buildings and the old bridge when the water line is low. The Main Square and Church of San Nicolas are a welcoming site and the small Church of San Pedro is worth a visit. In the evening we will join the local families in the square and kick a soccer ball around, this is their national sport, so expect to be shown some impressive local talent!

Day 3/Night 3
PORTOMARIN – PALAS de REI 24km. Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours

An easy 24 kilometre walk to Palas de Rei, a town of 3,700 people. Our path takes us through farming regions, fields of sunflowers, and picnic areas. It is a day of fewer villages, so time to soak up the countryside. Palas de Rei is quaint and welcoming.

Day 4/Night 4
PALAS de REI - MELIDE 14km. Estimated walking time approx. 3-4 hours

There are only a couple of kilometres between towns and villages before arriving in Melide, founded in the 10th century and permitted to build a castle in 1320.

Day 5/Night 5
MELIDE - ARZUA 15km. Estimated walking time approx. 4 hours

Much of the day is shaded through the Oak and Eucalyptus forest. An area for farming and more cattle per head than another area in the region of Galicia.

Day 6/Night 6
ARZUA – RUA 19km. Estimated walking time approx. 4-5 hours

This is a thrilling day, the excitement mounts as Santiago, the final stage, feels like it is just up the road and, one sleep away. There are smiles on the faces of the pilgrims and the locals. Today is also a day to sample some mushrooms, known in Spain as setas, mushrooms are in abundance at the right time of year. Take a journey back in time, a rare opportunity to do some old fashioned mushrooming if you wish along the way.
Day 7/Night 7
RUA - SANTIAGO 19km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours

The last day of the pilgrimage, it will be a day of unexpected events.

Arriving in Santiago can be an emotional and bitter sweet experience. Even if your feet and legs are hurting, there is usually a feeling of not wanting the journey to end. Santiago is visible from about 5 kilometres away, and it is worth the early morning start to arrive at the Cathedral for the pilgrims midday mass, making your way past the pied piper (donations welcome), to the final stage at the steps, then to the seats of the congregation. Following the service, it is a trip to the Compostela office to show your stamp book to the team of volunteers, who are eagerly waiting to hear your story and stamp your certificate highlighting your name in Latin.

The last night in Santiago is to celebrate, where the rewards for all that walking are sampling an endless supply of tapas, chorizo, bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches), tortilla and Iberico jamon (Spanish ham), to name just a few of the specialties. You can reflect on the highlights of your journey, and remember the tales that will stay on the Camino.

Day 8
Santiago de Compostela is a special, rare city with a particular magic that can only be enjoyed by walking around its streets. Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site and offers dozens of churches and religious buildings, including the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago).

The plazas of A Quintana, Praterias, Acibecheria and O Obradoiro escort the Cathedral and each one stands as an open-air museum. Plaza de O Obradoiro marks the location of the Hostel dos Reis Catόlicos, which is today a parador hotel, the office of the vice-chancellor of the city’s university and the Pazo de Raxoi, which is home to the regional government and the City Hall. The cathedral marks the beginning of Rúa da Raiña and Rúa Franco, which are laden with tapas bars and restaurants where you can enjoy all the specialities of Galicia and, at the end of the street, the beautiful Paseo da Ferradura offers impressive views of the city on one side and the university campus on the other. Another part of the historical centre contains the beautiful marketplace, which is of neo-Romanesque style. It is impossible to summarise the beauty of this great city in only a few lines.
Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, the memories of the Camino will live on.

Wandering the World hopes you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again.

Please email your enquiry to Glenyce Johnson at glenycej@wanderingtheworld.com.au or call Glenyce on +61 402 910 552
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