Our tours do not include flights. This leaves you free to organize your stay to your liking, to choose your place of departure and find the most economic flight. We provide a pick-up-service from the closest international airport. The airport for each tour can be found in the respective itinerary.
The exceptions are our tours in Portugal: on these tours, we first meet at the location of the first night’s accommodation, and the transfer there from the airport must be organised independently. We will provide you with all necessary information prior to the tour.
The specific time which airport pick-up can be provided, will be announced with the information for each trip. The group meets the tour-guide at the airport. Transport to the first accommodation is usually conducted by minibus. If you prefer, the first night’s accommodation can also be reached independently.
We would be happy to help you find the best flights and provide you with any information regarding the booking process.
We provide a drop-off service to the airport for tours that end along the Camino. For all tours which have Santiago or Fisterra as their final destination, the transport to the airport is to be organised independently. We will be happy to help you organise transport by bus or taxi.
All exceptions and important information can be found in the program of each tour.
If you want to extend your visit in Spain or Portugal to explore fascinating cities like Santiago, Porto or Bilbao, please let us know beforehand. We will gladly book accommodation for you.
You meet your travel guide at on the respective airport in Spain and they will transfer the group to the Camino de Santiago. Exceptions apply for tours in Portugal and Tour Fisterra. On walking days, all participants walk without the travel guide. The Camino de Santiago is well-signposted and there is no danger of getting lost. The travel guide is always available via mobile phone and ready to pick you up in case of injury or other problems. Participants communicate between themselves whether they prefer to walk in groups or alone.
The travel guide is responsible for the luggage transfer, translations, preparation of the accommodation and all arising organisational issues. There will always be a minibus with the travel guide to transport luggage and pick up pilgrims with health problems or other issues. However, please note, that the vehicle is reserved as a support for participants, and does not provide enough space to transport everybody in case of rain.
Accommodation during our pilgrimage will mostly be in guesthouses or small hotels (hostales). Some trips include accommodation in Casas Rurales. These are mostly historic houses in the countryside, which have been renovated to serve as guest houses. While all rooms are well-kept, there is inevitably some variance in the quality of lodging, due to varying availability along the way. Our focus is on providing the best value and on proximity to the Camino. Even modest guesthouses will have everything a tired pilgrim needs: a comfortable bed, hot water and good food. Rooms almost always have their own private bathroom. In some rare cases, when guest houses do not have private bathrooms, there are a sufficient number of shared bathrooms in the hallway.
We have deliberately chosen small, mostly family-run, guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago, in order to support the local economy and give you an authentic impression of Spanish hospitality. Therefore, it is possible that the group might stay in separate, smaller buildings close by. Lodging will be either directly on the Camino or at close walking distance.
If you will travel with your family or in a group and desire accommodation in triple or four-bed rooms, please contact us in advance.
A final, small note regarding sanitary facilities: While we have taken great care to select friendly and clean guesthouses, the construction of sanitary facilities in some countries in Southern European can be found wanting at times. Please be prepared that facilities – even though clean – might not always meet the high standards that you are used to at home.
All tours include rooms with half-board. This means breakfast and dinner in almost all cases. Dinner is taken either in the guesthouse or at a restaurant in town, to which the group will walk together. Many places offer a pilgrim’s set menu, which includes three courses from a variety of options. At some places we will order from the menu. Water and wine are usually included, other drinks are not. Breakfast in Spain can be less substantial than in other countries and sometimes only consists of coffee, toasted bread, butter and jam. Although we have arranged supplements in many places, this has not always been possible and the provision of breakfast might therefore vary somewhat from place to place.
There are ample options to eat along the Camino, either a full lunch menu or more economic options like a Bocadillo (Spanish sandwich with various fillings) or other snacks. You can find information on restaurants and bars along the way in the documents we provide for each tour. For dinner, we have mostly selected family run businesses and smaller restaurants, in order to experience the authentic local customs and cuisine.
The included fare begins on the day of arrival with a dinner and usually ends with the breakfast on the last day. Please note that the fare on rest-days is not included, which leaves you free to organize the day to your liking. The fare of Tour 4 of the Camino Frances therefore ends with the breakfast on the penultimate day. On the Tour Portugal, fare begins with breakfast on the first day of walking and ends with dinner on the day of arrival in Santiago de Compostela.
Our groups usually consist of 8 to 16 people. This makes it easy to get to know each other and makes it possible to stay in smaller guesthouses and hotels. The age of participants ranges from 20 to 80 years.
When doing a pilgrimage everybody should feel free to walk at their own pace. Nobody should feel obliged to walk faster or slower than they feel comfortable. This means that almost no group walks together for the whole day. Whether people want to walk parts of the stage together is to be communicated between them. Oftentimes, pilgrims wish to walk alone and/or in silence. Please respect the decisions of other participants in this regard. The Camino is well-signposted, there is no danger of getting lost and it is usually easy to meet other pilgrims. It is also likely that you will meet members of our group along the way during breaks in the various cafés or bars.
Despite traveling in a group, everybody should have the chance to walk their own Camino and experience this journey on their own terms. Being in a group can enrich this experience tremendously, but can also be challenging at times. This means we will all navigate between closeness and privacy, so that everybody feels comfortable and that we can have the best of both worlds.
Daily stages are usually between 20 and 25 kilometres long and can be slightly shorter or longer. Experience has shown that on these distances, one doesn’t risk injuries on knees or feet.
We offer a spiritual start into the day on every walking day of the tour. These usually consist of a short text that is meant to inspire thought and introspection, and will be handed out afterwards, in case you would like to read it again. While this part of the day has proven very rewarding for most, it is optional and everyone is free to start their day however they want.
We have arranged for breakfast to be served at a time that allows us to start walking at 9am. The stage’s destination is reached by most participants during the afternoon and you can use the free time to rest, take a shower, and explore the city. There is always the option of getting together for a coffee or wine and chat about the experiences of the day. Dinner is usually around 7pm.
Walking the Camino de Santiago and experiencing its impressive scenery is a very rewarding experience for most people. But everybody will notice that a pilgrimage can also be difficult. Most pilgrims at some point experience pain in their feet, and blisters are the most common reason of distress. We always have a first-aid-kit with us and can help you, if you should experience discomfort. Small pains are easily cured most of the time and often disappear quickly once the body has gotten some rest. For most pilgrims, overcoming difficulties and experiencing the endurance of their own bodies become an integral part of their pilgrimage. Should you, however, get into a situation where walking becomes impossible or too painful, please do not hesitate to call the travel guide to pick you up! While you might want to get to know your own limits and push them a bit, nobody should ever cross them outright and put themselves in pain or danger.
The Pilgrim’s kit, including all relevant documents, will be handed out on the day of your arrival. This includes the itinerary, information regarding each accommodation, a short language guide and much more. Please note that a list of all participants with relevant contact information is usually also included. If you do not wish to share this information, please let us know beforehand. Additionally, it can be useful to purchase a travel guide, as it often contains more detailed information regarding history and sights along the way.
Together with the Pilgrim’s Kit, you will receive your Pilgrim’s Passport. We also provide you with a packing-list. This will be sent to you before your trip. Alternatively, you can see it here.
The Pilgrim’s Passport (La Credencial) is used to certify your pilgrimage. There are many chances to get stamps along the way. These stamps both verify that you have walked the Camino and will later make the Credencial a beautiful memento of your travel. The pilgrim’s office in Santiago de Compostela will need your Pilgrim’s Passport, for them to hand out the Pilgrim’s Certificate (Compostela). On the last 100km of the Camino, two stamps per day are needed in order to obtain the Compostela.
On the day of your arrival we will provide you with a Pilgrim’s Passport together with the Pilgrim’s Kit, which contains a lot of useful information. The Pilgrim’s Passports are issued by the Cathedral of Santiago and help maintain the Pilgrim’s Albergue (hostel) in Astorga.
A travel inscurance is not included in our holidays. We advise you buy a suitable travel insurance.
If you are from a country that is a member state of the European Union, you will have health insurance in Spain and Portugal. If you are from any other country, we advise you to buy a international health insurance for the duration of the holiday.
All payments you make for you holiday are insured for the case of bankruptcy of the travel agent.
After we have sent you the booking confirmation, a deposit of 20% of the total tour balance becomes due to be paid in one week. The remainder of your tour balance must be paid three weeks before your tour begins.
Payments are usually made by bank transfer. For customers from outside the European Union, we also offer payment by credit card or PayPal. Please contact us, if you would like to make use of this option.