The CaminoWays.com group tours department picks six fantastic walking routes for groups looking to embark on a memorable adventure.
Our groups department specialises in creating tours for groups of all sizes, including fundraising teams for charities, walking clubs, parishes, schools but also private groups of family and friends. These are their great walking routes for groups:
The Camino Portugues is the second most popular of the Camino routes; after the famous French Way. The full route starts in Lisbon and is nearly 600kms long, taking over five weeks to complete. However for groups we recommend the last stretch, from the town of Tui, right on the border of Galicia and Portugal; to Santiago de Compostela. This section can be walked in just one week.
There is also an alternative route to the classic Camino Portugues called the Portuguese Coastal Way, which is ideal for groups looking to travel in the Summer months. This route is only 240kms long and we have divided it in two sections, taking one week each to complete: from Porto to Baiona, in Galicia; and from Baiona to Santiago. The route takes in fantastic coastal scenery in the North of Portugal and South of Galicia, before heading inland towards Santiago.
These two Camino routes are very popular with family groups, as well as parish groups and charities.
This is the perfect route for groups who have experienced the Camino before, for Camino enthusiasts. If you have already walked the famous French Way and finished in Santiago Cathedral, the Finisterre Way is an ideal second Camino trip for your group. This is the only route that starts in Santiago de Compostela and takes pilgrims to Cape Fisterra and the picturesque fishing village of Muxia, famous for its sanctuary by the Atlantic Ocean.
This route is popular with returning Camino groups.
For route details: Finisterre Way.
VIA FRANCIGENA IN TUSCANY
The Via Francigena, or Camino to Rome, is another historic trail of medieval origin, like the Camino de Santiago. It is an epic trail starting in Canterbury, in the UK; crossing Europe and finishing in the Vatican, in Rome. One of the most scenic stretches of this route takes walkers from Lucca to Siena, across picturesque Tuscany. Fantastic landscapes, unique history and delicious cuisine make this FrancigenaWays.com tour quite special.
This route is popular with walking clubs; best for Spring and Autumn.
For route details: Via Francigena in Tuscany.
TOUR DU MONT BLANC
Tour du Mont Blanc is Europe’s classic mountain trek. This is an spectacular alpine hike around the Massif of Mont Blanc and crossing from France into Italy, Switzerland and back into France. Our Tour du Mont Blanc tour is classified as level 5 in terms of difficulty, as it has approximately 10kms of ascent and descent, and therefore is a challenging trek. It is therefore, perfect for groups of experienced hikers. We have both a 7-night and a 11-night option for this tour.
This route is popular with experienced walking groups looking for a challenge.
For route details: Tour du Mont Blanc.
NEW! SIERRA NEVADA
For groups looking for an easy but still spectacular trail, our new Sierra Nevada hiking tour in Andalucia is a great option. It is a week-long tour, covering just 80kms and graded as level 2. You can also combine it with a visit to the fascinating Alhambra palace in Granada.
For route details: Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada hiking.
The Wicklow Way tour with IrelandWays.com brings walkers to the heart of the Wicklow National Park in Ireland. A stone throw from Dublin, this is a trail of magnificent country scenery but also history, as the trail takes in the village of Glendalough with its 6th century monastic city.
For route details: Wicklow Way.
For more information about the Camino de Santiago routes, more walking routes for groups or to get advice for your tour, contact our travel specialists