The Camino de Santiago is a very special journey, ideal to be experienced as a group. Whether you are part of a walking club, parish, charity, school tour or a group of friends, the Camino is an unforgettable adventure. Walking the Camino de Santiago as part of a group will give you plenty of time to get to know the other group members and share a very special experience with loved ones, fellow pilgrims, team members and club friends.
We have years of experience organising tours for groups of all sizes and ages. The tabs below will give you an idea of the types of groups that we work with every year. Whether you are taking on the Camino as a challenge or want to celebrate a special occasion, we are here to help you along the way.
We team up with enthusiastic charities each year that embark on the Camino de Santiago as part of their Charity Challenge. If you are tasked with organising your next charity trek then we are here to help. From tailored packages to the most popular Camino routes we have an experienced travel team that will provide you with all of the information you need. For your trip on the Camino we will provide a free information evening, holiday packs with walking notes, organise all accommodation, luggage transfers and meals. To get started visit our fundraising and charity treks page.
If you are planning your next big walk with your walking or hiking club then the Camino de Santiago is a unique adventure to experience as a group. Each year clubs from all over the world will choose to walk some of the most popular Camino routes, including: the French Way, the Portuguese Way, the English Way and the Camino to Rome.
Students from schools and colleges around the world walk the last 100kms of the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to the main Cathedral square in Santiago. The Camino is recognised as a valuable life lesson for all students. This trip is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your classmates as well as enjoying the physical challenge of the walk. When your group reaches Santiago you can go to collect your pilgrim certificates and wander the lively towns of Northern Spain.
Parish groups and church goers may want to experience the spiritual journey of the Camino. We are here to help all groups to make the most out of the Camino journey. For all parish groups we can provide tailored itineraries, travel tips and consultancy for your next trip.
Every day we speak to people from around the world that would love to celebrate a special occasion by walking the Camino. You can choose to walk the full French Way or a part of one of the most popular popular routes to get a taste of what the Camino has to offer. Whether it is a special birthday or an anniversary, the Camino is something that everyone can share.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
What type of groups do we work with?
We organise treks for groups on Camino de Santiago routes, the Via Francigena – Camino to Rome and other fantastic cycling and walking trails in Ireland and Europe. We work with walking clubs, parish groups, colleges, Universities, school groups, charities, scout groups and families.
What are the best destinations for group tours?
The most popular routes for our group treks include the last 100kms of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago, the last 100kms of the Portuguese way from Tui to Santiago, the Portuguese Coastal route and the Via Francigena route in Tuscany, Italy.
What do your group walking trip itineraries include?
Our itineraries include accommodation for your group, meals, airport transfers, luggage transfer between hotels on walking days, detailed walking notes and maps and an emergency contact number. We can also add day tours and sightseeing for your group.
What level of difficulty for your group?
The route or section that you choose will depend on the type of vacation that you are looking for. Walking clubs and hiking clubs may choose some difficult walking routes along the way or you may be a group travelling together for fun and adventure. Both ways of experiencing the Camino are equally enjoyable. It is up to you what pace you want to go at and we will help you to decide on the best section to suit the level of difficulty the group wishes to take.
Can you provide tailored itineraries?
Yes, we can fully tailor and adapt your itinerary to suit the needs of your group.
Can we have a guide?
Yes, if you feel your group trip could be made better by the presence of a local guide we can provide one for you and your group. We recommend a guide for any group with 15 or more people.
Can you come to speak to my group?
Yes, if your group is based anywhere in Ireland we can come to visit you to discuss your group tour in more details. For groups based outside of Ireland we can arrange a Skype call.
What meals are included?
For groups of 15+ we include both breakfasts and dinners. We do not provide lunches during your walking tour as good lunches can be found at the numerous cafes along the routes.
What are the hotels and rooms like?
Our standard tours include good quality 3 star hotels with friendly staff. We also offer 4 star and 5 star hotels if you would like to upgrade for some or all of your trip. All rooms are en-suite and we offer single rooms (1 single bed), twin sharing rooms (2 single beds in the room) or double sharing rooms (1 double bed).
How do luggage transfers work?
Once you confirm your trip we will send you luggage tags for your group which each person needs to place on their bag. Each morning before you begin your walk, you need to place your bag downstairs at reception in the hotel. The bag will be collected by the luggage transporter and brought to the next hotel.
Do you offer discounts for group tours?
As standard we offer a 12% discount for groups of more than 10 persons. Further discounts may also apply is your group is above 20 people.
How large can our group be?
We handle groups of between 10 and 120 persons.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
To make your group trip run more smoothly we can offer airport transfers from any Spanish airport to the start and finish point of any Camino trip.
Similarly, we can arrange airport transfers for group tours on our routes in other countries (Portugal, Italy, France, etc.).
How does payment work?
Once you have confirmed your trip, payments can either be made to us through the group leader or organisation, or members of your group can pay individually. Payment can be taken over the phone or using our online booking form. If paying individually, the deposit for most trips will be €180 per person (this may be a slightly bigger amount for longer tours). If the organisation or group leader is paying directly, the deposits will generally be 20% of the total trip cost.
Do you offer fitness advice to groups travelling on the Camino?
All groups can receive a free copy of our 6 month fitness guide.
OUR GROUP TREKS
We have organised Camino trips for many groups and clubs, these are some of them:
Today FM DJ Phil Cawley is a big Camino fan. We have organised two #CawleyCamino trips for Phil and his intrepid listeners.
Plenty of laughter is always guaranteed!
Ballyboden Walking Club
The Ballyboden Walking Club has travelled with us many times.
They have trekked both the Camino de Santiago and the Camino to Rome, Via Francigena, across Tuscany.
Inspired Adventures have walked the Camino de Santiago French Way route.
From Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.
A group from Ferrum College in the US walked the Camino de Santiago French Way route.
From Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the most popular section of the trail.
Heathfield Community School
A group from Heathfield Community School in the UK took to the Camino de Santiago with our support.
They walked the last 100kms of the Camino Frances from Sarria.
The Ferrard Ramblers have been on the Camino with us on various occasions.
They have hiked both the Camino Frances and the Camino Portugues.
WHAT GROUP ORGANISERS SAY
Greg, Hole Trinity Episcopal Church, United States
“I have booked three large groups ranging from 23 to 35 people to hike the Camino de Santiago walking the Portuguese and French routes through CaminoWays. They organized fantastic trips with great hotels, transportation, and knowledgeable guides. I enthusiastically recommend them!”
Gary, Fundraising Manager at Diabetes Ireland
“We here at Diabetes Ireland have worked with CaminoWays on our fundraising trips to the Camino de Santiago for the past few years. We have always found them fantastic to deal with right form the very start of the process at planning to the delivery of the week in Spain to all our participants. Their guides are of the highest calibre and ensure a fabulous trip full of education, history and care which is essential to all charities running an overseas fundraising trip. To say the week on the ground runs smoothly would be a disservice to their level of planning in terms of hotels, evening meals, luggage transfers etc. I would have no hesitation in recommending CaminoWays to any charity running any overseas walk”
Jim, Mainstay DRP
“Fantastic company, very responsive and well organised. I could not recommend Camino Ways more, this is our third bespoke challenge organised and hosted by them and it was amazing. Our guide, Silvia was first class and made trip special for us all, a wonderful lady who did a superb job of looking after everyone and made sure we all had a fantastic time. She deserves a lot of credit and Camino Ways should be very proud she represents them…”
Dario, Amici del Cammino
Dario and a group of 11 friends from Italy and the US, Amici del Cammino, walked the Camino de Santiago with CaminoWays.com recently and they have put together this wonderful video capturing the best moments of their trip together.
Thank you Dario and friends for sharing it with us!
You can read more testimonials on our page: Customer Reviews.
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