Guided or Self-Guided? That is the Question

camino-tours-CaminoWaysI know I want to do the Camino de Santiago, it’s been a goal of mine for many years and this is the year I am going to make it happen. But I have one big question, am I going to do it on my own or am I going with a group as part of a guided tour?

Deloras McGovern, Balintore.

There is no single answer to this Deloras, it really depends on one’s personality, one’s mood for the anticipated challenge and equally what exactly one wants from the whole experience.


There are merits and restrictions to each. For example with the guided tour you are going to experience the Camino with a group of pilgrims, you will be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel, you will share hotels and possible eat together. That is not to say you cannot part with the group or guide along the way, you can. The guide is there for any support you might need, difficulty along the way or some local history or cultural knowledge. Our guides are all local so they know the area well.

Our self-guided tours on the other hand offer a similar but more flexible package. You are not restricted to particular dates as the guided tours need a certain amount of members for it to be feasible. Also if you want to travel with family or friends we’d recommend self-guided or work something out to have a guide for this particular group. Also with the guided there needs to be an agreed timetable for all members of the group the self-guided have more freedom in this respect.

I hope this helps, if you would like further information why not send Richard an email, he would only be too happy to help.

Comparative Table: Guided or Self-Guided? 

Guided Tours (Certified and Knowledgeable English Speaking Guide) Self-Guided Tours ( Comprehensive maps and info)
Luggage transfer included Luggage transfer included
Airport transfer included Airport transfer NOT included
Holiday pack included Holiday pack included
Restricted to dates (see table above) Any date year-round
Generally cheaper Slightly more expensive
All breakfast and dinners included All breakfast and dinners* included (*dinners are not included at the first and last stop of the tour).