Self-Guided Camino Tours
Self-Guided Camino Tours
As well as guided group tours, CaminoWays specialises in individual self-guided Camino tours. These tours give pilgrims the freedom and flexibility to experience the ancient Camino de Santiago trail completely at their own pace. With a self-guided Camino tour, you won’t be restricted to particular travel dates or specific routes like the group tours. Instead, you can plan your trip as you please using our tailor-made booking system, building your own perfect Camino experience.
The distances you walk and the towns you stay in along the way are entirely up to you. With a guided tour, the days are planned and carefully structured in advance but you are the master of your own universe on a self-guided tour (as long as you follow the trail!).
Self-guided tours are perfect for independent travellers as you can navigate a route yourself. The Camino de Santiago has a scallop shell and an arrow virtually everywhere along the way. Moreover, the regions visited are inhabited so you will have the chance to talk to people along the way. Our travel specialists are also always on hand to give you advice and help you plan your trip. Keep reading for more information about our self-guided Camino tours.
What exactly do Self-Guided Camino Tours include?
All of our self-guided Camino tours include accommodation in a 3-star venue. All rooms include en suite bathrooms. Hotel upgrades are possible in larger towns along your chosen route. The most popular routes, such as the Camino Frances and the Camino Portugues, there is the option to upgrade to the Superior Collection,
Pilgrims who have booked the Superior Collection will be booked into the very best hotels along the route, adding an extra level of comfort and luxury to your experience.
On walking days, breakfast and dinner are included with the standard price of a trip. We do not provide dinners on the first and last nights of a trip (eg. Sarria and Santiago) as we have discovered that the majority of pilgrims prefer to experience the variety of dining options on offer in the larger towns and cities.
If you’d prefer to source your own dinner every evening, we do have a breakfast-only option available. It is worth noting, however, that options for evening meals will be more limited in smaller rural towns along the Camino.
Lunches are not included but there are more than enough cafes and restaurants along the Camino walking routes, with prices ranging between €5 and €8. If you are on a guided tour, your dinner will be included every night of your tour.
As part of our package, luggage transfers are included for every walking day. The hotel to hotel luggage transfer is limited to one bag per person and each bag cannot exceed a weight of 20kg. Bags should be left in the hotel lobby at approximately 8am on the morning of departure.
We recommend dropping the bag, along with its luggage tag, in the lobby before heading to breakfast. The bag will then be moved to the next hotel and should usually arrive at the next accommodation no later than 4pm each day.
Every trip comes with its good and bad moments, the majority of which are thankfully good moments. However, should you run into any issues while walking the Camino de Santiago with us, we want to be sure you’re taken care of as soon as possible.
For this reason, we provide all travellers with a 24/7 assistance number (you will find this in your holiday pack) in order to assist with any issues or questions that might arise during the trip and outside of normal office hours.
Our reservations team manages the support calls and they speak fluent Spanish and English, as well as other Camino languages.
Airport Transfers – Optional Extra
For those wishing to avail of an airport transfer, we do offer this service as an optional extra. We can provide a transfer from Santiago Airport to the client’s first hotel in Sarria for €120. This kind of transfer can work out to be cost-effective if the group of travellers consists of 4 or more people. However, we can provide this service for any group size.
Should you prefer to utilise public transport, the public transport options are outlined in the ‘access’ tab for each of our tours. For instance, the best way to get to Sarria from Santiago Airport by public transport is to take a combination of two buses.
The first takes you from Santiago Airport to Lugo bus station (1h50, 5 times a day). After this, you board a local bus from Lugo bus station to Sarria bus station (30min). While this isn’t a direct journey and may not appeal to everyone, it is cost-effective, working out at roughly €10pp.
There is also a direct bus between Santiago de Compostela bus station and Sarria (2h30 travel time). However, this only departs once a day, except on Sundays. This bus will entirely depend on your arrival time at Santiago airport.
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