Camino FAQ: when should I book my Camino trip?

The Customer Care team at CaminoWays.com has seen the number of clients booking their Camino de Santiago trip in advance increase dramatically this year. With many bookings already taking place for 2016, we cover the main factors you should keep in mind when you book your Camino adventure.

When should I book my Camino trip?

If you know you would like to cycle or walk the Camino in specific days we recommend you book as soon as you can. Allowing at least six months will be ideal, particularly if you are looking to travel in busy holiday periods, such as Easter, St James Day or popular walking months. *You might also want to read: What are the busiest months on the Camino?

Booking well in advance (at least 6 months) will mean the reservations team will be more likely to book first choice properties for your trip.

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Last minute bookings

We consider a last minute booking anything booked between one week and 2 months before departure date. We always try to accommodate last minute bookings and we work with a number of properties for each route and stage of the Camino de Santiago. However, some of the towns and villages along the way are quite small. If you are looking to walk or cycle a very popular section such as the last stretch of the Camino Frances from Sarria in September, accommodation might not be available. In that case, our team might recommend a suitable alternative route or section for you.

Festivals

There are many unique festivals along the many Camino de Santiago routes and regions. We always recommend taking part, as they add a very unique cultural insight to your trip. Some of those festivals are small local events but others attract visitors from all over the country and even abroad. If you’d like to walk the Camino to experience a particular festival, we recommend you book as soon as possible. Depending on the type of festival, accommodation in the city/town might be booked up nearly a year in advance. Also bear in mind, accommodation rates might increase during specific festivals. *See our Camino de Santiago Festivals calendar.

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Discounts

There are also other benefits when booking your Camino trip in advance. At CaminoWays.com we offer a series of discounts to our clients: 10% off if you book for the following year and 5% off if you book at least 2 months in advance. If you are a returning customer you will always benefit of 10% discount (even for last minute bookings).

When are my hotels booked?

Once you have paid your deposit (generally 20% of your holiday) the booking process starts, and our reservations team will start booking the hotels for your trip. If any of the hotels listed in the sample itinerary don’t have availability, we’ll book accommodation of the same standard. They will be all confirmed in your holiday pack, sent to you generally one month before your departure date; depending on bookings and with the exception of last minute trips.

You might also want to read: Bookings and Alterations – How it works.

For more information about the Camino de Santiago routes or to book your trip, contact our Camino travel specialists.

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Comments

  1. By Maria

    Hi Brenda, fantastic! you are nearly set to go ;-). You can get a travel insurance quote from World Nomads directly from our site on this link: http://caminoways.com/travel-tips#symple-tab-travel-insurance. Let us know if you need any other information/advice before your trip. Kindest regards.

  2. By Brenda Huntley-Meiffret

    I’ve booked my holiday & my flights for Sarria to Santiago with you, all I need to do now is find holiday insurance. Can you recommend one please.
    I know that I’ve seen one in one of your mails but I can’t find it. Many thanks, Brenda

  3. By Lisa

    Hi Annie, the distances each day are pretty manageable. There is some flexibility with the bookings but you may incur a change fee. Another alternative is to take public transport or a taxi to next village if you feel that you can’t manage the final stretch of any route. Kind regards, Lisa.

  4. By Annie

    What happens if I have booked a self guided walk and I dont make it to the village where accommodation is booked, is there any flexibility possible, if I ring and ask at the time or say 24 hours notice?

  5. By Maria

    Hi Jenni, thank you for your interest. Guided tours include breakfast and dinners every day. You will be walking from 15 to 28kms a day, on the guided tour from Sarria for instance. For self-guided you can choose between half-board or breakfast-only. I hope this helps. Let us know if you need anything else.

  6. By Jenni Kelly

    Your 8 day guided tour at 690pp is that twin share? What does half board mean? It would seem breakfast not included only dinner? Is that correct? Obviously breakfast is easily obtainable. How many kilometres do you have to walk a day?
    Thanks
    Jenni

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