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.
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.
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.
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.