Camino de Santiago Travel Agency

We make El Camino your way

Tailor-made trips on the Camino de Santiago.

Organized by local specialists

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We help you plan your Camino de Santiago

A life changing experience on one of the most emblematic routes in the world. Walk through beautiful landscapes; connect with nature; meet pilgrims from all over the world; and discover yourself!

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Discover the main routes of The Camino de Santiago

Each itinerary is unique. You can split stages, include/exclude services, extra nights, etc. to adapt the trip to your needs, preferences and budget.

There are as many Camino routes as there are pilgrims

Explore the Camino de Santiago your way

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in group

We organize trips to the Camino de Santiago for groups: school groups, religious communities, incentive, team building…

Bicigrinos en el Camino de Santiago

by bike

Become a bicigrino and live an experience that combines adventure, tradition and sport on two wheels.

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with dog

We organize trips for adventurers with their four-legged companions, offering a unique experience.

THE GALITEAM

Why trust us to organize your Camino?

Because we will take care of every detail to make your Camino de Santiago a unique and unforgettable experience.

Your way. Tailor-made.

We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all services for you. You enjoy the road.

We are locals!

We are specialists in the Camino. Galicia is our home. We have traveled all the routes of the Camino and we have direct contact with the service providers on the Camino.

We are travelers, just like you.

We love to travel. We speak several languages and have years of experience organizing trips for people from all over the world.

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More than 2000 pilgrims do the Camino with us every year.

Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of traveling with us. We want you to be one of them. And that is why we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

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Services included in our Camino de Santiago travel packages

Lodging and meals

You will stay in hotels, paradors and rural houses. In private room and half board.

Luggage transfer

We organize the transport of luggage between stages so that you can walk comfortably.

Walking Notes

We will send you maps and route notes so that you can follow the route without complications.

Pilgrim´ s passport

We will send to the first accommodation the welcome pack with your pilgrim’s credential.

24/7 assistance

We will take care of you before, during and after your trip.

Other services you can add to your trip
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LA VÍA FRANCIGENA

A route full of history, culture and tradition in Italy.

The Via Francigena is a historic pilgrimage route connecting Canterbury, England, with Rome, Italy. More and more pilgrims are choosing to follow in the same footsteps as other fellow travelers in the Middle Ages.

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ACCESSIBLE SANTIAGO'S WAY

You can also live the experience.

From Galiwonders we want everyone to have the opportunity to do the Camino de Santiago. That’s why we want to use this space to give visibility to the DISCAMINO project.

A non-profit association that “helps people with special needs to fulfill their dream of doing the Camino de Santiago”.

You can contact them directly to check their availability: https://discamino.com

PLANNING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning the Camino de Santiago for the first time can be a somewhat overwhelming experience. Which route do I choose? Do I sleep in a Hotel or Hostel? How many km will I be able to walk per day? What clothes do I wear?… are some of the most frequent questions.
Don’t worry. We are here to help you.

Although at the beginning of the Camino the reason for walking it was always religious, with the passage of time and the popularization of the routes, the Camino became both a cultural and spiritual journey. Today there are many reasons and ways to do it: by bicycle, with your dog, with your family, on foot… For some, it is about getting closer to God. For others, it’s about overcoming a challenge and making the best of it.

The decision to walk this Spanish pilgrimage transcends the ordinary motivation for a long-distance hike. The Camino beckons individuals seeking a profound and transformative experience, blending spiritual discovery, cultural exploration and personal growth.

The hotels are already booked

As we have mentioned before, the main advantage is that you don’t have to worry about finding accommodation for the night. Moreover, among the documents we send to our clients before the beginning of their trip, there is all the information needed to get to the hotel and to contact with its staff. This can be found in the travel kit that we send by email a month before departure, so that the pilgrims can arrive at their hotel without any problems. Also, we want to remind you that at Galiwonders, we only work with hotels and guesthouses that offer private rooms with private bathrooms. This will allow you greater comfort and privacy on your arrival.

The Pilgrim’s passport is sent at home

If you decide to travel with us, you won’t have to worry about finding your pilgrim’s passport because we will send it directly to your home before the start of the trip. Remember to get a stamp every day at the start and end of the stages so that you can get your Compostela at the end of your trip!

You travel lighter

In addition, by organizing the luggage transfer from one stage to another, guests can leave their backpacks at the reception in the morning of their departure and find them at the next hotel after their arrival. This service is very appreciated by those pilgrims who travel 20 or 30 km, because they can thus enjoy a more pleasant experience. The only weight you will have to carry will be a small backpack in which you can take a bottle of water, some snacks and personal items. Nothing to do with the backpack in which we put everything necessary for the trip.

24h assistance

One of the services that we offer, as Travel Agency of the Way of Saint James, is the possibility of calling our emergency number, active 24/7. This phone is available to solve problems that have occurred along the way or to help pilgrims in difficulty (for example, if they are injured). This allows, especially those pilgrims who are making the journey for the first time or who are traveling alone, to feel safer and more confident before the start of their journey.

Saving time

As you can imagine, if you have everything organized by a Travel Agency of the Camino, you will have much more time to enjoy the Camino and relax at the end of your day. You don’t have to waste time looking for a hotel, finding a restaurant or consulting a luggage transfer service. You just have to make the most of your experience and spend time with the other pilgrims in total relaxation.

A path for every age

Although the physical effort is not little, (we consider an average of 20 km per day for about 5 or 6 consecutive days), most of our pilgrims are retired people. The age is obviously not a limit to walk the Way of Saint James. You just need to be trained to completely enjoy the Way. To ensure maximum comfort to our travelers, we offer transfers from and to the airport, as well as the possibility of choosing a superior hotel to live a trip with all the luxury, or organizing transfers along the way if needed.

Not only that, many families embark on this adventure with small children, sometimes even with new-born babies. Of course, this can become problematic if not organized in advance and for this reason we are happy to help families create new memories along the way.

Traveling in large groups

If you travel with a group of friends, with a school or your parish, surely the more participants the better, but at the same time finding accommodation for everyone will be more problematic. No doubt that an organized Way of Saint James will help you out! As we said before, some of the routes are very crowded, especially in certain months. Just think that according to the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago, in 2019 alone, 189,937 pilgrims walked the French Way! For this reason, we assure you that it is much better to trust a Travel Agency with previous experience in managing large groups, to book the best facilities.

Tailor made caminos

At Galiwonders, we put our pilgrims at the centre of our business and we really care about their opinion and satisfaction. That’s why we offer custom made itineraries, where each customer can modify his route as he wish. For example they can change the number of nights, add or take off dinners, split a stage in two, arrange extra transfers, upgrade the accommodation to a superior standard and so on.

Assistance from local professionals

Unlike other companies that offer tours along the Santiago route and are located outside of Spain, at Galiwonders, we are based in Galicia, the region where most of the routes take place. We personally go and visit the hotels we work with, as well as the other providers along the Way (tour guides, luggage transfer, bars and restaurants, ect.). Moreover, we can recommend you the typical dishes to try, as well as offer you the best day tours to complete your experience at the end of the Camino. We have more than 4 years of experience in creating routes to both the national and international tourists and we can attend you in the following languages: English, Spanish, Italian and French.

Choose your Route

The first step to walk the Way of St. James is to choose the route that best suits your preferences and your physical condition. In Spain, there are 49 different itineraries, with the French Way and the Portuguese Way being the most popular. Research the characteristics, landscape and historical significance of each route to find the one that suits you best.

Plan a Detailed Itinerary

Once the route has been chosen, it is essential to draw up a detailed itinerary that includes the daily distances covered, possible rest days and overnight stays. Remember that as a Camino de Santiago Travel Agency we design tailor-made itineraries adapted to your needs, preferences and budget and we book all the services for you.

Obtain a Pilgrim’s Credential

The Pilgrim’s Credential is a passport-like document that you will carry with you while walking the Camino. It serves both as a record of your pilgrimage and as a means to obtain the coveted Compostela at the end. Remember that if you book the Camino de Santiago with Galiwonders, we provide it for free.

Pack Light and Smart

To walk the Camino de Santiago it is important to pack efficiently. Limit yourself to the essentials: a pair of comfortable shoes, clothes suitable for the weather, toiletries and a first aid kid kit. The weight of your backpack should not exceed 10% of your body weight. If you do not want to carry your backpack while walking the Camino de Santiago, you can hire a luggage transfer service between stages.

Walking notes

Equip yourself with reliable navigation tools for walking the Camino. Although trail markers (yellow arrows and scallop shells) are plentiful, having a detailed map can provide additional information. If you book the Camino with Galiwonders, we will provide you with walking notes for your route.

The French Way and the Portuguese Way are the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago due to their rich history, varied landscapes, abundance of historical monuments and a well-developed infrastructure that offers a unique accessible pilgrimage experience.

French Way

The French Way covers approximately 499 miles from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. This route is divided into several stages that are usually completed in about 35 days.

The French Way begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, taking pilgrims through diverse landscapes, from rolling hills to plateaus and lush forests. As they progress, walkers pass through charming villages and towns, immersing themselves in the rich culture and traditions of the region. Other popular starting points of the Camino Francés are: Sarria, Burgos, León and Logroño.

The terrain of the French Way is varied, including stretches of cobblestone paths, country roads and forest roads. Along the way, pilgrims enjoy panoramic views, river crossings and encounters with nature at its finests. The most outstanding sites and monuments of this route are: the Virgin of Biakorri, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the Romanesque Bridge of Puente de la Reina, Leon’s Cathedral, the Cruz de Hierro, the Templars Castle and the Samos Monastery.

Portuguese Way

The Portuguese Way covers approximately 385 miles from Lisbon and 155 miles from Porto. The route can be completed in about 25 days from Lisbon and 13 days from Porto.

From Lisbon, the Portuguese Way winds through rolling countryside, lush forests and charming villages, providing a unique insight into the cultural richness of Portugal. The route from Porto is notable for its vineyards in the Minho River valley.

The terrain of the Portuguese Way varies from rural trails and secondary roads to stretches of forest and coastal scenery. Along the way, pilgrims can enjoy Portuguese hospitality, explore historic churches and sample delicious local cuisine. The route also offers a mix of urban and rural settings, providing a complete experience. The most outstanding sites and monuments of this route are: the Cathedral of Santa María in Tui, the Gándaras of Budiño, the Sampaio Bridge, the Church of the Virgin of La Peregrina and the Pontecesures Bridge.

This is one of the most typical questions among pilgrims. We cannot give a single answer to this, because the duration of the pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago varies depending on several factors. The route chosen is a determining factor, with longer routes. such as the French Way, taking about 34 days to cover some 499 miles, while shorter alternatives, such as the English Way or the Camino de Finisterre, offer faster options. The pace of the walk, detours and side trips, weather conditions and your physical condition also influence the length of the journey.

This is one of the most typical questions among pilgrims. We cannot give a single answer to this, because the duration of the pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago varies depending on several factors. The route chosen is a determining factor, with longer routes. such as the French Way, taking about 34 days to cover some 499 miles, while shorter alternatives, such as the English Way or the Camino de Finisterre, offer faster options. The pace of the walk, detours and side trips, weather conditions and your physical condition also influence the length of the journey.

Like we said before, the miles on the Saint James Walk depend on the specific route chosen.

 

RouteMaximum Mileage
French Way499 miles
Portuguese Way385 miles
Portuguese Coastal Way385 miles
Northern Way509 miles
Primitive Way195 miles
English Way (from Ferrol)77 miles
English Way (from A Coruña)45 miles
Vía de la Plata71 miles
Finisterre & Muxía Way73 miles
Atlantic Way129 miles
Muros & Noia Way72 miles
Winter Way158 miles
Lighthouse Way99 miles
Route of Father Sarmiento114 miles
A Orixe Way85 miles

The best time to walk the Camino de Santiago depends on the personal preferences of each pilgrim and their travel conditions. Each season has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Our recommendation is to do the Camino in spring or autumn. On these dates the influx of pilgrims is less than in summer and services are working at full capacity, so finding accommodation and transport should not be a problem. In addition, in these two seasons the weather conditions are more favorable for walking.

The difficulty of walking the Way of St. James varies based on the chosen route. Some paths face challenging mountainous terrain, while others offer a more leisurely stroll through picturesque landscapes. Assess your physical condition and choose a route that aligns with your fitness level. Regular walking and conditioning exercises can help prepare your body for the journey ahead.

Walking the Camino is a profound adventure that goes beyond a mere walk. Preparing yourself physically and mentally is paramount to a successful pilgrimage. Start by walking regularly and gradually increase the distance. Include elevation in your training to prepare for hilly sections. Mental preparation involves accepting the unpredictable nature of the journey and cultivating resilience.

Most of the tours we organize on the Camino are self-guided. Therefore, dates are flexible. Our recommendation is to book flights first, and then we can adapt the itinerary to the dates. Here are a couple of considerations to keep in mind:

Date and place of the beginning of the Camino:

According to the itineraries we usually organize, the first day is not walking. For example, if you have booked a tour on the last 100 km of the French Way, from Sarria to Santiago, on the first day you will arrive in Sarria, check in at your hotel, and enjoy the day in Sarria. The walk will start on Day 2.

End date of the pilgrimage:

We can consider that there are “two last days”. The last day of trekking, and the last day of the trip. Basically, the last night (in Santiago, if your itinerary ends here) is always included. For example, if you are doing a tour on the Portuguese Camino, your last day of walking would be from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela. You will sleep in Santiago, and check out the next day (last day of the trip). This is a very general description, as most pilgrims choose to add extra nights to their stay in Santiago.

There are several types of accommodation on the Camino de Santiago: hotels, pensions, rural houses, hostels… The vast majority of our tours include accommodation in a private room with bathroom (except for the. Therefore, we need to know the type of room you wish to book:

Single room:

A single room is for a single person. Most of the time in Spain, there are no single rooms as such. Therefore, what is known as a double room for single use is used. Single rooms usually have a supplement in the price (using a room for two people means sharing costs, hence the final price is cheaper).

Twin room:

A twin room is a double room with two separate beds. If you are traveling with a friend, partner, relative… and you do not want to share a bed, you should ask for this type of room.

Double room:

A double room includes a double bed. Most rooms in Spain are actually twins, with two beds together. But sometimes there are double beds available (less than twins). The distribution of rooms generally takes place on a first-come, first-served basis.

Triple rooms:

Most of the time, triple rooms include three separate beds. The third bed is usually an extra bed. In some cases it is possible to find other types of distributions, such as a double bed and a single bed. If you are going to do the Camino de Santiago with small children, it is possible to ask for a crib.

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Hostel:

In the hostels the rooms and bathrooms are shared. In this case, you do not actually reserve a room, but a bed. At Galiwonders we only include this type of accommodation in group tours.

Our tours on the Camino de Santiago normally include half board, what does this mean?

Half board:

If you decide to include half board in your trip, both breakfast and dinner are included in the package. It may appear as “MP”. Half board is usually included during the trek, but not at larger stops (where there is a wide variety of restaurants). For example, as a general rule, dinner is not included in places like Burgos, León, Ponferrada, Sarria or Santiago de Compostela.

Full board:

Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is not a very common option on the Camino de Santiago, since normally the meal coincides with walking. From a logistical point of view, it is very complicated to book meals, since it is practically impossible to foresee an exact arrival time. This depends on multiple factors: the speed, whether there are stops, chats with other pilgrims, etc. For this reason, almost all pilgrims stop at places along the Camino to eat. For large groups, there is the option of including a picnic.

Breakfast only:

If you do not want to include dinner, no problem, we can eliminate them. What cannot be eliminated is breakfast, since most of the private accommodations include it as usual with the room, at no extra cost.

Lodging only:

If you are one of those who prefer to stay in Albergues, breakfast is not included (most of these establishments do not offer this service, but the pilgrims themselves prepare it in the common facilities).

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PARTNER TRAVEL AGENCIES

Would you like to become our strategic partner?

We collaborate with Travel Agencies all over the world to take the Camino and Galicia beyond our borders.

If you want to collaborate with us write to us:

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THE GALIBLOG

The Camino de Santiago Blog

Tips, recommendations and all the information you need to know before embarking on the wonderful experience that is the Camino de Santiago.

Why do the Camino de Santiago?

There are multiple motivations for embarking on a vital experience such as the Camino de Santiago.

Shell and yellow arrow on the Camino de Santiago

Making a pilgrimage

Although its origins are religious, today the Camino has evolved in the same way as the interests of those who walk it: spiritual and social motives, contact with nature, history and traditions?

Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

Meet other pilgrims

The Camino de Santiago consists of several routes, some of them very popular. It can be a very social experience, where you can enjoy the company of other pilgrims from all over the world, and share experiences. There are as many paths as there are pilgrims.

Coast on the Camino de Santiago

Natural beauty

The Camino de Santiago crosses spectacular and diverse landscapes: mountains, green fields, coasts, rivers, charming villages… it will take your breath away.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

History and culture

The Camino de Santiago has an extensive historical route. Through its different routes we can access an immense artistic, cultural and gastronomic heritage.

Pilgrim and shell on the Camino de Santiago

Living the adventure

The Camino de Santiago is a way to get out of the routine. A trip out of the ordinary, one of those that leave a lasting impression.

Pilgrims on bicycles on the Camino de Santiago

Physical challenge

Turn El Camino into a challenge that motivates you to get out of your comfort zone, to grow and to trust more in your abilities.

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