CAMINO DE SANTIAGO IN AN ORGANISED GROUP

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Itineraries of the Camino de Santiago in organised groups

Walk in group the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago to get your compostela.

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French Way in an organised group

Distance

116km

Stages

5 stages

Duration

6 nights

Difificulty

3/5

 The Way from Sarria to Portomarín offers you small rural villages, Romanesque style chapels, and a quiet and peaceful path. After 22 km of route you will arrive at Portomarín, one of the most beautiful villages of this section of the Camino

This stage will start crossing a pine forest, and will take you through a multitude of villages. Of particular note is the Romanesque church of Santa María de Castromaior. The end of the day will take you to the emblematic village of Palas de Rei, one of the most iconic stops on the Camino.

This is the longest stage, 29 km separate Palas de Rei from Arzúa; for this reason, many pilgrims choose to stay in Melide, halfway along the route. Among the main points of interest are the medieval village of Ribadiso before arriving in Arzúa, a favourite of pilgrims. Once in Arzúa we suggest you taste its famous cheese!

 This time the Camino will take you through eucalyptus forests, villages and streams. We recommend you visit the Chapel of Santa Irene, an obligatory stop for pilgrims. Sometimes there can be problems with accommodation in Pedrouzo, but don’t worry, we have many options in the area.

nd finally the last day of the Camino has arrived. From Monte do Gozo you can observe from the heights the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral, your final destination. Many pilgrims stop there minutes before starting the descent, recalling the best moments of an adventure that is about to end. When you arrive in Santiago, don’t forget to ask for your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office, stroll around the old town and lie down in the Plaza del Obradoiro. If you still have energy left, we recommend you continue your journey to Muxía, take a look at the Camino Finisterre – Muxía.

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Portuguese Way in organised group

Distance

128km

Stages

6 stages

Duration

7 nights

Difficulty

2/5

The Camino starts in the city of Tui, which marks the border with Portugal. We recommend visiting its Cathedral and the bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, before heading to O Porriño.

 This stage is a little more difficult than the rest because of the ups and downs, but the views of the Atlantic Ocean are worth it. Redondela is a small town that does not have a great offer of accommodation, so in some cases pilgrims continue to Arcade, only 7 km away (this way they walk a little more in this stage and a little less the next day)

This city marks approximately half of the route from Oporto to Santiago de Compostela. Its historic center, characterized by its narrow cobbled streets and Romanesque and Gothic religious buildings such as the Church of the Pilgrim, dedicated to the Virgin of the Pilgrim. A significant figure in the Jacobean culture; the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor; the Plaza de la Leña; or the Museum of Pontevedra and its extensive collection of art and artifacts ranging from prehistory to contemporary art.

You will leave Pontevedra crossing the Puente del Burgo, a medieval bridge that offers a spectacular view of the Lérez River and its surroundings. On the way to Caldas de Reis you can not miss the visit to the Natural Park of the Barosa River, as you pass through the town of Barro. Its mills and waterfalls, deep in the Galician nature, will make you recover all your strength to finish the Camino and visit the tomb of the Apostle.

The Camino runs quietly through small villages, with houses scattered along the route. Padrón is a town known for being the first point of land sighted by the ship that carried the remains of the Apostle Santiago. It is also the birthplace of great writers such as Rosalía de Castro and Camilo José Cela.

 The last stage is the longest of this route, so we recommend leaving in good time. As in the previous days, the trail will initially take you through rural areas, but during the last kilometers, as we get into Santiago, the landscape will become more urban. When you arrive in Santiago don’t forget to ask for your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office, you will simply have to show your Pilgrim’s Credential.

How are our organized group trips on the Camino de Santiago?

Our organized group tours depart from Sarria (French Way) or from Tui (Portuguese Way). Walk without weight thanks to the luggage transport service. Don’t worry about anything. We will take care of you before, during and after your trip. In addition, you will always be accompanied by a guide specialized in the Camino de Santiago who will help you discover all the secrets of the Camino.

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Duration of the trip

The organized group itineraries have a duration of 5 stages / 6 nights on the French Way and The Portuguese Way.

Level of difficulty

Our organized group tours on the Camino de Santiago are designed so that adults of any age can easily complete them.

Flexible pricing

Some travel services are flexible. You can add or remove services according to your needs. Ex: private transfers, private excursions, etc.

Services included in our organised group tours

Accompanying guide

An expert guide on the Camino de Santiago will accompany you throughout the trip.

Accommodation

We always guarantee accommodation in a private room with a private bathroom.

Half board

The organized group tours include breakfast and dinner.

Luggage transfer

: A private driver will transport the group's luggage between stages.

Private transfers

We organize transfers Airport - Starting point - Santiago - Airport.

Travel insurance

All our tours include travel insurance. Ask for info to know the coverage.

Route notes

You will receive a complete dossier with indications and information about the stages of the route.

Credential

The day of arrival you will receive at the hotel a lanyard with your pilgrim's credential.

24/7 Assistance

: Our emergency phone number will be available for you 24 hours a day during the trip.

Small groups

We want the experience to be enriching, that's why the groups are small.

How to book a place in an organized group on the Camino de Santiago?

Reserving your place is very easy. Just complete this form indicating the dates you wish to travel and we will contact you to give you all the details and proceed with the reservation.

Once you have confirmed your intention to travel, we will send you a payment link to your email for credit card payments or the bank details if you prefer to make a bank transfer.

We recommend that you make your reservation as far in advance as possible to ensure your place. Since the groups are small, places are limited and sell out quickly.

To reserve your place in the organized group it is necessary to make a deposit of 40% of the total price of the trip. The 60% will be paid 40 days before the start of the trip (deadline).

If you would like more information or would like a customized quote for a group of more than 10 people, please contact us.

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Why do the Camino de Santiago in an organised group?

Join our unique group pilgrimage experience on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route full of history, spirituality and natural beauty. Designed for those who wish to live an adventure in community, this experience will allow you to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims who have traveled this route for centuries. Discover the magic of this legendary route with passionate travelers and expert Camino guides! And since you will be traveling in an organized group, you will only have to worry about enjoying the experience. We will take care of the logistics and management.

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Why book your Camino de Santiago in an organised group with Galiwonders?

Galiwonders is a travel agency specialising in trips to the Camino de Santiago. Our team has more than 7 years of experience organizing trips on the Camino de Santiago. And therefore we can guarantee that we will make this an unforgettable experience. Proof of this is that more than 2000 pilgrims make the Camino every year with us.

Your way. Tailor-made.

We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and we will book all the services for you. Just think of enjoying the route.

We are in The Camino.

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

We are also travellers

We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience organising trips for people from all over the world.

An unforgettable experience

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

To whom do we recommend our guided groups on the Camino de Santiago?

There are many pilgrims who seek to live an experience as special as the Camino de Santiago accompanied by other travelers to share good times with them. A talk, a coffee, or just a walk in good company. Guided groups on the Camino de Santiago are the perfect option for those travelers who also want the assistance of a specialized local guide.

Generally speaking, we recommend this group experience to those pilgrims who do not want to do the Camino de Santiago alone, but rather seek the security of being part of a group already made before starting. It is also an interesting alternative for international travelers, who want to have the presence of a specialist guide, to be able to soak up the tradition, culture, and history of the region. Even if you are a national traveler, and you are planning to do the Camino with your family or group of friends, the option of joining a larger group with a guide can be interesting to add an “extra” to the experience.

Whether you decide to do the Camino de Santiago in a guided group, on your own, or a self-guided organized trip, all the modalities entitle you to get the Compostela certificate.

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What is the difference between a guided group on the Camino de Santiago, and self-guided?

The main characteristics of guided groups on the Camino de Santiago, as its name suggests, is that it is a traveling modality with more people, with an accompanying guide. Whoever opts for this option must join one of the various scheduled departures, on specific dates, and follow the previously planned route. Guided groups do not leave every day, but on specific dates, from specific points, as we will see later.

The accompanying guide will be in charge of energizing the meetings at breakfast each morning before starting, during the Camino, and at dinner upon arrival. As in these groups there are usually members with different physical conditions, and diverse interests (faster, slower, those who want to stop, take photos, and others who are looking for a more agile rhythm) it is usual that, during the Camino, the guide stay at the back of the group. Depending on the size and the characteristics of each pilgrim, the group will walk closer together or further apart.

For some, the advantage of this modality also lies in having all the services previously booked (accommodation, meals, luggage transfers between stages, guide…). But all of this can also be found on the self-guided walks. In this case, it is possible to have everything previously organized, but not to have the presence of a local guide. The Camino is very well signposted, and this is also a valid option. The choice of one or the other will depend on the preferences of each traveler.

But are you an indecisive pilgrim? Let’s see some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Camino de Santiago in a group, or self-guided.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of guided groups on the Camino de Santiago?

Let’s see some of the most notable advantages and disadvantages of the Camino de Santiago in a group. As usual, giving more weight to some attributes or others will depend on the personal preferences of each pilgrim.

Advantages

  • Guide included: for many, this is an extra that is worth paying for. Not only for having the presence of an expert in the field, who coordinates, energizes, and provides security to the group. Also for the knowledge he has on the subject, both historical, cultural, tradition, geography… An extra contribution to soak up the idiosyncrasy of the region.
  • Meet other travelers with similar interests. Although most of the Camino routes offer a very social experience (particularly the French Way or the Portuguese Way due to the large number of pilgrims) there are those who prefer to be part of a group, already from the beginning. In this way, experiences and interests can be shared during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Practical knowledge: On a more practical level, having the presence of a guide will allow you to discover the best restaurants, anecdotes, the hidden secrets of each town, or the best time to do each activity (among many other things!).

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Disadvantages

  • Specific dates: just as the self-guided trips on the Camino de Santiago are totally flexible in terms of dates (you just have to tell us when you want to start and end) in the case of guided groups, there are specific departure dates. Specifically, this year 2022, we have 4 departure dates (in April, May and two in September). If your days off do not coincide with the dates we have planned, we recommend you opt for the self-guided option.
  • Closed packages: the same goes for the services included in the package. Self-guided itineraries offer flexibility in the sense of being able to add extra nights, eliminate services, book better or worse quality accommodation, divide stages into two… In the case of group tours, the whole group must follow the same program . There are some exceptions, such as being able to add nights at the end or the beginning, but the “camino itself” is planned so that the whole group has the same services.
  • Minimum of people to confirm the group: in the case of guided groups, there is a minimum of 6 people to confirm the trip. Some of the costs are distributed among group members, such as the guide, and that is why a minimum is needed, otherwise the price per person would be very high. This problem does not exist in the case of self-guided tours. If you do not need a walking guide with you, the Camino  can be organized from 1 person.

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Frequently asked questions about guided groups on the Camino de Santiago

Travelers interested in walking the Camino de Santiago with a guided group usually ask a series of frequently asked questions before booking their place. Let’s look at some of the most common.

What is the minimum and maximum number of people in our guided groups on the Camino de Santiago?

The minimum to confirm the group is 6 travelers. If this figure is not reached, one month before the starting date of the trip we will contact the passengers to offer a refund of the amount, or a self-guided trip (with the same services, except for the guide). The maximum is 12 people. We always try to organize small groups, so the guide can manage everything correctly.

Which routes of the Camino de Santiago can I do with a group?

We currently offer departures on the French Way from Sarria (last 100 km) and the Portuguese Way from Tui. If you are interested in a different route, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can send you a personalized quote.

What departure dates?

This year 2022, at the moment we have 4 departure dates. The French Way on April 9 (special Holy Week) and September 3; the Portuguese Way on April 30 and September 10. All the groups are 7 nights, and 6 stages.

Can I customize my trip?

In the case of guided groups on the Camino de Santiago, it is not possible to make customizations (but there are some exceptions!). The itinerary must be followed as is (it is not possible to add or delete services along the route). But if it is possible to add extra services before starting or at the end. For example, one more night in Santiago, a transfer from the airport to the starting point, or a pilgrim massage upon arrival.

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When should I confirm my bookinh?

Given that places in the guided groups are limited (maximum 12 people per group), our recommendation is to book as soon as possible. But, in any case, at the latest one month before the trip begins (since that is the time when we close the group).

In what language are the guided tours carried out on the Camino de Santiago?

It depends on the group. There are groups in English and Italian (Spanish will always be present). Depending on the requests and needs of most travelers, the main language could be changed.

What do the guided groups on the Camino de Santiago include?

Our guided groups on the Camino de Santiago include 7 nights of accommodation in a private room with bathroom, breakfast, picnic, dinner, luggage transfer between stage and stage, guide, walking notes, pilgrim’s passport, and 24-hour assistance.

How to get to the starting point?

Getting to the starting point (Sarria or Tui in this case) has to be organized by each traveler.  It is possible to get there in public transport (we can help you see options, but do not book it) or private transfer (we can organize this, do not hesitate to ask us for rates).

Book your spot on the Camino de Santiago guided group

For more information about our guided groups on the Camino de Santiago, or self-guided trips, do not hesitate to contact us at info@galiwonders.com.

We will let you know when we open a group

Let us know the dates you would like to travel in an organized group and we will let you know when we have places available.

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