Camino Ways is the top provider for Camino de Santiago Tours. I used their services when I did the last 100 km of the Camino, their most popular tour. Read on for my review of Camino Ways. What I liked and what I didn’t.
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CaminoWays.com is owned by Greenlife Tours Ltd. They also own IrelandWays.com and CanariaWays.com which I’ve used for walking the Wicklow Way and hiking in La Gomera respectively. While the focus of this article is on CaminoWays.com the same information applies to the other two companies as well.
From fresco tours to gothic cathedrals, UNESCO World Heritage sites to beautiful coastlines, Camino Ways has it all for you! So let’s take a look, shall we?
Entering Santiago, the finish point of the Camino de Santiago Tour.
Camino Ways Review: What I Liked About My Camino de Santiago Route Tour (Self-Guided)
While it’s possible to plan to go on a Camino walk on your own, my preference when doing a long trail hike like the Last 100KM of the Camino is to go with a company that organizes it all for you.
Here are the four biggest advantages I found from using Camino Ways for my self-guided tour especially for if it’ll be your first time:
1) Booking with Camino Ways saves SO much time
While you can plan everything yourself, it saves SO much time not having to research how far to walk each day, the best places to stay and the highlights along the way.
Camino Ways does all this time-consuming work for you to go back in time either to the 9th century or the 16th century!
2) You get Camino Ways’ expertise
They’ve walked the Camino routes. They’ve stayed in the hotels. You don’t have to spend hours looking up hotel reviews, their expert guides and tour leaders have done it all for you.
If you have questions about which Camino is the right one for you, they’ll help you decide. While the Camino Frances is the most popular one, you may find that the Camino del Norte or the Camino Portugues is a better fit for you. And both finish in Santiago.
As a result of their expertise, you get a much better experience and a great trip than if you did it alone. Their trip route notes point out tricky spots to watch out for, so you don’t get lost. I just love these insider tips!
They also include highlights so that you don’t inadvertently walk by something of historic value that you would have been interested in, had you only known.
3) They organize luggage transfers
If you only want to walk with a small day pack, you’ll need baggage transfer. Camino Ways organizes this for you. Every day my luggage was waiting for me by the time I arrived at my accommodation, this just shows the great attention the give to their clients.
4) 24/7 Trip Support
On your Camino de Santiago self-guided tour, you’ll have a phone number you can call 24/7 if you need assistance.
Whether there’s an issue with your accommodation, you sprained your ankle and can’t continue or something else, they have wonderful people there to advise you.
When I did their self-guided La Gomera Hiking Tour in the Canary Islands through their other subsidiary company CanariaWays.com I also contacted them. Knowing that you have someone to call when something goes wrong is HUGE stress relief.
As you can see, I’m such a big fan of Greenlife Tours Ltd and their subsidiaries; I’ve used them three times.
That’s why I’m pleased to give you a discount code so that you can get €20 off your own Camino tour (applies to all Camino tours):
One of the reasons my review of Camino Ways is so high is that they offer a choice of Caminos.
Camino Ways Review: What I Didn’t Like About My Camino de Santiago Tours (Self-Guided), Northern Spain
In providing a review, I think it’s important to be honest. While overall, I was very happy with my Camino trip of note is that I chose the “Standard Accommodation” package.
Some of the accommodations were great, others were just fine. Clean, but nothing special.
If you’re looking for a special holiday and are picky about accommodation, then I’d highly recommend choosing either the “Country Cottages” or “Superior Collection” accommodations instead, this will give you more chances of having a wonderful experience on your trip.
I loved seeing the famous Camino de Santiago tour markings while walking.
What Else to Consider When Booking Your Camino de Santiago Tour with Camino Ways
Camino Ways has packages that include dinner, but it’s also possible to get it without dinner. There are pros and cons to both.
Pros of having dinner included: you don’t have to find a good place to eat, it will likely save you money since accommodations have special deals when you book accommodation and dinner at the same time.
Cons of having dinner included: many places was a set Pilgrim menu so if you like to choose your own food, this isn’t a good choice. I also found that some of the restaurants were OK, but nothing special.
Finally, you’ll likely meet other pilgrims and meet new friends while trekking the ancient pilgrimage routes, it’s nice to meet up for dinner if you all get along.
But if you already have set dinner plans, you may find yourself missing out. It’s for this last reason that I’d recommend getting it without dinners, but this is a personal preference.
Choose Your Type of Camino Tour
They offer the regular Last 100Km of the Buen Camino experience but also have an “Easy Walking” tour or you can cycle it. Be realistic about what is the best option for you and your fitness level as you visit these historic cities.
Luggage Transfer on the Camino
You can choose to carry your own stuff in your backpack or choose luggage transfer. I chose the luggage transfer option and loved it but again, it’s a personal preference.
It may also depend if you have additional travel plans where you need other luggage.
Me at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the finish point of the Camino.
Travel Insurance On Your Camino de Santiago Tour
Travel insurance isn’t included, but I always highly recommend it for any trip, especially a physically active one like walking the Camino. Look for one that covers the following:
- loss or theft of bags, tech items like a camera, computer or mobile phone and gear. Note if you choose luggage transfer your bags may be left unsupervised so don’t put anything valuable in your bag, like your credit cards.
- medical and dental insurance during your travels
- medical repatriation (in case you get ill and need assistance getting back home)
- delayed baggage
- trip cancellation insurance
That’s why I recommend HeyMondo (get a 5% discount for being a Monkeys and Mountains reader). They have plans that cover all of these. I think travel insurance is always a good idea but especially when doing physical activity. It’s important to protect yourself. Read more about our adventure travel insurance tips.
You have limited vacation time. You work hard for your money. Therefore, you’d want to have a great experience on your incredible vacation! I get it. So do I. That’s why I highly recommend booking with Camino Ways.
May it be pilgrim routes, fishing villages, small villages, medieval towns, or dramatic coastlines you’re looking for in a vacation, Camino Ways has all the best routes and good places for you! It’s an ideal trip you can take while someone else does all the planning for you, from where to stay, where to eat, and what to eat.
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