Links

There’s masses of stuff on the Web about Santiago and the pilgrimage. Here are a few worthwhile sites that we’ve found so far. Please let us know (with comments) of any others we should include.

The routes to Santiago

Los Caminos del Norte

The homepage of Eric Walker, a Confraternity member and the author of our guide to the Camino del Norte. It includes some basic information about the pilgrimage, practical advice for those contemplating walking the coastal route, and detailed descriptions of all branches of this less frequented route to Santiago.

The Madrid route

The website of the Madrid Amigos gives a full description, in Spanish, of the route from Madrid via Segovia to Sahagún (where it joins the Camino Francés) – and now includes much else besides (all in Spanish).

The Via de la Plata

The website of the Seville Association, in Spanish and English, with links to several other sites covering the Via de la Plata.  It is possible to purchase a guide in English from this site.

Cádiz to Seville

The website of the Asociacion Gaditana Jacobea gives information, maps and directions for the Vía Augusta from Cádiz.

 Eroski

Eroski is a supermarket chain originating in the Basque country. Their website contains a useful interactive map and guides for the stages of various Spanish camino routes (all in Spanish).

Todos Los Caminos De Santiago

Guides for stages of various routes in Spain plus detailed albergue information, all in Spanish.

Mundicamino

Guides for stages of various routes in Spain plus lots of local information, including albergues, all in Spanish.

The route in Ariège-Pyrénées

“The part of the Way of Saint James that runs along the foothills of the Pyrenees crosses the department of Ariège from Mirepoix to the Col du Portet d’Aspet in the direction of Saint-Bertand-de-Comminges. About 140 km in length, this section can be done in several stages of 15 to 20 km.”This site, in English and French, belongs to the Association “Le Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle du Piémont Ariège-Pyrénées”.

Walking in France

Lots of helpful advice on various French routes and walking in France in general.

The routes in Switzerland

This very well organised site, in English, French and German, gives a detailed overview of the routes crossing Switzerland.

For further information contact:

Volkswirtschaft Berner Oberland
Claire Haltner
Jungfraustr. 38, 3800 Interlaken

Tel. +41 33 828 37 36, Fax +41 33 828 37 35
E-Mail: admin*jakobsweg.ch (shown in this format to avoid spam, replace * with @)

The Routes in Germany

Exhaustive list of all routes in Germany, in German.

The Routes in Europe

Includes routes in Luxembourg, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria and Poland.  All in German.

The Walking Pilgrim

A very comprehensive site maintained by another of our members, Peter Robins, giving details of routes suitable for present-day walkers across all of Europe, including those from Hungary and Slovenia. Probably the most up-to-date overview of the development of the pilgrimage routes.  Also includes other pilgrimage routes in Norway and Sweden.

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General pilgrim guides

30 Days to Santiago

Chris Sanders of Atlanta, Georgia, runs this comprehensive site offering information and advice on all aspects of the pilgrimage.

Backpack45

A multi-page website, based on personal experiences, and useful links especially to books about the pilgrimage.

Camino site by Irish Pilgrim

Leslie Gilmour’s site with useful practical information (booklist, packing list, list of refugios on the Camino Francés, links).

Verscompostelle

A  likeable website run by Pierre and Simone Swalus-Van Goethem in Belgium, it has inforrmation and links for various routes plus lots of other material including pictures of statues and churches of Saint James.

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Getting there and back

Air Travel 

Ryanair Various Spanish, French and Portuguese destinations.

Easyjet Various Spanish, French and Portuguese destinations.

Flybe Various Spanish, French and Portuguese destinations.

Vueling A low-cost Spanish airline which flies to many Spanish, French and Portuguese destinations via Barcelona, please check their website for details.

Iberia Various flights from UK to Spain, plus internal flights.

BA Various flights to Spain including London City to Granada

Cityjet Some flights from London City Airport to France.

Jet2  Flights from UK to France and Spain.

Hop For internal flights in France.

Air Europa Flights from London to Madrid, internal flights in Spain.

Airport-Desk Useful information about individual airports worldwide, including UK, France and Spain.

Coach Travel UK to Europe

Eurolines From London’s Victoria Coach Station, various destinations in France and Spain.

European Bike Express Regular services from UK to France and NE of Spain, bikes are transported intact.

ALSA International Spanish bus company with services across Europe.  The UK-Spain/France services appear to be Euroline services.

Rail Travel to Europe

Voyages SNCF (Previously Raileurope)  For bookings from London to all destinations.

The Man in Seat 61 A goldmine of information about rail and ferry travel in Europe and worldwide.  If you intend to travel by train this is a must-read.

Rail Travel in France

SNCF All French national rail timetables (including connections via Eurostar), with the facility for buying tickets.   SNCF also operate coaches through OUIBUS.

Sometimes the SNCF site can be difficult, try Loco2 or capitainetrain

Bus Travel in France

Transports64  Buses connecting Biarritz, Bayonne, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Ostabat, Navarrenx, Pau.

Arriving at Biarritz?

Biarritz airport All information on services etc.

Chronoplus Airport bus from Biarritz to Bayonne (look for line 14, Anglet aéroport to Bayonne gare).

PESA  Buses from airport to Irun, San Sebastián and Bilbao.

Arriving at Toulouse?

Toulouse Blagnac airport  All information on services, access etc.

Tisséo   Toulouse public transport including AERO bus details.

Arriving at Bordeaux?

Bordeaux Mérignac airport

Navetteaeroport-bordeaux  Airport – train station shuttle bus.

infotbc   Bordeaux public transport.

Arriving in Paris?

Website for Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.

Website for Beauvais Tillé airport.

RATP   Paris metro.

Other French Airports

Lyon Saint Exupéry       Rodez Aveyron        Brive Souillac               Pau Pyrénées

Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes      Marseille Provence       Montpellier–Méditerranée

Limoges      Tours Val de Loire      Poitiers Biard       La Rochelle Île de Ré     Rennes-Bretagne

Ferry travel to Spain

Brittany Ferries offers Plymouth to Santander for foot and cycle passengers.

Santander ferry terminal is in the heart of the city, information about travel links here.

Rail Travel in Spain

RENFE Gives the complete Spanish rail network, expresses and regional, timetables from anywhere to anywhere, fares and you can even book tickets.  What’s more, it works.  FEVE (the narrow-gauge railway operating between Ferrol-Oviedo-Bilbao is now owned and operated by RENFE.

Spanish Rail Service RENFE’s booking agent in the UK.

Bus Travel in Spain

ALSA Gives all the ALSA bus services, and allows you to buy tickets.  Works very well and easily for all the long-distance coaches between the major towns. Not so easily for more local services but there is an e-mail facility to deal with precise queries which is answered almost immediately.  You will also find Alsa’s international services here (click on the international tab)  and a Camino planning tool too for journeys in Spain and Portugal including bicycle carriage options (click “services” and then “Xacobeo”).

Autobuses La Union Buses from Bilbao.

PESA Bus services Irún, San Sebastián and Bilbao

Autocares Artieda Pamplona to Roncesvalles bus service.

PLM Autocares Pamplona – Logroño – Madrid bus service.

Empresa Freire Santiago city/airport bus service to Lugo.

Monbus Lugo – Sarria bus service, Santiago to Ferrol.

Arriva Various routes in Galicia, A Coruña to Ferrol.

Autos Cal Pita ACoruña airport bus.

Autna Services in Galicia and Portugal.

Vigo Bus Station Info on services and operators.

Avanza Bus services from Madrid to many parts of Spain.

Damas Bus services between Huelva and Seville.

Socibus Bus service from Madrid to locations such as Seville, Córdoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz and Huelva.

Sarfa  Buses from Figueres.

Sagalés Buses in Catalunya (Barcelona, Girona, Figueres, Tàrrega, Manresa, Lleida, Montserrat, Navarcles).

Taxis, Luggage Transport & Other Travel Services in Spain

Bus Solución Norte Fran Ruiz Camacho is a licensed taxi driver from near Noja, Cantabria – available 24 hours and speaks English who offers ‘just luggage transfer’ as some clients may not want to be sold other services by tour operators. Fran covers the entire the North coast – he mainly operates in all of Cantabria from Bilbao to Oviedo. He also regularly runs out to France, Burgos, Valladolid, Madrid, Galicia and León. Fran is also a licensed bus driver and has access to buses of all sorts and sizes… for small or large groups… He can easily collect groups at Santander or Bilbao airports, which are less than an hour away; or can go further afield if necessary.

Camino de Santiago Reservas Bicycle and luggage transport services, various routes.

Globetrotters This company offers transport of rucksacks, bicycles etc from Logroño to Castrojeriz.

Jacotrans A company offering transport of luggage & bicycles, clothing, equipment and bicycle spare parts sales, and a number of other practical services to pilgrims along the Camino Francés. The site is in various languages, including English.

Taxi Francisco Igoa Martínez Pamplona – Roncesvalles.

Amawalker Blogspot has a very comprehensive list of taxis and luggage services in France & Spain.

Arriving in Bilbao?

Bilbao Airport All information on services and connections.

Bilbao Airport Bus Details on the Bizkaibus service from the airport to Bilbao, information also available via Alsa.

 Bilbao Bus Station Timetables and other information.

Bilbao Stations  Some useful information on working out which station you need in Bilbao, with addresses.

Bilbao Ferry Port information.

Arriving in Madrid?

Madrid Airport  Full information on airport, services and connections to Madrid.

Madrid Airport Trains  Information on the Madrid Renfe Cercanías trains.

Madrid Airport Bus  All the details on this service.

Madrid Alsa Bus Station  All information on the station, timetables etc.

Arriving in Santander?

Santander Airport  Information on services and travel links etc.

Santander Ferry Port information.

Arriving in Asturias Oviedo?

Asturias Ovideo Airport  Information on services and travel links etc.

Arriving in Santiago?

Santiago Airport  Information on services, travel links etc.

Empresa Freire Operates the bus service between Labacolla Airport and Santiago.

Tralusa Santiago urban bus system

Arriving in Málaga?

Málaga Airport All information on destinations, transfers etc.

EMTMalaga Bus company which runs airport bus.

Renfe Cercanías Málaga Málaga suburban train services.

Málaga Bus Station This is where the Eurolines coach terminates.

Arriving in Granada?

Granada Airport All information on transfers, destinations etc.

Autocares J Gonzalez Airport bus service.

Granada Information Lots of helpful travel info.

Arriving in Seville?

Seville Airport   and Seville Airport alternative website All information on transfers, destinations etc.

Tussam Bus timetables and route map for all transport types in Seville.

Arriving in Zaragoza?

Zaragoza airport All information on transfers, destinations etc.

CTAZ – Zaragoza public transport website.

Zaragoza bus station

Alosa buses – part of Avanza group, Zaragoza to Jaca and other routes.

Arriving in Girona-Costa Brava?

Girona airport website.

Girona/Barcelona airports website.

Sagalés  Girona airport bus.

Rail Travel in Portugal

CP Portuguese national rail service website, English version.

Bus Travel in Portugal

Rede Expressos Coach services to all parts of Portugal. English version.

Autna Bus services in Portugal and Galicia.

Taxis, Luggage Transport & Other Travel Services in Portugal

Portugal Green Walks Camino Portugués luggage transfer services.

Arriving in Lisbon?

Lisbon Airport All information, including transport links.

Metro Metro website with maps, fares etc

Carris Lisbon bus services.

Travelcards Lisbon prepaid travel card information.

Aerobus Airport bus.

100rumos Airport shuttle.

Lonely Planet A wealth of information about transport connections out of Lisbon

Arriving in Porto?

Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport All information on destinations, connections etc

Andante travel cards These are used for most Porto public transport, this FAQ covers most questions.

Porto Metro Routes, maps, fares etc.

STCP Buses Routes, maps, fares etc.

Useful Contacts in Santiago

Santiago Tourist Office at Rúa do Vilar, 63  General help and advice. Will book accommodation and local tours and activities.

Viaxes Piña Will book flights and all other methods of transport other than the FEVE trains.  Call in at Rúa do Hórreo, 21.

Camino Travel Center  and on Facebook Staff speak English and will help with booking transport home and accommodation.  They also offer tours and accommodation booking across various Camino routes.  Find them at Rùa República de El Salvador, 28.

Internet Cafes and WiFi hotspots Exercise your usual vigilance about using public computers and networks, especially for anything with sensitive information or passwords (such as booking travel tickets).

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Cycling links

The Man in Seat 61

A wealth of information about taking bikes on trains in UK and across Europe.

Bike-Express

Transport your bike by coach from 17 points in the UK to 25 points in France and Spain.

Bicigrinos

A Spanish website (English version available) especially for camino cyclists.

Le Puy to Roncesvalles by bike

A website in English giving on an overview and detailed itinerary (but please note the author last rode the route in 2002).

Via De La Plata by bike

An English website giving overview and stages for a 2006 journey.

Yahoo group

This is “geared to those who have ridden, or who are planning to ride, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across northern Spain, or any of the connecting routes.”

Pilgrimage to Santiago Forum

This is an independent site run by Ivar Rekve. Check out the various threads and conversations relating to cycling.

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Santiago de Compostela

Xacobeo

A multilingual and dynamic site covering the pilgrimage as well as Santiago itself.

Santiago Turismo

This site has information in English about the pilgrimage, and an extensive collection of links.

The Pilgrim Office at Santiago

Useful information about your arrival in Santiago, and the facilities available from the pilgrim office.

Archicofradía Universal del Apóstol Santiago

The association which takes particular responsibility for the pilgrimage in Santiago itself.

The Archbishopric of Santiago

This site, mainly devoted to information about and news from the Cathedral and the diocese, includes several useful pages on the camino, in English as well as the other languages of the pilgrimage.

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Santiago University offers various Spanish language courses, including one for hospitaleros and one on the history and culture of the camino, including walking from O Cebreiro to Santiago.

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Pilgrim associations across the globe, actual and virtual

Ireland

Camino Society Ireland

A warm welcome to our Irish friends and colleagues, another non-denominational organisation which encompasses all of Ireland.

USA

American Pilgrims on the Camino

If you’re in North America you may like to visit the site of our fellow organisation in the USA which came into being in 2004; they train hospitaleros, organise Pilgrim Gatherings across North America and publish a newsletter “La Concha”. Their listserve address is gocamino*oakapple.net. (replace the * with @, shown like this to reduce spam).

Canada

The Canadian Company of Pilgrims

The site of the Canadian Association, another non-denominational volunteer-run organisation.

Association québécoise des pèlerins et amis de Compostelle

A good basic site intended mainly for French-speaking pilgrims from Québec.

South Africa

The Confraternity of Saint James of South Africa

A voluntary organisation, which issues a publication “Amigos” three times per year and a quarterly newsletter “Hola”.  They have six regional chapters.

Australia & New Zealand

Australian Friends of the Camino

The Australian Friends of the Camino Inc. is approved as an official “Amigos” organisation and is now in a position to issue an Australian Pilgrim Credential to its financial members.

Sydney

  • Pilgrims in Sydney      An informal support group for Camino pilgrims in Sydney who hold regular meetings and who now offer hospitalero training.
  • CSJ guidebooks available from Trek & Travel, 447 Kent Street, Sydney 2000. Tel 9261 3435
  • Courses on the Camino de Santiago available in Sydney.

Canberra

Melbourne

  • An informal group of over 80 people that meet monthly for food and wine. Contact camino.melbourne*yahoo.com.au (replace * with @, shown like this to avoid spam). The group now has c 200 members and meets informally for dinner and  drinks monthly, usually on the last Friday of the month,  in or close to the city.

Camino Downunder

Classes/workshops are held twice a year in both Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and New Zealand during January/February and July/August.  Please see the website for further details.

Spain

The Federation of Spanish Associations

The Federation which unites all the Spanish Amigos del Camino. It also describes itself however as a Guía Virtual, and is full of useful information (all in Spanish, but use Google Translate or similar).It also contains contacts for helping in the refuges as a hospitalero/a.

Asociación Galega de Amigos do Camiño de Santiago

The site of the association of Amigos in Galicia, useful for up-to-date information about developments, new refuges, etc, in the region. In Spanish and Gallego.

France

Société des Amis de Saint Jacques de Compostelle

The site of the oldest of the Jacobean Associations, in Paris, and incidentally the association from which the Confraternity itself sprang, in 1983. All in French.

Association de Coopération Interrégionale les Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle

An association set up by the three regions of Acquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, and Languedoc-Rousillon for the promotion of the cultural and touristic aspects of the pilgrimage: the site is entirely in French.

Webcompostella

Predominantly in French (though with a link to an English-speaking “web-hospitaller”) this internet assocation will be particularly helpful to people wishing to undertake the pilgrimage in a specifically Christian spirit.

Au coeur du chemin – les Amis de Chemin de St Jacques des Pyrénées Atlantiques

For some years we have been particularly friendly with les Amis de Chemin de St Jacques des Pyrénées Atlantiques, on whose patch the first three of the great French routes meet, and whose special contribution to the pilgrimage has been the Accueil St Jacques at 39 rue de la Citadelle in St Jean-Pied-de-Port. Here volunteers from the local association, and from many other of the European associations, welcome and help pilgrims coming from further afield, or starting their journey in St Jean, and facing the challenge of the 1,200 metre climb on the following day.

“Via Lemovicensis” (La Voie de  Vézelay)

The site of the Association des Amis de Saint Jacques et d’Etudes Compostellanes de la Voie de Vézelay. An intensely serious site from a group of people dedicated to revitalising both the authentic Vézelay route, and the true spirit of pilgrimage.

Association des Amis de Saint Jacques d’Eure et Loire

An informative site, with detailed route descriptions (some more direct than the GRs) centered on Chartres and covering the département of Eure et Loire.

Association Bretonne des Amis de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle

This site lists routes heading south across Brittany, including a new one called le Chemin des Plantagenêts, leading down into Anjou.

Amis de Saint Jacques de Compostelle dans le Gers

Both the le Puy and Arles routes pass through the Gers department; this is the site of the local Association.

Switzerland

Les Amis du Chemin de St-Jaques-Suisse=Schweizerische Vereinigung der Freunde des Jakobsweges

The site, in French and German, of the Swiss Association.

Germany

Sankt-Jakobus Gesellschaft

The site of the German Association: mostly in German, but with some information about the Association itself in English.

Netherlands

Het Nederlands Genootschap van Sint Jacob

The website of our colleagues in Holland: a nice site, entirely in Dutch.

Norway

The Confraternity of St James,  Norway

This site gives information about the Santiago pilgrimage to prospective pilgrims from Norway, and also information on pilgrim routes in Norway itself. In Norwegian but with an English button option.

Poland

Friends of the Way of St James in Poland

Brazil

Caminho de Santiago

This very large site, mainly in Portuguese, has a few pages in English.

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Spanish language and Camino-related courses

The Living Language School

Offers a course including 6 days hiking the Portuguese Trail starting in Tui and finishing in Santiago.

The trail-group will be led by a Spanish guide, and will include 9 hours of Spanish classes activities taught by a Spanish teacher.

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Santiago University offers various Spanish courses, including one- week courses for hospitaleros and a two week course including walking from O Cebreiro to Santiago.

City Hall School of Languages

This Léon-based language school offers a one-week Spanish for Pilgrims course.

Camino Downunder

Camino Classes/workshops are held by Marc Grossman twice a year in both Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and New Zealand during January/February and July/August.  Please see the website for further details.

Courses on the Camino de Santiago available in Sydney.

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The spirituality of pilgrimage

Webcompostella

A site, all in French, covering not only the practicalities, but also the spiritual side of the pilgrimage (“Les Chemins de St Jacques: conseils pratiques et éclairages spirituels”), and including a list of places on the le Puy route offering Christian hospitality.

Devotional materials for the Pilgrim

This site offers a) a sequence of Bible readings (“A Closer Walk”) covering the whole of the year in which you make your pilgrimage, and b) a shorter version (“Forty Days”) suitable for the pilgrimage itself. A Spanish version is also available. The readings are in .pdf format.

Christian pilgrimage in general

A site giving information on many Christian pilgrimages, including Santiago, maintained by Danny Thomas of Epsom.  Includes a particularly interesting set of pages on the “ethos of pilgrimage”.

Small Pilgrim Places

Not strictly Santiago, but well worth a visit if you can’t get to Spain this year: a growing network of out-of-the-way places in the UK, which offer space and quiet for the pilgrim.

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Art, history & culture of the pilgrimage

Peregrinations

Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture has various articles on the art of the pilgrimage routes, including several photo-essays.

The music of the pilgrimage

Details of The Pilgrimage to Santiago, the 2-CD set recorded by Philip Pickett and the New London Consort, and a listing of other recordings of music from similar MS sources.

The Joining of Heaven and Earth

This site, using both still images and film, explores the Romanesque sculpture along the routes of the pilgrimage to Santiago.

Centro Virtual Cervantes – a virtual pilgrimage

A virtual photographic and text journey based on the 13 stages of the Codex Calixtinus, with emphasis on history and monuments along the way, in Spanish.

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The Camino in pictures

Centro Virtual Cervantes – a virtual pilgrimage

This large Spanish-language site includes pages on the camino grouped according to the 13 stages of the Codex Calixtinus. The emphasis is on the monuments along the way, and the visitor is invited to make a virtual journey along the camino.

The Picture Pages of the Camino

This site gives a comprehensive overview of the main routes in Spain, including the Camino Francés, Aragonés, Inglés, Finistere, Primitivo, Portugués, Via de la Plata, Camino del Norte, and the Tunnel route. Each route is covered stage-by-stage in a page with 20-40 pictures. The captions of most pages are in English and Spanish, and often other languages; the Camino Francés pages are translated into 6 European and 3 Far Eastern languages. There is also a growing index of links to other websites classified by what they contain. Also,people can send any of the pictures as electronic postcards to their friends, and they can register their Camino when the reach Santiago.

Michael to Santiago

“This website, of digital photos taken during my pilgrimage in May/June 2003, has been created to enable other pilgrims, especially those I met along the way, to rekindle their memories, as well as to give prospective pilgrims a preview of what they may experience along the Camino.”

Another Camino Francés gallery

New Zealander Tony Maxwell’s pictures of the Camino Francés, mostly taken in 2003.

 The Arles Route in pictures

A new site containing a gallery of pictures of the Arles route.

 Paul Quayle’s Gallery

A professional photographer who includes camino photographs in the Features section of his website.

Thomas Meredith’s photographs

A collection of evocative pictures of the Camino Francés, taken by a professional photographer. He has a YouTube slide show version here.

Gretchen Markle’s Paintings

Gretchen Markle is a visual artist from British Columbia. She has just completed a series of oil paintings called “Parallel Journeys” based on her experience of the Camino Francés.

Fernando Diaz on the Camino Frances

Photographs of each stage of the Camino Francés, with some supporting information about the pilgrimage

 Robert S. Harrison – ‘Life and Light Along the Way of Saint James’

Photographs of the Camino de Santiago by Robert S. Harrison, a professional photographer from the USA, who has walked the Camino 3 times.

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Other pilgrimage routes

Pilgrimage to Rome, following the Via Francigena

 The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome

Founded late in 2006, you may contact our fellow Confraternity via http://www.pilgrimstorome.org.uk/contactus.html; and to join, e-mail:membership@pilgrimstorome.org.uk

 Associazione Alpinistica Giovane Montagna

There is an account of this association’s contribution to the development of the Via Francigena under the ‘Grandi Iniziative’ menu option. In Italian.

 The Via Francigena

The website of the Association Via Francigena: information about the route and the activities of the Association, in various languages including English. E-mail Adelaide Trezzini for more information: info@francigena-international.org

 Eurovia

A new association, devoted to developing pilgrim routes throughout Europe; their first project is the development of the Via Francigena. In German.

 Pilgrimage Publications

Publish guides and other material on the Via Francigena.

Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Jerusalem

A self-confessed embryonic organisation (February 2011), but with an impressively full website. We extend a warm welcome!

Pilgrimage to Nidaros and other routes in Norway

Confraternity of St James Norway

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Tour operators

The Confraternity does not organise group pilgrimages or tours.

The following is a list of various commercial tour companies that may be of interest to those wanting escorted or supported tours.  While we have taken care with the compilation of the following list of commercial tour operators, their inclusion here is not to be construed as a recommendation of such companies and we cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information included here or for the reliability of the companies mentioned. For further details, please contact the companies directly.

Whilst we regret we cannot be of further assistance to anyone looking for an organised tour, please note we are happy to include in our Bulletin messages from CSJ or other pilgrim association members looking for companions for all or part of the journey.

Art, history, culture

Art, History, Culture

UK

Martin Randell Travel

12-day escorted walking tours on Camino Francés, concentrating on architecture.

Spain

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

2 week language course, with guided visits covering history, culture, art and gastronomy and walking from O Cebreiro to Santiago.

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Walking & cycling tour operators

UK

ATG Oxford

15-day all-inclusive escorted walking tours of Camino Francés.

The Enlightened Traveller

Self-guided walks between Le Puy and Conques, pre-booked accommodation and luggage transfers.

Exodus

Self-guided walking or cycling tours from León to Santiago.

Frontier Holidays

Guided and self-guided walking tours on Camino Francés, self-guided on Vía de la Plata.

New Experience Holidays 

This company offers a guided walk, using hotels, along Camino Francés and to Finisterre. Luggage can be carried if desired.

Ramblers Holidays Ltd

León to Santiago or Le Puy – Conques guided walks.

Saddle Skedaddle

Guided cycling tours from Astorga to Santiago.

Walks in Spain

Small group or independent walking tours on Camino Francés.

Walks Worldwide

Self-guided walking tours for Caminos Francés, Primitivo, Inglés, Portugués and Vía de la Plata.

 World Walks

Self-guided and guided for Caminos Francés, self-guided for Portugués.

Ireland

Camino Ways

Tours (walking and cycling) to various routes in France, Spain and Portugal.

Follow the Camino

Walking and cycling tours for Caminos Francés, del Norte and Portugués.

Map Travel

Irish company offering walks along Caminos Francés, Inglés and Portugués

Spain

Bike Spain

Guided and self-guided cycling tours along Camino Francés.

Bravo Bike

Guided cycling tour from Burgos.

Camino de Santiago Reservas

Walking or cycling tours on various routes in Spain.

Cycle Fiesta

Self-guided cycling tours from León to Santiago.

Fresco Tours

This company offers 2 guided walks of either 100km or 160km or a self-guided walk of 200km with pre-booked accommodation and luggage service, all on Camino Francés.  There is also a walking tour along the Camino del Norte. They offer a special 100€ discount to members of the CSJ.  Members can claim their discount by writing “CSJUK 100€ Discount” in the Special Instructions section of the Fresco Tours Registration Form.

Iberian Adventures

This company offer self-guided and guided walking journeys with pre-booked accommodation on the Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo and to Finisterre.  Also hiking tours in the Pyrenees and the Sierra de Gredos west of Madrid.

Marly Camino

Walking tours on various routes in Spain.

On Foot in Spain

A company run by two Confraternity members: walking tour of Camino de Santiago: selected sections from Roncesvalles to Santiago.
They also offer walking tours in the Basque country, the Picos de Europa and Galicia.

Pilgrim Pathways

Tours for independent, group or cycling pilgrims, along the Camino Francés.

Spanish Adventures

Custom made guided and self-guided walks and cycle rides in various routes in Spain and Portugal.

Tournride

Various cycling routes, optional bike hire.

Ultreya Tours

Various walks (including custom-made) and horseback tours available on Camino Francés, Camino del Norte and Camino Portugués.

XacobeaTe

Various escorted walking tours with support vehicles and pre-arranged accommodation. Youth/school group tours, tourist tours, group tours and boutique accommodations tours, also cycling support.  Website currently only available in Spanish.

Portugal

Portugal Green Walks

Camino Portugués self-guided or guided walks, bicycle hire and luggage transfer services.

France

Chemins de France

Offers walking and cycling tours on various routes in France and Spain with luggage support.  Some walking tours supported by minibus (walk mornings only on selected parts of path, guided tour by bus in afternoon)

Switzerland

http://www.compostelle.ch/index.html

2-week walks on the le Puy Route, in Switzerland, and on the Vía de la Plata, in small groups, with an emphasis on the spirituality of the pilgrimage, and at minimum cost.

USA

The Camino Experience

‘Just Get Me Started’ is a program designed to ensure the first-time pilgrim’s successful start on the Camino Frances.  Part tour, part organized walk, part on-the-trail assistance, this program includes pre-travel planning, a guided start at St Jean Pied-de-Port, and assistance through the first four days walking on the Way.

Cycling through the Centuries

Offer 2 cycling tours, one from Roncesvalles, one from León, bike hire included.

Easy Rider Tours

2 cycling tours, one from Burgos, one from León, fully supported and guided with bike hire included.

Spanish Steps

Walking tours of Camino Francés, Finisterre, Le Puy and Chartres.

Infohub

Under the general heading “Spiritual Vacations” this site lists a number of firms offering tours along the Camino. 

Canada

Great Explorations

Guided cycling tours (including extra sightseeing along the way) from Pamplona or León.

Rayo Travel

Various walking tours along along Camino Francés and to Finisterre, including accommodation and luggage transfers. Also provides a smartphone guide.

Walkers’ World

Guided and self-guided walks Camino Francés, guided on Caminho Portugués.

South Africa

amaWalkers Camino

3-week trip, walking the 3 most scenic parts of Camino Francés in a group.

Australia

Outdoor Travel

Various self-guided or small group walking or cycling trips in France, Spain and Portugal.

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Walking tours for larger groups

Nativa Travel

Customisable escorted tours for groups on Camino Francés.

On Foot in Spain

A company run by two Confraternity members: Camino de Santiago: selected sections from Roncesvalles to Santiago.  Contact them for information on tours for youth/church/school/private groups.

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Horseback pilgrimage & tours

Camino a Caballo

Spanish company offering supported horseback pilgrimage tours on various routes in Spain and Portugal.

Camino Santiago Caballo

Spanish company offering supported horseback pilgrimage tours on multiple routes in Spain and Portugal.

Hidden Trails

Canadian company offering horseback pilgrimage tours on various routes in Spain and Portugal.

Unicorn Trails

UK company offering supported horseback tours from O Cebreiro or Rabanal.

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Escorted coach tours

UK

Norman Allen Group Travel

Tours worldwide, please contact for details

Pax Travel

Group pilgrimages worldwide.

SAGA

Over-50’s escorted coach tours on Camino Francés, some offering limited walking.

Tours for Churches

Various fly/coach escorted tours to Santiago and other pilgrimage destinations round the world.

USA

Catholic Travel Center

12 day trip along Camino Francés

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Other pilgrimage routes tour operators

UK

World Walks

Self-guided for a section of Pilgrims Way to Canterbury and Via Francigena.

Ireland

Map Travel

Fly/coach escorted pilgrimages around the world.

Spain

Caminos Y Rutas

Walking itineraries on Camino Ignaciano and Camino Lebaniego. Trips include accommodation and luggage assistance.

USA

Spanish Steps

Via Francigena

Australia

Outdoor Travel

Self-guided walking Via Francigena.

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