Walk the Camino for Charity

Walking the Camino is a wonderful experience.  And with the help of Follow the Camino and our Charity Camino Tours, it can be even more enjoyable.  Just walk it with your volunteers and we will take care of the rest!

The most popular Charity Camino tour is the last section of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, which enables you to qualify for your Compostela/Pilgrim Certificate.  But we can also organise tours along the Portuguese Way from Tui to Santiago de Compostela which also enables you to qualify for the Pilgrim Certificate.

If you have any questions on any of these trips or another route on the Camino that you would like to organise then do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be more than happy to assist you simply email info@followthecamino.com.

Sense of Achievement and Inner Journey!

As a fundraising tool, the Camino is an accessible, healthy, fun and above all a great adventure where your volunteers will experience Spain in a unique way.   While walking they will encounter some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe; experience fresh tasting and beautifully prepared local food, as well as breathing and smelling the fresh air. Walking along such a historical trail, in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims who have done this walk for centuries, helps to contribute to making this trip an amazing inner and spiritual journey.

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  • Many routes available to choose
  • Customised Itineraries including accommodations
  • Group booking up to 70 people
  • We can manage each volunteers payment online or by call. You can see the overview of everyone payment under your own account.
  • No Administration Fee for Charities
  • Marketing collateral
  • Information Talks
  • Monthly Camino Training
  • Pilgrim and Holiday Pack
  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Dinners
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • Luggage Transfer (optional)
  • Picnic Lunches (optional)
  • Experienced Guide (optional)
  • Flights (optional)

Sample Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary of what is involved on the Camino each day. This is the most popular route starting from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. We have number of different packages that suit your Charity, why not contact us for more information.

Day 1

Sarria
(Arrival)

When you all arrive in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel in Sarria to enjoy your first evening meal.

Day 2
22km

Sarria
to
Portomarin

Indulge in a peaceful walk in shaded oak woods, picturesque villages on quiet unpolished roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next symbolic village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), take a relaxing break on one of the terraces in the main plaza.

Day 3
25km

Portomarin
to
Palace do Rei

From the village, the Camino crosses over the historic river Minho and climbs a steady gradient. Along the way, you will cross Gonzar and pass by the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The tranquility of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is bliss in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the chapel is breathtaking and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals inside. You will then arrive in Palace do Rei (565m).

Day 4
15km

Palace do Rei
to
Melide

Today, the Camino begins to descend, passing the village of Casanova and the pleasant village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m),  we recommend you stop in one of the plentiful restaurants to try some local delicacies.

Day 5
13km

Melide
to
Arzua

The Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

Day 6
18km

Arzua
to
Rua-O Pino

This shaded segment of the Camino passes through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Move at your own pace and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unrepeated statues of Santiago. The final leg to Rua/Opino is along a good and quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.

Day 7
21km

Rua-O Pino
to
Santiago de Compostela

You are nearly there! The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally bathed in the river before getting to Santiago de Compostela. Towering eucalyptus trees line your way along the route to Monte del Gozo (368m). From the “Mount of Joy” your goal is in sight – the Cathedral of Santiago! After an easy descent to the city (264m, population 80000) you witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the architecture and absorb the joyous atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Testimonials

“CRY Ireland are happy to recommend Silvia and her colleagues in Follow the Camino.

Our team has grown since we started to work with Silvia but despite a much larger group in 2019 the excellent service and attention to detail remained the same.

The CRY #Camino trips have been an amazing experience for our walkers – some of whom have returned more than once – everyone takes something different away from the Camino and it is a unique experience that I would highly recommend. We laughed, cried, chatted and bonded over a walk that anyone can do. We’ve walked the inland and the coastal routes and each one has been a fantastic experience.

Silvia has been flexible and has met all our requirements for our group, with excellent accommodation and food. The Guides have been fantastic – a good guide is imperative and so important to the group and the experience of The Camino.”

Lucia Ebbs, CEO of CRY Ireland – Ireland.

 


“Purple House Cancer Support Centre has wanted to organise a Camino Trek for many years, but never knew how to go about it.  When we met with Follow The Camino, all of our needs were taken care of, we didn’t have to worry about a single thing!  The participants couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience and many want to return! As a charity, we would highly recommend Follow The Camino”

Conor O’Leary, Manager of Purple House Cancer Support – Ireland.

 

Frances Black

“I would like to recommend Umberto and his team at ‘Follow The Camino’. They did a fantastic job organising our main fundraising trip to the Camino de Santiago. The organisation was of excellent quality and all of our 28 travellers had a great time.

The Camino trip was an amazing experience, I know it can mean very different things to different people but there was one thing that connected us all together, and that is that it is a very unique experience, a walking holiday like no other. For me, every single frame was beautiful and inspiring as we walked. I loved the one-way nature of the Camino, which for me represents leaving the past and always walking toward future,I felt that the meditative act of walking, the nature, and the friendships we made along the way has been one of the most amazing experiences ever and it was a joy sharing it with Umberto and everyone.

Umberto and his team have been of great help during the organisation of the trip, and I got to know Umberto better as we walked together along the way. He has been very helpful and flexible during the trip supporting us all with our guide Maria Jesus. He helped make this trip special and something that we will definitely do again, as it really helped raise awareness and funds for The Rise Foundation.

Thank you Umberto, we are all deeply grateful to you for your hard work.”

Frances Black, Senator & CEO of The Rise Foundation – Ireland.

 

“Thank you Umberto and crew. It was an absolute pleasure to have you make our arrangements, and support us so magnificently along the way in our efforts to raise awareness for Well Ways and the need to de-stigmatise mental illness. You are all fabulous!!!! Love from “down Under”!! emoji emoji emoji

Cheryl McInnes of Well Ways Mental Health Charity – Australia.

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