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.

 

Sample Itinerary

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.

How to get there

Fly In

Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA.



Starting Point

Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.



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What's Included

  • taxi airport transfer
    Airport transfers
  • accommodation
    Hotels
  • support
    24/7 Support
  • informative talk
    Information talks
  • breakfast
    Breakfasts and dinners
  • Upgrade to 4 star hotel
    Group booking up to 70 people

Optional Services

  • Experienced guide

  • Luggage transfer

  • Picnic lunch

  • Flights upon request

“From start to finish, Follow the Camino organised our trip with great attention to detail, which left us with more time to enjoy our adventure... they’re the ultimate professionals! ” Read more.
Andrea Smith, Journalist – Ireland

“Our charity Camino trip was made special by the great accommodation organised by Follow the Camino. This played a big part in everyone mixing so well and making it a very special Camino experience.” Read more.
Ann Tracey, Fundraiser & Co-ordinator at Gary Kelly Cancer Support – Ireland.

"Thanks must go to Follow The Camino for facilitating a most wonderful experience.” Read more.
Tim Begbie – Australia

“Follow The Camino did a fantastic job organising our fundraising trip to the Camino de Santiago. The organisation was of excellent quality and all of our 28 travellers had a great time...” Read more.
Frances Black, Senator & CEO of The Rise Foundation – Ireland

“All went like clockwork, including the pick up at the airport, and the luggage drop to the various accommodations. Totally recommend the Follow The Camino crew.” Read more.
John Dillon, Pilgrim – Ireland.

“A transformative two weeks for both of us - thanks to Follow the Camino.” Read more.
Jamie and Flo McIvor – UK

“Our team leader Geraldine O’Callaghan was fantastic – pretty, bubbly, tireless – efficient and very kind. Arriving at the great cathedral of Santiago was an exhilarating, emotional finale to a completely mad week.” Read more.
Joan Flynn, retired – Ireland

“Thank you for helping us plan our journey in Spain. What a wonderful time we had trekking through the countryside. The places we stayed were wonderful!
We LOVED our trip!” Read more.
Georgia Meckes – USA

“Thank you Umberto and the Follow the Camino 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. You are all fabulous!" Read more.
Cheryl McInnes, Well Ways Mental Health Charity, Australia

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