In 2013, we launched the first ever EduCamino – a school trip of a lifetime, specifically designed for young pilgrims from around the world.
EduCamino is an educational tool for teachers who want to take their students out of the classroom and experience the culture, heritage and religious significance of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Our Camino adventure sees student groups walk the historic last 100KM of the Camino de Santiago, reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of the Apostle St James.
With our prices starting from as little as €390 per student, we take care of all of the organisation, from accommodation to airport transfers, so all you need to do is walk and enjoy the experience.
Reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago with your students
Become Immersed In Spanish Culture
The last 100KM of the Camino de Santiago sees pilgrims walk through idyllic Spanish farmland, sample authentic Spanish food and of course, chit-chat with the locals. Students who are learning the Spanish language have a unique opportunity to use what they’ve learned to interact in the real world. You won’t get that in any school book!
Explore Spain's rich history
The history in the Galician region is perhaps the most interesting in all of Spain. Known as the seventh Celtic nation, it is home to ancient relics, pagan folklore, and a colourful living history unlike anywhere else. Galician’s are proud of their Celtic routes, and along the trail, you may be surprised to see Celtic symbols or hear the sound of traditional Galician gaita (bagpipes). The Romans also left quite a mark on the region, having official claimed Galicia as a part of the Roman Empire in 218AD. They left behind stunningly preserved landmarks like bridges, towers, walls, and aqueducts. Of course, walking the Camino itself is like taking a step through time, as you weave in and out of medieval hamlets past centuries-old churches and farmhouses.
A Great Sense of Achievement
Equally important is the sense of achievement as you reach your goal and arrive at your destination after 5 days of walking. This is a great boost of confidence for students, particularly at a time in their life when students may need it most!
Once arrived in Santiago, you will be transferred directly to your hostel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal. Following this, a short welcome meeting will be held at your hostel.
Day 2 22km
Expect a sociable walk in shady oak woods, cute little villages and quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo (580m) has a stunning Romanesque church that is well worth a visit. The next big village is Ferreiros. When you get to Portomarin (550m), you can chill out on one of the many terraces of the main plaza
Day 3 25km
Palace do Rei
From Portomarin, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque chapel of Santa María Castromaior. The calm of the Galician cemetery in Ligonde when the weather is glorious is bliss. In Eirexe, the Romanesque church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will complete this day in Palas do Rei (565m).
Day 4 29km
Palace do Rei
Today the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing through the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m) you can stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with it’s church of Santiago. Then on to the medieval village of Ribadiso and finally, Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches, Santa María and La Magdalena.
Day 5 18km
This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through tranquil villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua O Pino is on a quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the most harmonious resting points before Santiago de Compostela.
Day 6 21km
Santiago de Compostela
Almost there! The penultimate stage is Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your route all the way way to Monte del Gozo (368m). From the “Mount of Joy” you can see your goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m, population 80000) you will be able to observe this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.
Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast, your group will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to home. You’ll leave behind a spectacular city but take some of the most wonderful memories of your life with you.
How to get there
Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA.
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Breakfasts and dinners
Group booking up to 70 people
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.
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“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