Recently published in the Episcopal News Service for our Partnership with the Friends of the Anglican Centre

2024 ROUTES TO CHOOSE FROM

Escorted Tour, Explore the Camino de Santiago

THE FRENCH ROUTE

The last 100km of The French Way, in northern Spain. 

Starts in Sarria, finishes in Santiago de Compostela. 

THE PORTUGUESE ROUTE

Starts in Porto, Portugal, finishes in Santiago de Compostela.

 

Not sure which route to take?

THE FRENCH ROUTE

Who is this route for?

This route is for anyone from the novice walker to the most athletic. With our expert guides and on-hand transport, we break up the walk up to cater for all abilities for each pilgrim to walk at their own pace.

What do you see along this route?

Panoramic views of the Miño river valley, the Celtic settlement of Castromaior, romanesque churches, stone crucifixes, medieval villages and eucalyptus forests.

When is the best time to go

April to October are the best months to go with July and August being busy months and also hotter which means earlier starts in the morning. 

Where do you start & finish?

The route we offer starts in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela which covers the amount of walking you need to do to be eligible for your Compostela certificate.  Alternatively, we also offer a highlights tour walking selected paths from Astorga, through El Bierzo and the Gateway to Galicia.

Why is this route important?

The French route was the most common route for pilgrims from Europe to walk to Santiago de Compostela from the 10th century onwards. The French Way was also mentioned in the Calixtino Codex, the 12th century manuscript now housed in the Cathedral library in Santiago de Compostela, offering information and  advice to pilgrims.

How long is it?

The distance from Sarria to Santiago is 115km, 72 miles.  We offer this pilgrimage as a 9-night route with 5 walking days, starting with two nights in Madrid and finishing with two nights in Santiago.  This can be modified to allow for shorter walking days spread giving an 11-night route including the two nights in Madrid and Santiago de Compostela.

How difficult is it?

The route is mostly easy but includes some longer hikes on some days and moderate uphill and downhill elevations. The paths are well maintained in general with some mixed terrain on certain days.

Click here to talk to a specialist on the French Route

THE PORTUGUESE ROUTE

Who is this route for?

This route is for anyone from the novice walker to the most athletic. With our expert guides and on-hand transport, we break up the walk up to cater for all abilities for each pilgrim to walk at their own pace.

What do you see along this route?

This route takes us through the fortified town of Valença in Portugal, the late romanesque, early gothic Cathedral in Tui, through pine and eucalyptus forests, family-owned vineyards and cornfields, granite fencing, stone crucifixes, renaissance churches and rolling countryside. We also spend a night in the stunning fortress Parador hotel in Baión with views of the Cies islands and two nights in the medieval town of Pontevedra with its roman bridge.

When is the best time to go?

April to October are the best months to go with July and August being busy months and also hotter which means earlier starts in the morning. 

Where do you start & finish?

Our route starts in the beautiful city of Oporto where we visit the Sé cathedral and the wonderful Graeme’s porthouse before leaving to start walking from the fortified Portuguese border town of Valença. We finish in Santiago de Compostela.

Why is this route important?

The Portuguese way dates grew in importance during the 12th century. It is slightly quieter than the French way and gives you a sense of the Portuguese culture and how it morphs into the Galician culture as you walk through its gentle landscape alongside the stunning cities of Oporto and Pontevedra.

How long is it?

From Valença to Santiago, we walk 118km, just over 73 miles.

How difficult is it?

This itinerary is a relaxed version of the Portuguese Camino spread out over 7 walking days from 13km to 18km per day. The terrain is flat with some hills with good paths and roads. As with all our routes we have bus support for the pilgrims that would like to use it to combine with their walking.

Click here to talk to a specialist on the Portuguese Route

And about all our Pilgrimages:

Are the routes always the same? Or do you personalize them for each group?

We want to make this an experience to remember forever. We arrange private meetings such as a reading and dinner with the well-known historian, Giles Tremlett, a Pilgrim’s welcome by the Anglican Bishop of Spain, a private music recital and wine tastings. These and other aspects can be added to your group’s pilgrimage.

What is the price of the Pilgrimages?

The pilgrimage starts at 4000 USD depending on the time of year, length of the trip and extras included.

Do you offer more than just these routes?

We adapt these routes to suit groups, with walking time either condensed over five days or spread out to seven days. We also offer “Explore the Camino” versions, walking parts of the routes as a whole. In addition to the French and Portuguese Ways, we walk parts of the Via de la Plata starting in Seville and finishing in Santiago de Compostela.

The routes in black are the routes that you can choose from in 2024:


The French & The Portuguese Routes are our WALKING PILGRIMAGES (last 100km). 


The Vía de la Plata is light walking (20km).

Now that you’ve decided, let’s make sure there’s availability for you:

Thoughts, Reflections & Testimonials...
Here are some of what our Pilgrims had to say after finishing the last Pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago:

Recent Press Release

Friends of the Anglican Centre in Santiago de Compostela, Spain partners with Insider’s Travel for pilgrimages 

New agreement to facilitate faith-based pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago.  


Insider’s Travel is pleased to announce a partnership with the Friends of the Anglican Centre in Santiago de Compostela. Together, they will be offering pilgrimages for the Spring of 2024, giving access to Insider’s Travel’s wealth of experience. 


With two decades in the Spanish travel market and a comprehensive network of experienced guides, Insider’s Travel has entered into this partnership to serve the faith based community. 


Nancy Mead, Friends President, commenting on the partnership said, “We’re delighted to work with Insider’s Travel. They are reliable, trustworthy partners who tailor the experience of the Camino to the specific group or parish in their care”. 


Insider’s Travel delivers special access experiences in Spain to groups. With this partnership, the Insider’s Travel Group focuses on helping clergy and laity organize their pilgrimage from start to finish. Additionally, a donation is made from every pilgrim’s trip fee to the Centre. 


Established in 2006, Insider’s Travel is a specialist travel group with offices in Madrid, Spain and Manchester, UK. 


Founder of Insider’s Travel, Joanna Wivell, says “The Anglican community has its spiritual and physical presence on the Camino and Insider’s Travel is delighted to be able to partner with the Friends of the Anglican Centre in Santiago in order to make their trips as simple, safe, and life-changing as possible”.


The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is a historic network of pilgrimage routes from all parts of Europe, leading to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Established in the 9th century and declared one of the “three great pilgrimages of Christendom” in 1492, it holds universal cultural and spiritual significance. The Camino fosters personal growth and reflection, attracting growing numbers of pilgrims each year, with over 439,000 pilgrims registered.   


Established in 2006. Insider’s Travel operates from the UK and Spain providing tailored and group behind-the-scenes-style travel throughout Europe.