Caminho de Santiago (St James Way)

Portuguese Route   Guided walk

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the price include air fare? Flights are not included in the cost of the walking tour. If you need assistance with travel arrangements Teachers' Travel / Walkers' World would be glad to help. We are IATA travel agents and can book flight tickets.

How do I get to Porto? There are flights to Porto (sometimes called Oporto) by connecting through European cities such as Frankfurt.   Both Air Canada and Air Transat have direct flights from Toronto to Porto (but not every day).  

How do I get home from Santiago de Compostela?  You could take a bus back to Porto (about 3 hours). Reservations can be made online.
Or you could fly from Santiago to Madrid and from there connect to your home city. Or there are trains from Santiago to Madrid. 

What equipment do I need?
Your luggage is carried by bus for you from hotel to hotel so you only need a small back-pack to carry water and extra clothing. You need comfortable hiking boots. A walking stick is helpful. 

How many people are in a group?

We find the ideal number is 20. We have two guides and most days the group breaks into two sections, one faster, one walking at a slower pace and not so far.

What sort of people are usually in the group?
Ages vary but usually the participants are between 50 and 75.  Sometimes the seventy-year-olds outwalk the fifty-year-olds.  Mostly they are Canadians but we have had Australians, New Zealanders and Americans. Some travel as couples, some as singles.

How do I qualify for the Compostela Certificate?  
On this walk you have the opportunity to walk the entire last 100 kilometres thus qualifying for the certificate. Before starting you will be given a "Camino passport" which you can have stamped along the way at hotels, restaurants and bars.  If you present it to the Pilgrim Office in Santiago you will get the official certificate.

What if I don't want to walk every day?
Our support vehicle can give you a ride to the next hotel.

Is it better to walk the Camino with a group or independently?
If you are traveling alone it is definitely better to walk with a group. If there are two or more of you you could choose to do an independent walk. Keep in mind, however, that if you are walking independently everyone in your party must walk at the same speed. For an independent walk it is necessary to decide in advance on daily distances so hotels can be pre-booked and arrangements made to transfer your luggage. If you prefer to walk independently, Walkers' World can arrange a self-guided walk where accommodation is pre-booked and luggage transported.

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