Sonas Travel

The Camino

The Camino is more than a school tour – it’s a life experience.

For over 1,000 years, pilgrim have walked from all parts of Spain and beyond to reach the city of Santiago De Compostela. Santiago is the resting place of St. James the Disciple and the entire network of routes is now include in UNESCO’s Heritage List.

Camino Groups, a sister company of Sonas Travel, was set up in 2014 as a company specialising in school tours to the Camino. To this day, it remains Ireland’s only such company.

Yes, some other school tour companies offer the Camino as a destination, but they usually end up farming out the booking to 3rd parties (including Camino Groups!) as they simply don’t understand what’s involved in booking a Camino tour.

So why pay a middleman when you can book directly with Camino Groups? With us, you’re guaranteed the best price and you’re guaranteed the most comprehensive service available.

The Camino Map

Available routes

Although the Camino is a wide network of routes, only certain sections are suitable for school groups. Our tours include the following options:

1 week – From Sarria / Triacastela to Santiago
  • Sarria is the 1st town on what’s called the French Camino to lie more than 100km from Santiago. To get the official Camino cert, you must walk at least this distance (and also finish in Santiago).
  • You will walk this section in 5 days but for a lot of the school year, limited flight availability determines the time you spend away. The big plus to a week-long trip is that you get a free day in Santiago at the end – a gem of a city worth a trip in its own right!
  • Some schools choose to walk for a 6th day instead of having a free day in Santiago, adding an extra stage at the start of the walk.
5 nights – From Ferreiros to Santiago
  • Subject to flight schedules, it can be possible to compact the 100km into a 5 night trip, starting with a short walk on the day you arrive in Spain. It’s a cheaper option, though a bit more rushed!
  • Walking less than 100km? For some schools, the experience is what it it’s all about and they choose to walk a shorter Camino. We can tailor any tour to your requirements.
The Camino Portugués
  • It’s also possible to walk the last 100km of the Portugues route (don’t be confused by the name – this section is all in Spain).
  • The big difference here is that this section doesn’t have the availability of Albergues (hostels) that are much more common on the Camino Francés – this means that private beds are used more and this puts up the cost a little (but not too much!).
New for 2022/23 – The Camino Finisterre!
  • A 5-night trip sees you walk 90km from Santiago to Finisterre – it’s not an official Camino, but you do get the Fisterra cert upon its completion.
  • Finisterre is the “end of the world” and the finishing point for many people’s Camino. A quieter route, but the scenery upon reaching the Atlantic Ocean is worth any amount of day walking!

How to Book

As every tour is a bespoke itinerary, contact us directly and we will guide you through the process.

All our tours include the following:

  • Flights booked at cost for the group.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Half board accommodation. Along there Camino Francés, groups stay in hostels; in Santiago the group stays in ensuite hotel rooms. Note – this selection of accommodation is different for the Portugués or Finisterre camino options.
  • Bag transfers each day.
  • Pilgrim passports (provided by Camino Society Ireland).
  • Full walking notes.
  • A school presentation for parents and students (for any group greater than 20).
  • Travel insurance as standard.

We can also provide a range of extra options including guided tours (Santiago / A Coruña / Finisterre) as well as some merchandise options (hoodies / fleeces / walking tops / day packs

Did You Know?

A Holy Year is when St James’ feast day (July 25th) falls on a Sunday. Numbers on the Camino spike in Holy Years – the previous one was in 2010 and 2021 is the next.  Due to Covid-19, the Holy Year of 2021 has been extended into 2022 – so if you plan on walking on the Camino in 2022, hurry up!

A record number of pilgrims received Camino certs in 2019 – just over 300,000.