Laura
  • Laura
  • Horseback Camino
This route happened to be my first trail ride ever and I could not have made a better choice. I got a great horse which carried me safely through this amazing 6 days.

I’m fascinated by how the horses, on one hand, have great strength, endurance and a strong character, but on the other hand are very sensitive, caring and obedient to their rider.

Furthermore, I’m still astonished by the landscape we were riding through. Every day I was fascinated again! Because of the continuously changing landscape, one will never get bored of the sight.

Starting with trails next to cherry trees, wide fields and trough little (nearly uninhabited) villages, our way led us further through juniper forests, into the mountains and pine forests, past and necropolis and ended at a wonderful and beautiful place where the river Arlanza has its origin. The most beautiful day was the 5th day when we rode through the national park "Cañon del Río de Los Lobos".

Last but not least I want to mention that this ride would have been to that outstanding experience without the great guidance of Joseph with support from Ula.

Thank you very much. I will return next year for another route.
Barbara
  • Barbara
  • Horseback Camino
The route is an astounding variation of trails along and across creeks, rivers, gorges, through cherry tree orchards and farmland, beautiful pine and redwood forests, wild west scenery and medieval villages with narrow alleyways, old churches and monasteries. Storks nesting on chimneys, vultures circling the skies.

Long and fast gallops, beautiful and sensitive, untiring and surefooted horses! And Jose, the owner and guide, is an experienced, humorous and prudent man. Accompanied by Ula from Poland, who is the translator and woman for ‘everything’, caring for all, loveable, merry, very fine rider, finding solutions for the most unthought-of situations.

The week was marvellous. I wish I could be back this year, will definitely come again next year
Debbie
  • Debbie
  • Horseback Camino
An amazing 6 day tour in rural Spain, every day it feels the scenery gets more and more spectacular. There is a horse to suit every riding ability and before the end of day one I guarantee you feel that special bond between horse and rider. I have ridden this route three times and every time as enjoyable as the last, there is no better way to see Spain, make new friends and enjoy thegreat food and wine that is prepared for you along the way
Al
  • Al
  • Kumano Kodo - Japans Camino
The trip was super…really great for us…the scenery was some of the best we have ever seen. We never seen trees like that before. Some trees had the most unbelievable flowers on them - we were completely amazed, honestly not only have we never saw a tree like that but we didn’t even know they existed. The trains all run exactly on time. We did not miss any. On top of all that the accommodations well they were all wonderful experience because it brought us into a world we did not know existed…uniquely Japanese experience of hospitality, wonderful hot bath before dinner and the dinner - well its simply amazing. Everywhere you go friendly people. We cannot speak more than three words of Japanese and the woman running the place did not speak more than three words of English we felt a certain kinship and when she walked us to the door the morning we left there was a certain sadness we had to part with a friend.

Susan
  • Susan
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
It was a great way to be with family friends and enjoy the peace, quiet and outdoors. A relaxing and thoughtful way to vacation. Wonderful organisation, you did a great job. Best hotel was in Burgos which had a great room- Hotel Norte y Londres, and the Hotel Dona Mayor- very nice. La Cachava was really good- An older building- which is why we liked it a lot because of the charm and the hosts were so nice. Meals were all very good, except one breakfast was do-it-yourself. Nothing was put out for us and had to make coffee, too. They said breakfast would be put out but it wasn’t. Yes, our bags were there every day when we got to the hotels! Yea! The pack had all that we needed. The book for the Camino was very helpful and gave us all the information needed for our daily walk (once you read it!- some (younger) people in our group did not read it and were relying on Google- which does not list the little places you had shown in the book to stop or really show accurate info. It’s a great guide.
Greg
  • Greg
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
The trip was excellent, 10/10 organisation. Best accommodation was Hosteria Calestino, fabulous hosts plus great food. All the rest were very good. Every breakfast was of a high standard. The Information Pack provided all the information we needed. The trip went well so no points to raise. We would definitely recommend Walk the Camino. We appreciated the support provided when one of our group left clothes behind. Thank you.
Susan
  • Susan
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
We had a wonderful time. It was great spending 5 days with my college-age daughter with few distractions. Everything went off without a hitch! It was so comforting seeing our luggage waiting for us each day after a long hike. Everyone was expecting us and all were aware of my daughter being gluten-free. The hotel before/after the hike in Barcelona was in a great location...easy walking distance to many things. Our FAVORITE was Hotel O Pino!!! The meal we had there was one of the best of our trip....they were playing old Frank Sinatra in the dining room and the place was so quaint. Also, the breakfast was much more substantial than any other place we stayed....big thumbs up! Loved the guidebook and felt very comforted by all the contact information provided. Hoping I can talk my daughter into another section of the walk! If so, I will definitely be using your services again.
Debbie
  • Debbie
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
Amazing!!!! Once again you did an incredible job putting together this trip. Top rated!!!!! Would only use Walk the Camino for another trip to an area which you provide. Realizing some areas aren’t as nice as others, I think we had the best of the best with the exception of Usoa Pension in Zubiri. The lady at USOA allowed an injured man to stay for additional nights and then tried to move one of us to a hotel requiring a taxi. This wasn’t fair to us or to your company. The place we ended up staying in Zubiri was fantastic!!! All the breakfasts were fine!!!! We loved the ones that had the fresh squeezed orange juice. One day our luggage was late but it was located and delivered within the hour! We were never asked for our hotel coupons. I was very very pleased because both trips have been very well planned and taken care of by you!!!! Thanks for the champagne at the end!!!! We enjoyed our celebration.
Elaine & friends
  • Elaine & friends
  • Via de la Plata - Last 100 km
Had a lovely holiday, you were always helpful and efficient with any questions. Casa Grande de Soutullo was very good with delightful rooms and good breakfasts. Casa Casarellos was probably our least favourite because the food was not as good. Pazo de Bendoiro was a lovely hotel and the staff were very pleasant. Hotel Victorino was modest but Eva, the owner was delightful and a very good cook. The owner of Pazo de Galagos was charming and we had a delightful stay. Hotel Francisco was ideally placed and again, on the whole, the staff were very helpful. The manager of the cafeteria, Jose Manuel, however, was most unpleasant - told us that if we wanted quick service we should go to the restaurant (very odd!). However, overall, the accommodation was great. Food in Pazo de Galagos was particularly good.

Maria, our driver (think she is Jose Angel’s daughter) was very efficient and a thoroughly nice girl. It might be useful to add in the packing requirements that a travel hairdryer would be useful - most of the hotels did not provide one in the rooms. The only slight problem we had was with the description of the final walk to Santiago, this was described as being only 7.8 miles (I seem to recall it was more like 10.5 (and we didn’t get lost!). However, to be honest, we mostly just followed the yellow arrows as the route was very well signposted. Not sure that I would want to do the Camino again as this trip was so perfect. Just thank you very much for all you have done.
Orla
  • Orla
  • Full Via de la Plata
    Via de la Plata - Last 100 km
Beautiful rural countryside at the start. Really liked the town of Ourense. Friendly Spanish people. Favourable weather. You responded promptly with my requests. Varying accommodation standards, but all very clean. Pazo de Galegas outstanding host and excellent food and wine. Hotel Victorino basic, but spotlessly clean and run by a charming lady. Pazo de Bandoira not so welcoming and NO hot water. Casa Casarellos was fine, but poor breakfast. Gran Hotel Soutullo was very comfortable, lovely evening meal and excellent breakfast, welcoming hosts. Breakfast varied from accommodation to accommodation.
Jose our driver and his daughter were friendly and efficient - Excellent.
I genuinely enjoyed my holiday and appreciate all the efforts made by Walk the Camino to make my trip run so smoothly. I can’t really fault anything in particular except for the walking instructions.
Cacilia
  • Cacilia
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
I enjoyed the vacation very much, I was really impressed by the organization and everything worked great. I loved the accommodations. They were always perfect located in the middle of town. The best one was the brand new Txantxorena in Zubiri , that was very nice specially because there was,t much to do in town so we really enjoyed the nice room. The Hotel Roma in Sarria I didn’t,t like very much, but also all Hotels were very clean and that was the most important thing for me. The problem with the food is, that the Spaniards eat very late and so a lot of the restaurants didn’t open before 8-8.30 pm and that was pretty late for us.
So we had to find places , that would offer dinner at 7 pm. The baggage transfer was perfect, we only had to wait one time for our luggage all the others days it arrived before us. I personally would have liked some more information about History and population of Galicia and the important places during our walk.
The second book of Brierley was in this respect better than the first one
Nobody ever asked for our Hotel vouchers.
Roger
  • Roger
  • Coastal Camino Portugués
How would you rate the organisation of your holiday?
1. Hotels were good
2. Luggage arrangements worked well
3. Details and maps of directions to hotels were disappointing. The Brierley book’s section on the Portuguese Coastal way was poor when compared to the other sections of his book.

COMMENT - WE CAN NOW OFFER GPS TRACKS TO COMPLIMENT THE BRAND NEW BRIERLEY GUIDE BOOK, WHICH HAS MORE COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION AND REVISED DISTANCES.

In general, all accommodation was good. If improvements are to be made, the Padron could be improved in that the rooms were very, very small. The Tui accommodation and restaurant set up was delightful. The breakfasts that were provided were fine. Baggage Transfers-Excellent
Ken
  • Ken
  • Camino Campo - Countryside Camino
We had a very good time. The organization was terrific. Fixing the problem caused by the cancelled flight was well done. All of the hotel rooms were good.
The Hotel Roma was good and the restaurant downstairs was excellent. All the people were very pleasant. The Casa Morgade was especially good. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate them a 7. The room was a little small but adequate, the food was good, the terrace in back was pleasant and the courtyard/dining area was nice. I would recommend making this a stop even if it doesn’t fit with the regular stages. The fellow that runs the place and his family made it special.

The Bar O’Cruceiro was another place made special by the people who work there. The La Calleja and the lady who runs it was very nice. The Pazo Xan Xordo (even if I can’t pronounce it) was the most interesting place I’ve ever stayed. The Hotel Capitol was terrific. For whatever reason, they upgraded our room so that we had our own patio, a bed that was huge, and a large bathroom. The desk people were very helpful. All the breakfasts arranged by you were good.
The only meal I would complain about was not arranged by you. We had the Pilgrims menu at Complejo la Cabana and they had some kind of mixed vegetables on the side that included canned green beans and other canned vegetables. I have a low opinion of canned vegetables. At least it wasn’t tofu.
Since we didn’t walk as far as most of your clients, we tended to arrive early, nevertheless, the baggage was usually there. The directions to the Hotel Capitol in Santiago were a little difficult to follow. The map had really small print that was somewhat faded.
Timothy
  • Timothy
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
All of the accommodations were very good. Organisation very good. The package I received before I left home included all of the details I needed for the trip. Plus the directions to each hotel in each town was a very nice added detail.
The Parador Dos Reis Catholicos was clearly the best. All other accommodations were very good. No problems or concerns with any of them.
A little more information regarding what to expect for breakfast would be nice for people travelling from the USA. I think Americans expect more than toast or roll and coffee for breakfast. So a little information as to what a usual Spanish breakfast includes might be helpful. And the bags were at every accommodation when we arrived.

COMMENT - THE LIGHT BREAKFAST IS VERY TYPICAL FOR SPANISH PEOPLE, WHO TEND TO STOP MID MORNING AND HAVE BREAKFAST - BETWEEN 10 & 11AM. OUT OF OUR 600 ACCOMMODATIONS, MOST PROVIDE A FULLER BREAKFAST, BUT THERE STILL MANY THAT STICK TO A LIGHTER OFFERING. WE DO ADVISE OUR CLIENTS OF THIS IN ADVANCE.
Martha & Donna
  • Martha & Donna
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
All went well. No hitches. Overall hotels very good.Roncesvalles hotel was very nice. The staff in Hotel Akerreta were very friendly. I would not recommend Casa Rural Posada Neuva- host not very friendly even allowing for the language barrier. We complained about the coffee being cold. Even although you warned us about basic breakfast it was still a bit of a shock that in some places you only got a bit of toasted baguette before going on a long walk. The food and choices for 17 euro at Hotel Roncesvalles were excellent. The Information Pack and John Brierley book were very good. Biskarreta does not have much to offer. Not many pilgrims appeared to stay there so I missed the Camino vibe that evening. With the benefit of hindsight, we could easily have walked to Zubiri which I think we would have enjoyed more. It was a great experience which I enjoyed it hugely. It went without a hitch. Thank you
John
  • John
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
A good pilgrimage. Your organization was excellent. Overall, the accommodations were better than I anticipated. Some were fancier than others because some were in small villages. All of them were more than adequate, and in the small villages the hosts were extra nice. The only accommodation were I felt out of place was in Tricastela, Casa Vilasante. It was almost empty, the man in the bar was nice enough, showed me to my room but offered nothing else and the woman in the morning ignored my request for some toast and coffee. In every other case the staff in the accommodations were very helpful. Food was more than adequate. As above, the food in small villages was more simple, basic, than in the larger cities but that was to be expected.
Yes, all bag transfers went smoothly. It should be noted that I met up with a friend in Sarria. That also went smoothly and we were able to travel together. Everything was well coordinated. I don’t think I’ll walk the Camino again but I plan to use the services of your parent organization. I want to thank Caroline It was apparent to us (my friend Tim and I) that when we entered several accommodations the staff reacted positively to us because we were with Walk the Camino. It was obvious that you had developed a positive relationship with the hotel/hostel that paid off for Walk the Camino’s clients. I have no doubt that this contributed to a large degree to comfort we enjoyed.
Karen
  • Karen
  • Coastal Camino Portugués
I did enjoy the holiday. Friendly hotels, beautiful seaside start and I love the Camino community that I certainly felt after Redondela. Great food, all day sunshine, wine, walking. On the coastal route, I saw few other walkers and I think it would be better for couples or groups. I think you do an excellent job.

The selected hotels spanned a wide range but were all good in their ways. Your support in planning it was friendly and responsive. The taxis all showed up and worked. I loved the Baiona Parador. Beautiful and historic. The hotel in Vigo was friendly and trendy. Good location, but the walk into Vigo was long and very tiring. Ruas was in great location, but my room was directly above the bar and with clearing up at 1 am and opening up at 5 am, I didn’t get much sleep.
The Cruciero is very very clean and friendly and felt rather like an Albergue. Good but simple. The only place I didn’t like was El Jardin. The owners were kind of unfriendly. The Pinero was historic and v clean. I didn’t much like having to go to other places for Breakfast in Padron and Redondela. I would have liked some suggestions on places to eat. The ones you gave me in Santiago were very good.
Info Pack was good but I’d also recommend the Wise Pilgrim App. Gives you similar info but also a where you are. I thought the first and last days rather long esp with a temp of over 34 degrees. You might be better from Baiona taking a taxi from the outskirts of Vigo. I found walking into Vigo vaguely depressing. Great help and service throughout. You were so responsive. Thank you.
Pauline
  • Pauline
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
We have had an amazing time walking from Leon to Sarria with our backpacks. The scenery was beautiful and it was an experience we are keen to repeat next year! Once again your team have been incredibly helpful and the organisation was perfect. Our train tickets sorted without us worrying. It is worth noting that the train ticket includes free metro and bus travel from Madrid to Chamartin station. It was very easy for us to find our way with helpful staff and saved us an expensive taxi. Our accommodation was well chosen and good distances apart depending on terrain which we would not have known. We loved the variety.The hospitality of Senora Dolores was warm and so welcoming in Hospital de Orbigo. Triacastela was not good and lacked atmosphere. We had no complaints about the food. We did not use bag transfers, so we carried our backpacks.
The Information Pack provided all the information needed. Occasionally the map from Camino to accommodation was not as clear as we would have liked!
Thank you for all your expertise. We enjoyed your choice and variety of accommodation which made the holiday hassle free and interesting.
Yasmin & friends
  • Yasmin & friends
  • Camino Portugués - Last 100km
I did enjoy my holiday very much. It put my mind at ease knowing that breakfast, dinner, and lodging were things I didn’t have to worry about along the Camino. I especially found our accommodations in Teo to be beautiful and in Santiago to be convenient and historical. Having lodging along the Camino and/or in the centre of town was great.

Overall, I would say that the holiday was fairly well organized. Our distance walked was right for our health/fitness level and all our accommodations were clean. The food was fresh and plentiful. Some things were not quite according to plan or as scheduled, but I have come to believe that is just part of the culture of the region and accept it. Perhaps it is good however to give a pilgrim/tourist a heads-up regarding how to be a bit more relaxed about this type of thing as it took me a while to adjust. I am grateful for the experience and realize it was a lot of work to Walk the Camino to do, and am thankful that you did all of that work instead of me.

The best absolutely was the Parada de Francos in Teo. First, it was directly located along the Camino. Next, we got excited when we saw the high TripAdvisor ratings. We were then able to really relax as the accommodations and food exceeded all expectations. Other lodging was pretty clean and usually conveniently located. The Hospederia San Martin Pinario put us right by the Cathedral in Santiago plus being able to be in a converted monastery/seminary was really cool. The Apartamentos Alvear Suites in Redondela were very nice as well - not hard to find, very clean, and felt like a home. Lowest on the list might be in O Porrino. Might have been because it was hardest to find and after the first day of walking, it was a bit of a let down as there were fewer toiletries, a broken drawer, etc. However, it was a place to rest our weary bodies so I am still grateful but if not for a kind townsperson who walked more than a kilometre with us to get us to Parque Porrino, we might still be trying to find the place.

Food was delicious and plentiful wherever we went. The food was the best at the Parada de Francos, with the dinner food at the restaurant in Pontevedra probably a close second. I grew to appreciate the freshness and also had more seafood in that week than I usually do in a year. The Caldo Gallego became a comfort dish for me. Maybe my least favourite food was at Parque Porrino and that was still delicious. The only odd thing was the whole preset menu at the restaurant attached to the Hotel Colon in Tuy. It took us a while before leaving the States but we had made our selections; however since we arrived there on a Monday with the restaurant closed there were few options to choose and we were not informed until we arrived. While it is probably true that we might not have received the information en route, the hotel should have tried. Can’t complain too much though - the food tasted very good.

The information pack was very informative. I think some of the hotel directions need some work. One of our group had GPS and this came in handy. However, I know part of the adventure is meeting helpful people on the way and this is not possible without getting lost now and then.

Anytime we had any issues we were quickly able to contact you so I am thankful to Walk the Camino for the prompt responsiveness, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback. Thanks to all for creating a wonderful itinerary for us. We were fortunate enough to attend two Pilgrim’s masses in Spanish at which the Botafumeiro was used. Both were the 7:30pm masses.


Ched
  • Ched
  • Camino Portugués Way
Truly Loved the place, people, food, and the whole process of the Caminho. Great locations for the hotels we stayed in. Luggage was always at the hotels before us. Great variety of hotels. Casa del Rios was the real jewel. Beautiful spot with very gracious hosts. Loved Casa de Capela as well. The Hotel Parque Porrino was the only dog. It could have been in CSI Espana.

COMMENT - PORRINO HAS A LIMITED CHOICE OF HOTELS. WE NOWHAVE AN OUT OF TOWN ALTERNATIVE OR WE OFFER CLIENTS THE OPTION OF 2 NIGHTS IN TUI WITH TRANSFERS DUE TO THIS.

There was always plenty to chose from for breakfast. Coffee was always a little different in each hotel. Some were better than others, but overall we eat very well. And we are big into food. Baggage Transfers- Swiss Precision. When we left Porto we had a little apprehension, but at 08:31 the van pulled up and we saw our bags leaving before us. Never a doubt after that. Better preparation for the starting point. More maps of the day’s journey. More accurate distances between towns. Our hike from Vila da Conde to Barcelos was a real killer for day 2. Thanks for an amazing trip. We really loved it and we’re very happy with your team.
Sally, Aly & Kathleen
  • Sally, Aly & Kathleen
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
Kathleen, Aly and I really loved it. We had the best time and met some great people. Absolutely everything was arranged extremely well with help just a phone call away the one time we needed it. All accommodation was good. Some places were excellent. Hosteria Calixtino was fantastic with great food and owners and staff could not have been nicer. Hotel Praza Quintana was also beautiful with a great location. Hotel Suiza in Arzua was good but decor a bit tired and location not great. The breakfasts were all adequate. However, the breakfast at Pension Berenguela Melide was fab.

Baggage transfers were spot on. I even left my sunglasses at the hotel in Saria and they were transferred to the next hotel for €3 - great. Information Pack provides all we needed. Can’t think of anything that needs improving. Just want to say how much we loved it.
Ross
  • Ross
  • Camino Portugués Way
Camino de Santiago - Start at Cruz de Ferro. I enjoyed this holiday very much and found that everything was very well organized and there were no hiccups along the way. You did a fantastic job of organizing this trip and made appropriate recommendations where we should stay each night after consideration of the distances and difficulty of each day’s walking. I rate the organization as "Excellent".

Our Hotels were clean and comfortable. The food was consistently excellent.
The bag transfers went without any hitches. The Information Pack provided all the information needed, but some of the Kilometer distances may have been a bit off, however.
Paul
  • Paul
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
Yes. Had some challenging parts, but that was expected. The organisation was excellent. Overall the accommodations were very good. I particularly enjoyed staying in the smaller, family run places. All the host and hostesses were really good. I thought it was also great how you put me in a hotel near the train station in Sarria so I did not have to drag my luggage all through town when I left the next day. The food provided was pretty good when I ate the evening meals. Some of the breakfast meals were not very much, but that is the way they eat in Spain and it’s not like I went hungry. I beat my baggage a few times, but they arrived every day fine. The Information Pack provide all the information I needed. Only one issue was the driver on the first day had the wrong time. Having your cell number helped so I could get in contact and see what was the problem. Other than that, absolutely no issues with the parts you took care of.

Now I managed to go out and order some weird food and booked a hotel on my own in Madrid that had no air conditioning and got very little sleep the last night since it was extremely hot. But those were my issues, not yours.

I was very pleased will all the services that you provided. By adding a couple of days to my itinerary, I was able to get to each new location over 2 hours earlier than I did when walking in previous years. This gave me time to get in, relax, chat with my wife on Facetime, do some stretches and was a big reason that I had success in finishing this time. In the airport yesterday a possible future customer for you took down all of your info after I recommenced you very highly.
Robert
  • Robert
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
Overall a very satisfying and worthwhile experience. Enjoyable up to a point but that’s the nature of the Camino! Good organisation with excellent backup. Of the 2 rest days included, the first in Burgos was appreciated. The second rest day was not essential. I would have preferred if two shorter walks had been worked into the itinerary as a substitute. I coped with the longer walks but I would recommend that you may want to intersperse them a bit more. It might be worth mentioning that as the walk develops particularly after a couple of weeks the aches wear off and your feet have more or less adjusted.

Overall the accommodation was good. Hotels in Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Puente La Reina, Burgos, Leon amongst others were of a very high standard. It was appreciated that in some of the smaller towns hotel accommodation was limited. However, Hotel Belorado was poor and alternatives were available. Pension Casa Camino in Palas De Rei should have been aware that they have a duty of care in regard to left luggage. Breakfast varied in quality and variety from place to place. Luggage pick up from Palas De Rei went awry. Thanks for your assistance and also hotel staff in Casa Teodora in Arzua for the recovery. Some maps lacked clarity.

I would recommend that you might to suggest to customers that if they are spending 2 nights in Santiago they might want to book a day trip to Finisterre. I wish I had.
Roben
  • Roben
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
Very good holiday. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d say 90% of the accommodations were great. I had trouble with letting a tour company plan distances. I felt that I could do more and wanted to move on with other groups. It was a real frustration. I realize this would be hard for you to accommodate. But I would like to do another Camino only with flexibility.

On the food - Good. Coffee, Orange juice amazing. Wine. Ham. Manchego cheese. Cherries. Worst Pilgrims meals were cheap and awful. Food was very salty. Fatty and way too many carbs. Bread and potatoes. Also very sweet. Breads. Etc

I now know what I am capable of and can book accordingly. It’s difficult when you are a woman travelling alone.
Carl
  • Carl
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
Excellently organised trip. Hotel Mar de Plata- very good, large rooms and good food Guest House El Padrino- great location, ultra modern but very tiny rooms. Breakfast off site but not really an issue. Hosteria Calestino- Clean but basic rooms with little sound insulation between- beware the snoring man! Food ok. No English whatsoever spoken. Hotel Carlos 96- our favourite. Great atmosphere, large rooms bit old fashioned but not good wifi, good food and friendly service. Great value for money. Pazo sta Maria- beautiful old building and grounds, lovely large rooms, very poor towels and not the happiest of staff. Restaurant food a bit of a let down and therefore pricey. Not worth the extra walk as it didn’t really live up to expectations. Pension Arca- great location and the loveliest of hosts, extremely clean. Bed a bit short, even for my wife who is just over 5’ ! Great value though. Hotel Monumento San Francisco- Excellent, beautiful building fabulous location and well worth the money.

Local cuisine is quite plain and not very varied. Less bread and more vegetables
Baggage Transfers- Perfect in all ways. Information Pack provide - Perfect
No improvements to suggest at all - brilliantly organised. Thank you for a great experience.
Caroline
  • Caroline
  • Camino Campo - Countryside Camino
Yes, we both thoroughly enjoyed our Camino experience - 5* organisation.
Favourite hotel & restaurant was Hotel O Pino - however, we didn’t realise where the hotel was and walked into Pedrouzo. The hotel owner very kindly collected us in his car - but we couldn’t fault anything about the hotel etc. we liked all the hotels - all different and all part of our Camino experience
Food @ Arzua - poor, Salceda - Average, Arca - Excellent Hotel, Lavacolla - place itself beautiful - owner willing to help with a taxi for evening meal, however, breakfast was 30 mins late - but it was good when finally the tables were laid and food provided. Hotel Montenegro - Great Location - Nice Hotel. Baggage transfers all ran smoothly and on time. Yes - couldn’t fault info pack. The Pilgrims Office with our Credential only to be told that we were not entitled to a distance certificate - they did stamp our Credential... so maybe things have changed at the Pilgrim Office. Thank You - for a wonderfully organised trip that didn’t disappoint in any way - Brilliant.
Ross
  • Ross
  • Camino Portugués Way
Yes, we really enjoyed our Camino, luck with the weather was with us all the way, and we arrived well prepared and well-organised thanks to Walk the Camino. A very positive experience all round for us, we felt all along the way that we were being helped by a professional team who knew their business. The peace of mind knowing we had a contact just a phone call away was very reassuring.

Mostly very positive experiences with the accommodation, the last two night in Santiago were dreadful, the hotel sits above two or three bars that partied like the Spanish do until 5 or 6 am, with no air-con we had to try and sleep with the windows open, a terrible experience, although they did pre-pack us a takeaway breakfast which we appreciated with the early train start. Otherwise, most of the hotels were pretty comfortable.

We really enjoyed the Casa Da Meixida hotel, despite being way out of Padron, it was friendly, clean, staffed by a lovely couple and had a big room with a spa bath attached. We also like the Inlima Hotel in Ponte De Lima, great staff, big room with a balcony and bath. At the Casa de Capela in Rubiaes, after our longest day, we arrived to find that we should have pre-booked dinner, as the rest of the guests had done, luckily the young lady working took us into town to a local restaurant, we probably would have stayed and dined at the hotel otherwise. At the Balneario Acuna in Caldas de Rei we liked the pool but the room was very poor, no air con and no window screens made for a poor nights sleep.

We booked a bed and breakfast package. On the breakfasts, they were pretty patchy here and there, at Oia there was almost nothing, in Pontevedra they reluctantly serve up a slice of toast and a small shot glass of orange juice in the café attached to the hotel, the suites in Redondela instructed us to ask for our breakfast in a nearby café, which we never found.

COMMENT The Redondela cafe is on the ground floor, across the road to the rear of the building. We do point out the breakfasts can vary significantly, as some places follow the Spanish tradition of stopping for breakfast mid morning.

On the positive side, Casas do Rio was terrific, even encouraging us to take a "pilgrims" lunch from the generous buffet, much appreciated. The baggage transfer was excellent, we only had one hiccup, arriving in Vigo our bags were not at the hotel, the reception desk thought that as it was 4 pm and they had not arrived by then, they probably had gone to the wrong hotel. You responded to our mayday call immediately, tracked them down, and they arrived within 15 minutes, whether they were mislaid or just late we never knew.

The information pack was pretty comprehensive, we were missing a coupon for a night in Santiago and one printed directions map for another hotel, an email back to the Walk the Camino company headquarters resolved that issue with them arriving by email almost instantly. We found we didn’t ever need to use the coupons, nobody ever asked for one, (maybe they are a back up in case of booking confusion). We found the guidebook pretty useless and didn’t bother carrying it on most days, we came across another guide book, " A survival guide to the Portuguese Camino in Galicia" by Jeffery Barrera, it was way better with much more interesting information about the history, culture and general information of where we were walking.

Our couple of suggestions would be that the walk from Vila do Conde to Arcos needs some tweaking, we arrived in Arcos at 11 am. We thought that with fresh legs a longer walk, perhaps up to Rates or even further would have been better. Walking into and out of Vigo is long, hot, tiring slog so we wondered if bypassing would have been nicer.

Yes, all in all, a very positive experience, we felt all along the way we were being helped by a professional team who knew their business. We will be asking for some information on a Japanese walk.
Marlene
  • Marlene
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
Fantastic - very well organized. In general, to be fair, accommodations were very good.

Place in Portomarin is cleaned and employees are nice: however, breakfast is very, very limited. Not good to start a day walking with no proteins. I personally don’t eat any meat or cold cuts, but needed the proteins from an egg, etc. One place I won’t recommend is Salceda. Dinner was very good, breakfast was not. All other hotels were perfect, great service, great food and we made plenty friends for future visits.

The Seminary of St Martin in Santiago is perfectly located. Restaurant food very limited. We found out the Seminary does not run the restaurant. It was outsourced, but I found out that we did not need to eat anything fancy ( ha, ha, my sister did not like the food) I will be back there anytime. Loved the simple!
Baggage Transfers Perfect, perfect - timely to the T! Congratulations! Perfect service. The information pack was great.

Enjoy very much this beautiful experience. Next year, God willing, I’m planning to walk with my friend Anabel somewhere from Burgos, down another 125-140 km. We also want to take a tour in Ireland and Scotland via England where my sister in law lives. Let me know what you have. Thanks a million! Overall, all good. Blessings
Tom
  • Tom
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
You did a great job on 1 day to help me adjust my Camino because of foot issues.
All lodgings were unique and welcome after a long day. Food was better than expected, especially the Pilgrim dinners. The baggage was always there when I arrived. Worked out so well.

You had my information pack forwarded to my hotel in Pamplona where I made adjustments to my self-planned trip.

You probably saved my Camino when I thought I was having to go home. Yet, I was able to adjust trip and get my Compostela certificate. Thanks for everything as I got referred by Debbie who was walking a couple days ahead of me.
Mike
  • Mike
  • Coastal Camino Portugués
It was just a wonderful experience. The weather was very good and the scenery beautiful and at times spectacular. Most aspects of organisation were very good. The hotel selection was excellent. There was wide variation from hotels and each had their own character. Food, again very good . The breakfasts were light but adequate. The venues allowed for a wide selection of options
Baggage Transfers- Worked without hitch. When we arrived they were there waiting for us or very shortly arrived. On day we nearly decided to go to breakfast and put our bags out later. We did not and the bagman came while we were at breakfast. Could be good to emphasise this with Walkers.
Al & Gwynne
  • Al & Gwynne
  • Via Francigena - Heart of Tuscany
We did enjoy the walk we are glad we were able to do it. We found a few more spots to stop then were listed. We enjoyed meeting up with some super walkers that’s what I called them, walking from Paris to Rome some from Canterbury England (boat in between) to Rome.

We like dealing with Walk The Camino. We didn’t use the map app all until about 2 in the afternoon on our last walk from Monteriggioni to Siena. We missed a turn but didn’t realize it until we checked the map App...it proved a real winner. All accommodation was good and the same goes for the food. Baggage Transfers- Excellent worked 100%.

The Information Pack provide all the information we needed, yes...but here is a suggestion. Re hiking boots...because I had a problem as I only brought New Balance Walking shoes...I realized on the first day that was a mistake. You need a boot with some "bite’ because of the pebbles and rocks.
Jim & Gail
  • Jim & Gail
  • Camino Portugués Way
We enjoyed the walk and had great weather. We had done several long distance walks and this was probably the easiest in terms of walking challenge.
People were friendly and the Way was well marked. We were very happy with the organisation. The bags arrived at each location each day and all our plans worked out well. The accommodations were well located mostly in centres of towns close to restaurants and sites to see. The restaurant in Pedro Furada was interesting but noisy. Our worst accommodation was the Parque Hotel in Porrino. All the rest of the accommodations were great and very welcoming.

The food along the way was good although one of us is a vegetarian and getting vegetarian meals with some variety is challenging in Portugal and Spain. Most of the restaurants were very good at trying to make up something when they were asked. Not much you can do for that.

Baggage Transfers very smooth no issues what so ever. Good information pack
Would there be any option for the customers to have choices in accommodation so that they could choose between a couple options?
Carol
  • Carol
  • Gourmet Camino La Rioja
Great trip and everything went to plan. Sunny days and stunning scenery. Great itinerary planned by you. Thank you!

The Echurran was very special - got special attention from Felix- will be going back there! Tasting menu amazing and we preferred it over the traditional menu as it had a few things not quite to our taste!

Baggage transfers were perfect. The information Pack was overall good. However, it would have been useful to know that we needed a picnic some days due to limited or no food stops. Eg the walk from Najera to Santo Domingo -the longest walk - the obvious stop for lunch was Ciruena. Also the last part of the walk to the Hosteria San Millan has a tricky downhill section towards the end.

We especially enjoyed our David Moreno wine tour- as we met the man himself!
David
  • David
  • Gourmet Camino La Rioja
Enjoyed it very much. Minor glitch was bodega timing. All hotels were acceptable. The Hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray was particularly comfortable and the Parador de Santo Domingo a close second. All breakfasts were good and excellent at the Echaurren and Parador. The included El Portal gourmet lunch was superb and the preceding kitchen tour enhanced the experience. We had some very good meals during the holiday including La Cancela (Santo Domingo), El Perro Chico (Bilbao) and La Merceria (Najera)
Baggage Transfers worked like clockwork. Information Pack generally provided all the information. The instructions coming out of Santo Domingo were slightly ambiguous about precisely when to turn right out of the town. A picture or street name would have been helpful. There were plenty of fantastic places to eat in Santo Domingo in particular. It might be helpful to include an overview map to show how the whole walk fits together. We enjoyed our extension to Bilbao. Thank you for organising this in addition to the other additional local travel arrangements.
Mariette
  • Mariette
  • Gourmet Camino La Rioja
Very good holiday! Everything was taken care of. We had no problems with transport, accommodation, luggage...everything went without a hitch.
All accommodations were good. The room at Duques de Najera was a little noisy since it faced the ally with the bars, and so I needed earplugs. Otherwise I liked the hotel a lot! No problems at any of the other hotels.

All the food was very good, We were given a choice between lunch and dinner kitchen experience. What we didn’t realise is that they were on Spanish time - a little different from the American and South African times! - Dinner kitchen experience started at 9:20 that night, we got back to the hotel room at 1:30am! The walk the next day was the most strenuous stretch (very hilly) and we really struggled and didn’t enjoy the walk as much as we should have. I would either recommend to others to do the lunch experience, or the dinner experience the first night they get in town so they have a rest day in-between.
It was such a wonderful experience that was hard to describe. I would love to go back for more some time. Thanks for all you did to make it go smoothly!
Duncan
  • Duncan
  • Le Puy Route
I enjoyed the holiday and the organisation of your holiday of the trip was very good. All good and thanks very much.
Jim
  • Jim
  • Le Puy Route
I had an excellent trip. The Chemins de Compostelle in April/May is not very populated and some days not a lot of contact with other walkers. The one constructive comment would be that eating facilities are very scarce and this required walkers to ensure they carried sufficient food to sustain them during the day.

Excellent accommodation and meals were of a high standard. Additionally the Walk the Camino staff were available to respond to small inconveniences (three instances). This was extremely reassuring.

Overall I had a range of accommodation. I probably only had one nights accommodation that I would not recommend. The woman was quiet rude and while we were having breakfast I know she raced up and checked the room. I had placed the toilet paper holder in a particular place and when I went to the room after breakfast it had been put back where it was when I first entered the room. Overall I would have to say my accommodation was of a very high standard. Well done Walk the Camino staff.

Some places the evening meals were average but nothing to complain about. I also had some outstanding evening meals. Overall very good.

I used both the Michelin Chemins de Compostelle guide book and A Cicerone Guide by Alison Raju. I would suggest to do this walk you should refer to both books they are complementary.

I was more than happy with all aspects of my walk. Walk the Camino staff were very professional and competent. I already have passed your name onto some walkers.
Marcia
  • Marcia
  • Gourmet Camino La Rioja
The holiday was fabulous. Enjoyed Spain very much. The organisation overall was good. A couple of hiccups re David Moreno wine tour dates being mixed up.
Appreciated the effort to organise a wine tour in Najera instead with Jesus from the Hotel. The accommodation was very good. Really enjoyed the final stay in Santiago de Compostela and Santo Domingo. The food was excellent. There was no problem with baggage transfers. The directions for the walk around the Rioja Valley were not very adequate but we followed the Red and White markers over the mountain. A brief overview of the history of some of the places visited would have been helpful as it was not always possible to get wifi in all hotels. Overall a wonderful and memorable holiday. The Spanish people were very friendly and helpful.
Liz
  • Liz
  • Le Puy Route
Really enjoyed the holiday. Excellent organisation. All accommodation was a good standard. Clean, good service, friendly staff and comfortable rooms.
Breakfasts were fine although some of the toasted bread provided was so hard we thought we might break our teeth on it, might be better to offer fresh rolls. Most hotels provided a good variety of cereal, fruit etc. Where we had evening meals in hotels they were very good. Thought the cost of meals was very reasonable. Baggage transfers great, no problems. Information pack good.
All was fine
Pat
  • Pat
  • Camino Finisterre
It was a little more challenging than the Sarria walk, but gave a great sense of achievement too, plus paddling in the ocean! It was quieter and the cafes and bars far between, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.
Very, very good organisation. Everything went extremely smoothly, and the things I’d worried about before going were no problem at all. Very impressed by the taxi driver arriving promptly to take us to the airport, I don’t think any of the ones I use at home are ever so precise. The accommodation was varied in style, which was interesting. The hotel at Negreira is a bit tired, but very similar to the hotels we’ve stayed in before on sightseeing holidays. The first one was very interesting because it was more like staying in someone’s home. The other hotels were lovely, and beautifully designed and decorated. But our favourite of all was Santa Eulalia. We had a whale of a time. The hosts could speak no English, and we pitifully little Spanish, but with a great deal of waving of arms, speaking loudly, using google translate (me) and drawing pictures and miming (Senor Santa Eulalia) we got on like a house on fire. I wish I could describe to you how brilliant they were! I’m going to email them when I’ve got time to sit down with google translate, and hope they can make some sense from it. I should have said about trying to avoid gluten, as there were a couple of places that breakfast was a cup of coffee and a slice of toast. The lady in Lires was really sweet, and must have run over to her neighbours’ to borrow some GF bread, although I was quite happy with what I had, she turned up with 2 slices of toast!
Baggage Transfers, absolutely perfectly, very often in the room already, and sometimes we were told to leave them in the room. I could have done with a sheet for dumbria as I wasn’t sure where we were going to be picked up - this is where the picture came in. Your phrases came in very handy, and my mum gave her’s to the cafe owner at Alta Pena who was practicing his English. I was hopeless at remembering anything I had learned over the last 6 months!
Gina
  • Gina
  • Coastal Camino Portugués
We enjoyed our holiday greatly! We loved every single town and city in which we stayed. The people were lovely and the scenery, architecture and culture were magnificent. High-quality organisation. Every accommodation was fine. Of course, some were better than others, and they were each distinctly different. Breakfasts were standard. Nothing fancy, but adequate. Not sure they could be improved. We enjoyed exploring for other meals in the various towns in which we stayed.

I found the hotel maps in the information pack a bit less useful this time. My memory of them when we walked El Camino Frances Sarria -Santiago was better. As much as we loved Vigo, and the hotel was exceptional, the long walk there from Baiona was challenging. I have recommended you many times! Thanks for your good work.
Jim
  • Jim
  • Via Francigena - Heart of Tuscany
    Via Francigena - The Last Section to Rome Italy
HAD A WONDERFUL WALK EVERYTHING WENT WELL. NO COMPLAINTS HAVE A FEW SUGGESTIONS. AS USUAL EXTREMELY WELL ORGANISED. I HAVE COME TO EXPECT THAT OF YOU GUYS VERY PROFESSIONAL.

Stephen
  • Stephen
  • Camino Portugués Way
Very much enjoyed it and didn’t want it to finish so soon (or so it seemed). The Portuguese route was much more scenic than I have imagined, even after watching several YouTube clips on the route. It was a delight, and the Portuguese people were so friendly and welcoming.

All the hotels were prepared for my arrival, without that moment when your heart is in your mouth waiting for them to find your name on their long list of guests arriving that day. The instructions on how to get to the hotel were clear and easy to follow. A very minor point: None of the hotels seemed interested in collecting your printed vouchers.

I needed to telephone the hotel in Redondela to send for transport as the hotel was out of town. Unfortunately, the receptionist’s english was as poor as my Spanish. So I telephoned you for assistance and you responded straight away and the matter was resolved within minutes, just enough time for me to finish my can of cola. Well done, and much appreciated after a long day of hard walking and all you wanted was just to rest and soak your feet.

The choice of hotels were mainly good and better than average apart from a couple which ’let the side down’ a bit.

The best ones were:-
Casa do Pinheiro (Ponte de Lima). After you discovered that the hotel frontage was just a door with a small sign over it. What a surprise inside, with the pool and garden behind it.
Torre do Xudeo (Tui). Beautifully renovated old stone building with thick walls and charming features. Wooden staircases and rustic breakfast room.
Casa de Capela (Cossourado Pecene, nr Rubiaes). Modern renovation with lovely lawn and pool. A most charming and delightful host. Loved it.
Pazo Torres de Agrelo (Redondela). What a splendid country mansion that was full of character and wonderfully maintained. Polished wooden floorboards and decorative tiles on some walls.

The least desireable ones:-
Hotel Rey Ferdinand (Santiago de Compostela). I realise that this was a last minute change of hotels as the town was full that weekend, but really! Please keep it off your list. The only good point about this hotel was its proximity to the train station where I caught the airport bus for €3.00. I didn’t even bother to have breakfast there. THIS HOTEL IS NOT ACTUALLY ON OUR LIST - CHOICE WAS EXTREMELY LIMITED DUE TO A BIG CONFERENCE IN TOWN.

The just acceptable:
Hotel O Cruceiro (Caldas de Rei). The receptionist was disinterested and the room was basic. There was only one waiter for the whole of a crowded restaurant. It reflected the town which wasn’t that good either.

My booking was B&B only. However, I must say that I had a fantastic meal in Pazo Torres de Agrelo in Redondela. I had seafood stew for starter, and Snuff(?) fish for mains. A whole bottle of red wine and water were included for €25.00. I was supposed to let the staff know by 5pm to book the dinner, but I didn’t arrive there till 5:45pm. The lady fitted me in without fuss and I was surprised by the quality of food and the wine which was included.

Hotel Chef Rivera in Padron was another delight. The hotel owner, Chef Rivera, greeted me himself, and cooked a wonderful dinner of Mushroom Cream appetiser, followed by fish pie (empanada) for starter, and Hake for main, cooked just right. And served by the Chef’s charming wife.

If you can suggest to your pilgrims to eat at these two hotels, or better still to prebook the dinners there, it would be wonderful.

Other thoughts on food :
Portuguese restaurants are slightly more pricey than in Spain possibly because of difficulties in finding the Menu for peregrinos. However, I liked their cuisine.
I would have liked to have dined in Casa do Capela, which had limited spaces in their restaurant. As they couldn’t fit me and a few others in, the owners took about 7 of us in two cars to nearby Cossourado village, and the restaurant provided transport for us to return to Casa. The pilgrims that managed to eat at the Casa said the food was lovely.

The John Brierley book was useful, and once again, I find his style of contents difficult to follow although the amount of information is plentiful. I realise that very few other alternatives are available for this route at present, and one other publication I bought is perhaps even less useful.

Please warn other pilgrims of the rough cobbled paths (lots and lots of them) in Portugal, which are extremely unkind to feet. Most peregrinos I talked to agreed on this point.
Maria Lourdes
  • Maria Lourdes
  • Camino Portugués - Last 100km
I enjoyed it very much. From 1-10 with 10 being the most organised, I would rate it a 10. All the hotels and accommodations were clean and comfortable. All of them was special and provided the much-needed resting place after each long walk. The pilgrims’ meal is really spartan. I missed my Filipino cuisine. I just wish there were more food options. ????
Baggage transfers ran smoothly and arrive on time
The Information Pack provided all the information I needed. I think the tours were very compassionate to the pilgrims. Keep up the good work!!! It was a wonderful and satisfying experience.
Colleen
  • Colleen
  • Horseback Camino
We enjoyed our Camino trip. It was very well run. Hotel Plaza Mayor and Grand Hotel Los Abetos were the best. The hotel Pilar just OK. The food was outstanding. We enjoyed every meal. We enjoyed our Camino trip. But we would not recommend the horse trip to anyone that is not an excellent rider. The terrain is difficult and the horses climb up trails where the walkers follow a much lower path.

COMMENT:- FOR THE MOST PART THE HORSES DO FOLLOW THE SAME TRAIL AS THE WALKERS. THE GUIDE MAY DEVIATE FOR SHORT SECTIONS, IF THE PATH IS WET OR THERE ARE A LOT OF WALKERS ON IT.

Jesus (The Guide / Host) was very nice and helpful but we feel he lost confidence with us after a few days of riding because of our riding ability. My friend fell and hurt her shoulder at one of the restaurants on the fourth day, so we took a day off. It was a great group of people and we enjoyed ourselves. Overall we had a good time.

COMMENT:- RIDING CAN BE STRENUOUS, SO YOU NEED DECENT STAMINA TO RIDE FOR 6 HOURS EACH DAY. SOME EXPERIENCE OF HORSE-RIDING IS REQUIRED, BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT RIDER, AS THE HORSES ARE HIGHLY SCHOOLED AND KNOW THE PATHS WELL.
Ranall & Sherry
  • Ranall & Sherry
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
The organisation was excellent. The best hotel was the monastery in Santiago. Sarria, Lestedo, Melide and Arzua were all very good. Our least favourite was the place in Portomarin, but it was still good. We would go back to any of them.
The breakfasts we ate were good, and some were really outstanding. However, we did not eat breakfast at Arca and Arzua because we wanted to get on the trail by 6 a.m. If we were doing it again at that time of year, we would probably eat breakfast two or three hours along the way.
Baggage Transfers worked very well. The Information Pack generally provided all the information. One very small point: we found the directions to the hotel Carlos 96 in Melide confusing. Perhaps they could be made clearer. We dealt with Caroline. She was wonderful. Thank you very much. The Camino exceeded our expectations in about every possible way.
Patricia
  • Patricia
  • USA
  • Horseback Camino
It was totally amazing! I was the only American in group of Espanoles-from different parts of Spain. Every day was totally fulfilling. I was so glad I could speak the language and fit in. Doing the Camino a Caballo was a dream come true. Jesus and his team are amazing . It was a first class trip. Riding onto the Plaza Obradorio was very emotional and special. And I would add the others in my group- we became life long friends!

Everything was as expected. There was minor confusion as to the Porto start in that no one else showed up at the Porto hotel...it was only used as a pick up point. If I had known that, I would have stayed extra day in Lisbon..then to Porto overnight, for pick up @ noon. But all is good.Jesus runs a well organized trip.

Every hotel was perfect and well chosen. Some had an adjacent area for the horses (like Vigo area, and the winery place). The last stop in Lavacolla- Los Abetos, was over the top--2 floors each hotel room. Being in Pontevedra for Dia de Santiago Jul 25, was fun..the fireworks at night were right outside my window. Of course, I had Tarta de Santiago that night for dessert!.

OMG..there are not enough words to say about all the great food! Fresh seafood, many courses lunch & dinner..for hours ea! Wine! Red White..we wanted for nothing! Breakfast was at hotel ea morning. Everything lovely. Jesus always made sure we had plenty. "Gracias, no mas" didn’t mean anything!
We either ordered from menu, or the food just started coming!

I would have liked more detailed info about the Riding Clothes, including Riding Boots, especially for " English saddle "...Many in our group are formal riders..like almost professional ...the Spanish take riding seriously...they all wore very formal and stylish riding clothes, etc.. We even had a horse riding club, a Polo Club, from Barcelona join our initial group, and they were well dressed/prepared etc.

I would suggest travellers have smartphones, with GPS...very valuable for being on your own (like Lisbon, Porto, & Santiago de Compostela), I used it all the time.

Also, please stress that this Camino requires basic horse riding...walking, trotting, sometimes gallop...plus the elevation changes are varied.
Plus the days are long !! We were all tired out every day. But all worth it! I earned the name: " Patricia, Peregrina Autentica y Chica Fuerte"
And that will be with me forever!!
Ginny
  • Ginny
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
I absolutely LOVED every step! The tour was very well organized. For the most part, our accommodations were perfect. I think having our accommodations on the Camino path was really great and very important for any weary pilgrim.
What set the best places apart from all of our other nice hotels was the atmosphere created by the owners. More family style run, the guest all ate together at the same time, the food was outstanding, great pride was taken in their work, they were warm and friendly. Truly, I much rather places like this and not "fancy" hotels were I felt removed from my fellow pilgrims!

I thought the good was great! It was nice to occasionally have the option to order something other than the pilgrims’ menu. I never went hungry! Also, I totally overpacked which was my own fault but I would have appreciated more insight into the gift of simplicity of life on the Camino. I thought I understood it, but clearly, I did not.

Fitness level, makes or breaks this pilgrimage, especially when the entire walk is so tightly scheduled. I am fit and intentionally trained for this walk so I could enjoy every step but I could see there are many pilgrims who were physically unequipped.
Allison
  • Allison
  • Camino Frances - Gentle Steps
Extremely organized - you were great with organizing, responding, and helping when we needed you.

We loved the little spot in Morgade - they were so wonderful and that spot was a total gem. Our absolute favourite on the trip was Pazo De Sedor - what a special place. I was EXTREMELY happy that we could get that upgrade. Also love that it was off the path a bit - they were also very wonderful and the restaurant there was great as well. Additionally, we loved Paxo Xan Xordo - a very special and unique place. The man running was also very accommodating etc. And a shout out to the woman who ran the place in Arca - it was a very simple place but she really went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable. We loved her. We also loved the spot in Lestedo - looks very new - cute little spot. Our favourites were always the ones in the country - in the farmlands. Thanks to you, we ended up staying at the San Francisco Hotel in Santiago, which was something...
Jean
  • Jean
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
10 out of 10...thanks for organising everything. Had a great time.
Joyce
  • Joyce
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
It was a wonderful experience. I have wonderful memories for walking the Camino. The support I received gave me the confidence that I could walk the Camino on my own as a 65 year old female and not worry about safety or logistics.
Lesley
  • Lesley
  • Camino Portugués - Last 100km
We enjoyed walking the route, but if possible bypass Porrino. It was also difficult for an evening meal. Overall, the quality of the accommodation fell below our expectations. We were expecting standards as previously enjoyed when we walked Via de la Plata. We enjoyed the holiday, met some nice people, good food, great experience. In hindsight, we might have taken a rest day in Tui. Looked an interesting place to take a break.

COMMENT:- OUR VIA DE LA PLATA TOUR FEATURES SOME VERY SPECIAL COUNTRY PAZO HOTELS, WELL ABOVE THE GENERAL STANDARD FOUND ON OTHER CAMINO ROUTES. PORRINO IS A POST INDUSTRIAL TOWN WHICH IS ADDRESSING SOME OF THE ISSUES WITH LACK OF SERVICES FOR PILGRIMS. THE ALTERNATIVE IS 2 NIGHTS IN TUI AND TRANSFERS TO AND FROM THE CAMINO - UNDERSTANDABLY NOT EVERYONE’S PREFERENCE.
Karen
  • Karen
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
The Camino was beautiful and we were lucky enough to have nice weather all week. Did not enjoy the Pension Arenas. (WE HAVE DROPPED THIS HOTEL FOR 2018). All the other places were quite good. The Calixtino, Carlos 96, and Hotel O Pino were all wonderful; it would be hard to choose the best of the three. All three were very welcoming and helpful. Also, food was quite delicious at all three establishments. The Hotel O Pino was my favourite for food. Our dinner there in the evening was excellent and the breakfast was the best all week, with a wide variety for everyone.
Joanna
  • Joanna
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
I was very satisfied with the entire trip. You coordinated our group plans very efficiently and were very responsive to our needs and questions. Luggage transfer worked smoothly. We lost an item, which was quickly recovered and caught up with us at our next stop.

Generally, I found the accommodations to be pleasant and very clean. Cleanliness was noted in all lodgings during the walk. Breakfast was ample in most places. Dinner at Calixtino was quite good (grilled octopus) but breakfast was basically limited to toast.
Louisa
  • Louisa
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
I indeed enjoyed walking the Camino. The organisation was very good. The accommodation was overall what I expected so I cannot single out a favourite. I, however, did have a ’not so good’ hotel - Eurostars Gran Hotel in Santiago was a disappointment. This is supposed to be a 4-star hotel, but, they are definitely not up to par. It was also not very easy to find this hotel even with your directions.
Meg
  • Meg
  • Horseback Camino
Absolutely! Very memorable. A fabulous way to see Northern Spain. Fit, well-mannered horses. Great accommodations. Good food. Great people in our group!

Jesus and his team did a very good job with all of us, and 8-10 horses every day. They had the sidesaddle for Kate and took great pains with her comfort and safety. Six hours a day in the saddle was taxing - I have ridden for 50 years and knew it would be very challenging.

Because of the language barrier or cultural differences, the 5 Americans on the trip were often left waiting. A few sentences here and there would have been much nicer.

Every night was very different. We liked them all. Had a series of great experiences. It would have been helpful to know in advance which hotels offered laundry services, etc.

The food was all good. Some meals were excellent. They were mindful that I was a vegetarian and I was well taken care of.

The wrangler, Peter, was exceptional. Took care of the horses, and the support vehicle, and the two older ladies who had to stop riding, and Kate when her foot was swollen and she couldn’t ride. A huge asset to her comfort and everyone’s well being. He had a great sense of humour and kept everyone smiling.
Natasha & Marco
  • Natasha & Marco
  • Via de la Plata - Last 100 km
I’m sure this is not the first email you may have received from guests that have returned with richness in their hearts and stars in their eyes. But here we are, with richness in our hearts and stars in our eyes and a great big word of thanks to you and your team for the organisation of such a special, soulful Camino journey.

Firstly, this was the first time we had ever ventured on such a journey and needless to say, we were a little anxious as to how it was all meant to unfold. However, your organisation, information packs, accommodation selections and ongoing transfers were of 100% top quality. So much so that the entire journey unfolded with such elegance and ease. All we really had to worry about were our cramping calves.

While we didn’t refer much to our maps, we did make use of your written notes (all the time!!) which, might I say, were perfectly in sync with the paths. I commend those who transcribed the way into words, for it is truly a feat, and was done remarkably well. Clear, concise and historically interesting.

We were really impressed with the choice of accommodation. Wow! We felt as though you understood our brief from the very beginning and took so much care in your selection along the way. We absolutely loved arriving at every one of our lodgings; each clean, spacious and unique in their own right and truly beautiful on the eye (and heart). Being greeted by our humble Galician hosts and feeling so very welcome in their homes too, was a heartfelt experience for us.

As for the cuisine, we were very grateful for all the extra attention and care we received from each of our hosts, and to indulge in authentic Galician cuisine was simply superb. All our meals were prepared from the heart, and of excellent quality.

As for your guidance originally, as to which Camino would best suit our objectives, you were spot on with Via de la Plata. All your patience over the 4 months of back and forth, to deliver what we were really seeking, definitely came to fruition. Thank you for listening, advising and being mindful of choosing the right journey for us. You couldn’t have been more on point.

A special mention to our driver Jose Angel, who warmed our hearts with his enthusiasm, service excellence and contagious smile. His knowledge of the region and his ability to educate us through his broken English was commendable. We tried to speak Spanish (poorly I’m afraid). Jose treated us exceptionally well and made sure our transfers were easy, secure and always on time. What a gem of a driver!! And a truly wonderful individual.

The journey entirely was, well, for lack of a better word – incredible. We have struggled to find the words (and I’m a writer!!) to express the utter depth of the experience. The arrows and written directions kept us on track all the way and the peace of the farmland landscapes filled our hearts with gold. An unmatched journey of a lifetime. We shall always remember, and cherish.

A big thank you to your team for carrying us through 112km of pure serenity. You made it effortless at a comfort level, which only enhanced the Way even more so. Our souls have forever been graced with the humility of a world gone by and a world that goes on - and our hearts have been opened to the possibility of journeying next year again, along the paths of the past – but only with the guidance of our Walk the Camino experts.

Preferred supplier guaranteed! And you can bet, we are spreading the word of your stellar service back home.
Elaine
  • Elaine
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
Excellent service once again.

I was very glad I had upgraded to Hotel Ferramenteiro in Portomarin. A super hotel to welcome us after a hard day’s walk. Lovely views of the valley. We were very impressed with Hosteria Calixtino in Lestedo. Having previously stayed in Rectoral de Lestedo, it had a lot to live up to and certainly didn’t disappoint. We had a particularly warm welcome from our host, Isabel. We really enjoyed our stay in Hotel Capitol in Santiago. Very well positioned for access to the Cathedral and old city. Amazing breakfast here!

The Camino Travel packs are very informative. Maps to find accommodation particularly good. Finding the Pilgrims’ Office was a little confusing and we needed help from a local. Prompt baggage collections and cases waiting for us each day.

Thank you for the great organisation that helped our Camino run smoothly. A wonderful experience for my 15-year-old grandson. Thinking about the Portuguese Camino now.
Lydia
  • Lydia
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the walk, we were very lucky with the weather which really helped. Autumn was a great time to go on the Camino as the weather was cooler (even though we had some hot days) and the autumnal colours on the trees made the setting very picturesque.
Susan
  • Susan
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
Very much enjoyed the whole Camino experience and would do it again. The organisation of your holiday was excellent. Breakfasts were variable - some wonderful - but not a problem. (We didn’t bother to sample the one in O’Cebreiro - not our favourite hotel and borne out by Trip Advisor). Unsweetened cereal was always a bonus and muesli a bit of a celebration! The baggage transfers were absolutely perfect, the information pack provided all we needed. Just thanks again for your kind attention, support and advice.

Anon
  • Anon
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
It was wonderful and beyond expectations; helped, no doubt, by the lovely autumn weather we had every day until it rained when we got to Santiago!
Accommodation was excellent throughout. We particularly liked Casa Garcia in Gonzar. On the minus side our overnight in Melide was marred by incessant noise from the locals which went on all night and had a similar problem in Santiago, though to a lesser scale. Our bags were not at one hotel when we arrived which was particularly inconvenient after a long and tiring final day on the camino. They eventually arrived by taxi later that evening.
Darlene
  • Darlene
  • Guided Camino
    Sarria to Santiago - Guided Tour
Absolutely enjoyed my holiday - highly organized. Accommodations always met and sometimes exceeded expectations. ie Sarria and Portomarin. The group meals provided were delicious. Baggage Transfers were perfect- no issues. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent and very attentive. The extra night’s hotel in Santiago, the Hotel Bonaval was most enjoyable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is lovely and the 24-hour breakfast buffet is great! Would I consider booking another holiday with Walk the Camino? Yes, as very helpful and arranged another tour when one I was originally booked for was cancelled.
William
  • William
  • Camino Portugués - Last 100km
    Camino Portugués Way
Did I enjoy my holiday? Absolutely - best ever and the organisation was very well done. The food was mostly great, a couple of places where there was only coffee and croissant for breakfast could be upped a bit ( juice, bread, something additional for calories, restaurants etc were fine and local cuisine was mostly very good - no complaints. Baggage Transfers were well done, timely, no hassles
I’d most definitely recommend Walk the Camino - very helpful in planning the itinerary and most pleasant to deal with, made the whole experience better.
Lorraine
  • Lorraine
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
I absolutely loved my walking holiday and was very upset when it ended.
I was happy with the food. The Pilgrim meals were great, servings huge, bread was delicious and the wine very nice. Thank you for the excellent organisation of my holiday.
Paula
  • Paula
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
The Camino, in general, caters in a similar fashion to an all-inclusive resort, as such meal options are quite resort centric. Pre-prepared in most locations, this is a symptom of the Camino and not your organization. On many occasions it was apparent that the tourists were passing through and not there for more than one day, so the provision of a quality meal was not a priority. This was not the case in all locations, we certainly identified that eating where locals eat and in particular eating later was a key to success.

We were not overly happy with our accommodation. Not sure if we were given discounted rooms even in the larger hotels we always got lower floors which were noisy. We did get a nice room in the Paradore in Leon and in Burgos but only after we paid to upgrade the rooms. I realize that were was little choices in the smaller towns however our general sense was as we were pre-booked we got the inferior room. The Parador in Santiago was a total disappointment. No view (our room looked out at a brick wall) extremely noisy, uncomfortable bed and quality of service at reception was poor. We felt like we were being treated as "pilgrims getting a cheap room". To be specific, we were underwhelmed by the accommodation. But overall we had a great time walking and meeting people.
No issues with bag transfers. This is decidedly the most efficient part of the Camino.
Randy
  • Randy
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
The holiday was great and the organisation excellent. I had the best accommodation I could hope for in some small towns. They were all satisfactory to excellent. Baggage Transfers were perfect. Information pack was excellent. Some directions to accommodations could be clarified or reworked. For all I received it was a great value.
Haejung
  • Haejung
  • Classic French Way - Last 100 km
It was more enjoyable than I expected. In overall, all hotels were satisfactory and provided foods were good. The reason I could not give 5 out of 5 is...
more detailed information especially regarding churches. The provided guidebook was useful but it contains the explanation on the route only.
Best hotel is definitely the Hospederia San Martin in Santiago. Location is perfect and building itself is stunning. Thank you for your support for travelling Camino.
Graeme & Colin
  • Graeme & Colin
  • Sarria to Santiago - Guided Tour
Tracy and her team set us up on an extremely well-organised tour covering the stretch from Sarria to Santiago.

For the entire route we felt looked after, with comprehensive information, great accommodation and wonderful food.

The distance travelled each day worked up a good thirst and hunger, and you always felt you deserved your sit-down meal at the end of the day.

We would highly recommend the services of Walk The Camino to anyone else looking at taking on a self-guided walking tour.
Rosaline
  • Rosaline
  • Camino Frances - Gentle Steps
We thoroughly enjoyed our Holiday. Overall we were quite happy with the accommodation - well situated and clean and comfortable with good ensuite facilities. Casa Morgade was our favourite. Great atmosphere, good food and a lovely sitting room with a log fire. Pilgrims menus were excellent value and all included a bottle or glass of wine so we enjoyed that. We didn’t get lost and often shared details with others who hadn’t been supported so well.
Chris and Davina
  • Chris and Davina
  • Camino Frances - Gentle Steps
We had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.
Anne and Brian
  • Anne and Brian
  • Camino Frances - Gentle Steps
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.
Anne Corrigan
  • Anne Corrigan
  • Camino Frances - Gentle Steps
We enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn’t have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It’s hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.
Terence
  • Terence
  • Camino Portugués Way
First Rate organisation which will be highly recommended. Great value for money The best accommodation was Mercearia de Vila at Ponte de Lima, closely followed by Casa de Capela at Balugaues. Casas do Rio where we were treated like kings and what a fantastic location. The Parador de Tui was a great spot. We enjoyed the convenience of an apartment at Apartamentos Alvear Suites. Most of the food supplied was okay and was of good quality. We were generally happy with what we were given and it fuelled us up for the days walk, The pack was well thought out - keep up the good work

Vanessa & friends
  • Vanessa & friends
  • Via de la Plata - Last 100 km
Particularly enjoyed our stays at Gran Hotel Soutullo and Casa de Casal. Excellent food. A very memorable experience. The organisation was faultless, all the accommodation was comfortable, staff were friendly and welcoming.

Peter
  • Peter
  • Classic French Way - Full Camino
I will recommend you (and have done already) to everyone. Sometime in the next few years, I will talk to you about Le Puy Chemin. You just couldn’t do anything better. I am so hugely impressed. This really was a challenge for me - even though I am pretty fit, I wasn’t sure what my endurance would be - and you ABSOLUTELY NAILED as far as fitting the program to me and so making it possible. Thank you so very much!

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