Self Guided or Guided Trip?

Unsure about which trip to do – read our helpful article below.

Both options take the hassle away from planning a Camino trip, so what is the difference between a self guided and guided?

Self Guided Trip

  • A self guided trip means that you can choose a start date that suits you and it can be customised to your requirements for example extend your trip by one night, exclude airport transfer etc.
  • There is no guide and you are not part of a group but you will receive a detailed Camino Information Pack (detailing the history of the Camino, practical tips such as what to pack, what walking shoes are recommended and lots more) and a Detailed Itinerary Pack (containing route maps, topography maps, historical information about the towns/villages along the route and walking notes so you know where you are going each day).
  • Please note the Camino is regarded as the best signposted, long distance trail in the World. Furthermore we are available 24 hours a day by telephone for any assistance you may need.
  • We recommend self guided trips for people who want more independence or for those who like the flexibility of being able to choose a start and finish date that suits them.

Guided Trip

  • A group trip is on a set date of the year and includes a bilingual tour guide.
  • The benefits of this option is that it eliminates worrying about getting lost and is ideal for solo travellers who do not want to walk on their own. However you are never really alone as there are always other pilgrims along the way, particularly on the French and Portuguese Way.
  • You can also still walk at your own pace and alone if you wish but you have the added safety of knowing your guide and other group members are close by there for you.

For further details, look up our self guided or guided trips on our website or email us on with any questions.