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Camino De Santiago

Europe's great historical and cultural trail

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Australia's most experienced Camino Operator

More people travel with RAW Travel to the Camino than any other operator in Australia and NZ. We take care of all the details: accommodation, luggage transfers, maps, breakfasts and transport. You can just relax and concentrate on your Camino knowing you have a secure booking each night with luggage transfers, so all you carry is your daypack.

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Direct Operations & local on-ground support

We don't outsource our trips so we maintain full quality control. We also have our own ground staff in-country at both ends of the Camino to give you any assistance you might need during your Camino adventure. You can't beat having local back-up when you need it!

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Flexible trips tailored to you

We listen to what you want and tailor the walking to your ability and timeframes, giving you the experience you want. We can vary the length of stages and find the accommodation that best suits your needs and budget.

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Unique & historic accommodation

We book all our arrangements directly and with our long-standing relationships with hotels, you'll be well looked after. You will stay in authentic, quality local accommodation from grand Parador hotels to charming casa rurales. We have chosen the most interesting and centrally located lodgings right along the Camino route.

RAW Travel sent over 1200 people on the various Camino routes last year who walked a total of 504,000 km between them!!

Camino experts

Experience Spain's most Epic and timeless Pilgrimage trail

Our Camino was truly an amazing experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. The scenery, the history and the opportunity to unplug from our daily work lives made this trip the antidote from our normally hectic lives. RAW Travel delivered everything they said they would and their service from the initial enquiry to heading off was spot on.

Frank Cirillo (NSW)
June 2019

In short – I loved everything! I loved the walking, the weather, the accommodation, the food, meeting and chatting to people from all around the world, the thinking time, the wildflowers, the challenge of facing every day and the sense of achievement and pride in completing over 800km.

Cheryl Kerr (NSW)
April 2019

The coordination of the entire trip was first class. All accommodation was of a high standard with a few places way beyond expectations. 

Lee Antony Smith (NT)
May 2019

We had a fabulous time. The scenery was superb and we met some wonderful people along the way. Our accommodation was terrific and the food exceptional. The bag transfer went without a hitch. We thank you and Raw travel for helping us to have such a memorable experience.

Maree Guppy (VIC)
June 2019

Everything by RAW Travel worked exactly as planned. Your management of the trip was excellent. One of your local representatives emailed us to offer assistance if we needed it. We did not need to contact him but it was comforting to know that if anything went wrong then local help was available.

Terry Perram (NSW)
May 2019

Wow! What a great experience. The Camino de Santiago exceeded my expectations. First walking holiday and just so enjoyed. Accommodation was so good with a few very special stays. Some days were a challenge but with good general fitness anyone can do the walk. Everything ran smoothly with luggage transported and at our accommodation on arrival.  

Cheryl Simsic (NSW)
May 2019

RAW Travel was excellent. They selected amazing hotels and honoured my room preferences. In fact, we loved so many hotels, we couldn’t pick a favourite. I loved the scenery and walking through the small hamlets. The luggage transfers went smoothly, and our local guide immediately resolved a problem at one of our hotels. 

Rachel Kelts (USA)
May 2019

The RAW Travel organisation of our Camino experience was second to none. We were very pleased we chose RAW Travel for this amazing pilgrimage.

Jeanette Refalo (QLD)
June 2019

I had an absolutely wonderful time. I was extremely glad that I booked accommodation and luggage transfers through RAW Travel. All of the places booked for me to stay were excellent in all aspects – comfort, cleanliness, security, friendliness and accessibility and the luggage pick-up and delivery was spot on every day. Thank you RAW Travel.

Carol Gibson (VIC)
May 2019

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Santiago de Compostela

The legendary city of Santiago is the reason why the Camino exists, being the resting place for the bones of St James in the magnificent Cathedral's crypt. It is a lively and captivating city that draws visitors from all over Spain as well as crowds of arriving pilgrims at the end of their journey. Spend a few days to fully enjoy this gem of a city.

Montes de Leon

Two mountain ranges punctuate the middle to latter sections of the Camino and the pass of the first is marked by the symbolic Cruz de Ferro (Iron cross) the highest point of the route at 1540m. The valley in between these two ranges includes many pilgrims' favourite towns, including Molinseca, Ponferrada and Villafranca de Bierzo. When you then climb steeply to the small hamlet of O'Cebreiro, you will have crossed into Celtic Galicia, the final province.

The Meseta

The wide open expanses of the Meseta typify the middle of Spain – a large open elevated plateau. Walking here offers solitude and a feeling of liberation, with small historical towns and villages along the way that are dependent on the foot traffic of the Camino as their lifeline. The Meseta covers around 200km from Burgos to Astorga.

Leon

León is the biggest city along the Camino and, being the capital of Castile, it offers a vibrant taste of modern Spain. This wonderful city combines stunning historical architecture with an irresistible energy. It is a fine place to relax – enjoy the many cafes, shops and bars. León's standout attraction is its cathedral – one of the most beautiful in all Spain. As a transport hub, this city is also well connected to the rest of Spain.

Pamplona 

The cultural capital of the Basque region is a beautiful compact city of atmospheric, cobbled lanes made famous by the annual running of the bulls in the San Fermin festival. It has fascinating museums and a grand cathedral, and its vibrant eating and drinking scene was the hang out for Ernest Hemingway when he wrote The Sun Also Rises. It's a great place to start your trip or take a rest day after crossing the Pyrenees. 

St Jean & the Pyrenees

Although really only a day's walk, the stage of the Camino through the Pyrenees is not to be missed. The Napoleon route, as the name suggests, was used by invading armies to traverse this famous mountain range. The Basque mountain town of St Jean de Pied Port is the traditional starting point and a charming town in its own right. Beautiful mountain views and the bon homie of the departing walkers make this an exciting start to your Camino adventure.

Camino When to Go

DESTINATION GUIDE - ESSENTIAL READING!

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The French Way or Camino Francés is the most popular of the many pathways leading to the historical and spiritual city of Santiago de Compostela. Spanning almost 800km across rural Spain, this is the most well known Camino de Santiago route; and as you’d expect, it offers an enormous variety of landscapes, terrain and culture.

This route is not particularly strenuous (overall), but you’ll need physical and mental stamina. It can take 40+ days to walk the full Camino. It is an incredible journey that will immerse you not only in Spain's grand history, food and culture but most importantly the extraordinary camaraderie that exists along this route. The spirit of the Camino de Santiago is alive and well among people from all over the world. It is 'bucket list' experience you will never forget!

We are we your Camino De Santiago experts.

We have a dedicated Camino Team, including our own staff in Spain who have first-hand knowledge of the Camino routes, so when you call us you will speak to an expert!

  • We comprehensively prepare you for your Camino walk by offering the most training days, information nights and the best Camino materials available in Australia.
  • We have walked and cycled all the routes
  • Our staff on the ground in Europe are fluent in Spanish and English, so you can rely on us for local knowledge, expertise and support.
  • Our in-house travel agent will book your flights and pre/post-travel arrangements.
  • You’ll receive a comprehensive information pack, with a Camino guidebook, phrasebook, luggage tags, detailed itinerary, maps, track notes and trip notes.
  • You'll have access to insider information.
  • Check out our dedicated Camino website!