FAQS

Camino de Santiago

Hiking/Walking tours

What type of boots do I need for a TWT guided or self guided Camino Tour?

Footwear is a very personal question - depending on how active you are and how much support you will need. Since we will be walking on a daily basis on the Camino de Santiago, I believe that comfort is key - you do not want to get blisters. You probably won't need a full high boot that covers your ankle (unless you need this support), but rather light trail walkers or even running shoes if you are used to walking. In the spring, there may be mud and water along the trail, so keep that in mind. Most important: Make sure that they are well broken in!

What sort of conditioning do I need to undertake a TWT guided or self guided Tour?

We encourage you to walk before and be prepared for your own enjoyment. As you will be walking from inn to inn, you should be prepared to cover the day's full stage. They say your Camino begins once you decide to do it, so enjoy your ``training`` walks and get those km's in before your arrive to Spain! As a bit of insurance, we will also provide you will a list of taxi phone numbers... just in case.

How do I purchase travel insurance?

Travel insurance is always included in our tours. (Covid included)

When do most people walk the Camino de Santiago?

According to the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago de Compostela, in 2019, 33.4% of all pilgrims who requested the Compostela arrived in July and August. This makes sense since many Europeans and students have their vacation time in the summer. Whenever you decide to walk, you will always be able to find that ``quiet time`` for yourself along the trail. In addition, walking with Fresco Tours means that you won't have to worry about your meals, your pack, where you'll sleep, or anything else. You do the walking and leave everything else up to us!

How do I get from Santiago Compostela to Madrid and other cities?

There are now RENFE trains that will get you from Santiago to Madrid in less than 6 hours. While routes and availability may vary upon time of booking, there are several daily trains from Santiago to Madrid. The direct trains are listed as Alvia. If you are looking to fly, there are excellent internal flights that fly Santiago to Madrid.

Will I have access to WiFi?

Yes, but you will be walking in one of the most rural parts of Spain so the service may be a bit difficult or slow in certain locations. Nonetheless, many cafes along the way also offer Wi-Fi so you'll have several opportunities to be online. Finally, remember that one of the greatest joys of the Camino is cultivating the ability to disconnect and enjoy your immediate surroundings!

What if I am unable to walk the scheduled daily kilometers?

We will provide you with daily maps of your walk. These maps include the elevation gain and loss along the stage, the address and a detailed map of where your hotel is located, our favorite restaurant recommendations along the trail for lunch and dinner, and a list of taxi phone numbers in case you need a lift.

What is the terrain like on a TWT Tour?

In Galicia, the region where we walk, the terrain is green rolling hills - there are neither steep climbs nor treacherous descents. The trail itself is a combination of very well maintained compact dirt and stone footpaths and small country roads.

What is the weather like on the Camino de Santiago Tour?

The Camino de Santiago covers over 750 km of Northern Spain and therefore has very different weather conditions depending on the region. Generally, rain is a possibility all year-round. Temperature-wise, mornings and evenings can be quite chilly all year-round and air-conditioning is rarely needed.

Does the group stop for breaks on the Camino de Santiago Tour?

The great thing about the Camino is that it is very well-marked and we encourage people to walk at a pace that is comfortable for them - this is not a race! We want you to enjoy the route and we like to stop with our clients for a coffee or cerveza along the way to take everything in!

Lunch

Lunch generally takes place at the end of the stage for that day. Each morning, your guide will inform you what the plan is for lunch. Some days lunch is included and may be a gourmet picnic or a sit-down lunch in a restaurant. When you arrive at the designated restaurant, you can sit down and start ordering and eating or wait for the others to arrive, as you wish. When lunch is not included, you can have lunch wherever you wish. There are many small restaurants and cafes along the way where you can find well-priced menus.

Laundry

Most of our accommodations offer a laundry service for a modest price. Usually they do not give you access to the laundry facilities for you to do it yourself.

Tip

Tips for our driver and guide(s) are not included. It is not mandatory but, if you are happy with the service you receive, it would be much appreciated.

What does THE WAY TOURS have to offer?

``Our vast experience in the organization of adventure trips all over the world has led us to believe that we have just the right conditions to show you the best about northern Spain and Portugal. We are a young, dynamic and motivated team, and we want to show you all the best sites northern Iberian Peninsula. ``

What kind of preparation is required for hiking?

It is assumed that you are healthy. Preferably, you should be in good physical condition, so a few months before your trip, you should practise some exercise to improve your resistance. A good starting point is to walk those daily routes where you usually travel by car, or climb the stairs instead of using the lift. If you are not in good physical condition, that does not mean you won’t be able to take the trip, it just means it will be harder for you to do so, and if you are indeed in good physical condition, you’ll enjoy the trip a lot more. However, don’t forget that psychological motivation very often beats physical effort.

How much luggage can I take with me?

Luggage will be transported inside vehicles, so please, do not bring more than an average suitcase or backpack (maximum 20kg). Small hand luggage can also be carried inside the vehicle.

What luggage should I bring?

Before travelling, we will send you an email with all the information you need, including suggestions of a few items that you might want to bring.

Do I have to pay the total amount of the trip when I make a reservation?

No. Upon reservation, you’ll pay only 20% of the total amount. Up to 30 days before the date scheduled for departure, you’ll have to pay the rest.

Will the group be accompanied by a The Way Tours Guide?

Yes. The most of The Way trips are guided. The only exception are self-guided trips.

What is the group of travellers like?

Our groups are usually small and nice, between 4 to 16 people from different nationalities.

What is the minimum and maximum age required to participate in one of your trips?

``It is hard to define a minimum age because that depends on a lot of factors. As a reference, we would suggest 10 to 12 years old. You should, however, be aware of the child’s abilities and energy and, most of all, his/her motivation. Motivation is probably the most important element to consider. We wouldn’t think it was a good idea to make a child participate in one of our programs if he/she didn’t have some motivation and enthusiasm. As well, there is no maximum age. Some 40 years old people can barely move, while some people over 80 have a lot more energy and enthusiasm than many young people... No matter how old you are, you should always check with your doctor if you think there is something wrong with your health. ``

Travel tips

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  • Money: Credit and debit cards are the most efficient and convenient way to get money. ATMs are throughout Spain, and most places accept major credit cards (Visa is the best). Before you leave, talk to your bank and make sure that you have the correct PIN and inform them that you will be traveling to Spain, so your account is not frozen after 1 transaction. Travellers checks and cash can be changed at banks and exchange offices, although hours can be problematic.
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