On the Camino Primitivo near Oviedo |  <i>Andreas Holland</i> Ready to hit the Camino trail! |  <i>Allie Peden</i> Ready for the first walking day, Roncesvalles |  <i>Dana Garofani</i> Hiking amongst heather on the Camino, Spain |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>
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5 of the Best Guided Camino Tours in Europe

Walk the Camino on an affordable small group trip with a local guide

Do you want to walk the rewarding Camino de Santiago trails and share your experiences with a small group of like minded travellers? These guided Camino tours are exactly what you're looking for. A professional local guide will accompany you and a group of pilgrims as you navigate the Camino's fascinating history, beautiful scenery, and pilgrimage camaraderie.

There is a wide variety in experiences on offer. You can complement your walking with a culinary aspect with a Food Lover's Camino tour, hike the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago and collect your official certificate, or immerse yourself in the best sections of the Camino routes in Portugal, Spain and Italy. With UTracks, you can explore the Camino your way.

Here we list the 5 best guided Camino tours in Europe.

  1. Best of the Camino Tour

  2. Walking group on the Camino, Spain |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>

     

    It makes sense to start off a 'Best Guided Camino Tours' list with the Best of the Camino tour! On this guided walking tour in Spain, you'll experience the most interesting parts of the Camino Frances trail. Each day you'll walk a section of the Camino and then be transferred to your accommodation, meaning you'll journey along the best bits. Your local guide will be with you to explain the history and sights of the route, including the towns of Leon, Burgos, Santiago and Pamplona, famous for its running of the bulls.

    Highlights of the Best of the Camino tour is that you get to see the entire Camino Frances in just 13 days and will form a lifetime of memories and friendships with the other like minded travellers.

  3. Guided Camino Walk: Sarria to Santiago

  4. Pilgrims completing their Camino in Santiago |  <i>Sue Finn</i>

    Of all the Camino routes, the Sarria to Santiago section is the most popular, because it allows pilgrims to walk 100km of the Camino de Santiago. This is the minimum distance required to be walked for pilgrims to collect their Compostela certificate (to signify you've walked the Camino). 

    The Sarria to Santiago guided walk covers 115km of the Camino, and with your local guide and small group you'll be able to hear about the legacy of the Camino, walk across a variety of landscapes, and complete your pilgrimage by walking into the holy city of Santiago de Compostela with its famous cathedral.

  5. Food Lover's Camino Tours

  6. Truffles are a delicacy on the Via Francigena |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

     

    For those pilgrims who want to pair their amazing walking experience with the regional delicacies, these tours are for you. There are three Food Lover's tours, the Food Lover's Spanish Camino, the Food Lover's Way of St James, and the Food Lover's Via Francigena. Each of these allow for gentle walking along some of the best sections of the Camino trail as well as plenty of time to explore farmer's markets, vineyards and world class restaurants.

    There are many unforgettable aspects to these trips. In Spain, you'll enjoy Michelin-starred dining experiences and spend some nights in paradors (former Spanish palaces). In France, sample delectable cheeses, wines and truffles and walk between beautiful villages, and in Italy, the hands on cooking class reveals the secrets of Italian cuisine. Find out more about these great culinary Camino trips.

  7. Best of the Portuguese Way

  8. Porto harbour in Portugal |  <i>Jaclyn Lofts</i>

    Some pilgrims say that the Camino in Portugal is even more spiritual than the trails in Spain. Without question, however, is the beauty of this route. Walking on the Best of the Portuguese Way takes you from Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, and follows a path through the north of the country through charming destinations such as Sintra, Coimbra and breathtaking Porto. 

    Highlights of this guided Camino tour are experiencing the Camino from a different nations perspective, sleeping in a parador (luxury accommodation), and being immersed in both Spanish and Portuguese culture.

  9. Best of the Via Francigena

  10. Pilgrim walking into St Peters in Rome at the end of the Via Francigena |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

       

    The Via Francigena is Italy's answer to Spain's Camino de Santiago. The Via Francigena is a famous pilgrimage route that you can walk with a small group of other pilgrims. The Best of the Via Francigena tour covers an epic distance - from St Bernard's Pass in Switzerland to Rome in Italy - but fortunately it is completed in just 13 days. Each day you'll experience the most scenic walking sections before a transfer vehicle takes you directly to your accommodation so you can explore the local surrounds. 

    This tour is the best way to experience the entire length of the Via Francigena without actually walking it, which would take 50 days! Finishing in the Eternal City of Rome and walking the final steps to St Peters Basilica is truly remarkable, and you'll be glad to reminisce your journey with your fellow walkers.

 

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