Testimonials

Testimonials from 2016 / 2017

Individual Testimonials

“We were all delighted with our trip, the accommodation was excellent and we had no trouble at all with the bag transfers.  When talking to people en-route it seems like we got great value for money and therefore we could not recommend Eoin Garvey and his Camino Groups highly enough.  We are all talking about going back again next year!” Maggie, Adult group member.

“Had a great time doing the Camino and enjoyed every minute. Trip of a lifetime. We booked the trip with Eoin in Camino Groups and all the accommodation and itinerary was spot on.” Ann Dennehy, Kerry.

“Thanks Eoin for organising an excellent Camino experience. No hesitation in recommending Camino Groups – we will definitely be travelling with your company again!” Bernie and Anne, Mayo.

“My local travel agent recommended Camino Groups to me – they organised every part of my Camino trip for me and I was completely satisfied with their service.” Liam Feehan, Offaly.

“Top class holiday… everything was top class…we really enjoyed it! If we go again, it will be with you and I’ll be recommending you to other people!”  Thomas Gleeson, Tipperary.

“This is the second time we have used Camino Groups and last year my son travelled with Camino Groups on his school tour. I would have no hesitation in recommending Eoin and Camino Groups to anyone wishing to experience the Camino.” Deirdre Rafter, Kildare.

Escorted Tours

“Sarria to Santiago – The food, company, accommodation and total sense of achievement – priceless! If Eoin drank Carlsberg, he would probably be the best tour guide in the world!” Gary and Janet, Roscommon

“I wasn’t even travelling with Camino Groups but by good luck we were in sync with our travel plans. Eoin was so knowledgeable and welcoming that we felt part of the group by the end of the week – next time we may go with him for the craic!” Geraldine Burton

“Deciding to walk the Camino was a very big decision for me, choosing Camino Group was the best! For a personable, professional and value for money experience, I really believe they can’t be beaten.” Michelle Tierney, Offaly.

Camino Groups schools in 2016/2017 – What they have said so far

All of these are direct quotes from real people and they have all agreed to allowing their names and quotes be used.

Owen, Organising teacher, Blackrock College, Dublin

How does a Camino trip compare to other school tours?

It proved to be the highlight of transition year for many of the students – very positive written and oral reviews e.g. ….’The Camino was a brilliant trip overall from start to finish…’…’For me, the Camino was the highlight of Transition Year’…’My experience of being involved on the Camino is definitely a positive and enjoyable one’…

Would you consider another Camino trip again?

Yes – hoping to travel April / May 2017

Other

This was the first year that we used a travel agent as part of our planning for the Camino. From the moment our group leader made contact with Eoin in Camino Groups, he knew we were dealing with someone who knew our annual route from Triacastela to Santiago really well. Discussions re accommodation were fruitful and Eoin’s advice and choice of albergues worked very well overall. Also, the change of hotel, and the reasoning behind the change, suggested for Santiago seemed to help the group get more out of their last day than previous groups.

During the planning process, all emails, requests and issues re change of personnel were answered and dealt with promptly and efficiently. Overall, our group were delighted with their experience of Camino 2016. It is our hope to work with Eoin and Camino Groups for 2017.

Virginia, Organising teacher – Confey College, Leixlip

How does a Camino trip compare to other school tours?

“The best, has sent a huge positive vibe around the whole school. Students will be getting up to speak about it at the graduation ceremonies. It has been unbelievable the effect that this trip has had on our students and the positivity they have brought back with them!”

Would you consider another Camino trip again?

“Yes, we already want to look at booking for next year.”

Vivienne, Organising teacher, Teresian School, Dublin

How does a Camino trip compare to other school tours?

“In my opinion it is a wonderful experience for students. It is unlike any other school tour, students are talking about the enriching experiences they had, how they have bonded as a group and how they got to know other students better. Our group had an amazing experience, one that they will never forget!”

Would you consider another Camino trip again?

“Most definitely! It’s a great option for any year group, it is probably something that we will offer to Transition Year students again.”

“As this was our first TY Camino tour I was a little apprehensive, there was no need, Camino Groups were efficient, patient and extremely professional. We had a fantastic experience, the trip was organised extremely well and there was very little for me to do! I would definitely recommend Camino Groups as the company to use for a Camino Tour. Thank you!”

Declan, Organising teacher – Fingal College, Swords

How does a Camino trip compare to other school tours?

“Totally different. And all the better for it. It’s a unique experience. And experience is the key word. There are so many different elements to this tour that you just can’t get on an orthodox trip to Paris or Barcelona. The challenge is part of it. Culturally, spiritually, physically- you are challenged and rewarded.”

Would you consider another Camino trip again?

“Yes!”

Aishling, Organising teacher, Loreto College, Letterkenny

We had a fabulous week on the Camino to Santiago.

The girls so enjoyed the experience despite the few that had blisters. They enjoyed having the independence of leading the walks, having the challenge every day and more importantly the sense of achievement each afternoon.

The students loved the chats with others en route, of all walks and ages, and hearing their stories.   Of course, all others were very interested when they saw a long group of 25 female teenagers walking together.

The positive feedback I have been getting from parents that I’ve met over the past 10 days has been resounding.  We all have good memories of the week.  It’s hard to think it’s over.

Thank you very much for making the experience of organising the trip so easy.

The Camino School Tour is a wonderful way to experience  Spain, the rural Spain, away from the beaten track, giving all involved a sense of responsibility, ownership, independence, guided freedom, challenge and achievement every day they walk, developing new friendships with other students and teachers in the group and seeing and tasting the local cuisine.  A truly wonderful way to experience Spain, hands on.”

Niall Maher, Group Leader, Benildus College

Can’t recommend Camino Groups enough. Everything ran to perfection and all the accommodation and restaurants were well chosen with helpful and accommodating staff. Our lads had a great time and we’ll definitely be back with Camino Groups next year.

Other words from 2016/2017

“The feedback from students, parents and teachers has been extremely positive”. Tom, School Chaplain in an all-boys school.

“My son WhatsApped me yesterday to say ‘Mam, this has been the best day of my life’”. Deirdre, parent of a student on a Camino school tour.

“Unreal experience – I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this possible. Muchas gracias!” Lily, Teacher in a co-ed school.

“Not only did we become better friends with each other, we also made more along the way. We met pilgrims from Puerto Rico, Germany and even Ireland. Each person had stories to tell and different reasons for walking the Camino. I think we would all agree that that this was one of the best weeks of our lives. We will never forget this exceptional journey and are only counting down the days until we can return. Buen Camino!” Orlaith, student, Castletroy College.