Travel Agents & Tour Operators
At FrancigenaWays.com we specialise in cycling and walking tours on the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome; and the St Francis Way following in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi. Our tailor-made tours have been designed by our travel specialists to give you an unforgettable travel experience.
Many groups, charities, families and solo travellers from all over the world have travelled with us and we currently work with select travel agents from many countries, from Australia and Korea to the US, Ireland and UK. We help travel agents and tour operators create walking and cycling tours for their customers providing them with our Via Francigena and Camino packages, itineraries and trusted services on the ground.
Our vision is to grow our international partnerships, while we develop new tours on the Via Francigena, the Camino de Santiago and other exciting hiking and cycling routes. If your clients are looking for walking or cycling tours on the Via Francigena please send us the details below and one of our travel specialists will provide you with all of the information you need.
If you are a travel agent and would like to partner with us, please contact Jeremy or Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is the Via Francigena?
- Most Popular
- Self-Guided Tours
- Guided Tours
- Requesting an Itinerary
- Booking & Payment
Like the Camino de Santiago, the Via Francigena (the Camino to Rome) is an ancient pilgrimage route. This epic trail starts in Canterbury Cathedral, in the UK, and takes pilgrims across Europe and into Rome, the Eternal city. The whole Via Francigena is 1900kms long and follows the route taken by Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury, who went on pilgrimage to Rome back in the 10th century and recorded it in a travel diary. It takes three months to walk the full length and a month and a half to cycle the route. However many pilgrims choose to do a few sections at a time, with the most popular being the sections across Tuscany, the Alps and the last stretch of the Via Francigena into Rome.
The Via Francigena has been gaining popularity in recent years but the route is not as well known as the Camino de Santiago so walkers and cyclists won’t encounter as many pilgrims en route.
The St Francis Way is another route into Rome, inspired by the life and teachings of St Francis of Assisi. This is a 4-week trail from Florence to Assisi, the Rieti Valley across the Apennines and finally Rome. While shorter, the Way of St Francis is a challenging trek, recommended for experienced hikers.
The most popular sections on the Via Francigena are:
Tuscany: Walking from Lucca to Siena is our clients’ favourites. It takes eight days to complete and walkers will be walking in a region of wonderful beauty and history, stopping in spectacular towns such as San Gimignano and Siena. We also have an ‘Easy Walk’ option for this tour, walking an average of 15kms per day. The section from Siena to Viterbo, also in Tuscany, takes walkers across the picturesque Val d’Orcia wine region, its quaint medieval towns and rolling countryside dotted with vineyards.
St Bernard’s Pass and The Alps: The alpine stretch of the Via Francigena is only open in the Summer months, as it crosses the St Bernard’s Pass in Switzerland. Along the way, you will enjoy wonderful views of Lake Geneva and you will feel a real sense of adventure as you make your way across the mighty Alps.
We also organise Via Francigena guided tours departing on selected dates, focusing on specific sections.
Our self-guided tours include:
We provide hotel/guest house accommodation of around 3* star standard with en suite bathrooms. Hotel upgrades are also available in bigger towns.
Breakfasts and dinners on walking days are included as standard. We do not provide dinners on the first and last nights (ie. Viterbo and Rome) as we find clients prefer to try out the numerous meal options available in these larger towns. Breakfast-only throughout the walk is also possible but options for evening meals would be limited in smaller towns along the walk. Lunches are not included, we recommend clients take plenty of water and picnic with them as services such as cafes can be limited in some of the sections. Dinner is included on all nights on guided tours. More details here: Food in Italy.
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel is included each walking day. The luggage transfer limit is one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg. Clients should leave their bag in the lobby of the hotel around 8am each morning before going for breakfast, ensuring their luggage tag (which we provide) is on the bag. The bag will then be moved to the next hotel and would usually be at the next accommodation no later than 4pm each day.
Walking Notes and Maps
As with all of our routes we provide all clients with walking notes and maps. The sections in Italy are relatively well marked.
Clients are provided with a 24/7 support number (included in their holiday pack) to assist them with any issues or questions that might arise during the trip, outside office hours. Our reservations team manages these support calls and they speak fluent Italian and French, as well as English.
Airport Transfers – Optional Extra
We can provide airport transfers to the client’s first hotel. This can work out to be cost effective if the client group is 4+ people but can be provided for any client group size.
Should the clients prefer public transport, details can be found on the ‘access’ tab for each tour.
We offer guided tours on fixed dates (see dates: Via Francigena guided tours) to which you can add your clients. Our guided tours on the route from San Miniato to Siena have a 6 – night (7 days) walking itinerary.
Our Via Francigena guided tours include:
Hotel/guest house accommodation of approximately 3* star standard with en suite bathrooms
All breakfasts and dinners
English-speaking guide throughout the walk
Luggage transfer on walking days
Walking notes and maps
In order to request an itinerary for your clients for the walk we need to know the following information:
Lead client’s surname
Route chosen and number of nights
Number of people travelling
Whether they would like double, twin or single rooms
Their proposed travel dates
Start dates and remaining availability for guided tours will be outlined on our website. Self-guided tours can start on any date.
Please note clients will never walk on their arrival day, and the will have an overnight in their first hotel prior to commencing their walk on the second day morning of the tour.
Contact us to request a sample itinerary.
On receiving the above information regarding your clients proposed tour we will send you on an email containing an itinerary and pricing.
For agents, the price outlined includes a commission discount and is therefore Net, our price to you, and needs to be marked up before presenting to your client.
Our commission discount starts at 12% for agents but should you confirm a large number of tours with us we can discuss the possibility of increasing the discount offered.
To confirm a week-long tour with us we require a deposit of €180 per person. For tours on longer stretches the deposit required is 20% of the tour value.
When you get in touch with us to request an itinerary, we set you up a username and password. You can login using these details via francigenaways.com and can make your deposit payment for the tour using a credit. Credit card details can also be given to confirm a tour by contacting us over the phone.
Payments can also be made by forwarding a cheque payable to Greenlife Tours or by bank transfer adding the relevant tour reference as payment reference.
Please contact us to advise if payment is being sent by cheque or bank transfer. Please note also that the tour will not be confirmed until the cheque has arrived or transfer has arrived into our account.