Via Francigena Charity Challenges
Overseas charity challenges are an excellent way to raise funds for your cause, create awareness and bring your supporters together in a memorable adventure. FrancigenaWays.com organises charity challenges on the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome; the Camino de Santiago and other fantastic trails. Our expert team is led by Jeremy Perrin who has worked in the charity sector for many years.
How we help to make your charity trek a success:
- Tailored itineraries, including hotels
- Many different routes to choose from
- Airport and luggage transfers, meal, local guides and more
- Marketing and promotion assistance
- Recruitment & information events
- Fitness advice & training days
- ‘Trek Pack’ material with detailed information
- Gear discounts in selected outdoor stores
If you are a charity or group interested in a fundraising adventure, contact Jeremy on +353833535550 or email@example.com
28th April 2017 – Via Francigena across Tuscany
29th April 2017 – Camino de Santiago – French Way from Logroño to Burgos
(Contact: Lianne Redmond firstname.lastname@example.org)
6th May 2017 – Camino de Santiago – French Way from Sarria to Santiago
(Contact: Frank Nealis email@example.com)
7th May 2017 – Camino de Santiago – French Way from Sarria to Santiago
11th May 2017 – Portuguese Coastal Way from Baiona to Santiago
14th May 2017 – Camino de Santiago – French Way from Sarria to Santiago
17th June 2017 – Camino de Santiago – French Way from Sarria to Santiago
(Contact: Linda Jacobs firstname.lastname@example.org)
2nd September 2017 – Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago
7th September 2017 – Camino Portugues from Tui to Santiago
16th September 2017 – Camino de Santiago – French Way from Sarria to Santiago
16th October 2017 – Kilimanjaro Climb
What type of charities do we work with?
We organise treks for charities on the Via Francigena – Camino to Rome, the Camino de Santiago routes and other fantastic cycling and walking trails in Ireland and Europe.
What are the best destinations for group tours?
The most popular routes for our charity treks include the last 100kms of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago, the last 100kms of the Portuguese way from Tui to Santiago, the Portuguese Coastal route and the Via Francigena route in Tuscany, Italy.
What do your group walking trip itineraries include?
Our itineraries include accommodation for your group, meals, airport transfers, luggage transfer between hotels on walking days, detailed walking notes and maps and an emergency contact number. We can also add day tours and sightseeing for your group.
What level of difficulty for your charity challenge?
The route or section that you choose will depend on the type of vacation that you are looking for. Walking clubs and hiking clubs may choose some difficult walking routes along the way or you may be a group travelling together for fun and adventure. Both ways of experiencing the Camino are equally enjoyable. It is up to you what pace you want to go at and we will help you to decide on the best section to suit the level of difficulty the group wishes to take.
Can you provide tailored itineraries?
Yes, we can fully tailor and adapt your itinerary to suit the needs of your group.
Can we have a guide?
Yes, if you feel your group trip could be made better by the presence of a local guide we can provide one for you and your group. We recommend a guide for any group with 15 or more people.
Can you come to speak to my group?
Yes, if your group is based anywhere in Ireland we can come to visit you to discuss your group tour in more details. For groups based outside of Ireland we can arrange a Skype call.
What meals are included?
For groups of 15+ we include both breakfasts and dinners. We do not provide lunches during your walking tour as good lunches can be found at the numerous cafes along the routes.
What are the hotels and rooms like?
Our standard tours include good quality 3 star hotels with friendly staff. We also offer 4 star and 5 star hotels if you would like to upgrade for some or all of your trip. All rooms are en-suite and we offer single rooms (1 single bed), twin sharing rooms (2 single beds in the room) or double sharing rooms (1 double bed).
How do luggage transfers work?
Once you confirm your trip we will send you luggage tags for your group which each person needs to place on their bag. Each morning before you begin your walk, you need to place your bag downstairs at reception in the hotel. The bag will be collected by the luggage transporter and brought to the next hotel.
Do you offer discounts for charity treks?
As standard we offer a 12% discount for groups of more than 10 persons. Further discounts may also apply is your group is above 20 people.
How large can our group be?
We handle charity groups of between 10 and 120 persons.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
To make your charity trip run more smoothly we can offer airport transfers from any Spanish airport to the start and finish point of any Camino trip.
Similarly, we can arrange airport transfers for group tours on our routes in other countries (Portugal, Italy, France, etc.).
How does payment work?
Once you have confirmed your trip, payments can either be made to us through the group leader or organisation, or members of your group can pay individually. Payment can be taken over the phone or using our online booking form. If paying individually, the deposit for most trips will be €180 per person (this may be a slightly bigger amount for longer tours). If the organisation or group leader is paying directly, the deposits will generally be 20% of the total trip cost.
Do you offer fitness advice to groups travelling on the Camino?
All groups can receive a free copy of our 6 month fitness guide.
These are some of the great charities we have worked with at FrancigenaWays.com and CaminoWays.com:
The Marie Keating Foundation team has walked both the French Way and the Portuguese Way, raising funds for their important cancer support services and awareness work. Their trek even featured in a RTE Documentary.
The Mayo Roscommon Hospice team has trekked many Camino routes over the years, including the Portuguese Way and the French Way.
The trekkers at World Vision Ireland have tackled the famous Camino Frances route and they have more fundraising adventures coming up, both on the Camino and in Ireland.
Mainstay DRP provides care and support for families affected by learning disabilities in County Down. Their fundraising treks have taken them to the Camino Frances, Portuguese Way and Finisterre.
The CMRF Crumlin team are also among our keenest adventurers, having trekked the Camino de Santiago and Sierra Nevada raising funds for Crumlin Childrens Hospital Dublin.
The Camphill Communities team has walked both the French Way and the Portuguese Coastal Way, raising funds for their work with people with intellectual disabilities.
The team at Southern Area Hospice from Northern Ireland are Camino experts at this stage, having walked many sections of the Camino de Santiago: across the Pyrenees, La Rioja and in Galicia.
The team at Peter McVerry Trust are keen trekkers and have hiked Tour du Mont Blanc a few times. Their work focuses on reducing homelessness and social disadvantage in Dublin’s inner city.
Diabetes Ireland, the charity helping people living with diabetes, has taken to the Camino a few times, including the Portuguese and Portuguese Coastal routes.
MS Society Ireland, the Multiple Sclerosis charity has trekked a few Camino de Santiago routes, including the Portuguese and French Way.
The Simon Community team works to prevent homelessness in Ireland. They have also walked the Camino Frances to Santiago.
The team of St James Hospital, a teaching hospital in Dublin city, has also hiked their namesake Way of St James as part of their fundraising activities.
Wendy McMahon from the UK walked the Camino in memory of her husband Glenn and to raise funds for the foundation named after him: the Glenn McMahon Foundation.
Development agency Self Help Africa supports communities across rural Africa to eradicate hunger and poverty.
The Cappagh Hospital Foundation fundraising treks contribute to improve patient care as well as research, development and education at Dublin’s orthopedic hospital.
Based in Scotland, the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust is a small charity supporting women affected by cervical cancer.
The Beaumont Hospital Foundation raises funds to constantly improve services for patients at Beaumont Hospital in North Dublin.
My Aware have been working for 40 years to help people in the UK living with myasthenia, a sever muscle disease.
Foyle Hospice provides care for cancer patients in the Derry/Londonderry area, in Northern Ireland.
The Teenline Ireland team works to improve the well being of young people going through difficult times across Ireland.
The Sophia Housing team trekked the Via Francigena across Tuscany to raise funds for their housing programmes across Ireland.
CRY is an Irish charity supporting families affected by the loss of a loved one by sudden cardiac death. The team has trekked the Camino many times.