Camino de Santiago for Beginners
If walking part of the legendary Camino de Santiago in northern Spain appeals to you, but you’re not sure how to plan or you’re not sure you’re ready for the individual challenge of going it alone, here’s a deal and an option you’ll want to explore.
Exodus Travels is offering a 9-day fully supported walk that ends in the famous pilgrims’ goal, Santiago de Compostela, the capital of beautiful Galicia. Many pilgrims stay at inexpensive dorm style accommodations kept by religious orders and by government agencies. Pilgrims often start walking very early each day before sunrise to reach the next accommodations by mid afternoon before they fill up. These kinds of accommodations do not take reservations. On the other hand, the accommodations on this guided trip are pre-booked and a step up. They include 2-3 star hotels and pensions, each with an en-suite washroom. Just the kind of compromise between affordability and comfort/privacy that a newby walker needs.
The other advantage to a group walk with a tour company like the experienced and highly respected Exodus is that they’ll carry your belongings from one stop to another, allowing you to use a light day pack. You’ll walk through beautiful rolling countryside of farmlands and forests, into ancient villages where you’ll find lovely little churches, discover delicious and inexpensive local foods and meet lots of friendly people. Some are walking The Way of St. James like you. Others have been welcoming pilgrims on routes that are over a thousands years old.
The deal with this group trip is the reduction in price from CDN$2875 to CDN$2475 for certain dates in the spring of 2023. For $504 more, you can guarantee a private single supplement.