A cultural connection of walkers to landscapes and local life.
EXCLUSIVE! Jo Ann Taylor, founder of The Walking Connection is your host and walking companion for this small group adventure.
October 10 - 20, 2020
One departure only in 2020!
11- Days, 10 Nights
Two Paths - One of most popular, and one of the least traveled.
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per person, double occupancy
$1000 USD Deposit Due With Registration
Since the Middle Ages, pilgrims have trekked to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Many routes have been traveled over the centuries and on this unique itinerary, you will have the opportunity to walk on two of them.
The Camino Frances (French Camino) and the Camino del Norte (Northern Camino) are the only paths recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites for their living memory of spiritual, cultural, artistic and economic importance of the historic pilgrimage routes as part of the European identity.
Explore the dramatically varied landscapes of northern Spain. As you switch between the more famous Camino Frances and the more dramatic and lesser-known Camino del Norte, the contrast between the dry central plateau and the lush green pastures of the Cantabrian coast is remarkable.
Our selection of walks and visits balance the beauty of the natural landscape with the most interesting historical sites and charming, comfortable accommodation. What makes this journey so special is the people you meet along the way. From your guides and hosts to shepherds, villagers, pilgrims and your fellow walkers.
Hiking the Camino with Walking Connection means your journey was crafted in concert with local experts and curated by Jo Ann Taylor. With over 30 years of experience, Jo Ann is a pioneer in adventure travel and a leader in creating unique walking travel experiences in more than 30 countries around the world.
Our journey in Spain will be led by a knowledgeable, local hiking guide and a driver-guide to provide optional shorter hike distances for hikers of most abilities. To enjoy the most scenic portions of the Camino, there will be transfers each day to the start of our walks and at the end of the day to our next charming hotel. These transfers may be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on the day.
We offer a unique opportunity to explore the two main routes followed from the early ninth century by pilgrims from all around Europe to reach the Holy town of Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain.
ONE IS GOOD. TWO IS BETTER
With dramatically varied landscapes of northern Spain, this guided small group trip switches between the more famous 'Camino Frances' and the more dramatic and lesser known 'Camino del Norte'. The contrast between the dry central plateau and the lush green pastures of the Cantabrian coast are amazing.
BETTER WALKS, BETTER LIFE
This journey consists of walking what we think are the most emblematic and beautiful stretches of the Camino Frances between the Pyrenees and Santiago de Compostela as well as some sections of the Camino Vadiniense, Lebaniego and Norte. The walks we have chosen convey the changing landscapes as you move along the different Caminos.
Level of Activity
You walk seven stages over the course of this trip, each varies somewhat in length, but on average you will be walking around 10 - 15 km a day with shorter walks also available on most days.
The nature of the walking depends on the region you are passing through, but by and large, it is on very good, wide paths and tracks. On one of the days the walk is almost entirely uphill as you cross into Galicia but the gradient is steady with an optional pick up point along the way.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ON DEMAND!
Our privately available minibus means that there is flexibility to shorten the walk, skip some of the walks or be picked up in middle points.
Level of Comfort
The sleeping accommodations on this journey is very comfortable, always en suite, and always with lots of personality. Although star ratings are not particularly helpful when it comes to small hotels in more rustic environments, you should expect 4-star standard along the way.
Please note that this is a journey in which you move hotels most every night with a two night stay midway. This provides a certain pace to the trip which you should be prepared for. After a day or so expect to hit a comfortable rhythm.
Since you are travelling essentially the width of northern Spain over the course of this trip, the weather will change from day to day. We expect the weather to be basically dry until you get into Galicia where rain is more likely.
Temperatures at the very start and very end of the trip should be around 10°- 20°c (50°- 60°f), as you travel across the plains of Castile, daytime highs are much warmer at 25°- 30°c (85°f).
Level of Culture
We have selected our highlights of the Camino partly on the basis of the physical transitions from region to region but also very much on the basis that each day should reflect a cultural transition too as you move from region to region of Spain.
As well as the more obvious definition of culture, it's important to remember just how good the food and wine is along this journey. And besides, viticulture counts as culture. It is remarkable on this trip just how many different D.O. (denominated origin) regions you travel through. You will be able to sample wines which are rarely seen beyond the shores of Spain.
With the changes in wines, so too the food varies by region. From the splendid beef of Navarra through the lamb of the plains and the seafood of Galicia, each part of Spain has its own cuisine of which people are intensely protective and proud.
Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.
YOUR COMFORT IS DEFINED BY CHOICE
Local resident, English speaking guides and driver/guides will lead our small private group. Along with your Walking Connection host and escort, there will be options most days for a long hike, a shorter distance or the choice to take the day off. Your choice!
Where We Sleep
The accommodation on this journey is very comfortable, always en suite, and always with lots of personality. Although star ratings are not particularly helpful when it comes to small hotels in more rustic environments, you should expect 4-star standard along the way.
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People Love The Camino
"The feeling of triumph after reaching Compostela, knowing that, even at my age, I can overcome the difficulties life throws at us and reach my goals."
- Ellen F., 74 years young, California
"I now know I can do anything!"
- Connie G., 55 years young, Arizona
"Its the places you go and the people I meet, that's why I have traveled with you for the last 30 years."
- Larry D., Arizona
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