Does the price include air fare?
Flights are not included in the cost of the walking tour. If you need
travel arrangements Teachers' Travel / Walkers' World
would be glad to help.
How do I get to Bilbao?
It is a good idea to arrive a day early. We can make a
reservation at the Barcelo Nervion Hotel for you (the hotel
where you are picked up for the start of the walk) or at other
flights to Bilbao from Madrid, Frankfurt, Paris and London.
It is possible to travel to Bilbao by bus or train from Madrid. Train schedules can be
found (in English) on the Spanish Rail web-site
How do I get home from
Santiago de Compostela?
On weekdays there is a flight from Santiago to Frankfurt with a
connection to Toronto.
There are direct flights from La Coruna Airport (about 60 km north
of Santiago) to London, England on Iberia Airlines. This flight operates daily in mid
afternoon. From London you can get flights to most cities.
Alternatively, you can fly from Santiago Airport to Madrid and from there
get a connection to most cities. Trains run from Santiago to
Madrid three times per day.
What equipment do I need?
Your luggage is carried by bus for you from hotel to hotel so you only
need a small back-pack to carry water, camera and extra clothing you may
need that day. You do
need comfortable hiking boots. A walking stick is helpful but you may
have difficulty taking one on a plane. Walking
sticks are usually for sale in shops along the way.
How many people are in a group?
We find the ideal number is 20. We have two guides and most days the
group breaks into two sections, one faster, one walking at a slower pace
and not so far.
What sort of people are usually in the
Ages vary. There have been thirty year-olds and people in their
late seventies but we guess that the average is around sixty-five. Mostly
they are Canadians but we have had Australians, New Zealanders and
Americans. Some travel as couples, some as singles.
I am on a special diet.
What will I eat?
Our head guide is a vegetarian so the dining rooms along the way
have become accustomed to this. Other diets such as
gluten-free can be accommodated but please let us know in
advance about diets and any food allergies.
Can I drink the water?
Although our guides insist the water is fine we still recommend
that you drink bottled water. You can buy this at shops along
If I get tired and don't
want to walk can I ride in the bus?
Yes. The guides can arrange this.
Are there toilet facilities along the way?
There are bars and cafes in villages. It is considered polite to
buy something if you use their facilities.
How experienced are the guides?
Garry, our affable head guide, has guided Walkers World groups every
year since 2004. He has walked (and cycled) the
Camino many times. He is a qualified mountain guide and
has taken the official safety training courses required under EU
regulations. Originally Australian, he has a PHD from
Oxford and speaks fluent Spanish (with an Australian accent). Garry
lives in Santiago with his Spanish wife and sons.
Ines and Enrique are a delightful husband and wife team who currently live in
Spain but have spent many years in England so are fluent in
English. They have walked the Camino many times. Enrique's
special interest is good food and his skills make our picnics
Is it better to walk the Camino with a
group or independently?
If you are traveling alone it is definitely better to walk with a
group. If there are two or more of you you could choose to do an
independent walk. Keep in mind, however, that if you are walking
independently everyone in your party must walk at the same speed.
For an independent walk it is necessary to decide in advance on
daily distances so hotels can be pre-booked and arrangements made
to transfer your luggage. If you plan to walk independently
and stay in hostels these cannot be pre-booked and beds are
assigned on a first come/first served basis. Beds in hostels are
often in communal dormitory rooms and facilities can be primitive.
If you walk with our group you will be assured of comfort and
privacy at night.