Does the price include air fare?
Flights are not included in the cost of the walking tour. If you need
assistance with 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).
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?
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. 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 well into their
seventies. Sometimes the seventy-somethings outwalk the thirty-somethings. Mostly
they are Canadians but we have had Australians, New Zealanders and
Americans. Some travel as couples, some as singles.
How experienced are the guides?
Garry, our affable head guide, 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 son.
Ines and Enrique are a 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.
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.