Walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain
A Special Program called 'Just Get Me Started', for First-time Pilgrims on the Camino Francés
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Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, SpainWelcome to The Camino Experience, where first-time pilgrims come to take their first steps towards planning and walking the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. 

Getting started on the Camino de Santiago isn’t just about getting to the trail.  It’s about actually getting started walking on the Way.  It’s about taking your first step on the Camino, or your first 1,000 steps.

What We Offer

We offer a program for people who want to walk the Camino de Santiago on their own. It's for people who want some assistance, just to get started, but who don't want to pre-book all their accommodations in advance or walk the whole way with a pre-arranged tour group.   Our program is called 'Just Get Me Started', and that's exactly what it does - gets you started on your own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Click here to read what our clients and pilgrims say about 'Just Get Me Started'.

It’s a way for you to start your pilgrimage or walking holiday, accompanied by a guide who has walked the Camino multiple times, someone who has both the knowledge and experience of how it all works.  And you will start with a small group of people who share your goal and perhaps some of your concerns and fears as well, knowing you have access to an experienced guide to help resolve challenges as they arise. 

Our itineraries begin in three of the important cities on the Camino
Francés, which is the route that begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and continues all the way to Santiago de Compostela.  We start our groups in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and Burgos and Ponferrada, Spain. 

Our groups walk together for three to four days, depending on the starting point.  Then our pilgrims continue on their own, with their new Camino friends.  We welcome you to join us if you want to walk for just three or four days, or if your aim is to go all the way to Santiago or someplace in between.

Click here to learn more about what we offer.

What is 'Pilgrimage'?

Pilgrimage is a journey of the spirit, and the call to walk the Camino de Santiago is an invitation to explore what’s most important to you in your life.  This could be community, camaraderie, or something very deep and spiritual.  You could be seeking answers to life’s big questions – meaning, purpose, direction.  Many people who walk the Camino de Santiago walk for these reasons. 

Not everyone who walks the Camino is seeking a deep, spiritual experience.  Many people are looking for a physical challenge, something that would be a big accomplishment.  Others simply want an affordable way to experience the culture, cuisine, and countryside of Spain.  And still others don't know why they are drawn to the Camino; they just are.

What’s your reason for walking?

Learn more about what we offer to first-time pilgrims and walkers on the Camino de Santiago.

A spiritual journey, a cultural tour, a really long walk...

El Camino de Santiago in Spain – Getting Started on the Way of Saint James

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