The Camino Experience is taking some time off, and we won't be offering any programs in 2017.
But there is some really good information on this website!
Just What You Need to Get Started
We offer a unique program called 'Just Get Me Started' which is designed to ensure your successful start on the Camino Francés route of the Camino de Santiago. The goal of 'Just Get Me Started' is to enable you to walk your pilgrimage on your own, or in the company of new friends. And you’ll do it confidently, safely, and with (hopefully) happy feet. Your Camino, your way.
You can do this! And you don't have to start it alone.
Why start your Camino experience here?
Assistance with Planning
Specifically for first-time pilgrims, the program provides all the assistance you need to plan and prepare for your walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. We provide the information and guidance you need to take care of all the details of travel planning, packing, and getting yourself physically and emotionally ready to walk the Camino de Santiago.
We also help you to plan the day-to-day itinerary of your Camino, in a way that suits your needs and preferences perfectly.
When do you walk the Camino de Santiago?
Meeting and Greeting You at Your Starting Point
The Camino Francés route begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and crosses the Pyrenees Mountians just before the small hamlet of Roncesvalles, Spain.
When you start with one of our groups, we will meet your train, bus, or taxi at your starting point, and we gather in a small group (ten or fewer people) to begin the pilgrimage walk together.
During the first days of walking, we will talk about your pilgrimage - what it means to you - and your guide will provide tips, tricks, and information to help you navigate the Way and get the most out of your journey.
Your pilgrimage. Your Way.
The group is together officially for five days, and then you are ready to continue on, independently or with your new Camino friends. You continue at your own pace, setting your walking stages and selecting your accommodations as you go. We will show you how to do this, using our Pilgrim's Handbook and an up-to-date distance and elevation chart of the trail that you receive with the 'Just Get Me Started' program.
Planning for the 'Inner' Journey
This is a big thing you’re doing. Aside from the physical challenge and the need to organize a lot of information, a pilgrimage draws on who you are, what you’re made of, that inner you who seeks meaning and love and all those less tangible things. Call it spirituality, call it religion, or call it a really long journey to the innermost parts of your heart and soul. When you walk to Santiago de Compostela, that’s where you’re really headed.
Therefore an important goal of the 'Just Get Me Started' program is to prepare you for the inner journey, while we help you prepare for the physical one. What does it mean to be on pilgrimage? How do I prepare myself for the inner journey? How will I be different because of this experience?
If the inner journey is important to you, we will spend time together discussing your goals and intentions for your Camino journey.