Frequently Asked Questions - Camino
Frequently Asked Questions | Camino
The Camino de Santiago – or the Way of St James – is one of the most famous walks in the world. Commencing in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, on the French side of the border with Spain, it is a pilgrimage through northern Spain to the town of Santiago de Compostela.
THE WALKING JOURNEY
What can I expect on this journey?
We will alternate between walking and driving legs throughout the journey. While we will spend a large portion of the journey walking the most scenic and culturally significant sections of the Camino, our courtesy vehicle will ensure that utmost convenience is always at hand, should you desire. Our specialist Camino guides will tailor your daily walking program based on individual preferences and ability.
How far will we walk per day?
Our total walking distance on The Crux of the Camino will be 235.9 kilometres, over 13 walking days, and on A Taste of the Camino, 145 kilometres over eight walking days. While this averages just under 20 kilometres per day, completing the day’s walking is by no means mandatory. Our private courtesy vehicle will always be available to those who wish to head directly to the hotel.
What if I want to rest?
While a moderate level of fitness is required to get the most out of your journey, you are always free to stop walking at any time.
Will I be accompanied throughout the trip?
Our group will be accompanied at all times by a Tour Manager, as well as two specialist Camino guides and a Medical Practitioner. While medical assistance will be available 24 hours a day, please note that during walking days, any additional time spent at your hotel, away from the rest of the group, will be considered time at leisure and will not be hosted.
Can I walk on my own?
You are able to walk at your own pace, and are also free to walk alone if you choose. One of our guides will always walk at the head of the group, while the other will remain behind, ensuring that no-one gets either too far ahead or left behind.
Will I get a certificate for completing the Camino de Santiago?
You will receive a Pilgrim Passport from our Camino guides, at the beginning of our pilgrimage in Spain. Walking days and visited towns are commemorated with passport stamps, marking not only your daily accomplishments but also serving as official documentation.
As it is Camino custom to walk the last 100 kilometres to qualify for the ultimate goal, The Crux of the Camino and A Taste of the Camino guests are eligible for the Compostela, certifying the completion of this fabled journey.
FOOD & DRINKS
Will water be available throughout the journey?
Water will be freely available during our journey. There will be a steady supply of water in our courtesy vehicle at all times, while there are also many fountains along the way, from which guests will be able to refill their water bottles.
What types of food will be available?
Our journey will take us to some of northern Spain’s finest hotels, restaurants and vineyards. We will savour a range of regional specialties, including the freshest seafood, pintxos and tapas, as well as the many local varietals of master winemakers.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Do I need to be fit to join this journey?
All participants must be able to walk a minimum of five kilometres over uneven and, often, unsealed terrain over multiple days.
What physical preparation do I need to do before the journey?
The best way to begin your training is to simply start walking, building up your distance gradually over the months leading up to the commencement of your journey. It is a good idea to include hilly, as well as flat, terrain. An information pack, containing more detailed preparation advice, will be sent to you closer to your departure date.
What should I pack?
As you will be outdoors most of the time on walking days, your clothing needs to be appropriate to the environment.
The following items are considered ‘must haves’ during your Camino journey:
Walking shoes – Light hiking shoes are preferable; your walking shoes will need to be well worn in prior to travel.
Light clothing – The weather will be variable on our journey. As such, it is advisable to wear light layers that can be removed as you warm up. Long pants that can be rolled up or zipped off to make shorts work quite well, while comfortable tops made of quick-dry, synthetic materials are best. Cotton is not suitable to wear during walking days as it will not dry once wet.
Sunglasses, a sun hat, and sweat/water-resistant sunscreen are also essential items to pack in a small backpack to carry with you.
Trekking poles – While not essential, many walkers choose to use trekking poles on the Camino, as they help in retaining a steady rhythm and balance, while also providing stability during ascents and descents, as well as while negotiating rough terrain.
Will there be laundry facilities?
Laundry facilities are available at each hotel during our journey. It is advisable to make use of these provisions during our two-night stays in particular.
What about my luggage during the journey?
Your luggage will be transported to each hotel on board our private courtesy vehicle. There will also be luggage assistance provided upon arriving and departing each hotel.