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14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Bill Kast Mar 18, 2015 at 03:43 PM

Hi all, I am signed up for the September 29 to October 12 trip for 2015, and I look forward to meeting some of my fellow participants. Bill.r.kast@earthlink.net

Anne Gaither Jan 09, 2015 at 02:49 PM

Jacqueline, I took this trip last May. I am a non-smoker, and never had a problem. All my rooms were smoke free as were all the common areas - I would describe the entire trip as smoke-free. I doubt you need to worry, and FYI, it is a wonderful trip in every way!
Jacqueline Goodkin Jan 09, 2015 at 02:52 PM

Thanks Anne, that's a relief!

Jacqueline Goodkin Jan 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I am signed up for the Oct 20 trip & noticed that 3 of the hotels allow smoking. Do they have non smoking rooms? Are there non smoking areas in hotels?

John and Kate Strefeler Jan 08, 2015 at 04:57 PM

Hi. We have signed up for the Sept 8-21, 2015 trip. We would like to emeet others going on that trip. Kate and John P.S. Has anyone read "Grandma's on the Camino?" It is by Mary O'Hara Wyman who walked from St. Jean de Pied Port to Santiago in the spring of her 70th year. A lovely read.

Barbara Slayter Dec 05, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Hi Lori, I believe the minimum walking required for the Compostela is 70 miles and for bicycling 50 but you should check. Probably, in total, we walked between 40 and 50 miles. You can complete the requisite number of miles at different times so you could join the Road Scholar tour, get the Compostela and keep track of your miles on this trip and return another time if you wish. Or you could go early and walk a portion and then join the tour. I imagine Road Scholar would be willing to advise you.

Lori Del Greco Dec 05, 2014 at 05:40 PM

thank you so much!
Barbara Slayter Jan 08, 2015 at 05:44 PM

Hi John and Kate, I went on the Road Scholar El Camino trip with four friends last October, and loved it. We wrote up an account of our trip, and if you would like me to send it to you , let me know at bslayter@comcast.net. Have a wonderful time. I am sure you will love the countryside, the history and culture, and the Road Scholar leadership. Barbara

Lori Del Greco Dec 05, 2014 at 02:33 AM

a QUESTION PLEASE. Does one obtain the Compostela after this walk? Thank you
JoAnn Wootten Dec 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM

No, we do not walk the required number of miles for a certificate. However the walk does include many miles on interesting portions of the Camino rather than miles along a highway. Somewhere in the detailed information on the trip it explains that you do not get a certificate. I loved the trip, and think that it is designed to give a good feel for the Camino walk. The walking, food and drinks as well as the guides are outstanding.
Lori Del Greco Dec 05, 2014 at 05:40 PM

thank you so much!

Ellen Schwarzmueller Dec 03, 2014 at 06:39 PM

How was the weather this September ... am thinking about the late September trip next year.
JoAnn Wootten Dec 05, 2014 at 08:02 AM

The weather was very good for the 9/30-10/13 trip. There were some heavy rains but fortunately for us the rain was at night. We did walk in rain but not a total wash out. However, I definitely recommend a poncho and waterproof pants. The pants are good for wearing over other pants if it is windy and cool too. I carried a backpack and felt ready for the weather. The weather was cool at night and usually warmed up during the day--esp walking uphill!!! Just follow Road Scholar advice--dress like an onion--in layers. That way you can take off or add on as needed and you have your backpack to carry the extra layers. Hope this is helpful.

Charles Ruth Sep 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Boot/shoe recommendations for the Camino? Thanks for the help.

Anne Gaither Sep 28, 2014 at 07:59 AM

I wore Keen hiking shoes from REI, basically just running shoes with great tread, and was very comfortable. There was not much off-trail, so a good fit and either waterproof or treated non waterproof uppers.
JoAnn Wootten Dec 05, 2014 at 08:06 AM

I wore Montrail OutDri. They hardly need breaking in. Were very comfortable. I wore out one pair training for the walk and I did walk a lot in preparation. However, on the walk, I never had a blister, not even a sore sport. In training (but not on the trip) I crossed a lot of streams by walking on rocks/through the water--feet stayed dry--that said, I did not wade thru deep water. Hope this helps.

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