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The Greatest Road in Europe: Camino De Santiago

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Program #3601RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Richard from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 10/01/13 - 10/14/13
5 Stars for both design and execution.

Karen from Edmonton, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/01/13 - 10/14/13
This program delivered everything it promised and more. I

Peter from Edmonton, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/01/13 - 10/14/13
The Camino program was excellent. If you like walking in interesting surroundings, steeped in history, with a diversity of travelers, with great food and being well looked after, then this is for you. Peter D. Edmonton Ab.

Linda from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/30/13
This program exceeded all my expectations. The food and accommodations were wonderful. Meals featured the local cuisine and the hotels were conveniently located for exploring the old towns on our own. The hiking was challenging but could also be adapted to individual needs. Even better than the views, the history, and the hiking were the people in our group. Our guides were knowledgeable and kind and our group had so many things in common that we found conversation flowed easily and support and encouragement came whenever we needed it. All in all a wonderful trip that will stay with me for many years.

Judith from West Point, IA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/30/13
Road Scholar hit a Grand Slam with "The Greatest Road in Europe: Camino de Santiago" program. Sometimes arduous, but always enjoyable and personally satisfying! Our wonderfully knowledgeable guides, Carlota and Marta, and the genuinely interesting and interested group members made this adventure a particularly satisfying and memorable one.

Dorothy from Marblehead, MA Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/30/13
This was the trip of a lifetime for me - a personal & physical challenge. And at age 77, I am proud to have done it - with the encouragement and support of wonderful leaders and fellow pilgrims. All accommodations were superior - food and wine were endless. You should be prepared to exert yourself, and to experience all kinds of weather. Our one long day of hiking in continued rain brought challenges, yet we survived and will tell the tale often. The Camino is a very personal journey and there were many special moments to be treasured. We often spread out on the trail, giving us the illusion of being alone on the Camino with our reasons for doing so. And we met many "true pilgrims" with heavy backpacks, who did it all the "hard way" - and have our continued admiration. If this adventure is on your list and you are in reasonably good condition, go for it. You will be fulfilled for your lifetime.

Marsha from Waterford, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/10/13 - 09/23/13
This trip was terrific! I loved the combination of stretching myself physically and experiencing life on the Camino, intermingled with the spiritual and historical sites we visited. The part of Spain we explored was breathtakingly beautiful. As someone who doesn't slow down easily, walking the Camino gave me the opportunity to enjoy my journey - one step at a time....

Clinton from Lutz, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 06/04/13 - 06/17/13
The Camino de Santiago program is very good in terms of food, hotels, and cities, but is too limited int he walking component (the primary reason for the Camino).

Judith from Highland, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/21/13 - 06/03/13
This trip was fantastic! Nacho and Carlota and Luis made this the adventure of a lifetime. The food was fantastic and the representative sections of the Camino that we walked were wonderful.

Donald from Sunnyvale, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
We strongly agree with all the comments from other members of our group. This is an outstanding program. We loved hiking through the beautiful Spanish countryside Our leaders Nacho and Pedrojaun did a excellent job informing us about the Spanish culture, history and architecture. We especially enjoyed sharing some special meals and wine with our fellow pilgrims. It was in all an unforgettable experience.

Kathleen from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
Nacho, Pedro Juan and Luis what great group leaders. My fellow pilgrims thank you for your support, encouragement, acceptance, great conversation, and camaraderie. Whenever I think about our trip I will think about all of you.

Kevin from Little Silver, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
May 2012 Road Scholar Camino de Santiago Program
Even better than we believed it would be.

Linda and I join our fellow peregrinos to heap highest praise on our ultra-knowledgeable, super-efficient and good-humored two shepherds (Nacho our pacesetter at the fore & Pedro Juan our steadfast guardian at the rear), and we'll add to form a modern Iberian triumvirate, Luis, our most capable driver.

Add to this our fellow road scholars - what a wonderful bunch of folks.

It was a most excellent adventure; though, certainly not a trip for couch pilgrims. To fully enjoy this program, participants should be much more than in pretty good physical condition. Though coddled with wonderful feasts and lodging, we were physically challenged out on the trail.

I'll repeat highest available praise - "A trip of a lifetime."

Nancy from Lakeway, TX Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
This was an exceptional trip. The hotels were excellent, food great, wine fun and special, and due to our guides Nacho and his able assistant, P.J., including Luis, our very responsible driver, we had a wonderfully challenging and educational experience. It truly was a trip of a lifetime!!!!

Inez from Tampa, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
What a wonderful trip. It exceeded my expectations. Food, lodging and transportation were superb. The guides, each and every one, were knowlegeable and so responsing re the Camino, the history and the culture of the area. Kudos!

Elizabeth from Spokane, WA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
This was the best Road Scholar trip I've done. I agree that this was more challenging than other level 5 hiking trips I've done in the US, and the general pace was fast, but we could go at our own speed and I never felt rushed to keep up. The balance of hiking, visiting sites, time in the bus between cities, meals and free time was just about perfect. Nacho and Pedro Juan were the best organized and most knowledgeable guides I've ever had in a trip, and I felt completely safe and secure with Luis in command of the bus. There were many surprises and special moments, and I feel I got a real sense of the Camino and of the countryside, towns and culture of northern Spain.

Mary Jane from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
While a bit more strenuous than I expected, I appreciated being stretched to exceed my own beliefs about my capacity. The trip was exhilarating! Nacho was marvelously informative. Pedro Juan provided hilarious support. And, Luis kept us safely on the road.

Marcia from Tigard, OR Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
This trip also exceeded my expectations. Nacho, Pedro Juan and Luis each made this trip to a gorgeous and interesting part of the world even more special. This is an all time favorite of my Road Scholar trips. I highly recommend it.

Angelique from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/12 - 05/21/12
We are on day 10 and the trip has exceeded all expectations. As a woman travelling alone I was apprehensive. Our guides; Nacho and Pedro Juan are superb (as is our driver Luis). Their knowledge of the area is exhaustive. The meals have been just outstanding; each one more memorable than the last. The hikes are challenging but well paced. The scenery spectacular and varied each day. There are just not enough superlatives for this trip. I will be sad to see Santiago as it will mean the end of a powerful experience. Angelique from Austin TX May 2012


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