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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. 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.
Michael from North Canton, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/21/15
This is a fantastic trip with a great leader. There is plenty of physical activity and great food. I learned a great deal about Spanish history and the Camino is truly spiritual. I highly recommend it.

Debra from North Canton, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/21/15
If you like hiking, history , food, wine and meeting very interesting people, you will love this program! It is active and challenging and there is no more compelling road than the Camino.

Tom from Longmont, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/21/15
Get in Shape and walk the Camino. It's a great trip

Saburo from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/12/15 - 05/25/15
Saburo from San Francisco,Ca Number of programs attended:4. The best trip by far. The program was well planned and carried out by professional guides. The accommodations and restaurants chosen were excellent. The instructors were warm and very adaptable to unexpected circumstances. Nacho, our guide, allowed me get ahead of the group to jog on a few of the hikes so that I could carry out my normal daily exercise.

Charlotte from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/12/15 - 05/25/15
The Greatest Road in Europe: Camino de Santiago was a great experience, enhanced by two terrific guides, a well chosen itinerary, and excellent food and accommodations. Highest marks!

Karen from Honolulu, HI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/30/14 - 10/13/14
We loved this tour which gave us a sampling of the Camino. We had just the right amount of walking, touring, and saw more than we ever would have on our own. Great guide and excellent food, too!

Joanne from Wake Forest, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/30/14 - 10/13/14
This was a wonderful trip with a good mix of sightseeing, walking, and eating. The food and drink were the best ever on a Road Scholar trip. If you are planning to go, I recommend two trekking poles (the kind that can be folded and fit into your luggage. Trekking poles will help you on hills and in muddy spots. They also give you confidence knowing that you have 2 extra legs! I also recommend walking and conditioning for long walks and some steep trails. Although our weather was excellent for the most part poncho/water proof jacket and water proof pants are a very good idea.

Patricia from Franklin Square, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/30/14 - 10/13/14
A fascinating part of Spain with EVERYTHING from cities and cathedrals to broad plains and mountain vistas. Some walks (actually more like hikes) are pretty challenging but our group leaders were OUTSTANDING and found ways to offer a Plan B for those who needed something a little easier and Plan C for the very hardy among us. Do bring at least one walking stick and be prepared for rain and mud (Gallicia is, after all, the green Ireland-like part of Spain). I'm so glad I had a chance to do this trip!

Willie from Fresno, CA Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 09/30/14 - 10/13/14
I wish I would have taken my walking poles and waterproof pants. I did okay without the poles but it would have been easy with them. The landscape is varied, picturesque, and more mountainous than I expected. It was beautiful. Visiting the highlights as well as walking was a wonderful way to see this part of Spain.

Judith from Brigantine, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/22/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip but most definitely will be back. Top quality for a good price.

Linda from Fairfield, CT Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/22/14
The Camino trip is an ideal mix of walking and sightseeing. Meeting pilgrims along the trail, people who have walked long distances, was often a moving experience. There was a spiritual element in this voyage that I had not considered before I arrived. I was the slowest in the group, but I plan to do it again. I recommend adding a few days in Santiago.

Francie from Clinton, IA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/22/14
What a wonderful experience! The lectures enhanced the time between stops and filled in all the gaps! I would have been unable to make the 550 mile rip at my age, but Road Scholar offered me the opportunity to experience different situations: flat roads, hills, fields, etc. as a Pilgrim!

James from Teaneck, NJ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/17/14 - 06/30/14
A wonderful balance between hiking and history. Accommodations were terrific. The meals were exceptional.

Judy from Old Greenwich, CT Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/16/14
If you are interested in experiencing the Camino de Santiago, but are not sure if you can or want to do consecutive days of fifteen mile walking, this is the trip for you. Day hikes through representative sections of The Road go through various landscapes, towns, terrains and provinces of Spain. You will get a chance to try food specialties of the regions, stay in hotels either on the Camino or close by and add to your reading knowledge of northern Spain and it's history with Carlota's and Nacho's commentary. While this is the "Camino Lite", you can always do the whole walk another time.

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.

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