Private: The Camino de Santiago
October 12 - 26, 2012
Camino de Santiago
The perfect balance between tradition and comfort & safety
The Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) orginated as a medieval pilgrimage and for more than 1000 years people have set off on this adventure of a lifetime. With the recent popularity of the movie, "The Way", the Camino is as popular as ever. The Camino is on most people's "bucket list", but the traditional way of walking the Camino is not for everyone.
- What if you can't schedule 5-6 weeks away from work, family & other responsibilites?
- Walking 20 - 40 km a day can be challenging for many with health problems. Also, what if you hurt yourself while walking? Twisted ankles and shin splints are not uncommon. What would you do?
- Sleeping on a cot in crowded and noisy room may not be your cup of tea. And let's not even begin to talk about sharing a bathroom with 30 of your closest friends.
There are many travel companies that offer Camino tours. But these tours remove most, if not all, of the authenticity from the Camino experience. There are horror stories of buses with 50 people being dropped off at the last leg of the Camino just so that they are eligable for certificates called a "Santiago de Compostela". Likewise, there are tour companies who drive you all around the route, rendering their guests completely ineligable for this special document.
So, you know what we did? We developed a tour with the best of both world!
This tour is a completely unique experience designed by Novack's. Unlike other tours, a combination of walking and driving will allow you to see the entire Camino route from Roncesvalles to Finisterre.
The tour will be conducted in three stages:
Stage 1) Will have us walking from Roncesvalles to Lorca.
Stage 2) We will be transferred by bus from Lorca to Sarria, stopping to see the beautiful cities of Leon & Burgos and all important sites along the way.
Stage 3) From Sarria we will walk to Santiago, which will make us eligable to collect a Compostela certificate upon arrival.
Walking days vary between 13kms and 28kms. However, a support van is available for those who do not wish to walk on any given day - or only wish to walk a portion. Our baggage will be transferred daily, requiring you to only carry what you need in a day-pack.
This is an extra-ordinary tour opportunity and a first-time experience for Novack's, to one of the most picturesque, sought-after destinations for walking in Spain. Don’t delay – this tour is sure to sell-out
Return air as indicted
Escorted by Novack’s Lindsay Jackson
Accommodation for 13 nights in hotels *** charming hotels nearby the Camino with private bath and/or shower
Meet & Greet in Madrid with transfer to Roncesvalles
Pre-departure information - itinerary, maps and ample information on Spain, Camino de Santiago, seminars about packing, proper footwear, equiptment etc.
English speaking tour guide for the whole Camino and trip
Entrance fee (Roncesvalles, Leon Cathedral)
3 days Private transfer from Lorca to San Millan, From San Millan to Leon & From Leon to Sarria
Local tour guide in Santiago
1 local lunch on route while walking the Camino
11 dinners at hotels +1 Tapas Dinner in Santiago de Compostela
Driver & Van support (8+1) for the 8 walking days in the Camino. He will take care of the daily picnics, luggage transfer; approaches needed to reach the selected accommodations that are not next to the Camino and / or to assist anyone
All local taxes.
Meals other than as noted
Transportation to and from the starting and ending points
PRICE PER PERSON BASED IN A GROUP OF 18 PERSONS:
DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM CDN $4,695 per person
IN SINGLE ROOM SURCHARGE CDN $830
Full day tour to Finisterre & Costa da Morte (lunch optional)
8 days picnic lunch on the route while walking the Camino. Will be collected locally and handled by the support driver and van
Deposit requirement: Due within one week of booking: $750.00 Cdn p.p.
Final Payment due: July 31, 2012
Air allowance: $950.00 p.p.
(if handling your own air arrangements please be sure to coordinate your arrival and departure so that you meet our group transfer. We do not provide transfers for individuals arriving unless their flight arrivals coincide with our main group arrival / departure)
OPTIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:Is strongly recommended and will be provided with our terms and conditions on request and / or when you confirm your tour.
This Tour is being handled by:
Worldwide Central Travel; (2007) Ltd.
295 Weber Street North, Unit 3
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3H8
TICO Registration Number: 50016255