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What is the level of difficulty?

level-difficulty-caminowaysWe offer a range of walking and cycling holidays (on the Camino de Santiago, Via Francigena and other walking trails in Europe) to suit levels of fitness. The level of difficulty is stated in the ‘Quick Facts’ box for each walking trip (see picture) to help you choose the right trail for you.

As a general rule, each walker will find their own challenge.

Our holidays are graded in three categories: Easy (1,2), Moderate (3,4) and Challenging (5). This grading system will allow you to select the ideal holiday for yourself or your group. We aim to offer you the best experiences and unforgettable memories on a holiday where your desire for a challenge, comfort and safety are our priority. As the abilities of everybody are different, it’s important that you decide on a walking holiday which best suits your own needs and capabilities.

Have a look at our grading system that will assist you to decide which walking trip is best for you!

When grading our holidays, we take 3 main factors into consideration:
• Distance
• Gradient
• Trail Type (i.e. mountain track, forest road, surfaced road, etc.)

Our Easy walking and cycling holidays are best for families with young children. With older children, experience and fitness level should be considered when deciding on a holiday.

easylevel2Easy (1,2)
• Time: Under 5 hours per day on average.
• Gradient: Gentle, no steep climbs.
• Trail Type: Walking path, easily accessible.
• Suitable for: Everybody. Some easy preparation walks should increase your enjoyment.

moderatelevelModerate (3,4)
• Time: 5 to 7 hours / less than 20km per day on average.
• Gradient: Up to 1000m ascent per day on average, possibility of some steep climbing.
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, not technically difficult.
• Suitable for: Moderate level of fitness required. Some weekend walks of around 3-4 hours should help your preparation.

challenginglevelChallenging (5)
• Time: Days can be over 7 hours / 20km.
• Gradient: Days can be more than 1000m, some steep climbing.
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, can be technically difficult.
• Suitable for: Good level of fitness required. Previous experience would be best. Regular weekend walks of 4-5 hours or more are advisable in the months leading up to your holiday. These should include some mountain walks.

*You might also like to read our Preparing for the Camino de Santiago information.

*For more information about the Camino de Santiago or to book your holiday, please contact our travel specialists


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Roland is the founder and director of Originally from France, he has many years of experience organising adventure holidays and globe-trotting. He has hiked in Nepal, Asia, New Zealand, Japan, led mountaineering groups in South America; as well as walked the Camino and the Via Francigena to Rome.
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8 Responses to “What is the level of difficulty?”


Hi Una, of course, would you like to do a different route? The route from Portugal or the way from Santiago to Finisterre could be good options:, let us know if you need any specific advice and we’ll be happy to assist.


Looking for advice about doing a camino 2016. We have done Sauria to Santiago. A few years ago


Hi Brent, thank you for your questions. This is one of the longer walks. On average a person will walk between 15km – 25km per day. We have a lot of fitness advice and tips, including a free ebook . One of our customer care team is going to contact you to discuss the full journey and the fitness level required.

brent craig

I wish to travel from Pamploma to Santiago. What sort of fitness does a 66yr old need ? How many days will I need ? Can easily handle 5 – 6 hr walking days


Thanks Peter, our customer care team will be in touch to suggest an itinerary. Do you have any particular route in mind? We have many different options for the last section of the French Way, for example, see here: (click on booking tab to see the details). Kind regards


Hi Jennifer, that’s no problem, we’ll get the Customer Care team to email you suggestions. If you are looking to walk the French Way we have many easy walking options. See here: (click on Booking tab for the different options). Kind regards

Jennifer reed

Please send me an itiniary for a easy walk five hours or less a day

Peter Bradley

Interested in medium fitness level 70 years age group

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