“We have just returned from a 7 day Walk and Coach Tour on the French Way. Every part of the trip exceeded our expectations – the quality of the hotels, the quality and quantity of the food, the walking experiences and the sight-seeing excursions. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience El Camino who doesn’t have the walking ability, fitness or confidence to do the full walking experience.
All the hotels were 3 or 4 stars. Some rooms were bigger with better facilities than others. All were clean and welcoming. The food in all the restaurants and hotels was excellent (is it possible to have too much?) mainly freshly cooked, local dishes. We had the added benefit of having an outstanding local guide. David, a young, personable and friendly young man with an excellent knowledge of the Camino and all the sights we visited. After our first walk he had clearly assessed the walking ability of us all and in subsequent walks had our coach available to pick up the less able walkers. We walked between 2 and 4 hours each day. There were a couple of arduous uphill parts but mainly through undulating countryside. Each day we enjoyed differing countryside from mountains to forests to vineyards to farm land. A reasonable level of fitness and walking ability is required and a good pair of walking shoes.
We were fortunate to have dry weather all week but water-proof gear would be advisable as the weather in the area is notoriously changeable. There was a total of 15 in our group from a number of countries and of varying ages. Our group gelled well together with everyone supporting and encouraging each other with a lot of humour – and not a little wine! All in all, a great experience – made special by our guide and the people we shared it with.”