“As a solo female over 60 years, I debated whether to do the trip on my own or join with a group. I am very grateful that I chose to join with a group organized by Camino Ways. It was a wonderful group from different countries, with a bilingual guide who provided us with details each day. Prior to departure Camino Ways sent all the details about hotels, the walk each day including sites to be aware of and elevation for each day, and the pilgrim passport and luggage tags. From the start of being met at the airport, efficiency was the key. Our leader Oli was wonderful, patient and informative. All in all a good experience, more difficult than I anticipated but I did it!
I would suggest Camino Ways recommend that people get walking poles when they arrive, I had great sticks that were confiscated at the airport in Madrid by security. They were quite expensive and high quality. This was disappointing but I did not let it ruin my trip. Two of us in the group had our sticks taken, others had toiletries confiscated. No rhyme or reason with airport security. Camino Ways also has periodic webinars that are worth joining and staff are very responsive to emails while you are planning.
This was harder than I anticipated, but after the first two days, it seemed to get easier. It was great to cover the trail with a group – while we did not walk together we met for breakfast in the morning and dinner each evening. The trip brought complete strangers together as friends and supporters to each other. I am proud of my accomplishment in completing what I set out to do. Camino Ways from Ireland did a great job in organizing all the details of lodging, etc. and was reasonably priced.”