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Camino Frances

French Way - The full 800km to Santiago

Hi Sandra Just to let you know that I am home safely as of Monday.... What a wonderful Camino experience & so proud that I was able to complete the journey as planned...it really is quite an undertaking.... Met so many terrific people, saw great scenery & tested my perseverance.... Thanks for your help in planning this trip....all went smoothly with “Follow the Camino”...

Sue – October 2013 

 

Camino Frances - Walk Section 1 - Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona - 69 km

Hi Sylvia Just a note to say thank you for your help with booking the camino we had a wonderful time and a really fulfilling trip!!! Hopefully will do another stage next year:-):-)

Ann – September 2014

Absolutely superb four days walking with Follow the Camino Walk Section 1. The hotels were fantastic, food and service excellent. All accommodation was very centrally located. Overall fantastic experience.

Louise - September 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk in every way. Stop off in Orisson was well worth it- we got a chance to meet others and experience staying in a hostel and it broke us into the walk gently. The accommodation was excellent along the way also. We will definitely be back to do more walking next year.
Thank you to Eva and all the team for your support and advice.
P.S. Eva, our stay in san Sebastian was wonderful we loved every minute of it- so, it was an excellent holiday all around!

Mairin - September 2014

On the whole way was a very good programme, even if not all the accommodation units and restaurants were the same standard.
Very positive experience.

Paolo – August 2014

 

Camino Frances -  Walk Section 2 - Pamplona to Longrono - 95 km

Dear Follow the Camino, We would like to thank you for the arrangements made for our last trip on the Camino de Santiago. Everything went perfectly well, as on all of our four trips. We have now completed the French Way. We have recommended you to several of our friends. We would especially like to thank you for the welcoming bottle which greeted us on our final night. This was very much appreciated. Please pass on our thanks to Sandra for all her help. Best Wishes, Lesley and Glyn

Lesley - November 2014

This section was our last for this year, and we were fit, well-practiced in our daily routine and raring to go, with many new friends accrued along the way. As per usual, all the stops were fine, with nice, if simple, places to stay, and continuing good food. All the arrangements by Follow The Camino worked fantastically, and we would thoroughly recommend the company, their organisation and the hotels, etc, they choose, to anyone.

Our only thought from a personal point of view was that there were several quite short days (around the 20k mark) on this and second half of the last section - which might suit some, but "hardened" pilgrims were perhaps looking for a bit more challenge by now. That's not a criticism, more an observation, and everyone will be different - just our thoughts on our own circumstance.

Julien - September 2014

I loved the holiday! The notes were informative and valuable. A minor problem at one hotel was fixed immediately when we contacted the One Foot helpline. How an organisation responds to a problem is a good test of its integrity and reliability. I loved the holiday and was very impressed at how well everything went. It was also excellent value for money.

Graham - November 2013 

 

Camino Frances - Walk Section 3 - Longrono to Burgos - 23 km

First Few Days Back On The Camino: Nice itinerary, with some decent walking and reasonable distances - just right. Good choice of overnight stops as well, and the food - even the Pilgrim Menus - was good and tasty all through. The highlight was probably our stay at St Juan de Ortega.

Julien - September 2014

Lovely trip! Once again Follow The Camino have been excellent. We walked from Logrono to Burgos over five days, all our accommodation was first class. We often left early in the morning and were confidently able to leave our bags at reception knowing they would be waiting for us when we got to our destination later that day. Silvia was great when my walking companion unexpectedly had to leave early. I will be booking with Follow The Camino again, they've been great.

Pauline - September 2014

I had a wonderful Camino experience using Follow the Camino to book my trip. I had a medical issue and could not walk one day, and they were extremely helpful and assisted me in making transport arrangements to the next hotel. The customer service is excellent, and the accommodations booked were really great. I would definitely recommend them to others and book with them again.

Tarik – November 2013

 

Camino Frances - Walk Section 4 - Burgos to Sahagun - 123 km

We loved this section; not everybody's favourite, I'm told, but we'd done a few day's walking, were fit and relaxed and free to enjoy all that was going on around us. Nice scenery, but with little variety, the big plus was the group of friends we made over these days.

Julien - September 2014

It was great to walk only with a small day pack and know your bed for the night is waiting, with your suitcase, at your next destination. Great service and selection of overnight stops. I enjoyed every kilometre.

Monika – November 2013 

 

Camino Frances - Walk Section 5 - Sahagun to Leon - 55 km

It was great to walk only with a small day pack and know your bed for the night is waiting, with your suitcase, at your next destination. Great service and selection of overnights stops. I enjoyed every kilometer. Monika

Monika D. – June 2012 – New Zealand

 

Camino Frances - Walk Section 6 - Leon to Ponferrada - 101 km

We just came back from our trip Camino de Santiago (section 6 and 7). We were impressed the Camino from Leon to Sarria so much!! We like small charming northern spain villages with beautiful houses, old churches, fantastic cathedrals! All accommodation was perfect. We liked (enjoyed) meals in the hotels during the Camino . The weather was lovely and sunny! We are happy and hope to return on Camino again!

Nina - January 2015 

A marvelous experience and am now full of admiration for those early pilgrims.

Lis & Grant - October 2013 - New Zealand


Camino Frances - Walk Section 7 - Ponferrada to Sarria - 96 km

Having completed the Sarria to Santiago section of the French Camino last year with Follow the Camino we have now done the previous section- Ponferrada to Sarria. This was nicer as regards scenery but that came with a cost as there was more climbing. Overall we really enjoyed the route, the hotels were all lovely, as was the food, and every evening the bags were there waiting for us. Hopefully we can Follow another section of the Camino next year.

Sallyl - September 2014 

Walking, nature, new people, local culture, accommodation with character, endurance test, tranquillity... as far as vacations go, I believe this is as good as it gets! never more an ordinary vacation, but all my resources will be spent on walking holidays in Spain and elsewhere, and preferably with One Foot Abroad – Candan

Candan T. - May 2013 – Turkey


Camino Frances - Walk Section 8 - Sarria to Santiago - The last 115 km

All were pleasant, clean and food was good. Suiza is a little far on after long walk but accommodation was good.

Siobhan - October 2014

The bags were always waiting for us, the hotels were nice, the people friendly, and the meals were good. Our favorite was Casa Brandariz in Dombodan! What a lovely place! We were treated like old friends. The dinner there was by far the best meal along the way - truly delicious. Walking El Camino was an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed every step and every vista. We had no idea that people along the way would be so kind and considerate. Older people, kids - everybody said a pleasant Buen Camino. Thank you so much for all your help!

Barbo - October 2014

My family and I walked the last section of the Camino de Santiago, starting in Sarria. Follow the Camino took all of the stress out of planning for our trip. From the first email everyone I spoke to was courteous and helpful. We had a fantastic time hiking and loved knowing that we already had a hotel booked for the end of each day. The hotels were all in a great location, clean, and comfortable. We had one small issue with a hotel not having our reservation, but after a quick call to Follow the Camino the problem was promptly solved. This was an amazing trip and I would definitely use Follow the Camino again in the future!

Danielle B. – April 2013- United States

I have just returned from the last section of the French Way - April 2013. It was a fantastic experience and have no hesitation in recommending this company. Everything went smoothly, transfers, hotels even the weather!!

Sandra - April 2013 - London

 

Camino Portugues

Portuguese Way - Walk Section 4 - Porto to Tui - 127 km

One Foot Abroad took all the worry out of our pilgrimage on the Camino. Our accommodations were booked and each day when we arrived tired from several hours of walking, we were always happy to see our luggage waiting for us. Most of the accommodations were right on the trail and the food was excellent. We would definitely book with this company again in the future. Paula

Paula - November 2013 


Camino Portugues - Walk Section 5 - Tui to Santiago de Compostela - 115 km

Delighted with the trip. Many very friendly families run hotels with a warm welcome. Luggage was seamlessly taken care of and the walking notes were very clear and good. Some of the breakfasts were a bit light and bland given we had a day walking ahead of us. Evening meals were very very good. Would recommend the seafood and Galacia dishes

Gerard - August 2014

The Portuguese way was green with beautiful vineyards and fields of crops. There were many young people; it was well marked and less travelled than the Camino Frances. As a retired couple, we found 20 kilometres per day to be the best distance for us since we enjoyed arriving in each town early enough to tour the historic sites. We hope to walk a different Camino next year!.... Patty and Moses

Moses - November 2013

We had a wonderful week walking the Portuguese way from Tui to Santiago. All the arrangements made by the Follow the Camino Team were faultless. When we did run into trouble on a Sunday because of leaving our instructions locked away in our cases, Sylvia was at the other end of the phone helping us find our hotel. We appreciated that so much, thank you Sylvia. The icing on the cake was arriving at the airport and finding a taxi waiting to bring us straight to Tui. Thank you Team for everything. We have been recommending you to people we met on route, on the plane and to family and friends. Keep up your great service!

Marie - September 2013

We had a great walk from Tui to Santiago de Compostela in September. I would highly recommend Follow the Camino, all services that they provided were excellent!

Karen - November 2013

The trip as an overall experience was amazing. Accommodations were excellent. Provided meals were excessive and excellent. Tour guide recommendations well thought out. Tour guide very competent, incredibly attentive, empathetic, conversed with everyone on an individual basis, and was very motivating (overall excellent at what she did).  

Margaret - August 2013 - Ireland

 

 

Camino Portugues - Walk Section 5 - Rustic - Tui to Santiago de Compostela         - 115 km

We had such a lovely trip. The walk, along tree-line paths and past hamlets and vineyards, was so pleasant (and well-marked!). The warm welcome and personal treatment we received in the Casas Rurales was the icing on the cake. My mother and I enjoyed ourselves immensely -- we're even talking about taking on the French Way next! Molly Perry

 

Marion P. - May 2012 - United States

 

Camino del Norte

Camino del Norte - Walk Section 1 - San Sebastian to Bilbao - 120 km

Our Camino experience went beyond my expectations. The hiking was more challenging than I had imagined. But this made the holiday more rewarding for me because it tested my physical abilities. Walking also let me experience every sight and sound of the land and its people. I fell in love with the Basque country and its people. Our hotels and food were always superb and a wonderful reward for all the physical exercise. I will definitely take another walking holiday with your company! Robin (from Boise, Idaho)

Robin P – August 2013 – USA

Camino del Norte - Walk Section 2 -  Bilbao to Santander - 113 km

The hotels were fantastic as was the food. The hotel in Santiago was wonderful and gave a real taste of Galician life after a long walk. Bill

Bill S. – March 2013 - UK

Just finished 120K on the Northern Route - Bilbao to Santander. I am in my 60's and can say that it was one of the most enjoyable holidays for a long time. Scenery, organisation and accommodation were all excellent. Next September, we will continue further on that route - eventually reaching Compostella! Ursula.

Ursula J. - July 2012 – Ireland

 

Camino Primitivo

Camino Primitivo - Section 1 - Oviedo to Lugo 11 Days/10 Nights - 208 km

I walked 6 days of a planned 17 days from Oviedo to Finisterre on the Original (Primitive) camino, but needed to stop because of foot issues. I worked out a situation where I could continue on the route & still see all of the towns & cities. Inspite of my disappointment in not walking as I had hoped, I was very pleased with the assistance & cooperation of the Follow The Camino team. I plan to return in 2 years & complete the same route. It was an excellent experience overall. I spoke your praises to everyone I met. Thank you all! Maria

Maria C. – June 2013 - USA

 Camino Primitivo - Section 2 - Lugo to Santiago de Compostela 7 Days/6 Nights - 120 km

We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our Camino experience. I would consider doing the Camino again, but would prefer to do it over a longer period of time, with shorter walks each day.

Teresa -  October 2014

I walked 6 days of a planned 17 days from Oviedo to Finisterre on the Original (Primitive) camino, but needed to stop because of foot issues. I worked out a situation where I could continue on the route & still see all of the towns & cities. Inspite of my disappointment in not walking as I had hoped, I was very pleased with the assistance & cooperation of the Follow The Camino team. I plan to return in 2 years & complete the same route. It was an excellent experience overall. I spoke your praises to everyone I met. Thank you all!

Maria - November 2013

Overall my ''Follow the Camino'' walk was an excellent introduction to the pilgrim route I had read so much about. I was impressed with the scenery, the facilities along the route and the other walkers that I met. I will plan to walk other sections of the route as time permits. My main objective was a walking holiday but the spiritual dimension did not escape me

John - November 2013

Le Puy Route

Le Puy Route - Walk Section 2 - Aumont-Aubrac to Conques - 113 km

Reliable and efficient service once again from Follow The Camino.  

Pauline - September 2013 - Scotland

My sister and I have returned from walking section 2 of Le Puy way. It really was a life changing experience which exceeded all our expectations. Follow the Camino organised all the details perfectly, and we stayed in the most gorgeous villages along the way. We walked through green pastures and met local farmers and their animals. Strolled alongside babbling brooks and through shady forests. We met many pilgrims along the way and formed close friendships. It is a holiday I would highly recommend to anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of nature and the rich culture of the country.

Beverly - October 2012 – Sydney, Australia

Camino Ingles

Camino Ingles - Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela - 119 km

It was a very nice experience to undertake this journey. Summary of the trip: the body was exhausted but the soul could fly. The Camino has taken me captive.

Eva - May 2013 - Germany

 I've travelled twice with Follow the Camino, doing different legs of the way itself, and I have always found them to be highly efficient at organising our itineraries, from accommodation to food to transport.

Gerard - November 2012 - Ireland

A great experience and wonderful way to experience Spanish life Local people were extremely friendly and helpful Food was excellent! Patricia

Patricia D – May 2012 – Ireland

Via de la Plata

Via de la Plata - Walk Section 6 - Salamanca to Zamora - 69 km

I loved the whole experience. To my amazement, no matter how large or small the place, my baggage was always there to greet me.

Janette - June 2013 - Australia

Via de la Plata is an amazing experience. As first timers it would have been helpful to have better information before the walk on how to access, contact hotels. We ended up ringing hotels and relying on them to find taxis to collect us. In some locations taxi companies not easily available. Choice, negotiations with hotels were good. We were treated really well. Our luggage always arrived without issue. Keith and Mary

Mary C. – March 2013 – UK

Via de la Plata is an amazing experience.

Keith and Mary - September 2012 - Ireland

 

The Finisterre Way

Finisterre Way - Santiago de Compostela to Cape Fisterra - 90 km

A truly wonderful holiday full of many lovely memories. Sarah

Sarah D. - March 2013 - France

I walked from Oviedo to Fisterra on the Original (Primitive) Camino and I was very pleased with the assistance & cooperation of the Follow the Camino team. It was an excellent experience overall. I spoke your praises to everyone I met. Thank you all!

Maria - October 2012 - USA

Having completed the French Way Section 8 last year, and finding the FTC package excellent, especially the baggage transfers, we decided to do the Finisterre Way. The route was varied and very beautiful. Rivers, lakes, ocean, farmland, mountains...excellent weather too. Would highly recommend as a stand-alone trip even. Compliments to Casa Loncho, in Olveiroa, lovely family run rustic accommodation in a beautiful little village...

Denise & Tom - August 2012 - Cork, Ireland

A very organised trip. Excellent hotel in Santiago with the best breakfast of the whole week. Great walking notes, no problem finding route. Lovely to see suitcases awaiting us each evening! The hotel O Semaforo is a must - a truly unique location. Delicious food.  Pia in Olveiroa was worth a special mention with delicious homemade food and extremely high standard accommodation. Carol

Carol C. - March 2012- UK

The Aragonese Way

 Aragonese Way - From Jaca to Puente de la Reina - 133 km

Upon my return home, my brother asked me to sum up my Camino experience in one word -- "amazing". Thanks to the very efficient Follow the Camino team

Patricia - May 2013 - Canada

An absolutely fantastic experience and would highly recommend this trip, the accommodation & hospitality along the way was excellent.

Nora - September 2011 - Dublin, Ireland



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