Our pilgrimage adventures allow you to enjoy unforgettable pilgrimage trekking or biking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, to cross the Alps on the Via Francigena in Switzerland and Italy, to ride El Camino Reál in California, and to walk in the steps of St Francis on the Via di Francesco in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Our group excursions are limited to twelve selected participants whose presence fill the days with laughter and conversation as your steps along the way build lifelong friendships.
In the spirit of pilgrimage, we stay in modest hotels, and to give the best possible experience we carefully choose center-city locations that put us right into the cultural and historical milieu of the great villages and cities along the trails. When available, we overnight in atmospheric and historic settings — like Abbazia San Pietro in Valle or Castelo Orsini — that speak better than words what life was like in centuries past. The results are extraordinary pilgrimage experiences that could only be assembled by a knowledgeable team that has carefully made the wisest choices from among the best options available.
To make our walks and rides as carefree as possible we include baggage service each day through local providers. This allows participants to carry light day packs instead of fully loaded backpacks. We provide all translation services as necessary and can also advise pilgrims about the best flights and ground transport in order to save money and time on a pleasant journey to and from Europe.
Each walk is led by experienced pilgrim and guidebook author, Sandy Brown, who has explored over 9,000 kilometers on pilgrim trails in Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. Sandy has degrees in medieval history and theology and extensive background in Italian, Spanish, French, among other languages. His popular guidebook, The Way of St Francis: From Florence to Assisi and Rome, is now in its third printing and his new guidebook on the Camino de Santiago from Cicerone Press hit bookshelves in January. In production is a three-volume guidebook series on the Via Francigena between Canterbury and Rome. An assistant leader from the Pilgrim Paths team is also assigned to each group to ensure the best experience possible.
Our packages are carefully crafted to provide most all of what pilgrims will need. Accommodations are provided each evening, breakfast is included each morning and most dinners on the trip are included, except in larger towns where participants are encouraged to explore the local cuisine. The fee includes all non-walking transport from starting point to ending point as well as daily walking guides, maps and GPS tracks.