Our 2020 adventures allow pilgrims to walk trouble-free on the beautiful Camino de Santiago in Spain and the Via di Francesco in Italy. Because we offer accompanied pilgrimage walks you can rest assured all the details are well taken care of every single day.
To keep costs low, we use modest hotels, carefully chosen in center-city locations that put us right into the cultural and architectural milieu of the great towns along the trails. We also choose the occasional historic property, like Abbazia San Pietro in Valle near Macenano — a 10th century abbey fully restored as a simple and charming hotel. The result is an economical but enjoyable pilgrimage walk that could only be arranged by a knowledgeable team that has carefully made the wisest choices from among the best accommodations available.
To make our walks 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 — saving backs and reducing sore muscles. We provide all translation services as necessary and can also advise pilgrims about the best flights to arrange 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 7,500 kilometers on pilgrim trails in Italy and Spain. Sandy has degrees in medieval history and theology and has 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 second printing and his new guidebook on the Camino de Santiago from Cicerone Press hits bookshelves in January. Wide experience on the trails and a deep understanding of the pilgrim experience make him the perfect leader.
Our packages include most all of what pilgrims will need. Accommodations are provided each evening, breakfast is included each morning and about half of the dinners on the trip are included each evening. Lunch is on your own and some of the dinners are left open in the larger towns for individualized gastronomic exploration. The fee includes baggage transfer service (40 pound maximum weight) and all transport from starting point to ending point.
To ensure the best experience, group size is limited to 12 carefully selected pilgrim walkers. Each prospective walker completes an application form and follow-up telephone consultation where we check for any indication that this trip may not be the right fit. Then, it’s go!