Bike Sonoma to San Diego on California’s El Camino Real — April 10-26, 2021

Discover California in this epic 825-mile bicycle adventure that connects historic Spanish missions along California’s scenic coastline between Sonoma and San Diego, all with an experienced guide and full support-van service.

At the heart of this amazing ride are the twenty-one historic Spanish missions — stretching from Sonoma in the north to San Diego in the south —connected by the centuries-old “El Camino Real.” Gather with your new bike trek friends in Sonoma with either your own standard or electric bicycle, and then bike an average of 55 miles/day in 15 days — through beach parks, urban bike trails, quiet highways, city streets, and historic stage coach roads to San Diego. Included in the package are:

  • Overnight accommodations in 3-star or better hotels as available;
  • All breakfasts and lunches;
  • All dinners — except the second night in San Luis Obispo, where you are left free for gastronomic exploration;
  • Van service for baggage transfer, on-road lunches, emergency bike first-aid, and shuttles;
  • You provide your own e-bike or traditional bicycle – a hard-tail mountain bike, hybrid, or commuter bicycle with off-road tires is recommended;
  • This athletic adventure is aimed at experienced bicyclists in above average condition who are confident in the aggressive daily distances of 37-61 miles;
  • Led by expert guide — pilgrim author Sandy Brown.
Per person, double occupancy*
$5826
  • Reserve with 30% deposit (coming soon)
Single supplement
$1535
  • Reserve with 30% deposit (coming soon)

April 10, 2021 – Gather in Sonoma, California. Transportation to Sonoma is on your own, though we offer an 08:00 transfer from the Martinez Amtrak Station and 12:00 transfer from Oakland Airport on April 10 for your convenience. Arrive early enough to enjoy this walkable and relaxed town, then gather at Mission Solano — youngest of the California missions — for a tour and general orientation. Dine at a nearby restaurant for the inaugural banquet, then overnight at a local hotel (optional 08:00 transfer from Martinez Amtrak Station or 12:00 transfer from Oakland Airport).

April 11, 2021 – 48 miles from Sonoma to Mill Valley (Sausalito). Bike through the low hills and valleys between Sonoma and Sausalito, including optional rest stops in Petaluma and Novato. Stop at the replica mission chapel at San Rafael and continue through Larkspur to Mill Valley/Sausalito.

April 12, 2021 – 59 miles from Mill Valley to Fremont. This ambitious day is spent along bike paths and city streets, crossing San Francisco Bay over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge where you pick up a bike path leading along the world famous San Francisco waterfront. Turn up urban streets through central San Francisco to historic Mission San Francisco de Asís, housed in one of California’s oldest buildings. Continue along Mission Avenue through Redwood City where you pick up bike lanes to cross the Dumbarton Bridge for a well-deserved overnight rest at Fremont.

April 13, 2021 – 54 miles from Fremont to Santa Cruz. Head up the hillside to nearby Mission San Jose and then across Silicon Valley on bike trails to Santa Clara University, home of Mission Santa Clara. Then it’s over the glorious Santa Cruz Mountains to seaside Santa Cruz and its historic mission. Overnight near the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

April 14, 2021 – 37 miles from Santa Cruz to San Juan Bautista. Bike along the Pacific Coast beaches before heading inland toward Watsonville and the vast strawberry and produce farms of the Salinas Valley. Overnight in the village of San Juan Bautista near its historic mission, one of the most beloved of California’s mission settings.

April 15, 2021 – 57 miles from San Juan Bautista to Carmel and Monterey. Head over the Old Stage Road to south Salinas, then cross the former Ford Ord and its successor, the University of California at Monterey Bay, to the Fort Ord Dunes State Park along the ocean. Continue over the hill to Mission Carmel, and its gardens set in one of California’s most exclusive cities. Bike back to Monterey the long way — along beachside 17-Mile Drive and Sunset Way through Pebble Beach Golf Course. Dinner and overnight in Monterey.

April 16, 2021 – 58 miles from Monterey to Greenfield (van to King City). It’s back inland as we head into the Salinas Valley again and experience the vast agriculture fields of one of the largest and most productive farming regions in the U.S. Visit Mission Soledad, then end at Greenfield, where the van shuttles you 12 miles ahead to King City.

April 17, 2021 – 53 miles from King City to Bradley (overnight San Luis Obispo). From King City it’s up country roads through the Oak Valley to remote Mission San Antonio at vast Fort Hunter Liggett. Continue through ranch country to Lockwood and then on to Bradley, where the van shuttles you ahead to your first night at San Luis Obispo.

April 18, 2021 – 53 miles from Bradley to San Luis Obispo. Return by shuttle to Bradley for the scenic ride through rolling countryside to Mission San Miguel, Paso Robles, Santa Margarita and San Luis Obispo. Second night in San Luis Obispo. Dinner is on your own to explore the gastronomic specialities of this trendy, friendly and fun town.

April 19, 2021 – 61 miles from San Luis Obispo to Lompoc. Head down to the vast white sands of Pismo Beach then inland again through Santa Maria and up over Harris Grade to Mission La Purisima, perhaps the best-restored of all the California mission. Overnight at nearby Lompoc with its colorful wall mural art.

April 20, 2021 – 43 miles from Lompoc to El Capitán. Follow the quiet Santa Rosa road to Buellton, then continue to Solvang and Mission Santa Inés before riding up and over Refugio Road to the coast at Refugio and El Capitán beaches.

April 21, 2021 – 47 miles from El Capitán to Ventura. Shuttle down Highway 101 to Goleta, then take bike trails through the scenic campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Bike through the city of Santa Barbara, considered by some to be the most scenic of California cities, then head to the coast toward Carpinteria and your overnight in seaside Ventura. Visit Mission San Buenaventura before your dinner and overnight.

April 22, 2021 – 58 miles from Ventura to San Fernando. Bike through Simi Valley and up and over the Santa Susana Pass into the outskirts of the Los Angeles Area and a visit Mission San Fernando.

April 23, 2021 – 53 miles from San Fernando to Fullerton. On the most suburban day of the trek, ride through Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena before stopping for a tour of Mission San Gabriel. Continue along bike paths through Whittier and La Habra before stopping in delightful Fullerton for your overnight.

April 24, 2021 – 51 miles from Fullerton to Oceanside. Follow city streets and bike lanes through Anaheim and meet the ocean once again, this time at Costa Mesa. Head through seaside towns like Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach and Dana Point before climbing along the river dyke to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Continue through San Clemente and shuttle 10-miles past Camp Pendleton to your overnight in Oceanside.

April 25, 2021 – 51 miles from Oceanside to San Diego. Begin with a morning ride up to Mission San Luis Rey and then head back down to the oceanfront to bike through the picturesque seaside towns of Carlsbad and Encinitas. Torrey Pines and Mission Bay Park are the final stops along the ocean as you turn inland to the first of California’s 21 missions, Mission San Diego, the final stop on the journey. Tour the mission then head to the hotel for a a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers before your overnight in San Diego.

April 26, 2021 – Depart for home. Breakfast is included on this final day before your depart on your own for home or further adventures. Optional 10:00 transfer to San Diego Airport or San Diego Amtrak Station.

*Applicable conditions: Price is subject to change up to 90-days prior to departure dependent on price fluctuations of accommodations. Price is based eight paying participants and may be adjusted if participants number fewer than eight but more than the group’s minimum size of five. See Terms and Conditions for more information about reservation and cancellation policies.

Cross the Alps on the Via Francigena

Via Francigena
From €3,165 ppdo, (€700 single supplement)

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this itinerary has been cancelled. Watch this site for our upcoming 2021 itineraries.***

Spanning 1800 kilometers between Canterbury and Rome, the Via Francigena is a World Heritage pilgrim walk. The most challenging and beautiful section is its transit of the Alps at the Grand St Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy. This unforgettable Alpine walk features snow-capped mountain peaks, towering waterfalls and majestic forests, interspersed with castles, Roman bridges and spectacular mountain scenery. The walk is also the most difficult section of the Via Francigena, making a group excursion the safest and most enjoyable way to travel. 

 

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  • September 6, 2020 – Gather in Lausanne, Switzerland– Home to the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne sits on the north shore of beautiful Lake Geneva. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers and prepare for your first day of walking.
  • September 7, 2020 – Lausanne to Vevey (21.0km/13.0miles)– Leave Lausanne on charming lakeside trails, then head up onto vineyard-covered mountain sides on the way to lakeside Vevey.
  • September 8, 2020 – Vevey to Aigle (25.8km/16.0miles) – July’s annual Jazz Festival put Montreux on the map. Enjoy its lakeside promenade and then beautiful Chillon Castle before saying goodbye to the lake and heading up the Rhône Valley to Aigle.
  • September 9, 2020 – Aigle to St Maurice (16.6km/10.3miles)– As the valley narrows and the track slowly climbs, mountain towns like Ollon exude Swiss charm. Set along tall cliffs, the town of St Maurice holds one of Europe’s oldest monasteries.
  • September 10, 2020 – St Maurice to Martigny (16.7km/10.4miles)– The valley continues to narrow while the boulder-strewn route traverses mountainsides in quiet forests to the accompaniment of waterfalls cascading down steep cliffs.
  • September 11, 2020 – Martigny to Orsieres (18.4km/11.4miles) – The path continues to ascend on narrow mountain paths under tall forests. The valleys are just wide enough for a two-lane road, a train track, and your pathway.
  • September 12, 2020 – Orsieres to Bourg St Pierre (14.0km/8.7miles)– The last night in Switzerland is spent above the tree line in the sparse settlement of Bourg St Pierre after the truly first steep climb of the walk.
  • September 13, 2020 – Bourg St Pierre to Col St Bernard (12.6km/7.8miles)– The climb concludes in an enchanting land of heather, cool streams and tall, snowy peaks. Summit at the historic St Bernard Hospital where dogs are still trained to rescue stranded hikers.
  • September 14, 2020 – Col St Bernard to Echennevoz (14.8km/9.2miles) – The first steps follow cattle trails down the green peaks and then a path alongside a delightful wayside canal that feeds vast, irrigated fields far below.
  • September 15, 2020 – Echennevoz to Aosta (13.9km/8.6miles) – Italian Alpine towns like Etroubles dot the countryside as the road continues downhill to the Roman city of Aosta, now capital of the Italian Aosta Valley region.
  • September 16, 2020 – Aosta to Chattillon (27.7km/17.2miles) – Castles stand like silent sentinels on hilltops below tall peaks whose steep slopes end at the green valley floor below.
  • September 17, 2020 – Chatillon to Verres (18.5km/11.5miles) – A day
  • September 18, 2020 – Verres to Ponte-Saint-Martin (16.0km/10.0miles) – The town of Bard relives its medieval roots each day as its trendy shops welcome tourists and pilgrims both. Roman bridges cross the blue-green waters of the Dora Balthea River.
  • September 19, 2020 – Ponte-Saint-Martin to Ivrea (23.4km/14.5miles) – Widening out into the Po River Plain, the Aosta Valley ends at the castles of Ivrea, while the Italian National Kayak Team practices its maneuvers on the cascading currents of the Balthea River in the heart of town.
  • September 20, 2020 – Depart Ivrea– Catch a train to Milan or Torino to return home, or continue your holiday with a stop in Venice, Florence or Rome.

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Pamplona to Burgos on the Camino de Santiago

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From €2,050 (€500 single supplement)

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this itinerary has been cancelled. Please check back to this site for our upcoming 2021 departures.***

While the entire Camino de Santiago can require five to six weeks to complete, we split this premier pilgrimage walk into three, two-week portions, offering one portion each year. This year we lead participants in perhaps the loveliest stretches of the Camino: from the world-famous Basque city of Pamplona to the gateway to the vast, high plains of Spain. The route crosses the world-famous La Rioja wine region, with an overnight in the Riojan capital of Logroño, center of Northern Spanish tapas culture. Hear the story of the miraculous chickens at Santo Domingo de la Calzada and finish in historic Burgos, home of the Spanish hero El Cid as well as the location of one of Spain’s most elaborate and beautiful medieval cathedrals.

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  • May 25, 2020 – Overnight in Pamplona– Gather at your hotel in this world famous Basque provincial capital to enjoy dinner and meet your fellow travelers. Marvel at the intact medieval walls or trace the course of the annual Running of the Bulls.
  • May 26, 2020 – Pamplona to Puente la Reina (24.4km/15.2miles)– A gentle climb up to Alto del Perdón provides sweeping views back to the Pyrenees and wide vistas ahead to the vast farmland of Western Navarre. Overnight at the medieval pilgrim town of Puente la Reina and enjoy is picturesque bridge and pilgrim church.
  • May 27, 2020 – Puente la Reina to Estella (21.6km/13.4miles)– A day spent walking on rolling hills among grain fields and vineyards with an overnight at picturesque Estella.
  • May 28, 2020 – Estella to Los Arcos (21.6km/13.4miles)– Free wine is on tap at the Irache Winery and afterward transit on rolling hills through vineyards and farmland. Quiet Los Arcos hosts one of the most elaborate Baroque church interiors in Northern Spain.
  • May 29, 2020 – Los Arcos to Logroño (28.2km/17.5miles)– Cross into the Spanish wine region of La Rioja, passing through medieval Viana for lunch and arriving at Logroño, self-proclaimed culinary capital of Spain and site of Calle Laurel, home of La Rioja’s tapas culture.
  • May 30, 2020 – Logroño to Nájera (28.5km/17.7miles)– The extravagant altarpiece at Navarette is a showpiece of golden religious iconography, then the riverfront cafes and quiet streets and museums of the Old City of Nájera offer an outdoor rest or a quiet walk among tombs of the Kings of Navarre.
  • May 31, 2020 – Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada (22.1km/13.7miles)– The vineyards transition to fields of grain under wide open skies before arriving at the majestic Cathedral of Santo Domingo, site of the famed chicken miracle.
  • June 1, 2020 – Santo Domingo to Belorado (22.5km/14.0miles) –Beautiful views of rolling hills and frequent villages allow walkers ample stops to refuel before arriving at the round, central plaza of Belorado, overlooked by ruins of its medieval castle.
  • June 2, 2020 – Belorado to Agés (27.7km/17.2miles) –The forest of the Montes de Oca once held wolves and bandits that preyed on pilgrims, but now it is a pleasant, shaded walk, punctuated by the Monastery of San Juan de Ortega and its window that shines on the statue of the Virgin at the equinox.
  • June 3, 2020 – Agés to Burgos (23.2km/14.4miles) –The quiet countryside slowly turns to vibrant city, culminating in the charming center city of Burgos, with its UNESCO World Heritage cathedral and fascinating Museum of Human Evolution.
  • June 4, 2020 – Depart Burgos– Plan to return next year for another 2-week leg of the multi-year journey to Santiago de Compostela.

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Assisi to Rome on the Via di Francesco

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From €2,870 ppdo (€550 single supplement)

These departures have been cancelled due to uncertainties of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walk among vineyards and olive groves through the region St Francis loved, stopping at key sites in his life. See where he heard his call to poverty, where he spoke to the Pope, where he received his vision and look at a letter written in his own hand. Visit serene lakes and enjoy mountain vistas, then feel the mists of the thundering waters of the largest human-made waterfall. When it is all over, arrive at the incomparable Eternal City of Rome to enjoy an unforgettable pilgrimage made more real because you walked to get there.  Two 2020 departures: September 21-October 5, and October 6-20. 

  • Day 1 – Gather, overnight in Assisi (optional Assisi tour).The beautiful hometown of St. Francis is one of the most beloved pilgrim sites in all the world.
  • Day 2 – Assisi to Spello (easier: 13.8km/8.6miles; harder: 17.6km/10.9miles) –The climb on Assisi’s Mount Subasio offers spectacular views of the Tiber River Valley. Choose this for its views or stay below in the easier and still scenic route among olive groves.
  • Day 3 – Spello to Trevi (19.1km/11.9miles) – Onto the valley floor now, enter Foligno, where Francis sold his father’s cloth to raise money to rebuild the Church of San Damiano then climb to delightful Trevi famous for its beautiful views.
  • Day 4 – Trevi to Spoleto (easier: 19.1km/11.9miles; harder: 27.6km/17.2miles) – Either descend to the valley floor for a quiet walk along a flat bike path or take the longer mountainside option through Poreta. Spoleto is a cultural capital of Umbria as it hosts the annual Due Mondi festival that attracts the world’s finest classical musicians each year; its cathedral houses a hand-written letter of St Francis.
  • Day 5 – Spoleto to Macenano (20.4km/12.7miles) – A brisk 45-min climb takes you to the Monteluco Franciscan convent, and then a long downhill wilderness trail leads along dramatic gorges into the Valnerina recreational area. Overnight at the ancient Abbey of San Pietro in Valle (when available).
  • Day 6 – Macenano to Arrone (10.4km/6.5miles) – A perfectly restful day with a quiet, flat walk along a green mountain-bike path to the charming Umbrian hill town of Arrone.
  • Day 7 – Arrone to Piediluco (15.2km/9.4miles) – Leave later in the morning so you can arrive when the waters are flowing at majestic Cascata delle Marmore, a waterfall on the Velino River made by the Romans over 2000 years ago. Walk alongside the Velino River to quiet Piediluco, home to the Italian National Crew Team.
  • Day 8 – Piediluco to Poggio Bustone (21.8km/13.5miles) – Atop a mountain stands the 800-year old Beech Tree of St Francis. The day ends in Poggio Bustone, site of the cave where St. Francis had two visions that would change his life.
  • Day 9 – Poggio Bustone to Rieti (17.7km/11.0miles) – A quiet and verdant walk to the gorgeous village of Cantalice and then the sanctuary of La Foresta where legend attributes a key miracle to St. Francis. End the day in Rieti, an important stop on the ancient Roman salt road.
  • Day 10 – Rieti to Poggio San Lorenzo (21.8km/13.5miles) – Walk along the ancient Roman Salt Road through quiet farms of the Sabine Region to tiny Poggio San Lorenzo.
  • Day 11 – Poggio San Lorenzo to Ponticelli (21.6km/13.4miles) – An up-and-down day of forested ridges, olive groves and sheep pastures with views to castles and quiet villages. Overnight at 15th c Castello Orsini.
  • Day 12 – Ponticelli to Montelibretti (13.2km/8.2milesl) – The mountains begin to spread out before you and the hills begin to flatten as you prepare for the broad Tiber Valley ahead.
  • Day 13 – Montelibretti to Monterotondo (16.6km/10.3miles) – Although Rome is near, the path carries you through lush nature preserves, away from traffic and city life. In clear weather the first glimpse of St. Peter’s can be seen in the far distance.
  • August 4 – Monterotondo to Monte Sacro (19.3km/12.0miles)- With some sadness leave nature behind and walk the second half of this day through Roman suburbs to a comfortable lodging in the Monte Sacro district of Rome.
  • August 5 – Monte Sacro to the Vatican (15.4km/9.6miles) – Follow quiet bicycle paths until the right moment to dive into the city, walking through Piazza del Popolo and on the edge of Piazza Navone. Cross the Bridge of Angels and take the first steps out of Rome into Vatican City at the doors of the Basilica of Saint Peter, our journey’s goal.
  • August 6 – Depart Rome – With your testimoniumin hand and your mind full of memories say goodbye to Rome. This pilgrimage through the Roman countryside in the places beloved by St. Francis stays vivid in your mind for a lifetime of cherished memories.

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Florence to Assisi on the Via di Francesco

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From €3,280 ppdo (€600 single supplement)

***Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this departure has been cancelled.***

After enjoying the capital of the Renaissance, figuratively step back in time to ancient forests and monasteries of the Middle Ages. The beautiful Casentino National Forest is the setting and St Francis’s beloved Santuario della Verna atop serene Mount Penna with its active Franciscan convent is the first goal. His hometown is the final destination. In between, walk among the towns and forests that were his inspiration, including the town of Gubbio where he made peace with the wolf, and Montecasale where he converted the three thieves. At Valfabbrica he was robbed and stripped and of course, at Assisi he was born and was buried. No itinerary brings you closer to the person and the legend that walking from Florence to Assisi on the Way of St Francis.

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  • June 6, 2020 – Gather, overnight in Florence – Capital of the Renaissance, gather here to meet other participants and orient yourself to the walk.
  • June 7, 2020 – Florence to Pontassieve (18.9km/11.7miles) – Walk along the quiet banks of the Arno River among locals.
  • June 8, 2020 – Pontassieve to Consuma (17.8km/11.1miles) – Vineyards turn to forests as you climb to the first reaches of the Casentino National Forest where you’ll remain for the next days.
  • June 9, 2020 – Consuma to Stia (17.0km/10.6miles) – Almost exclusively on paths and gravel roads, see the green side of Tuscany and the first hints of breathtaking mountain views. Sita stands at the headwaters of the Arno amidst forests of oak, birch and pine.
  • June 10, 2020 – Stia to Camaldoli (16.6km/10.3miles)– For over 1000 years monks and hermits have called Camaldoli their home. See their chapels and shop among their soaps and medicinal herbs at Camoldoli Hermitage and Monastery.
  • June 11, 2020 – Camaldoli to Santicchio (16.0km/9.9miles) – Walk forested mountain trails to the retreat center at the foot of Monte Penna, stopping for lunch in Badia Prataglia.
  • June 12, 2020 – Santicchio to Santuario della Verna (8.0km/5.0miles) – Walk up through a fairy tale forest to the beloved Santuario della Verna, site of the miracle of the stigmata and home to a functioning Franciscan convent at one of Italy’s holiest places.
  • June 13, 2020 – Santuario della Verna to Pieve Santo Stefano (15.2km/9.4miles) – After a downhill walk on forested paths the Tiber Valley opens up and the mountain town of Pieve Santo Stefano welcomes us.
  • June 14, 2020 – Pieve Santo Stefano to La Montagna (22.8km/14.1miles) –Visit the hermitage of Cerbaiolo after a stiff climb to quiet and serene La Montagna.
  • June 15, 2020 – La Montagna to Citerna (23.7km/14.7miles)- Visit the convent of Montecasale, where St Francis converted two thieves. Enjoy lunch at historic Sansepolcro, then enjoy a flat walk through farms ending at the walled, hilltop town of Citerna with its sweeping views of the Tiber Valley and the mountains beyond.
  • June 16, 2020 – Citerna to Città di Castello (20.3km/12.6miles)- A green day of farms nurturing sunflowers. Climb the famed cylindrical tower at Città di Castello and enjoy the delicacies of this picturesque town.
  • June 17, 2020 – Citta di Castello to Pietralunga (29.8km/18.5miles)- From the Tiber Valley climb a pass toward the Chiascio Alto, the headwaters of the river that waters Assisi, before your overnight at medieval Pietralunga.
  • June 18, 2020 – Pietralunga to Gubbio (26.5km/16.5miles) – Everyone loves medieval Gubbio, the town of the Ceri races, the wolf tamed by Francis, and acrobatic funicular that ascends to Basilica San Ubaldo above the settlement.
  • June 19, 2020 – Gubbio to Biscina (22.7km/14.1miles) – The Chiascio River drains these forested hillsides among castles and convents ending in a hostel stay in a former hermitage.
  • June 20, 2020 – Biscina to Valfabbrica (15.9km/9.9miles) – Lake Valfabbrica is a constant companion as you near beautiful Assisi.
  • June 21, 2020 – Valfabbrica to Assisi (13.4km/8.3miles) – Climb the ridge separating the two towns and see Assisi’s Rocca Maggiore and then the beloved Basilica San Francesco. Receive the final stamp on our pilgrim passports and then your testimoniumthat confirms completion of your pilgrimage walk. A 6:00 mass in the Basilica welcomes all pilgrims. Afterward toast your accomplishment over a beautiful dinner with your pilgrim companions.
  • June 22, 2020 – Depart Assisi – (overnight option, tour option) You’ve had a memorable pilgrimage in unforgettable scenery accompanied all the way by the memory and spirit of St. Francis.

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Terms and conditions

At registration, all participants must affirm that they have read and understood the Terms and Conditions listed below:

Nature of Pilgrimage and Accommodations: Pilgrim Paths organizes religious and cultural travel itineraries in the pilgrimage walking tradition. Accommodations are based on double occupancy and these itineraries will utilize a range of accommodation ranging from pilgrim hostels where no hotel is available to 3-star hotels in larger cities.

Participant Responsibilities:As a member of a Pilgrim Path walking group you have responsibility to Pilgrim Paths and to other group members, including:

  1. Selecting a walk appropriate to your interests and abilities and being in sufficient good health and fitness to do the walk. If you have any medical or physical conditions that are likely to affect your capability to do this walk, or adversely affect the experience of other participants, you must submit a letter from your medical doctor stating that you are capable of participating in this walk.
  2. Preparing for your walk by reading all the information on the website and material sent to you by Pilgrim Paths, especially that relating to the daily walking stages, accommodation, transport and the role of the Group Leader.
  3. Respecting the other members in your group, especially the Group Leader, as well as the laws, customs, traditions and culture of the areas visited.

At the Group Leader’s discretion, a member may be asked to leave the group if the leader feels that the person´s further participation may be detrimental to other group members or to the individual.

Passports and Visas:Participants must carry with them a valid passport with the necessary Visa as required by local law. Any information from Pilgrim Paths regarding visa applications is only a guideline. The participant is responsible for all necessary visa and legal documentations, noting that European Union (Schengen) visa requirements apply and may vary depending on the country of origin.

Price:The published price per person includes ground transportation as published on the itinerary (from starting point to ending point of the walk only); luggage transfer service; lodging (per person at double-occupancy); breakfast each day and dinner most days; and the presence of a qualified tour leader. The price does not include airfare, lunch each day (estimate $15/day), occasional dinners out (approximately one out of three nights), recommended travel insurance, personal expenses, or anything not expressly stated on the itinerary. Tips for the tour leader and assistant are not allowed.

Payment Information:A deposit of 30% is required to secure a reservation and $500 is non-refundable but transferable to another Pilgrim Paths itinerary. The final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Payment can be made by e-commerce site (with additional fees), personal check or money order. Trip prices and costs are listed in Euros and translation to other currencies is to be based on Google Finance conversion rates.

Cancellations: Minimum group size is 8 participants. If an itinerary fails to meet its minimum, Pilgrim Paths may cancel the group up to 90 days before departure.

If a participant cancels 90 days or more before departure, all payments will be refunded except $500 of your deposit which is transferable to another trip with Pilgrim Paths adventure. If the cancellation is made fewer than 90 days before departure, the following non-refundable charges are added to the $500 withheld by Pilgrim Paths:

  • 15% 31-90 days before departure
  • 25% 15- 30 days
  • 50% 8- 14 days
  • 75% 4- 7 days
  • 90% up to 3 days
  • 100% at less than 3 days, no-show, interruption

These mandatory charges are included in order to cover the cost to Pilgrim Paths of subcontractors who have required advance payment in order to confirm bookings. Other terms and conditions may apply at registration.

Release and Assumption of Risk: I understand and agree that during the tour in which I will participate, under the arrangements of Pilgrim Paths, certain risks and dangers may arise, including, but not limited to, acts of God, the hazards of the forces of nature (including but not limited to animal or insect bites), dangers and risks inherent in trekking activities (including but not limited to falls or injuries), and accident or illness in remote places without access to medical facilities, transportation, or means of rapid evacuation and assistance. Pilgrim Paths shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with any of the above, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel company’s control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the agent from any duty of, and all safety or security conditions at such destinations.

In consideration of, and as a part of the payment for, the right to participate in such treks, tours, expeditions, or other activities and as a part of the payment for, the services arranged for me by Pilgrim Paths and its agents, employees, associates, affiliated companies, or subcontractors, I do hereby expressly assume all of the above risks.

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