TRAVEL – TOM SMITH –
The Way of St. James or “Camino de Santiago” has existed for over a thousand years. Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. If you saw the recent film with Martin Sheen “The Way” then you know the story well. Today thousands of travelers set out each year to make their way to Santiago. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle.
The traditional pilgrim way is on foot, but you can also bicycle or go on horseback or mule back. And for the over 65 there is a way that you can experience a piece of the Camino without having to do the entire route. I have been traveling back and forth to Spain for some time now and have finally found a tour company that can pre-arrange small pieces of the Camino from 5 to 16 days. You stay in comfortable hotels (not the dormitory hostels), have great meals and your luggage is transported each day to your next destination hotel or inn. People of all ages travel the Camino. It is also a perfect multi-generational family adventure.
In addition to people undertaking a religious pilgrimage, the majority are travelers and hikers who walk the route for non-religious reasons: travel, sport. Many consider the experience a spiritual adventure or retreat to remove themselves from the bustle of modern life. Tom Smith Travel offers 11 different ways (itineraries) to do The Camino, ranging from 5 to 16 days with a wide range of accommodations to choose from, meals, side excursions, etc. Baggage transfer daily is included, so all you need to carry is your day pack! With starting points around Spain or Portugal! There are 8 independent itineraries and 3 that are escorted with a small group with an English speaking guide. This is a perfect hike for you by yourself or a couple or a family. Ask Tom for the details as he has hiked parts of the Camino and visited many of the accommodations to give you a firsthand professional report. Packages are available year round!