Walk the Camino de Santiago or the Via Francigena 'Your Way'
with our accompanied groups
Thanks for a spectacular Camino experience. It was because of your thoughtfulness, expertise, and thorough planning that I (and I think our whole group) had an amazing trip.
I chose amaWalkers because of the consistently knowledgeable, helpful, and reasonable comments made by Syl on the many Facebook Camino groups I have followed since I decided to go on the Camino. Her approach, also included in her books, is consistently one of "it's your Camino; do what works for you, and here are some suggestions you may want to consider."
This wise mentality permeated every aspect of the itinerary for our trip, from the two-day crossing of the Pyrenees, to the choice of lodgings, to the town maps that explained how to reach the lodgings the amenities the lodgings provided (that washing machine icon was especially welcome!), and finally to the arrival in Santiago in time to witness the Friday night Mass and the swinging of the Botafumeiro. Each stage of the journey was thoughtfully planned and was manageable for all members of our group that ranged in age from 30 to 79.
Our group leader, Theresa, embodied the thoughtfulness and expertise of amaWalkers. She and Zuretha are experienced Camino walkers, but, more importantly, they are kind and caring people who always were mindful both of the common good as well as the needs of each walker. They helped with blisters, luggage, farmacias, phones, shoe replacements, restaurant recommendations, and more. They told us what terrain to expect on each stage, and they made sure at the end of each day's walk that everyone was OK. In short, the leadership was amazing.
The other group members were all amiable and positive. As a teacher I have taken both students and adults on international trips, but I have never experienced a group like this one, for there were no complainers and no nay-sayers among us (excluding this author, who can complain a great deal). Even in pain, these group members remained positive.
In short, because of the wisdom of amaWalkers, this trip exceeded my expectations in every way. I plan to return to the Camino, but I know that this experience can never be replicated. To paraphrase Dr. Suess, I won't cry because it's over, but smile because it happened.
Thanks for everything,
Jan McG (Canada)
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2016 - Via Francigena:
From Orsieres - Swiss Alps to Rome
Our group leaders take care of the practicalities like accommodation, luggage transfers and transport.
Although the group leader will accompany the group, we want you to have lots of personal time and space for contemplation and reflection. Walking a Camino or Via Francigena can be a deeply spiritual experience and we like to be facilitators rather than 'tour guides'. You should be fit enough to walk on average 20km (12 miles) per day but whether you walk all the way every day or take transport at times, this is your pilgrimage and the Group Leader will assist you with that.
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Hello Syl and Jenny,
Thank you so much for your Excellent organisation and support.
My wife and me thank specially Theresa.
She is the best leader and a wonderful person. We miss her so much.
Best regards, K & F (Germany) 2015
"With your loving guidance I have accomplished something that was only a wisp of a dream a year ago."
Dear Syl and Jenny,
We had a wonderful time doing the Camino Walk and the whole experience was beyond our expectations. Thanks to you and your your team for making a perfect arrangement for our trip, from travel information to accommodations and exceptional team leader. Theresa was simply wonderful. I don't think we could have done it so comfortably and enjoyable without her continuous care and attention to our needs and concerns. Her patience with our group of older walkers was much appreciated by all of us.
The accommodations, though not luxurious, were as we had expected, but were located in most suitable locations, were clean and comfortable. The other walkers in the group were amazing and we made many good friends.
I would recommend amaWalkers to anyone who wishes to do the walk by organized tour, specially for those who wish to concentrate on their trip objectives rather than worrying about logistics and accommodations. Also, special thanks to Khosrow for introducing us to this trip and your team.
We look forward to doing other trips with your team and please keep us posted of your new routes for next year.
M & H (McLean, VA, USA) June/July 2015
It’s been a few days since I returned from Madrid but a piece of my heart will always be in Spain. The Camino was such an amazing experience. I found it so enriching and one-of-a-kind experience. I loved every minute of it, blisters and all.
I must commend you for an excellent job done with the organising, logistics and accommodation. I am still amazed at how seamless and hassle free everything was for us from the travelling on buses to the accommodation. Thank you for your great organisation in this regard.
I met wonderful people and our group was so lovely. We had great laughs, story-telling sessions and walks together. I really enjoyed everyone’s company. As for the team leader, Theresa was incredible. Her overwhelming kindness towards each and every one of us helped get us through those tough moments on the Camino. From advice and help with blisters, to answering questions about the route, Theresa was always there with a smile on her face and ready to help. Although in the background, Zuretha was as kind and helpful. Together they made the trip so pleasant and enjoyable.
As for the accommodation, I was really impressed with the standard of accommodation. I was expecting to rough it up for three weeks and was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful accommodation each night. Excellent job Syl and thanks again for your attention to detail and ensuring we stayed in such lovely accommodation.
I would highly recommend your company and tours in the future!
Thanks again for organising such an amazing trip.
AC - Cape Town - 2015
I am still on cloud 9 and haven't come down to earth yet. Oh my word the walk took me by complete surprise - never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined something so beautiful. From day 1 I was in awe and that continued right through until the very end. I loved every single minute of it. Emiline was truly a gift sent from heaven. My oh my we could not have wished for a better tour leader. She was always so caring and thoughtful. Nothing was too much trouble for her, she always went the extra mile to assist with questions, uncertainties etc etc.
Syl thank you a million times over for an extremely well organized tour. Right from the very begining you were there for me, answering every question I had as well as to keep me in the loop with everything that was going on. I appreciated it so much. I will most certainly be talking about Ama Walkers for years to come. Carol - Cape Town