This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Camino de Santiago hiking vacation, the French way
We are passionate about providing environmentally responsible tours, that show the area in all of its glory without negatively impacting the area you have traveled to see.
Walking vacations are one of the most environmentally friendly forms of travel, and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the region as you walk through villages and farmland. On this self-guided tour, we use small hotels that are committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, conserving water and energy, recycling as much as possible and sourcing locally grown foods for your meals.
The trips are meticulously planned in order to minimise the use of mechanised transport during supply runs. We encourage our walkers to do their bit too, by carrying re-useable water containers rather than lots of small plastic bottles and taking care not to stray from the worn paths, damage the flora or disturb the local wildlife by getting too close.
You will also stay in hotels that focus on preserving the history of the region, such as the stunning Parador hotel in Santiago de Compostela, which was originally built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate the pilgrims traveling to Santiago. The building has been lovingly restored to house pilgrims along this route.
Ourselves and our local agent in the Alps are committed to giving back to the local communities that we visit on tour. As such, wherever possible we use local small businesses for the provision of equipment, accommodation, food and transportation, in order to ensure that by bringing tourism to the area, we are contributing to the local economy and communities in a positive way.
Meals are not included in areas where there are local options for eating out, such as in Arzua and Palais de Rei, further giving walkers the opportunity to experience the local cuisine, interact with the local communities and further contribute to local businesses success.
Walkers will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. Whilst at this site which is the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, our walkers will have the opportunity to learn about the areas history, where it is alleged that the apostle, St. James was laid to rest. By visiting historical sites such as Ribadiso medieval village, tourism is providing the opportunity for employment in the local area through the making and selling of locally crafted handicrafts, and guiding opportunities.