November 9th 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                              8 November 2016 THE APPEAL OF A PILGRIMAGE HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER SAY THE WAYFARERS WALKING VACATIONS As ancient pilgrim trails across Europe see a new influx of modern travelers, The Wayfarers Walking Vacations offer a chance for time-pressed hikers to experience the most famous of them all in Spring 2017 – the Camino de Santiago. From Burgos, the capital of Spanish Castile, the all-inclusive, small-group tour follows the scallop shell emblems of St James to the goal of Santiago de Compostela. The Wayfarers’ founder Michael West says today’s pilgrims need have no religious affiliation, but the Walk appeals to a deep-seated desire to connect with the other people and the earth. Michael West adds: 'Our guests who have made this trip say it was ‘life-affirming’ and ‘incredibly moving’. 'You are walking on the land, in nature and talking to people, not only in your group, but to other walkers from across the globe. It really taps in to a desire to add a deeper dimension to a vacation, which, I might add, is also a lot of fun. 'Not everyone can hike the whole Camino – that requires some 35 days – but our version enables people to experience one of the world’s greatest journeys, perhaps as part of a longer trip to Europe.' The Wayfarers’ tour uses paradors and hotels of character along the route, with baggage taken care of and a ride available for anyone not wishing to walk a particular leg. Michael West says: 'As families come together at this time of year for Thanksgiving, holiday thoughts turn to ways of spending meaningful time together and our Camino tour is perfect for a bespoke group Walk, which we are happy to arrange.' Camino de Santiago – a life affirming journey on the ancient pilgrimage route. Highlights:
  • ·      Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on a 1,000-year-old route.
  • ·      Enjoy traditional Spanish culture
  • ·      Visit unspoiled medieval villages and serene chapels amid peaceful hills
  • ·      Celebrate Pilgrims’ Mass in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela
Walk Level 4 – Each day’s walk is between 5-6 hours, covering 9-15 miles of easy to moderate walking per day. Next departure April 29 – May 5, 2017. Price per person for 7 nights from US$4,495, based on two sharing. http://bit.ly/2eXHhnL Photo captions:
  1. On the Camino de Santiago with The Wayfarers Walking Vacations.
  2. Waymarkers on the Camino de Santiago
  3. The sign of the scallop shell
NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information on any of our Walks and destination images, please contact Anne King at Watershed PR on 0044 1308 420785 or email [email protected] www.thewayfarers.com Tel: 1-800-249-4620 Facebook The Wayfarers Walking Vacations; Twitter @wayfarers; Instagram Wayfarerswalks. About The Wayfarers Walking Vacations: Founded 33 years ago, The Wayfarers Walking Vacations are the leading independent walking tour specialists. They were named by National Geographic Traveler as purveyor of one of the ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime,’ and by National Geographic Adventure as one of the ‘Best Hiking Companies,’ The Wayfarers offer eco-sensitive hiking vacations in 18 countries with 40+ itineraries. Seeing local cultures and place on foot and up-close, they provide the ultimate in Slow Travel. Walks cover England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Norway, New Zealand, Patagonia, Colorado and Southwest USA. Wayfarers’ Walks offer exclusive entrees into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks are from 6-13 days and are rated on a five-level challenge scale. Price per person is all-inclusive from Day One: including all transfers, hotel accommodation, full board plus twice daily snacks, wine with dinner, tips, and entrance tickets. The Wayfarers are a member of Trusted Adventures, www.trustedadventures.com, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and supporting local economies. The Wayfarers Walk Away Guide explains the benefits and practicalities of walking vacations and is guaranteed to inspire new walkers. Available free of charge at http://www.thewayfarers.com/walkawayguide The Wayfarers 2017 e-brochure http://bit.ly/2ciB7NR ENDS cds1-16-sg-4671camino de santiago

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