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Our staff have extensive travelling experience in destinations all over the world. We offer alternative holidays, a break away from the usual resort trips and offer our customers a real opportunity to experience nature, with friends and family up-close and personal. Roland Monsegu, Director & Outdoor Fanatic

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French Way Finisterre Way English Way Northern Way Original Way Via Plata Portuguese Way Jaume Way Le Puy Way Arles Way Paris & Tours Way Vezelay Way Cluny Way Geneva Way

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With Camino ways you have the opportunity to discover and explore the most beautiful outdoor destinations Europe has to offer - in safety and comfort. We offer the widest range of walking and cycling holidays in Europe, including: the famous “Camino de Santiago” in Spain, France and Portugal and the mighty “Via Francigena” from Lucca following the ancient road to Rome, the unspoiled and extraordinary “St. Pauls Way” in Turkey and “The Jesus Trail” in Israel. We provide over 40 walking holidays throughout Europe as well as trekking and hiking in North Africa. All destinations visited during our holiday offer their own challenges and their own rewards, with a huge variety of cultural and historical landscapes. We are committed: to the preservation of natural resources, the protection of local cultural heritage and making a positive impact on the local communities we come into contact with.

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CAMINO DE SANT AGO Paris & Tours Way

Vezelay Way Cluny Way

English Way

Original Way

Finisterre Way

Northern Way

Le Puy Way Arles Way

French Way

Portuguese Way Via Plata

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Geneva Way

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The Camino de Santiago is also known as The Way of St. James, and is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The remains of the apostle Saint James The Great are believed to be buried here and a number of different ways have emerged over the years.


Camino de Santiago How to choose your Camino?

Each way is a unique experience. Each region has its own flavour and characteristics.

Authenticity Unspoilt rural villages, local traditions, festivals, culture, music, food.

Gastronomy Fine local traditional food with local wines and beers.

Spiritual Whether this is a pilgrimage or a spiritual retreat you will find your way.

Social Be part of the community and make new friends along the way.

Nature National Parks, Pristine mountains, sleepy farmlands. Get some fresh air!

History Enjoy the historic villages and towns, legends and world heritage sites.

Fitness Your Camino at your pace, take the challenge that best suits you.

Comfort Cosy, rustic and full of character. A different approach to hospitality.

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French Way The “Camino Frances” is the most popular route on the Camino. It starts at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. This route goes through the magnificent cities of Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos and Leon, before entering Galicia, ending in the stunning Santiago de Compostela.

TRAVEL TIP Walk or Cycle the last section of the French way and get the real Camino feel.

1 - St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona Distance 69 km Duration: 5 days / 4 nights 2 – Pamplona to Logrono Distance 95 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 3 – Logrono to Burgos Distance 123 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 4 - Burgos to Sahagun Distance 123 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 5 – Sahagun to Leon Distance 55 km Duration: 5 days / 4 nights 6 – Leon to Ponferrada Distance 101 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 7 – Ponferrada to Sarria Distance 96 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 8 – Sarria to Santiago, Last 100km Distance 115 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

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“The sensation arriving in Santiago was wonderful!”

- Debbie mar 2011

A Coruna Santiago

Biarritz Leon

Bilbao

Madrid

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Finisterre Way On reaching Santiago de Compostela, you have the opportunity to continue your experience on the Finisterre Way. This is the only camino that begins in Santiago de Compostela. This route pre-dates Christianity and was believed to be the “end of the world” (Costa da Morte) The pilgrimage finishes at the top of the cliffs of Finisterre, overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

“Walking to the edge of the world” TRAVEL TIP See the sunset from the light house and you will understand why this was considered the end of the world.

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Santiago to Cape Finisterre Distance 90 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights


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TRAVEL TIP Towns and villages along the English way which have to be experienced include: Ferrol, Pontedeume, Betanzos and more…

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“The English way is an Historical experience” Ferrol to Santiago Distance 106 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

English Way The Camino Ingles / the English Way is the historical pilgrimage for the pilgrims coming from Britain and Ireland. It was also a very important trading route. The first section offers wonderful coastal views while the the second part takes you inland to explore the rural landscapes of Galicia. Your pilgrimage finishes in Santiago de Compostela with its amazing Cathedral.

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Northern Way The northern way is the route that runs along the northern coast of Spain. It begins in the Basque country from the amazing seaside resort in San Sebastian. The way also passes through Bilbao - home of some of the best tapas in Spain and home to the world famous Guggenheim museum Bilbao, Santander - seaside resort and Grand Casino, and Oviedo – provide great atmosphere, delicious seafood and cider.

TRAVEL TIP San Sebastian, - and Michelin stars glow in the heavens. Every local bar is a culinary heaven!

1 – San Sebastian to Bilbao Distance 120 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 2 – Bilbao to Santander Distance 113 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 3 – Santander to Ribadesella Distance 151 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 4 - Ribadesella to Oviedo Distance 82 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

“Enjoy the sea air along the beautiful Spanish coast.”

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Original way Northern Way

Santiago

Biarritz

Oviedo

Santander

TRAVEL TIP Cross the Cantabrian Mountains and get breath-taking views of the “Picos de Europa” in the distance.

1 Oviedo to Lugo Distance 208 km Duration: 11 days / 10 nights 2 – Lugo to Santiago Distance 120 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Original Way The original way or the Camino Primitivo, got its name as it was the first pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. In the 9th century Pelayo, rediscovered the tomb of St. James. The Camino de Santiago and St. James became de-facto symbols of the “Reconquista” and the oppression of Christians. Today, the Camino Primitivo is the most challenging of all the Camino Ways. It crosses the Cantabzian Mountains, with outstanding views over the Pico de Europa. It gives trekkers an opportunity to push themselves.

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Via de la Plata By far the longest Camino, the via de la Plata crosses practically the lenght of Spain, south to North. This way was used by North African Christians on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Travel the Plata and discover Spains untold story; roman cities, magnificient buildings of the Conquistadors and an unspoilt natural landscape.

TRAVEL TIP Discover the Medieval city of Caceres (where Spains Conquistadores called home), the lost Roman cities of Merida and Caparra.

1 – Sevilla to Monesterio Distance 107 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 2 – Monasterio to Merida Distance 85 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 3 – Merida to Caceres Distance 84 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 4 – Caceres to Carcaboso Distance 84 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 5 - Carcaboso to Salamanca Distance 132 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 6 – Salamanca to Zamora Distance 69 km Duration: 5 days / 4 nights 7 – Zamora to Puebla de Sanabria Distance 159 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights 8 - Puebla de Sanabria to A Gudina Distance 54 km Duration: 5 days / 4 nights 9 – A Gudina to Ourense Distance 89 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

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10 - Ourense to Santiago Distance 111 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights


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Santiago Leon

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Portuguese Way The Portuguese way is a good alternative for pilgrims that are looking for a more rural experience on the Camino. It starts in Lisbon – the Portuguese capital and home to many UNESCO sites, passes through Santarem – the Moorish Bastions in Portugal, Coimbra – one of the first Universities, Porto – a UNESCO city and home to portified wine port, and finished in Santiago.

TRAVEL TIP Discover Tomar and its unique UNESCO Templar church – Convento de Cristo, modelled on the mosque of Omar and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Santiago

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1 – Lisbon to Santarem Distance 65 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 2 – Santarem to Coimbra Distance 152 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 3 – Coimbra to Porto Distance 127 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 4 – Porto to Tui Distance 127 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 5 - Tui to Santiago Distance 115 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights


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1 – Port de la Selva to Vic Distance 163 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

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Jaume Way Barcelona

2 – Vic to Cervera Distance 156 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights 3 – Cervera to Zaragoza Distance 202 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights 4 –Zaragoza to Logrono Distance 169 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

TRAVEL TIP Experience the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site the Monastery of St. Pere de Rhode & Montserrat.

Jaume Way The Impressive cultural heritage of Catalonia will engulf you ,starting from the Port da la Selva to Logrono and passing through old villages and isolated monasteries, this authentic route includes many traditional and historical places. In 1987 the way of St. Jaume was declared European Cultural Itinerary and in 1993 was added to the World Heritage list of UNESCO sites. Once in Logrono, you can continue your adventure on the French way.

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Le Puy Way Le Puy Way, starts in Le Puy-en-Velay, close to Lyon in France. This is our most popular Walk across France. It is a superb hike through the Aubrac plateau national park, Quercy and the Gers – home of the famous Armagnac Brandy. It ends at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains where you can continue your adventure on the Camino de Santiago.

TRAVEL TIP A guide through some of the most beautiful villages in France; Cahors, Montcuq, Lauzerte, Moissac, Auvillar, Lectoure…

1 – Le Puy to Aumont-Aubrac Distance 89 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 2 – Aumont-Aubrac to Conques Distance 82 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 3 – Conques to Cahors Distance 144 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 4 – Cahors to Lectoure Distance 129 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 5 - Lectoure to Aire sur l’Abour Distance 115 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

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6 – Aire sur l’Abour to St-Jean-Piedde-Port Distance 162 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights


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“The French countryside is an amazing feast for all the senses”

-Michael May 2010

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Arles Way The Arles Way has traditionally been the route carved out by the people of the south of France and Italy making their way to Santiago de Compostela. You will sense a particular atmosphere walking this route as you’re led across the south of France along the base of the Pyrenees. The Arles Way meets the Camino de Santiago at Puente la Reina, 20km South of Pamplona. 1 – St-Guilhem-le-Desert to Castres Distance 189 km Duration: 13 days / 12 nights 2 – Castres to Toulouse Distance 125 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights 3 – Toulouse to Lourdes Distance 252 km Duration: 12 days / 11 nights 4 – Lourdes to Jaca Distance 160 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 5 - Jaca to Puente de la Reina Distance 136 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

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TRAVEL TIP A spiritual pilgrimage of 2 holy cities Lourdes and Santiago!


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Paris & Tours Way The Paris & Tours Way is the route for the pilgrims coming from the North of Europe. It has been an important route dating back to Roman and Celtic times. Tours is an unmissable stage and is frequented by pilgrims from all around the world to visit the tomb of Saint Martin.

TRAVEL TIP Begin your walk in the city of Light and discover the real France!

1 – Paris to Orleans Distance 153 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 2 – Orleans to Tours Distance 141 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 3 – Tours to Saintes Distance 276 km Duration: 13 days / 12 nights 4 – Saintes to Bordeaux Distance 126 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 5 – Bordeaux to St Jean Pied-de-Port Distance 265 km Duration: 13 days / 12 nights

“An Epic journey from Paris to Santiago.”

-James Macken Oct 2011

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Vezelay Way The Vezelay Way runs southwest from the small town of Vezelay. Vézelay Abbey hosts the remains of Mary Magdalene and is a major starting point for pilgrims on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. The route takes you across the foothills of the limousin, the hills and valleys of the Perigord, the large plains of Aquitaine and on to the wooded Landes region. It joins the French Way in St Jean Pied-de-Port.

1 – Vezelay to Nevers Distance 132 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

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2 – Nevers to Limoges Distance 386 km Duration: 16 days / 15 nights 3 – Limoges to Perigueux Distance 207 km Duration: 11 days / 10 nights 4 – Perigueux to Mont-de-Marsan Distance 227 km Duration: 11 days / 10 nights 5 – Mont-de-Marsan to St Jean Piedde-Port Distance 135 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Don’t forget to savor the taste of some of the most famous wines ever produced!

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Cluny Way The Cluny Way begins in Burgundy the vineyard of the world. This route begins in the historical town of Cluny crossing the Beaujolais hills, winding through the countryside along the coast Roannaises, through the Forez Mountains before joining the Puy en Valay through the gorges of the Loire Valley. Your Adventure can continue on the Puy Way.

TRAVEL TIP Cluny Abbey is one of the most important in France and Europe.

1 – Cluny to Charlieu Distance 92 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 2 – Charlieu to Montbrison Distance 106km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 3 – Montbrison to Le Puy en Velay Distance 117 km Duration: 13 days / 12 nights

“Cluny Way is a route of charm.”

- Clement Nov 2012

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Geneva Way The Geneva Way is also known as the Jacobsweg, is an extension of the main Camino de Santiago. This route commences with spectacular views of the summit of the passes, drawing the horizon above the Alpine peaks continuing onto the gentle mountains of the Massif Central and linking up with The Puy Way. COMBINE & CUSTOMISE

TRAVEL TIP Besides the beautiful scenery this Way is full of cultural delights – French Villages and homely mountain food.

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Geneva Way Le Puy Way French Way 1 – Geneva to St. Genix-sur-Guiers Distance 101 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 2 – St. Genix-sur-Guiers to St Clair-du-Rhone Distance 106km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights 3 – St Clair-du-Rhone to Le Puy en Velay Distance 119 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

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Via Francigena The Via Francigena is the ancient route to Rome, beginning in Canterbury, England and making its way through France, Switzerland and on into Italy. In medieval times it was an important route for pilgrims heading south. It was designated as a European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 1994. The route passes through some fantastic scenery starting out with Kent in England, London the World War 1 Battlefields in Normandy and Champagne in France, the Alps in Swizerland, Abruzzo, Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio in Italy. The majority of the Beauvais walking takes places on off-road tracks and ancient Roman roads. Paris

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Rome

Highlights: Canterbury Cathedral, Reims Cathedral, Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva, Aosta Valley, Tuscany and Rome.

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Via Francigena 1 – Canterbury to Wisques Distance 115 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

9 – Lausanne to Aosta Distance 149 km Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

2 – Wisques to Arras Distance 88.5 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

10 – Aosta to Vercelli Distance 154 km Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

3 – Arras to Laon Distance 147 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

11 – Vercelli to Piacenza Distance 136 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

4 – Laon to Reims Distance 72 km Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

12 – Piacenza to Aulla Distance 170 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

5 – Reims to Bar-sur-Aube Distance 136 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

13 – Aulla to Lucca Distance 83 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

6 – Bar-sur-Aube to Langres Distance 79 km Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

14 – Lucca to Siena Distance 131 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

7 – Langres to Besancon Distance 116 km Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

15 – Siena to Viterbo Distance 174 km Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

8 – Besancon to Lausanne Distance 187 km Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

16 – Viterbo to Rome Distance 101 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

“Through past and present,all roads lead to Rome...” -Anon

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St Francis Way The St. Francis Way takes you through Assis and Umbria. It follows the ancient Roman road between Florence and Rome. It is known as the Way of St. Francis of Assisi ending at the Holy See in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. Before reaching the Vatican, you will visit charming places such as the unique historic centre in Florence and the church of Assisi.

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Genoa Pisa

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1 – Florence to Sansepolcro Distance 148 km Duration: 10 days / 9 nights 2 – Sansepolcro to Assisi Distance 140 km Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

London

3 – Assisi to Rieti Distance 146 km Duration: 10 days / 9 nights 4 – Rieti to Rome Distance 105 km Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Paris

St Francis Way Florence to Rome

“The beginning of an unforgettable adventure”

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- Mary Theresa Apl 2010

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European Routes Enjoy the best Europe has to offer in the form of walking adventures, From the mighty Mont Blanc to the magic of Corsica to the unspoilt Tatras of Poland. Indulge yourself in the magnificence of French cuisine from the Dordogne. Feel free to contact us for further information. Austria Croatia Cyprus France Italy Ireland Poland Spain Switzerland...

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Other Routes

Middle East trail Go back to the origins and hike in the footsteps of the Giants.

St. Pauls Way (Turkey)

The name of the trail derives from the fact that a part of it follows the route of St. Paul the Apostle on his missionary journey to Anatolia in the south of the country.

The Jesus Trail (Israel)

The Jesus Trail is a hiking trail of 65 km in the area of Galilee in Israel. Through its historical and religious sites, this trek conveys the life of Jesus in this region. Following in Jesus’ footsteps, you will engage in the secrets of the most widely practised religion in the world. It’s an experience for pilgrims, travellers and all to participate in. COMBINE & CUSTOMISE

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African Ways Markets trek (Morocco) Markets Trek is an ideal itinerary to combine sightseeing in Marrakech and moderate walking in the Atlas Mountains. The adventure begins in Asni where you’ll visit and enjoy haggling at the markets.

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