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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:30

The Camino is Life Affirming

The Camino is Life Affirming
Nancy L. Frey
25 October 2016


The Camino is Life Affirming
Life affirming. That was how one woman described what the Camino had meant to her. Looking at this photo of our hands held together upon arrival in the Plaza de Obradoiro, I feel that sense of affirmation strongly. Each person comes to the Camino at a different age, stage and place in his or her life and this is clearly shown through how different our hands are. Some are smooth and unblemished. Others appear wise with age and work. Some come adorned and others plain. A week ago most of those hands had little relation to one another. Now, though, by the end of the week those hands created, as one person put it, a quilt of experience together that will endure and give warmth for a long time to come. Many people claim that the Camino changes you. It can but I think that’s a very big expectation to have before starting. More often I see the Camino opening eyes and doors to possibilities. Challenging people in a good way physically, emotionally and psychologically. Creating opportunities to question attitudes, beliefs and actions. It can be a doorway to the self, others, nature, something higher and/or deeper. People feel good on the Camino. They also feel exhausted, worn-out, and sometimes struggle to get through each day. Sometimes it’s precisely that adversity paired with simplifying one’s life, as you do when on the Camino, that makes people feel vibrant and connected with something fundamental about the human experience. The Camino often gives the pilgrim the gift of clarity and insight into what is most important in life. Time and reflection, though, are necessary to bring those gifts home and into one’s heart and actions. Our hands together in common purpose are witness to the life affirming reality of the Camino and the continuing possibility of what is yet to come once we return home.

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:08

On Foot in Spain

Nancy and Jose

Cultural anthropologist Nancy Frey PhD, and writer, mountaineer Jose Placer!
Both Nancy and Jose have always held both walking and learning close to their hearts.
Their paths crossed while Nancy was conducting her doctoral dissertation research on the Camino de Santiago in the hamlet of Roncesvalles (Navarre) and Jose was just beginning a 450 mile walk across Spain.
Their paths rejoined a month later in Santiago de Compostela and since then have not diverged.

Together they co-authored the chapters on Galicia, Cordillera Cantabrica (Picos de Europa) and the Camino de Santiago for Lonely Planet’s Walking in Spain (1999 and 2003) and co-authored Lonely Planet's 1st edition of Walking in Scotland (2001).
Nancy and Jose started On Foot In Spain Walking & Hiking Educational Adventures in 1999. They have three children, Jacob (8), Marina (3)and Sam (born 11/27/06), and live on the Galician coast.

Nancy L. Frey, PhD

Nancy on top of Mt. Dana, Yosemite circa 1978Nancy’s love of hiking grew from annual summer trips to Yosemite led by a Dad who always knew the name of every tree and who reveled in leading his children to inspirational points. Thus it wasn’t too surprising that when she selected her subject material for her doctoral dissertation in cultural anthropology (UC Berkeley) one very attractive element of it was the prospect of traversing the north of Spain on foot.

Since her first walk in 1993, Nancy has walked the Camino de Santiago numerous times and cycled it as well. In her book on the modern day journey, Pilgrim Stories: On and Off the Road to Santiago (UC Press, 1998), Nancy brings to life the contemporary way by discussing pilgrims' motivations, mishaps and discoveries while walking as well as providing insights into why the route is so popular today.

Nancy has also lectured for ElderHostel and Smithsonian Institution on their educational tours in Spain, Portugal and France. She has also taught a course on the Camino de Santiago at the University of Santiago and is currently researching the relationship between landscape and experience.
In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, SCUBA diving, kayaking, tending her flower garden and cooking savory pies and tarts.

Jose Daniel Placer
Jose Daniel PlacerA native of Santiago de Compostela, Jose received his law degree from the University of Santiago and then made a 180 degree turn away from lawyering and back to his real passion: children and the outdoors.
He has taught outdoor education and coaches soccer, basketball and volleyball.
With Europe as his backyard, Jose has hiked extensively both within and beyond Spain since he was a teenager.
Despite having enjoyed the Italian Dolomites, and hiking in the Alps while studying law at the University of Passau in Germany, his favorite stomping ground continues to be Spain’s Picos de Europa.
Jose especially enjoys writing short stories, carpentry, restoring furniture, working his garden, kayaking and mountain biking.

OUR PHILOSOPHY
on Foot in SpainEach time we set out on a trail we go with the idea that to walk is to learn. Slowing down to the rhythm of your feet inevitably brings more to your immediate attention and consequently allows for greater speculation and wonder.

On our journeys into northern Spain’s exceptionally beautiful back roads we want to give you the opportunity to challenge yourself physically (without overdoing) and at the same time pique your curiosity by pointing out the not so obvious as well as providing insights into the wonders of the everyday.

Art, architecture, anthropology, folklore, history, Spanish fiestas, cuisine - we interlace them all into each day of your tour. Our carefully designed walks, combining charming accommodations in rural inns, monasteries, and hotels with the finest in local cuisine, will immerse you in the riches of northern Spain’s culture life and landscapes.

Nancy and Jose's children

 

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:17

Galicia: Food & Wine Journey

Galicia: Food & Wine Journey

Jose and I have long wanted to share the wealth and quality of Galicia’s prime resources with our clients. Galicia is well-known within Spain for its food culture (see Nancy's article about Galicia for Roads & Kingdoms) as well as its rich cultural heritage and inspiring interior and stunning coastal landscapes.. We have designed a tour to bring you into close contact with the production and enjoyment of its foods and wines focusing on what they do the best: take fresh local products and transform them into straightforward and simple delicacies. Each day we will take walks in the countryside to enhance the food experience and allow you to enjoy Galicia’s breathtaking scenery. This unique tour brings you into close contact with Galician food culture, especially along part of its rich 1200km coastline famed for its stunningly beautiful tidal estuaries known locally as rías.

The tour starts in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia’s political and spiritual capital, where we will explore the famed public market and have a cooking class with a local chef and ends in Galicia’s vibrant port city of Vigo about and 1hr and 15 min south of Santiago.

From Santiago we head west to the coast to spend two nights in the small rural yet maritime Sierra de Barbanza area. We will visit a cannery to hear about one of Galicia’s main seafood industries: the production of first-class canned seafood including mussels, clams, cockles, octopus, tuna, mackerel, squid, hake roe and scallops. We will also take a small boat out into the fertile estuary to visit the aquaculture platforms that produce Galicia’s famed mussels.

6 Day 4  9 Day 6

We then move south along the coast to spend three nights in the small town of Cambados which hosts the annual Albariño Wine Festival in August. Our accommodation is a restored manor house that also produces its own albariño wine. Over those three days we will dine in two of Galicia’s 13 Michelin-starred restaurants – Yayo DaPorta and Culler de Pau. In Cambados we will join the local mariscadoras (shellfisherwomen) to learn about their trade of clamming firsthand as well as have a cooking class for one of our evening meals. We will also have a wine tasting at a local winery to learn about albariño production.

Our last day, we visit an apiary to learn about Galicia’s bees and honey production. We then head to Vigo, (pop. 280,000) and say farewell as we enjoy a show-cooking experience in another Michelin-starred restaurant Maruja Limón.

Tour duration: 7 days & 7 nights

Walking Level:  Easy. We will be walking between 1.8 and 5.5 miles / 3km and 9km on a daily basis on well-marked trails.  Walking surfaces vary considerably from asphalt to sandy beach, to forest track and stone and dirt country lanes to pebbled tractor track. Some of the trails have loose cobblestones on the tracks that can be difficult to navigate and require concentration while walking. The countryside is mostly rural, coastal and forested.  Expect rolling hills with some brief ascents/descents of five to ten minutes in length. Walking poles are recommended for the uneven sections.

Walking Days: 7 total
Distance: 37km/23mi

Group Size: The tour will be limited to a total of 10 people to ensure a very personal, hands-on experience.

Dietary Restrictions/Limitations/Allergies: The Galician diet places a heavy emphasis on meat and fish. While vegetables are, of course, incorporated into the menus, all of the Michelin meals and cooking classes utilize both fish and meat into the dishes we will be preparing. Please let us know of any food intolerances/limitations/allergies when booking and we will advise you accordingly.

Departure Dates 2018
3-9 Sept 2018
Price: €2625
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Tour Price: 2625E per person in double accommodation
Single Supplement: The single supplement fee is €215 for this tour.

What is and isn’t included: Two cooking classes where will prepare three-course meals (starter, main and dessert and wine): Santiago de Compostela, Cambados (Days  1, 5). Two mid-day meals in Michelin-starred restaurants (Days 4 and 6) with gastronomic tasting menu and wine sampler.  One evening show cooking gastronomic menu at another Michelin-starred restaurant (Day 7). Wine tours and tastings in three venues (Days 1, 4 and 5).Visits: Market, cannery, grocery store, boat excursion into the estuary, fisherwomen’s on site clamming activities and apiary. Meals included: Breakfasts from Days 2-8, Picnic lunches – Days 2, 3, and 5 (with lunch on your own in Pontevedra on Day 7), Michelin lunches – Days 4 and 6 , Dinners- Days 1, 2, 5 and 7 (nights 3, 4 and 6 are not included and you can explore on your own). Jose and Nancy will accompany the group at all times. All transport is included from start to finish as outlined in the itinerary, as well as all entrance fees to museums and activities.
Tour does not include: Airfare to Spain is not included nor is insurance or transportation to and from the starting point (Santiago de Compostela) and ending point (Vigo, Spain). Personal amenities such as drinks and snacks at end of walks or in free time are not included.

Weather: In September plan on mostly sunny weather with some cloudy skies and a chance of rain showers sometime during the week. Morning coastal fog is possible. Summer temperatures oscillate between 13-28ºC / 55-80º

Daily Itinerary

 

2 Day 1Day 1 –Santiago de Compostela
Meet in Santiago at 2pm for our orientation. Walk through Santiago de Compostela’s historical quarter focusing on the food culture and its importance in Spanish and Galicia daily life. En route we’ll stop at a wine bar to have a tasting of three Galician wines with a local wine specialist. Afterwards we’ll walk to the cooking school and prepare our dinner with a well-known local chef. (Walking distance: 2.5km/1.5mi)

 

 

 

3 Day 2Day 2 – Sierra de Barbanza Area
Morning visit to the Santiago de Compostela public market to see the vendors selling everything from fresh fish, meat, vegetables, cheese, cold cuts, flowers and nuts. Transfer to Pobra do Caramiñal to visit the Luís Escurís Batalla cannery where we’ll see how one of the area’s top producers create their very high quality, artisanal seafood products.  Afterwards we’ll have a sampling of these delicious products. Transfer to our coastal walk. We’ll have our picnic en route and then finish our walk. Shuttle to the hotel and free time. We’ll have dinner in town enjoying local specialties. (Walking distance: 7km/4.3mi)

 

4 Day 3Day 3 – Sierra de Barbanza Area
After enjoying spectacular views from the area’s highest hill, A Curota, we will head to Pobra to visit a grocery store and learn what it’s like to shop like a Spaniard/Gallego. After a short hike we’ll have our picnic and then take a boat out to visit the aquaculture mussel platforms. Galicia produces 98% of Spain’s mussels and Spain is the world’s 3rd producer. Return to the hotel and free time. Dinner in town to explore on your own tonight (return on own by taxi). (Walking distance: 6.5km/4mi)

 

 

 

5 Day 4Day 4 - Cambados
Shuttle south to Cambados, Albariño capital of the Rías Baixas D.O., and walk a beautiful section along the coast. Perhaps we’ll see the kelp that may form part of one of our Michelin meals. Lunch at the Michelin starred restaurant Culler de Pau. Chef Javier Olleros pours his love of the ocean and his dedication to acquiring fresh, locally produced foods into these memorable dishes. Check-in to the hotel and visit the hotel’s wine cellar and vineyard that produces albariño (white) and espadeiro (red) wines. You can wander down to Cambados on your own tonight. (Walking distance: 3.5km/2.1mi)

 

 

7 Day 5Day 5 –Cambados
We hike along the ‘watermill route’ to the Armenteira monastery. In Galicia the watercourses were lined with watermills to grind corn, wheat, rye, barley and other grains for breads. Picnic along the river. Return to the hotel. Shuttle to a Rías Baixas winery to learn about local winemaking practices and to taste three different wines they produce. We then drive to the delightful Quinta de San Amaro to have a cooking class and dinner with a local chef. (Walking distance: 9km/5.6mi)

 

 

 

10 Day 6Day 6 –Cambados
Free morning. When the tide is right, we will visit the shellfisherwomen of Cambados who created a cultural association to transmit their knowledge of the sea and their profession to the public. These women are working professionals who clam. We will visit them while they are working and learn about clamming in Galicia. Afterwards we will have a leisurely lunch at Chef Yayo Daporta’s Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name. His creativity and innovation with traditional materials is inspiring and delicious. You will have the evening on your own tonight in Cambados. We have a Galician surprise for you tonight waiting when you get back!(Walking distance: 3km/1.7mi)

 

11 Day 7Day 7 – Vigo
Shuttle to the apiary Apípolis where we will learn about Galician bee keeping and honey production. You’ll have the opportunity to don a beekeeper’s outfit and enter in the apiary to see the bees working up close on the panels. After sampling honey products, we’ll talk a beautiful walk down the Río Lérez into the medieval town of Pontevedra. Enjoy lunch on your own in the popular eating district. Shuttle to Vigo where we stay in a beautifully restored building in the historical quarter. We’ll end our Galician food journey with a show-cooking experience at the Michelin-starred Maruja Limón restaurant in Vigo. (Walking distance: 5.5km/3.4mi)

 

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Sunday, 28 December 2014 12:34

Year 2014


On Foot in Spain Tours 2014…the helping hands when the going got tough…

Such a special time!  … The sights, the sounds; the misty morning light and starry sky at night at Axpe; the picnics, and idyllic settings; the going up and the going down of the trails; the enchanting forests and the panoramic rural and coastal views; the history, the myths, the saints, the culture and even the jokes!; the storytelling, the card games and the camaraderie of the group; and the helping hands when the going got tough.  And so much more!

Lesley, Melbourne, Australia (4th time On Foot in Spain traveler!)
Sept 2014, Basque Country

this Pilgrim’s journey was deeper, fuller and richer from the gift of On Foot in Spain

I will write something down the road on Facebook or the website for On Foot in Spain because I want others to know the gift of this journey from Nancy’s & Jose’s incredible knowledge shared about the special places on the Camino and the hikes designed to bring the Camino alive for each of us. Who could forget the wonderful picnic lunches each day unique to each region we traveled through (how I missed the picnic the day after I left you).  All in all this Pilgrim’s journey was deeper, fuller and richer from the gift of On Foot in Spain and the love and commitment of Nancy and Jose to the El Camino de Santiago and to each of us on our pilgrimages shared.

Pat, Shingle Springs, California, USA
Sept 2014, Camino de Santiago

On Foot in Spain Tours 2014the group’s collective experience was enriched by the expert facilitation…

Nancy and Jose possess this wonderful talent of bringing people together in their trademark and subtle and gentle way. Meeting and getting to know this fantastic group of people was one of the many highlights of the walk. I am convinced that the group’s collective experience was enriched by the expert facilitation of Nancy, Jose and Sam.  Thank you for making this such a fantastic experience …and for your skill and thoughtfulness.

Lisa, Sparta, Michigan, USA
Sept 2014, Basque Country

the warmth and friendship of your wonderful family

On Foot in Spain Tours 2014We not only survived your well planned walk through the beautiful Basque country but also really enjoyed every minute of it.

What did we enjoy the most? The trails were wonderful, the accommodation in the comfort bracket and sometimes really interesting, the universally proclaimed lunches, (carted and prepared by Jose,) the history and culture of this amazing Basque country and its friendly people and its special food and wine (especially Pinchos) the unforgettable lunch at Etxebarri and even your jokes all bring back great memories. However it was the warmth and friendship of your wonderful family and the amazing camaraderie of an eclectic walking group that stood out.

Suffice to say we had a wonderful time!

Barry & Maureen, Melbourne, Australia
Sept 2014, Basque Country

On Foot in Spain Tours 2014It was magical.

What a beautiful note, Nancy.  It sums up well the tremendous experience of sharing the Camino with this very special group of people.

We all have much to look back on.  You provided us with a marvellous, varied, and rich experience.  Even without the small miracle of a highly compatible group of merry folk, it would have been a wonderful trip.  WITH them -- and you and Jose -- it was magical.

Dale, Toronto, Canada
May 2014, Camino de Santiago Tour

Your love for this magical walk shows in everything you do...

I can’t thank you both enough for the wonderful time you gave me in showing me your Camino. Your love for this magical walk certainly shows in everything you do, and it is something that I will always remember and draw strength from.

Maureen,  Sydney, Australia
June 2014, Camino de Santiago

On Foot in Spain Tours 2014Taken to the next level!

There's a saying in San Diego:  "You can't have a bad day at the beach!"   I would suggest that you can't have a bad Camino.  I believe that anyone who travels the Camino will be positively changed either physically, mentally and/or spiritually.

However, if you are able to travel the Camino with Nancy and Jose that experience will be taken to the next level. You will come away with a much deeper understanding of what the Camino is truly all about.  Nancy and Jose LIVE the Camino.  It is their life's passion to instill in each of us their love of the unique history, the beauty of the natural surroundings, the fabulous foods, the vintage wines, the authentic culture and the genuine people who make up the Camino.

I have been taken to the next level, and would highly recommend this journey to you.

Joan,  San Diego, CA , USA
Compostela, April 2014

You brought the best out in everybody and allowed us to be ourselves.

The tour  had many dimensions for me – not in any order. Weather  was fabulous, loved  all the local  wines and food. The variation of accomodationn.  It was  phyiscal, it had  spirituality  and history, we had a great group, it was fun ,relaxed  and organised without being too structured_- congratulations to you both, you  brought the best out in everybody and allowed us to be ourselves.

Jillian,  Queensland, Australia
May 2014, Camino de Santiago

….warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit….

On a personal note, thank you for guiding us through this remarkable journey.  It was a privilege for us to have you accompany us and share in your warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit along the Camino.

S & B, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 2014, Camino de Santiago

On Foot in Spain Tours 2014There are not enough thanks in the world!!!

Even after being home for only two weeks I am still processing the entire experience. It was more spiritual than I had expected, and I can see some potential long-term effects in how I view "Life" and my place in it. How wonderful that you are conduits for providing such experiences! Northern Spain was even more breathtaking than I had expected; the scenery, food, and most of all people! We had an exceptional group (your best, remember?) led by two dynamic and passionate human beings. There are not enough thanks in the world!!!

Colleen,  Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Sept 2014, Camino de Santiago Tour

Set the bar very high….

Nancy, we are reminiscing of our happy holiday with you ALL the time.   You have set the bar very high for any future tour guides.   It was the best.

Mary-Anne and David, South Australia, Australia
May 2014, Camino de Santiago Tour

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 20:39

About On Foot

OUR WALKS

All of our small-group (between 7 and 15 people) walks are personally led by the two of us. Traveling with us will be like traveling with a group of friends rather than with strangers. We have designed the walks (some are unique - created by us - and you won’t find them on any other tour) taking into account several factors: beauty, variety of scenery, quality of trails, avoidance of main roads, and proximity to points of historical and cultural interest. We use a support vehicle to carry the heavy luggage, a library, extra water and fruit, and the gourmet lunch, so all you carry is a small day-pack. Detailed maps of the day’s journey are provided before setting off. Walks of different lengths are offered most days depending on what you desire. The support vehicle is avaliable to ride with if you're feeling too tired to continue.

On Foot in Spain

WALK LEVELS
We rate our walks according to altitude gain and loss, walking surface and total mileage. There are three levels - Easy, Medium and Difficult. Easy: walks from 4-8 miles on mostly level terrain and gentle hills along a well-maintained trails. Medium: 6-12 miles on rolling hills and mixed trails with an occasional steep ascent or descent. Difficult: 8-15 milers with long ascents or descents on steep, rocky surfaces.

At the beginning of each itinerary you’ll find our ranking. It’s crucial that you select a walk that is within your physical limits for your own and for your fellow travelers’ benefit. Please contact us with any questions you might have about a walk’s suitability for you.

GETTING TO THE START
All On Foot in Spain tours cover ground transportation from the starting point to the finishing point. To reach the designated starting point we will provide more detailed information to facilitate your journey in the pre-departure packet we will send once your reservation is made and deposit received.

EQUIPMENT
An equipment list is included in the pre-departure information sent 3 months before departure. Your most important equipment will be what you wear on your feet.

ENTRY FEES
All your entry fees for museums, monuments, guided tours are paid for by On Foot in Spain.

CUSTOM WALKING TOURS
If you’d like to do one of our existing tours on a date not offered or would like to arrange a private, customized walking tour we are happy to try and accommodate your plans. Email us with the dates of desired travel, a budget of what you’d like to spend, how much you would like to walk each day (distance) and where you would like to go. We will then design your tour and give you a price.

CONTACT US
On Foot in Spain
Nancy Frey
Apdo 22
15960 Ribeira,
A Coruña
Spain

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General Information

RESERVATIONS, DEPOSIT & PAYMENT

To reserve a space complete the registration form on the website by going to the Booking page. After you fill it out, the booking form will be sent to us and we will respond within 3 business days to confirm your space on the tour. Please wait until you hear from us before sending payment.

To reserve a space we ask for a deposit of €500. The tour prices are in Euros. Payments are to be made in Euros by our non-US resident clients. US residents can pay in Euros or in US$. If a US resident pays in US$, the amount of the $500/person deposit will be calculated into Euros based on the day when the deposit is sent. The final price in US$ is calculated 60 days prior to the tour's commencement based on that day's Euro/$ equivalent. If you would prefer to make final payment prior to 60 days prior to the tour's commencement in US$, the final price will be based on the current day's Euro/$ exchange.

For payments in Euros we accept credit card payments via PayPal and electronic bank transfers. To pay by credit card, please go to the Booking page of our website and scroll down to the bottom where you will find a Secure PayPal Payments box. Please contact us for transfer details. For US$ payments, we accept personal checks, bank checks and money orders made out to On Foot In Spain, electronic bank transfers and credit cards via PayPal.

If you would like to pay via bank transfer in Euros (from any currency), please let us know and we will send the appropriate instructions. We recommend using a foreign currency transfer service, such as ClearFx, rather than a bank which is usually more costly and has hidden fees.

The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to the trip. If final payment is not received by the due date, On Foot in Spain reserves the right to treat the reservation as canceled. Full payment is due if you book within 60 days prior to your trip's departure. Please contact us for further information.

DISCOUNTS


We offer a US$50/€50 discount on tours booked more than five months in advance as well as on the second of two trips taken with us in any one season. Additionally, we offer a group discount to groups of five or more travelers. We are sorry that we can´t combine discounts.

GROUPS

If you have a group of four (4) or more and are interested in our Galicia, Basque Country or Picos de Europa (for the Camino de Santiago you need six (6) or more) and the dates we have listed are not convenient, then contact us and we can try and schedule one of these tours adapted to your dates.

CONFIRMATION & TRIP PACKET


Your booking will be confirmed by email. Once we receive your deposit, we will send a letter giving an account balance and reminding you of the due date. We will send a separate pre-departure packet 3 months before departure including complete details on what to bring, how to prepare for your trip, travel directions, suggested reading material, and general information on how to make your trip more memorable and enjoyable.

CANCELLATION POLICY & TRANSFERS

If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing or by fax. We calculate your refund on the day we receive written cancellation. We will refund you the cost of the trip less the following per person charges:

• US$100/€100 person more than 90 days
• US$500/€500 person between 60-89 days
• 50% of the tour price between 30-59 days
• 100% of the tour price 29 days or less

If you transfer from one trip to another up to 60 days before departure (of the trip you are transferring from), the Transfer Fee is US$50/€50. If you transfer within 59 days, our regular Cancellation Policy fees will apply as outlined above. Transfers are not possible from one season to the next.

On Foot in Spain reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason, including insufficient number of participants (tour minimum 7 participants). If the tour is canceled, participants will receive a full refund of money paid to On Foot in Spain.

On Foot in Spain is not responsible for and does not recommend the purchase of non-refundable, advance purchase airline tickets. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

REFUNDS

No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, entrance fees for any reason whatsoever. Credits are not given for services not used.

INSURANCE

Proof of medical insurance, valid for Europe, is required for participation in all On Foot in Spain tours. Emergency transport, medical or hospitalization costs resulting from illness or accident during the trip are the responsibility of the person receiving such care. In the unlikely event of a personal or family medical emergency, before, during or after the trip, we strongly urge you to obtain travel insurance, including coverage for trip cancellation. loss and theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. Your travel agent can assist you.

ITINERARY CHANGES

On Foot in Spain reserves the right to alter the itinerary of any trip if, in our opinion, such an action becomes necessary (for example, in the case of inclement weather).

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

A minimum of 4 (four) on the Camino tour and three (3) on any other tour need to want to do the optional walks or activities in order for us to run them.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF TRIP MEMBERS

As a trip member you have a responsibility to On Foot in Spain and to other tour members that include: 1) Selecting a tour appropriate to your interests and abilities and being in sufficient good health to take the trip; 2) Preparing for your tour by reading ALL the material sent to you by On Foot in Spain and by bringing appropriate clothing and equipment. 3) Respecting the laws and customs of the areas visited.

At the leader´s discretion, a member may be asked to leave the trip if the leader feels the person´s further participation may be detrimental to other trip members or to the individual.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

The participant understands that he/she is booking onto an adventure tour and that there are inherent risks involved in such travel and include, but are not limited to, vehicular traffic, weather conditions, illnesses or accidents caused by stress, fatigue or consumption of food and alcoholic beverages, secondary transportation by bus, car, van taxi, boat or other conveyance.

On Foot in Spain assumes no responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss to person or property arising out of these inherent risks. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers. The right is reserved to substitute hotels, alter the itinerary, and reverse the order of the places to be visited. On the advancement of deposit to On Foot in Spain, the depoistor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions. All participants will be required to sign a risk release statement and participant's acknowledgment form prior to joining a trip's departure.

RISK RELEASE STATEMENT

The risk release statement (liability waiver) will be sent upon receipt of the deposit. It must be signed and returned to our office.  If the signed liability waiver is not received by On Foot in Spain by the due date, On Foot in Spain reserves the right to treat the reservation as canceled.

PARTICIPANT'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

The participant's acknowledgement form will be sent upon receipt of the deposit. It must be signed and returned to our office.  If the signed participant's acknowledgement form is not received by On Foot in Spain by the due date, On Foot in Spain reserves the right to treat the reservation as canceled.

FINAL PAYMENT

Final payment must be received 60 days prior to the tour’s commencement. If final payment is not received by On Foot in Spain by the due date, On Foot in Spain reserves the right to treat the reservation as canceled.

LUGGAGE

Since luggage space is limited on the van or mini-bus, we request that you bring one suitcase per person.

EQUIPMENT

Walkers are required to wear a lightweight hiking boot with ankle support or a suitably durable walker. A daypack or will be needed to carry snacks, a water bottle, and other personal items you wish to have for the day (binoculars, camera, etc). A recommended equipment list is sent with the pre-departure materials three months before the commencement of the tour.

EXTRA PILGRIM ON TOUR

Jose and Nancy have three children -Jacob (2/2/99), Mariña (12/5/03) and Sam (11/27/06). It has become part of the On Foot experience that one of the kids sometimes accompanies us on the tours- usually the youngest. They are all seasoned travelers and will not interfere with the running of the tour.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 20:35

On Foot in Spain

OUR WALKS
All of our small-group (between 6 and 14 people) walks are personally led by the two of us. Traveling with us will be like traveling with a group of friends rather than with strangers. We have designed the walks (some are unique - created by us - and you won’t find them on any other tour) taking into account several factors: beauty, variety of scenery, quality of trails, avoidance of main roads, and proximity to points of historical and cultural interest. We use a support vehicle to carry the heavy luggage, a library, extra water and fruit, and the gourmet lunch, so all you carry is a small day-pack.

Detailed maps of the day’s journey are provided before setting off. Walks of different lengths are offered most days depending on what you desire. The support vehicle is avaliable to ride with if you're feeling too tired to continue.

WALK LEVELS
We rate our walks according to altitude gain and loss, walking surface and total mileage. There are three levels - Easy, Medium and Difficult. Easy: walks from 4-8 miles on mostly level terrain and gentle hills along a well-maintained trails. Medium: 6-12 miles on rolling hills and mixed trails with an occasional steep ascent or descent. Difficult: 8-15 milers with long ascents or descents on steep, rocky surfaces.

At the beginning of each itinerary you’ll find our ranking. It’s crucial that you select a walk that is within your physical limits for your own and for your fellow travelers’ benefit. Please contact us with any questions you might have about a walk’s suitability for you.

GETTING TO THE START
All On Foot in Spain tours cover ground transportation from the starting point to the finishing point. To reach the designated starting point we will provide more detailed information to facilitate your journey in the pre-departure packet we will send once your reservation is made and deposit received.

EQUIPMENT
An equipment list is included in the pre-departure information sent 3 months before departure. Your most important equipment will be what you wear on your feet.

ENTRY FEES
All your entry fees for museums, monuments, guided tours are paid for by On Foot in Spain.

CUSTOM WALKING TOURS
If you’d like to do one of our existing tours on a date not offered or would like to arrange a private, customized walking tour we are happy to try and accommodate your plans. Email us with the dates of desired travel, a budget of what you’d like to spend, how much you would like to walk each day (distance) and where you would like to go. We will then design your tour and give you a price.

 

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