Plans are now in place for our four European Spring Camino Tours, the first of which commences shortly in the Basque capital of Bilbao in northern Spain. Each tour follows one of the many ancient pilgrim pathways that lead to Santiago de Compostela. Three tours provide opportunities for long distance walking. The fourth tour, by bus, shadows Camino trails from southern Spain and beside the Roman built Via de la Plata leading to the mountainous Picos de Europa and visiting traditional coastal villages overlooking the Cantabrian sea.
This year has seen a significant increase in bookings from people recommended to Travel Enriched by previous participants. As well as this we are receiving much more ‘repeat business’ with several people asking us to design a Camino tour especially for their networks. Furthermore some participants are extending their Camino experience by combining two of our tours in the one trip; and there are many instances of small friendship groups joining us. We are
delighted with these developments that indicate that our way of designing and conducting tours is responding effectively to the interests and personal needs of independent minded travellers, especially those in the 50 – 75 year + age category. We hope that this momentum will continue in the year ahead.
Increased demand to participate in our tours has enabled us to boost our annual social responsibility commitment to the two Australian based non-government organisations that we support. Both of these NGOs are engaged in grassroots community development projects that endeavour to address social injustice concerns and enhance cross cultural engagement and learning:
Indigenous Community Volunteers provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop human and community capacity to improve their quality of life, health, social and economic wellbeing and participation in Australian society.
Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support contributes to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their communities across the Pacific Islands.
During the next two months we will post brief accounts and photos of our four very varied Camino journeys – a record of the highlights, joys and adventures that we experience along The Way. For an idea of what is in store for us scroll down to see some of the photos taken on previous tours along these fascinating routes. Although 2017 tour bookings are now closed (including our September tour along the Camino Portugues) plans for next year are underway. If you would like to know what’s on offer send us an email or check this website in August when the new itineraries will be posted.