Camino de Santiago Tours for Seniors

Walking the gorgeous Camino Trail en route to Roncesvalles | Edwina Parsons
Walking the gorgeous Camino Trail en route to Roncesvalles | Edwina Parsons

Camino de Santiago Tours for Seniors

 
Many people choose to walk the Camino de Santiago in their senior years. It's often at this stage of life people have more time to travel and to accomplish lifelong goals. 
 
However, it must be emphasised that the community of people walking the Camino is not restricted to a certain background, age or motivation. 
 
If you're asking yourself: "Am I too old to walk the Camino?", you should consider that many pilgrims who walk the Camino are 65 years old and older, even in their 70's and 80's. It's said that the oldest person to ever walk the Camino de Santiago was 93 years young (she walked it with her 60 year old daughter!). Thus proving you are never too old to walk the Camino!
 
On the Camino Primitivo near Oviedo |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>

Having said that, there are some advantages of using a Camino tour company that will help seniors accomplish a Camino pilgrimage. We provide: 
  • daily luggage transfers so you only walk with what you need for the day (water, light jacket, fruit); 
  • provide comfortable accommodation full of local character; 
  • give you peace of mind with 24 hour support and back up; 
  • and, if you're on a guided tour, the local guide will reveal cultural quirks not found in a guidebook. 
  • Click here to read all of the benefits for an organised Camino tour.
 
In this article, we'll describe the best Camino de Santiago tours for seniors that are affordable, accessible, and above all, achievable.
 

NEW: Guided Camino Walk for Senior Travellers

Pilgrims making their way to Roncesvalles |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i>
 
This trip provides the perfect option for those wanting a guided walk along the last stage of the pilgrimage route at a relaxed pace of between 10 to 18km per day. Completing the final 115kms to Santiago means you are eligible to receive the official Compostela certificate. Along the walk you'll gain an appreciation of the historic significance of the trail while reflecting on the meditative role that walking offers.
 
Interwoven through the itinerary are opportunities to extend your camino experience with honey and cheese tasting, guided visits to churches and a visit to the spiritual conclusion of the camino at Fisterra on the Atlantic coast. Enjoy the camaraderie of a small group and local guide and at night stay in atmospheric towns in a selection of comfortable hotels and guesthouses where the local flavours are introduced by your hosts.
 
 

Slower Paced Rambler Camino Tours

Pilgrims on the trail to Santiago in the Galicia region |  <i>Erin Williams</i>
 
If you're a senior who wants the luxury of extra time to smell the roses along your Camino pilgrimage, our Camino de Santiago rambler tours are perfect for you.
 
Choose to walk the most popular Camino section: the Sarria to Santiago Rambler walking tour. This is a self guided walk that completes the classic final stage of the Camino de Santiago (115km or 72 miles) in 11 days. This section is normally walked in 8 days, however, an extra 3 days have been added to allow it to be walked at a more leisurely pace. Walking this slower paced tour also qualifies you for the Compostela (Pilgrim's Certificate) once you arrive in the city of Santiago.
 
There is also the Leon to Santiago Rambler walking tour that covers more of the iconic trail. This section begins in the magnificent city of Leon and can take just 15 days to complete the 245km or 152 miles, however for your added convenience we've extended this walk to 20 days. This reduces the daily walking to between 4-6 hours a day and ensures you can be fully immersed in the surroundings.
 
 

Best Of Camino Tours

Jorge regularly leads our 'Best of the Camino' tours
 
Our 'Best Of' Camino tours are a popular way to experience the entire length of a Camino trail if you're a senior who doesn't necessarily want to walk the whole distance (which can take up to 50 days if you walk the Via Francigena!). Join a small group of like minded walkers and a local guide as you walk the highlights of the Camino trail. 
 
Each day a vehicle will transfer you to a start point where you'll then walk the best section of the trail, whether it's historically significant or renowned for its beauty. Then you'll be transferred to one of the Camino's atmospheric towns, including Pamplona, Burgos and Leon, with comfortable accommodation and ample leisure time to explore the charms of the town. Note that the vehicle will be on hand to provide constant support during the walk (rest your feet if necessary!).
 
There are Best Of Camino tours for each of the main Camino routes:
 

Food Lover's Camino Tours

Group lunch in South West, France |  <i>Mary Moody</i>
 
If you want to explore the regional gastronomic delights of France, Italy or Spain, as well as walking the world famous Camino de Santiago, our Food Lover's Camino tours are for you.
 
Like the Best Of Camino tours, the Food Lover's Camino tours utilises a support vehicle to drive you to walk the best sections of the Camino trail. Between this enjoyable walking and exploring the towns you overnight in, you'll get to experience first class dining experiences featuring Michellin starred restaurants, producer visits, winery tours and fresh farmer's markets. 
 
There are Food Lover's Camino tours for France and Spain:
 
If you still have questions or some doubt that you are too old to walk the Camino, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team of Camino experts. We've been helping youths, seniors, and the young at heart all make their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage since 2006. 
 
And of course, it goes without saying that anyone of any age can experience our Camino tours. Have a browse of our affordable and comprehensive Camino trips.
 
Are you planning to walk the Camino de Santiago? Do you have any queries? Let us know in the comment section below.
 
  
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Comments (21)

Susan

Hi,
I would like to walk part of the Camino but only a maximum of 10/11 kms a day, at least I know that is what I could manage. I am not keen to walk on asphalt/ concrete. I would not like to walk in temperatures over 22 degrees. Is there a group which would walk at this slow pace? I am in my 70’s.

2 weeks ago
William

Hi Susan

Thanks for reaching out. Our new ‘Guided Camino Tour for Senior Travellers’ is likely our most suitable tour for you. It covers the last 115km of the Camino de Santiago over 12 days and is aimed at travellers in their over 60’s. See the trip here:
https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Guided-Camino-Walk-for-Senior-Travellers

I’ve passed you on to one of our Camino experts for further information and advice.

Buen Camino!

Cheers,
William

2 weeks ago
Kim Van der westhuysen

Halo\lo

Is there a possibility to incorporate a day or 2 of cycling in a Camino walk... would like to do the Portugese section over 10 days or so.

Thanks
Kim

last month
William from UTracks

Hi Kim,

Thanks for reaching out.

We have a new Hike and Bike Camino tour that explores the Camino de Santiago from Leon to Santiago over 11 days. Best of all, you're eligible to receive your Compostela Certificate upon completion.

https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Cycling/Camino-Bike-and-Hike-Leon-to-Santiago

Otherwise our tours are quite flexible. A member from our team will be in touch to discuss your options.

Cheers,
William.

last month
Diletta

Hello Will,
I am trying to organize a trip for me (65 Y.O.) and my daughter. I am survivor of brain cancer and multiple surgeries. I was interested in an organized tour for seniors to Santiago. I can walk at a slower pace. I would welcome any suggestion. I'm interested for the spring period of 2023.
Thank You so much
Diletta

8 months ago
Will from UTracks

Hi Diletta,

A Camino walk sounds like it would be a special experience for you and your daughter. A member from our team will be in touch with trip recommendations and advice, but in the meantime the below trips could be ideal.

Self-guided rambler Camino: https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Walking/Camino-Sarria-to-Santiago-Rambler
Guided Camino tour: https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Guided-Camino-Walk-Sarria-to-Santiago

Buen Camino!
Will

8 months ago
Maria bottaro

Hi
I am almost 70 and interested in the st Francis walk in Italy
Sort of fit
Thank you mariabottaro

8 months ago
Will from UTracks

Hi Maria,

Thanks for getting in touch. The St Francis trail is a fantastic way to become immersed in Italy...excited for you! A member from our team will be in touch with you directly.

Enjoy,
Will from UTracks.

8 months ago
Stephen Pefanis

Hi My wife and I are in our early 60s, not particularly fit and interested in a seniors guided tour in early September 2022 (Covid permitting). could you make some suggestions.
Cheers
Steve

10 months ago
Stephen Pefanis

Hi My wife and I are in our early 60s, not particularly fit and interested in a seniors guided tour in early September 2022 (Covid permitting). could you make some suggestions.
Cheers
Steve

10 months ago
William from UTracs

Hi Steve,

Thanks for reaching out, the Camino truly is an unforgettable experience and we offer almost 80 Camino trips, so I'm sure we'll find you something suitable. I've highlighted some of our most popular guided tours, and a member from our team will be in touch with you directly as well.

>> Best of the Camino. This is a highly rated trip that while it doesn't follow a single route, it showcases some of the best parts of the Camino. https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Best-of-the-Camino

>> Sarria to Santiago. The classic stretch into the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela. Walking this makes you eligible for the Compostela (Pilgrims Certificate). https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Guided-Camino-Walk-Sarria-to-Santiago

>> Food Lovers Camino. Ideal for those who want to explore Spanish cuisine while walking the Camino. https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Food-Lovers-Spanish-Camino

Buen Camino
William.

10 months ago
Judy Dahl

I can’t decide between cycling and walking…I’m 73, great health, cycle 15 miles on Ebike most days…not sure about bike conditions…reviews are excellent.
Single supplement…boutique accommodations upgrade… June July or August.

Either cycle Portugal coast or walk 100 for certificate into Santiago….
I’d love a mix of solitude and sharing…also would love food/wine(Port) learning and eating/drinking experiences….

Any suggestions?
Much thanks

10 months ago
William from UTracks

Hi Judy -

Sounds like you have the typical Camino dilemma; so many wonderful routes and means to accomplish it! I've listed a few options for you below, and a member from our team will be in touch directly.

Walking from Sarria to Santiago is the most popular section to experience, although it can be heavily trafficked.
- This self guided walk lets you explore at your own pace > https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Self-Guided-Walking/Camino-Sarria-to-Santiago

Cycling or walking along the Portuguese Camino sounds like it could be a preferable option for you, particularly if you're a fan of Portuguese cuisine.
- Check out this walk from Tui to Santiago > https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Walking/The-Portuguese-Camino-Tui-to-Santiago
- Or this cycle from the marvellous city of Porto to Santiago > https://www.utracks.com/Portugal/Cycling/Portuguese-Way-Cycle-Porto-to-Santiago

Whatever route you end up choosing, you're bound to have a fantastic time.

Buen Camino!
Will.

10 months ago
Linda

My sister and I ( early 70's) want to start walk a portion of the Camino - the Rambler tour for Seniors sound interesting. We prefer luxury accommodations- Paradors would be wonderful. We would be interested to browse all the tours that you have for seniors where this type of accommodation may be available.

10 months ago
Will from UTracks

Hi Linda -

Excellent idea to stay in Paradors along the way, it is an incredible experience. A member of our team will be in touch with you directly to share our Parador tour options and help find a suitable trip for you both.

Buen Camino!
Will.

10 months ago
Raymond

I am 69 and just started cycling and would like to cycle the Camino. What is the easiest and less crowded route

10 months ago
Will from UTracks

Hi Raymond,

Great to hear you're getting into cycling. I've outlined 2 great Camino cycling trips below.

The most iconic cycle route along the Camino is (arguably) from Leon to Santiago. This is an 8 day cycle that covers over 200km, so you'd be eligible for your Compostela (Camino Certificate). Daily cycling distances from 39 to 62km / 24.5 to 39mi over undulating to mountainous terrain. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a high level of fitness.
Learn more >>> https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Cycling/Spanish-Camino-by-Bike-Leon-to-Santiago

Alternatively, the Portuguese Way Cycle: Coast and Camino is slightly easier to ride. The cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycling distances from 24 to 55km / 15 to 34mi over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to hilly.
Learn more >>> https://www.utracks.com/Portugal/Cycling/Portuguese-Way-Cycle-Coast-and-Camino

A member from our team will also be in touch with you directly.

Cheers,
Will.

10 months ago
Elizabeth Dolinsky

My sister and I ( early 70's) want to start our journey in Darrin and prefer luxury accommodations. 6 to 8 days in May or August. Do you have any group tours planned with this itinerary at that time?

last year
Will from UTracks

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for getting in touch! We have regular guided Camino tours as well as luxury tours with boutique accommodation, such as the iconic Spanish paradors. We have sent you a direct email with these options.

Buen Camino,
Will from UTracks.

last year
Diane

What kind of senior options do you have for the 500 mile walk from St Jean de port to Santiago de compostela

last year
Will from UTracks

Hi Diane,

Great to see you are interested in walking the Camino de Santiago! There are several options for you.

You can walk the popular Camino Frances (from St Jean de Port to Santiago) on a 36 day self guided walk, view the trip here: https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Self-Guided-Walking/The-Full-Spanish-Camino. It's also possible to break the full Camino into sections.

There are these options too:
- Best of the Camino (guided walk, 13 days): https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Best-of-the-Camino
- Sarria to Santiago (self guided walk, 8 days): https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Self-Guided-Walking/Camino-Sarria-to-Santiago
- Sarria to Santiago (guided walk, 8 days): https://www.utracks.com/Spain/Guided-Walking/Guided-Camino-Walk-Sarria-to-Santiago

We'll get in touch with you over email as well.

Cheers,
Will

last year
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