Outfitters are asking me if I have any questions about the quotes they sent me as I just began understanding and searching about the Camino.
It is very tempting! Everything seems looked after. You have places to stay every night and you are ensured breakfast and even dinner if you want. Bags are moved for you, from one location to the next. Oh yeah, it's expensive...about $6000!
But the books I've read give the appearance of most of you "winging it". You get to places, or not, you march on if you can't find accommodations, and that is tough after 25 km days!
I would LOVE to hear some thoughts herein!! Thanks!
I completed the CF four and half months ago from SJPP and had the reservations all the way to Santiago ,booked in 3 SEGMENTS , because I was not sure if I can complete it in ( first) ONE TRY.
So I did not want to pay up front the whole amount, then not able to walk , for health etc. reasons. And hoping will get some refund back If I can’t walk.
I booked my albergues , with breakfast, carrying my luggage , medical Insurance etc., with
PILGRIM.ES ( Spanish company)
overall it was cheaper than what you quote and they only book with Private Albergues, some places I have the private room with bathrooms ,
( at some albergues I was the only one who have cotton sheet and pillow case , while every one else have that disposable )
most Albergues were regular run of the mill, bunk beds etc.. mostly clean places with good accommodating hosts , except in Burgos.
( too many pilgrims , not adequate facilities)
yes I had peace of mind, that I have a bed every night,
but on the negative side I had no choice but to walk between 20 and 30 kms a day ,wether I want or could Walk or not. No flexibility.
(or I have to pay extra if I want a bed at the unscheduled places )
some places the breakfast places wont open till 7.30 am and I wanted to start my walking around 7 and missed few very basic and simple b/f that were included.
I did the walk between every albergues /hosteals/pensions etc. where ever my reservation was. Some were long days , some were ok .
I also took 6 days of rest ( at age 72) and had no problems staying two days in the same place, (staying extra days in Pamplona ,Logrono, Burgos and
(Leon .. very hot nights (Friday and Sat.) ( heat wave ) during the overcrowded albergues and all night Spanish parties outside at Globetrotter Hostal , across from the Cathedral )
beautiful city though .
extra 2 rest days in Terradillios de Los Templarios
(small village of around 100 people)
and Sarria were not necessary, but I stayed because beds were already paid for.
I also stayed three extra days after completing the Camino in Santiago at the end of my Camino walk . Still miss seeing the BOTAFUMEIRO swinging live.
its not my place or job to tell you what to do and where ?
.. but Pilgrim.es over all were good, but nothing exceptional.
Nothing wrong about inquiring about it, If you like.
Wishing you safe journey. Be well.
Buen Camino ! 🇨🇦