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Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, is perhaps the most famous walk in the world. Join Explorer X and a small group of other pilgrims on this once-in-a-lifetime journey along the French way from Serria to Santiago de Compostela. Throughout your adventure, your Travel Mentor, Maria Baltazzi. will lead the group through a series of powerful conversations that will help you see yourself and the world through new eyes.

September 9—20, 2019 | Price: $4,350/pp

 
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Your Travel Mentor

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Maria Baltazzi, PhD, MFA

My name is Maria Baltazzi, traveler and long distance walker. In my other life, I produce television shows. Almost all are shot in remote locations around the world. One of the shows I did was Survivor for CBS. I was one of the original show producers. I did seven seasons before moving on to other adventures, including this one. I cannot tell you where it comes from, but I have this Maasai-like ability to stand on my feet and walk forever. I realized this long before I was standing around on beaches watching Survivor contestants failing miserably at making fire, or trailing with cameras after four modern day explorers retracing the infamous steps of Henry Morton Stanley’s 1871 expedition to find Dr. Livingstone for a History Channel mini-series, called Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone. In fact, it was the unlikely tangential crossing of these two shows that set me on the path which led to my career in the travel industry.

When I finished production on Expedition Africa, which was shot in Tanzania, I took advantage of being there and climbed Kilimanjaro. Mind you, I had never climbed a mountain before, and to my great surprise succeeded. What I did not share with anyone until the last day… was that I had a fear of heights. This ‘win’ gave me a lot of courage. So then when I finished post-production on the same series, I decided to again try something I had never done before: the trek to Everest Base Camp. I, literally, squeezed this in before having to be in New York for the show’s premiere. It was when I landed in New York that I learned the winner of Survivor Africa, Ethan Zohn, had been diagnosed with cancer (thankfully he is all better today!) Something that really hit home with me because my mother had ovarian cancer (also thankfully survived!) I immediately wanted to do something that would both support Ethan and honor my mother. As the universe would have it… Ethan had become a spokesperson for The LiveStrong Foundation for cancer research and awareness. They happened to be one of the sponsors of that year’s New York Marathon. That was 2009, the year I decided that I should put my gift to walk long distances to real use, something beyond listening to audio books.

So I traded in my hiking boots for trail shoes and started training for my first marathon (26.2 miles). I have done the New York City Marathon (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Athens (2010), The Great Wall (2011), The Solar Eclipse Australia (2012), Safaricom Kenya (2013), Rio (2014), and Antarctica (2015), all as fundraisers. Little did I know what an incredible door I was opening, one that would lead me to walking marathons for charity on almost every continent.

Read Maria’s reflections on walking the Camino here.

The Itinerary

September 8 | Depart the US for Spain … The Adventure Begins!

September 9 | Arrive into Santiago de Compostela, Spain + Transfer to Sarria

September 10 | Sarria > Morgade (12km)

September 11 | Morgade > Portomarín (10.3km)

September 12 | Portomarín > Ventas de Narón (13km)

September 13 | Venta de Narón > Palas de Rei (11.8km)

September 14 | Palas de Rei > Melide ( 14.4km)

September 15 | Melide > Arzúa (14.1km)

September 16 | Arzúa > O Pedrouzo (19.3km)

September 17 | O Pedrouzo > Lavacolla (9.5km)

September 18 | Lavacolla > Santiago de Compostela (9.9km)

September 19 | Transfer to the Airport for Flight Home **

** We are developing an optional extension of 2 nights in Santiago de Compostela with a day-trip to Finisterre (0 km of the Camino). More details coming soon!

 

Pricing & Inclusions

Note: Pricing & Inclusions subject to change.

Pricing:

  • $4,350/pp (based on double occupancy)

  • Single Supplement: $350/pp (based on availability)

  • Optional 2-Day Extension: $485/pp (estimated)

What’s Included:

  • 10 Nights’ Accommodations

  • 10 Breakfasts

  • 10 Dinners

  • Airport Transfers

  • Private Walking Guide throughout

  • Daily Luggage Transfers

  • Pilgrim’s Credential

What’s NOT Included:

  • International Airfare

  • Travel Insurance

  • Items of a Personal Nature

  • Gratuities & Tips for the Guide

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