Camino de Santiago Challenge - FAQs

What is included in the trip cost?

Your AUD 995 trip cost is inclusive of:
7 nights accommodation
7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners 
Experienced local guide 
Baggage transfers between hotels.
 

What’s not included in the trip cost?

Flights to and from Spain
Airline/airport taxes
Visas
Personal travel insurance (this is compulsory to have)
Personal equipment including backpacks and boots 
Personal spending money and tips
Lunch each day. There are numerous delicious restaurants to eat at along the way or, alternatively, many panaderias (bakeries) and tiendas (shops) to buy delicious picnic foods.
 

What key dates do I need to remember?

Camino de Santiago Challenge (11–18 September 2014):
To join the Camino de Santiago Challenge, you must pay your deposit before the booking period closes on Friday 30 May 2014
All fundraising must be finalised and trip costs paid by Friday 11 July 2014 
The trip commences on Thursday 11th September 2014 at Hotel Carrís Alfonso IX in Sarria, Spain – see you there!
 

How many people will be in the group?

A maximum of 16 travellers and an additional SAMA advocate from Intrepid Travel, plus our experienced local guide.
 

Why would I do this Camino Challenge walk with Intrepid?

Low fundraising cost (AUD 1,500)
We’ve been taking people on adventures for 24 years – it’s what we do!
The trip is run at a reduced price.
We run this trip through our local operator, who takes around 7,000 modern-day pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago every year. Because we’ve operated trips in this part of the world for a long time, we have asked our suppliers to run the trip at a reduced price. That way we can keep your fundraising targets at a more achievable level, which ensures that we are maximising the amount of money that goes to our Project SAMA-supported Laos project.
 

How much do I need to fundraise?

With the full support of Intrepid’s dedicated Project SAMA team, you will have until Friday 11 July 2014 to reach a modest fundraising target of AUD 1,500. We will be on hand to assist you with ideas, and once you have registered for the trip, we will provide you with a Fundraising Toolkit and guide you through setting up a personalised fundraising web page.
You also have the option to fundraise your travel cost. See the FAQ below.
 

How do I go about raising funds towards my trip cost?

Once you have successfully raised your fundraising goal of AUD 1,500, you may also raise additional funds to cover your trip cost (AUD 995 with deposit) – but this cannot be done through your personalised fundraising page. You will need to raise these funds independently and it's imperative that you communicate to donors that you have already satisfied your fundraising goal for the Camino de Santiago Challenge, and that their donation is going towards helping you get to Spain. The deadline for submitting trip funds to Intrepid Travel, whether fundraised or self-funded, is close of business on Friday 11 July 2014.
 

How should I go about fundraising?

The best advice we can give is to be creative and try to break down your fundraising target into manageable chunks. Once you have paid your deposit, we will provide you with a detailed Fundraising Toolkit that has lots of advice and ideas on how to effectively fundraise. We will also be in regular contact with you to see how you are going and offer guidance. You can register for the Challenge here.
 

Will 100% of the money I fundraise for the project annually reach the project?

Yes! Intrepid Travel covers the administration costs related the Camino de Santiago Challenge so you can rest assure that 100% of the money you raise will reach Plan’s Early Education Project in Laos. Intrepid Travel will even cover the administration costs involved with your personalised fundraising page, so you can also let your donors know that 100% of their donation will reach the project.
 

How can people donate towards my fundraising goal?

Once you are booked on the trip, we will provide you with a guide to setting up a personalised fundraising page. Once set up, you can send a link to this page to your donors, who can donate using the page’s facilities.
 

What if I raise more than AUD 1,500?

We can keep your personalised fundraising page open as long as you like – the more money you can raise the better! Please note that if you have fulfilled your goal of fundraising AUD 1,500, as well as fundraised the trip cost, all funds you raise beyond this for the purpose of the Camino de Santiago Challenge must be transferred to Intrepid, who will then forward it to the designated project.
 

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes. All money raised will be going to our Plan-supported project in Laos, where donations of $2 and over are tax deductible in Australia.
 

How do I book?

Get in contact with our Project SAMA team by registering your interest here. We will be in touch soon after we receive your registration, and will advise you how you can secure your spot on this exciting adventure along the Camino trail.
 

How fit do I need to be?

This trip has a physical rating of 3 out of 5. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required – this trip will raise your heartbeat!
We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing bush or mountain walks, or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.
You will be walking from 4–6 hours per day and the average walking stage is 22 kilometres (14 miles) per day. The Galician landscape is quite hilly, so there will be some ups and downs but no hard ascents and descents. There is approximately 150-500 metres of altitude change per day. The trail is a combination of rural (dirt) paths, stone footpaths, quieter country roads and some unavoidable main roads. To get the most out of your trip, we recommend undertaking some basic physical training beforehand (as in above). 
 

Can I extend my stay?

Yes – absolutely! Intrepid operates plenty of other trips including long and short breaks in Europe. Just head to intrepidtravel.com or let us know what trips you’re interested in combing with your Camino de Santiago Challenge and email groupsuk@intrepidtravel.com 
 

Do I need a visa to enter Spain? 

Visitors from many countries, including Australia, the USA and the United Kingdom, do not require a visa in order to enter Spain. See the Visa Information section of the Trip Notes for more details and check out this link: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/spain/passport-visa
 

What to take

A comprehensive packing list can be found in the ‘What to Bring’ section of the trip notes, which can be found in the Trip Notes. Each day your main bag will be transported to your next hotel by vehicle. The maximum gear allowance for this bag is 20 kg. Labels will be provided for your bag (in Spain) so the luggage-transfer provider can easily identification them.
It’s also really important to bring a day pack for additional items of clothing, water, camera and valuables you may need throughout the day.
 
Light clothing is generally sufficient, provided you always have something warm and waterproof in your daypack. Layers are really key to any walking trip in order to warm up or cool down as appropriate.
 

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
 
Have a question not covered in the FAQs? Email sama@intrepidtravel.com