I've read some recent reviews of the Basque tour and many say that walking the Camino de Santiago was one of their Wow moments.
I searched previous posts about it and learned that the walk is divided into 3 sections adding up to a total of about 6 miles. I also learned that the first section is a rocky, steep downhill and that a walking stick might be advised. The rest is fairly level and smooth.
What those posts also said is that you can opt out of any of the sections and take the bus to the next one, and that the first section is probably the best one to opt out of.
All this sounds good to me but what's confusing me is that those posts say that you can walk at your own pace and that the 2nd two sections make for a relaxing walk.
Yet the description of this day says:
"Day 5: All Day on the Camino de Santiago
...we'll also make our way to San Sebastián as pilgrims, hiking along a stretch of the famous camino. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: strenuous."
My main questions for those who did this tour in 2019 are:
When did you do it?
Did you find the Camino walk moderate or strenuous?
Were you really able to walk at your own pace?
Or did you have to keep up with the group?
Did you opt out of any of the sections of the walk?
Did you get a Camino passport at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (SJPP)?
Were the churches where you can get it stamped on the 1st (difficult) section of the walk or on the 2 easier sections?
What important part of your experience am I not asking about?