On June 15 to 18 2023, we'll bring the VOYAGERS community on a special three-night, four-day hiking adventure in Galicia, northern Spain. We're running this weekend at cost, with a mission to build close friendships among VOYAGERS working across a diverse range of industries and geographies – startup founders, investors, researchers, activists and many more. We asked past participants in this adventure: “Overall, how would you rate the adventure on a scale from 0 [worst] to 10 [best]?” Their average score was 9.4 out of 10.
A mainly outdoor adventure in stunning scenery, with activities designed to build connections among the group.
WHO WILL PARTICIPANTS TRAVEL WITH?
An international group of founders, board members, investors, regulators, activists, artists and more. We ran this adventure in 2021 and 2022, with participants from the US, Israel, Taiwan, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Switzerland, the UK, Norway, Estonia and beyond.
The adventure will bring together VOYAGERS from our climate-tech and health-tech communities, as well as VOYAGERS working in unrelated fields where they’re delivering impact.
Here are some testimonials from our 2022 VOYAGERS Camino adventure, including:
•It was an incredible trip – something to remember for life! Such a rich set of people and incredible stories. I learned a lot and definitely want to be part of the next incredible event. — SJ
•So much inspiration and wonderful new connections. — JD
•Pure gold. Amazing people and super well organised. Wonderful discussions, new friends, and helpful connections.— PM
Thank you so much for these magical moments you created. It takes a lot to reach that level of perfection. The secure environment you managed to create, leading people to being vulnerable and share. The mix of people you brought together. All senses stimulated — views, music, food, wine, touch, making it a truly unique experience.
WHAT WILL THE PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?
This four-day, three-night adventure combines a bespoke guided hike along parts of the historic Camino de Santiago de Compostela trail, with afternoon pickups taking us to our magnificent accommodation — in two luxuriously converted monasteries. There is also an option to extend your trip for a fourth night and hike a little further or simply hang out with your new friends.
The formal schedule begins with a 4pm welcome reception on Thursday at our beautiful home, a converted Benedictine monastery near Ourense, the Parador de Santo Estevo. (The nearest main airports are Santiago de Compostela and Porto.) We’ll get to know each other over a lavish dinner after you’ve had an opportunity to relax in the hotel spa, before post-dinner games and storytelling.
After breakfast on Friday, we’ll start our hike directly from our hillside hotel. The route, which will not be demanding if you are fairly fit, will be broken up with visits to places we love. After a two-hour circular hike we’ll enjoy a fresh, locally cooked lunch together back at the hotel. Mid-afternoon we’ll set out for a second two-hour hike, before returning to the hotel for downtime — with spa visits and a yoga class. After a special dinner we’ll gather for more storytelling and games of Werewolf, a VOYAGERS tradition.
On Saturday morning we’ll be driven to a stunning walking route for a healthy day’s hike, and in the afternoon we’ll be met by our transport to be taken to our second special residence, Parador de Monforte de Lemos. Saturday’s dinner will include “asks and offers” from the group, followed by a party and the VOYAGERS talent extravaganza.
On Sunday after breakfast we’ll be driven to a prime part of the trail, and will hike in a very different landscape before heading into Santiago de Compostela, the culmination of the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. We’ll have a farewell lunch in Santiago de Compostela, which has a nearby international airport.
Those who choose to stay for an extra day can join us on Sunday night in a Santiago de Compostela hotel where we will block-book rooms. We will offer these rooms at cost.
We’ll take care of you from the moment you arrive at our hotel near Ourense, in Spain, on Thursday June 15 2023 until the moment we say farewell in Santiago de Compostela after lunch on Sunday June 18 2023. We’ll provide:
All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon
All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taken with the group
The guided hikes and all other scheduled activities, including visits to local sites
All transport for the duration of the scheduled adventure (you’ll will need to arrange your own travel to and from northern Spain and airport transfers to and from our meeting points)
Transportation of your luggage between our hotels
The VOYAGERS gift pack (save some luggage space to take it home)
The services of the VOYAGERS production team
Advance curation by the VOYAGERS team, including two extended site visits
A few extra surprises we will announce nearer the event.
OPTIONAL FOURTH NIGHT: Some participants choose to extend their stay on Sunday night. We will block-book a hotel in the heart of Santiago de Compostela and will offer rooms at cost.
This is not a strenuous hike — we’ll move at a moderate pace designed to be comfortable to the group. But we walk for around five hours a day (with breaks) and you’ll need to be fairly fit (consult your physician if in doubt). You won’t carry luggage or backpacks — we’ll transport these between our hotels.
We will collect a €300 deposit to hold your place. You can cancel your place, for any reason with no questions asked, for a full refund until May 1 2023. Our refund policy is as follows:
UNTIL MAY 1, 2023 (Midnight GMT): All fees paid are refundable in full, NO questions asked.
UNTIL MAY 18, 2023 (Midnight GMT): You will receive a refund of all fees paid, excluding your booking deposit, minus a 50% cancellation fee.
AFTER MAY 18, 2023 (Midnight GMT): No refund will be payable to you; but before June 6 2023 you may connect us with someone you have found to take your place, subject to the VOYAGERS organisers’ approval.
Please note: Our adventures are usually oversubscribed. We will curate the group to ensure a diverse mix of lovely people. We welcome partners who engage with the group as active participants.
[Photography and drone video footage by Joël Boker and Ana V Araujo.]