El Camino Spain Pilgrims Route- SPR
Number of Days: 10
The El Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James is the most famous, and sacred, pilgrimage walk in the world! Millions of people walked these ancient paths for over 1000 years, and many more dream about it! 206 Tours makes it possible for anyone who wishes to experience this incredible journey knowing that accommodations, all meals, luggage handling, transfers, guiding is taken care of.
With every step you take, and every town you pace through, you are drawn closer to St. James. Those moments of quiet, and the moments of interactions with someone new, draws you closer to Him. Relax knowing the person you are, and the questions you have now, will be completely different by the time you arrive in Santiago . and perhaps, that was the answer you were looking for.
Tours commences in Madrid and concludes in Santiago de Compostela.
N.B:Vehicle available to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete any leg of the tour.
Upon arrival in Madrid, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon walk to the Cathedral of Almudena. We visit the Cathedral for optional Mass then continue our walking tour of Madrid to include the exterior of the Royal Palace. Walk through the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol and we make a stop at the Church of Saint James. Return to your hotel.D
Day 2:Madrid - Foncebadon - Iron Cross - O Cebreiro - Sarria (Walking day, 3 miles / 4.8 km) This morning, you will enjoy breakfast and transfer to Sarria. Sarria is located in the northwest of Spain and is noted for being the entry point to the oriental side of the region, Galicia. Your transfer will end and you will begin on foot from Foncebadon. In the eleventh century, this village was a common resting place for pilgrims on El Camino due to its hospitals, hospice, and church. Currently, the structures that have served so many are now in ruins. While in Foncebadon view the "Iron Cross."- a common pausing place for pilgrims. They leave a stone at the foot of the cross to symbolize a sin or burden that they are leaving behind. Your tour continues as you leave your burdens behind and continue to O Cebreiro mountain village. Many pilgrims pause at this site due to the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the year 1300. Have your cameras ready as this village is suspended 1,300 meters in the air and provides a breathtaking panoramic view. Your first walking day culminates with a delicious meal and an overnight in Sarria.B,L,D
Day 3:Sarria - Portomarin (walking day, 14.3 Miles / 22.88 km) Today is the day that your walking pilgrimage (El Camino) to Santiago de Compostela officially begins! Following breakfast, your group will venture to the Pilgrim Office to receive your Pilgrim Passport! With the guidance of Our Lord, and through the spirit of St. James the apostle, you will become an authentic pilgrim by journeying along the physical road, as well as, the spiritual one. Your first official day of walking will culminate in Portomarin. This town dates back to the Roman Ages and was an important halt along the route in the Middle Ages. Due to the dam construction in 1962, the Old Portomarin is now under water. Many of the old buildings were moved, brick by brick before the dam was completed including the Church of St. John of Jerusalem. In Medieval Times, this church was strategically set along the route of El Camino in order to protect the tomb of Santiago. At Portomarin enjoy dinner followed by an overnight.B,L,D
Day 4:Portomarin - Palas de Rei (walking day, 15 Miles / 24kmThis morning, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and journey from Portomarin, through the woods to the Palas de Rei. This was a noteworthy town in the Middle Ages, as it contained a Royal Hospital and the church of St. Tirso. As the rugged walk continues, you will continue through fields, forests, and granaries. Additionally, you will see a prominent characteristic of Galician Landscape, los cruceiros. These wayside crosses depict Christ and the Virgin Mary. Dinner and enjoy a restful overnight in Palas de Rei.B,L,D
Day 5:Palas de Rei - Arzua(walking day, 18 Miles / 28.8km) After breakfast we travel from Palas de Rei towards the bustling small town of Arzua, stopping enroute at Melide - a crucial point of El Camino because it is where the French and Oviedo routes converge. At Melide you will notice the old roads that date back to the 14th century, which are some of the oldest in the Galicia region. After lunch we leave Lugo province and enter A Coruna province. Cross the beautiful, medieval bridge over the Iso River to Ribadiso and then to Arzua for dinner and overnight.B,L,D
Day 6:Arzua(day of rest) Today take a break to rest your bodies and shake off any fatigue. After Mass, there will be time to reflect on the journey thus far, and to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight in Arzua.B,D
Day 7:Arzua - Arca de o Pino / Rua(walking day, 11 Miles / 17.6 km) Your journey is almost over as you will walk to the largest community before Santiago, Arca de O Pino! Walking this route enjoy the fragrant eucalyptus groves and the breathtaking scenery. At a point throughout your walk, you will stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Following lunch, you will continue your journey and arrive in Arca de O Pino. As you explore this village, you will notice joy etched in the faces of the pilgrims. Although they have traveled a long distance, they are not weary. With God and St. James guiding their paths, excitement and anticipation continues for their arrival in Santiago.B,L,D
Day 8:Arca de o Pino - Monte Do Gozo - Santiago(walking day, 14 Miles / 22.4 km) Today, you will culminate the walking portion of your journey! Before arriving at your final destination, you will first stop for optional Mass on Mount Joy (Monte del Gozo). You will know that you are approaching Santiago as you will be able to see the spires of the Cathedral. After lunch you complete your walking journey and arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival feel free to say a small prayer in thanksgiving for your safe throughout journey. Then check-in to your hotel and free time to explore Galicia's capital, Santiago. This evening enjoy dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.B,L,D
Day 9:Santiago de Compostela This morning you will awaken in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela! Formed by Galician granite, this Cathedral is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe as it encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, the Cathedral contains numerous and valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. Upon entering the Cathedral, tradition will lead as you will hug the dazzling statue of St. James. Following this intimate embrace, you will descend into the crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims' relics are kept. Following your visit, you will enjoy free time for lunch on own before your sightseeing tour of the city. Some stops on your tour include the Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, and much more. Your evening will be free to spend at your leisure until our farewell dinner(included) with your group. You will spend a final overnight in Santiago de Compostela.B,D
Day 10:Santiago de CompostelaAfter breakfast transfer to the Santiago Airport for onward travel arrangements. B
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2:Lourdes, Lisieux and Paris 12 day pilgrimage tour.
3:Italy including Rome, The Vatican and Assisi.
Classic and Quaint Hotels and Inns along the Camino: 1 night: Catalonia Atocha, Madrid, 1 night: Alfonso IX, Sarria, 1 night, Pousada de Portomarin, Portomarin, 1 night: Palas de Rei, 2 nights: A Painza, Arzua, 1 night: Amenal, Arca/O Pino, 2 nights: Compostela, Santiago de Compostela or similar.
Breakfast & Dinner daily and lunches as per itinerary.
Wine and water with dinners. Meals as per final itinerary: B = Continental or Israeli breakfast, L = Light lunch, D = Welcome, farewell and other dinners as specified.
Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach..
Assistance of Christian guide and Tour Chaplain
Transfers as per itinerary.
Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
Vehicle to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete any leg of the pilgrimage walk.
Luggage handling (1 piece per person).
- From $4985