El Camino 2018

EL CAMINO PILGRIMAGE

May 29–June 8, 2018

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To be added to the waitlist or this trip or for more information about trips in 2018, please call (714) 591-4316 or email evelyn.garcia@dynamiccatholic.com.

Join Dynamic Catholic for an epic 75-mile journey on this walking pilgrimage.


Please note: For a number of reasons beyond our control or because new opportunities emerge, the schedule and itinerary can change.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Depart United States

The Journey Begins

Depart the United States for your overnight flight to Madrid. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2: Arrive in Madrid

Spain’s Capital City

After arriving in Madrid, you will be transported to your hotel to check in and unpack before joining the other pilgrims for a tour of Spain’s capital city. See the iconic Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor (the social center of Madrid), and the Prado Museum. Dinner will be at the hotel. Have a restful night—our walking begins tomorrow!

Day 3: Madrid | Foncebadón | O Cebreiro | Sarria

Walking Day: 3 miles / 4.8 km

We will transfer to Foncebadón to begin our walk. We will stop at the Iron Cross, a common place for pilgrims to leave a stone to symbolize a sin or burden they are leaving behind. We will continue on to O Cebreiro, a breathtaking mountain village where a Eucharistic miracle occurred. We will end the day in Sarria with dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Sarria | Portomarín

Walking Day: 14.3 miles / 22.88 km

After breakfast, we will pick up our Pilgrim Passports from the Pilgrim Office and then set out for Portomarín, an old town on the banks of the Miño River. Due to the creation of a dam in 1962, many of the town’s old buildings were moved, brick by brick. We’ll see the Church of St. John of Jerusalem, which was strategically put along the El Camino route to protect the tomb of Santiago (St. James). Dinner and overnight will be in Portomarín.

Day 5: Portomarín | Palas de Rei

Walking Day: 15 miles / 24 km

After breakfast, we will walk through fields, forests, and granaries to Palas de Rei. Here you will have time to explore the town on your own or make an optional visit to the Monastery of Vilar de Donas, a sixteenth-century monastery containing coffins of knights of the Order of Santiago. Dinner and overnight will be in Palas de Rei.

Day 6: Palas de Rei | Arzúa

Walking Day: 18 miles / 28.8 km

Following breakfast, we start the trek to the small town of Arzúa. On the way, we will stop at Melide to visit three historic churches: Sancti Spiritus Church, the small chapel of San Roque (with a crucifix dating back to the 14th century), and the Church of Santa María. We will pass through the province of A Coruña, cross the Iso River, and visit the beautiful Chapel of Magdalena. Dinner and overnight will be Arzúa.

Day 7: Arzúa

Resting Day

Just like God rested on the seventh day, we will take a break. After Mass, spend time reflecting on your journey so far and enjoy the day in carefree timelessness. Dinner and overnight will be in Arzúa.

Day 8: Arzúa | Arca O Pino

Walking Day: 11 miles / 17.6 km

Feeling re-energized, we will begin our 11-mile walk to Arca O Pino, the largest community before Santiago. We will stop for a picnic lunch along the way. In Arca O Pino you will have time to explore, including an optional visit to the Monastery of Sobrado, a monastery dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Dinner and overnight will be in Arca O Pino.

Day 9: Arca O Pino | Monte del Gozo | Santiago de Compostela

Walking Day: 14 miles / 22.4 km

After breakfast we will start the last fourteen miles of our journey. To break up the trip, we will have a picnic lunch on Monte del Gozo. After arriving in Santiago de Compostela, we will check in to the hotel and have time to explore this capital city. Dinner and overnight will be in Santiago.

Day 10: Santiago de Compostela

The Cathedral of St. James

After breakfast we will celebrate Mass at the famous Cathedral of St. James. Here you will find captivating pieces of art, the dazzling statue of St. James, and the crypt with St. James’ relics. After Mass you will have time for lunch before the group tour of the city. We’ll stop at Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, and more! Spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish until our final group dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Depart Santiago de Compostela

Revel in the Memories

After breakfast, say “hasta luego” as the bus transports you to the airport for your flight home.

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Prices starting at: $4,968

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip airfare
    • Price will vary slightly based on departure airport.
    • If you wish to book your own airfare, Land Only option is available for $3,968.
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels (or similar)
  • Breakfast and dinner daily; lunch on walking days
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees
    • Assistance available to pilgrims who are unable to complete any leg of the tour
  • Arrangements for daily Mass and spiritual activities
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Optional:

  • Business Class Upgrade – $1,750 (one way)

  • Travel Insurance – $279

For more information, contact Evelyn Garcia at Evelyn.Garcia@DynamicCatholic.com, (714) 591-4316, or (859) 980-7900.

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