El Camino Pilgrimage
EL CAMINO PILGRIMAGE
May 29 – June 8, 2017
Join Father Bob Sherry, our Dynamic Catholic Chaplain, for an epic 75-mile journey.
Please Note: For a number of reasons beyond our control, or because new opportunities emerge, the schedule and itinerary can change.
Day 1: Monday, May 29
Depart the USA for your overnight flight to Madrid. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Tuesday, May 30
Arrive in Madrid
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. Make your way to the bus where your group will transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon walk to the Cathedral of Almudena. Following Mass, we visit the Cathedral. We will 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 for dinner and a restful overnight before your walking tour begins!
Day 3: Wednesday, May 31
Madrid | Foncebadón | O Cebrerio | Sarria
Walking day: 3 miles / 4.8 km
After breakfast, we’ll begin our walking tour in Foncebadón. Like many other pilgrims, we’ll pause at the Iron Cross. It’s very common for pilgrims to make a quick stop here, leaving a stone at the foot of the cross to symbolize a sin or burden they’re leaving behind. We’ll continue on to O Cebreiro, a breathtaking mountain village where a Eucharistic miracle occurred in 1300. We will end the day with dinner and overnight in Sarria.
Day 4: Thursday, June 1
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 (Saint James). Dinner and overnight will be in Portomarín.
Day 5: Friday, June 2
Portomarín | Palas de Rei
Walking day: 15 miles / 24 km
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll begin our rugged journey to the town of Palas de Rei. As we walk through fields, forests, and granaries, we will see high, stone crosses dotting the landscape. Once we arrive in Palas de Rei, you’lll have free time to explore on your own. There will be an optional visit to the Monastery of Villar de Donas. Known for its Romanesque architecture and Gothic paintings dating back to the sixteenth century, this monastery contains stone coffins of knights of the Order of Santiago. After the optional visit, we’ll have dinner and spend the night in Palas de Rei.
Day 6: Saturday, June 3
Palas de Rei | Arzua
Walking day: 18 miles / 28.8 km
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel from Palas de Rei to the small, bustling town of Arzua. On the way, we’ll stop in Melide, where we will find some of the oldest roads in the region. Here we will visit Sancti Spiritus Church, the small chapel of San Roque, and the Romanesque church of Santa María. After visiting these three historic churches, we’ll pass through the province of A Coruña before crossing the Iso River into Ribadiso. In Ribadiso we’ll visit the beautiful Chapel of Magdalena before arriving in Arzua for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Sunday, June 4
Just like God rested on the seventh day, today we will take a break. After Mass, we’ll spend time reflecting on our journey thus far, and enjoy the day at our own leisure. Dinner and overnight will be in Arzua.
Day 8: Monday, June 5
Arzua | Arca O Pino
Walking day: 11 miles / 17.6 km
Feeling re-energized, we’ll begin our 11-mile walk to Arca O Pino, the largest community before Santiago. We’ll stop to enjoy a picnic lunch before arriving in this peaceful village. In Arca O Pino you’ll have some free time to explore, and the option of visiting the Monastery of Sobrado, a Cistercian monastery dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Dinner and overnight will be in Arca O Pino
Day 9: Tuesday, June 6
Arca O Pino | Monte do Gozo | Santiago de Compostela
Walking day: 14 miles / 22.4 km
Today we’ll reach our final destination: Santiago de Compostela! To break up the last 14 miles of our journey, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch on Mount Joy (Monte del Gozo). After arriving in Santiago and saying a prayer of thanksgiving at the Cathedral of Santiago Compostela, we’ll check in to our hotel and have free time to explore this capital city. In the evening, we will enjoy a marvelous dinner and restful overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 10: Wednesday, June 7
Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy Mass at the famous Cathedral of St. James, one of Europe’s finest architectural examples of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles. In the Cathedral you’ll find captivating pieces of art, the dazzling statue of Saint James, and the crypt with Saint James’ relics. After Mass, you’ll have free time for lunch before going on a group tour of the city. In the evening, you’ll also have free time to spend at your leisure until our final group dinner and overnight in Santiago.
Day 11: Thursday, June 8
Depart Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll say “hasta luego” to your new friends as you are transferred to the Santiago airport for your return flight(s) home.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
- Round-trip airfare
- The above estimate is based on round-trip fare from New York.
- If you would like to depart from a different city, a small fee will apply
- If you want to book your own airfare, Land Only option is available for $3,858
- Accommodations at first-class hotels (or similar)
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Assistance from professional local guides throughout the trip
- Sightseeing and admissions fees
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Dynamic Catholic logoed flight bag and portfolio of all travel documents