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 Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, 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
After breakfast we will begin our walk in Foncebadón. We will pause 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, and end the day in Sarria with dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Sarria | Portomarín
Walking Day: 14.3 miles / 22.88 km
Following breakfast we will pick up our Pilgrim Passports and set out for Portomarín, an old town on the banks of the Miño River. See the Church of St. John of Jerusalem, which was strategically put along the Camino route to protect the tomb of St. James. We will enjoy dinner and overnight 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 St. James. 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, bustling town of Arzúa. On the way, we will stop at Melide to visit Sancti Spiritus Church, the small chapel of San Roque, and the Church of Santa María. We will pass through the province of A Coruña, cross the Iso River, and visit the Chapel of Magdalena. Dinner and overnight will be Arzúa.
Day 7: Arzúa
Just like God rested on the seventh day, we will take a break. After Mass, spend time reflecting on your journey thus far and enjoy the day in carefree timelessness.
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 and take an optional visit to the Monastery of Sobrado, a monastery dedicated to Mary. 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 14 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 Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 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. Spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish until our final group dinner.
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.