Following the Paths of Pilgrims of Old The Camino de Santiago

A Pilgrimage to Spain

Led by:

Mr. James Sottile
St. Alban’s Episcopal Youth

August 4 - 11, 2007

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Depart the United States from Washington on United Airlines bound for Frankfurt, Germany.  There you will change to Lufthansa Airlines for your flight into Madrid, Spain.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2, Sunday, August 5, 2007 - Upon arrival in Madrid we will meet our driver and guide and drive to Sarria.  We will see the Samos Monastery, an active Benedictine Monastery originally founded in the 6th century.  The architect for the monastery was one of its own monks, Juan Vázquez.  We will have dinner and overnight near Sarria. BD

DAY 3, Monday, August 6, 2007 - Today we begin with Morning Prayer before we start our 115 KM walk to Santiago taking in the sites of the small country churches, oak and chestnut groves and farm life along the way.  Upon arrival in Portomarin, we will visit the Church of San Juan, which was moved stone by stone from its original location down in the river valley.  This afternoon we visit the city of Lugo where we will walk along the 1800 year old Roman Wall encircling the historical quarter.  Overnight Portomarin.  Walking distance 23.5 KM/14.5 miles. BD

DAY 4, Tuesday, August 7, 2007 – Today we traverse a section of the trail covered in a reddish soil as we venture toward Palas Do Rei.  We will travel through many small towns and villages.  At Castromaior, ruins of a Roman camp have been discovered.  We will pass through Venta de Narón where Christian armies fought and defeated the Muslims in 820.  We will continue to Lameiros where we will see the Cross of Lameiros depicting the Passion and Virgin and Child.  Our final destination today is Palas Do Rei which contains 43 parish churches of which 20 are in the Romanesque style.  We will have dinner and overnight in Palas Do Rei.  Walking distance 25 KM/15.4 miles. BD

DAY 5, Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - Today’s hilly walk continues through field and forest filled with countless examples of Galician vernacular architecture – wayside crosses, granaries, and medieval bridges.  We will walk to the small bustling town of Melide where we will visit the small Ethnographic Museum.  We continue on to the small medieval pilgrims’ hospital and bridge spanning the Río Iso where we will take the bus to Arzúa.  During the afternoon excursion to the Portodemouros Reservoir, we can rent kayaks on our own (approximately 9 Euro) or visit the Museo de Mel (Honey Museum) (approximately 2.5 Euro).  Because of the distances to be traveled, we will walk and use the bus today.  Overnight Arzúa.  Walking distance 26 KM/16 miles. BD

DAY 6, Thursday, August 9, 2007 - This morning the bus will return us to where we ended our walk yesterday and we will continue our walk to Arca.  We will visit the Monastery of Sobrado, founded in the 10th century and which continues to be active today.  Overnight Arca.  Walking distance 22 KM/13.6 miles. BD

DAY 7, Friday, August 10, 2007 - During this, the final stage of our journey, we will continue our walk to Santiago as so many pilgrims have done over the ages.  We will stop and reflect on the Monte del Gozo (Mount Joy) from which the spires of the Cathedral can be seen.  We will arrive in Santiago in time for the 12 noon Pilgrim’s Mass where we will see the Botafumeiro, a 4 foot incense burner that is swung across the cathedral.  In the medieval days, the incense was burned to mask the smell of the pilgrims in the church.  We will also go to the Pilgrim’s Office where we will turn in our Pilgrim’s Passport in exchange for our Compostela Certificates of Completion, which will indicate that we have walked the pilgrims’ route.  There will be some free time to enjoy the city in the afternoon.  We will have our farewell dinner and overnight in Santiago.  Walking distance 11 KM/6.7 miles. BD

DAY 8, Saturday, August 11, 2007 – Depart from the Santiago airport on Spanair for a flight to Madrid with a connection on Spanair to Frankfurt, Germany.  There you will transfer to United Airlines for your flight into Washington’s Dulles Airport arriving there in the afternoon. BL

Price: $1,959.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Air from Washington’s Dulles Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single suppliment costs available upon request.

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.