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Following the Path of Pilgrims of Old on the Camino de Santiago

A Youth Pilgrimage to Spain

Led By

Trip Gintz
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Memphis, TN

May 29 – June 7, 2011

The Camino de Santiago, or the way of St. James, actually begins in St. Jean de Port, France and continues some 500 miles to Santiago.  This same path has been taken for hundreds of years by the faithful making their holy pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  The path was also used by Roman, Moor and Saracen invaders, the Knights Templar and the armies of Charlemagne and Napoleon.  Therefore, this journey is not only steeped in spiritual significance as you travel to the place believed to be the burial site of St. James, but it also has much historical and cultural significance.

At the beginning of our walk, each pilgrim will be given a pilgrim’s passport that will be stamped at our stops along the way showing that we have completed that portion of our walk.  The pilgrim’s passport is simply a document showing our progress along the trail.  It has no connection with a US Passport.  When our walk is complete, we will exchange our pilgrim’s passport for our Certificate of Completion of the Camino de Santiago.

Trip map

DAY 1, Sunday, May 29, 2011 - Depart Memphis Airport for our flight on Delta Airlines connecting in Atlanta where we transfer to an Air France flight to Paris, which connects to our Air France flight into Vigo, Spain.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Monday, May 30, 2011 - Upon arrival in Vigo we meet our driver and guide and drive to Sarria which is the starting point for our walk to Santiago.  We will visit 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.  Dinner and overnight Sarria. D

DAY 3: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - Today 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/Lugo.  Walking distance 23.5 KM/14.5 miles. BD

DAY 4: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 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 take an afternoon excursion to Vilar de Donas Church, a 12 century building which has been modified to accommodate the tombs of the prestigious members of the Order of Santiago.  Overnight Palas de Rei.  Walking distance 24.5 KM/15.2 miles. BD

DAY 5: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - This morning we will walk to the small bustling town of Melide where we will visit the Ethnographic Museum.  We continue on to the medieval pilgrims’ hospital and bridge spanning the Río Iso where we will take the bus to Arzúa.  This afternoon we will take an excursion to the Portodemouros Reservoir where we can rent kayaks on our own (approximately 9 Euro) or visit the Museo de Mel (Honey Museum) (approximately 2.5 Euro).  Overnight Arzúa.  Walking distance 26 KM/16.2 miles. BD

DAY 6: Friday, June 3, 2011 - This morning the bus will take us back to where we ended our walk yesterday and we will continue walking to Arca.  We visit the Monastery of Sobrado, founded in the 10th century and which continues to be active today.  Overnight O’Pino.  Walking distance 22 KM/13.6 miles. BLD

DAY 7: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - During this, the final stage of our journey, we return to our stopping point of yesterday and continue our walk into Santiago as so many pilgrims before us have done.  We will stop and reflect on the Monte del Gozo (Mount Joy) from which the spires of the Cathedral can be seen.  Upon arrival in Santiago, we enjoy a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela with a local guide.  Overnight Santiago de Compostela.  Walking distance 21.5 KM/13.3 miles. BLD

DAY 8: Sunday, June 5, 2011 - Today we will be free to explore Santiago de Compostela on our own in small groups.  We will attend the Pilgrims’ 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.  Overnight Santiago de Compostela. B

DAY 9: Monday, June 6, 2011 - We will travel along the breathtaking Galician Coast to Finisterre, the ancient Land’s End and common endpoint for pilgrims in the medieval period.  Along the way we will stop at fishing villages and Galicia’s longest granary in Carnota.  Upon arrival in Finisterre, we will visit the light house, the most powerful on this stretch of coast known as the Death Coast.  The Death Coast has suffered huge numbers of shipwrecks in its treacherous waters.  We will enjoy some beach time prior to returning to Santiago for our “farewell to Spain” dinner.  Overnight Santiago. BLD

DAY 10: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - A very early morning departure for the Vigo Airport where we board our Air France flight to Paris.  There we transfer to our Air France flight to Atlanta connecting to our Delta Airlines flight back to the Memphis Airport. BL

Price: $2,939.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Memphis, TN Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $139.00

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of 10/14/10 $489.75.

Final payment due February 25, 2011

The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.39665 to the Euro

Cancellation Penalties
◊ October 14, 2010 – February 25, 2011 - $220.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 26, 2011 – April 12, 2011 - $320.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 13, 2011: NO REFUND

Price includes trip cancellation/interruption insurance.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, S Snack

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