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A Pilgrimage to Spain

Following the Path of Pilgrims of Old on the Road to Santiago De Compostela

Led by:

The Rev. Greg Foraker
St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church
Tucson, AZ

May 5 - 18, 2015

Trip map

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.

This pilgrimage is designed for two levels of hiking participation:  Pilgrims who will hike as much as possible of the trail and pilgrims who will hike shorter portions of the trail.  This pilgrimage involves physical activity, including the ability to walk many miles at a time, to climb stairs, to climb hills and mountains and to be “on one’s feet” for hours at a time.  The terrain is varied, ranging from simple footpaths to paved highways.  Some of the footpaths are gravel, rocky, dusty, muddy and rutted by farmer’s tractors.  Pilgrims will need sturdy hiking boots and collapsible poles.

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - Depart Phoenix Airport for our flight on British Airways connecting in London where we transfer to our British Airways flight into Madrid, Spain. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Upon arrival in Madrid we meet our driver and guide and drive to Avila our home for the next two nights.  Dinner and overnight Avila. MD

DAY 3: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - This morning we travel to the small town of Alba de Tormes where St. Teresa died on October 4, 1582 from an illness.  We visit the Basilica of St. Teresa and there will be time for quiet reflection at her tomb.  We visit the Santa Teresa Museum which houses relics of the saint and of St. John of the Cross. Our journey continues to Salamanca, a city that is also closely connected to St. Teresa. It is here that her best friend and confessor, San Juan de La Cruz, studied at the University which is one of the four oldest universities in Europe that is still open today.  We return to Avila for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Friday, May 8, 2015 - Today we travel back to Madrid where we board the train and depart for Pamplona.  Upon arrival we board our motor coach and transfer to Roncesvalles.  This evening we attend the Pilgrim’s Mass at the Collegiata (Collegiate Church) which has been celebrated for almost 1000 years and is one of the most important services on the Camino.  Dinner and overnight Roncesvalles. BD

DAY 5: Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Early morning drive to St. Jean Pied de Port.  Those who wish to hike the entire 7 to 8 hour trail (25 km) will begin the climb to the Cruz de Thibault.  Those who do not want to hike up to the Cruz de Thibault will have some free time to explore St. Jean Pied de Port on foot and then take taxis to the top of the trail where they will meet the walking group.  Those who wish to hike the downhill portion for the remaining 4 or so hours will join the hikers at the Cruz de Thibault and those who do not wish to walk will return to St. Jean de Pied de Port by taxi.  Later in the afternoon, everyone will join together again in Roncesvalles.  Once everyone meets at Roncesvalles, we will take a quick tour of the city and visit the Roncesvalles Musuem.  Dinner and overnight Roncesvalles. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - The walkers will begin at Roncesvalles and walk to Espinal approximately 6.5 km (between 3.5 and 4 miles).  The others will travel by coach from Roncesvalles via Espinal where they meet the walking group and visit the Estelas of Sprinal, an ancient burial ground.  All will then continue by coach to Larrosoana and have a lunch break.  From here you can walk or take the coach to Zabaldika approximately 6.5 km where you will visit San Esteban Church.  Everyone will continue by coach to Pamploma for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Monday, May 11, 2015 - Today is a non hiking day for everyone.  We will enjoy a half day guided walking tour of Pamploma for the entire group which will include the Town Hall, the Plaza Castillo, a taste of the Running of the Bulls route, the Plaza de Toros, the Citadel and Walls, the statue of Hemingway and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.  We will visit the Cathedral of Pamploma, rebuilt in the 17th century and one of the most important and beautiful religious buildings in northern Spain.  King Carlos the III and his wife are buried here.  We will visit the Diocesan Museum where we will see many religious artifacts and also visit the Museum Navarro which houses regional archaeological artifacts and costumes.  Dinner and overnight Pamploma. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - Everyone will begin with an early visit to the San Miguel Church in Cizur Menor.  The church once belonged to the Order of San Juan which is now the Order of Malta.  The walkers will begin just after Cizur Menor and walk to Uterga (11 km or approximately 6 1/3 miles) which includes the Alto de Perdon.  This is an uphill walk followed by a steep downhill walk.  The non walkers will remain on the coach and meet the walkers in Uterga and everyone will drive to Puente la Reina with a short stop at the Eunate Church.  We will have a short visit in Puente la Reina and continue to Estella for lunch and a tour.  We continue by coach to Burgos stopping in Santa Domingo de la Calzada if time permits.  Dinner and overnight in Burgos. BD

DAY 9: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Today is a non hiking day and everyone will drive together to visit the Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery and return to Burgos for a visit to Burgos Cathedral and Monastery De Las Heulgas Reales.  Dinner and overnight in Burgos. BD

DAY 10: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - We will all take the coach to the small village of Hontanas and those who wish will then walk to Castrojeriz which is a distance of approximately 10 km which is slightly more than 6 miles.  This is an easy walk for those who wish to try it.  The non walkers will take the coach and the entire group will drive from Castrojeriz to Fromista.  Then we all drive to Leon and visit the Panteon/Basilica of San Isidoro.  Time permitting we visit Leon Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Leon. BD

Day 11: Friday, May 15, 2015 - We will cover about 250 km (about 155 miles) today.  We travel to Cacabelos and the walkers will walk approximately 6 km to Vallafranca del Bierzo.  There will be some free time in Vallafranca del Bierzo for lunch and then time for a tour of the town.  We continue by coach to O’Cebreiro, the finest Galician town on the Camino.  The hikers will travel by coach to Fonfria where they will begin their hike to Triacastela a distance of approximately 10 km (approximately 2 ½ hours).  The coach will return and pick up the non walkers and deliver them to Triacastela where they will have some free time and be the welcoming committee for the hikers.  Time permitting we visit the Samos Monastery and then continue by coach to Sarria.  Dinner and overnight in Sarria. BD

Day 12: Saturday, May 16, 2015 - Today the serious hikers will depart at 7:30 am and walk from Sarria via Pena to Portomarin, a distance of 22.5 km.  Those who wish to walk part of the way will depart with the serious hikers and will meet the coach at Pena, a distance of approximately 9 km.  The non walkers will leave the hotel later and drive to A Pena where they will pickup group 2 and continue to Portomarin.  There, everyone will await the arrival of the group which has walked the entire route.  The entire group will travel by coach to Monte de Gozo.  From here, everyone is encouraged to take the final walk into Santiago de Compostela which will take about 1 hour.  Dinner and overnight Santiago de Compostela. BD

Day 13: Sunday, May 17, 2015 - We enjoy the morning in Santiago and attend the Pilgrim’s Mass.  In the afternoon, we will drive to Finisterre (Land’s End) where we will celebrate Holy Eucharist.  We will return to Santiago de Compostela for a gala “farewell to Spain” dinner and overnight. BD

Day 14: Monday, May 18, 2015 - A very early morning departure for the Santiago Airport where we board our Iberia Airlines flight to Madrid.  There we transfer to our Iberia Airlines flight to Chicago connecting to our American Airlines flight back to the Phoenix Airport. BM

Price: $4,199.00* per person.  Air from Phoenix Airport on British Airlines, Iberia Airlines, and American Airlines

* Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges, which will be added to your final invoice.  Taxes and fuel surcharges as of July 25, 2014 are $646.00 and may change.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $509.00.  Land only $3,649.00

Roommate needed.  If a roommate cannot be found, I understand that I will be charged for the single supplement.

* 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 $1.31 to the Euro.

Terms and Conditions:
◊ Names as on passport. If name is incorrect & tickets reissued, $50 fee plus change fees from airline.
◊ $100 deviation fee plus any additional airfare, hotel, tour or admission charges.

Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries provides the following basic travel insurance for you at no additional cost: ◊ Accident and Sickness Medical Expense $ 50,000
◊ Common Carrier A D & D $ 25,000
◊ Trip Delay, Missed Connection $ 1,000
◊ Medical Evacuation/Repatriation $ 250,000
◊ Baggage/Baggage Delay $1,500/$250
◊ Emergency Assistance

Tips for the driver and guide are NOT included.

A deposit of $300.00 per person due with application and copy of passport.

Final payment due February 3, 2015.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 2, 2015: $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 3 – March 19, 2015: $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 20, 2015 or later: NO REFUND

It is recommended that you purchase additional coverage. Go to our website and click on Travelex Insurance to read the coverages and rules regarding existing conditions or call 800-228-9792 Location # 09-1983.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

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