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A Pilgrimage to France & Spain

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

Led by:

The Rev. Greg Foraker
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Fort Collins, CO

May 15 - 29, 2017

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.  Each evening we will have a briefing of the following days walk options.

DAY 1: Monday May 15, 2017 - Depart Denver Airport for our flight on British Airways connecting in London where we transfer to our British Airways flight into Bilbao, Spain. M

DAY 2: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Upon arrival in Bilbao we meet our driver and guide and transfer to our hotel.  Overnight Bilbao. M

DAY 3: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - This morning we are free to explore the Old Quarter or the Guggenheim Museum on our own time.  We have an early afternoon departure for Lourdes, France, our home for the next two nights.  Overnight Lourdes. B

DAY 4: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Today we explore Lourdes, the town has played host to millions of Pilgrims from all over the world.  We visit the town, walk in the footsteps of Bernadette, visit the grotto where the visions took place and the Basilica.  An early evening walk following the Stations of the Cross.  Together, as a sign of unity and sharing, we will attend the Torchlight procession.  Dinner and overnight Lourdes. BD

DAY 5: Friday, May 19, 2017 - After breakfast we drive to St. Jean Pied de Port along a route that for centuries has been travelled by Pilgrims, along many different paths.  These paths join together as one in the small Midi Pyrenees town of St. Jean Pied de Port from there they become one with one single destination, Santiago de Compostela.  A journey, which you will soon realize, that for every pilgrim, is as unique as a finger print.  There will be time for an early lunch and to purchase any supplies you will need for the walks scheduled for the next few days.  Dinner and overnight St. Jean Pied de Port. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - An early morning today as we all walk to the edge of town.  For those that will walk the full distance you will have an option to cross the Pyrenees on the Napoleon Route (25 KM) or along the Valcarlos Valley Route (27 KM).  Those not wanting the longer route can choose from different shorter routes (10 km or 16 km).  The shorter route will require a taxi (paid for on the spot).  Late afternoon we join together to visit the Roncesvalles Museum and buildings, ending with a private service in the small chapel before attending the Pilgrims’ Mass at the Collegiata 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 7: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - The walkers will begin at Roncesvalles and walk to Espinal approximately (6.5 km) or on to Bizkarretta (12 km) our meeting point before taking the coach to Zubiri.  We have the option to walk further to Zabaldika (12 km) or have some free time for lunch in the town of Larrasoana and personal reflection time before joining together with the walkers to visit San Esteban Church.  We continue by coach to Pamploma for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Monday, May 22, 2017 - Today is a no hiking day for everyone.  We will enjoy a 2 hour guided walking tour of Pamploma for the entire group. This 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.  We will also visit the statue of Hemingway, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Cathedral of Pamploma and the Diocesan Museum, which was rebuilt in the 17th century and is one of the most important and beautiful religious buildings in northern Spain.  King Carlos the III and his wife are buried here.  The afternoon we are free to explore on our own.  Overnight Pamploma. B

DAY 9: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - A day that begins before the sun rises and ends way after the sun sets.  This is a day where we need to be flexible, focused, think of others and maybe sacrifice rest time.  For those choosing the longer walk you will need to start before breakfast to Uterga (17 km).  For those choosing the shorter walk after breakfast the coach will take us to the town of Cizur Menor and from there you will walk to Uterga (12 km).  All walkers will cross the Alto de Perdon, an uphill walk followed by a steep downhill walk.  We plan to visit Eunate Church time permitting.  We will have a short visit in Puente la Reina and continue to Estella for a brief stop at the wine fountain before continuing on to Najera where we have the option to walk an easy (6 km) through the vineyards to Azofra.  Time permitting we stop in Santa Domingo de la Calzada before continuing on to Santo Domingo de Silos for Vespers.  Dinner and overnight in Burgos. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - This morning we visit Burgos Cathedral before continuing on to Hontanas, the starting point for today’s walk.  We can choose to take the route to Castrojeriz (10 km) or to continue on to San Nicholas de Puente Fitero (10 km).  Once we have regrouped the coach will take us to Boadilla where there will be the option to walk another (4 km) along the Canal of Castilla.  Upon arrival in Leon we visit the Basilica of San Isidoro and the Cathedral of Leon.  Dinner and overnight Leon. BD

Day 11: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Today’s first stop will be the medieval bridge at Hospital de Orbigo.  We continue to Astorga for a short stop before continuing on to Rabanal de Camino for the start of today’s walk.  This is the first stage to the emblematic Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the Camino in Spain (7.5 km).  You can opt to continue on from there through the wonderful mountains of the Bierzo region to El Acebo (9 km) and continuing on to Molinaseca (8 km).  Dinner and overnight Molinaseca. BD

Day 12: Friday, May 26, 2017 - We travel to Cacabelos and walk to Vallafranca del Bierzo (6 km).  We continue via our coach to Ambasmestas where we have the option to walk one of the most challenging stages, up a mountain known as La Faba, entering Galicia, to Ocebreiro (17 km).  We continue on to Fonfria and time permitting there will be an option to walk from there to Triacastela (9 km) before visiting Samos Monastery for Vespers and to renew our baptismal vows next to the Oribio River.  Dinner and overnight Sarria. BD

Day 13: Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Today the serious hikers will depart before sunrise from Sarria to Portomarin (23 km).  Those opting for the shorter walk will depart after breakfast and walk from Peruscallo to Portomarin (14 km).  We travel by coach to Monte de Gozo, where everyone is encouraged to take the final walk into Santiago de Compostela (4 km), concluding our journey in the Plaza del Obradoiro in front of the Cathedral.  We visit the tomb of St. James.  Overnight Santiago de Compostela. B

Day 14: Sunday, May 28, 2017 - We enjoy the morning in Santiago and attend the Pilgrim’s Mass.  In the afternoon, we drive to Finisterre (Land’s End) where we will celebrate Holy Eucharist.  We return to Santiago de Compostela for a gala “farewell to Spain” dinner and overnight. BD

Day 15: Monday, May 29, 2017 - An early morning departure for the Santiago Airport where we board our Iberia Airlines flight to Madrid.  There we transfer to our British Airways flight to London Heathrow connecting to our British Airways flight back to the Denver Airport. BM

Price: $4,099.00* per person based on double occupancy.  Air from Denver Airport on British Airlines and Iberia Airlines.

* Excludes airline taxes & fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice and tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services. Estimated taxes & fuel surcharges as July 7, 2016 $654.61 per person.  Optional activities, taxi’s taken instead of walking, sites visited on free time and while waiting on walkers to arrive are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $619.00.  Land only: deduct $775.00*

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 until we have enough pilgrims to confirm the pilgrimage and 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 $1.11 to the Euro.

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◊ 3. $100 deviation fee plus any additional airfare, hotel, tour or admission charges.

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◊ Baggage Delay - $250
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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.