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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. John Herring
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Rome, GA

June 4 - 16, 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 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 walk options for the next day.

DAY 1: Sunday, June 4, 2017 - Depart Atlanta Airport for our flight on Delta Airlines connecting in Madrid where we transfer to our Iberia Airlines flight into Bilbao, Spain. M

DAY 2: Monday, June 5, 2017 - Upon arrival in Bilbao we meet our driver and guide and board our motorcoach.  Our journey begins as we travel to Azpeitia, the birthplace of Ignacius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.  We visit the Sanctuary of Loyola and the house where Ignatius was born.  Dinner and overnight Azpeitia. D

DAY 3: Tuesday, June 6, 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 which 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.  It is here that the group will split for those who have chosen to walk across the Pyrenees.  This group will meet with our guide and check into our hotel.  After lunch those not walking over the mountain will continue to Lourdes which has played host to millions of pilgrims from all over the world.  We visit the Basilica and the Grotto, where the visions took place.  This evening those who are in Lourdes will join together as a sign of unity and sharing and we will attend the Torchlight procession.  Dinner will be on your own this evening for both groups. Overnight St. Jean Pied de Port or Lourdes. B

DAY 4: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - An early morning today for the St. Jean Pied de Port group as we all walk to the edge of town.  For those who 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).  The Lourdes group will visit Lourdes, walking in the footsteps of Bernadette and then continue to Alto de Ibaneta Church.  In the late afternoon, we join together to visit the Roncesvalles Museum and buildings ending with a private service in the small chapel.  Afterwards, we attend 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 5: Thursday, June 8 - An early breakfast before we continue along the Camino de Santiago, making stops at some of its most emblematic places, Pamplona, Eunate, Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Burgos.  We visit Burgos Cathedral.  This evening we travel to Santo Domingo de Silos to attend Mass held in Gregorian Chant, one of the many highlights of our journey.  Dinner and overnight in Burgos. BD

DAY 6: Friday, June 9, 2017 - We continue our journey traveling through the La Meseta, Spain’s flat tableland making stops at San Anton Church, Fromista and Astora.  We enjoy a short walk through Astorga and continue on to Foncebaddon, walking the short distance to the Cruz de Ferro, in the Bierzo mountains, where we will have some reflection time.  Then on to the hilltop pilgrim town of O Cebreiro, nestled in the Ancares mountains before continuing on to Sarria.  Dinner and overnight Sarria. BD

DAY 7: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - Today we begin the last portion of the pilgrimage route that you must walk to receive your certificate.  We depart before sunrise from Sarria through the wonderful rolling hills and hamlets of Galicia to Portomarin (23 km).  Dinner and overnight Portomarin. BD

DAY 8: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25 KM).  We leave the River Miño behind as we climb the hill out of Portomarin and continue on to Gonzar, Hospital da Cruz, Ligonde and Palas de Rei.  This afternoon we will enjoy an excursion to Lugo, where we will have the opportunity to walk the 2000 year old Roman Walls and visit the Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Palas de Rei. BD

DAY 9: Monday, June 12, 2017 - Palas de Rei to Arzua (30 KM).  Our longest walk will be today through forests and along streams.  This afternoon we visit Sobrados Monastery, located on the Northern Camino, it has provided shelter and rest for pilgrims for the last ten centuries.  Dinner and overnight Arzua. BD

DAY 10: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Arzua to Perdouzo (20 KM). After the storm comes the calm.  We have a much shorter day today as we near Santiago.  It is a perfect day to reflect on the past days, a day where you are invited to go at a snail’s pace.  Dinner and overnight Pedrouzo. BD

Day 11: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Perdouzo to Santiago de Compostela (20 KM).  Today is our final walk as we say goodbye to the countryside and begin passing the busier villages as we get closer to Santiago.  We come together at Monte de Gozo to walk together to Santiago de Compostela (4 km) where we end our journey in the Plaza del Obradoiro in front of the Cathedral.  We visit the Cathedral and the tomb of St. James.  Overnight Santiago de Compostela. BD

Day 12: Thursday, June 15, 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 walk to the Lighthouse where, after walking four additional days from Santiago, many pilgrims end their pilgrimage.  We return to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight. BD

Day 13: Friday, June 16, 2017 - An early morning departure for the Santiago Airport where we board our Iberia Airlines flight to Madrid.  There we transfer to our Delta Airlines flight back to the Atlanta Airport. BM

Price:  $3,639.00* per person based on double occupancy with minimum 17 pilgrims.  Air from Atlanta International ASirport on Delta Airlines and Iberia Airlines.

* The price is not guaranteed and may change until we have enough pilgrims to confirm the accommodations 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 $1.06 to the Euro.  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 $327.61 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:  $599.00.  Land only: deduct $838.00*

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

A deposit of $600.00 per person due with application and copy of passport by December 5, 2016.

Final payment due March 3, 2017.

Terms and Conditions:
◊ 2. Names as on passport.  If name is incorrect and tickets reissued, $50 fee plus change fees from airline.
◊ 3. $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:
◊ Trip Delay - $1,000
◊ Baggage & Personal Effects - $1,500
◊ Baggage Delay - $250
◊ Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses - $25,000
◊ Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation - $150,000
◊ Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided By Travelex's designated providers.

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.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 2, 2017: $600.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 3 – April 19, 2017: $1,000.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 20, 2017 or later: NO REFUND

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.