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A Youth Pilgrimage to Spain

Following the Pilgrim Way on the Camino to Santiago De Compostela

Led by:

The Rev. Greg Foraker

Youth of the Episcopal Church in Colorado
St. Luke’s and St. Paul’s – Fort Collins, CO
Chapel of our Saviour, Grace and St. Stephen’s and St. Michael’s – Colorado Springs

June 17 - 27, 2018

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.

DAY 1: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - Depart the Denver, CO or Colorado Springs, CO Airport for our American Airlines flight into Dallas, TX where we change planes and connect to our trans-Atlantic flight on American Airlines into Madrid, Spain. M

DAY 2: Monday, June 18, 2018 - Upon arrival in Madrid we meet our driver and guide and drive to Segovia, an important stop along the Sephardic Way.  We will have some free time to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone to see the old city and the Roman Aqueduct.  We visit the Discalced Carmelite Friary to see the tomb of St. John of the Cross before continuing on to Avila our home for the next two nights.  We visit the Convent of the Encarnacion, where Santa Teresa of Avila lived for many years of her life and where she experienced many of her encounters with Jesus.  Dinner and overnight Avila. D

DAY 3: Tuesday, June 19. 2018 - This morning we travel to the small town of Alba de Tormes where St. Teresa died on October 4, 1582.  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: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Our journey continues today as we travel to the Pilgrims Way.  We stop in Astorga for lunch before continuing.  We will be making short stops at the emblematic pilgrim sites of Cruz de Ferro in the Bierzo Mountains where we will have some reflection time.  Then on to the hilltop town of O Cebreiro, a village nestled in the Ancares Mountains, before arriving in Sarria for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - We begin before dawn to walk from Sarria to Portomarin, a distance of 23km.  We will hike through the beautiful rolling hills of Galicia to Portomarin.  Dinner and overnight Portomarin. BD

DAY 6: Friday, June 22, 2018 - Portomarin to Palas de Rei 25km. We leave the River Miño behind as we climb the hill out of Portomarin.  Our walk taking us towards Gonzar, Hospital da Cruz and Ligonde and finally to Palas de Rei.  Dinner and overnight Palas de Rei. BD

DAY 7: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Palas de Rei to Ribadiso 27km. Today will be the longest day of walking.  We travel through forests and along streams.  Melide, one of the main towns that we will be passing on this 5 day walk, is the half way point of this long walk so we will regroup there.  We will purchase items for a picnic lunch which will be at Ribadiso.  Dinner and overnight Arzua. BD

DAY 8: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Arzua to Perdouzo 23km.  After the storm comes the calm. 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 9: Monday, June 25, 2018 - Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela 20km.  Our final days walk where we say goodbye to the countryside and begin passing the busier villages as we get closer to Santiago. Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) will be the point where we all regroup to walk the last 4 km of this journey together into the city of Santiago de Compostela.  This afternoon we visit the tomb of St James and then go to the Pilgrim Office to collect our Compostelanas (our certificate of completion of the Camino de Santiago).  Dinner and overnight Santiago de Compostela. BD

DAY 10: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - We will be free to explore this morning in small groups with a chaperone prior to joining together to attend the Pilgrims Mass at the Cathedral.  This afternoon we travel to Finisterre, end of the world, as it was known in centuries past.  Here we will walk the last couple of kilometers that will take us to the lighthouse.  It is here, after walking a further 4 days from Santiago de Compostela, that many pilgrims end their journey.  It is here, also, that we shall have our final reflection, share our thoughts and closure and enjoy a little beach time (weather permitting).  Dinner and overnight in Santiago. BD

DAY 11: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Early morning departure for Santiago de Compostela Airport where we board our Iberia Airlines flight to Madrid.  We transfer to our American Airlines flight to Dallas, TX and transfer to our American Airlines flight back to the Denver, CO or Colorado Springs, CO Airport. BM

Price*:  Double/Triple occupancy: 17 – 21 pilgrims $2,999.00*; 22 – 25 pilgrims $2,799.00*.  Air from Denver, CO or Colorado Springs, CO Airport.

* 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.  The estimated taxes & fuel surcharges are $398.00 per pilgrim.  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 $1.19 to the Euro.  Optional activities, taxis taken instead of walking and sites visited during your free time are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit.

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

Single Supplement: $549.00 (limited space)

Air from Denver, CO (must have a minimum of 10 seats and a maximum of 15 seats out of Denver)

Air from Colorado Springs, CO (must have a minimum of 10 seats and a maximum of 15 seats out of Colorado Springs)

A non-refundable deposit of $600.00 per person due with application and copy of passport.

For more information please contact:
The Rev. Greg Foraker (Fort Collins) at:
The Rev. Krista Dias (Colorado Springs) at:

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.

Price includes the following travel insurance:
◊ Trip Cancellation for covered reasons:  100% of Insured Trip Cost
◊ Trip Interruption:  150% of Insured Trip Cost
◊ Trip Delay:  $1,000
◊ Baggage & Personal Effects:  $500
◊ Baggage Delay:  $ 250
◊ Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses:  $15,000
◊ Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation:  $50,000
◊ Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided By Travelex's designated providers.

Final payment due March 1, 2018.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 28, 2018:  $600.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 1, 2018 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.