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Clergy Pilgrimage to Spain

Walking the Ancient Camino to Santiago De Compostela

Led by:

The Rev. Canon Greg Foraker
The Episcopal Church in Colorado
Denver, CO

November 6 - 16, 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: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - Depart the Denver, CO on our American Airlines flight into Philadelphia, PA where we change planes and connect to our trans-Atlantic flight on American Airlines into Madrid, Spain. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, November 7, 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 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: Thursday, November 8. 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: Friday, November 9, 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: Saturday, November 10, 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: Sunday, November 11, 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: Monday, November 12, 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 today, is the half way point today and we will all regroup here.   We will purchase items for a picnic lunch which will be at Ribadiso.  Dinner and overnight Arzua. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, November 13, 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: Wednesday, November 14, 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: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - We will be free to explore this morning 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: Friday, November 16, 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 Airport. B

Price*:  For more information please contact:  The Rev. Canon Greg Foraker at:  greg@episcopalcolorado.org

* Air from Denver, 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 $124.41 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 $1.22 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.

A non-refundable deposit of $800.00 per person due with application and copy of passport by May 18, 2018.

Final payment due August 2, 2018.

General Information Terms and Conditions:
AIR TRANSPORTATION:  Round trip economy airline reservations on regularly scheduled airlines.  Airline taxes are NOT included and will be determined 60 to 90 days prior to ticketing.  You will be invoiced for these taxes.
HOTELS:  Rooms with private bath/shower based on double occupancy (two persons sharing).  Hotel rating - Deluxe, First Class, Superior Tourist or Tourist are used unless others specified by leader (hotel category is chosen by the group leader).  Guest Houses, Retreat Centers & Bed and Breakfasts may have communal rooming arrangements and facilities.  Single room accommodation is subject to a surcharge.  Hotels are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
SIGHTSEEING:  As indicated in the itinerary, with fully licensed English speaking guides unless otherwise determined by the leader; entrance fees as indicated are included.

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT:  Deposits are required at time of registration and balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
CANCELLATIONS:  Must be made in writing.  Cancellation penalties are determined by the penalties imposed upon Worldwide by the airline carrier, the ground operator, coach company and hotels.  Cancellation penalties will be listed on your invoice and/or on your itinerary or application. Cancellations will be a specific amount plus any unrecoverable charges imposed by our suppliers.  Within 45 days of departure, NO REFUNDS unless a date prior to 45 days before departure is listed on your invoice, application and/or itinerary.
INSURANCE:  Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries acts only as an agent for suppliers and is not responsible for any theft, damage, loss of luggage or illness.  The forms for all types of insurance coverage are offered to all registrants prior to departure.
UNUSED TOUR ARRANGEMENTS:  are refundable only when agreed to by hotel, coach company or other providers.
BAGGAGE:  Since all major airlines are constantly changing their rules regarding checked and hand luggage, we at WWPM suggest that you check with each carrier personally to be sure you are getting the most up to date information.  Some airlines even have different rules based on your departure point.  Excess baggage charges are very expensive so be sure to weigh and measure your luggage to avoid a big surprise at the check in counter.
NOT INCLUDED:  Passport, visa fees, excess baggage charges, baggage or personal insurance, inoculations, laundry, telephone charges, mineral water, food and beverage other than those provided on regular menus as provided by WWPM.
RESPONSIBILITY:  Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries of Jacksonville, Florida, acts only as agents for passengers and for companies, owners or contractors providing transportation and accommodations or other services of the Tour.  Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, travel agent, shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage or property; or for injury, illness or death or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, or negligence of anyone not a direct employee under its exclusive control.  Transportation companies, airlines, etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board airplane transportation or conveyances.  Passenger contracts in use by the airlines or transportation companies when used constitute the sole contract between the airline, the transportation company, and passenger or purchaser of the tour, and the operator assumes no responsibility for this connection.
DEVIATIONS:  Deviations by individuals to the set itinerary will be provided if possible at a charge of $100 per person plus any charges imposed by airlines, hotels, or other vendors.
PASSPORT:  Passport must be valid for at least 6 month after your return date.


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.