Camino Walk

A spiritual pilgrimage for yourself and others exploring faith, life and meaning

Duration
13
Departure
22 September 2020
Price from
3,039

OVERVIEW

The Camino Walk in Northern Spain has been a spiritual journey since the Middle Ages. Back then it was believed that if a pilgrim took the journey their sins would be forgiven!

Today the walk attracts people from all over the world, searching for purpose and meaning. As a group of Christians, this is an intentional walk wanting to engage with others along The Way. Invite others for chats at night or as you walk, share your story of faith.

The walk ends in the town of Santiago de Compostela, where it is believed the remains of the apostle James are held in the crypt under the Cathedral. For this reason, the walk is known as the Way of Saint James (even though his remains came by boat!).

The scallop shell, found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, and is a common signpost along the path to guide pilgrims in the direction of Santiago.
Whatever your reason for walking you will be inspired by the beauty of God’s creation as you walk, you will encounter different people along the way and you will have Selah moments with God as you connect with Him on your walk.

 

Julie-anne Laird is your spiritual leader for the Camino. Julie-anne is married to Andrew and they have 4 adult children. She enjoys bike riding and catching up with friends. She has worked for AFES (Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) at Melbourne Uni  for the last 20 years, helping people work out their faith.

Julie-anne will be accompanied by a local Spanish tour guide for the walk component on the trip to translate and commentate on local sights.

ITINERARY

Your Emirates flight departs around 10pm to Dubai with a connection to Madrid.

Included Meals: None

On arrival in Madrid we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Time to recover and meet the group for dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Ganivet, Madrid (or similar)

Included Meals:

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Today is free for you to explore Madrid!
Why not grab a hop on hop off bus pass (own expense) and do the sights!
Places to visit include the Plaza Major, the Reina Museum (amazing Picasso), El Rastro Markets or La Latina which is a 2 minute walk from the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Ganivet, Madrid (or similar)

Included Meals:

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After breakfast we farewell Madrid, check out and travel by train to Sarria. The trip is a full day (approx 7 hours) so time to sit back and relax and enjoy the Spanish countryside.
On arrival in Sarria we walk 240 metres to the hotel. Here will will meet our Spanish tour guide who will accompany the group on the walk (very handy to have a Spanish speaker!)
Time permitting we will check out the Medieval castle and Convent of Magdalena.
Dinner and overnight in Sarria before we start walking tomorrow.

Hotel: Mar de Plata, Sarria

Included Meals:

B
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Today we commence our walk along the Way of St James from Sarria to Portomarin.
This walk is really picturesque walking through meadows, fields and forests. You pass a number of Romanesque remnants, several Jacobean enclaves, rustic walkways and a medieval bridge. The walk is simple, with achievable kilometres and moderate slopes, and only in heavy rain, mud generated on dirt trails, may cause some sections to become difficult to pass.

On arrival in Portomarin, take some time to explore. Once all walkers have arrived the bus will transfer you back to Sarria for your overnight (due to a lack of accommodation in Portomarin).


Hotel: Mar de Plata, Sarria

Included Meals:

B
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Today we check out of our Sarria hotel and travel by bus back to Portomarin. We walk today from Portomarin to Palas de Rei, a distance of approximately 22 kms.
Along the way we see the Cruceiro of Lameiros (Wayside Crucifx) which was built in the 17th century. One side depicts the crucified Christ. The opposite side appears to have Mary holding the baby Jesus. The base of the crucifix depicts the tools of the crucifixion.
Continue on and you will see the Monstery of Our Saviour of Vilar de Donas. A Romanesque church originally a Monastery for Nuns; the name of the village as 'donas' means ladies. Several prominent knights of the Order of Santiago are buried in the church; also visible are the remains of a Gothic portico adjacent to a highly decorated Romanesque portal. Inside there is a impressive 15th century stone altarpiece; and recently revealed frescoes surviving from 15th century Galicia.

Tonight we stay in Palas de Rei so you can take your time on your walk!

Hotel: Pensione Palas

Included Meals:

B
D
Check out of the pension. Today's walk is a leisurely 12 kms. Today's path takes you through little villages and woodlands.
Melide has 3 main churches to explore. Melide is most famous for its octopus (pulpo), so a visit to a pulperia is a must!

Hotel: Hotel Carlos 96, Melide

Included Meals:

B
D
Today is yours to relax. Feel free to sleep in, enjoy the town of Melide and put your feet up!

Hotel: Hotel Carlos 96, Melide

Included Meals:

B
D
Today is a leisurely walk from Melide to Arzua passing through Boente and Casteneda before stopping for a lunch break in Ribadise da Bixo. The walk is pretty through woodlands and well pathed.
We stay tonight in Arzua, so again you can take as long as you like to walk today. Your guide will introduce you to the Church of St James in Arzua.

Hotel: Hotel Arzua, Arzua

Included Meals:

B
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Ok today is a BIG day of walking! You can start when you like and at a leisurely pace the walk should take around 7 hours to complete.
We are overnighting in Lavacolla. There are many theories in relation to the origin of the place name Lavacolla (wash neck). One of the theories claims the name Lavacolla comes from the fact that pilgrims in the Middle Ages used to wash in the stream that crosses Lavacolla to arrive clean in Santiago.

Hotel: Hotel Ruta Jacobea, Lavacolla

Included Meals:

B
D
Our last walk today is a 'short' one as we approach the city of Santiago de Compostela. Make your triumphant entry into Santiago. If you arrive before noon, then be sure to attend the daily Pilgrim's Mass at the Santiago Cathedral.
In the afternoon you will have a guided walk of the Old Quarter & Cathedral before check in to your hotel for a 2 night stay in a nice hotel!

Hotel: Hotel Compostela, Santiago

Included Meals:

B
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Today we take a day trip out of Santiago to the coastal towns of Muxia and Finisterre (means "end of the earth"). This is often considered the last point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. In Finisterre we will enjoy a seafood lunch to celebrate our walking achievements.
Return to Santiago for dinner & overnight.

Hotel: Hotel Compostela, Santiago

Included Meals:

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Today we farewell Santiago and Galicia and take a high speed train back to Madrid. Enjoy our last night together as a group.

Hotel: Hotel Ganivet, Madrid

Included Meals:

B
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After breakfast we will check out of the hotel. Our Emirates flight departs at 3.20pm for Dubai with connections back to Australia.

Included Meals:

B

Included Meals: None

Highlights

  • Madrid
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago (approx 100 kms)
  • Enjoy the great outdoors mixing and meeting intentionally with others
  • Pilgrims Mass in Santiago and see the relic of the apostle James
  • Celebratory seafood lunch in Finisterre

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Full tour incl airfare ex Australia Earlybird price - must book by 31 December 2019 4,779.00 5,499.00
Tour only (no airfare) Earlybird price - must book by 31 December 2019 3,039.00 3,765.00
From 1 January the prices increase by $200 per person

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