Following the Path of Pilgrims Old on the Road to Santiago de Compostela on the Portuguese Camino Route
The Rev. Jonathan Evans
St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Sarasota, FL
In Partnership with Worldwide Journeys
June 16 – 25, 2020
The Camino de Santiago, or the way of St. James, has many different routes, all uniting as one at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. This same path has been taken for hundreds of years by the faithful making their holy pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Roman, Moor, and Saracen invaders, the Knights Templar, and the armies of Charlemagne and Napoleon also used the path. 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.
Economy roundtrip air from Miami, FL
Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change until the tickets are issued)
Airport Transfers in Spain
8 nights hotel accommodations
Breakfast daily in Spain
Transport by private motor coach with a licensed driver until Mos
Transportation for Fisterra excursion and to the airport in Santiago
Private English speaking licensed guide throughout
All entrance fees for visits included on the itinerary
DAY 1, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – We depart on our trans-Atlantic flight to Lisbon, Portugal. M
DAY 2, Wed. – Upon arrival in Lisbon, we meet our driver and guide and our pilgrimage journey begins. We continue to Fátima where we visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, built on the site where the Virgin Mary visited Lucia Santos and her 2 cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto in 1916. This afternoon, we walk along the Stations of the Cross and to the tiny village where the three young children lived. After dinner, we participate in the nightly torchlight procession. Dinner and overnight Fátima. D
DAY 3, Thurs.- Our journey continues to the beautiful pilgrim town of Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest towns in Portugal. We continue on to Valencia do Minho, the last Portuguese town on our journey, the starting point of our Camino Walk. After lunch, we walk 3 km across the River Minho, by way of the metal bridge inspired by the work of the famous Gustave Eiffel, from Portugal to Tui, Spain. We visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria de las Asunción de Tui, a late Romanesque and Gothic-style Roman Catholic church located in the center of town. Dinner and overnight Tui. BD
DAY 4, Fri.- Tuito Mos (approx. 23 km). The walk today is not strenuous. It is a good start that gives you time to set your pace. Once everyone arrives in Mos, the bus returns us to Tui for overnight. B
DAY 5, Sat.- Mos to Pontevedra (30 km). We have an early morning departure. Today is the most challenging of our pilgrimage walks. We pass through busy towns and coastal villages. Dinner and overnight Pontevedra. BD
DAY 6, Sun. - Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei(22 km). After the storm comes the calm. We enjoy a lighter walk today through beautiful scenery. It is a great moment to reflect and let your inner thoughts guide your day. Caldas de Rei is a small medieval spa town. The famous hot thermal springs will be a treat for the feet. Dinner and overnight in Caldas de Rei. BD
DAY 7, Mon.- Caldas de Rei to Padron (approx. 19 km). We walk through hamlets, forests, and vineyards today. Padron, one of the most emblematic sites on the Camino, known as Iria Flavia, is the town where the boat with the body of St James arrived just after his death. This boat was moored to a 'pedron', hence this name becoming more popular and the town, centuries ago, became known as Padron. We visit the Church of Santiago to see the Pedron Stone. Dinner and overnight Padron. BD
DAY 8, Tues.- Padron to Santiago de Compostela (approx. 25 km). Today our destination is reached. The path has been the same but the journey so different for every one of us. Our walk ends at Obradoiro Square, one of the largest squares in Galicia, which serves as an important symbol of Santiago de Compostela. Overnight Santiago de Compostela. B
DAY 9, Wed.– We enjoy a morning visit to the Pilgrim Office to collect the Compostelanas (certificate of completion of the Camino de Santiago) and 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 walk the last couple of kilometers that takes us to the lighthouse. It is here, after walking a further 4 days from Santiago deCompostela, that many pilgrims end their journey. It is here, also, that we have our final reflection, share our thoughts, and gain closure. We enjoy a little beach time (weather permitting). Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela. BD
DAY 10, Thursday, June 25, 2020 - We have an early morning departure for Santiago de Compostela Airport where we board our flight to Madrid. There we transfer to our flight back home. BM
B - Breakfast L - Lunch D – Dinner
M – Meal on Aircraft
*Itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion of the leaders.
Price based on double occupancy:
10 – 15 pilgrims $3,579.00*
16 – 20 pilgrims $3,339.00*
Single Supplement $459.00*
Land Only – Deduct Air Cost Estimated at $1,133.00* (subject to change until the air is confirmed)
*Includes airline taxes & fuel surcharges of $457.33 per pilgrim, which are not guaranteed by the airline. Any changes will be reflected on your final invoice. The price is not guaranteed and may change once we have the air confirmed. Price is based on an exchange rate of $1.13 to the Euro and will change only if the rate changes. Tips for the driver and guide are not included and are payable upon completion of services. 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 $900.00 per person due with application and copy of passport by August 15, 2019.