Following the Path of Pilgrims of Old on the Road to Santiago De Compostela on the Portuguese Camino Route
Led by The Rev. John Herring, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rome, GA
May 24 – June 4, 2019
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. 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.
DAY 1, Friday, May 24, 2019- Depart Atlanta, GA on our trans-Atlantic flight into Lisbon, Portugal. M
DAY 2, Sat. - Upon arrival in Lisbon, we meet our driver and guide, and our pilgrimage journey begins. We enjoy a panoramic tour with stops at some of Lisbon’s famous sights. We continue on to Fátima, our home for the next 2 nights. Dinner and overnight Fátima. D
DAY 3, Sun. - After breakfast, we visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, built on the site where three children saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. 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. BD
DAY 4, Mon.- An early departure this morning as we travel to Porto. Upon arrival, we enjoy a walking tour in the downtown and Riverside area of Porto before stopping at the Cathedral to pick up our Pilgrim passports. We are free this afternoon to enjoy the city on our own. Overnight Porto. B
DAY 5, Tues.- Our journey continues to the beautiful pilgrim town of Ponte de Lima, then on to the last Portuguese town on our journey and the starting point of our Camino Walk. After lunch, we will walk the 3 km across the River Minho, from Portugal to Tui, Spain. Dinner and overnight Tui. BD
DAY 6, Wed.- Tuito Mos (approx. 23 km). The walk today is not strenuous so it will be a good start with time to set your pace. Once everyone arrives in Mos, the bus will return us to Tui for dinner and overnight. BD
DAY 7, Thurs. - Mos to Pontevedra (30 km). An early morning departure today and the most challenging of our pilgrimage walks passing through busy towns and coastal villages. Dinner and overnight Pontevedra. BD
DAY 8, Fri.- Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei(22 km). After the storm comes the calm. A lighter walk today through beautiful scenery, 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 9, Sat.- Caldas de Rei to Padron (approx. 19 km). We walk through hamlets, forests, and vineyards today. Padron is one of the most emblematic sites on the Camino, known as Iria Flavia, the town where the boat, along 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 10, Sun.- 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 11, Mon.- We are free to explore this morning prior to joining together to attend the Pilgrims Mass at the Cathedral. Don’t forget to go to the Pilgrim Office to collect the Compostelanas (your certificate of completion of the Camino de Santiago). 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 deCompostela, 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 de Compostela. BD
DAY 12, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - Early morning departure for Santiago de Compostela Airport where we board our flight to Madrid. We transfer to our flight back to the Atlanta, GA Airport. 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.