Footsteps of St. James of Compostela “El camino” Walking Pilgrimage

Espiritual Director: Rev: Miguel Gonçalves

Day 01 – June 28 2018 DEPARTURE TO MADRID

We will start our Pilgrimage by meeting at Boston Logan International Airport to departure to Madrid. Overnight Flight.

Day 02 -June 29 2018 MADRID
Upon arrival in Madrid, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival’s Hall where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Make your way to the bus where your group will transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon walk to the Cathedral of Almudena. Following Mass, you’ll visit (with local guide) the Cathedral. You will continue our walking tour of Madrid to include the exterior of the Royal Palace. Walk through the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol and make a stop at the Church of Saint James. Return to your hotel. You will enjoy a nice meal before having a restful overnight in Madrid before your walking tour begins! (D)

Day 03 -June 30 2018 MADRID / FONCEBADON / IRON CROSS 
(Walking day, 3 miles / 4.8 km)
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast and transfer to Sarria. Sarria is located in the northwest of Spain and is noted for being the entry point to the oriental side of the region, Galicia. Your transfer will end and you will begin on foot from Foncebadon. In the eleventh century, this village was a common resting place for pilgrims on El Camino due to its hospitals, hospice, and church. Currently, the structures that have served so many are now in ruins. While in Foncebadon, you will walk to view the “Iron Cross.” This Cross is a common pausing place for pilgrims as they leave a stone at the foot of the cross to symbolize a sin or burden that they are leaving behind. Your tour continues as you leave your burdens behind and continue onward to the village nestled in the mountains, O Cebreiro. Many pilgrims pause at this site due to the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the year 1300. Additionally, be sure to have your cameras ready as this village is suspended 1,300 meters in the air and provides a breathtaking panoramic view. Your first walking day culminates with a delicious meal and an overnight in LUGO. (B,D)

Day 04 -July 01 2018 SARRIA / PORTOMARIN
(walking day, 14.3 Miles / 22.88 km)
Today is the day that your walking pilgrimage (El Camino) to Santiago de Compostela officially begins! Following breakfast, your group will venture to the Pilgrim Office to receive your Pilgrim Passport! With the guidance of Our Lord, and through the spirit of St. James the apostle, you will become an authentic pilgrim by journeying along the physical road, as well as, the spiritual one. Your first official day of walking will culminate in Portomarin. This town dates back to the Roman Ages and was an important halt along the route in the Middle Ages. Due to the creation of a dam in 1962, the Old Portomarin is currently underneath the Mino River. As a result of the dam creation, many of the old buildings were moved, brick by brick. Among these buildings is the Church of St. John of Jerusalem. In Medieval Times, this church was strategically set along the route of El Camino in order to protect the tomb of Santiago. YOu will enjoy dinner followed by an overnight in your hotel in Lugo. (B,D)

Day 05 -July 02 2018 PORTOMARINA / PALAS DE REI
(walking day, 15 Miles / 24km)
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and journey from Portomarin, through the woods to the Palas de Rei. This was a noteworthy town in the Middle Ages, as it contained a Royal Hospital and the church of St. Tirso. As the rugged walk continues, you will continue through fields, forests, and granaries. Additionally, you will see a prominent characteristic of Galician Landscape, los cruceiros. These wayside crosses depict Christ and the Virgin Mary. Dinner and enjoy a restful overnight in your hotel in Lugo. (B,D)

Day 06 -July 03 2018 PALAS DE REI / ARZUA
(walking day, 18 Miles / 28.8km)
Breakfast will be served at your hotel. Your pilgrimage continues as you will travel from Palas de Rei to the bustling small town of Arzua. Before arriving in Arzua, your group will stop at Melide. This town is a crucial point of El Camino because it is where the French and Oviedo routes converge. Upon arrival in Melide, you will notice the old roads that date back to the fourteenth century, which are some of the oldest in the region of Galicia. After lunch, you will leave the Lugo province and enter into the province of A Coruna. As your group continues to Arzua, you will cross the beautiful, medieval bridge over the Iso River to Ribadiso. Following your visit to this Chapel, your day will culminate with arrival in Arzua. You will enjoy dinner and an overnight in Lugo. (B,D)

Day 07 -July 04 2018 LUGO
(day of rest)
Today, you will take a break to rest your bodies and shake off any fatigue. After Mass, there will be time to reflect on the journey thus far, and to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight will be provided in your hotel. (B,D)

Day 08 -July 05 2018 Arzua 

(walking day, 11 Miles / 17.6 km)
Your journey is almost over as you will walk to the largest community before Santiago, Arca de O Pino! Upon walking this route, you will immerse yourselves in the fragrant eucalyptus groves and experience the breathtaking scenery. At a point throughout your walk, you will stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Following lunch, you will continue your journey and arrive in Arca de O Pino. As you explore this village, you will notice joy etched in the faces of the pilgrims. Although they have traveled a long distance, they are not weary. With God and St. James guiding their paths, excitement and anticipation continues for their arrival in Santiago. Accommodation in hotel in Lavacolla. (B,D)

Day 09 -July 06 2018 A RUA / SANTIAGO
(walking day, 14 Miles / 22.4 km)
Today, you will culminate the walking portion of your journey! Before arriving at your final destination, you will first stop for Mass on Mount Joy (Monte del Gozo). You will know that you are approaching Santiago because at this point, you will be able to see the spires of the Cathedral. Following lunch, you will complete your walking journey and arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival, feel free to say a small prayer in thanksgiving to Our Lord for keeping you safe throughout the walking pilgrimage. At this time, you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore Galicia’s capital, Santiago. This evening you will enjoy a marvelous dinner, followed by a very restful overnight in Santiago de Compostela. (B,D)

Day 10 – July 07 2018 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 
This morning you will awake in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela! Formed by Galician granite, this Cathedral is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe as it encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, the Cathedral contains numerous and valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. Upon entering the Cathedral (entrance included), tradition will lead as you will hug the dazzling statue of St. James. Following this intimate embrace, you will descend into the crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims’ relics are kept. Following your visit, you will enjoy free time for lunch on own before your sightseeing tour (with local guide) of the city. Some stops on your tour include the Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, and much more. Your evening will be free to spend at your leisure until a final dinner with your group. You will spend a final overnight in Santiago de Compostela. (B,D)

Your last day in Spain will begin with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a transfer to the Santiago Airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say hasta luego (see you later) to your new friends made on this journey. (B)


Price Per Person in (Double occupancy per room) U$D 2,970.00


– Luxury coach, equipped with the most modern facilities, available according to the program;

– All bus parking, motorway tkt and entry fees in cities where necessary;

– Round Trip Airfare up to 1,200.00 including Taxes and fees (If airfare is more than 1,200.00 the Pilgrim must pay the difference).

– All the driver’s expenses (room singles, meals, etc.);

– Accommodations at the hotels (3 ***);

– Half board (buffet breakfast (B) and dinner (D) at the hotels;

– Local guide according to the program in Madrid (1HD), Santiago (1HD);

– Pilgrims Credentials of the El Camino of Santiago;

– All service taxes and VAT.



– Drinks and lunches;

– Tips for the driver;

– Entries and visits not specified;

– Everything that is not specified in the item “Included in the Price”.

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Departure: 06/28/2018

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