May 24 – June 12.2019
with Julio Cochoy and Doris Kizinna
Cost: $3795 (includes GST) in Canadian Funds
Experience a pilgrimage.
For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain ending at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of St. James are buried. To this day, pilgrims from around the world continue to make this journey, each person walking for their own reasons. Maybe for you it’s a spiritual journey, a chance to get away from life and reflect. Maybe this will be a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally and to walk with other pilgrims sharing the experience together. Maybe it’s a chance to be in nature walking through the beautiful countryside and ancient villages of northern Spain. Your challenge and purpose await you on this journey.
We will be walking two portions of the The French Way: the classic, most popular route that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will begin in Roncesvalles, Spain walking for 9 days to Logrono. From there we will travel together overland to Sarria and walk the final 6 days. On our last day together we’ll bus to Finnesterre, KM 0 of the Camino and enjoy the ocean views and this final stop together. We’ll gather together in the evenings for dinner and community, sharing stories of our experiences on the Camino. You may choose to walk each day alone or with others you meet along the way or in our group. All accommodation will be booked for you and if you wish a support vehicle will carry your bag for you. We’ll stay in comfortable guesthouses and hotels along the way. We’ll build a community of Pilgrims sharing the journey together.
Day 1: May 24.2019 Meet together in Roncesvalles, Spain. We will send you routes and travel info. You can fly to either Madrid or Paris and then travel by train and bus to Roncesvalles.
Day 2: Begin the Walk: Roncesvalles to Viskarret 12 km
Day 3: Viskarret to Larrasana 15 km
Day 4: Larrasona to Pamplona 15 km
Day 5: Day to enjoy the sights of Pamplona
Day 6: Pamplona to Puenta La Reina 23 km
Day 7: Puenta La Reina to Estella 22 km
Day 8: Estella to Los Arcos 21 km
Day 9: Los Arcos to Torres del Rio 13 km
Day 10: Torres del Rio to Logrono 18 km
Day 11: Bus to Sarrio from Logrono
Day 12: Sarria to Portomarin 22 km
Day 13: Portomarin to Lestedo 19 km
Day 14: Lestedo to Melide 20 km
Day 15: Melide to Arzua 14 km
Day 16: Arzua to O Pedruzo 22 km
Day 17: O Pedruzo to Santiago 20 km
Day 18: Day of Reflection, bus trip to Finnisterre
Day 19: June 12/2019 Depart or Onward. Flights from Santiago de Compostela.
Cost: $3795 (includes GST) for shared accommodation. Some single accommodation will be available. Let us know if you are interested and we can let you know what is possible and the cost. Registration deadline is March 25/2019.
Total km’s to walk: 256
Includes: 18 nights accommodation, 18 breakfasts, 18 dinners, in country transport from Roncesvalles to Santiago, support vehicle, guides, tips, all trip organization, information handbook for the journey.
Does not include: airfare to Spain, lunches, passport, spending money.
This parade of sacrifice; such an offering.
Beauty laid out in homage.
Beautiful feet over and over blessing the earth.
Tears watering ancient soil; each tree teaching.
The journey unimaginably long; laid out under the milky way.
Human connection as it could be; open hearts littering the Way.
Walking in the steps of Saints and Bodhisattvas, I bow down.
Video of the Pilgrim’s Mass in the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela