Walking the Way: Camino de Santiago

Walking the Way: Camino de Santiago

May-June 2022

with Julio Cochoy and Doris Kizinna

Cost:  $3575 CAD shared, $4150 CAD single

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 the final portion of the The French Way: the classic, most popular route that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will begin in Ponferrada, Spain walking for 12 days to Santiago de Compostela. On our last day together there is an option to travel 1 hour by taxi/bus to Finnesterre, KM 0 of the Camino and enjoy the ocean views. 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.

CORONA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS: We have thought that this Camino Pilgrimage is an easy one for us to keep social distance and precautions. We anticipate a small group, walking in distanced small groups or on our own. When we have our community talks/gatherings we will do so with distance between each person and we will have small dinner family groups that you will share your dinners/breakfasts with if you wish. Masks may be required at certain times, entering a hotel/restaurant etc. As the months pass before this tour we will have a better idea of how the journey will look as we navigate the pandemic. We will also cancel this tour if the health crisis shifts or if there are quarantine requirements set in place from the country of departure or from Spain/EU. Please feel free to register with the option to cancel out with a full refund up until 4 weeks before the journey.

Walking the Way Itinerary:

This will be our intinerary. We will update our accommodation locations as we make the bookings. Please check back.

Tuesday, May 25:  Arrival in Ponferrada, Spain.  You will make your own way to Ponferrada. We will recommend your travel route but you can fly into Madrid, Leon or Santiago and then bus or taxi to Ponferrada. You can also fly into another European City and take the train/bus to Ponferrada. Welcome Pilgrim’s Dinner for our group and Orientation and learning about one another. Overnight: tba

Wed, May 26:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Ponferrada to Cacabelos, 17 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together and Reflection.  Overnight: tba

Thursday, May 27:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Cacabelos to La Portela de Valcarce, 20.8 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together.  Overnight: tba

Friday, May 28:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from La Portela de Valcarce to O’Cebreiro, 14.6 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together. Overnight: tba

Saturday, May 29:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from O’Cebreiro to Triacastela, 20.7 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together.  Overnight: tba

Sunday, May 30:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Triacastela to Sarria, 25.3 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together.  Overnight:  La Casona de Sarria.  http://www.lacasonadesarria.es/posada.html

Monday, May 31:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Sarria to Portomarin, 22 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together and Reflection.  Overnight Hotel Ferrimenteiro  http://www.hotelferramenteiro.com/

Tuesday, June 1:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Portomarin to Lestedo, 19 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together.  Overnight at Hosteria Calixtino  http://hosteriacalixtino.com/

Wednesday, June 2:  Breakfast at Hotel. Walk from Lestedo to Melide, 20 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together to try the famous Pulpo (Octopus) of Melide.  Overnight: tba

Thursday, June 3:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Melide to Arzua, 14 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together and Reflection.  Overnight Pozo Santa Maria  http://www.pazosantamaria.com/ 

Friday, June 4:   Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from Arzua to O’Pedruzo, 20 km.  Lunch on own.  Dinner together.  Overnight:  tba

Saturday, June 5:  Breakfast at Hotel.  Walk from O’Pedruzo to Santiago de Compostela!  Final day of walking!  22 km.  Lunch on own.  Receive Compostela’s at the Pilgrim’s office.  Pilgrim’s mass at the cathedral.  Dinner together.  Overnight:  tba

Sunday, June 6:   Breakfast, attend the pilgrim’s mass in the Cathedral optional. Lunch on your own and freetime.  Optional freetime trip to Finnisterre, mile “0” of the Camino.  Celebration dinner to complete the tour. 

Monday, June 7:  Breakfast at hotel, continue on or departure from Santiago airport for flights home.

Cost:  $ 3575 CAD (includes GST) for shared accommodation.   $ 4150 CAD (includes GST) for single room accommodation. Registration deadline is April 1/2021

Total km’s to walk:  216.
Includes: 14 nights accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners (wine included), guides and support during the walking, transport of luggage each day, tips, all trip organization, preparation info for the journey.
Does not include: airfare to Spain, lunches, passport, spending money, extra water, optional day trip to Finisterre on the last day.

The Way

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