Walking the Way: Camino de Santiago
May 22 – June 10/2021
with Julio Cochoy and Doris Kizinna
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.
Walking the Way Itinerary:
Saturday, May 22: Arrival in Roncesvalles, Spain, Stop 2 on the Camino Frances. Welcome Pilgrim’s Dinner for our group and Orientation and learning about one another. Overnight at Hotel Roncesvalles. www.hotelroncesvalles.com
Sunday, May 23: Breakfast together. Begin the journey, walk from Roncesvalles to Viskarret, 12 km. Lunch on own enroute. Overnight at: La Posada Nueva. www.laposadanueva.net Dinner together and reflection on the first day.
Monday, May 24: Breakfast together. Walk from Viskarret to Larrasoana, 15.3 km. Lunch on own enroute. Overnight at Hotel Akerreta http://hotelakerreta.com/ Dinner together.
Tuesday, May 25: Breakfast together. Walk from Larrasoana to Pamplona, 14.5 km. Lunch on own enroute. Overnight at Hotel Maisonnave. Explore city and Dinner together with reflection. www.hotelmaisonnavepamplona.com
Wed, May 26: Breakfast at Hotel, Walk from Pamplona to Puenta la Reina, 23 km. Lunch on own. Overnight at Hotel El Cerco www.elcerco.es Dinner together and Reflection.
Thursday, May 27: Breakfast together, walk from Puenta la Reina to Estella, 22 km. Lunch on own. Overnight at Hotel Chapitel, Estella: https://www.hospederia-chapitel.es/ Dinner together.
Friday, May 28: Breakfast at Hotel, walk from Estella to Los Arcos, 21 km. Lunch on own. Overnight at Hostal Monaco http://www.hotelmonaco.es/ Dinner together.
Saturday, May 29: Breakfast, walk from Los Arcos to Torres del Rio, 8 km. Lunch on own. Overnight at Hostal Rural San Andreas http://sanandreshostal.com/ Dinner together.
Sunday, May 30: Breakfast. Day off from Walking. Take our private small bus/vehicle from Torres del Rio to Sarria, 500 km. Stop in Leon for lunch and a walk around the main plaza/cathedral. Arrive in Sarria late afternoon. Overnight and Dinner in Sarria. La Posada de la Casona de Sarria http://www.lacasonadesarria.es/posada.html
Monday, June 2: Breakfast. Walk from Sarria to Portomarin, 22 km. Lunch on own. Overnight Hotel Ferrimenteiro http://www.hotelferramenteiro.com/ Dinner together and Reflection.
Tuesday, June 3: Breakfast at Hotel. Walk from Portomarin to Lestedo, 19 km. Lunch on own. Overnight at Hosteria Calixtino http://hosteriacalixtino.com/ Dinner together.
Wednesday, June 4: Breakfast at Hotel. Walk from Lestedo to Melide, 20 km. Lunch on own. Overnight at A Lua do Camino: https://www.aluadocamino.com/es-es Dinner together to try the famous Pulpo (Octopus) of Melide.
Thursday, June 5: Breakfast. Walk from Melide to Arzua, 14 km. Lunch on own. Overnight Pozo Santa Maria http://www.pazosantamaria.com/ Dinner together and Reflection.
Friday, June 6: Breakfast at Hotel. Walk from Arzua to O’Pedruzo, 20 km. Lunch on own. Overnight: Hotel Rural O Acivro, Dinner.
Saturday, June 7: 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.
Sunday, June 8: Breakfast, attend the pilgrim’s mass in the Cathedral. Lunch on your own and freetime. Celebration dinner to complete the tour.
Monday, June 9: Breakfast at hotel, optional 2 day trip to Finnisterre or departure from Santiago airport for flights home.
Cost: $ (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 15/2021
Total km’s to walk: 240.
Includes: 16 nights shared accommodation, 16 breakfasts, 16 dinners (wine included), in country transport from Torres del Rio to Santiago, guides and support during the walking, tips, all trip organization, preparation info for the journey.
Does not include: airfare to Spain, lunches, passport, spending money, extra water. Private room available for a single room surcharge of:
Optional Rest and Retreat in Finisterre
Monday, June 9: Breakfast at hotel, depart with taxi’s to Finisterre (1 hour drive), mile 0 of the Camino, right on the coast of Spain. Lunch in Finisterre, settle into Hotel and begin a time of retreat in community. Afternoon reflection session. Dinner together in Finisterre. Evening freetime.
Wednesday, June 9: Breakfast at Hotel. Morning group walk (5 km) to Mile 0, contemplation at the end of the world and ocean. Walk back. Lunch in Finnisterre. Afternoon free to enjoy Finisterre and the beach. Relax and retreat. Closing dinner and final retreat reflection time.
Thursday, June 10: Breakfast together. Departure by van to Santiago/airport.
Cost for Finisterre Retreat:
Includes: 2 nights single accommodation, 16 breakfasts, 16 dinners (wine included), in country transport from Torres del Rio to Santiago, guides and support during the walking, tips, all trip organization, preparation info for the journey.
Does not include: airfare to Spain, lunches, passport, spending money, extra water.
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