Walking the Way: Camino de Santiago

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with Julio Cochoy and Doris Kizinna

Cost:  $3650 Shared Accommodation, $4250 Single Accommodation

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.

Consider this journey an experience of 2 caminos, the French Way and the Finisterre Camino. 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 Samos, Spain walking for 7 days to Santiago de Compostela. We will have two nights of rest in the incredible pilgrim’s city of Santiago de Compostela and then begin our second camino, a 4 day walk to Finnesterre, KM 0 of the Camino. We will walk a total of 223 kms. You may choose to walk each day alone or with others you meet along the way or with members of our group or a mix. We’ll gather together in the evenings for dinner and community, sharing stories of our experiences on the Camino and if you wish some of the incredible wine of the region. 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. Julio and Doris will be waiting in the community we will stay in to guide you to the accommodation. We’ll build a community of Pilgrims sharing the journey together.

CORONA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS: We hope that by May 2022 the Corona Virus Pandemic will be a distant memory but we have anticipated a few things in case we are still needing to take 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:

Camino de Santiago – Finnisterre Camino

May 26 – June 9/2022

May 26 ThursArrival day in Samos, Galicia, Spain Fly to Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) and if you arrive by 2 pm at the airport Julio and Doris will pick up with a shuttle to head to the hotel, about a 125 km drive.  If you arrive later, then you can arrange a taxi on your own to Samos.  Overnight at Casa de Outeiro  https://www.casasdeouteiro.com/ Optional afternoon visit the Samos Bendictine Monastery, 400m from Hotel https://www.abadiadesamos.com/ Dinner together 6 pm. Pilgrims Mass at the Monastery at 7:30 pm if you wish to attend. Opening gathering and orientation after the mass, 8:30 pm at the Hotel. Rest. 
May 27
Breakfast at Hotel.  Leave your bag in the lobby so that it can be shuttled for you.  9 am depart to begin the walk together from Samos to Sarria.  As we begin we will personally reflect on the journey and then walk at our own time and pace.  Feel free to walk alone or with others. Lunch on your own as you choose.   You will have plenty of time in Sarria to check out the quaint old town, enjoy a sit in a café in your afternoon freetime.  Overnight at La Casona de Sarria  http://www.lacasonadesarria.es/ Dinner together. Rest for the next big walking day.12 km (very easy start)
May 28 SatBreakfast at Hotel, don’t miss it, it’s a good one served family style in the downstairs dining room. Walk from Sarria to Portomarin through woodland trails, shade, small towns, and a big descent down to the town of Portomarin on the banks of the river Mino.  Lunch on your own and walking at your own pace. Overnight at Casa San Nicholas https://casasannicolas.es/en/home/ Dinner together Pilgrims Mass if you wish to attend at Igrexa de San Nicolás at 20:0022 km
May 29 SunBreakfast at the Hotel. Walk from Portomarin to Lestedo, lunch on your own enroute.  A varied terrain,  500 meter slow altitude climb. Overnight at Rectoral de Lestedo, a rural country hotel in an old historical building.  https://rectoraldelestedo.com/ Dinner together at the Hotel.19 km
May 30 MonBreakfast at the Hotel. Walk from Lestedo to Melide, crossing 6 shallow river valleys with the path mostly through woodlands.  Lunch on your own.  Overnight at Pension San Anton in the heart of the city.   https://pensionsananton.com/ Dinner at a local restaurant to try the local delicacy Pulpo (Octopus) if you wish!20 km
May 31 TuesBreakfast at the Hotel. Walk from Melide to Arzua, a shorter walk and slower day, flat and pleasant landscape.  Overnight at a very delightful hotel, an old manor house:  Pazo Santa Maria   http://www.pazosantamaria.com/ Dinner at the hotel in their great restaurant.14 km
June 1 WedGreat buffet breakfast at the Hotel then walk from Arzua to O’Pedruzo. Half of the walk is on wooded pathways, start to see eucalyptus trees, downhill to O’Pedruzo.  Lunch on your own and walk at your own pace. Overnight at Peregrina Pension No. 2  https://peregrinapensiones.com/ Dinner together.20 km
June 2 ThursBreakfast at the Bar below the Pension.   Walk from O’Pedruzo to Santiago de Compostela for the final day of walking our first stage and entry into Santiago.  Meet together at the Camino Monument in Monte de Gozo and walk the final 5 km into Santiago as a group.  First part of the walk is in Eucalyptus groves and then on paved roads.  Overnight at Hostal Mafer, bring some earplugs we are back in the city!   https://www.facebook.com/Hostalmafer/ Dinner out in the city together to celebrate the completion of the first stage. 22 km
June 3 FriFree day in Santiago/REST DAY Pilgrims Mass at the Catedral in Santiago at 12 noon. Lunch on your own and Freetime.  Overnight at Hostal Mafer Dinner out in the city together. 
June 4
Breakfast at the Hostal Depart for our Finnisterre Camino Walk from Santiago to Negreia, begin as a group and exit the city together Overnight at Casa Neboa https://casaneboa.com/ Dinner at a restaurant in the village.21 km
June 5
Breakfast at the Hotel and walk from Negreia to Olveiroa, since this walk is a long one, we have the option of taking a taxi from Santa Marina, then only walking 22 km. If you wish you can walk the whole 33 kms! Overnight at Casa Loncho http://casaloncho.com/casaloncho/ Dinner at Hotel and rest.33 km
June 6 MonBreakfast at Hotel Walk from Olveira to Cee. Lunch on your own enroute.  You’ll see the ocean on this day! Overnight at https://hospedium.com/hoteles/hotel-la-marina-cee Dinner together.20 km
June 7 TuesFINAL DAY OF WALKING! Walk from Cee to Finisterre (to the lighthouse) and see a view of the ocean, we made it this far!  Mile 0, the end of the world.  Share in a small ritual together on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.  Shuttle back to the Hotel in Finisterre.  Lunch on your own. Overnight at Hotel Rural Finisterrae  https://hotelruralfinisterrae.com/ Dinner together.   20 km
June 8 WedRest day and optional bus to visit Muxia. Freetime for spa/massage/ocean/swim. Lunch on your own. Final reflection and celebration at 5 pm in the Hotel Restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Rural Finisterrae. 
June 9 ThursDepartures to Santiago in the morning with our shuttle to SCQ Santiago Airport departing at 9 am.  If you need to leave earlier please arrange your own transport.  If you wish to stay longer, same arrangement and enjoy! The Camino continues…… 

Registration deadline is April 1/2022

Total km’s to walk:  223.
Includes: 14 nights accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners with beverages, 2 full time guides and support during the walking, transport of luggage each day, tips, shuttles from Santiago to Samos and a shuttle from Finisterre to Santiago, taxi’s you may need to take if you are unable to walk, all trip organization, preparation info for the journey.
Does not include: airfare to Spain, lunches, passport, spending money, extra water, optional day trip to Muxia 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