EXPLORE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

A GREAT RIDE AND WALK COMBO IN TWO WEEKS

Ground package includes 14 nights’ lodging, 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners, luggage transport, shuttle between Pamplona and Santiago, guided tours of the 3 major cathedrals and all entries to cathedrals and monuments. $2,500. Upgrades available.

August 19-September 3, 2015


Tapas Pamplona
Day 1-August 19
Gathering in Pamplona

@4:00 pm Introductory Meeting about the trip and all it has to offer
@7:30 pm Taste of Tapas

Lodging in Pamplona


Cafe Iruna
Day 2-August 20
Explore Pamplona

Orientation to the Camino, culture and history of Pamplona, Navarra, Basque Region; Explore Old Town-Casco Antiguo, Plaza del Castillo, Bull Run, Hemingway’s hangout-Café Iruna, Museo de Navarra, Cathedrals of Santa Maria, San Saturnino

Lodging in Pamplona


Walk Roncesvalles to Zubiri
Day 3-August 21
Scenic Walk from Roncesvalles to Zubiri  (13.5 miles-walking optional)

Shuttle to the medieval village of Roncesvalles-a revered starting point for pilgrims from the 12th century. Spiritual Reflection/Discussion-walk through through lush forests and charming Basque villages. Shuttle back to Pamplona.

Lodging in Pamplona


Me at Alto de Perdon
Day 4-August 22
Walk from Puente de la Reina to Estella  (12 miles-walking optiona)

Shuttle to Puente de la Reina, passing the Alto de Perdon, to Puente de la Reina. Non-walkers may visit the 12th C. bridge and the Eunate Church-associated with the Knights Templar.

Lodging in Estella


First Writings in Spanish
Day 5-August 23
Shuttle to San Millan de la Cogolla

Visit to the World Heritage sites of the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso-one of the earliest known monastic communities and credited as the birthplace of the Spanish language.

Lodging in Santo Domingo de la Calzada


Santo Domingo de las Calzadas
Day 6-August 24
Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos

After visiting the cathedral in Santo Domingo de la Calzada we shuttle to Burgos, to start exploring the “Gothic capital of Spain”with the impressive gothic cathedral and museum, tomb of El Cid, the Golden Stairs, the Plaza Mayor and the Promenade.

Lodging in Burgos


Burgos Cathedral
Day 7-August 25
Tour of Burgos

Private tour of the magnificent cathedral, continue exploration of Burgos.

Lodging in Burgos


Santo Domingo de Silos
Day 8-August 26
Santo Domingo de Silos to León

Visit to the Benedictine monastery famous for Gregorian chant and the new Museum of Monasticism.

Lodging in Leon


Leon Stained Glass
Day 9-August 27
Explore Leon

Guided tour of the lovely 13th C. Gothic cathedral with some of the finest stained glass in Europe and architectural styles that range from Roman remains and the Romanesque basilica of St. Isodoro to the Gothic splendor of the cathedral, the Plateresque façade of San Marcos, to Gaudi’s neo-Gothic Casa Botines. Museo de San Isidoro with the Royal Pantheon. Shuttle to Ponferrada with stops in Astorga-the Bishop’s Palace and museum, and the Iron Cross.

Lodging in Ponferrada.


Ponferrada Knights Templar Castle
Day 10-August 28
Visit Ponferrada

Visit the magnificent 12th C. Templar castle, optional afternoon trip to Molinaseca.

Lodging in Ponferrada.


Walking into Cacabelos-Bierzo
Day 11-August 29
WALK Pieros to Villa Franca del Bierzo (5 miles)

Visit the 12th C. Romanesque Church of Santiago with the Door of Forgiveness.

Lodging in Villa Franca del Bierzo.


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Day 12-August 30
WALK Ambamestas to O Cebreiro (8 miles)

This beautiful wooded steep walk, takes us into Galicia and ends in the Celtic village of O Cebreiro. Visit the 9th C. Iglesia de Santa Maria, the oldest extant church associated with the Camino and the stone straw-covered palloza-a Celtic hut.

Lodging in Sarria


Barbadello to Portomarin
Day 13-August 31
WALK Sarria to Portomarin (13.3 miles) or Lugo side trip for non-walkers

Lugo has some of the best preserved Roman walls in Spain and plenty of charm, some refer to it as the “poor man’s Santiago”.

Lodging in Portomarin


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Day 14-Sept. 1
Santiago de Compostela

Shuttle to Santiago, with stops at Lavacolla and Monte del Gozo. Start exploration of Santiago de Compostela, the varied historic plazas and the Museum of Pilgrimages.


Santiago Cathedral
Day 15-Sept. 2
Explore sights of Santiago de Compostela

Private tour of the cathedral with its Portico of Glory and museum, the various plazas and the Museum of Pilgrimages. Tour ends.

Basic price per person for those sleeping in private albergue type accommodation: $2,500.Basic price per person for those sleeping in 3 star hotels/casas rurales, based on two people sharing a double/twin room: $2,905 (Exact price in dollars depends on the euro rate on the day of payment and could therefore increase or decrease. The dollar has gained in strength recently.)
Includes:

  • 14 nights’ accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Transport from Pamplona to Santiago
  • Luggage transport and shuttles between all stages as required
  • All entries to Cathedrals, monuments, etc.
  • Guided tours in Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela

Camino de Santiago Walk, Ride and Explore Itinerary

Path with distant village

August 19  to September 2, 2015

Tour Begins in Pamplona

August 19    Pamplona (Stay for 3 nights)  4 pm  Introductory Meeting, 7:30 pm Taste of Tapas

20    Explore Pamplona- 9 am Orientation to the Camino, Culture and history of Pamplona, Navarra, Basque Region; Explore Old Town-Casco Antiguo, Plaza del Castillo, Bull Run, Hemingway’s hangout-Café Iruna, Museo de Navarra, architecture of Cathedrals of Santa Maria, San Saturnino

21    WALK   Roncesvalles to Zubiri (13.5 miles)   8:30 am Shuttle to the medieval village of Roncesvalles-a revered starting point for pilgrims from the 12th century.  Spiritual Reflection/Discussion-walk the wooded pathway through charming Basque villages. Shuttle back to Pamplona.

22    WALK   Puente de la Reina to Estella (12 miles)  Shuttle to Puente de la Reina, passing the Alto de Perdon, to Puente de la Reina. Non-walkers may visit the 12th C. bridge and the Eunate Church-associated with the Knights Templar.

23    Shuttle to San Millan de la Cogolla to visit the World Heritage sites of the monasteries of Suso and Yuso-one of the  earliest known monastic communities and credited as the birthplace of the Spanish language.

24    Shuttle to Burgos with stop in Santo Domingo de la Calzada (2  nights in Burgos)

25    Explore Burgos-“Gothic capital of Spain”-the impressive Gothic cathedral and museum, tomb of El Cid, the Golden Stairs, the Plaza Mayor and Promenade.

26    Santo Domingo de Silos to León (1 night) Visit to the Benedictine monastery famous for Gregorian chant and the new Museum of Monasticism.

27    Explore Leon-the lovely 13th C. Gothic cathedral with some of the finest stained glass in Europe and architectural styles that range from Roman remains and the Romanesque basilica of St. Isodoro to the Gothic splendor of the cathedral, the Plateresque façade of San Marcos, to Gaudi’s neo-Gothic Casa Botines. Museo de San Isidoro with the Royal Pantheon. Shuttle with stops in Astorga-the Bishop’s Palace and museum, and the Iron Cross. Night in Ponferrada.

28    Visit Ponferrada-the magnificent 12th C. Templar castle, optional afternoon trip to Molinaseca. Night in Ponferrada.

29    WALK  Pieros to Villa Franca del Bierzo (5 miles) Visit the 12th C. Romanesque Church of Santiago with the Door of Forgiveness. Night in Villa Franca del Bierzo.

30    WALK Ambamestas to O Cebreiro (8 miles)   This beautiful wooded steep walk, takes us into Galicia and ends in the Celtic village of O Cebreiro. Visit the 9th C. Iglesia de Santa Maria, the oldest extant church associated with the Camino and the stone straw-covered palloza-a Celtic hut.

31   WALK Sarria to Portomarin (13.3 miles) or Lugo side trip for   non-walkers. Lugo has some of the best preserved Roman walls in Spain and plenty of charm, some refer to it as the “poor man’s Santiago”.

Sept.  1    Shuttle to Santiago with stops at Lavacolla and Monte del Gozo (2 nights in Santiago)

Sept. 2   Explore sights of Santiago-the cathedral with its Portico of Glory and museum, the various plazas and the Museum of Pilgrimages. Tour ends.

Basic price per person for those sleeping in private albergue type accommodation: Price per person: $2,500

Basic price per person for those sleeping in 3 star hotels/casas rurales, based on two people sharing a double/twin room:  Addtional $405, Price per person: $2,905

Including:

  • 14 nights’ accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Transport from Pamplona to Santiago, luggage transport and shuttles between all stages as required
  • All entries to Cathedrals, monuments etc

Mini-Camino de Santiago opportunity in Orange County! Saturday, Nov. 30

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Curious about my walk across Spain? Don’t know if you could walk 10-15 miles a day? Here’s a chance to check it out. Members of the Southern CA Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino walk from the Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano every few months.

I’ve walked with them several times and love the opportunity to chat with those who’ve walked before and ask questions and meet those who are in training and leaving soon. I won’t be able to go this time, but here’s the info-

We will have a 12-Mile Walk in the Orange County area on November 30th for those interested. The walk is not a difficult walk. However, it tends to be a full day event. There are two breaks during the walk. We end at the Cedar Creek Inn across from the Mission for more fun after the walk. The people who have walked the Camino, really seem to enjoy this walk, especially the late lunch! So get out your walking apparel and come join us for a fun and exciting day!

Please RSVP before November 25th! The walk is Limited!

The Starting Point: Arrival Time 8:00 to 8:15 AM
Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church
21682 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, 92630 949.951.8599

The Ending Point: Arrival Time 8:30 to 9 AM
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, 92675 949.234.1360

What to bring:
• Good walking shoes
• Backpack with food (to snack on) and plenty of water
• Poles or walking sticks if you need them
• Hat
• Sunscreen
• Money for Mission admission, snacks along the way, dinner, etc.
• Change of clothing if you desire
• Cell phone so we can stay in touch with everyone
• Camera
• GPS – if you have one
• Anything else that you need for your comfort and care

NOTE: There are facilities along the way for bathroom breaks and to buy food if needed.

We are excited about this event and look forward to having you join us. Please let us know at your earliest convenience: RSVP November 25th! This will assist us in our planning. Please call Anita for any questions re. the walk.

Buen Camino,

Marla Keesee Anita Baroldi
818.618.1329 949.212.3206
marla.keesee8@gmail.com av8rldy@mac.com

SoCalChapter@americanpilgrims.com

Camino Smart Phone Apps

It’s hard to believe, but in a relatively short time, the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has become popular enough to merit a high tech guide–apps for both the iPhone and Android.

With the need to pack as lightly as possible, the Smart Phone fills in for your camera, flashlight, alarm clock, map, calculator, dictionary, and now guidebook.                 Camino de Santiago Apps

 

Packing Light for the Camino-Only10 Pounds!

This list is from a Camino training provided by Anita Baroldi, who has walked 5 times in the last few years.

Don’t “carry your fears” in your backpack. Plan for the best case scenario and pack light. You can easily buy anything you need along the way.

Pack items in same category into small bags-REI Eagle Creek.

Bed & Bath

Bath towel-REI-Ultralite Mini Towel

Sleeping Bag/Cocoon Travel Sheet

Clothing-mostly synthetic for layering-it dries quickly

Travel dress for evening or sleeping-light weight fabric

2 tank tops (with built in bra) /2 light weight shirts-REI Hardwear

2 Shorts/capris/zipper pants

Socks-REI no seams-Seirus for cold and wet weather

3 pairs SmartWool anklets

Wind-breaker-Houdini It folds into a pocket.

Jacket-Patagonia

Footwear

Boots-Merrel   Many people don’t like the heaviness of boots and prefer TEVAs

Flip flops for shower

TEVA or Croc sandals

Gear

Backpack-Osprey Talon 22 liter, rain cover

Hat-bucket hat/waterproof baseball cap

Headlamp

Money belt or pouches-to carry cell phone, money, passport-Amphipod

Walking poles with cork handles, some like springs

Toiletries

Advil/Ibuprofen

Bedbug Spray

Concentrated soap

Earplugs

First aid kit-moleskin, toe gel caps, antibiotic ointment-pharmacies have   everything

Safety pins

Sunscreen

1 roll toilet paper-remove tube

Travel size shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brush

Vaseline in tube-some recommend rubbing into feet at start of day to prevent blisters

Other recommendations

Adaptor plug

Smart Phone-serves as your camera, address book, flashlight, calculator, alarm clock, dictionary, guide book. . .

SIM card-buy there for local calls

One-way ticket-not much extra cost and gives flexibility

Fly into Madrid/Barcelona/Paris

Travel Insurance

Why a Pilgrimage?

Pilgrims are poets who create by taking journeys.     

-Richard R. Niebuhr

An interesting list of motivations from Illuminated Journeys:

  • Some are seeking inspiration.
  • Some desire a new perspective, a change of mind.
  • Some are studying various spiritual paths.
  • Some are seeking ways to reverse the destruction of life on the planet.
  • Some are learning methods of meditation.
  • Some are deeply questioning their life’s purpose.
  • Some are committed to the idea and practice of pilgrimage.
  • Some are purifying their hearts, confusion giving way to clarity.
  • Some don’t know why they are making a pilgrimage, but are following
    theirfeelings and intuition.
  • Some want the time and setting to concentrate on a particular subject,
    or put into practice religious instructions they’ve already received.
  • Some want to be in harmony with the natural world.
  • Some want the exercise of walking on a mountain or through a pasture.
  • Some are curious or wish to observe.
  • Some need to get away from their routine.
  • Some are spiritual adventurers, or just like to be on the road.
  • Some want to calm their minds and find peace.
  • Some are singers and are looking for something to sing or write about.

 What are you longing for?

When Should I Go?

Here are some good suggestions from Pilipala Press, with different starting points, depending on how much time you have.

If you’re fit and healthy and don’t want to stay for more than one night in any of the places along the way, you can walk the Camino from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in about a month. Still, it’s a good idea to allow for extra time in case of unforeseen injuries or rest days.

If you have less time, or if you’re not used to walking long distances, consider starting somewhere closer to Santiago; you only need to walk the last 100km to Santiago to get a campostela. Cities such as Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Sarria are all popular places to start.

If you have one week …
… start at Sarria, 100km from Santiago
… if you’re doing the Camino in stages, walk from Pamplona to Estella.

If you have ten days …
… start at Ponferrada, 200km or so from Santiago
… start at Sarria, walk to Santiago, then continue on to Finisterre
… if you’re doing the camino in stages, walk from Pamplona to Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

If you have two weeks …
… start at Ponferrada (200km from Santiago), Astorga (250km from Santiago) or León (300km from Santiago)
… if you’re doing the Camino in stages, walk from Pamplona to Burgos.

If you have three weeks …
… start at Frómista or Carrión de los Condes (400km or so from Santiago) or León (300km from Santiago). If you’re fit, continue on to Finisterre
… walk from Pamplona to Logroñno (100km), take a break with a side trip to Bilbao, then rejoine the camino in Ponferrada and walk to Santiago or Finisterre.

If you have four weeks …
… if you’re very fit, walk from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago (776km)
… take it slower and stop to see more sights by walking from Pamplona to Santiago (700km) or Burgos to Santiago (500km) or Burgos to Finisterre (600km).

If you have six weeks …
… start at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, or somewhere closer to Santiago. Take your time, take side trips and immerse yourself in the Camino.

Go to Pilipala Press for more information.