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
- 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
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
• 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
• 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.
Marla Keesee Anita Baroldi
The annual meeting of the American Pilgrims on the Camino will take place in Santa Barbara, California, March 14-17. This year’s theme is The Hidden Life of the Camino, to celebrate those things unseen or unnoticed along the Trail.
The deadline for registration is March 1.
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
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.
Boots-Merrel Many people don’t like the heaviness of boots and prefer TEVAs
Flip flops for shower
TEVA or Croc sandals
Backpack-Osprey Talon 22 liter, rain cover
Hat-bucket hat/waterproof baseball cap
Money belt or pouches-to carry cell phone, money, passport-Amphipod
Walking poles with cork handles, some like springs
First aid kit-moleskin, toe gel caps, antibiotic ointment-pharmacies have everything
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
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
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.
I’m looking forward to being able to share The Way with friends who missed in in theaters last fall, very soon. It will be released on DVD on Feb. 21. It is available now on Direct TV.
For people who have dreamed about walking the Camino, the film is the next best thing, not only because of its glorious Pyrenees and Spanish Basque country setting, but because it dramatizes the emotional and spiritual journey pilgrims inevitably take, regardless of religious affiliation.
“every trip taken with an open heart can be a pilgrimage.”