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.

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

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.)

  • 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

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?