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  • Departure Date:

    April 24, 2018

  • Countries:

    Spain

Pilgrimage Highlights

Madrid

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. It is the third largest city in the European Union after...

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. It is the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Madrid is best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, a good example of which is the El Prado museum. Madrid also boasts some of the liveliest nightlife in the world.

The culture of Madrid was dominated by its Royal history, center of the Spanish Empire. The Royal Palace, big places and buildings used by the Spanish Monarch, enormous cathedrals and churches are plentiful in Madrid, as well as medieval architecture, although nowadays Madrid is just as much a cosmopolitan city as Berlin or London full of new architecture, lifestyle and culture.

Portomarin

Portomarin is a municipality in the Spanish province of Lugo. It is part of the El Camino Route. The town...

Portomarin is a municipality in the Spanish province of Lugo. It is part of the El Camino Route.

The town of Portomarin was constructed and built next to a Roman bridge over the Minho River and rebuilt in the Middle Ages. In the 1960s the Minho River was dammed to create the Belesar reservoir putting the old village of Portomarin under water. The most historic buildings of the town were moved brick by brick and reconstructed in the new town, including its castle-style main church, the Church of San Juan of Portomarin. In seasons when the dam is at low level, the remains of ancient buildings, the waterfront and the old bridge are still visible.

Palas de Rei

Located in Lugo, Palas de Rei is a small town that lies a few kilometres from the capital city of...

Located in Lugo, Palas de Rei is a small town that lies a few kilometres from the capital city of Lugo.  The town is named after an alleged royal palace built nearby.

Palas de Rei has all the local facilities required for modern living with a number of shops and enough bars and cafes.  The high point of Palas de Rei is a large and partially canopied square from which much of the town radiates. Palas de Rei is a stop en route to the Buen Camino Walk.

A famous landmark in Palas de Rei, Galicia, Spain is the Church of San Tirso. Most of San Tirso is modern, although the entrance is 12th century Romanesque, the only remaining vestige of its historical past.

Ulloa, the Church of Vilar de Donas

In the region of A Ulloa, the Church of Vilar de Donas is found. It is placed near the Way...

In the region of A Ulloa, the Church of Vilar de Donas is found. It is placed near the Way of St. James in the proximity of Palas de Rei (Lugo-Galicia province)

The Church of Vilar de Donas is one of the most typical examples of Romanesque architecture in Galicia around which some of the Knights of the Order of Santiago are buried. They were in charge of guarding the Way (to St. James).  In fact, the temple was out of the Compostelan Way to have the distance and protection required for its function.

The church is an example of Latin cross Romanesque, with three apses vaulted and crosses with vaulted ceiling. Inside, we find several sepulchre of important knights of the Order of Santiago, and some gothic frescoes well preserved.

The Church of Vilar de Donas was declared a National Monument in 1931.

Aruza

Aruza is a municipality in the autonomous community of Galicia in the province of A Coruna in northwestern Spain. Surrounded...

Aruza is a municipality in the autonomous community of Galicia in the province of A Coruna in northwestern Spain.

Surrounded by beautiful scenery, we see the beautiful 14th century, Gothic chapel of “La Magdalena” in Aruza. The little town is also famous for its Galician cheese factories.

Lavacolla

It was in a tiny river at Lavacolla that pilgrims in the Middle Ages bathed before walking the final stretch...

It was in a tiny river at Lavacolla that pilgrims in the Middle Ages bathed before walking the final stretch to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral to purify themselves before entry into Santiago.  The tradition continues and if a pilgrim wishes,  he/she may wash at the same river where former pilgrims used to.

Monte do Gozo

Monte do Gozo (Hilly of Joy) is a hill in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. It is known for being...

Monte do Gozo (Hilly of Joy) is a hill in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. It is known for being the place where Christian pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) get their first views of the three spires of their destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

At 370 meters (1,210 feet), it is the pilgrims’ last hill and last stop before reaching the cathedral, with about an hour’s walk still to go, and by tradition is where they cry out in rapture at finally seeing the end of their path.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin...

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain.

The city has its origin in the shrine of St. James the Great, now the city’s cathedral, as the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century. The city’s Old Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

The cathedral borders the main plaza of the old and the well preserved city. Legend has it that the remains of the apostle James were brought to Galicia for burial. In 813, according to medieval legend, the light of a bright star guided a shepherd who was watching his flock at night to the burial site in Santiago de Compostela. To honor St. James, the cathedral was built on the spot where his remains were said to have been found.

Inclusions

  • Private Van Support and Luggage Transfer
  • 7 Nights twin room accommodation in a carefully selected en suite in a typical Galician rural Manor
  • Meals:  Breakfast,  Dinner, drinks and snacks; Welcome Lunch
  • English speaking guide assistance
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Information program and route map
  • Pilgrim’s kit
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (censer swing) at the Pilgrim’s mass in the Cathedral
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Transfer from Madrid
  • Compostela Certificate

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About Your Pilgrimage

Departure Dates:
2017: SEP25-OCT 02; OCT 21-28
2018: APR24-MAY1; MAY 8-15, MAY 22-29; JUN6-13; JUN19-26; AUG28-SEP4; SEP11-18; SEP15-22; SEP25-OCT2; OCT8-15

El Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James is a spiritual journey that people from all walks of life have traversed for over a thousand years. Our route covers 111 km (68 miles) that crosses through the picturesque northern Spanish countryside and ends at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the apostle St. James lie.

Pilgrims take the Camino walk for a variety of reasons. Some seek penance, healing, or enlightenment and still others go to fulfil a longing for a unique spiritual journey. For whatever reason it may be, spiritual, cultural, or otherwise, the Camino walk is an unforgettable adventure that sets the perfect ambience for reflection as pilgrims follow the path in between villages, mountains and fertile valleys that have molded the lives of millions of pilgrims before them.

The Buen Camino pilgrimage begins in Madrid where you will take a private ride that will bring you to Sarria, from where you will begin our Camino. You will walk through charming villages such as Barbadelo, Ferreiros and finally Portomarin, an ancient village that lies near an artificial lake with its medieval bridge. Here, you will see the legendary 100 km marker. Tread onwards to the scenic villages of Palas de Rei, Arzua, Salcedo and Lavacolla where you will have a purification ritual needed to arrive in Santiago as was customary in ancient times. Continue the walk to your final destination, the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to attend the pilgrim’s mass and a delicious dinner to celebrate your completion of the Buen Camino!

Take the special 8D/7N Buen Camino pilgrimage and reflect, rethink, and remember what is really important in life. There is no better setting than the paths through the idyllic hills of northern Spain that St. James himself walked.

Things We Love

  • Have a Compostela as a lifelong memento of your achievement! A compostela is a certificate of completion of the pilgrimage.
  • Attend the Pilgrim’s Mass at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. A perfect ending to give thanks to God for the experience and insights gained while on pilgrimage. Don’t miss the legendary centuries-old BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (censer swing)
  • Bond with fellow pilgrims also taking the Buen Camino who may later on become lifelong friends.
  • The slow paced travel is a welcome respite which gives ample time to reflect and appreciate the scenic landscape and cultural highlights from up close.
  • Make sure to enjoy some of Arzua’s delicious cheese, a one of a kind Galician delight!

Things To Do

  • STAMP

    Pilgrims carry a credencial (pilgrim’s passport) that is stamped with the official St. James stamp of each town at which the pilgrim has stayed.

  • CARRY

    Carry a scallop shell during the Buen Camino pilgrimage in honor of St. James. The scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, Spain has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago.

  • BOTAFUMEIRO

    Take part in a Botafumeiro ritual (censar swing) during the pilgrim’s mass at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

  • HUG

    Hug the giant statue of St. James when you reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

  • OFFER

    Place a stone at the base of the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross), a monument where a stone is laid by pilgrims before they begin the Camino walk.

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Spiritually focused journeys
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Visa Requirements

  • Passport with six (6) months validity from date of departure
  • Visa Application Form
  • Two (2) pcs. passport-size pictures
  • Original and Photocopy of Latest Income Tax Return
  • Original Bank Certificate (both Pesos and/or U.S.Dollars) for each embassy
  • Original and Photocopy of Business Registration (if in business)
  • Original Employment Certificate (if employed
  • Photocopy of International Credit Cards (if available)
  • Travel Insurance with minimum coverarage of Php2.5 Million
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (signed and notarized by sponsor if financially incapable)
  • If married, copy of Authenticated Marriage Contract
  • Copy of hotel voucher and itinerary (to be supplied by ERI)
  • Personal appearance by the applicant
  • Processing Time: 15 – 30 days
  • VISA FEE: Php 7,000.00 (Subject to change without prior notice).

NOTE: All visa applicants are required to fill-out completely the visa application form prior to the scheduling of their appointments in order to avoid unnecessary delay and additional telephone expenses.

Booking Conditions

1) A non-refundable US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile plus the visa fee.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than thirty (30) days before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 45 days before departure date – US$ 500.00
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 20 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.

Terms and Conditions

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Philippine Travel Tax of PHP 1,620.00, airport tax of Php 550s, visa fees and documentation expenses, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation (30 kgs.), drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

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