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El Camino - The Way of St. James

A Walking Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Rogelio Gonzalez

Group Leader: Cora Reyes

June 20 - 30, 2021

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Valladolid · Foncebadon · Iron Cross · O' Cebreiro · Sarria · Portomarin · Palas de Rei · Melide · Arzua · Amenal · Arca de O Pino · Monte del Gozo · Santiago de Compostela

The El Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James is the most famous, and sacred, pilgrimage walk in the world! Millions of people walked these ancient paths for over 1000 years, and many more dream about it! 206 Tours makes it possible for anyone who wishes to experience this incredible journey knowing that accommodations, all meals, luggage handling, transfers, guiding is taken care of!

With every step you take, and every town you pace through, you are drawn closer to St. James. Those moments of quiet, and the moments of interactions with someone new, draws you closer to Him. Relax knowing the person you are, and the questions you have now, will be completely different by the time you arrive in Santiago and perhaps, that was the answer you were looking for.

Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

What to Know Before You Go on the El Camino Pilgrimage

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Fr. Rogelio Gonzalez


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Cora Reyes


This is such a magnificent pilgrimage, that it is a subject of the 2010 movie directed by Emilio Estevez and starring his father Martin Sheen called 'The Way'. This is a very interesting movie that encompasses elements of the pilgrimage that 206 Tours offers - called: The Way of St James (El Camino).


DATES & PRICES
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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodation at centrally located Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 1 night: June 21 - 22: AC Palacio de Santa Ana, Valladolid
      ~ 2 nights: June 22 - 24: A Painza, Arzua
      ~ 4 night: June 24 - 28: Hotel Pazo Brandeso, Arzua
      ~ 2 night: June 28 - 30: Hotel AC Palacio del Carmen, Santiago de Compostela
  • Transfers as per Itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • 7 Lunches
  • Bottled water, energy bars and fruit snacks along the way
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Vehicle to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete any leg of the tour
  • Tour Escort throughout (Javi is confirmed)
  • Assistance of professional local Catholic guide(s) in Valladolid and Santiago de Compostela
  • Sightseeing and admission fees as per Itinerary
  • El Camino de Santiago daily maps
  • Mass Daily and Spiritual activities
  • Whispers for visit in Cathedral in Santiago
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
AC Palacio de Santa Ana
Valladolid

1 Night
hotel
A Painza
Arzua

2 Nights
hotel
Hotel Pazo Brandeso
Arzua

4 Nights
hotel
Hotel AC Palacio del Carmen
Santiago de Compostela

2 Nights

El Camino Accommodations:
Please be advised that we book you in the best available accommodations that are along the Camino trail. There are a limited number of places to stay along the Camino trail, without having to walk extra miles away from the Trail, and then back to the Trail to continue walking the route. These places range in Star Rating - simply because luxury hotels just do not exist.

Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

What to Know Before You Go on the El Camino Pilgrimage

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- How much refund will I get - 100% of your trip cost (others are giving only 50 - 75%)

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How Does “Cancel for Any Reason” Coverage Work? - To get “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage you’ll have to purchase a base travel insurance plan www.206tours.com/insurance/insurance and add “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) coverage within 14 days (2 weeks) of your first tour confirmation otherwise premium maybe higher or you will not be able to purchase it. Excluded are these 3 states -New York, Missouri and Minnesota -you do not have to purchase basic/ regular travel insurance (which we highly recommend).

You will be able to get all your money back, if you cancel your trip for any reason that’s not already (a reason) covered by your policy, example if you are sick, or a member of your family is sick, you will make a claim through the regular travel insurance, who will refund you.

Itinerary

Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

*Important Notice:

This itinerary involves an average of 13 - 20 miles daily of walking/hiking. It is essential that participants be in fit condition in order to complete the journey. We will have assistance vehicles (motor coach) available to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete a particular leg of the journey.

Day 1, Sun, Jun 20: Depart USA for Madrid

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your first leg of flights to Madrid, Spain. Your meals will be served on board an overnight transatlantic flight.

Day 2, Mon, Jun 21: Arrive Madrid - Valladolid

Upon arrival in Madrid, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by your driver. Transfer to Valladolid. Valladolid is known for medieval religious sites. You will enjoy the half day tour of beautiful Valladolid upon arrival. This will include a visit to the visit to Museo Oriental (inside the Convento delos Agustinos Filipinos) - considered the best Oriental Art Museum in Spain (focus on Philippines, Japan, and China). In the evening, enjoy a nice meal before having a restful overnight in Valladolid before your walking tour begins!

Day 3, Tue, Jun 22: Valladolid - Foncebadon - Iron Cross - O Ce-brerio - Arzua
(Walking Day: 2.8 miles | 4.5 kilometers | 6,500 steps)

This morning, you will enjoy breakfast and then drive North by coach. On the way towards Arzua, you will first stop in Foncebadon. It is from here that you will walk a first section of the Camino. In the eleventh century, this village was a common resting place for pilgrims on El Camino due to its hospitals, hospice, and church. Currently, the structures that have served so many are now in ruins. From Foncebadon, you will walk to the "Iron Cross". This Cross is a common pausing place for pilgrims as they are invited to leave a stone at the foot of the cross to symbolize a sin or burden that they are leaving behind. Your walk will continue up to Manjarin where you will board again the coach to reach the restaurant for a restoring meal. Lunch is included today. Your travelling continues by coach towards the village nestled in the mountains, O Cebreiro. Many pilgrims pause at this site due to the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the year 1300. Additionally, be sure to have your cameras ready as this village is suspended 4,200 feet in the air and provides a breathtaking panoramic view, if the weather permits. Your first day on the Camino culminates with a delicious meal and an overnight in Arzua.

Day 4, Wed, Jun 23: Arzua - Sarria - Portomarin - Arzua
(Walking Day: 14.3 miles | 23 kilometers | 35,000 steps)

Today is the day that your walking pilgrimage (El Camino) to Santiago de Compostela officially begins! With the guidance of Our Lord, and through the spirit of St. James the apostle, you will become an authentic pilgrim by journeying along the physical road, as well as the spiritual one. This morning you will be transferred from Arzua to Sarria. Sarria is in the northwest of Spain and is noted for being the entry point to the oriental side of the region, Galicia. Your first official day of walking includes check points in: Leiman (5mi, 8.2km), Ferreiros with a Lunch (3.2mi, 4.9km), Mercadoiro (2.3mi, 3.2km), and culminates in Portomarin. This town dates to the Roman Ages and was an important halt along the route in the Middle Ages. Due to the creation of a dam in 1962, the Old Portomarin is currently underneath the Mino River. As a result of the dam creation, many of the old buildings were moved, brick by brick. Among these buildings is the Church of St. John of Jerusalem. In Medieval Times, this church was strategically set along the route of El Camino in order to protect the tomb of Santiago. Return to Arzua for dinner followed by an overnight.

Day 5, Thu, Jun 24: Arzua - Portomarin - Palas de Rei - Arzua
(Walking Day: 16 miles | 25 kilometers | 37,500 steps)

This morning, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer from Arzua to Portomarin, where you will journey through the woods to Palas de Rei. This was a noteworthy town in the Middle Ages, as it contained a Royal Hospital and the church of St. Tirso. As the rugged walk continues, you will continue through fields, forests, and granaries. Your check points today will be: Gonzar (5mi, 8km), Ventas de Naron for Lunch (3.3mi, 5.3km), Portos (3.8mi, 6.2km), and finally Palas de Rei after (3.9mi, 5.5km). Additionally, you will see a prominent characteristic of Galician Landscape, Los Cruceiros. These wayside crosses depict Christ and the Virgin Mary. Dinner and enjoy a restful overnight in Arzua.

Day 6, Fri, Jun 25: Arzua - Palas de Rei - Melide - Arzua
(Walking Day: 9.2 miles | 14.8 kilometers | 21,000 steps)

Breakfast will be served at your hotel and you will be transferred from Arzua to Palas de Rei. Your pilgrimage continues as you will travel from Palas de Rei to Melide. Your first check point today will be in Campanilla (5mi, 8km). Right before Melide, you will cross river Furelos and the little village with the same name. If open, don't miss the 1300 church of Saint John where you can find a very peculiar representation of Christ on the Cross. Melide (4.2mi, 6.8km), where Lunch is going to be, is a crucial point of El Camino because it is where the French and Oviedo routes converge. Upon arrival in Melide, you will notice the old roads that date back to the fourteenth century, which are some of the oldest in the region of Galicia. From Melide, you will be transferred to your hotel in Arzua where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight.

Day 7, Sat, Jun 26: Arzua - Melide - Arzua
(Walking Day: 9 miles | 14.4 kilometers| 18,000 steps)

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Melide, where you will start your daily walk. Today's check points will be in Castaneda (5mi, 7.9 km), then Ribadiso (1.9 mi, 3.1 km), before arriving to Arzua (2.1mi, 3.2km) and have a well-deserved Lunch. You will have some free time to rest this afternoon before dinner and overnight in Arzua.

Day 8, Sun, Jun 27: Arzua - Amenal - Arzua
(Walking Day: 14.2 miles | 22.8 kilometers | 33,000 steps)

Your journey is almost over! On today's route, you will immerse yourselves in the fragrant eucalyptus groves and experience the breathtaking scenery. Your checkpoints today will be in Calzada (3.6mi, 5.8 km), Salceda where you will enjoy lunch (3.3mi, 5.3km), A Rua (4.3mi, 6.8km), and finally you will arrive in Amenal (3 mi, 4.9km). As you explore this village, you will notice joy etched on the faces of the pilgrims. Although they have traveled a long distance, they are not weary. With God and St. James guiding their paths, excitement and anticipation continues for their arrival in Santiago. From Amenal, you will be transferred by coach to Arzua to enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 9, Mon, Jun 28: Arzua - Amenal - Monte do Gozo - Santiago de Compostela
(Walking Day: 10.6 miles | 17 kilometers | 25,000 steps)

Today, you will culminate the walking portion of your journey! After being transferred by coach back to Amenal, you will start your final day of walk and your first check point will be in Lavacolla (3.6 mi, 5.8km). Next you will stop for Mass on Mount Joy (Monte do Gozo, 3.7mi, 6km). You will know that you are approaching Santiago because, at this point, you will be able to see the spires of the Cathedral. Following lunch, you will complete your walking journey and arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (3.3mi, 5.2km). Upon arrival, you will enter the Cathedral. Tradition suggests to hug the dazzling statue of St. James. Following this intimate embrace, you will descend into the crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims' relics are kept. Feel free to say a prayer in thanksgiving to Our Lord and St. James for keeping you safe throughout the walking pilgrimage. At this time, you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore Galicia's capital, Santiago. This evening you will enjoy a marvelous dinner, followed by a very restful over-night in Santiago de Compostela. Note: Group will attend the 7pm Pilgrim's Mass in the Church of Santa Maria Salome in Compostela if the Cathedral's ongoing restoration/construction has not yet completed.

Day 10, Tue, Jun 29: Santiago de Compostela

This morning you will awaken in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela! Formed by Galician granite, the Cathedral is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe as it encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, the Cathedral contains numerous and valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. some stops on your tour include the Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, and much more. Your evening will be free to spend at your leisure until a final dinner with your group. You will spend a final overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 11, Wed, Jun 30: Return Home

Your last day in Spain will begin with boxed breakfast and early transfer to Madrid Airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say 'hasta luego' (see you later) to your new friends made on this journey.


Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

*Important Notice:

This itinerary involves an average of 13 - 20 miles daily of walking/hiking. It is essential that participants be in fit condition in order to complete the journey. We will have assistance vehicles (motor coach) available to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete a particular leg of the journey.


What to Know Before You Go on the El Camino Pilgrimage



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  • Your transfers are always secured, even if your flights are delayed - round trip transfers to/from the hotel and airport are included no matter what!
  • If you purchase your airline ticket on your own, you have to pay in full at the time of booking, and most of the time it is non-refundable. If you book with 206 Tours, full payment is due 60 days prior.
  • In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
  • Your flight arrangement will be followed up on and reconfirmed by 206 Tours.
  • 206 Tours can arrange for you to travel before the tour, make a stop-over, or stay later!

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2021 Dates & Prices

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*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $699.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)


Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $699.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

  • Valladolid
  • Foncebadon
  • Iron Cross
  • O Cebreiro
  • Sarria
  • Portomarin
  • Palas de Rei
  • Arzua
  • Arca do Pino
  • Monte do Gozo
  • Santiago de Compostela

This piligrimage is good for your body and soul!

The History of El Camino:

The Way of St. James or St. James' Way, often known by its Spanish name, el Camino de Santiago, is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north- western Spain, where legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried. The Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Melissatian pilgrimages during medieval times. It was considered one of three pilgrimages on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; the others are the Via Fran- cigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where they were buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. There are some, however, who claim that the bodily remains at Santiago belong to Priscillian, the fourth-century Galician leader of an ascetic Melissatian sect, Priscillianism, who was one of the first Melissatian heretics to be executed. There is not a single route; the Way can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. However a few of the routes are considered main ones. Santiago is such an important pilgrimage destination because it is considered the burial site of the apostle, James the Great. The Black Plague, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe resulted in a decline of visitors. By the 1980s, only a few pilgrims arrived in Santiago annually. However, since then, the route has attracted a grow- ing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe. The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987; it was also named one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 1993. Today tens of thousands of Melissatian pilgrims and other travelers set out each year from their front doorstep, or popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey (for example, the British author and humorist Tim Moore).

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