0424 CAMINO DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA


Join Church of St. Mary's, Lake Forest on an unforgetable Pilgrimage THE WAY OF ST. JAMES - CAMINO DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Led by Fr. Mark Augustine & Deacon Bob Thomas PACKAGE PRICE: Package price per person, based on double room occupancy: $5,299 For single room supplement, add: $998 Prices are based on check payment. For major credit card payment add 3.20% PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES: - Roundtrip Chicago-ORD / Porto-OPO (Depart ORD April 29 scheduled at 4:20pm and back to ORD May 10 scheduled at 8:00pm - Ten nights stay in half board basis (dinner with drinks included: ½ water + ¼ wine) in 4-stars and 5-stars hotels (or sim-ilar); - Local city-tax of Porto (2 € per pax/night) – subject to legal changes; - Picnic style lunch boxes (from day 3 to day 9); - Minibus (or Pullman) with air-conditioned for the mentioned itinerary; - English-speaking guide for the mentioned itinerary; - Local guide for the tour in Santiago de Compostela (½ day tour); - Visit and Port wine tasting in a typical Port wine cellar; - Entrance fee at Santiago Cathedral (upon availability); - Porterage service (1 luggage piece per person); - Tolls and taxes. PACKAGE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: - Gratuities - Travel / Medical insurance. Please check: https://partner.roamright.com/?agencycode=amitravel&agentid=LChung - Items/ services not mentioned in the above
  • Day 1 April 29, Monday

    Today we depart Chicago O’Hare Airport on Lufthansa Air on our way to Porto, Portugal.

  • Day 2 April 30, Tuesday

    ARRIVAL TO PORTO Welcome to Portugal! We arrive at Porto Airport where we will be met by your guide for our private transfer to our hotel. We will have time to rest or explore this charming town. In the afternoon we will visit one of the many Port wine cellars of V. N. Gaia, on the bank of the River Douro. During the visit, we will learn about the production of the famous Port wine, the storage methods and all the secrets that make this nectar one of the most appreciated in the world. Orientation meeting and a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation in Porto.

  • Day 3 May 01, Wednesday

    PORTO | VIANA DO CASTELO | VIGO This morning we will discover Porto, the 2nd city in Portugal. Built on the right bank of the river Douro, Porto offers the contrasts of a city that is both ancient and modern. Our tour will include Porto’s highlights and the typical quarters, with its Baroque churches, the elegant metal bridges. We will walk through the picturesque Ribeira district, the historic heart of Porto (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Leaving Porto we will proceed north to Viana do Castelo, in the Minho region, an important commercial city and port at the mouth of the river Lima. Its old town abounds in palaces and old houses. From the top of Monte de Santa Luzia, we will stop at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over Viana do Castelo, the river Lima and the Atlantic Ocean. For many people this is one of the most beautiful views in the world. Time to leave Portugal, cross the river Minho and enter Galicia, Spain. Continue to Vigo, where we will begin our Way of St. James. Vigo is located in the southern most estuary of the Rías Baixas, famous for its Albariño white wine and delicious shellfish. Dinner and accommodation in Vigo.

  • Day 4 May 02, Thursday

    Walk VIGO to REDONDELA 15 km | 9.3 miles After breakfast, we officially start the Camino de Santiago de Compostela! We will follow the scallop shells along the Way to our final destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Today we will walk from Vigo to Redondela. This well marked route goes through the upper suburbs of Vigo opening to wonderful views west over the mythical “heavenly Isles” Cies said to have the most beautiful beaches in the world. Descend to the Barrio de O Berbes, an area well known for its wonderful restaurants and where we can sample Ostras de la Ria (oysters of the river). There are tranquil woodland paths all the way to the outskirts of Redondela were we enjoy a gentle descent to Redondela, a town located on the estuary of the Ria Vigo. If time allows in Redondela, visit the 15th century church of Santiago, a building very emblematic of the Camino with its statue of Santiago Matamoros (St James the Moor-slayer), the fine rose window circled with shells and other Santiago motifs. Two other notable features of the town are its 19th century railroad viaducts and its collection of hórreos, the typically Galician grain stores raised on stilts and built in granite and wood with a tiled roof. When the walk today is complete we will transfer back to Vigo where you will have time to explore this beautiful fishing town on the Atlantic. If you feel like exploring, walk through the charming historic quarter, Cidade Vela. Visit Cesteiros street full of artisan shops, the old town hall, the Colegiata, the city’s most important church and Calle de las Ostras (Oyster Street). Oysters are the gastronomic pearl of Vigo’s estuary. Dinner is on your own tonight. You can stay at the hotel and relax, or dine in one of the local restaurants. Accommodation in Vigo with dinner on your own.

  • Day 5 May 03, Friday

    Walk REDONDELA | PONTEVEDRA 20 km | 11.3 miles After breakfast we will be transferred back to Redondela where the Coastal Way meets the main Camino Portuguese. Our walk today takes us to Pontevedra, an important stop on the Way of Santiago. As we leave town we will walk through pleasant wood areas and fine views of the Vigo estuary. We will cross a beautiful bridge over the estuary to the village of Ponte Sampaio; the bridge was built in the Middle Ages in place of an original Roman structure—and in 1809 it was the scene of a historic battle against Napoleon’s army. Pontevedra has a long maritime and trading tradition, boasting one of the largest and most elegant historic quarters in Galicia. As we enter Pontevedra visit the beautiful scallop-shaped Church of the Pilgrim Virgin dating back to 1778 which preserves the image of the city's patron saint. The church is dedicated to the Virgin of the Way who, according to tradition, guided pilgrims from Baiona in the south-west of the province of Pontevedra to Santiago de Compostela. This is a great place to get a stamp on your Camino passport! Dinner and accommodation in Pontevedra.

  • Day 6 May 04, Saturday

    Walk PONTEVEDRA | SAN AMARO 10 km | 6.2 miles Today will be a more relaxed day, with “just” 10 km. Leave Pontevedra’s medieval center by the ancient bridge across the River Lérez for a series of gentle ascents through chestnuts and oaks to the pretty village of San Amaro. Upon arrival in San Amaro we will be driven back to our hotel in Pontevedra. Optional afternoon tour: Rias Baixas cruise with Alvarinho wine degustation. Dinner and accommodation in Pontevedra.

  • Day 7 May 05, Sunday

    Walk SAN AMARO | CALDAS DE REIS 12 km | 7.5 miles We will return to San Amaro to continue our Camino in the direction of Caldas de Reis. The walk takes us out of town and before we realize it, into the quiet forested countryside, along trails, wineries, and small country lanes all the way to Caldas de Reis. If we are lucky, you may find a furancho open - local wineries where homemade Alberiño and Mencia wines are sold (and served in traditional bowls) along with traditional dishes. They are allowed to be open for only 3 months a year between Dec 1 and June 30, so we should be able to find one open for a stop today! After crossing the bridge over the Areal River, our route leads us into Valbón amidst large stone houses. Three interesting stone crosses line the way, one of them near Amonisa House whilst another boasts a carving of St. James the Pilgrim looking north, towards Compostela, on its shaft. A third cross, the solitary Soutelo, completes the triad of these genuine sculptures created to mark crossroads. Further along the walk we can take a 500m detour to see Muiñada De Barosa, a beautiful natural enclave with waterfalls and a lovely restaurant. Our stage ends in Caldas de Reis, which roughly translates as the kings’ thermal waters, and like a king or queen we will feel when we dip your tired feet into the soothing natural thermal springs known for its thermal waters whose composition gives them healing properties. Perhaps we will have time to bathe our feet in the sulphur waters. Dinner and overnight in Vilagarcía de Arousa

  • Day 8 May 06, Monday

    Walk CALDAS DE REIS | PADRON 18 km | 11 miles After breakfast we will transfer back to Caldas de Reis to begin our journey to the historic town of Padrón (pedrón – Galician for big stone), which pays homage to the famous rock where the boat that contained the martyred Saint James was moored upon its arrival from Jerusalem. Or, in other words, this is where the Santiago story began and where we will literally be walking in the footsteps of the apostle! While is Padron be sure to visit the Santiaguino do Monte, known as the place where St. James preached the Gospel. The fountain is a place of cleansing, purification and forgiveness of sins. Popular tradition maintained the belief that the grotto in which the Apostle hid from his pursuers was located here, and where, after striking his staff three times he made water flow to quench the thirst of gentle woman. In the beautiful 10th century Padron Church of Santiago we can see the actual stone, the “Padron” which is on permanent display under the altar. We can also see a replica of the “Padron” stone on the opposite river back to the church. We are in the home of the famous fiery small green pepper that is fried in oil, sprinkled with sea salt and eaten in large quantities all over Spain. Be sure to try them! Dinner and overnight in the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela

  • Day 9 May 07, Tuesday

    Walk PADRON | TEO 12 km | 7.5 miles Our journey is almost complete! Santiago is approaching. Our walk today will take us by A Escravitude, a Marian shrine built in the early 18th century over a fountain, site of where a miracle took place in 1732. When we are in Teo we will see of the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia, Cruseiro do Franco. It is here we join the ancient pilgrim way, which still retains its original name rua de Francos. In the afternoon possibility to include the optional tour: Finisterra and Ézaro waterfall Dinner and accommodation on the outskirts of Santiago

  • Day 10 May 08, Wednesday

    Walk TEO | SANTIAGO 14 km | 8.5 miles And the last stage is here, we will reach Santiago de Compostela! We will have our first glimpse of Santiago Cathedral. After the final ascent to the city of Santiago de Compostela, we take our final steps toward the fabled cathedral down the narrow rua Franco linked with restaurants. We should pause at another of the little known gems of the Caminos and one of the most historic of all buildings in Santiago associated with St. James, Capela de Santiago. This is the tiny chapel where by tradition the cart caring the body of St. James came to rest and his body laid out awaiting its final burial. The discreet shell above the door adj.No.5 is easily bypassed. We have taken our weary body on the self-same road and now we are taking our last few steps toward the cathedral. Soon enough we will reach the Plaza del Obradoiro, where the Cathedral will present itself to us, majestic and beautiful. Stop here for a while and breath in this moment, do whatever feels right. The Pilgrim mass takes place daily at noon. By tradition the pilgrims from Portugal enter the cathedral by the south door used by the medieval pilgrim traveling the Camino Portuguese and remains the oldest doorway to the Cathedral dating back to the 11th century. While in the Cathedral proceed to the High Altar to ascend the stairs and hug the Apostle. Whatever your motivation and beliefs you have arrived here in one piece because, on some level, of the call of St. James. Now it is time to take your completed Credential, your passport, to the Pilgrim’s office where you will hand it over to receive your Compostela. The Compostela is always in latin and says: The Chapter of this Holy Apostolic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint James, custodian of the seal of Saint James' Altar, to all faithful and pilgrims who come from everywhere over the world as an act of devotion, under vow or promise to the Apostle's Tomb, our Patron and Protector of Spain, witnesses in the sight of all who read this document, that: …………………has visited devoutly this Sacred Church in a religious sense (pietatis causa). Witness whereof I hand this document over to him, authenticated by the seal of this Sacred Church Given in Santiago de Compostela on the (day)……(month)……A.D. ……… Chapter Secretary Dinner and accommodation in Santiago de Compostela (in the city).

  • Day 11 May 09, Thursday

    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA In the morning, explore with a local guide the historic center of Santiago, the city that is the final stage of the Way of Saint James. Its historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk-through Santiago small streets and corners of the old quarter will take us to the monumental Plaza del Obradoiro, surrounded by wonderful pieces of art in granite, the majestic Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture (visit, upon availability), since its foundation place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. Here you will be able to accomplish the tradition and embrace the Santiago apostle. Pilgrim’s mass is at 12:00 pm. Our afternoon is at leisure to explore this charming medieval old town on our own.

  • Day 12 May 10, Friday

    SANTIAGO | PORTO | HOME After an early breakfast we will have a private transfer to Porto airport for our Lufthansa flight to Chicago O’Hare airport arriving on the same day. * Itinerary is subject to change depending on traffic, weather, and other unforeseen circumstances.