Private group Tour:
St. PAUL’s Episcopal Church walks the Camino
JunE 1 - 10 2024
The French Way, Galicia
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church walks the Camino de Santiago
June 1 – 10, 2024
We are to embark on the Camino de Santiago. Christian pilgrims in the Middle Ages walked this spectacular path to be inspired spiritually for centuries. There are three historic Christian pilgrimage sites in the world: Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela. Santiago became a destination point for pilgrims because since the 12th century, the cathedral was said to house the remains of St. James. We are about to follow in the footsteps of these pilgrims.
There are many routes to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular being the Camino francés, the French Way, which originates in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. This pilgrimage takes us through different landscapes and places on our journey. We start in Madrid and finish in Santiago de Compostela with five walking days covering the 73 miles of the French Way with the opportunity to walk as much or as little of the way as you would like.
♥ Welcome dinner hosted by Bishop Carlos López Lozano, Bishop of the Spanish Episcopal Church.
♥ Guided tour with an art historian to see collection highlights of the Prado Museum
♥ Visit to the Catedral del Redentor, where guests receive the Pilgrim’s blessing, their Passport, and the Concha Shell blessed by Bishop Carlos López Lozano.
♥ A private guided visit followed by dinner at Botin, the world’s oldest restaurant.
♥ Flamenco show
♥ Private tour of guided walk along the famous city walls of the medieval town of Ávila, its Cathedral & Monastery of Incarnation to see the drawing of the crucifix by St John of the Cross.
♥ Lunch at the converted 16th century Palace in Ávila.
♥ Pilgrim’s mass for our group in a small chapel followed by an aperitivo style dinner & music with an opera singer singing the Pilgrim’s hymn & music related to the Galician culture.
♥ Privately guided visit of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, its museum and a walk through Santiago.
♥ Farewell reception in the Parador de Santiago, the oldest hotel in Spain, built by the Catholic Monarchs as a hospital to cure and save the lives of pilgrims as they arrived in need of medical attention at the end of their long and arduous pilgrimage.
MEET YOUR HOST
JOANNA WIVELL Originally from Yorkshire, UK, Joanna Wivell has always felt a natural attraction to Spain. She lived in Madrid for 19 years, where she first worked in television for the lifestyle channel, Canal Estilo, and then the National Geographic Channel. For the last 16 years, she has been showing visitors Spain with a personal, insider’s view through her company’s Insider’s Travel. Joanna has enjoyed walking on her travels through South America and in Europe. She has a love for flamenco dancing, languages and connecting visitors to Spain.