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Walk Your Way: On the Camino de Santiago

Walk Your Way: On the Camino De Santiago
 Camino de Santiago   -  The Last 100km 

July 16-26, 2022

10 nights/11 days

6 days on Camino de Santiago Sarria to Santago

The current Holy Year of 2021 has been extended to the end of 2022, as granted by The Pope. This dispensation has been allowed in consideration of the effects of the global pandemic and the interruption of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It is imperative that booking your Pilgrimage for 2022 be ASAP and no later than December 31, 2021.

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Walk Your Way. How many steps does it take?  One step at a time. Vacation to SpainThe Camino de Santiago/The Way of St. James is a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds have traveled across for over a thousand years.

 In the middle ages, people just walked out their front doors and began heading west.

But this will be a guided journey through beautiful oak woodlands, fragrant eucalyptus forests and traditional Galician villages.

A reasonable level of fitness is required. Galicia is not flat and although calling it mountainous is a stretch, we will be walking up and down and down and up.

Although, there is no such thing as an “official” start of the Camino, most people hike the Camino Frances and begin in St. Jean Pied-de-Port or Roncesvalles and walk towards Santiago, a mere 500 miles away.

Camino SantiagoBut we will meet in Madrid before we make our way by train to begin our walk in Sarria.  Two full days in Madrid to rest, to sight see and overcome any jetlag. We will do it at a slow pace savoring our moments until we begin our 100km to Santiago.

We will walk the last 100km together and alone.  You will have your Compostela (passport) stamped and with each stamp you will feel empowered to take your next step towards Santiago. Trust us, it makes you glad to put one foot in front of the other!

We will immerse ourselves in the local food, culture and history dedicated to the experience of walking the Camino. There will be a professional camino guide and a support vehicle available if you need a break.  It is encouraged that you walk at your own pace. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONTACT BETWEEN YOU AND GUIDES.

Spanish ArchitectureThere will be beautiful paths through villages, quaint churches/chapels dedicated to St. James and secondary roads. This region of Spain is famous for its great seafood, its cheeses and its wines.

We will taste it all!

We will meet other pilgrims along the way.  Everyone has a story and every one walks for their own reasons.

The Camino is a gift.  Be kind to yourself.  Take care of YOU and accept the gift of a pilgrimage, a journey, and the camaraderie of other pilgrims you will meet along the way. Spanish Cuisine

We will receive a certificate of completion when we reach Santiago and there will be a guided tour of the Cathedral.

 We will also have the opportunity to reach “The End of the World” before departing for our next destination.

You may choose to extend your visit in Spain or savor the journey you have completed to return another time.

 Take care of YOU.

IMG_1027Take the time for you while you join other women on the Camino de Santiago.  This can be a time of reflection, a time for change or a time to share.

This can be a solo journey or a beautifully shared journey with a beloved daughter, sister, mother or great friend. There is wonderful and not so wonderful information about the Camino on the internet.

If you Google “Camino de Santiago” you will be reading the results for months and should do so at your own risk!  I encourage you to watch the movie, “The Way” starring Martin Sheen.  There is a great story in reference to the film that relates to our journey on The Way but to hear it, you need to join us! There are also several other great documentaries.

Day 1

Hola Madrid!

Downtown Madrid Welcome to Madrid! You will be met at the airport by a driver who will bring you into the fantastic hub of Puerto del Sol and the Opera District.

We will stay in an intimate 4 star boutique hotel located centrally to the best parts of Madrid. We will walk and then walk some more.

After check in, you can relax or continue exploring until we meet up for a Sangria welcome reception.  The evening festivities will include an authentic gourmet tapas tour... a culinary and cultural journey through both Madrid and Spain.

Day 2

Tapas, Vino and Flamenco

Seafood in SpainPut on your walking shoes! This morning we will begin the day with a customized walking and gourmet shop tour of Madrid, introducing you to the best parts of Madrid and the favorite hot spots of Madrilenos.

We will stroll the cobblestone streets of La Latina,
taking in the immense beauty of the architecture, all the while learning some Flamenco Dancerfascinating history and having fun with new friends amongst great plazas, cafes, restaurants and wine bars.

Madrid does not sleep and before we do, we will end the evening with the foot stomping of Flamenco.

 Day 3

A Palace and A Museum

Mardid BuildingToday we will visit the Palacio Real, the official residence of the King of Spain, Felipe VI, for a breathtaking and ostentatious display of wealth in a grand palace.

You will have an opportunity to stroll through the royal jardins and take in some fantastic views of this beautiful city.

You can spend the afternoon visiting the Prado Museum and take a stroll through Retiro Park.

We will later tour and dine at a fabulous, historic restaurant and reminisce about the finds of the day as we feast on a culinary delight.

Day 4

To Sarria By Train/Bus

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This morning we begin the journey of the Camino by taking a train to Sarria where we will meet our guides.

We will share dinner and receive an overview of expectations, a bit of history and enlightening stories of Caminos past.

 

Day 5

Buen Camino!

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Sarria to Portomarin:  Today we begin our journey. 22 km/13.7 miles of beautiful walking.

The walking today will be along country roads, marked paths and will be tree lined for good shade.  There will be opportunities to stop for water, coffee and a light lunch.

Once we reach Portomarin, you will settle into a local hotel and have the evening free. Don’t forget to stamp your Camino passport and put those feet up!

Day 6

Portomarin to Palas do Rei

Cattle Herder in Spain We will start early to complete 24k/13.7m of our Camino.  This is a day of up and down, down and up as we leave Portomarin to reach Monte San Antonio.

But the the rest of the day will be easy going through rolling countryside and on a dirt track alongside the main road.

We will spend the night in a beautiful rural casa, a small local hotel.

Day 7

Palas do Rei to Ribadiso

5-mins-out-of-the-cityWe are into day 3 and have become accustomed to the terrain but today will be an easier stroll after all of the up and down of yesterday.  25k/15.5m.

We will be traversing through forests. Rural, green and beautiful. Galicia is a part of celtic culture and you may think you have crossed over to Ireland but rest assured, even with all of your walking, you are still in Spain!

A land full of myths and legends! Our night will be spent in an old manor house within beautiful gardens.  Take the time to pamper yourself!

Day 8

Ribasdiso to Arca

IMG_0911Another beautiful day on the Camino!   22k/13.7m  We are getting closer to Santiago and if the skies are clear and you look close…. One foot in front of another.

The laughter, the friendships and your own sense of accomplishment will be profound.

Tonight will be in another beautiful village with accommodations in an old manor house within walled gardens. Take care of YOU.

Day 9

Arca to Santiago  

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Rejoice in the last 20k/12.4m. We are coming out of a valley and as we continue to walk, our path becomes more urban. As the vision of Santiago gets closer, so does “Monte de Gozo”, the Mountain of Joy.

Today is yours for reflection.

Everyone’s pilgrimage is different and as you complete it with your own feelings, thoughts and memories,  embrace what is yours.

Your life changing journey has just begun. Celebrate YOU.

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Day 10

Welcome to Santiago! St. Jame’s Day!

Today is spent in Santiago with a Tour ofimgres-1 The Cathedral/Pilgrim’s Mass. We will then journey to the End of the World, Finesterre.

This will be our last day together as we celebrate and say goodbye to new friends, new accomplishments and a new YOU.

Day 11

You will be transported to plane/train for your  departure.   Thank you for being a part of this incredible Holy Year journey!

Total Price :   $4695.00.

(Includes 10 nights single accommodations: Madrid boutique hotel, hotels along the Camino, breakfast each morning, some lunches, welcome dinner, local guides, all site entrance fees and tours as indicated, local transportation including train to Sarria, luggage transfer between Camino villages, arrival airport pickup.)

* Does not include airfare or transportation from Santiago to departure airport. If you are traveling with someone you’d like to share a room with, please let us know and we can evaluate a discount. 

EARLY RESERVATIONS are advised and a minimum deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation.  All reservations must be completed by December 31, 2021. This will be a highly booked Holy Year on the Camino.

Once you have booked your pilgrimage, you will receive a guidebook, tips for packing and recommendations for being prepared for a walk of a lifetime! Stamie Turner, the founder of Her Dream Vacation has walked twice on the Camino de Santiago. She will be your escort on this pilgrimage acting as a concierge for anything you will need.  You will also be accompanied by a professional Camino Guide.

Please call or email for any further information. This tour must be booked via email:  info@herdreamvacation.com.

You will be sent a reservation form and be invoiced for your deposit. Buen Camino!