Compostela Classical Way – Walking with your God

Walk the classic Camino de Compostela from August 25 to September 17, 2024 (24 days / 22 nights)

Experience a spiritual walking experience in a small group, accompanied by Mrilyne Arpin, on the classic route to Compostela in autumn 2024!
THIS JOURNEY IS GUIDED IN FRENCH

3,999.00$4,294.00$

Type : Aux sources de la foi
badge Programme officiel certifié
Profil : Détente et ressourcement

RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION

Profils : Marche spirituelle

SPIRITUAL WALK

Profil : Marche difficile

HARD

Description

Spiritours offers you the opportunity to experience a spiritual walk along the historic path of the Camino Santiago de Compostela. Experience physical, mental and spiritual endurance in the traditional way: sleep in a pilgrim’s hut, walk with your backpack (on average 20 km per day). A great classic to be enjoyed at least once in your life!

Highlights

  • Walking in silence, contemplating magnificent landscapes
  • Dinners and group sharing in a convivial atmosphere
  • Obtain the Compostela (pilgrim’s certificate) at the end of your stay.

Plus

  • Experienced, Spanish-speaking guide from Quebec
  • Simple, clean accommodation booked for an authentic experience with no unpleasant surprises
  • Walk at your own pace
  • Marilyne Arpin

    Marilyne Arpin

    At the age of 20, it was with an open plane ticket to Europe that the very first Path for Marilyne was registered. With a thirst for self-discovery, the Camino has transformed her for years to come.From 2008 to 2012, she accompanied groups of pilgrims 7 times to transmit the essence of the Way. “Isolated from all the distractions of daily life, Compostela allows us to reconnect with ourselves and empty ourselves from the hustle and bustle of life by allowing us to fill ourselves with the silence that the Way offers.”After completing her studies in social work, Marilyne continued her backpacking trips where hiking continued to be at the heart of her destinations. Feeling again the call of the apostle James, it is with enthusiasm that she wishes to accompany pilgrims in order to lead them in this journey to the meeting of their Being. Ultreïa!! (always higher, always further!)

  • DAY 1 ǀ SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2024 | DEPARTURE FROM MONTREAL

    Departure from Montreal at P.E. Trudeau airport. Flight to Madrid. Dinner and overnight on board.

  • DAY 2 ǀ MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2024 | MADRID

    Breakfast on board. On arrival, transfer by cab to your hotel. Settle in and enjoy a free tour of Madrid. In the evening, group meeting to introduce yourselves, your projects and your objectives. This is followed by an overview of the pilgrimage. Dinner and overnight stay.

  • DAY 3 ǀ TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2024 | MADRID – BURGOS

    After breakfast, you’ll take a train to Burgos (4 hours). If you wish, you can attend the mass to bless the pilgrims. City tour, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 4 ǀ WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2024 | BURGOS – HORNILLOS DEL CAMINO (19.1 KM)

    After breakfast, walk to Hornillos Del Camino. Check-in and overnight in a pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 5 ǀ THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2024 | HORNILLOS DEL CAMINO-CASTROJERIZ (19.7KM)

    Walk. You’ll be greeted in Castrojeriz by the ruins of the San Anton convent, and if you have time, you can also visit those of Castrojeriz castle. Check-in and overnight stay in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 6 ǀ FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2024 | CASTROJERIZ – BOADILLA DEL CAMINO (18 KM)

    Walk – Installation and overnight stay in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 7 ǀ SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2024 | BOADILLA DEL CAMINO – FROMISTA – LÉON (5.9 KM)

    Walk to Fromista, where you’ll take the train to Leon (via Palencia). Visit the city of Léon, where you’ll discover its Cathedral, which boasts Europe’s most important glassworks after Chartres. You’ll also see the Roman wall. Settle into a pilgrims’ hut, dinner and overnight stay.

  • DAY 8 ǀ SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2024 | LÉON – PONFERRADA

    Transfer by bus from Léon to Ponferrada, installation and overnight stay in a pilgrim’s hut.

  • DAY 9 ǀ MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2024 | PONFERRADA – VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO (24.7KM)

    Walk. You’ll complete the 1ʳᵉ week of physical adaptation and begin the second, more mental stage. Settle in and spend the night in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 10 ǀ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2024 | VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO – VEGA DE VALCARCE (16 KM)

    Walk. Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 11 ǀ WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2024 | VEGA DE VALCARCE – EL CEBREIRO (12 KM)

    Walk to El Cebreiro, 1300m above sea level. Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ refuge.

  • DAY 12 ǀ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2024 | EL CEBREIRO – TRIACASTELA (21.1 KM)

    Walk. Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 13 ǀ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2024 | TRIACASTELA- SARRIA (18.5 KM)

    Hike – Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 14 ǀ SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2024 | SARRIA

    Rest day marking the end of the mental stage. Starting tomorrow, you’ll begin the more spiritual stage. Overnight stay.

  • DAY 15 ǀ SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2024 | SARRIA – PORTOMARIN (22.6 KM)

    Walk to Portomarin, a town that was frequently flooded, and has been rebuilt stone by stone a little further on. Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 16 ǀ MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2024 | PORTOMARIN – PALAS DEL REI (25.1 KM)

    Walk. Bravo!!!!! You reach the 100km mark. Settle in and spend the night in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 17 ǀ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2024 | PALAS DEL REI – MELIDE (15 KM)

    Walk. Arrival in Mélide, where we suggest you try the local specialty, pulpa. Settle in and spend the night in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 18 ǀ WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2024 | MELIDE – ARZÙA (15 KM)

    Walk. Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ hut.

  • DAY 19 ǀ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2024 | ARZÙA – ARCA (19 KM)

    Walk. Check-in and overnight in a private pilgrims’ refuge.

  • DAY 20 ǀ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2024 | ARCA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (19 KM)

    Walk. Your guide will suggest a pre-dusk departure. You’ll have the experience of walking with your headlamp and seeing nature awaken. Bonus: this will allow you to arrive in Santiago for dinner. Visit to the pilgrims’ welcome office, where you’ll receive your Compostela. Free tour of the city, with its palaces, churches and old houses. Overnight in a hotel.

  • DAY 21 ǀ SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2024 | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – FINISTERRE

    After breakfast, free day. The group is split into 2, with one group having the morning free in Santiago, while the other leaves by minivan to discover Finisterre. Groups reverse in the afternoon. Overnight in a hotel.

  • DAY 22 ǀ SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2024 | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – PORTO

    After breakfast, transfer to Porto by train or bus. Free time for the rest of the day. Lose yourself in the historic Ribeira district, linger on the terraces and in the craft stores, admire the Douro River and the brightly-colored buildings, and don’t forget to visit one of Porto’s wine cellars. Overnight in a local hotel.

  • DAY 23 ǀ MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2024 | PORTO

    After breakfast, free time in Porto. Overnight in a local hotel.

  • DAY 24 ǀ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2024 | PORTO – MONTREAL

    After breakfast, transfer by city bus to Porto airport for your flight to Montreal.

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PRICE

Early booking: $3,999 / pers. (double occupancy). Early-bird discount of $100 if booked before April 25, 2024.
Regular price: $4,099 / pers. (double occupancy)
Single room supplement: +$295 / pers. (only for the 4 nights in hotels)
*Spiritours offers the possibility of twinning. If we are unable to match you, Spiritours will assume the additional costs for registrations received more than 60 days before departure, but reserves the right to match you during the trip if necessary.

* All prices are based on the exchange rate in effect on September 1, 2023.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

Outward flight Montreal-Madrid and return flight Porto-Montreal
5 nights in double-occupancy budget hotels
17 nights in pilgrim huts (shared dormitories / bunk beds)
5 breakfasts, 5 dinners
All train, bus and cab transfers
Services of a guide
2 preparatory meetings
All taxes.

THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Meals not mentioned in the program
Beverages
Travel insurance (see registration form)
Tips, personal expenses
Contribution to the Fonds d’indemnisation des clients des agents de voyage (FICAV): $3.50 per $1,000.

REGISTRATION

Registration deadline: June 25, 2024 (60 days before departure or when the maximum number of passengers is reached). It is possible to register after this date, but a supplement may apply.

To register: you can register on our website (see top right of the trip web page) or download and fill in the PDF form and send it to us with your $750 deposit. Please register as soon as possible, as places are limited. Please enclose a photocopy of your passport with your registration (international travel only).

Travel insurance: for travel insurance, contact us to find out your premium.

Number of participants: Minimum 12 – Maximum 15

N.B: Please note that there is a possibility of 2 groups depending on the number of people registered.

Documentation required: All Canadian travelers to Spain must be in possession of a passport that is still valid three months after the planned return date.

For further information, please contact
Frederique Lafont
(514) 374-7965, ext. 207
frederique.lafont@spiritours.com

Do I need to be in good physical health?

Yes, this trip requires good preparation and physical fitness as we walk an average of 20-25 kilometers per day with our backpack. However, it is not a question of age; people of all ages make this pilgrimage. It is not a question of strength either, but of stamina, as everyone walks at their own pace. Each morning, the guide explains the path to follow and sets a meeting point, often a refuge, where everyone meets at the end of the day. It is important to prepare yourself physically as soon as you plan to walk the Camino de Compostela. Start exercising at least 60 minutes two to three times a week. At least 3 months before departure, start training for walking and gradually increase the distance from 5 to 20 km per day.

Can I have my luggage carried?

This service is not included in the package. However, a luggage transport service can be arranged in most of the places where we stop, information available in the lodges. The guide will be able to help you arrange this transportation, but it would be better to arrange it yourself if you can communicate in Spanish.

Who is this trip for?

People who are open to spirituality and to a group experience. To anyone who wishes to live this experience, regardless of gender, age, race or religious belief. However, it is clear that this pilgrimage is of Christian tradition.

What does a pilgrim shelter look like?

There are establishments of all categories, clean and welcoming, with kitchen and dining room for several people (if you want to prepare your own meal); in some cases, there is a restaurant service, simple and inexpensive. The resting places are dormitory type, with shared toilets and showers.

How do you eat on the Camino?

In many places, there are grocery stores where you can buy food for the road, for dinner or for the next day. You can also choose to eat at a restaurant where they usually offer a pilgrim’s menu (in the evening) for 12 or 15 Euros, including wine. Occasionally, you can stop at a bar (café) to have a bite to eat.

What are the advantages of joining Spiritours for this pilgrimage?

The itinerary is well organized by experienced specialists. You will benefit from the supervision of a competent guide who knows the Camino and who will encourage exchanges and reflection. You will also share the experience with a small group of pilgrims, eager to surpass themselves and to make an inner journey. Moreover, thanks to the information and preparation meetings, you will benefit from judicious advice to prepare yourself well, both physically and mentally.

“I chose Spiritours for the challenge and to live a real Compostela journey, with all the difficulties and efforts that this implies. What I got out of it was a true reconciliation with the human being and a deepening of my spirituality.”

– Jean-François B. , Anjou, Qc

“Good choice of itinerary, wonderful scenery! I enjoyed the hike and the company of the group. A beautiful encounter with myself and a surpassing of myself. I loved my experience and will recommend Spiritours to my friends.”

– Karine T. , Ste-Thérèse, Qc

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