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Official 7-Day Camino
From Lugo to Santiago de Compostela
30 September to 9 October 2022
With Fr Chris Townsend
The Camino is a network of ancient pilgrimage paths through various European countryside, ending at the magnificent cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, which tradition holds is the burial site of the apostle St James the Greater who was martyred around 44AD and was the first apostle of Spain.
The route has been walked for centuries by thousands of pilgrims and is referred to as El Camino (“The Way”). Our pilgrimage is known as the Camino Primitivo (The Simple Way) is particularly scenic. Beginning in the historic town of Lugo it takes through the heavily forested region of rural Galicia, where we can observe the Roman influence on Spain’s roads and bridges.
With Fowler Tours, you will stay in comfortable hotels with private en-suites, and our luggage will be transported from one destination to the next.
We will be accompanied by Fr Chris Townsend, the well-known Pretoria priest, who is available for spiritual guidance, talks and confession. We join in public Masses.
Today we fly to Spain, landing in Santiago de Compostela. From there we are taken to Lugo, where we check into our hotel, have dinner and a good sleep to prepare for the first leg of our Camino.
Day 3: Lugo to San Roman da Retorta 18.2km
After breakfast, we put our luggage out to be transported to our next destination, while we put on our backpacks to tackle the first day of our amazing Camino journey, which take us through the old city of Lugo and then via the old Roman highway to the village of San Roman de Retorta, where the sight of the church will greet us. Here we check into our hotel and enjoy a much-earned dinner.
Day 4: San roman da retorta to Melide 28.6km
After breakfast, we set out on the longest leg of our Camino, to the town of Melide. It may be long, but it is also flat, and should take about seven hours. We go via the Roman Way through mostly rural areas, passing the villages of through Ferreira (look out for the small Roman bridge), As Seixas, Casacamiño, Vilouriz and Vilamor. Melide is a lively town, and the locals recommend you try the pulpo (calamari) and sweet pastries.
Day 5: Melide to Arzúa 14.2km
Today we will walk half as much as yesterday! At Melide our path joins up with that of the French Way, so after two quiet days, we now encounter greater numbers of fellow pilgrims. Our destination, Arzúa, is a pleasant town, whose municipality has more cows than people. Here the Northern Way of the Camino joins our path.
Day 6: Arzúa to Rúa 17.7km
Today’s route takes us through beautiful rural scenery, walking among meadows, oaks and eucalyptus trees. This stretch is quite easy to walk, and we should do it in about five hours. Along the way we have a chance to stop at the Shrine of St Irene of Portugal near Pedrouzo.
Day 7: Rúa to Santiago de Compostela 20.8km
The final leg: One more walk, and we arrive at Santiago de Compostela. The first part of our walk takes us through rural landscapes and woodlands. At Lavacolla the pilgrims of old used to wash themselves for their arrival at the shrine of St James. From the Monte do Gozo hill glimpse the towers of the cathedral. As we get closer, we hit the asphalt and soon see the city of Santiago de Compostela. In the city, we collect our Camino Certificates by submitting our pilgrim passports which got stamped every day on our journey. Now it’s time to thank God and celebrate.
Day 8: Santiago de Compostela
Today we explore Santiago de Compostela, the place we have walked 100km to get to. On our guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site we will see the famous cathedral in detail, the monastery of San Martiño Pinario, and other sights. Then we say goodbye to Santiago, and make our way home…
Day 9: Back home
Today we land back home, with tired feet but our spirits lifted!
And what if the Covid-19 crisis is still ongoing when we are supposed to travel? Should there be still no vaccine and restrictions still apply, or expert advise against travel, we will postpone this pilgrimage until it is safe to travel.
Est. Price: R35,913 (sharing, ex-Jhb; subject to currency, airport tax fluctuations. Based on 28 travelling at R17,30 to the Euro)
Includes: All flights ex-Johannesburg (incl. airport taxes), accommodation in hotels (sharing) with breakfast and dinner, hotel taxes, transfers, transport of luggage between destinations, professionally-designed training plan, travel insurance.
Excludes: Tips (in hotels), visas, personal expenses, travel to and from O.R. Tambo Airport/Jhb.
A deposit of R4,500 secures your place on this unforgettable pilgrimage. For account details and booking form, please download the illustrated itinerary.