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Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, is perhaps the most famous walk in the world. Join Explorer X, Program Leader Maria Baltazzi, and a small group of other pilgrims on this once-in-a-lifetime journey along the French way from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.

September 10—19, 2019 | From $3,950/pp

 
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Your Travel Mentor

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Maria Baltazzi, PhD, MFA

My name is Maria Baltazzi, and I am an Emmy-winning television producer, international traveler, and happiness mentor. Since the late-90s, I have produced shows on all seven continents. I was one of the original producers on CBS' Survivor, and have developed and produced shows for ABC, NBC, Discovery, History, Animal Planet, Travel, and National Geographic as well as other broadcasters. After years in the entertainment industry, I began studying the Art and Science of Happiness as a way to deal with the stressful demands of producing. Today, I mentor professionals, especially those in entertainment, to up-level the quality of their lives. I speak about Happiness, lead workshops, transformational travel trips, and retreats. My work includes teaching Mindfulness, Primordial Sound Meditation, and Prayer of the Heart, as well as Restorative/Yin Yoga. I am the founder of The Sojourn Experience, where I curate inner and outer journeys for a greater good. I am also the North American Ambassador for the Transformational Travel Council.

Explorer X Note: Maria walked the Camino in 2017 and had a profound and life-changing experience doing so. “By the end of the journey, I realized that the Camino is a great equalizer. You see every age, size and shape of person walking. Now back into my urban world, do I feel profoundly transformed by the journey? Yes, I do. I feel the Camino is an extraordinary example of the way life should be lived: Welcoming and happy.”

Read more of Maria’s reflections on walking the Camino here.

The Itinerary

Note: Maria will be offering guided sitting meditations at the end of each day as a way to settle our mind and inwardly reflect on what the day has meant to us. For those interested, we will do restorative yoga as well. At one or two points during the day, we will find ourselves hiking in silent meditation — taking in the moment to simply focus on the sights, sounds, and smells as we move through the landscape of the original pilgrims.

September 9 | Depart for Spain

Head to the airport in time to catch your flight to Spain … The adventure begins!

Accommodations: Overnight Flight | Meals: None

September 10 | Welcome to Spain!

Upon arrival at Santiago airport, you will be met and transferred to the town of Sarria, a favorite starting point of the Camino de Santiago. With your Program Leader, explore the town center, where you will find churches, chapels, monasteries, and seven pilgrim hospitals. The main street, Rúa Maior, has a friendly atmosphere, where you can relax while enjoying a drink or bite in one of the charming cafes around. Tonight, you will have a special Welcome Dinner with Maria and your local guide at the hotel.

Accommodations: Sarria @ Casa Caxigueiro
Meals: Dinner

September 11 | Sarria > Portomarín

On our first day on the Camino, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. Your destination for the night is the town of Portomarín.

Distance: 22.3KM
Accommodations: Portomarín @ Hotel Vistalegre
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

September 12 | Portomarín > Ventas de Narón

Starting from the lovely village of Portomarin, today the Camino will cross the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. Tonight, we will stay in the lovely hamlet of Ventas de Narón.

Distance: 13.0KM
Accommodations: Ventas de Narón @ Hostería Calixtino (Lestedo)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

September 13 | Ventas de Narón > Palas de Rei

On today’s walk, you’ll visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago. Tonight, we’ll rest in Palas de Rei.

Distance: 11.8KM
Accommodations: Palas de Rei @ Casa Blanco OR Casa Leopold
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

September 14 | Palas de Rei > Melide

Today, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You will split what was traditionally a long day into two shorter days and take a break in the lively market town of Melide, where you will try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish, in one of the many ‘pulperías.’

Distance: 14.4KM
Accommodations: Melide @ Casa Teillor
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

September 15 | Melide > Arzúa

The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa, famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, you visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.

Distance: 14.1KM
Accommodations: Arzúa @ Casa das Corredoiras
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

September 16 | Arzúa > O Pedrouzo

Today’s Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En route, stop to see the lovely hamlet of Rúa. The rest of the journey to O Pedrouzo is along a mix of calm country roads and forest tracks.

Distance: 19.3KM
Accommodations: O Pedrouzo @ Vila sen Vento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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September 17 | O Pedrouzo > Santiago de Compostela

Our final day walking! First, stop in Lavacolla on the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo, ‘Mount of Joy’, and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city, population 80,000, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the beautiful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city.

Distance: 19.4KM
Accommodations: Santiago de Compostela @ San Francisco Monumento Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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September 18 | Travel to Finisterre

Today, you will be transferred via private vehicle to Finisterre, where Kilometer 0 of the Camino is located. After exploring Finisterre and Muxia with your guide, enjoy a sunset cruise before heading back to Santiago de Compostela.

Accommodations: Santiago de Compostela @ San Francisco Monumento Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

September 19 | Program Ends

The program officially ends today. You will be transferred to the Santiago Airport for your flight home or to your next destination. Should you want to continue your Journey with us, we’d be happy to plan an extension for you!

Accommodations: None
Meals: Breakfast

 

Pricing & Inclusions

Note: Pricing & Inclusions subject to change.

Pricing:

  • $3,950/pp if you apply before May 15 (based on double occupancy)

  • $4,350/pp if you apply after May 15 (based on double occupancy)

  • Single Supplement: $350/pp (based on availability)

What’s Included:

  • 9 Nights’ Accommodations

  • 9 Breakfasts

  • 9 Dinners

  • Airport Transfers

  • Private Local Walking Guide

  • Daily Luggage Transfers

  • Pilgrim’s Credential

What’s NOT Included:

  • International Airfare > We can book these for you!

  • Travel Insurance > We can assist with this for you!

  • Items of a Personal Nature

  • Gratuities & Tips for the Guide

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