Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela – October 7, 2024

Follow the Ancient Pilgrim's Path on the Way of St. James

A pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago is a walk along a pilgrim road trod by millions before you. Contemplate the Communion of Saints as you meander the peaceful paths of Galicia, Spain. Venerate the relics of St. James the Greater in the Cathedral of Santiago and worship with hundreds of other pilgrims at the pilgrim’s Mass. 

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A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date:
10/7/2024
Duration:
12 Days
Departure:
Charlotte
Activity Level:
Level 4 - Strenuous
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | October 7 | Depart U.S.A.

Today you will depart on your overnight flight to Madrid, Spain.

Day 2 | October 8 | Arrive Madrid / Avila

After our morning arrival in Madrid we will be met by our tour manager who will be with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Start our journey to Avila. Here St. Teresa of Jesus began the great reform of the Carmelite Order in 1561. We will see many religious buildings connected with Ávila’s revered heroine. She was born here in 1515 and is considered one of the Catholic Church’s greatest mystics. We will visit the saint’s relics in the Convent of St. Teresa built on the site of her birthplace. Afterwards, we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B/D) Overnight Avila

Day 3 | October 9 | Avila / Sarria

This morning, we will visit the Monastery of the Incarnation where Teresa became a Carmelite nun and where her cell can be seen. In a small house nearby lived St. John of the Cross who was the confessor to the nuns. In the Monastery is his famous three-inch drawing of Christ Crucified. We will visit the Monastery of St. Joseph, the first of seventeen monasteries which she founded for the new Discalced Carmelites. Continue west to Sarria, which is a popular pilgrims’ starting point for the Camino de Santiago. (B/D) Overnight Sarria

Day 4 | October 10 | Sarria / Portomarin (14 mi)

Today we will begin our walk along the Camino de Santiago. This section of our walk is spread equally between quiet country roads and natural pathways, passing through many small hamlets that seem to blend seamlessly one into the next. After arrival in Portomarin, we will regroup and be transported back to our hotel in Sarria. (B/D) Overnight Sarria

Day 5 | October 11 | Portomarin / Palas de Rei (16 mi)

We check out of our hotel this morning and are bussed to where we stopped yesterday. A day of varied terrain awaits as we start skirting Belesar reservoir and climbing up through woodland before a further gentle climb to Alto do Rosario (Rosary Heights). A short descent takes us to Palas de Rei, our stopping point for this day. (B/D) Overnight Palas de Rei

Day 6 | October 12 | Palas de Rei / Melide (12 mi)

Today you will cross four river valleys mostly on pathways through woodland. In Melide, a medieval township with close links with the Jacobean pilgrimage, the French Way temporarily becomes an urban route. Upon arrival, we will have a chance to visit the town’s medieval center and churches and try Melide’s local delicacy: Pulpo (Octopus). Afterwards, return to our hotel in Palas de Rei. (B/D) Overnight Palas de Rei

Day 7 | October 13 | Melide / Arzua (9 mi)

This morning we check out of our hotel and are transported back to Melide. Our walk today takes us through meadows, oak and eucalyptus woodland through countless small hamlets, some of which bear names that echo their historical connections with the Pilgrim’s way. This is the county of Arzua, a land with a strong dairy production and known for its delicious cheeses. (B/D) Overnight Arzua

Day 8 | October 14 | Arzua / O Pedrouzo (12 mi)

Today we walk on numerous natural pathways with good shade offered by trees. The Camino now becomes busier with pilgrims as we near the fabled city of Santiago. This nearness is evidenced by the number of times we have to cross the highway as well as the copious amounts of cafes and other places to rest and soak up the Galician atmosphere. Upon arrival in O Pedrouzo, we are bussed back to our hotel in Arzua – to rest up before our final walking day. (B/D) Overnight Arzua

Day 9 | October 15 | O Pedrouzo / Santiago de Compostela (12 mi)

After an early breakfast, we return to O Pedrouzo, where the first part of our final stage into Santiago meanders through dense woodland. Enjoy the shade and peace, for as we approach the city, asphalt roads take over, filling with other pilgrims. After leaving the town of Lavacolla, the Way approaches the Monte do Gozo (The Mount of Joy), a small hillock from which the pilgrim was able to see, for the first time, in the distance, the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. The final few miles are a gentle descent into the heart of the city. (B/D) Overnight Santiago

Day 10 | October 16 | Santiago / Fatima

This morning we will enjoy a complete tour of Santiago de Compostela. Visit the impressive Cathedral which is considered to be one of the finest pieces of architecture in Europe. After Mass, climb up the stairs behind the altar to visit the crypt, where a silver urn contains the relics of St. James. See the Portico de la Gloria (Gateway to Heaven), an unparalleled masterpiece. Walk to the top of the Cathedral for a panoramic view of this glorious city. We will also visit the museum in the cloister adjoining the Cathedral. In the afternoon we will depart Santiago de Compostela and drive south to Fatima, where the Blessed Virgin appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, in 1917. (B/D) Overnight Fatima

Day 11 | October 17 | Fatima

Today we will celebrate Mass on the spot where Our Lady appeared at the Chapel of Apparitions. Visit the Basilica to see the site of Francisco and Jacinta’s graves and then on to the hamlet of Aljustrel where the three children lived during the Apparitions. Continue to Valinhos, the site where Our Lady appeared following the children’s release from prison. This evening, we participate in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacre, site of the first Apparition. (B/D) Overnight Fatima

Day 12 | October 18 | Fatima / Lisbon / U.S.A.

Transfer to the airport in Lisbon to catch our return flight home.

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What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Breakfasts and dinners per itinerary
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation to holy sites

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$3,920
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$569.57
Gratuities:
$150
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
You can view more testimonials here.
Santiago de Compostela
"During the 6 days of walking, I spent a lot of quiet time for reflection & prayer which was something I truly desired and was able to do. I feel intimately connected with the Holy Spirit and will continue to go on long brisk walks while having conversations with our Heavenly Father."
Zoe Z.Pilgrim from Indianapolis, IN
Santiago de Compostela
"This is my first pilgrimage, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved how well information was communicated. The entire pilgrimage was very well organized. Our guide for the Camino, [Our tour manager] was wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and made sure we all had the Camino experience that we needed. Our driver David was great as well."
Tara B.Pilgrim from Charlotte, NC
Santiago de Compostela
"I do not have a favorite moment, the overall experience was very memorable and emotional. I enjoyed meeting the other pilgrims we got to know in our group, and loved that we visited Ávila, Santiago and Fatima, very meaningful and felt we actually had 3 pilgrimages in one!"
Julie D.Pilgrim from Carmel, IN