International Retreats

Spain  May 7-16, 2022; May 2023 Itinerary Coming Soon

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A Transformational Journey:
Hiking the Camino de Santiago

for women who wander

Join Peace through Yoga Foundation for this transformational journey walking the final 70 out of 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago. Since the early 9 th century, the Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James, has been a pilgrimage leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great, where tradition holds that the remains of the apostle are
buried.

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This popular section of the Camino de Santiago takes us along the most beautiful footpaths of green Galicia, exploring farming villages where time has stood still. Walking the final 70 miles of the Camino de Santiago will allow you to receive the Compostela – the official certificate of completion for this epic journey.

 

The is an opportunity for you to hike the Camino de Santiago at a leisurely pace and enjoy relaxing at well-chosen rural hotels, without any pressure of time. Full van support with healthy snacks will be provided by your guide. Daily maps and historical information will be given out every day.

All hotels, breakfast, six dinners with wine, van support w/ healthy snacks, and two gentle yoga classes are included in the tour price.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Santiago de Compostela

Air arrangements can be made through our Travel Manager with the hope of having participants all book the same flight.

Day 2

Fly to Santiago de Compostela

Once you arrive in Spain at the Santiago de Compostela Airport, transfers will be paid on your own to our designated hotel in Lugo. Lugo, a wonderfully restored walled city, was built by the Romans in the 3rd century and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A wander around the narrow streets within the enclosed walls will take you right back to the middle-ages. Dinner will be on your own as participants will be arriving at different times.


Accommodations: Hotel Mendez Nunez
This four star hotel and recently renovated hotel is located inside the Roman Wall and in the heart of the historic center. The Wall of Lugo embraces the entire historic center and can be covered in its entirety by its walkway, an elevated walkway over it that is 12 meters above the ground. By day it is the best viewpoint over the old town.

Day 3

Sarria - Portomarin

Your Spanish Steps guide and your trip leader, Sally Bassett, will meet you for breakfast at the hotel. Once you become acquainted with your new pilgrim companions, there will be a 40-minute drive south arriving close to the town of Sarria where you begin your pilgrimage walk along the beautiful green paths of the Camino.


This final 110-kilometers is the most popular section of the 800-kilometer trail. One of the great joys of walking the Camino will not only be the stunning landscapes you take in, but also the variety of people you meet. Join pilgrims from all over the world and all walks of life.

(18 kilometers/11 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)
Accommodations: Casa do Maestro or Casa Roan

Day 4

Portomarin – Airexe

Starting from Portomarin, we climb up through woodland and then over our high point for the day, the Sierra Ligonde, on quiet country roads. Views abound in every direction, far reaching hill and mountain-scapes in every shade of green imaginable.
The villages we pass through have long standing associations with the Camino and ancient pilgrim’s hospices are now just whispers of the past. A final climb brings us to the small village of Airexe where we end our day of walking. From here, we will have a group shuttle to our hotel.
(17 kilometers/10.50 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)
Accommodations: Casa Roan
In the strategic center of Galicia, located in the A Ulloa region, is a rural complex made up of two old farmhouses dating from the mid-18 th century and remodeled in 2006. We will experience an authentic Galician rural house in the tranquility of the countryside, as well as a wonderful meals.

Day 5

Airexe - O Coto

Today we pass though the town of Palas de Rei, Palace of the King named after an 8th century Visigoth king who once ruled the lands. From here the route becomes more undulating as we meander through the village of San Xulian, a classic Camino village with its 12th Century church, and walk through forested trails over two river valleys. We drive, once more, to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.

(16 kilometers/10 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Accommodations: Casa Roan

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Day 6

O Coto – Castañeda

After breakfast, we begin our day by walking through the Leboreiro, a quintessential Camino village, and then the medieval village of Furelos, both of which have fine medieval bridges. The next stop is the town of Melide. You will want to stop here in the famous Pulperia to sample one of Galicia’s specialties—Pulpo Gallego- steamed octopus prepared by the locals and enjoyed by pilgrims! After lunch, ascend and descend through small villages and woodland paths to end our walk at Castañeda, the village where the limestone carried from Triacastela was fired in the kilns before being taken to Santiago to build the cathedral.

(17 kilometers/10.5 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Accommodations: Pazo de Andeade

Rustic rooms with garden views in a restored 18 th -century-manor-turned-hotel with deluxe restaurant. Also called a Casa Grande, it has a chapel with a Compostela altarpiece of the time, decorative fountain, large gardens, oak grove and entrance lined with rows of banana trees. It was restored in 1995 with original materials and noble woods. The restaurant uses only high quality products, proven.

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Day 1

Fly to Santiago de Compostela – May 15

Air arrangements can be made through our Travel Manager with the hope of having participants all book the same flight.

Day 2

Fly to Santiago de Compostela – May 16

Once you arrive in Spain at the Santiago de Compostela Airport, transfers will be paid on your own (but set up by WFA for those traveling
together) to our designated hotel in Lugo. Lugo, a wonderfully restored walled city, was built by the Romans in the 3rd century and is
protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

A wander around the narrow streets within the enclosed walls will take you right back to the middle-ages. Dinner will be on your own as participants will be arriving at different times.
Accommodations: Hotel Mendez Nunez
This four star hotel and recently renovated hotel is located inside the Roman Wall and in the heart of the historic center. The Wall of Lugo embraces the entire historic center and can be covered in its entirety by its walkway, an elevated walkway over it that is 12 meters above the ground. By day it is the best viewpoint over the old town.

Day 3

Sarria - Portomarin – May 17

Your Spanish Steps guide and your trip leaders, Sally Bassett and Lily Kessler, will meet you for breakfast at the hotel. Once you become acquainted with your new pilgrim companions, there will be a 40-minute drive south arriving close to the town of Sarria where you begin your pilgrimage walk along the beautiful green paths of the Camino. This final 110-kilometers is the most popular section of the 800-kilometer trail.

One of the great joys of walking the Camino will not only be the stunning landscapes you take in, but also the variety of people you meet. Join pilgrims from all over the world and all walks of life.

(18 kilometers/11 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)
Accommodations: Casa do Maestro or Casa Roan

Day 4

Portomarin – Airexe – May 18

Starting from Portomarin, we climb up through woodland and then over our high point for the day, the Sierra Ligonde, on quiet country roads. Views abound in every direction, far reaching hill and mountain-scapes in every shade of green imaginable.
The villages we pass through have long standing associations with the Camino and ancient pilgrim’s hospices are now just whispers of the past. A final climb brings us to the small village of Airexe where we end our day of walking. From here, we will have a group shuttle to our hotel.
(17 kilometers/10.50 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)
Accommodations: Casa Roan

In the strategic center of Galicia, located in the A Ulloa region, is a rural complex made up of two old farmhouses dating from the mid-18th century and remodeled in 2006. We will experience an authentic Galician rural house in the tranquility of the countryside, as well as wonderful meals.

Day 5

Airexe - O Coto – May 19

Today we pass though the town of Palas de Rei, Palace of the King named after an 8 th century Visigoth king who once ruled the lands. From here the route becomes more undulating as we meander through the village of San Xulian, a classic Camino village with its 12 th Century church, and walk through forested trails over two river valleys. We drive, once more, to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.

(16 kilometers/10miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Accommodations: Casa Roan

Day 6

O Coto – Castañeda – May 20

After breakfast, we begin our day by walking through the Leboreiro, a quintessential Camino village, and then the medieval village of Furelos, both of which have fine medieval bridges. The next stop is the town of Melide. You will want to stop here in the famous Pulperia to sample one of Galicia’s specialties—Pulpo Gallego- steamed octopus prepared by the locals and enjoyed by pilgrims! After lunch, ascend and descend through small villages and woodland paths to end our walk at Castañeda, the village where the limestone carried from Triacastela was fired in the kilns before being taken to Santiago to build the cathedral.

(17 kilometers/10.5 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Accommodations: Pazo de Andeade
Rustic rooms with garden views in a restored 18th -century-manor-turned-hotel with deluxe restaurant. Also called a Casa Grande, it has
a chapel with a Compostela altarpiece of the time, decorative fountain, large gardens, oak grove and entrance lined with rows of banana
trees. It was restored in 1995 with original materials and noble woods. The restaurant uses only high quality products, proven origin and exclusively seasonal.

Day 7

Castañeda – Salceda – May 21

Shuttling back to the trail, we climb then descend to beautiful Ribasdiso, home to the oldest albergue on the Camino, then climb to the town of Arzua, famous for its creamy cow cheese. Onwards, our walk is dotted with small hamlets hidden within tall eucalyptus forests and behind moss covered stone walls. Villages named Rua, Calzada, and Calle all refer to the word ‘road’, recognizing that this pilgrimage trail has been leading pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela for centuries. Our day ends at the village of Salceda, from where we will travel to our hotel.
(19 kilometers/12 miles - Breakfast and Dinner included)

Accommodations: Pazo Xan Xordo
Located in the heart of the Santiago region, 4.3 miles from the city, this traditional-style house offers elegant accommodations amid beautiful natural surroundings. Only a mile from the historic medieval pilgrimage route, Xan Xordo is located amid one of the most culturally important and naturally beautiful regions in the northern peninsular.

Day 8

Salceda – Lavacolla – May 22

Today, we continue westwards on the Camino, descending from Alto de Santa Irene, through serene stands of eucalyptus trees and the small villages of Rua and Amenal before embarking on one of our final climbs of the route. At the top, we walk around the airport to arrive in Lavacolla, a place where pilgrims, in days gone by, would wash themselves in the shallow stream before entering Santiago. Here, we shuttle to our hotel for our penultimate evening together.
(17 kilometers/10.5 miles - Breakfast and Dinner included)
Accommodations: Pazo Xan Xordo

Day 9

Lavacolla - Santiago de Compostela – May 23

Today, we take to the trail one last time. We climb from Lavacolla to the famed Monte del Gozo, Mount Joy, where, if we are lucky, we catch our first glimpse of the towers of the cathedral of Santiago. Tradition claims that if you were the first one in your group to sight the church towers, you could officially change your name to King (Rey, Leroy, Le Roi). Our Camino walking journey ends at the steps of the cathedral today. We will gather for a celebratory dinner together.
(11 kilometers/7 miles - Breakfast and Dinner included)
Accommodations: Virxe Da Cerca or The San Francisco

Day 10

Tour End – Buen Camino – May 24

After a leisurely breakfast and before saying good-bye, a local tour guide and historian will show us the main sights on a two-hour guided walking tour of the city and the cathedral.
(Breakfast included)

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Inclusive Group Package Price Per Person:

3000 euros.

This does not include
air fare from your hometown.

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Dates

May 7-16, 2022
(4 spaces left) 

May 2023
Coming Soon!

 

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Note

  • This itinerary may change slightly due to accommodation availability, rain, festivals, and spontaneous side trips.

  • We have the luggage van to transport your luggage and you, if you feel you need some assistance while on this journey.

  • This is not an endurance race, nor a competition. Please be respectful of all the different paces and walks of life that come together on this group trip.

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Sally Basset

Ph.D.,E-RYT, Founder of Peace through Yoga and Women for Adventure.  Sally’s passion toward life, creative nature, and spiritual approach have been keys to her success.  She has led groups to over 120 countries as a result of her 30+ year career in the travel industry where she went from flight attendant to CEO.

 

Sally has been teaching yoga for close to two decades, even as a corporate CEO, through her 12-year ownership of two yoga studios before selling the studios in 2014. Sally’s yoga journey has also included teaching yoga basics and philosophy as an adjunct professor at Butler University for seven years and co-founding the Yoga and Spirituality program at Christian Theological Center in Indianapolis, IN.  She is the author of Yoga through Christ—via the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

 

Peace through Yoga Foundation developed and supports two Girls for Success programs, one in the rainforest of Costa Rica and one in the rural area on the island of Dominica.  Sally teaches at Blooming Life Yoga in the village of Zionsville, IN and leads adventure trips around the world.  Her favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Please contact Sally Bassett at sally@peacethroughyoga.org
to receive a registration form.

 

This trip is in partnership with

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