Santiago de Compostela, Spain
June 1-15, 2019
UPDATED! Now with 2 Different Length Options!
Join Deacon Robert Lanciotti, his wife Ruth and son Chris on this Spiritual Journey
$1725 - 10-Day Trip
Villafranca - Santiago de Compostella
$1849 - 15-Day Trip
Villafranca - Finisterre
Registration closes February 15, 2019!
How far is the walk?
266 km = 166 miles
That's about 14 miles/day
- Creatio Guide
- Daily Mass by Trip Chaplain (Priest on the trip)
- Pre-Trip Training & Personal Accompaniment
- Trip insurance (Covers medical, flight delays, baggage delay/ loss, and more)
- Visits to Medieval Cathedrals – Visit to Finisterre (15-Day Trip Only)
- Daily Baggage Transfer on the Camino (if desired)
- Breakfast and dinner every day (w/ improved dining options)
- Pilgrim Albergue lodging plus several improved Overnight Accommodations (some nights in 2-3 star hostels)
- Pilgrim materials (shells, credenciales, certificates, etc.)
- Spiritual talks
- Chance to meet pilgrims from around the world!
- International flights
- Passport fees
- Lunches while walking
Can I walk that far?
Experienced Creatio guides will offer Training Suggestions and Preparation Ideas. Also, some days will be shorter than others to provide opportunities for recovery.
Make it a Family Affair!
Join Chris Lanciotti, along with his parents Robert & Ruth on this special pilgrimage
A NOTE ABOUT FLIGHTS
We allow you to choose your own flights to keep our trip costs as low as possible. This also allows participants to travel to other destinations before/ after the trip if desired. The earlier flights are purchased, the better! We recommend checking www.kayak.com, www.skyscanner.com, and www.google.com/flights/ for flight options.
“The camaraderie of our group of 10 pilgrims was a true highlight. I feel that we all got along really well even though we had an age range from 21 – 64. It was wonderful getting to know each one during different times of walking together….I loved the hour of silence we observed in the mornings to pray and enjoy the beautiful scenery all around us.”
Anne, 60 | West Virginia
“The Camino was a beautiful experience – it’s amazing to see how many parallels it has to our own life journey, whether it be the little arrows we see to guide our way, not really knowing where we’re going to go, the friends who help us along the way, and experiencing little bits of God’s providence. “
Roy, 27 | Idaho
The Pilgrimage of our Lives
A pilgrimage is a metaphor for and a reality of our lives. As we walk we see how our lives are like a voyage filled with joy, effort, beauty, suffering, surprises, goals, adventure, love and expectation. But our life is not only "like" a pilgrimage, it is in fact a pilgrimage from birth to death; in this world we are only “strangers and sojourners” (1 Pe. 2:11). "For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it." (1 Tim 6:7) We are all pilgrims walking through, and this life, this passage, is the time we are given to reach the eternal goal, IT IS THE TIME OF SALVATION. Let us enjoy the journey, love it and live it! Pope Francis reminds us: “I want people to go out! I want the Church to go out to the street! Jesus, with His Cross, walks with us…!”
Santiago de Compostela
The Crown of Northern Spain, Santiago de Compostela has been the integral part of Spain’s Heritage for more than a 1000 years. Since the historic rediscovery of the tomb of St. James, brother of John and Apostle of Christ, faithful Christians have made pilgrimages to the Tomb of the Apostle by the millions over the centuries. It is the end of our pilgrimage, where we will spend 2 days exploring this beautiful and spiritual city.
Since the 16th century, Spain has been home to the Spanish Monarchy and capital city of Spain. A city of beautiful boulevards, large parks and squares, and home of some of the world’s most amazing artwork (in the Prado museum), pilgrims will get to spend their last day exploring this amazing and historic European gem.
Community and Friendship
“Community,” “deep conversation,” “friendship.” Many pilgrims chose these words when asked to describe their Camino de Santiago experience in one phrase. Others affectionately remember their experience by calling their fellow pilgrims their “Camino Family.” Of course the Camino experience is known as a great opportunity for silence, personal reflection, and soul-searching. But we are made for community, made for encounter, and much of that soul-searching happens in communion with others. Those conversations while preparing dinner, or sipping a hot expresso in tiny village, or helping someone with their blisters (yes, they’re real) may be the ones that help change our lives. Come prepared to live out the beauty of Community in a way that you may have never experienced before!
Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our pilgrims to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips. Nearly everyone that walks the Camino de Santiago will say that it is a profoundly spiritual experience, regardless of religious background. Stopping at 1000 year old churches to pray for a moment (or an hour), has a powerful affect on the soul. Celebrating the famous daily “Pilgrim Mass” is essential for all pilgrims, and many non-Catholics join in because of how important this is for the pilgrim.
On this Creatio Pilgrimage, there will be many opportunities for Spiritual growth and reflection, led by our Spiritual Guide. Pilgrims will have the opportunity for daily moments of prayer and reflection led by both trip guides, and will participate in the daily Pilgrim Mass at each stop. These are a wonderful complement to the daily walk and the heart of the pilgrimage itself.
One of the most beautiful aspects of a pilgrimage is not knowing where we will sleep each night. Along the Camino, many "albergues" (roughly translated as "pilgrim refuges") receive pilgrims at a meager cost. The hosts ("hospedadores") see their reception of pilgrims as a true mission and ministry, and go out of their way to make pilgrims feel at home at the end of each day. It's truly amazing to witness! Because this is a pilgrimage, conditions may not exactly be 5 star, but basic needs for pilgrims will always be met (warm place to sleep, blankets, etc). Joyous also is meeting and resting with other pilgrims from around the world who also nightly seek the comfort of the albergues for a well-deserved night's rest.
(subject to change)
Note: Two Different Length Options – Select 10-Day or 15-Day on the Registration Form (Link Above)
Total Walking Length:
10-Day trip = ~200km
15-Day Trip = ~280km
Day 1 – 6/1/18: Arrival to Madrid – Train to Ponferrada – Bus/Van to Villafranca del Bierzo – Tour of Medieval Town – Night in Villafranca
Day 2 – 6/2/18: Begin Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago
Days 3-8 – 6/3-6/8/18: Walking to Santiago de Campostella
Day 9 – 6/9/18: Arrival to Santiago de Campostella
Day 10 – 6/10/18: Rest/ Reflection Day in Santiago
Day 11- 6/11/18: Return to USA (10-Day Trip Only) – End of the 10-Day Trip (Return to Madrid AM, see DEPARTURE below)
Days 11-13 – 6/11-6/13/18: Walk to Finisterre – Arrival to Spanish Coast (15-Day Trip Only)
Day 14- 6/14/18: Free Day in Finisterre – Visit to Muxia – Possible Return to Madrid (15-Day Trip Only)
Day 15- 6/15/18: Depart for the U.S. (15-Day Trip Only) End of the 15-Day Trip (Return to Madrid AM, see DEPARTURE below)
Getting to Spain
ARRIVAL: Participants may arrive in Madrid (Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport – MAD) anytime BEFORE 12 p.m. (Time in Madrid, Spain) on Saturday, June 1st, the participants will meet at the Madrid Airport (MAD) at that time. Pilgrims will be given instructions for meeting location. The trip officially begins at 12 p.m. in Madrid on 6/1/18, any prior travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.
DEPARTURE – NOTE: Different depending on Trip Length (10 or 15-Day)
Participants will arrive back in Madrid at approximately 11 a.m. on June 11th. The flight from Santiago de Compostella to Madrid is included in the trip cost. Again, any further travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. The trip officially ends with the flight to Madrid June 11 (arrival to Madrid at 11a.m.), so plan to fly out after 1 PM on June 11th. Participants who wish to remain for extra time may make arrangements on their own.
Participants will arrive back in Madrid at approximately 11 a.m. on June 15th. The flight from Santiago de Compostella to Madrid is included in the trip cost. Again, any further travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. The trip officially ends with the flight to Madrid June 15 (arrival to Madrid at 11a.m.), so plan to fly out after 1 PM on June 15th. Participants who wish to remain for extra time may make arrangements on their own.
Please wait until we have confirmed your spot in the pilgrimage to buy your flights. Please contact us if you’d like assistance choosing flights or connecting with other missionaries to travel together. We will be coordinating for pilgrims to travel together from Denver, CO, if you wish to depart there.
Creatio purchases trip insurance on behalf of all participants. This insurance covers things like trip cancellation/interruption, emergency medical & evacuation, delays, lost luggage, etc.
In addition to travelers insurance, it is good to know what your medical insurance covers in foreign countries. Call your insurance before departing and know what is in your plan. Bring your insurance card with you.
Health & Safety Information
We recommend you undergoing a medical check-up before traveling to make sure you don’t have any kind of medical condition that could obstruct your participation in the pilgrimage.
Northern Spain has a very moderate climate and the weather in the month of June is very enjoyable, with temperatures between 55-70o F with some light rain. The most significant difficulty that pilgrims will encounter involves walking the 10-20 miles/day, which can be very physically demanding. Longer and shorter days will be alternated to allow some rest time. Pilgrims are encouraged to build up considerable resistance to walking long distances, wearing the boots or shoes that they will wear on the pilgrimage. Blisters are one of the most frequent challenges of the walking pilgrim. They can be limited/avoided by getting high quality and good-fitting socks and boots. Pilgrims are encouraged to break-in their footwear if they are purchasing new equipment, walking at least 3-4 weeks with the new boots before use. Many pilgrims walk part of the day in boots, the other part in good walking sandals.
States of Leon and Galicia, Spain: Medical Care in Spain is very good, although slightly less available in the Northern rural regions along the Camino de Santiago. At each of the daily stops there is generally a local clinic and Pharmacy available to pilgrims, many specifically catering towards pilgrims. Medical Care will be within reach along the entire Way.
For more country-specific health and safety information, visit www.travel.state.gov for details.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of trip. Passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Non US Citizens or those traveling from outside of the US:
- Visit travel.state.gov to understand visa and vaccine requirements regarding the country from which you are coming.
- Please contact us to confirm non-US citizen visa requirements.
What To Bring
RECOMMENDED – One Backpack (25-55L range)
- Travelers insurance card
- General insurance card
- Copy of Passport, ID, and insurance cards
- Emergency contact information
- Money for souvenirs, airport meals, Camino lunches, personal items, and additional snacks or drinks you might want
- Backpack (25-55L)
- Sleeping bag liner, light sleeping bag, or light blanket
- Water bottles or Camelbak (easily refilled; Spanish tap water is safe to drink)
- Headlamp (helpful if it has a dim/red setting)
- Hiking clothes – Bring two sets of clothing. You can wash one each night. Clothes that dry quickly are best. Avoid cotton.
- 3 shirts – base layer, we will only need a t-shirt most of the day
- 1 long sleeve/outer layer for chilly mornings
- 2 pairs of pants that zip off into shorts (or 2 of each)
- 3 underwear – preferably technical/quick dry (women – same material for bras)
- 2 pair silk liner socks
- 2-3 pair non-cotton socks
- light outer shell raincoat
- Good walking/hiking shoes
- Sandals/flip flops for shower and evenings
- Sunglasses and hat, sunscreen
- Laundry detergent or bar (easy to buy there as well)
- Toilet paper (small quantity for trailside emergencies)
- Towel (microfiber or raw linen; fast drying is key)
- Prescribed and non-prescribed medications
- Pack cover (or poncho or garbage bag to keep your pack dry)
- Book. Keep in mind that there won’t be a lot of time to sit and read. A small book with daily reflections is ideal. Low weight, high mental “calorie” content.
- Bible – be prudent with weight or prepared for penance. Travel version?
- Rosary (sheenrosaries.com is a friend of ours and makes near-unbreakable Rosaries, with a percentage of sales going towards mission work in Uganda)
- Camera and charger – confirm voltage will work with Spain’s 220V outlets
- Phone and charger – most new phones can handle both U.S. and European voltages, but you’ll need an outlet adapter available at any travel store or REI. Leaders will carry a phone for emergencies, enabling you to minimize screen time.
- Spork (FYI common “Light My Fire” plastic ones tend to break in peanut butter/honey)
- Earplugs; albergue bedrooms are noisy at night with other pilgrims
- Moneybelt / small pouch for passport and personal money
- Blister care – safety pins (2), needle, thread, band-aids, first aid tape, Vaseline, moleskin. These are easily found along the route if needed.
- Watch – not necessary, but handy for meeting times and morning alarms
- A stone from home to leave at the Cruz de Ferro