Walk the famous route to Santiago, featuring Avila, Segovia and Sevilla.
A stunningly powerful pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Spanish Saints, featuring the final part of the famous Way to Santiago de Compostela. Join us for a deeply transformative experience on the ancient French route to Santiago as we journey to the resting place of the Apostle James, the disciple of Christ.
2020 MAY 17th – 31st
A pilgrimage of inspiration, activity and deep silence in some of the most significant places in Spain, featuring Avila and Segovia and the sacred places of Saint Teresa and Saint John of the Cross. Walking the final 110 km of the famous Cammino di Santiago (UNESCO World Heritage site) we will cross small villages typical of the Galicia region, arriving at the millennial pilgrimage point and onwards to Santiago, with a visit to the casket of Saint James. We culminate the Spanish experience flying to Sevilla and spending two nights there with the special visit to the casket of King Ferdinand III, with the uncorrupted body.
Nayaswami Indrani, Gopala Aschieri and Lakshmi D’Alessio will accompany you on this extraordinary journey, expert guides of Ananda Italy and Spain who will take care of you to make this pilgrimage a joyful and rewarding experience for body, mind and soul. At the beginning you will receive the pilgrim’s ‘credential paper’ to testify to and remember your personal journey.
We will spend 3 nights at the convent of Saint Teresa of Avila. You’ll meditate many times in the sacred places of the Saint and there will be a guided visit to the Avila’s Cathedral. You’ll also walk the roads throughout the city, allowing you to soak in the vibrations of this blessed city.
One full day to visit Segovia with a guided tour of the monastery of Saint John of the Cross and meditation at his tomb. Guided visit in Segovia, featuring the splendid Gothic cathedral, the architectural masterpiece of the Roman aqueduct and the Alcazar palace.
Sarria- Portomarin- Airexe- O Coto- Castaneda- Salceda- Lavacolla
We will transfer to Sarria by private bus in order to start our journey on the final stage of the Camino de Santiago, on the ancient French route. The day-routes are fairly easy for those who are already physically trained: from 12 to 23 km. every day: about 5-6 hours of actual walking, for a total of 115 km. Every day the transport of luggage is included enabling you to walk lightly with a small backpack, or even without!
Walk of Santiago details:
|20/5||Sarria – Portomarin||23||6 hrs|
|21||Portomarin – Airexe||20||5 hrs|
|22||Airexe – O Coto||17||4,5 hrs|
|23||O Coto – Castaneda||19||5 hrs|
|24||Castaneda – Salceda||21||6 hrs|
|25||Salceda – Lavacolla||12||5 hrs|
|26||Lavacolla – Santiago||11||4,5 hrs|
Santiago de Compostela
A splendid city founded after the death of St. James, the apostle of Jesus.
We will spend 2 nights in Santiago in order to visit the stunning cathedral, which is home to the Saint’s tomb; we will also attend the Pilgrims’ Mass with a special botafumeiro ceremony. We will take a guided tour of the cathedral museum and stroll through the beautiful city. At the beginning of the route you will receive the ‘Pilgrim’s Credential’, collecting the stamps along the way. Upon arrival at St. James’ tomb you will be eligible for the compostela: a document attesting your participation in and completion of this famous pilgrimage route.
Following our visit to Santiago we will fly to Sevilla and spend two days visiting one of the most beautiful city of Spain. We’ll visit the cathedral and the tomb of the King Ferdinand III that will be open with the uncorrupted body visible, a special event happening once a year.
After two night the pilgrimage end and we all go home.
The weather in this period is ideal but sometimes variable: temperatures can range from 5-8 degrees at night to 20-25 degrees during the day and can become rainy. This pilgrimage requires mental flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing conditions.
12 nights with half board service. All our hotels have been inspected and offer a good level of comfort. Accommodation is provided in double or triple rooms with a separate option for the single room. Towels and sheets are included in every structure, with optional laundry service. There will be the added feature of a swimming pool at certain lodgings, so bring your swimsuit and cap!
Half-board includes breakfast and dinner (lunch not included). The provided food will be 100% vegetarian. Contact us in case of special dietary needs.
The roads are mostly white roads or paths but there are also asphalted parts nearby the towns, especially at the beginning and end of the day.
This pilgrimage requires a good physical resistance in order to walk distances of about 16 km per day average for 7 consecutive days. We suggest you check with your doctor to ensure whether your physical conditions are suitable for this pilgrimage. We will recommend a simple training programme at the time of your registration. Everyone can walk at their own pace, with a light backpack containing the minimum necessities or even without backpack as luggage will be transported every day from place to place.
Guides and transport
Gopala Aschieri and Lakshmi D’Alessio from Ananda Assisi, along with Nayaswami Indrani from Ananda Leon in Spain: Ananda Yoga teacher and spiritual guide in Spain. They will take care of you during your journey. Transportation will be by private buses.
Individual participation fees, excluding flights:
14 nights with half-board service double or triple room (without flight): about € 1.670 per person*
Supplement for single room (limited availability): € 500 per person*
Payments: registration and balance before 2020 April 5th. Please contact us for bank details and the travel contract.
If you choose a double room but do not have a partner, we will try to find one among the participants. If this is not possible or if you prefer to stay in a single room, it will be necessary to pay the supplement.
We are available to book your flight ticket for you should you need us to; alternatively we can give you the co-ordinates of the flight we’ve chosen so you may book it by yourself. It will be necessary to book a flight that respects the group timetable in order to meet in Madrid at the same time.
Optional travel cancellation policy: 5% of the total trip.
The policy must be issued within 24 hours from the conclusion and confirmation of the contract.
The participation fee includes:
* room and board, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
* spiritual practices
* medical insurance limited to the duration of the pilgrimage
* all internal transport
* Ananda guides
The fee does not include:
* flight to Madrid
* lunches and extra drinks
* donations to churches, tips
* any personal travel trips
* personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, etc.
* anything not expressly indicated under ‘the price includes’
Here you can download the sign-up form. Please complete it and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Gopala on +39 328 9033995
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‘Cammino di Santiago’ Slideshow
Watch this short video-slideshow from our new pilgrimage in September 2018: featuring Avila, Segovia and the final part of the Santiago Walk.
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