||The Way to Santiago (Walking the Camino de Santiago)
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LEADER: Kris Ashton
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LEADER QUALIFICATIONS: Kris is an avid hiker and climber with over 30 years’ experience in Colorado, other parts of the U.S., and all over the world. She has been on CMC Adventure Travel trips hiking in Norway, Bhutan, Czech Republic, and Mongolia and has participated in biking trips in Vietnam, Ireland and Greece. Kris participated in an Outward Bound trip to climb the Via Ferrata in Italy, one of the more challenging adventures she’s experienced. In April-May of 2013, Kris walked the entire Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied du Port in France to Santiago de Compostela, a distance of 815km (~500 miles).
TRIP DATES: May 10 - May 24, 2014
NUMBER OF DAYS: 14
TRIP OVERVIEW: The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route that follows many tracks throughout Europe to arrive at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the apostle St. James are said to be buried. Our Camino adventure starts from the small town of Ponferrada in Spain, 11 days’ walk from Santiago on the Camino Frances (French Route). We will walk across a variety of terrains—from vineyards to fields and forests—and on a variety of road/trail surfaces. From Ponferrada there is an optional tour of a Roman gold mine. Along the way we’ll have opportunities to meet and talk with people from all over the world.
TYPE OF ACTIVITY/LEVEL OF ACTIVITY: Hiking
ACCOMMODATIONS: A combination of private albergues (shared, co-ed dorms usually with bunk beds—like a hostel) and small family-run pensions with single or double private rooms with single or double private rooms. We will have our backpacks transported each day to our accommodation.
SKILLS & TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: 80% at CMC B hiking classification, 20% at CMC C hiking classification. Participants should be in good health and able to walk.
PRE-TRIP ACTIVIITES: Not Applicable.
INCLUDED IN TRIP FEE: Pilgrim’s credential (needed to stay in albergues and to receive the Compostela (certificate of completion) in Santiago); pilgrim’s shell for your backpack; Dopper water bottle; hiking guidebook; equipment/packing list, handouts and maps; accommodation in albergues (9 nights) or pensions (5 nights); daily breakfast and most dinners; daily backpack transport; castle tour in Ponferrada; Cathedral roof tour in Santiago; Compostela certificate; CMC administrative fee and leader’s expenses. A local continental breakfast is included each morning, which is usually coffee, bread and orange juice.
NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP FEE: Round trip airfare to Spain (~$1200 Denver-Madrid); local train (~$32 from Madrid) or bus (~$40-$52 from Madrid) transport to Ponferrada; daily lunch; three dinners; optional tour to Las Medulas (Roman gold mine outside Ponferrada, ~$40); accommodation upgrades or changes where possible; food/beverages not indicated; personal items or souvenirs; medical care or pharmacy costs; tours or activities not listed as included; local bus, train or air travel from Santiago to your departure point fr
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