Tours

TAKING YOUR SOUL FOR A STROLL: 160 Kilometers on the Camino de Santiago

Camino

Destination: 

Madrid to Leon to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dates:

June 13–25, 2015 (12 nights)

For more information on this trip please contact Literary Traveler.

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Readings:

Poems and essays by William Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot, Jack Hitt, Robert Macfarlane, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Cousineau, Anne Carson, and Rebecca Solnit

Accommodations: 

3- and 4-star hotels and restored country manors

Description/Itinerary:

The crown jewel of Spanish walking trails, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela began as an act of faith as Europeans crossed Spain to visit the sacred tomb of Saint James. One thousand years later, the Camino continues to draw the spiritual seeker as well as the traveler looking to enjoy the beauty of the green rolling hills and small hamlets of northwestern Spain’s Galicia. The biggest problem when considering the Camino to Santiago is the amount of time required to walk the whole way in one go – four to six weeks.

Classical Pursuits offers a Camino experience better suited to many people’s holiday time and comfort requirements. Our walk is accompanied by a support vehicle that will be there to provide assistance when the route permits. The possibility of shorter routes and pick-up options will be explained on a daily basis. Our luggage will be transported between hotels. Gourmet picnics are prepared for us on walk days and we will dine in a selection of charming restaurants.

We convene in Madrid and travel together by private coach to Leon, where we spend a day and a night. We will start walking uphill into the stone and thatched village of O’Cebreiro. Nine days later we complete our Camino in the fabled city of Santiago de Compostela, refreshed and renewed.

Over wine and cheese at the end of the day, we will explore the themes of pilgrimage and walking in selected short works by a variety of major and minor writers as a springboard for considering our own Camino experience.

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Leaders:

Classical Pursuits founder Ann Kirkland walked the Camino by herself in 2010 and again with a Classical Pursuits group in 2012. She is eager to share the experience with others.

Fees:

US$5795 per person based on double occupancy
Single supplement: Please inquire
Taxes and gratuities (per person): US$260

Fee includes readings, accommodation, meals and wine as indicated in itinerary, discussions, ground transportation, talks, excursions, and admissions.