On this page you will find full details of our Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in September this year.
Please note that your booking should be sent to the local administrator, not directly back to McCabe. This is so that we can log your interest and keep you advised of events such as pre-departure meetings. Your details will be held in strictest confidence and in full compliance with current data protection laws and practices.
This tour departs soon and regrettably we cannot accept any further bookings.
A nine day tour led by the Venerable Janet Mackenzie, Archdeacon of Hertford, assisted by Capt Andy Crooks.
The pilgrimage to ‘St James of the Field of the Star’ was second only to those to Jerusalem and Rome in the Middle ages. Pilgrims walked from France, Germany, England and many other countries, converging on to the Camino, (‘The Way of St James) in north eastern Spain, crossing the country to the west and to their destination of Santiago de Compostela to visit the shrine of the saint.
The scallop shell is the a symbol of St James, and many pilgrims on the Camino, both past and present, have chosen to wear one as they travel.
The journey we shall make has a rich Christian and cultural history.
We shall fly in to Bilbao and then travel to Pamplona, seeing the city and the magnificent gothic cathedral and also walking a part of the pilgrim trail at Roncesvalles, where it enters Spain. We continue westwards, visiting Eunate, Burgos, Leon and Cruz de Hierro (The iron cross at the highest point of the mountain trail) before our first sight of ‘The Heavenly City’ of Santiago de Compostela. We join the noon Mass and see the famous botafumerio swinging. In the evening have a celebratory dinner in traditional pilgrims ‘Quiemada’ style. On our last day we travel to the coastal town of La Coruna where we spend some time before our flight home.
The walking sections are carefully chosen so that most party members are able to participate and the guide will use his discretion to make the walks fit the walkers. There will also be quite a lot walking around the towns and cities that we will be visiting, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly maintained areas.
The cost of this tour is £1,645 sharing a twin-bedded room with private facilities. Hotels are of a good standard and locally graded with three and four stars. Accommodation is on a half board basis with breakfast and table d’hôte dinner included daily.
Our journey along The Way will be in our own air-conditioned coach with a local guide and all visits with entrance fees are incorporated in
the tour price. Flights are on the scheduled services of British Airways and Vueling Airways. We fly from Heathrow to Bilbao and return at the end of our journey from La Coruna, a coastal town very near Santiago, to Heathrow. Current travel taxes are included and all gratuities.
The travel insurance premium is £49 to age 74 and £74 if older (and no medical screening is required). Travel insurance is essential but you may have other suitable insurance.
Some single rooms are available at a charge of £395. Please, however, see our note Travelling Alone printed overleaf. Any special requests (e.g. special diets) should be printed on the booking form.
To book a place or places on this pilgrimage, please download the booking form, complete it and send it to Andy Crooks, details below. A deposit of £200 plus the insurance premium (see brochure for details) is payable now. You are welcome to supply a cheque payable to ‘McCabe Pilgrimages’ or you may wish to pay by credit card. For the latter, you should contact McCabe directly, but please still send your booking to Andy, adding a note that you have paid the deposit directly.
Contact Andy to book for the September 2019 Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage or if you have queries about this tour.
7 The Cleave
HERTS AL5 5SJ
Some useful links: