Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities
Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement, Lunches
Please check the individual tour itinerary for flight details. Groups fly from Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick.
Tuesday is our recommended departure day but other days are possible.
We are not using “pilgrim” hostels on our journey but have selected three and four star hotels so that you can expect comfortable, clean accommodation and rooms with private facilities. We have also interspersed overnight stops with more relaxing two night stays, avoiding the need to pack and unpack on a daily basis as a traditional traveller on The Way would do. Our chosen hotels are well tried-and-tested by past McCabe pilgrims and have been selected based on their location or facilities and quality of food and service.
You can click on the hotel websites below:
Hotel Hesperia in Bilbao
Hotel Tres Reyes in Pamplona
Almirante Bonifaz Hotel in Santo Domingo
Los Infantas Hotel in Burgos
Hotel Alfonso IX in Sarria
Compostela Hotel in Santiago
Days generally start at 9 and finish around 6 with dinner served around 8. Lunches are not included as we like to keep flexibility of each day’s timings, but our tour managers are expert at recommending options each day.
Most groups celebrate the Eucharist at a key point on the journey and at your destination we join in a pilgrim Mass in the cathedral of St James, where the great Botafumeiro is usually swung. Our final celebratory dinner includes the traditional end of pilgrimage “Quiemada” experience. The rhythm of this pilgrimage is not readings and prayers as in the Holy Land, but typically a great time of sharing.
Our walks along The Way will vary in length and degree of difficulty but they have been planned with the expectation that most people will be able to participate. There will always be a coaching option for non-walkers.
No special footwear or other equipment is required. Think in terms of stout walking shoes and a day pack to carry water, a camera and the like.
Passports, visas and health
Check that your passport is valid beyond the return date of this tour. If you need a new passport apply early as there can be considerable backlogs at the passport offices. There are minimal formalities for British passport holders entering Spain. If you are holding a non-British passport, or require further advice, please consult the McCabe office. No inoculations are required. We do, however, advise you to consult your doctor regarding your own personal requirements.
The McCabe Educational Trust
For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.
McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.
Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.
For more information or to obtain a quote click below for their website
Or call them on 0800 083 3551 to speak to a friendly advisor.
Please quote AG628 upon calling to receive the best rates
Full Financial Security
All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.
AITO Quality Statement
McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.