The Camino, Spain: Walking Back To Your Authentic Self…with Sue Kenney

The path beckons… Come with The Divine Destination Collection as we walk The Way..the Way that has been traversed for thousands of years. Come reflect, transcend, transform with us on the last hundred kilometres (62 miles) that leads us through Spain to the site of the Apostle James interred in the iconic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

We will dine, drink, be merry and picnic along the way. We will journey through breath-taking countryside, vineyards, orchards, quaint villages, and majestic cathedrals…. but mostly, we will journey inward. An epic experience beyond belief, yet one that flirts with luxury and comfort all while discovering The Way and transforming ourselves…

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A 9 day Divine Pilgrimage to Reflect, Transcend, & Transform

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR 9 DAY DIVINE PILGRIMAGE INCLUDE:

  • 8 nights accommodation at two iconic historic properties, a quaint newly renovated 18th Century farm house and a luxurious deluxe estate resort & spa.
  • Sue Kenney, Camino Pilgrim, Author, Speaker and Coach will prepare us before our journey and will also join us on our walk. She has completed the Camino 22 times and is considered an expert pilgrim, coach and guide. Her life’s work is to share the incredible experience of walking, simplifying and embodying the virtues of being a pilgrim each and everyday.
  • Private yoga instructor to work with us before, during and after our walk each day to ensure we are balanced with tender loving care (and great physiological instruction).
  • 6 day guided walk along the last 100 km (62 miles) of the Camino Frances (the French Way) with pop up coffee, picnic lunches and drinks stops in charming locations each day. With a Private “chase” vehicle to transfer luggage ahead to each hotel and to be on hand should guests need emergency transportation.
  • Two Exclusive evenings including cocktails and dinner in Monteforte de Lemos; a Vista & Visions Evening and a Tapas Taberna Encounter.
  • Private Farm to Fork Experience at an 18th Century Galician Farmhouse featured in the PBS “On the Road Again” series featuring Gwenyth Paltrow.
  • Rural Wine and Cheese tasting at a local farm where the cheese is still handmade on the premises.
  • Private Galician Gastronomic Encounter at a local 19th Century converted Flour Mill.
  • Exclusive Secret Garden Cocktails and Dinner accompanied by local entertainment and set in a zen-like oasis.
  • Private Galician cooking experience with a Spanish chef at Casa do Cruceiro.
  • Farewell Sacred and Serene evening held privately in the Sacristy at the famed Parador de Santiago.
  • A host of surprises to amaze and delight weaved throughout the trip.

Parador de Monforte de Lemos Hotel

PARADOR DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS

The historic site of San Vicente do Pino is located in the uppermost part of the town of Monforte de Lemos. It is made up of the keep, San Vicente do Pino Monastery and the palace of the Counts of Lemos, which houses the Parador de Monforte Hotel. The monastery dates back to the 9th century, although the current structure was built in the 17th century in the neoclassical style, the building has a neoclassical central cloister with exceptionally well-carved stonework. It is the ideal space for events, or simply to enjoy a stroll amid the silence and beauty of the stone.

PARADOR DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS WEBSITE


A PARADA DAS BESTAS

A Parada das Bestas is a beautifully renovated 18th Century Galician farmhouse and retains its beautiful old world charm with the upgrades of today’s modern conveniences.

The owners Maria & Suso Varela acquired this original house in 1992 and have done a lovely job of blending the old with the new. Famous for its outstanding cuisine, Maria works her magic in the kitchen combining the tradition of Galician gastronomy with the best of modern cuisine. Renowned for using local products, A Parada das Bestas is a recipient of many prestigious Spanish food awards. They were even featured on the PBS 13 episode series “On the Road Again” with Gwyneth Paltrow and famous Spanish chefs.

A PARADA DAS BESTAS WEBSITE


A QUINTA DA AUGA: A RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX HOTEL & SPA

A Quinta da Auga, the only Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Spa in Galicia, is a beautifully restored 18th Century paper mill on the banks of the Sar River. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens, walking paths and bamboo copses on a large 2.5 acre estate outside Santiago de Compostela. A Quinta da Auga also features a unique 5 star Spa as well as the Filigrana Restaurant, which offers a true “Galicia Haute Cuisine” experience.

A QUINTA DA AUGA A RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX HOTEL & SPA WEBSITE


Parador de Santiago Hotel

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and the emblem of Santiago. It is located on Obradoiro Square directly in front of the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. A stay at this Parador means a visit to a truly unique and exclusive location.

The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims travelling to Santiago. Today, it continues to invite visitors to enjoy a city that is as universal as it is fascinating. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room .

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WEBSITE

View of the historic city centre of Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral

BEFORE WE GO:

Sue Kenney will prepare us for our journey with 2 group conference calls, a 10 Week Camino Training Program and What to Pack List. All to ensure we make the very most of our Divine Pilgrimage!

  • DAY 1: MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019:Upon arrival at either the Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña International Airports you will be met by The Divine Destination Collection and transferred privately to the quaint Parador de Monforte de Lemos. We will be staying at this historic hotel for two (2) nights.Tonight, we will gather privately for a Vistas & Visions evening complete with cocktails on the lawns overlooking the picturesque town of Monforte de Lemos and for a sit down tasting menu of typical Galician dishes served with local wines.On the Camino, Sue Kenney, Camino Pilgrim, author, and speaker who will regale and delight us with stories of her adventures and paint a picture of what is about to unfold. It is here we create our Vision, where we will set “our intention” for our sacred journey on the Camino.
  • DAY 2: TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. And so it begins! This is the morning we will begin our 118 km (73 miles) Camino Pilgrimage in Sarria. There will be morning stops for delicious aromatic coffee, delicacies and afternoon respites with your favourite adult beverage.A customized Camino pack with your official Camino Passport (which you will get stamped along the way as proof that you have walked the last 100 km (62 miles)), and goodies you will need along the walk will be provided.Also present daily is Sue Kenney to direct, inform, and inspire us, and a highly trained yoga instructor, private for our clients, who will work to lead us through morning stretches, poses at rest stops, lunches, and at the end of the day, muscle releasing stretches.Today we will walk 22.5 km (14 miles) from Sarria to Portmarín. We’ll enjoy a rural lunch along the way at Paradela and (as the walking is equally as important as the reflecting), so we will be stopping both before and after lunch for bio breaks and treats.Tonight we will be immersed in this picturesque medieval town as we embark on our Tapas Taverna Encounter where we will enjoy local hors d’oeuvres and dinner in two of Monforte de Lemos best tapas taverns, complete with delicious local wines.
  • DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. We traverse from Portmarín to Palas de Rei (25 km/15.5 miles), and today we’ll stop at Ventas de Naron and spread our blankets on the expansive lawn for a picnic lunch complete with water, wine and beer.While you walk, your luggage will be sent on ahead to our next stop A Parada das Bestas, a beautifully renovated 18th Century Galician farmhouse which we will call home for the next two nights.Tonight, post-yoga stretch, stroll to the quaint dining room for a delectable Farm to Fork dinner in this renowned restaurant famous for its delicious cuisine and organic local products and a recipient of many prestigious Spanish food awards.
  • DAY 4: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. We embark on the next stage of our journey…15 km (9.3 miles) from Palas de Rei to Melide along zen forest roads, across beautiful streams…the walking can at times include spirited conversation, or serene solitude.Our casual lunch today will be served at the famous Pulpería Ezequiel restaurant, known for its delicious octopus, soups, salads and homemade bread.The walk ends after lunch and before returning to our hotel we’ll stop by a rural family farm to taste delicious local wines and homemade cheeses.This evening we will venture out for our Galician Gastronomic Experience and dine at the O Muiño de Pena, a charming 19th Century mill converted into a cosy guesthouse and restaurant.
  • DAY 5: FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. Our journey today is a 14 km (8.5 miles) walk from Melide to Arzúa. We will have a surprise or two planned for this leg of the Camino. Trust us, it’s worth waiting for!Once again, we will send your luggage on ahead to our next stop…A Quinta da Auga, a Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel and spa. We will have three glorious nights here to recharge and perhaps enjoy a spa treatment (or two)…especially as lunch and the afternoon today is at leisure and you are on your own to enjoy the resort.Tonight the magic of your experience is enhanced as we invite you to a private Secret Garden Evening at the hotel complete with gourmet dinner, local wines and local entertainment in a hidden oasis on the property.
  • DAY 6: SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. As we walk a 19 km (12 miles) trek from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo, become mesmerised and then refreshed with quaint stops along the way for coffee and a picnic lunch as well as beverages and cocktails at the end of the day.Tonight we immerse you into the heart and soul of the cuisine as we offer a Private Cooking Experience at Casa do Cruceiro, a unique restored 18th Century farmhouse. Here we will cook with the Chef and prepare our own dinner, which is topped off with amazing local wines. Delicioso!
  • DAY 7: SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. Our final day of walking…this last leg of the Camino is from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela and will be in two parts, the first 15 km (9.3 miles) will be on horseback, a truly magical experience and the last 5 km (3.1 miles), and the final push into the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela will be on foot.We return to A Quinta da Auga for an evening and dinner at leisure and on your own.
  • DAY 8: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019:Rise & shine, we are up very early today to head to the Pilgrim Office to receive our official Pilgrim Papers.After receiving our Pilgrim Papers, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the famous Parador de Santiago where we will spend our last night.After breakfast, enjoy a private guided walking experience through the old town of Santiago de Compostela.Tonight we reflect on what we have achieved and how it has touched our soul (and soles) with a Farewell Sacred and Serene evening held privately in the Sacristy at the famed Parador de Santiago. It wouldn’t be a Divine Destination Collection experience without a surprise or two!
  • DAY 9: TUESDAY MAY 14, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. Check out and departure. Private transfers to either the Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña International Airports will be provided for your flights home.

We have spent our time together walking, we have reflected, we have encountered the hidden gems, revelled in the beauty and discovered the spirit of our destination. And at the same time, we have revealed special things about ourselves to our destination, our travel companions and most importantly…ourselves…

The Divine Destination Collection presents, The Camino, the last 100 kilometres (62 miles), where luxury, adventure and spirituality meet…

Bridge along the Camino

MAY 6 – 14, 2019

$9,700.00 CDN per person based on double occupancy
$10,450.00 CDN per person based on single occupancy

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Scallop shell marker on the cobble stone streets of Santiago de Compostela leading to the cathedral

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR 9 DAY DIVINE PILGRIMAGE INCLUDE:

  • 8 nights accommodation at two iconic historic properties, a quaint newly renovated 18th Century farm house and a luxurious deluxe estate resort & spa.
  • Sue Kenney, Camino Pilgrim, Author, Speaker and Coach will prepare us before our journey and will also join us on our walk. She has completed the Camino 22 times and is considered an expert pilgrim, coach and guide. Her life’s work is to share the incredible experience of walking, simplifying and embodying the virtues of being a pilgrim each and everyday.
  • Private yoga instructor to work with us before, during and after our walk each day to ensure we are balanced with tender loving care (and great physiological instruction).
  • 6 day guided walk along the last 100 km (62 miles) of the Camino Frances (the French Way) with pop up coffee, picnic lunches and drinks stops in charming locations each day. With a Private “chase” vehicle to transfer luggage ahead to each hotel and to be on hand should guests need emergency transportation.
  • Two Exclusive evenings including cocktails and dinner in Monteforte de Lemos; a Vista & Visions Evening and a Tapas Taberna Encounter.
  • Private Farm to Fork Experience at an 18th Century Galician Farmhouse featured in the PBS “On the Road Again” series featuring Gwenyth Paltrow.
  • Rural Wine and Cheese tasting at a local farm where the cheese is still handmade on the premises.
  • Private Galician Gastronomic Encounter at a local 19th Century converted Flour Mill.
  • Exclusive Secret Garden Cocktails and Dinner accompanied by local entertainment and set in a zen-like oasis.
  • Private Galician cooking experience with a Spanish chef at Casa do Cruceiro.
  • Farewell Sacred and Serene evening held privately in the Sacristy at the famed Parador de Santiago.
  • A host of surprises to amaze and delight weaved throughout the trip.

HOTELS

PARADOR DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS

The historic site of San Vicente do Pino is located in the uppermost part of the town of Monforte de Lemos. It is made up of the keep, San Vicente do Pino Monastery and the palace of the Counts of Lemos, which houses the Parador de Monforte Hotel. The monastery dates back to the 9th century, although the current structure was built in the 17th century in the neoclassical style, the building has a neoclassical central cloister with exceptionally well-carved stonework. It is the ideal space for events, or simply to enjoy a stroll amid the silence and beauty of the stone.

PARADOR DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS WEBSITE

 

 


A PARADA DAS BESTAS

A Parada das Bestas is a beautifully renovated 18th Century Galician farmhouse and retains its beautiful old world charm with the upgrades of today’s modern conveniences.

The owners Maria & Suso Varela acquired this original house in 1992 and have done a lovely job of blending the old with the new. Famous for its outstanding cuisine, Maria works her magic in the kitchen combining the tradition of Galician gastronomy with the best of modern cuisine. Renowned for using local products, A Parada das Bestas is a recipient of many prestigious Spanish food awards. They were even featured on the PBS 13 episode series “On the Road Again” with Gwyneth Paltrow and famous Spanish chefs.

A PARADA DAS BESTAS WEBSITE

 

 


A QUINTA DA AUGA: A RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX HOTEL & SPA

A Quinta da Auga, the only Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Spa in Galicia, is a beautifully restored 18th Century paper mill on the banks of the Sar River. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens, walking paths and bamboo copses on a large 2.5 acre estate outside Santiago de Compostela. A Quinta da Auga also features a unique 5 star Spa as well as the Filigrana Restaurant, which offers a true “Galicia Haute Cuisine” experience.

A QUINTA DA AUGA A RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX HOTEL & SPA WEBSITE

 

 


PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and the emblem of Santiago. It is located on Obradoiro Square directly in front of the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. A stay at this Parador means a visit to a truly unique and exclusive location.

The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims travelling to Santiago. Today, it continues to invite visitors to enjoy a city that is as universal as it is fascinating. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room .

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WEBSITE

ITINERARY

View of the historic city centre of Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral

BEFORE WE GO:

Sue Kenney will prepare us for our journey with 2 group conference calls, a 10 Week Camino Training Program and What to Pack List. All to ensure we make the very most of our Divine Pilgrimage!

  • DAY 1: MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019:Upon arrival at either the Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña International Airports you will be met by The Divine Destination Collection and transferred privately to the quaint Parador de Monforte de Lemos. We will be staying at this historic hotel for two (2) nights.Tonight, we will gather privately for a Vistas & Visions evening complete with cocktails on the lawns overlooking the picturesque town of Monforte de Lemos and for a sit down tasting menu of typical Galician dishes served with local wines.On the Camino, Sue Kenney, Camino Pilgrim, author, and speaker who will regale and delight us with stories of her adventures and paint a picture of what is about to unfold. It is here we create our Vision, where we will set “our intention” for our sacred journey on the Camino.
  • DAY 2: TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. And so it begins! This is the morning we will begin our 118 km (73 miles) Camino Pilgrimage in Sarria. There will be morning stops for delicious aromatic coffee, delicacies and afternoon respites with your favourite adult beverage.A customized Camino pack with your official Camino Passport (which you will get stamped along the way as proof that you have walked the last 100 km (62 miles)), and goodies you will need along the walk will be provided.Also present daily is Sue Kenney to direct, inform, and inspire us, and a highly trained yoga instructor, private for our clients, who will work to lead us through morning stretches, poses at rest stops, lunches, and at the end of the day, muscle releasing stretches.Today we will walk 22.5 km (14 miles) from Sarria to Portmarín. We’ll enjoy a rural lunch along the way at Paradela and (as the walking is equally as important as the reflecting), so we will be stopping both before and after lunch for bio breaks and treats.Tonight we will be immersed in this picturesque medieval town as we embark on our Tapas Taverna Encounter where we will enjoy local hors d’oeuvres and dinner in two of Monforte de Lemos best tapas taverns, complete with delicious local wines.
  • DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. We traverse from Portmarín to Palas de Rei (25 km/15.5 miles), and today we’ll stop at Ventas de Naron and spread our blankets on the expansive lawn for a picnic lunch complete with water, wine and beer.While you walk, your luggage will be sent on ahead to our next stop A Parada das Bestas, a beautifully renovated 18th Century Galician farmhouse which we will call home for the next two nights.Tonight, post-yoga stretch, stroll to the quaint dining room for a delectable Farm to Fork dinner in this renowned restaurant famous for its delicious cuisine and organic local products and a recipient of many prestigious Spanish food awards.
  • DAY 4: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. We embark on the next stage of our journey…15 km (9.3 miles) from Palas de Rei to Melide along zen forest roads, across beautiful streams…the walking can at times include spirited conversation, or serene solitude.Our casual lunch today will be served at the famous Pulpería Ezequiel restaurant, known for its delicious octopus, soups, salads and homemade bread.The walk ends after lunch and before returning to our hotel we’ll stop by a rural family farm to taste delicious local wines and homemade cheeses.This evening we will venture out for our Galician Gastronomic Experience and dine at the O Muiño de Pena, a charming 19th Century mill converted into a cosy guesthouse and restaurant.
  • DAY 5: FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. Our journey today is a 14 km (8.5 miles) walk from Melide to Arzúa. We will have a surprise or two planned for this leg of the Camino. Trust us, it’s worth waiting for!Once again, we will send your luggage on ahead to our next stop…A Quinta da Auga, a Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel and spa. We will have three glorious nights here to recharge and perhaps enjoy a spa treatment (or two)…especially as lunch and the afternoon today is at leisure and you are on your own to enjoy the resort.Tonight the magic of your experience is enhanced as we invite you to a private Secret Garden Evening at the hotel complete with gourmet dinner, local wines and local entertainment in a hidden oasis on the property.
  • DAY 6: SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. As we walk a 19 km (12 miles) trek from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo, become mesmerised and then refreshed with quaint stops along the way for coffee and a picnic lunch as well as beverages and cocktails at the end of the day.Tonight we immerse you into the heart and soul of the cuisine as we offer a Private Cooking Experience at Casa do Cruceiro, a unique restored 18th Century farmhouse. Here we will cook with the Chef and prepare our own dinner, which is topped off with amazing local wines. Delicioso!
  • DAY 7: SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. Our final day of walking…this last leg of the Camino is from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela and will be in two parts, the first 15 km (9.3 miles) will be on horseback, a truly magical experience and the last 5 km (3.1 miles), and the final push into the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela will be on foot.We return to A Quinta da Auga for an evening and dinner at leisure and on your own.
  • DAY 8: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019:Rise & shine, we are up very early today to head to the Pilgrim Office to receive our official Pilgrim Papers.After receiving our Pilgrim Papers, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the famous Parador de Santiago where we will spend our last night.After breakfast, enjoy a private guided walking experience through the old town of Santiago de Compostela.Tonight we reflect on what we have achieved and how it has touched our soul (and soles) with a Farewell Sacred and Serene evening held privately in the Sacristy at the famed Parador de Santiago. It wouldn’t be a Divine Destination Collection experience without a surprise or two!
  • DAY 9: TUESDAY MAY 14, 2019:Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel. Check out and departure. Private transfers to either the Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña International Airports will be provided for your flights home.

We have spent our time together walking, we have reflected, we have encountered the hidden gems, revelled in the beauty and discovered the spirit of our destination. And at the same time, we have revealed special things about ourselves to our destination, our travel companions and most importantly…ourselves…

The Divine Destination Collection presents, The Camino, the last 100 kilometres (62 miles), where luxury, adventure and spirituality meet…

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