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Camino de Santiago, Guided Group April-May 2020

Camino de Santiago

Camino Frances is the oldest path to Santiago de Compostela, the beautiful city protected by Saint James, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ.

Its unique beauty lies in the greatness of the 6th Northen regions of Spain, hidding a profound magic that accompanies the pilgrim inner transformation towards himself. Walking this path for approximately 25-28 days (according to the group’s rhythm), we will be witnessing an entire inventory of the creation diversity. Mountains, hills, the endless mesetas, rivers and vine varieties raising from a red soil (La Rioja) are the sources of a great energy filling you up everyday.

All these and much more can be found on this route towards Santiago de Compostela. And from there, if we still can (and I’m sure we will 😊) and if the time alows it, we can walk towards Finisterre, to meet the magic Atlantic Ocean.  

To be able to meet the needs in terms of time of the people willing to walk this path, we have to versions available. Depending on the availability of the majority of the people registered for this group we will start walking the longuest path of 33 or 32 days (in case we exclude the day spent to walk cross the Pyrenees), or the shortest path of 24 days.  

Camino de Santiago
Pyrenees – The Napoleon Route on April 14th 2013

The extended period of time is 33 days. We can either start walking in Saint Jean Pied de Port (France) crossing the Pyrenees towards Roncesvalles (Spain), or start walking in Roncesvalles in which case the extended period of time will count 32 days.

  • 2 days of transportation to the meeting point and from Santiago de Compoatela back home
  • 29 or 30 walking days (minimum)
  • 1 day resting and visiting Santiago de Compostela. The resting days number will be decided at group level according to the walking rhythm towards Santiago and taking into consideration the option of walking or not to Finisterre.

Budget: 1800 EUR* including the following:

  • Bus ticket Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela
  • Accomodation in albergue
  • Spiritual guidance

IMPORTANT!!! The Budget does NOT include:

  • Transportantion to the meeting point (flights, bus tickets etc.). However, this can be arraged upon request but will be charged seperatly according to the ticktes price.*   
  • Daily meal estimated to a minimum cost of 750 EUR per pilgrim (we do not include here 4-5* restaurants 😊) for all 33 days.
  • Personal expences (entree fee to certain touristic obiectives, suvenirs etc.)

*We welcome people from any part of the world, and according to the traveling distance the price will be different, that’s why we cannot estimate a traveling cost.

Camino de Santiago
Pyrenees – The Napoleon Route on April 14th 2013

The detailed schedule is the following:

April 25 – transportation to the meeting point: Saint Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles, according to group’s decision.

Camino de Santiago
Saint Jean Pied de Port, April 12, 2013

April 26 – start walking the Camino towards Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Santiago
Roncesvalles, April 15th 2013

IMPORTANT! For a medium rhythm, we estimate to reach Santiago de Compostela after approximately 25 days (if we start in Roncesvalles) or 26 days (if we start in SJPP).

May 20* or 21st we reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here we  decide if we walk further for other 90 km to Finisterre or we take the bus, and according to this decision we see also how many days we can stay in Santiago de Compostela.

May 20* or 21st we visit and rest in Santiago de Compostela, based on the decision taken (to walk or not to Finisterre).

May 21st  – May 24* (or 22nd-25), 3 days walking from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre. This part is optional and we prefer to decide at group level based on the walking rhythm and the time spent to reach Santiago de Compostela.

Camino is full of surprises! No matter how detailed is the planning done before the trip, Camino will give you the right experience to help you grow. That’s why the 3 days walkinf part is a buffer we take to make sure we all reach Santiago de Compostela by the end of the trip. For Finisterre and Muxia, if the group wants to visit them, we can take the bus and see both of them in one day.

May 25* or 26 we will end our adventure in Finisterre and Muxia (if the group choose to see them) and we will come back in the afternoon to Santiago de Compostela for a last evening enjoying the spirit of the city where so many pilgrims are celebrating the end of an alchemic cycle.

May 26* or 27 we all fly back home.

*Different dates due to the fact that we will choose together the staing point. So, for 32 days staring in Roncesvalles we will come back home on May 26.

The shorter period of time

Camino de Santiago
La Catedral de Burgos, April 25th 2013

The shorter period of time is 24 days and we start from Burgos.

  • 2 days of transportation to the meeting point and from Santiago de Compostela back home
  • 20 walking days (minimum)
  • 1 day resting and visiting Santiago de Compostela. The resting days number will be decided at group level according to the walking rhythm towards Santiago and taking into consideration the option of walking or not to Finisterre.

Budget: 1580 EUR* including the following:

  • Bus ticket Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela
  • Accomodation in albergue
  • Spiritual guidance

IMPORTANT!!! The Budget does NOT include:

  • Transportantion to the meeting point (flights, bus tickets etc.). However, this can be arraged upon request but will be charged seperatly according to the ticktes price.*
  • Daily meal estimated to a minimum cost of 750 EUR per pilgrim (we do not include here 4-5* restaurants 😊) for all 33 days.
  • Personal expences (entree fee to certain touristic obiectives, suvenirs etc.)

*We welcome people from any part of the world, and according to the traveling distance the price will be different, that’s why we cannot estimate a traveling cost.

The detailed schedule is the following:

April 30 – transportation to the meeting point in Burgos.

May 1st – start walking the Camino towards Santiago de Compostela.

IMPORTANT! For a medium rhythm, we estimate to reach Santiago de Compostela after approximately 17 days.

May 17 we reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here we  decide if we walk further for other 90 km to Finisterre or we take the bus, and according to this decision we see also how many days we can stay in Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela
La Catedral de Santiago de Compostela – Plaza del Obradoiro, May 17th 2019

May 18 we visit and rest in Santiago de Compostela, based on the decision taken (to walk or not to Finisterre).

May 19 – May 21st, 3 days walking from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre. This part is optional and we prefer to decide at group level based on the walking rhythm and the time spent to reach Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Santiago
Cabo Finisterre, May 19th 2019

Camino is full of surprises! No matter how detailed is the planning done before the trip, Camino will give you the right experience to help you grow. That’s why the 3 days walkinf part is a buffer we take to make sure we all reach Santiago de Compostela by the end of the trip. For Finisterre and Muxia, if the group wants to visit them, we can take the bus and see both of them in one day.

May 22nd we will end our adventure in Finisterre and Muxia (if the group choose to see them) and we will come back in the afternoon to Santiago de Compostela for a last evening enjoying the spirit of the city where so many pilgrims are celebrating the end of an alchemic cycle.

May 23 we all fly back home.

The wheater in April-May on this part of the Camino, varies between 15-18o C, with half rain half sunny days tendencies.

Benefits we kindly offer to the pilgrim: 😊

  1. Assistence when choosing the Camino technical equipment.
  2. For the extended period of 33 days while we cross the Pyrenees, the Budget it’s the same as for the 32 days starting in Roncesvalles. You will probably be quite nervous on this stage, so the accomodation for that first night it’s on us. You just need to sleep well and dream you have reached Roncesvalles at the end of the first walking day, and then you just have to make this dream come treu smiling! 😊
  3. Spiritual guidance from the first to the last day on the Camino.

Camino de Santiago it’s not a vacation! It’s a spiritual alchemic path that will transform you! There are situations when you will know what to do, and other scenarious when you will most probably need support. If you don’t like to walk alone at the begining due to some personal beliefs or fears, you can get the spiritual support you need from your guide during the first days of walking, and then you can try to walk alone for some hours regrouping later with the members of the group. And this is just one exemple to overcome a fear or a limit you may feel you have.

In this regard, Diana-Maria Georgescu, ”World traveler, Life traveler, Time traveler” will be you spiritual guide. Diana has also walked the Camino de Santiago three times: the entire Camino Frances (2013), the entire Camino Portuguese (2018), and she launched in 2019 the first organized Romanian guided group walking 450 km of the Camino Portuguese (Porto – Santiago de Compostela – Finisterre). She experienced herself the power of inner alchemy during this pilgrimage, and she will be next to you to help you overcome your fears and shadows that this path may reveal. You just have to ask for her support. 😊

You can ask for additional details via e-mail: diana.georgescu@womenesteeminternational.com. The booking of your spot in the group will be done once the payment is processed.

If Camino wispers already in your blood, it’s the kind of experience you will fall in love with forever and the place where you will come back at least once. It is essentially the path towards yourself following the Milky Way.

If you like to feel a first taste of this pilgrimage, check out this article below:

Briefly, Camino is YOU! That version of YOU that you haven’t met yet!

Buen Camino!

Camino de Santiago
Dumbria – on the way to Finisterre, May 19th 2019

Following Jesus Chist footprints to Jordan River

How I baptized myself in the Jordan River

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Jesus Baptism Site, Jordan River

Once we left the Dead Sea, we started to drive towards the Mount Nebo, where Moses is supposed to be buried. We had planned that day to visit Mount Nebo, Madaba and Jesus Christ Baptism Site. While driving to Mount Nebo, my inner voice was calling me towards the Baptism Site first. So, after driving for half an hour, I stopped the car and recalculate the route towards the Baptism Site, practically driving back for 10 minutes.

Another 15-20 minutes drive and we arrive. After parking the car, we found out that there is a shuttle bus driving us directly to the place, and moreover, each shuttle bus has a tour guide. I must confess I thought this was a visit one can do by himself, but in reality, they have everything under control including the tour guides due to the fact that the Baptism Site is essentially at the border with Israel and it’s a military area.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Jesus Baptism Site, Jordan River

So, having already the tickets payed online, we went directly to the shuttle bus. Essentially, you should expect to jump in a minivan with kind of a poor conditions inside: no air conditioning, damaged chairs and other local aspects you will understand once you will get there. But, it’s the only way to reach the Baptism Site, so not the place to act like a diva. 😊

Baptism Site Museum, Jordan River
Baptism Site Museum, Book of Greetings, Jordan

After other 5-10 minutes’ drive, we arrive at the gate of the Baptism Site. We started by seeing a museum and then we went towards the Jordan river and afterwards to the place where Jesus was baptized. Jordan river used to be bigger 2000 years ago, so now the place is inland far from the current Jordan river. However, the guide explained us that during spring time, the water comes out from the soil in that area as well, like a small water spring.    

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Jesus Baptism Site, Jordan

The tour guide was actually an amazing man! We talked about religion and beliefs and I asked him how does it feel to be Muslim and have a job in a Christian place of worship? And after the experience in the Mosque in Aqaba I was surprised to here that he doesn’t consider this activity as a job, but as his mission in this life. And then he added that the Muslim people believe in all the prophets, including Jesus and the Quran mentions Virgin Mary 40 time while the Bible is mentioning her less than the Quran. And we continued to walk and talk about the fact that there is only one God, and just the name is different in different beliefs.

After a short walk we arrived at the Greek Orthodox Saint John the Baptist Church, quite close to the Jordan river. We went inside and I found out that if I am already baptized in a church by a priest, I can enter the Jordan river and baptize myself in its water as well. So, the guide was very kind and he gave me a special made white dress to use for this ritual, even if we didn’t had cash with us. However, I gave him 14 JOD, the price of the dress, once we got back to the car.         

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Saint John the Baptist Church, Jordan
Baptism Site, Jordan River
Saint John the Baptist Church, Jordan

Here I am, doing something I was imagined to do since I was a kid: to enter the Jordan river and to be baptized in its water as Jesus was. Strange childhood dream, one may say, but I was fascinated by this idea for so many years. It is useful to say here that being baptized as a Christian Orthodox, on 6th of January we are celebrating Jesus Baptism right when the Catholics are celebration the Epiphany. And each year, the priests are visiting the people’s houses and blessing them using holy water and singing a song about Jesus Baptism in the Jordan water. So, this was one of the songs of my childhood and I always asked myself how it was for Jesus to be baptized in the Jordan river as an adult.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River

Maybe it sounds strange, but I must confess it was one of the most powerful gestures I did for myself, based on a childish idea I was fantasizing on when I used to be a kid. So, I entered the Jordan river, I disconnected from the outside world and I baptized myself in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. 😊   

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River

After leaving that holy place, I felt like having a new superpower or something. I was so happy and I had an epiphany! I was so grateful to myself for listening that inner voice asking me to turn the car and drive back to see this place first. Not doing so, I was probably meeting another tour guide with different views about world beliefs, have other discussions, and probably never found out I can enter and baptize myself in the Jordan river.  And, the funny thing was that the place was full of people before changing my clothes. Then, when I approached the river everyone left and I had my ritual in peace and without being disturbed by people taking pictures or talking around.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River

Today is 6th of January, the Jesus Baptism Day for the Christian Orthodox Church, and I am remembering this story and writing it down as a symbol of this holy day, and as a symbol of the holiness that lives in each of us. We are a projection of a higher consciousness we call God, and we have everything we need to become the masterpiece of our life.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River, behind the Israel part of the river

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here:

Kerak Castle, a visit inspired by „Kingdom of Heaven” movie

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

After four days in Aqaba, enjoying the Red Sea, we rented a car and started to drive back to Amman. We had a lot of objectives on our map, mostly castles, and we manged to see only the most important of them. So, our first objective was Kerak Castle, an old Crusader forteress oppened in 1142 to oversee the commercial roads between Jerusalem, Damascus, Mecca and Egypt.

From Aqaba we took the highway following the western part of the country, near the border with Israel. It’s the fastest way to reach Kerak (Al-Karak), 250 km drive away, and we needed to be fast to be able to see the castle before 16:00 when the visiting hours were ending. So, we left Aqaba at 12:00, stopped for lunch on the highway and then driving to Kerak.

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

To reach Kerak, you have to drive for almost an hour outside the highway up on the mountain. So, small damaged roads with endless curves are waiting for you. If you have a bad stomach, think twice before doing this part. :p

However, once up on the mountain, in the middle of the castle ruins, you are in the right position to thank God you took the journey. You can see everything from up there, Al Karak city below and the roads looking like a small part of Transfăgărășan road in Romania. Basically, you have a 360 degree view of the horizon! And if you happen to be there close to the sunset, the view it’s breathtaking.

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

The place has a good energy and you may feel like staying for a while. So, if you have a day, just enjoy the castle and also the city.

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

I am fascinated about old castles, hence for me it was a blessing being there and walking inside the rooms preserved after so many centuries, and imagine how everything used to look like at that time. Even if most of them where built as strategic points of defense, I still find them fascinating.    

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan
Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

But why Kerak Castle?

Well, I am a huge fan of the famous movie „Kingdom of Heaven”. One of the most important battles of that time was in this area between Saladin, the frist sultan of Syria and Egypt and the conqurer of the Kingdom of Jerusalim from the Christian’s commands, and  Raynald of Châtillon, prince of Antioch. Even if the movie was not shot there, I wanted to see the place and step into the energetic footprints of the people fighting for a „kingdom of conciousness” they understood at that time it’s made by stones and buildings.  

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

In fact, if we are looking at the root cause of the current wars we are facing today, we can easily see we are not that far from them. We are fighting in diffrent countries for material things like land and properties, in the name of the same God that we, as human beings, understood He promised us a material kingdom. And if we look at Kerak Castle or other points of defence in history, we can understand what will be left from today’s wars. Only ruins and a history painted by the ones in a powerful position.  

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

As I see it, the only way out from all the ancient patterns we are repeating over and over again is by rasing our level of counciousness, which will take us out of this reality to build the Kingdom of Heaven as it should be: a kingdom of counciousness embodied in human beings led by their inner voice of their true nature manifested as kindness and compassion for their own phisical manifestaion and for all the other beings around.  

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here:

Aqaba, the city of narrow-minded views showing openness in a Mosque

Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan

Leaving Wadi Rum Desert is like leaving behind a treasure that belongs to your Soul. The good news is that I felt like taking with me the taste of the silent sand full of divine grace. And that feeling is so full of meanings and powerful understanding that fuels your body with the curiosity of the new adventure waiting to be lived in Aqaba.

So, we left Wadi Rum with a jeep taking us into the village, and from there we took a cab (25 JOD for 2 people) to Aqaba. This city is not present in the usual organized trips, but was one of my dreams seeing this place. This is the Jordanian seaside, and after so many dry days in Petra and Wadi Rum, taking a swim in the Red Sea, was the best thing to do. The sea in the Aqaba bay is quite calm, salty, and good for swimming. The two bothering things here are the laud music on the boats transporting people in different points of the bay and the fact that the local men are literally staring at the foreign ladies that are daring to go for a swim to the public beach. They have this custom to sit on the beach or in the coffee shops with a beach view, smoking shisha (narghile), drinking tea or coffee and looking at the foreign ladies on the beach.

Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea, Aqaba Bay, Jordan

That’s why the government arrange for a private beach in a 5 starts resort where you can go from the hotel directly paying 11 JOD / person which included the transportation with a hop on hop off bus, plus the entrance fee in the resort. Everything is 5 stars, and you can also book a room and spend some days in there. Is 10 km away from the city, just that is in the middle of nowhere so you feel like closed in there if you don’t have a car to go to the city. And another disadvantage would be the fact that the sea is not that still and calm as in Aqaba bay. Nevertheless, if you want to spend a day there, it’s a good choice as it’s really quiet and deserted.

Aqaba, Jordan
Islands, Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Islands, Full Moon, Aqaba, Jordan

The city of Aqaba it’s an ordinary city. Big, full of people that are less open-minded than the people in the northern part of Jordan, even less open-minded that the people in Petra or Wadi Rum. Initially I thought it was because of the fact that there are not too many tourists in this city. Then I’ve noticed a lot of foreign people, so there is another reason behind, I was not able to discover yet.

However, there were some nice experiences we had in this place. First of all, the accommodation. We booked a double room for 4 nights at Taj Hotel 3*, and we ended up receiving an upgrade to a suite within the same price (122 EUR / 4 nights / 2 people). And this was not just for us! I must confess that before booking the room, I was reading the reviews and more people were saying the same thing. So, basically, I decided to book this hotel hoping for the same treat. And it proved to be real! 😊 Now, you should not expect a 5* suite, however, having two rooms, a living room and a small kitchen like in an aparthotel, was more than what we’ve expected. Honestly, I think it’s a marketing trick, it’s actually their way of making you choosing this hotel that is up on the hill, not next to the beach as the others. However, if you enjoy a 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, it’s a very good choice and quality for money. We’ve met a Romanian couple on the second day. They booked a 2-3* hotel near the beach for one night, and they told us it was awful. So, I say better uphill, in a suite! 😊   

Aqaba, Jordan
Al-Tazaj Restaurant, Aqaba, Jordan

Then, the nicest part of this city was the food. Even if it was very hard to find restaurants serving vegetarian dishes as most of the restaurants and fast foods are selling only dishes with meat, we finally found this place, Al-Tazaj, with an exquisite falafel, and excellent sea food, and we suddenly became their loyal customers. We even took some falafel sandwiches with us when we rented the car to drive back to Amman and visit some other places on the way back.

Another nice thing to see in here is the Aqaba Castle. We were there 15 minutes before the closing hour (4 pm), and we did a quick tour. Then, the man in charge of the Castle came to us and offered us a private tour inside and up on some of the parts of the Castle that were closed. It was a great experience and we enjoyed a lot his way of showing us where to sit to have the best pictures of the place.

Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan

If you have a look at the small details around, Aqaba had a great positive aspect to be remembered here: the labels with the real prices of the products in the shops and supermarkets. In Wadi Musa, there were less honest people telling you the real price of the products, moreover the prices were even 3 times bigger than in Aqaba. So, not feeling “rubbed” at each corner was a big plus of this city!

Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan

Now, a strange thing happened when we tried to rent a car. We went several times at Avis rent a car office asking for a car and they continuously told us no car was available for the day we were planning to leave. Moreover, they asked us to pay 35 to 50 JOD extra-charge for taking the car in Aqaba and leaving it in Amman. So, I decided to check this on the internet. And I managed to book a car via Ryanair app from the same Avis office without paying any extra-fee for leaving the car in Amman. Briefly, when in Jordan, you may want to book things on different sites and apps than dealing with local people even if they are employed by big international companies. The good news was that again I booked for an small car (Kia Picanto) and I received an almost new big car (Kia Celina), so we were so comfortable driving back and visiting around different places on the way back to Amman.   

Madaba, Jordan
Madaba, Jordan

Going back to the less open-minded people, we faced that again when I tried to visit a mosque. During the last day of our staying in Aqaba, we went to see the mosque we were passing by each day when we were going downhill to the beach. And once I entered the courtyard of the mosque, the men started to fight each other to get me out of there. Some were saying that it was not a problem for me to visit the mosque, others were completely against the idea, and others were trying to make me pay 20 JOD for a hijab (a long skirt plus a scarf to cover my head). At a certain point, when I was about to leave the place, a man came and he was completely willing to help me entering the mosque. So, he asked his wife to give me her hijab and a scarf to cover my head and I was invited inside the mosque.

Aqaba Mosque, Jordan
Aqaba Mosque, Jordan – wearing hijab
Aqaba Mosque, Jordan
Aqaba Mosque, Jordan

I sat there quietly thanking God for the presence of this man, and praying for a more understandable and peaceful world. After finishing my pray, I went outside to give them back the hijab and the scarf, and he started to explain me that we all have the same God, just that some people are seeing these things differently and I should understand and forgive them. And we agreed that we are all the sons of the same God, just the way we call God may be different like Allah, and the perspective may change from a mind to another. I thanked him for his way of seeing things and for his willingness to put an end to that fight, and I left the mosque full of hope that men, one day, will stop fighting for and in the name of God.    

Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea, Aqaba Bay, Jordan

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here: