Mark your calendars! — September 28th through October 6th, 2019

INTRODUCING THE FIRST EVER

I'll Push You: Accessible Camino

In Partnership with Camino Ways & Travel-For-All

Yes, you read that correctly! We are excited to announce the first ever "disability-friendly" Camino with Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray of the award-winning film, I'll Push You.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

The Camino is many things to many people; an opportunity to learn more about one's self, a journey filled with raw human connection, or a time to face who we are vs. who we want to be. Regardless of what the Camino offers, it is life-changing.

Join us as we partner with Camino Ways and Travel-For-All, making this ancient pilgrimage available to those with limited mobility.

The Camino isn't known for its accessibility, but many who possess physical limitations have taken it on. The task is daunting, but nothing is impossible, especially when you have others at your side.

Join us on this incredible journey as we walk with you for the last 100 kilometers, enjoy nightly dinners as a community, and experience wonderful Spanish hospitality.

Be careful though; you just might get the bug to walk the whole thing.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

September 28th – October 6th, 2019

We chose this timeframe because it is ideal for a group like ours. The weather will be great and the trail will be less crowded.

You're in Good Hands…

To successfully pull this off, we have partnered with two AMAZING organizations specializing in the Camino and Accessible Travel. Additionally, Justin and Patrick will be walking with you!

Justin & Patrick
from I'll Push You

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray completed the Camino (500 miles), with Patrick pushing Justin in his wheelchair in 2014. These best friends have an award-winning film, and best-selling book, both titled "I'll Push You." They will be personally accompanying the group on this ancient pilgrimage!

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Camino Ways
Camino Specialists

Located in Dublin Ireland, Camino Ways has been guiding pilgrims on the Camino since 2011. They know EVERYTHING there is to know about the Camino and are the perfect partners for this once in a lifetime opportunity. They will be handling all Camino-specific logistics.

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Travel-For-All
Accessible Travel Specialists

Located in Vancouver, BC, Travel-For-All is Canada's premiere Accessible Travel Agency. Led by Tarita Davenock, they customize vacations and specialize in helping travelers with various disabilities travel the globe. Tarita and team will handle all accessible travel-related logistics to/from Spain.

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The French Route: Last 100 km

We chose the last 100 km of the Camino, starting in Sarria and ending in Santiago de Compostela. This allows us to manage accessibility while ensuring you can get your Compostela (certificate of completion)!

The Itinerary: Sarria to Santiago

Below, you will find the specifics of each day of this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage, starting on September 28. Click each date to expand and learn more.

Arrive at Santiago de Compostela International Airport.

You will be picked up and transferred (wheelchair accessible transportation included)* to the hotel we will be staying at for the week; the three-star Gelmirez Hotel.

We will stay overnight in Santiago, getting plenty of rest before we start the pilgrimage on the 29th!

* If you plan on arriving BEFORE September 28, your airport pickup is included to get you from the airport to the hotel.

Transfer to Sarria from our hotel in Santiago.

This is where we will officially start our Camino walk/roll!

You can expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and long quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional "horreos" (granaries). We will also stop to visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo.

At the end of the day, we will transfer back to Santiago for dinner and a good night's rest.

Transfer to Portomarin after breakfast.

Your Camino will cross the river Mino (Galicia's longest river) and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass quaint hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Naron.

Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria in Castromajor and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago.

At the end of the day, we will transfer back to Santiago for dinner and a good nights rest.

Transfer to Palas de Rei after breakfast.

The Camino Trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. Today's destination is the small town of Melide, where you should try octopus, Galicia's most notable dish, in one of the many "pulperias".

At the end of the day, we will transfer back to Santiago for dinner and a good night's rest.

Transfer to Melide after breakfast.

The Camino crosses several streams, eventually bringing you to the village of Boente and the Church of Santiago. Next is the medieval Hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Aruza, famous for its local cheese. In Aruza, you should visit the churches of Santa Maria and A Magdalena.

At the end of the day, we will transfer back to Santiago for dinner and a good night's rest.

Transfer to Arzua after breakfast.

Your Camino will take you through beautiful woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit.

En route, don't miss the lovely hamlet of Rua. The rest of the route to Amenal travels along a mix of peaceful country roads and forest tracks.

At the end of the day, we will transfer back to Santiago for dinner and a good night's rest.

Transfer to Amenal after breakfast.

Your next point of interest is Lavacolla in the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash in the river in preparation for their arrival into Santiago de Compostela.

Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo ("Mount of Joy"). From here, you will have a fantastic view of the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago moments before we arrive.

At the end of the day, we will enjoy dinner and a good night's rest.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. After that, we will attend the local "pilgrim's mass" in the Cathedral and witness the famous Botafumeiro ceremony.

We will spend the afternoon exploring the old city and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere, just make sure you stop by the Pilgrim's Office to pick up your "Compostela" (certificate of completion)!

Tonight, you will have a special celebratory dinner with us at the five-star Parador hotel to mark the end of this fantastic journey.

After this crazy week, you might be seriously wiped out and just want to go home. We completely understand!

However, some of you might want to spend a few extra days either in Santiago or catch a short flight to either Barcelona (one of the world's most accessible cities) or Spain's capital, Madrid, which is also decently accessible.

If you choose to do so, you can work with Tarita at Travel For All, our accessible travel agency/partner, to find options that work best for you!

What's Included:

To make this as enjoyable as possible, we've included everything that we can think of to make this an experience of a lifetime!

Hotel for 8 Nights

Lodging for 8 nights is included in this package. We will be staying at the Gelmirez Hotel***. Any additional nights will be your responsibility.

Nightly Dinners

Each night, we will be eating together as a community. We will dine at the hotel restaurant and several different restaurants in Santiago. 

Daily Breakfast

Each morning, we will gather to talk about the plan for the day, enjoy some incredible Spanish coffee, and dine together for breakfast.

Airport Transfers

Transportation to and from the airport is covered. Have a wheelchair? No problem, we have an accessible vehicle reserved for the entire journey. 

English-Speaking Camino Guides

There is so much history to take in along the Camino. This is why we have English-speaking guides provided by Camino Ways.

Support
Transportation

We will have support transportation available should anyone not be able to walk/roll an entire day or needs to be taken back for any reason.

Your Pilgrims
Passport

As we travel from town to town, we will get stamps to prove our travel. We will provide you with a pilgrims passport to collect these stamps.

Your Camino
Compostela

A Compostela is a document that demonstrates you finished the journey. You will receive this document once we complete the Camino.

What's NOT Included.

We want to make sure we are clear regarding what's NOT included in our 2019 Accessible Camino. Please see below.

Airfare/Transportation

Airfare/transportation to Santiago is not included. You will work with Travel-For-All to book travel and pay for this separately. 

Tips/Gratuities

Please make sure you bring cash to tip your servers. Tips and gratuities are your responsibility.

Lunches and Snacks

As we walk each day, it is important to stay fueled and hydrated. Your lunches and snack are your responsibility.

Beverages

Spain has some great wine and beer. Any beverages you want are not covered, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Shopping/Souvenirs

People often buy souvenirs for themselves or loved ones back home. Any shopping is up to you to cover.

Extra Travel

If you choose to travel outside of the days outlined above, you will need to pay for it outside of the monies required for this trip.

What's the Group Size?

We have a total of 29 spots available:
  • 7 spots for people with limited mobility or who need assistance from others.
  • 22 spots for able-bodied support.

During the application process we will give priority to individuals who need special support and people who plan to come with them to help. We will give remaining slots to those who want to provide assistance!

Can I Go if I'm NOT Disabled?

 YES! During the application process, let us know your intention of coming to help where needed. However, we will give priority to family and friends of disabled individuals who need help.

We will keep a special list for those who want to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime Camino!

We're Also Including These
AMAZING Bonuses!

As if it wasn't enough to have the first ever I'll Push You: Accessible Camino, we are also including these extra bonuses!

BONUS #1

Special Attendance at the "Botafumeiro" Ceremony in the Santiago Cathedral.

A highlight to any Camino is seeing the massive Botafumeiro swing during mass. Usually reserved for special services, we have made sure you will get to experience this special ceremony. 

BONUS #2

A Special VIP Dinner at the Luxurious Parador Hotel

We want to celebrate the completion of our Camino in style! The Paradores in Santiago de Compostela is one of our favorite places in Santiago. We will all enjoy dinner here for our last night before returning home.

BONUS #3

A Special Video and Access to All Photography of Your Camino!

We will have a talented videographer with us documenting our journey on film. Everyone will receive access to all photos and a special video of our journey together.

So, What Does This All Cost?

We've put a lot of thought into this, and have come up with fair pricing considering everything that's included in this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage.

To quickly recap, here's what's included in the group package:

  • 8 Nights at the Hotel Gelmirez *** centrally located in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available and reserved
  • 7 Nightly dinners (some at the hotel, some will be at special venues)
  • Daily continental breakfast at the hotel
  • Individual airport transfers (accessible vehicles) to/from the airport to the hotel
  • Your Pilgrim's Passport and Compostela
  • Two English-speaking Camino guides, provided by Camino Ways so you can learn along the way
  • Accessible support transportation/vehicle while on the Camino (in case you need it)

Don't forget about these AMAZING bonuses we are including!

  • BONUS #1 - A guaranteed viewing of the historical "Botafumerio" (swinging incense) ceremony in the Cathedral in Santiago
  • BONUS #2 - An exclusive VIP group dinner at the luxurious Parador***** hotel the day after we finish our Camino
  • BONUS #3 - A special video and photos of your pilgrimage provided by our Camino photographer/videographer
ALL OF THIS IS FOR:

$3,750 USD per person*

* If you are selected after the application/interview process, you will be required to pay a non-refundable 20% deposit to guarantee your spot in the group. The remaining balance will be due 60 days before the starting date of the trip. All services and group offerings are subject due to availability, and we reserve the right to make changes to the group offering at any time.

What's The Application Process?

If you would like to join us for the inaugural 2019 I'll Push You: Accessible Camino, you will need to apply. Here's the process you will go through:

Step 1:
Answer a Few Questions

When you click on the button below, you will be asked to fill out a short form with a few questions. This will help us get to know you better and give us good snapshot of your needs and wants.

Step 2:
Pay a $100 Deposit

Once you have filled out the application form, you will be prompted to pay a $100 (USD) refundable deposit. This helps make sure we only talk to those of you who are serious about joining the group.

Step 3:
We'll Interview You

Once we have received your application and your $100 (refundable) deposit, we will contact you to set up a time to chat further via phone/Skype to determine whether or not you are a good fit.

So, What Are You Waiting For?
Apply Now to Get Started.

If you are interested in joining us for the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, accessible Camino with Justin and Patrick, click the button below to apply now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Make sure you check out the answers to these questions. We want to make sure you have all the information needed to make this decision.

The dates are Saturday, September 28, 2019, through Sunday, October 6, 2019.

We strongly recommend that you get to Santiago early enough so that you are rested and ready. If that means you need to be there a few days early, then we can talk about that during your interview process.

Additionally, while you're over there! Why not stay a few extra days and visit Barcelona (one of the most accessible cities) or pop on down to Madrid to check out a bullfight and hang out. Again, we can talk about that during our interview process.

This is going to be on a case-by-case scenario based on your application and interview . We don't want you getting into a harmful situation or in over your head.

If we decide you are not a good fit, we request that you respect our decision.

No. After your interview, and if we determine you are a good fit, you are required to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.

After your 20% deposit, you can either pay monthly, in chunks or in total, as long as the entire balance is paid 60 days prior to departure (September 28).

Final payments are due by July 30, 2019.

All payments will be made to GreenLife Tours (i.e. Camino Ways). They accept Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and bank transfers.

Note: Please refer to the "cancellation policy" pulldown at the bottom of this page so you are aware of the parameters.

We decided to omit lunches as part of the group pricing because everyone will be walking/rolling at different paces and it would be nearly impossible to coordinate lunches together. Good news is, lunches on the Camino are inexpensive and can be quite good!

We recommend a Bocadillo (ham and cheese sandwich) and a Cafe con Leche. Yummy.

As we put this trip together, we tried to think of everything, including accessible ground transportation.

We have secured a transportation company that can handle wheelchairs (up to nine at a time), plus luggage and extra people. They will be commissioned to pick you up from the airport, take you to the hotel, and back to the airport when the pilgrimage is over. Because we know that all of you will be coming in at different times, the accessible transportation will be a private transport.

Additionally, we have a wheelchair accessible "support vehicle" that will transfer all of us to/from various points on the Camino in the morning and evening, plus it will be available to pick you up at pre-determined locations along the route in case you need to catch up or you need to scoot ahead.

Basically, we got you covered!

During this accessible group trip, we will be staying at the Hotel Gelmirez in Santiago de Compostela. This is a three-star hotel that is centrally located and has been recently remodeled with pretty solid accessibility standards personally vetted by Camino Ways and Justin Skeesuck from I'll Push You.

We have 7 accessible rooms reserved (7 twins and 1 double) some with bathtubs and some with roll-in showers (a.k.a. wet room). If you decide to apply, during your interview process, we will ask you what you are needs are when it comes to accessible accommodations and will accommodate you as best as possible. However, you should know that it is a first-come, first-served basis.

If you'd like to check out the hotel, click this link:

https://www.hotelgelmirez.com/en/

We have partnered with Travel-For-All, Canada's premier accessible travel specialists. Tarita and team will help you book flights and coordinate any travel you would like to do BEFORE or AFTER your pilgrimage.

Just make sure that you tell them that you are part of Justin and Patrick's "I'll Push You: Accessible Camino 2019" group trip!

We will ask you what your disability-specific needs are during our interview with you. If there is somebody specific like a friend, spouse or caretaker that helps you with your care, we strongly recommend they join you on this once-in-a-lifetime journey. They would have to be in good physical shape and would need to be a part of the interview process so we can vet them.

In Santiago de Compostela, there is a medical supply company that can provide medical equipment like "Hoyer" lifts (a lift to get you out of your wheelchair into a bed/bathroom), commode chairs, extra wheelchairs, etc.

If you are in need of extra medical equipment to make you comfortable during the week we are in Santiago, you will need to let us know during your interview.

Just a heads up, you will be responsible for all costs associated with renting and/or purchasing any medical equipment and we will not be liable for any mishandling, damage and/or loss of goods.

We require an application because we need to get to know you a little bit better and have a clear discussion with you about what this accessible Camino is all about. Simply put, going on this group trip will be a challenge for all involved, and we don't want to you get hurt or regret going. We are asking for a $100 deposit to make sure people are serious about talking with us further.

We would LOVE for you to apply! Just because you don't have a disability doesn't mean you aren't able to help and be a part of this awesome group. When filling out your application, you will have the opportunity to clarify this, and we can talk with you further about how you might be able to help.

You should know that we will give preference to people with limited mobility and their friends/family. Then, we will keep a special list of those who want to come and help.

Once you apply and pay your $100 (refundable) deposit, we will contact you and set up a time to talk either on the phone or via Skype/Google Hangouts for 15-20 minutes (longer if needed).

Feel free to ask ANY questions you would like to during that time, and we will do our best to answer them. We will ask YOU any questions we have based on your application.

After our discussion, if we decide that you are NOT a good fit for the group, we will immediately refund your $100 deposit. If we decide you ARE a good fit for the group, we will talk with you about next steps.

Well, it depends on when you decide not to proceed. There will be hard dates after you commit and some of those dates will require you to forfeit any deposits you made to date.

Please see "What's the payment schedule and cancellation policy?" below to learn more.

Payment Schedule:

To secure your spot in this group, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 20% ($750) of the price, after we interview you and we decide that you are an ideal candidate.

The remaining balance (80% or $3000) will need to be paid in full at least 60 days before the starting date (September 28, 2019). 

This means you must be paid in full by July 30, 2019.

All payments will be made directly to GreenLife Tours (a.k.a. Camino Ways). They accept Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and bank transfers.

Here's a Table of Cancellation Charges:

  • More than 60 days before the starting date (September 28, 2019) - The 20% deposit is forfeited.
  • 59-35 days before starting date - 30% of any monies paid are forfeited.
  • 34-15 days before starting date - 50% of any monies paid are forfeited.
  • Less than 14 days before the starting date - 100% of any monies paid are forfeited.
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