JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER 2020!

I'll Push You: Veterans Accessible Camino

In Partnership with Camino Ways and Global Guardian

We are excited to announce that we are going back to Spain in September 2020 for yet another disability-friendly Camino led by Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray of the award-winning film, I'll Push You. This time we are taking military veterans with disabilities!

Click here to get started!

Need more info? Scroll down to get all the details!

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 Global Guardian, making this ancient pilgrimage available to military veterans 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 111 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!

Why A Veterans Specific Camino?

The dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who have served their country should never go unnoticed. We want to bring together veterans from all branches, differing countries, and multiple generations to experience the Camino and celebrate their life stories.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

September 12th — September 20th, 2020

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

You're in Good Hands…

We have partnered with two AMAZING organizations for this special event: One specializing in the Camino and the other dedicated to serving military veterans. Additionally, Justin and Patrick will be walking alongside 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!

Global Guardian
Global Security Specialists

Global Guardian is a provider of world-class security solutions. Their team is made up of former military personnel. Global Guardian is providing all participants of the Veterans Accessible Camino with air ambulance memberships and are providing Sat phones for the journey. Additionally, they are sponsoring a few veterans!

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.

The French Route: Last 111 km

We chose the last 111 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 for each day of this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. 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 13th!

* If you plan on arriving BEFORE Sep 12th, 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 Arzúa, famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, 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 Arzúa 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.

The rest of the route to the hamlet of A Brea travels along a mix of peaceful country roads, forest tracks and lovely little hamlets. 

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

Transfer to A Brea 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, we 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, feel free to spend the day exploring the old city, buy some souvenirs, catch the Pilgrims Mass at noon, and soak up the wonderful atmosphere in Santiago!

As one of your bonuses, for lunch, we will have a special Santiago Tapas guided lunch. To learn more, see below.

In the evening, we will have a special celebratory multi-course dinner at the five-star Parador hotel to mark the end of this incredible 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 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.

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 2020 Veterans Accessible Camino. Please see below.

Airfare/Transportation

Airfare/transportation to Santiago is not included. You can use Travel-For-All to book travel and will 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 50 spots available:
  • 12 spots for veterans with limited mobility or who need special assistance from others.
  • 38 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 or a Veteran?

ABSOLUTELY 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 veterans who need help.

What Kind Of Wheelchair Do I Need?

YOU WILL NEED A MANUAL WHEELCHAIR! Due to the nature of the trail, availability of electricity, and the need for lighter weight wheelchairs, we require individuals who use wheelchairs to bring a manual chair. Most manual wheelchairs can easily be modified to work on trails. We can discuss how to make what you have work when we interview you.

We're Also Including These
AMAZING Bonuses!

When you join us on this special Veterans Accessible Camino, we are including these incredible bonuses!

BONUS #1

A Special "Tastes of Galicia" Guided Tapas Lunch

Have a magical experience with flavors of the Galician land with a guided tapas lunch on our final day! Our guides will be there to explain the origin of each dish, share secrets of the history of Galicia, and tell stories about the origin of the Camino de Santiago. All of this will take place in the NEW Gastronomic Market, a few steps away from our hotel.

Includes food, two beverages per person (wine, beer, refreshments) and artisanal bread.

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 the historic city. We will 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 joining us on our journey to document our time together. Everyone will receive access to all photos and a special video of our journey together.

BONUS #4

A Special Members Only Website and Private Facebook Group!

You will have your very own members only website where we will communicate important details and offer trainings tips and resources. You will also have access to a private Facebook group where we can share thoughts, travel tips, and get to know each other before we meet up in Spain.

BONUS #5

Air Ambulance Membership for the duration of the Camino!

Global Guardian is providing every member of our Veterans Accessible Camino a membership to their exclusive air ambulance program. We don't anticipate the need, but we've got you covered, just in case!

BONUS #6

Satellite phone coverage!

In addition to medical evacuation support, Global Guardian is also providing our team with Sat Phones so we can stay connected in case of emergency, no matter where we are!

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
  • 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 special "Tastes of Galicia" Guided Tapas Lunch the day after we finish our Camino
  • 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
  • BONUS #4 - A special Members Only website for our specific Camino group and a private Facebook group where we can get to know each other and share helpful information.
  • BONUS #5 - Air Ambulance Membership provided by Global Guardian
  • BONUS #6 - Satellite Phone Access provided by Global Guardian
ALL OF THIS FOR:

$3,750 (USD) per person*

*If you are selected, 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 start date of the trip. All services and group offerings are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to make changes to the group offering at any time.

What Do I Do Next?

There are three ways in which you or your organization can participate in this once-in-a-lifetime veterans-specific Camino. Please see below:

Option 1:
Apply for Yourself!

Interested in walking/rolling the Camino? Click below to fill out the application. Once finished, you will pay a refundable $100 deposit and schedule a call with us.

Apply Here

Option 2:
Sponsor a Veteran!

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a trip for a veteran, click below to connect with us. We will be in touch to talk through ways you can help. 

Learn More

Option 3:
Donate to Help a Veteran!

If you can't sponsor a trip but would like to help out, you can donate here. All monies donated will be used to help veterans join us on the Camino. 

Donate Here

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, Sep 12th, 2020 through Sunday, Sep 20th, 2020 .

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, you may want to stay a few extra days and visit Barcelona (one of Europe's most accessible cities) or pop on down to Madrid to check out a bullfight and hang out. Again, we can talk about this during your interview.

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 will be required to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.

After we announce the group lineup, our Executive Admin Assistant, Julie Harris, will reach out to you directly to request a deposit. We will give you about 30 days from the announcement of the group lineup to make this payment.

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.

All payments will be made to Push Inc. We 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.

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've 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 recently been remodeled with pretty solid accessibility standards. The hotel has been personally vetted by Camino Ways and Justin Skeesuck from I'll Push You.

We have accessible rooms reserved (a mixture of twins and doubles) all with zero-entry, roll-in showers (a.k.a. wet room). If you decide to apply, during your interview process, we will ask you what needs you have when it comes to accessibility and will accommodate you as much as possible. However, you should know that availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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

Typically, most of our previous group members booked flights on their own via an online travel platform like Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc. However, if you do need help/guidance, feel free to reach out to us and we can point you in the right direction!

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 will need be in good physical condition and need to be 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 and have a clear discussion 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 you to get hurt or regret going.

We are asking for a $100 deposit to make sure people are serious about talking with us further.

NOTE: If you apply and provide a $100 deposit, we will be refunding all deposits at the end of the selection of the group REGARDLESS of whether or not you are chosen.

We would LOVE for you to apply! Just because you don't have a disability or are not a veteran 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. We will keep a special list of those who want to come and help.

Once you apply and pay your $100 (refundable) deposit, you will schedule a video interview via Zoom/Skype for 30 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.

NOTE: If you apply and provide a $100 deposit, we will be refunding all deposits at the end of the selection of the group REGARDLESS of whether or not you are chosen.

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 have made to date.

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

Payment Schedule:

If you are selected, to secure your spot in this group, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 20% ($750) of the total price.

The remaining balance (80% or $3000) will need to be paid in full at least 60 days before the starting date (September 12, 2020). 

This means you must be paid in full by July 14, 2020.

All payments will be made directly to Push Inc. We accept Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and bank transfers.

Here's a List of Cancellation Charges:

  • More than 60 days before the starting date (September 12, 2020) - 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.
Close

Partner with us to sponsor a veteran with a disability!

If you are an organization who would like to sponsor a veteran (or multiple veterans) with a disability participate in our upcoming I'll Push You Veterans Accessible Camino group trip, then please fill out the form below and we will be in contact ASAP!