Today was a benchmark day for our plans to travel Europe and experience the Camino de Santiago. We booked our flight through Endless Travel in Evergreen, CO. Sandy and I will be departing for Rome, Italy on February 26 and will be returning from Madrid, Spain on May 12th. A big thanks to travel agent, Sharon Wright, for finding speedy connections and a great fare.
We originally looked at flying with IcelandAir, spending a few days to explore Reykjavik. We have heard that the country is spectacular and the possibility of seeing the northern lights are reported to be at ten year highs. Well, it would have been a great experience, but in the off/shoulder season Icelandair’s flights to Rome and Madrid are limited and we just couldn’t make it work. Well, it could have worked, but it would have been very expensive due to one way fares on their partner airlines. Iceland Air flies nonstop to Reykjavik from Denver and has great fares and packages. We are seriously considering a future trip with them.
Our confirmed travel plans are to fly to Rome, (one of our favorite Italian cities) via Delta Airlines. We will spend a few days there and then fly down to Sicily. A week touring the island, then back to mainland Italy. Leisurely working our way around southern Italy, then back up to Liguria where we will spend a week with Mark’s relatives. Then, off to France where we will spend time in Amiens, near Paris, where Mark’s mother’s side of the family originated. We will work our way to Paris, then down the French coast and see the D Day memorial sights. Next, we will begin our Camino experience at St. Jean Pied de Port.
Finally, we plan on trekking another few days to Finisterre, at one time thought to be the “end of the world.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Finisterre
Then to Madrid, where we will meet up with Mark’s friend Jose, who guarantees a grand tour of the city. We may have time to visit Barcelona too, but not totally sure about this until we see how much time it takes to hike the Camino.
Funny isn’t it how purchasing non refundable airline tickets can get your travel adrenaline flowing! Great times ahead for sure.