Walk the Cammino di San Francesco
About the Tour
This walking pilgrimage, led by the Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander and Dr. Stan Beecham, will wind through some of the most beautiful towns and cities from Rome to Assisi and combines the challenge of walking all day with the joy of great food, wine, landscapes, and hotels. Most of the time will be spent in Rome and Assisi, as both are very significant cities to Christians and there is much to see and do in both places. The hotels will vary from town to town, each unique and inviting in a different way.
During the 13-day tour, the group will walk almost everywhere. While in Rome and Assisi, particiapnts will average about five–six miles a day. There will be seven days of walking from Rieti to Assisi averaging about 10 miles each day. The terrain is varied from flat to hilly, paved to rocky. Most days involve significant climbs over mountainous areas. Additionally, each participant will carry a 12-pound backpack that will hold all personal items. Click here to see a detailed itinerary.
Good physical shape and proper footwear is critical in order to join and enjoy this pilgrimage. Click here for details about preparing for this type of physical challenge and for the recommended type of footwear.
The fee is $2,900 and includes all hotels (double occupancy), breakfast, dinner, all ground transportation in Italy, all entry fees to museums and historic sites, and fees for local guides in Rome and Assisi.
Airfare from U.S. to Italy is not included. Delta is the only airline to fly nonstop from Atlanta to Rome. As of November 2013, the roundtrip coach price is $1,350.
The tour is limited to 14 people. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis and require a $900 deposit. Reservations for this trip will close on Feb.17, 2014.
About Dr. Stan Beecham
Stan Beecham is a psychologist, father, adventurer, Seeker of the Truth, and pilgrim. Beecham has walked from Rieti to Rome on three previous occasions. His first trip was in December of 2008, as he went to trace the steps of St. Francis and create this unique pilgrimage. Since that original exploratory trip, he has taken two groups of pilgrims with him on this wonderful odyssey. Additionally, Beecham has peregrinated to Santiago de Compostella in Spain six different times. Last year, he walked the Pilgrim’s Way from Farnham to Canterbury England, a 10 day, 150 miles journey. A member of St. David’s parish in Roswell, Ga., Beecham has been active in encouraging, preparing, and leading pilgrims for a number of years. You may visit his website, ChristianPilgrims.org, for additional information.
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