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Sarah Gillis
Sarah Gillis

Watch Simon Reeve&'s Pilgrimage on BBC Two

Simon Reeve's Pilgrimage will air on BBC Two tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 1 Simon Reeve’s new three-episode series is a must see for those interested in a Camino. At Macs Adventure, we’ve seen a significant increase in the interest of a pilgrimage and Simon Reeve confirms that a Camino is a worthwhile journey for all, even non-believers. Episode 1:  Reeve embarks on a 400-mile journey to Canterbury and meets a pilgrim who has carried a heavy life-size cross thousands of miles along the way.  Part of the older Pilgrim’s Way, you can journey through Canterbury for up to 12 days on our self-guided, North Downs Way tour. Explore Canterbury’s many attractions including the cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s parish church which all make up the city’s’ UNESCO World Heritage Site. Episode 2: Simon meets a walker who’s spent nearly ten years walking thousands of miles across the continent, and has walked all the way to Rome and Jerusalem. Enjoy the camaraderie and share stories with fellow pilgrims as you journey along this ancient pilgrim route, Via Francigena to the eternal city, Rome. You can follow Simon, along with thousands of other pilgrim’s footsteps on the Camino, a 500 mile trek that starting in a bustling French border town, climbing over the Pyrenees, winding through Northern Spain and finishing in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. We have created a wide range of travel options for the Camino, from the full 40-day trek from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago, to shorter stages. Episode 3: At journey’s end, on the holiest place on earth, Simon meets modern pilgrims living in the ancient town of Nazareth and goes fishing in the Sea of Galilee. Even for a non-believer, he thinks pilgrimage has much going for it, offering a very real sense of purpose and achievement, and he suggests more travellers should set-out to follow our ancestors to somewhere holy and learn about the history and the culture that shapes our lives to this day. Our new Jesus Trail tour will allow you to walk from Nazareth to Galilee, with an option to extend your tour to explore Jerusalem. Reeve admits to carrying an intense sadness as he experiences moving moments with many people he meets who share their struggles and hardships of this life. Simon discusses the encounters with strangers on the Camino as they are unlike any other, and somehow allow complete transparency and honesty amongst fellow pilgrims. As you discover others emotions and hear of their experiences, deep thought is stimulated, feelings of gratitude immediately wash over you and provide a fresh perspective and realisation of where our focal point should be. Reeve counts his blessings as he filmed his latest BBC Two series, Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (airing tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, 2013). Join Reeve as he travels to Norfolk, Lincoln, Italy, France and Jerusalem to interview modern-day pilgrims on their decision to walk the Camino and find out about our ancestors’ need for pilgrimage. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Way of St James) is a journey of the body, mind and spirit that millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. More than just a simple walk, what makes the Camino special are the fellow pilgrims you meet, the special places you visit, the stories you share and the challenges that you overcome. We offer Camino tours all over the world (did you know you can walk a Camino in Japan?!). About Our Camino Tours Our Camino tours allow you to get the most from your Camino. We pre-book all your accommodation in carefully selected hotels, inns and hostals, which have private rooms and en suite bathrooms. This way you can relax and enjoy your Camino, rather than rush to the next stop in the hope of securing a bed in an overcrowded dorm. A comprehensive guidebook, information pack and emergency support are all included in your Camino package. Daily door-to-door baggage transfer is available as an optional extra if you would prefer to walk with just a daypack each day. Our Camino experts can of course tailor them to suit your needs. Because our tours are self guided you can start on any date that suits you. Undertaking the Camino can be daunting so we have compiled a selection of articles covering all aspects of the Camino including travel information, traveller reviews, blogs and helpful information also on our blog.
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