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Self-guided Walking Tour in the Portuguese Camino - from Porto to Santiago de Compostela

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1290€ per guest
A self- guided hiking tour in the costal Portuguese variant of the Camino de Santiago, from Porto
Duration
8 DAYS
Altimetry
350 › 600 M, daily average
Distance
13 › 21 KM, daily average
Tour type
Self Guided, Premium
Level
Intermediate, Experienced

Highlights:

This tour in a nutshell

This is a one week long walking self guided holiday on the best trails of Camino de Santiago. Starting from Porto, you'll walk towards Santiago de Compostela, experiencing the trails, villages, landscapes, gastronomy and culture two regions, enjoying the best of the Portuguese Minho and the Spanish Galicia.

Journey through the centuries as you trace the footsteps of pilgrims from all walks of life who have walked the Way of St. James, a path marked by yellow arrows and steeped in history and spirituality. Join fellow pilgrims who seek solace, adventure, or spiritual enlightenment along this ancient route.

Begin your self-guided pilgrimage on the Portuguese Coastal Camino, starting from the captivating city of Porto. This tour of the Camino starts with a coastal stretch but also winds through enchanting medieval villages, showcasing the distinctive architectural and artistic heritage of northern Portugal and Spain.

Meander along ancient Roman roads and municipal paths, a tapestry of diverse landscapes and delightful surprises. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Minho and Galicia, savoring the tranquility of woodland areas and exploring charming "pueblos" that seem frozen in time, reminiscent of the Middle Ages.

Indulge your senses with the region's rich and varied gastronomy, savoring the iconic Port and Alvarinho/Albariño wines. While you enjoy the comforts of some of the finest hotels along the route, let the flavors of the region transport you to a place of culinary delight.

Finally, arrive at the awe-inspiring Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The majestic Cathedral of Saint James marks the triumphant culmination of your pilgrimage, a moment of realization that your journey was more than just a walk. Your Camino will be a celebration of history, culture, and the joy of discovery, a testament to the power of human endeavor and the enduring legacy of the Way of St. James.

You can opt to join this tour as taste of the Camino, walking for a total 78km or as a pilgrimage, and complete 128km, necessary to obtain the Compostela certificate at the end of your journey.

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Day to Day:

What you'll be experiencing everyday

Day 1: Arrival and transfer from Porto's airport to the Hotel. Briefing.

Pick-up from the airport and private transfer to your hotel. A member of our staff will give you an overview of the week-long hiking trip that will begin the next day. You can choose to relax at the hotel or to briefly explore the historic center of the city of Porto, formerly known as 'Portus Cale'. The designation originated in the Roman occupation of this place, which has always been an important trading port and strategic crossing point for the Douro River. A crossing point chosen by numerous pilgrims who, from the 9th century on, traveled to Santiago de Compostela, both on foot and horseback, long before the city became world famous for its precious export good: the fortified Port wine.

Hotel for the night: Vincci Porto or Vincci Ponte de Ferro (included in the premium option)

Day 2: Hiking along the coast: from Matosinhos to Azurara (21kms /141m of elevation gain). From Praia da Memória to Azurara (14kms/ 112m of elevation gain)

Private transfer to the Mercado de Matosinhos, right next to Porto's Leixões harbour and fishing dock, where your journey begins. This first scenic stretch of the Coastal Way is an oportunity to breathe in the invigorating Atlantic breeze, as you'll walk mostly on boardwalks and seaside trails. On this day, the elevation changes along the route are irrelevant. The walk will be mostly flat. The highlights of the day are definitely the fishing villages of Angeiras and Vila Chã, or the Castro de S.Paio, where archaeological evidence shows ancient occupation of this territory. Shorten your day's hike by starting in Praia da Memória, a relevant place for the Portuguese, where an obelisk marks the disembark location of a fleet that ultimately led to the implementation of Portugal's first liberal constitutional regime, back in the 19th century.

Hotel for the night: Casas do Rio charm suites or (included in the premium option)

Day 3: Hiking the Central Camino: Balugães - Ponte de Lima (19,7kms/ 509m of elevation gain). From Vitorino de Piães - Ponte de Lima (12kms /305m of elevation gain)

Your day starts with a private transfer to a small place called Balugães. Today's route through the rural Minho region has a few gentle hills. We'll be exploring the green landscape of the Lima river valley, which is home to many vineyards. The Loureiro grape variety is the most common grape variety in the region, used in the making of white wines (Vinho Verde), on its own or blended with other grape varieties. Shorten your day's hike by starting in Vitorino dos Piães, where you can admire its finelly restored church. When in Ponte de Lima, be sure wash down some rice 'de sarrabulho' or pork 'rojões' with a glass of 'Verde' in order to replenish your energy levels for the next day.

Hotel for the day: Inlima or Carmo's Boutique Hotel (included in the Premium option)

Day 4: Hiking the Central Camino: Rubiães – Tui (20.6km/ 410m of elevation gain). From Fontoura - Tui (12kms/ 295m of elevation gain)

Embrace the morning sun as you depart from your hotel in Ponte de Lima, after breakfast and checkout. Your day starts with a private transfer to the vilage of Rubiães. Begin your day's pilgrimage in this rural village, nestled amidst lush greenery and the meandering Coura River. As you set off, the path winds through farmlands and orchards, providing glimpses of the peaceful rural life. Highlight in this day is Valença. Ascend its fortress walls and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Minho River, the border between Portugal and Spain, and the picturesque city of Tui across the river. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this strategic stronghold, once a key defensive point along the Portuguese border line. Cross the old bridge and indulge in a well-deserved rest in your hotel, let your body and spirit be rejuvenated for the next chapter of your Camino journey. Remember that both time and language will shift as soon as you step onto the northern bank of the Minho/Miño River! Hotel

Hotel for the day: Parador de Tui (upgrade to superior room included in “premium” option)

Day 5: Hiking the Portuguese Camino: from Redondela to Pontevedra (20.9kms/ 373m of elevation gain) From Ponte Sampaio to Pontevedra (13kms / 246m of elevation gain)

Your day starts with a private transfer to Redondela, in Spain. In this town, the two Portuguese Camino's, Coastal and Central, merge into one. The hiking trail of today will be truly Galician, a landscape characterised by its 'rias', the many inlets that indent the entire North Atlantic coast of Spain, with its own activities linked to the production of seafood and wine. You may shorten your day's hike by transferring to Ponte Sampaio, a bridge over the Verdugo river. The bridge is best known for its role in a pivotal battle that took place in 1809, during the Peninsular War. In this decisive clash, Spanish and Portuguese forces emerged victorious over the Napoleonic army, marking a turning point in the war and ultimately leading to the French retreat from Galicia. After crossing the bridge, prepare for scenic hike through magnificent woodland scenery. The route then descends gently, transitioning into mostly flat terrain as you approach the captivating city of Pontevedra. Pontevedra awaits with its Parador, a former convent transformed into a luxurious hotel, and a captivating historical center brimming with medieval architecture, vibrant plazas, and a lively cultural scene. Take your time to immerse yourself in the city's maze of cobbled streets and beautiful squares with arcades, strolling through the Praza da Ferraria, admiring the iconic Basílica de Santa María, and wandering along the riverside historic district, where an array of restaurants and pubs beckons for an evening of delectable cuisine and lively conversations.

Hotel for the day: Parador de Pontevedra (upgrade to superior room included in “premium” option)

Day 6: Hiking the Portuguese Camino: from Caldas de Reis - Padrón (24,5kms - 432m of elevation gain). From As Cernadas - Padrón (13.5kms - 189m of elevation gain)

After breakfast and checkout, you'll start the day with a private transfer to Caldas de Reis. It's an old spa town with a rich history dating back to Roman times. The town's name means "Royal Hot Springs" in Galician, and there are still several thermal baths in the area that are popular with locals and visitors alike. Caldas de Reis is also home to a number of well-preserved churches and monasteries, as well as a lively market that takes place every Saturday morning. One of the most notable landmarks in Caldas de Reis is the Fuente de Canedo, a natural spring that is said to have healing properties. Just a few meters away, there's a old washing tank which pilgrims often stop to dip their feet in warm water and relax for a moment. At the end of today's journey, Padrón awaits you: Padrón is renowned for its fiery yet delectable peppers. The surprise lies in the varying levels of spiciness, with some peppers delivering a mild kick while others explode with fiery heat. The saying "Os pementos de Padrón, uns pican e outros non" (Padrón peppers, some are hot and some are not) perfectly captures this delightful gamble.The town Padrón has also been home to prominent figures in Galician literature, including the renowned Rosalía de Castro and the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Camilo José Cela, whose foundation and gravesite are located nearby. The town's roots trace back to the Roman era, evident in the ruins of Iria Flavia, a once-thriving Roman settlement. The town's historical significance is further enhanced by its association with the legend of Saint James the Apostle, who is believed to have been carried in a boat up the Ulla river and landed in Padrón after his voyage from Jerusalem. You can shorten your day's hike by starting in As Cernadas, just as the Santiago route crosses over the AP9 highway (a few meters from Bar o Pardal, a popular stopover for hungry pilgrims. Consider having lunch or a light meal in Padrón, before hiking to your hotel, a rural guesthouse which is located a couple of kms outside town.

Hotel for the day – Os Lambráns (upgrade to superior room included in “premium” option)

Day 7: Hiking the Portuguese Camino: from Padrón to Santiago (22kms - 543m of elevation gain). From Milladoiro to Santiago (14kms - 333 of elevation gain)

After a hearty breakfast and checkout, embark on the final leg of your Camino de Santiago adventure. The anticipation will be palpable as you walk through quaint villages and past churches, increasingly frequent along the road, just like the pilgrims with whom you will share the path, as they become larger in number. You'll be going down to A Anguera de Suso, pass through O Faramello and arrive at Teo. Once the uphill is finished, carry on to Francos and 0 Miradoiro, from where you can see, for the first time, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. From here, go down to A Rocha Vella and cross the Sar River by the old Roman bridge 'A Ponte Vella'. Follow the course of the river and go up to the historic center, where you will finally enter the Praza do Obradoiro. Upon reaching Santiago de Compostela, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the historic city center. Let your gaze be drawn to the majestic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral,towering over the plaza del Obradoiro's west side, the culmination of your pilgrimage. This millennial city is a treasure trove of captivating sights and sounds, as the melodic sounds of traditional Galician bagpipes merge with audible celebrations by the groups of pilgrims and tourists that arrive every other minute from several directions. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's plazas, strolling along narrow cobblestone streets, and browsing traditional markets. Check into your hotel and then dedicate the rest of the day to visiting the pilgrims' office and uncovering the city's rich medieval heritage. You can shorten your day's hike with a private transfer to the village of Milladoiro.

Hotel – Convento de São Francisco or Parador de Santiago de Compostela (included in the "premium" option)

Day 8: Walking the Camino: Transfer to Porto

Breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. Free morning in Santiago but, as a suggestion, at noon you can participate in the daily Pilgrims' mass, where you'll possibly be able to witness the “Bota Fumeiro”. At the scheduled time, transfer from Santiago de Compostela back to Porto airport or hotel.

EXTENDED STAY IN PORTO OR SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: On Demand

Extend your stay in Porto or Santiago de Compostela for an extra day before or after this trip.

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Self-guided

Premium

Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour back to departure airport
7 nights in charm hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 7 nights in charm hotels ( or superior rooms), in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Personal guide accompanying your group, providing restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour
Daily guided walking tours, always adapted to your pace
Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the hikes;
Daily picnic bag for all hiking / walking experiences
Remote contact to your dedicated local guide throughout the Tour

Luggage transfer between hotels
Personal accidents insurance during our tour
Live Love Hike t-shirt, buff, water bottle and other gear
Detailed briefing and routebook provided before the tour by a local guide
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences;

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Prices

Self-guided

Premium self-guided

Self-guided- minimum of two guests
1290€ per guest
1980€ per guest
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
250€
250€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo hikers)
500€
750€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€
included

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Guided

Premium

Half-Board - All dinners at the hotel (7 meals)
300€, drinks not included
included
Extra nights available before or after this tour
on demand
on demand

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from 2790€ per person
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EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS
RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER
GROUP DISCOUNTS
AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.
After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!
WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.
/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;


EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.

RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE

After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!

ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER

WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;
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