Guided walking tour from Porto to Santiago de Compostela - Best of the Camino de Santiago

Guided walking tour from Porto to Santiago de Compostela - Best of the Camino de Santiago

A walking tour by the best trails of the coastal and central paths of the Camino de Santiago, starting from Porto
This is a one week long walking holiday walking by the best trails of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Starting from Porto, we'll walk towards Santiago de Compostela, experiencing the trails, villages, landscapes, gastronomy and culture of both the Central path of the Camino and the Coastal path, discovering the best of the Minho region and Galiza, in Spain. Walking the camino is an epic journey, that started in the 9th Century with the discovery, in Galiza, of the remains of St. James. In 1325, the Portuguese queen Isabel made a pilgrimage to Santiago following a route very similar to the one that today is marked with yellow arrows, crossing the then recently built Barcelos bridge; Now it’s your time to trail the Way of St James.

Start Walking the Camino in the city of Porto, settled in the 4th century during the roman occupation, visit its UNESCO world heritage sites and its unique traditions, architecture, port wines and cellars. Walking the Way of St James, you'll feel like a citizen of the world, where several languages are spoken as one, passing through amazing medieval villages like Ponte de Lima, Barcelos and Valença, with typical traces from the northern Portuguese architecture and art.

Visit Ponte de Lima, Valença, Labruja in the Minho region, walking by the central path's trails and dirt tracks, ancient roman roads and municipal roads - It’s of an enormous diversity and there’s always a surprise on every bend.

Immerse in the scenario of the best coastal trails, near Esposende, Vigo's Ria and enjoy the fresh seafood, the breathtaking views over the atlantic ocean and the quiet beaches. By the coastal path, we'll hike by woodland areas, small villages and “pueblos” that still seem to be in the Middle Ages. Enjoy this regions’ gastronomy, rich in variety and flavor, a true feast for your senses. Taste the Port and Green wines, so typical of the Minho region and stay in some of the best hotels in the Way of St James.

Arrive in Santiago de Compostela, designated UNESCO world heritage site and admire the shrine of Saint James at the end of your pilgrimage.

Tour Details

Arrival Airport:
Porto
Departure Airport:
Porto
Start Location:
Porto
Finish Location:
Porto
Altimetry
350 › 600 m
Daily average
Dates
May-Sep
Sunday to Sunday
Distance
13 › 20 km
Daily average
Duration
8 days
7 nights
Walker profile
Level
Walking / Hiking
Tour type
Walk or Hike
It's your choice!

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Type of Terrain: Rolling/mixed/mountain, with some roman stone pavement, macadam trails and ocean side views. Walking by the Camino, you'll experience forested areas in the central Minho and Galicia with small villages and pueblos, explore the portuguese coastline, medieval cities of Spain like Tui, Pontevedra up to Santiago de Compostela

Mountain stages: Labruja section after Ponte de Lima; mountainous area from to Baiona to Pontevedra. Most of the Way of St James is a constant up and down, a characteristic of crossing the Minho and Galicia.

Flat stages: First day, while walking from Porto to Praia da Memória.

Day to Day

A daily description of this walking tour

Highlights

 

Day 1, Arrival and transfer from Porto airport

Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Ipanema Park Hotel or riverside Pestana World Heritage hotel (included in the "premium" option), located in the Ribeira, the city’s iconic living postcard. You have a free afternoon to visit the beautiful and cozy city of Porto, rich with history and monuments like the Clérigos Tower and the D. Luis Bridge. The old quarters of Baixa with its local shops, restaurants and pastry shops, Ribeira a quarter by the river Douro, facing the wine cellars of the Port wine, full with the city’s traditions and historical connection to the wine and the wine country of the Douro. Shopping areas such as Santa Catarina and Aliados Avenue. Not to miss are the great restaurants around town with some of the tastiest food in the country.

Hotel – Ipanema Park Hotel or Pestana Heritage (included in “premium” option)

Day 2: Waking the Camino: Porto - Praia da Memória or Mindelo (17km to 25km)

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Porto Cathedral from where you’ll begin your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Walking the Camino. In Sé Cathedral, you can enter and pick-up your pilgrim passport, that you can ask to be stamped in several hotels and restaurants as you go through the Camino. From Sé, you’ll start your adventure through the city, descending Sé Velha and Mouzinho da Silveira street, to Porto’s riverside, walking by the historical city center alongside the Douro river, until it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching Matosinhos, we'll keep walking until Leça da Palmeira, following the yellow arrow’s by Portugal’s coastline, towards the north. We'll keep walking until we reach "Praia da Memória" obelisc, where we can stop for a coffee and get transfered to Ponte de Lima or, if you feel like it, you can keep walking by the portuguese coastline until you reach Mindelo beach, visiting the local roman ruins along the way and only then being transfered to Ponte de Lima, which has recently submitted its candidacy to UNESCO world heritage site due to its rich cultural, environmental and historic traditions. Enjoy the rest of your day in Ponte de Lima,staying for the night in Hotel Inlima or Carmo's Boutique Hotel ( included in the "premium" option).

Hotel – Hotel Inlima or Carmo's Boutique Hotel (included in “premium” option)

Day 3: Walking the Camino: Ponte de Lima – Rubiães (18km)

After breakfast at the hotel, start your day walking north, crossing the Lima river by the iconic bridge that gives the name to "Ponte de Lima", and then keep walking by ancient roman pathways by the countryside, until you encounter the climb of the day, to the top of the Labruja sierra. Today, you'll mostly climb by the forested areas of the Sierra, walking by paved roads, roman pahtways and gravel trails until you rech the Cross of the french, where traditions says you should leave a pebble to mark your passing. The views over the Sierra and the pure quietness of this place are unforgetfull. Start descending until you reach Rubiães for a well deserved expresso and to be transfered to Valença do Minho,he last city in portuguese soil. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon discovering Valença's epic fortress over the Minho river or relaxing at your hotel,  The historical city center is a good option to stop for lunch and visit. After Viana, keep riding north and inland, through the mountain range – some urban single tracks and ancient paved roads will follow, until you reach “Vila Praia de Âncora”, from where you’ll ride the Ecopista, by the shoreline, until you reach your hotel, “Portas do Sol”, just outside Caminha or Caminha "Design & Wine Hotel" (included in the "premium" option)

Hotel – Pousada de Valença (upgrade to superior room included in “premium” option)

Day 4: Walking the Camino: Valença - O Porriño (22km)

After breakfast, you'll start your day walking by the steel bridge over the Minho river crossing into Spain! Tui is the first city you'll walk by, characterized by it's medieval city center. Fomr Tui, you'll start walking by lush trails and single tracks, that'll lead you from one small village to another in Galiza, where you'll be able to stop at several bars and cafes to taste the local mussles, tortilla or tapas along the way. Today you'll be walking until you reach O Porriño, where you'll be transfered to Vigo, a large city by the coastline, where you'll be able to see the "Ria de Vigo" and the Ciés islands, an archipelago at the coast of Galiza. You'll stay for the night at the Tryp Los Galeones hotel in Vigo.

Hotel – Tryp Los Galeones (upgrade to superior room included in “premium” option)

Day 5: Walking the Camino: Vigo – Redondela (20km)

Your day will start with a steady climb toward’s the mountain range that overlooks the Ria de Vigo, where you'll find roughly 12km of macadam trails overlooking the Ria de Vigo, provifing a beautiful view of the Ciés, Vigo's mussles farms and Galiza area. Your trail will lead you downwards, towards Redondela, where the “central camino” and the “coastal camino” become one! In redondela, you'll be transfered to Pontevedra, but before we'll cross the Verdugo river over the romanic bridge of “Ponte Sampaio”. Once in Pontevedra, you'll check-in at the beautiful "Parador" hotel, right in the middle of it’s historical center. Take your time to explore Pontevedra’s center on a walk at nightime by the Galician plazas of Ourense and Ferraria, where you’ll find the city’s Basilica and Chapel.

Hotel – Parador de Pontevedra (upgrade to superior room included in “premium” option)

Day 6: Walking the Camino: Pontevedra - Caldas dels Reis (23km)

After breakfast you’ll continue your pilgrimage feeling you’re already getting close to Santiago. You’ll notice another change in the landscape since you’ll be abandoning the coast and returning to inland Galicia, with its lush green woods and forested areas. Roman pathways and trails connecting quaint medieval villages will lead you to an ancient thermal resort used by the spanish noblemen, "Caldas dels Reis". Reaching Caldas dels Reis, you'll be transfered to Padrón. Your hotel of the day is located in Padrón a village known for being the cradle of Galicia and for its Green Peppers, the Padrón Peppers. Take some time to visit the village, climb to the Santiaguiño do Monte lookout point, visit the botanical gardens or Toxa waterfall and taste the food, If you’re adventurous and it’s in season try the Lamprea. Check in at our Hotel Pazo de Lestrove or Os Lambráns.

Hotel – Hotel Pazo de Lestrove or Os Lambráns (included in “premium” option)

Day 7: Walking the Camino: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela (26km)

After breakfast you’ll begin the last stage of your Way of St. James. This will be a  test to your will and tenacity as the route starts going uphill almost from the start. You’ll go through small villages and churches with clear signs that the end of the Way is near. When you arrive and enter the historical center of Santiago, you'll reach the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, end point of your pilgrimage. Compostela is a millennial city with places and monuments that deserve a visit, such as its plazas in the central area of the old town, the narrow streets and traditional markets. Check-in at your hotel, Virxe de La cerca or the epic Parador de Santiago (included in the "premium" option), and then dedicate the rest of your afternoon to visit the pilgrims office and discover this medieval city's traditions, culture and heritage.

Hotel – Virxe de La Cerca 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. Get your Compostela from the local pilgrim's office and, at 12:00, you can participate in the daily Pilgrim's mass, where you may be able to witness the "Bota Fumeiro". At 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.

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Included

Guided

Premium

Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport
6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 6 nights in charm 5 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Personal guide accompanying your group, providing daily guided tours, restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour
Second guide accompanying, hiking alongside the group an all 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
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
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
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences;

Prices

Guided

Premium

Minimum of four guests -Private tour, starts any date
1890€ per guest
2790€ per guest
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
100€
100€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo hikers)
500€
500€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€

Add-ons

Guided

Premium

Half-Board - All dinners at the hotel (6 meals)
270€, drinks not included
340€, drinks not included
Extra nights available before or after this tour
on demand
on demand

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@livelovehike.pt for more information.

Additional information

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmation of this information by Live Love Hike.

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -

May

03/05/20i

June

21/06/20i

October

18/10/20i

Why choose Live Love Hike

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;

Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

Guided

Minimum of four guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1890€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Premium

Minimum of four guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 2790€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -

May

03/05/20i

June

21/06/20i

October

18/10/20i

Why choose Live Love Hike

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;
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

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Lisbon - Portugal

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Email: hikewithus @ livelovehike.pt 

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