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Walking - The Northeastern Portuguese Caminho

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1350 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1490 Euro (EUR)

Explore a different Portuguese Caminho to Santiago de Compostela. This route, through the Northeastern Portugal, takes you to incredibly remote villages, far from the crowds that usually choose the more common pilgrimage routes. This is the really off the beaten path! You will be hiking in the International Douro River area, surrounded by churches and many others symbols related to this very important pilgrimage route. One of the tour’s highlights is the impressive castle of Algoso, built on top of a massive granite boulder. In Algoso you can wash your feet in a fountain that has been used by pilgrims for centuries.

Tour Details:
-Accommodations: Selected (4 star inns, farms and manor houses).
-Activity level: Sporty (daily average: distance 15-20 km/9-12 miles, climbing 1500 m/4900 ft time 4-6 hours).
-Total distance: 90 km/55.9 miles.
-Average walking time: 6 hours/day.
-Total climbing: 2378 m/7802 ft.
-Maximum climbing in one day: 651 m/2136 ft.

Insurance:
- In all our trips, each participant is covered by a legally required personal insurance by Liberty insurance company. It covers €3500 of medical expenses and €20.000 in case of death or permanent injury
- All luggage and personal belongings are at all the times at your risk. We will not be responsible for any loss, damage or accident to any luggage or property. Our professional activities are covered by €50.000 liability insurance.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Porto - Castelo Rodrigo. Transfer from Porto’s airport to Hospedaria do Convento in Castelo Rodrigo. Just outside our inn is a church that used to shelter pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. There will be a guided tour of Castelo Rodrigo, classified as a Historical Village of Portugal. Castelo Rodrigo still holds its medieval appearance surrounded by impressive stone walls. Lodging: Hospedaria do Convento in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

Day 2: Castelo Rodrigo - Barca d’Alva. Hike from Castelo Rodrigo to Barca D’Alva, passing through the village of Escalhão, where we will stop to see the church that was visited by the Caminho pilgrims. Our hike takes us all the way to the Douro river, passing through several vineyards. Distance: 24 km/14.9 miles. Approximate time: 6 hours. Total climbing: 243 m/797 ft. Lodging: Hospedaria do Convento in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo The Northeastern Portuguese Caminho.

Day 3: Barca d’Alva - Quinta de Santiago. Hiking day in the International Douro River area. Today’s hike starts near the Douro River, climbing the famous Calçada de Alpajares, also named the Devil’s Trail. This will take us to Quinta de Santiago, one of the places where the pilgrims used to stop on the way to Santiago. Today’s hike give us beautiful views of the Douro River and also of some amazing rock formations. Our inn has a outdoor swimming pool and dinners here are amazing! Distance: 18 km/11.2 miles. Approximate time: 6 hours. Total climbing: 651 m/ 2136 ft. Lodging: Casa das Quintas in Mogadouro.

Day 4: Freixo de Espada à Cinta - Lagoaça. Today’s hike connects Freixo de Espada à Cinta to Lagoaça. We will follow the ancient trail to Santiago passing through the picturesque villages of Mazouco and Fornos. Distance: 21 km/13 miles. Approximate time: 6 hours. Total climbing: 648 m/2126 ft. Lodging: Casa das Quintas in Mogadouro.

Day 5: Aldeia de Santiago - Penas Roías. Aldeia de Santiago is a little village that got its name from the Pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela. From here we will follow the trail to Aldeia de Penas Roías, a very peculiar little village. Along the way we will pass by Azinhoso, where we will visit the local church with its beautiful paintings inspired in Santiago. From Azinhoso to Penas Roías we will cross a medieval bridge once used by pilgrims. Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles. Approximate time: 4 hours. Total climbing: 281 m/922 ft. Lodging: Casa das Quintas in Mogadouro.

Day 6: Penas Roías - Algoso. Today we will walk to Algoso. In the village of Algoso, we can visit the very interesting Casa da Misericórdia, a fountain once used by the pilgrims and the impressive castle on top of the hill. Your A2Z Adventures guide will have the key to the castle! Distance: 15 km/ 9.3 miles. Approximate time: 5 hours. Total climbing: 555 m/1821 ft. Lodging: Estalagem Santa Catarina in Miranda do Douro.

Day 7: Miranda do Douro. Free morning to explore the beautiful town of Miranda do Douro, that stands right on the Douro river. Visit to the museum of local history and other monuments. Transfer to Porto after lunch. Farewell dinner in Porto. Lodging: Hotel da Bolsa.

Day 8: Porto. Early morning transfer to Porto’s airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Supported: 1350 EUR
- Guided: 1490 EUR
- Single supplement: 350 EUR.

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