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Deluxe Cycling Holidays - The Way of St. James (Coastal Path) Easy Level

offered by supplier M21510 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 - 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Spain   Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1489 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2126 Euro (EUR)

Enjoy a city tour with us in Porto, to get to know a little bit of its architecture, heritage and local traditions. After this, ride towards Santiago (The Way of St. James), passing by sunny and seaside ares such as Esposende, Caminha and Bayona or have a delight with the famous Arcade's oysters, know why Caldas de Reis holds such a royalty importance and end this tour in the Square of Obradoiro, where in front you can see the colossal baroque cathedral where the remains of the apostle Santiago lies.
- Tour description: easy
- Estimated Km: 290 km and 4121 m (1.30%) of cumulative gap climbs .

Day 1: Reception at Porto
Day 2: Porto – Esposende (60 km)
Day 3: Esposende – Caminha (56 km)
Day 4: Caminha – Baiona (33 km)
Day 5: Baiona – Arcade (42 km)
Day 6: Arcade – Caldas dos Reis (40 km)
Day 7: Caldas dos Reis – Santiago de Compostela (40 km)

Day 1: Porto: Before starting this cycling journey towards Santiago de Compostela, it’s almost obligatory to present and know Porto, classified as World Heritage and Capital of Culture and Tourism. Join us in a city tour (bike or walk) in the City Centre and discover a huge miscellanea of heritage, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th Century. Meet famous and well-known hot spots, such as the bookstore that influenced J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, the magnificent Stock Exchange Marke, blue and white tiled churches and much more. Art, heritage and traditions are meant to be found and seen during this short city tour.

Day 2: Porto - Esposende, From our store, based on the “Invicta” city of Porto, we will begin our journey heading to Esposende, a seaside city located in the North. During the first day, you will be overwhelmed with seaside landscapes and small “Portuguese rivieras” until you reach Esposende, a city from the Middle Ages. During your first day, a huge variety of fishing villages (Póvoa de Varzim) will be met by us, where we can experience ancient traditions linked to the fish exploration as well taste this famous gastronomy. In Vila do Conde, you’ll know why these Portuguese coastal cities were so important during the “el dorado” of the Portuguese Discoveries.

Day 3: Esposende – Caminha. We’re reaching to Viana do Castelo, another sea docking city also holding a huge importance during the Discoveries. During the XIV-XVth Centuries it was in this precise city that the ships were developed to be departed to Brasil, India, Africa and other Portuguese colonies.

Still, in the district of Viana do Castelo, our destination will be Caminha. This city finds the delta of the river Minho, being part of the incredible landscape. Caminha is also very well-known for its natural and green heritage, like the sightseeing areas, waterfalls, beaches and the camping park.

Day 4: Caminha – Baiona: During our fourth cycling day, we’re going to enter in Spanish territory, ending in Bayona. It’s a city politically linked to Pontevedra where you can breathe the sea breeze. Yet, apart from the sea landscape you can also get lost in the old city centre, born from Roman roots and grew always towards the coast during the Middle Ages, with an influence from the Catholic Church. Curiously, during the XVI Century, Bayona was raided by British ships led by the great corsair and explorer Francis Drake who saw an opportunity to establish a commercial and merchant point in this territory.

Day 5: Baiona – Arcade: The fifth day will encompass the stream of Vigo and will end in San Simon’s bay with a watery landscape to feast our eyes.

Always following the coast line, this day will be dedicated to Arcade and its famous oysters. Apart from this delightful cuisine, you will see monuments and sights dedicated to the Santiago’s culture, such as the church of Santiago in Arcade (XII-XIII centuries) and roads or paths that will lead to our pilgrimage destination.

It’s almost mandatory that if you are passing by Arcade, you must taste and enjoy the famous oysters, produced and harvested in the waters of this region. Curiously, during April’s first week there’s a festival dedicated to this traditional gastronomy – “Fiesta de la Ostra” – where the city is filled with tourists and pilgrims to attend this event.

Day 6: Arcade – Caldas de Reis. Heading to a pre-Roman city, Caldas de Reis, a province which belongs to Pontevedra. According to historical archives, the first inhabitants were a pre-Roman community that lived from the hot springs of this territory. The name “Caldas de Reis” is connected to the birthplace of Afonso VII, acting in the Middle Ages as a pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela. Apart form the rich cultural heritage, like Arcade, Caldas de Reis holds a peculiar gastronomy, such as the “empanadas” of lamprey and the traditional Spanish bread. Since the hot springs accompanied the evolution of this territory, nowadays is a hot spot for tourism who seek better healthy treatments for several illnesses.

Day 7: Caldas de Reis – Santiago de Compostela. Our last and seventh day will meet Santiago de Compostela as the final destination, one of the ultimate pilgrimage cores in Western Europe. Like Rome and Jerusalem, the city of Santiago de Compostela present us a unique religious beacon for tourists who find in this cycling journey an act of faith and inner-self. Reach to the Square of Obradoiro, where you will witness the majestic baroque cathedral where the remains of the apostle are located.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Fully guided tour: minimum group Size 6 people
Self guided tour: minimum 1 person

Price Includes:
- Accommodation with breakfast: 6 nights and 7 days. (**** hotels or rural tourism houses);
- Luggage shuttling;
- Airport Oporto transfer;
- Train / metro / bus;
- Roadbook;
- Van support(*);
- Bike rent(Trekking bike with 28 wheel, 24 gears, racks and lights);
- Helmet;
- 1 tour guide(*);
- Mechanical assistance (*);
- 3 picnics + 3 lunches(*);
- 6 dinners(*);
- Personal accident insurance(*);
- Liability insurance(*).

(*) Not included in Self-Guided Tours. Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room.

You can even hire (VAT included):
- Supplement single room: 229,00 €
- Extra nights (price per person): 99,00 €
- Electric bike: 150,00 €.

In self guided the rent of the bike has a security deposit of 250,00 €.

About This Supplier
Location: Portugal
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2014
Client Request Served: 1

M21510 aims to target and advertise Porto's tourism throughout bike rentals and diverse city tours. Our idea was born from a 3 day journey to Santiago de Compostela, in the year 2012, allowing us to develop a bridge between Porto's tourism with the rest of the Northern Portuguese territory. We rent bikes,...

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