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Portugal Hiking Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 658 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 697 Euro (EUR)

The way to Santiago de Compostela is an ancient pilgrimage route that provides unforgettable experiences to those who travel along it. A Pilgrimage is an act of faith. It is a Way and, as such, it presupposes an itinerary but it does not stop at that. It must be associated with an intention and an objective, nourishing the motivation and awakening inner search, thus bringing about spiritual enrichment.

The tracks and paths go gently north along ancient routes and cross historic cities, woodlands, churches, medieval bridges, stone altars or little water courses. Admire the beautiful estuaries of Vigo and Pontevedra, enjoy the town of Caldas de Reis and discover the history of Padron and its stone treasure. Enter Santiago de Compostela's Cathedral and embrace the spiritual enrichment of Saint James. Visit the historic city center of Santiago de Compostela and be enchanted by its traditions and its typical cuisine.

Itinerary:
Day 01. Arrival to Porto. The richness of its monumental and artistic patrimony, the Port Wine cellars, the many spots dedicated to leisure and culture are only some of the reasons that invite you to visit Porto. The hotel is located in Porto down-town, near the Douro river, in a walking distance of the famous wine cellars. Overnight in Porto.

Day 02. Vilar do Pinheiro - Arcos (Vila do Conde) – 17 km.
Private Transfer from Porto to Vilar do Pinheiro. One of our team will meet you at the hotel to welcome you and provide a full briefing and all the documentation you’ll need before taking you to Mosteiró to begin your first stage of the Portuguese Way to Santiago. Enjoy the rural scenery of peaceful villages surrounded by agricultural land and patches of forest. Cross two splendid Romanesque bridges on the way to the village of Arcos. Overnight in Arcos (Vila do Conde).

Day 03. Arcos (Vila do Conde) – Barcelos – 20 km.
Your journey starts walking from Arcos towards the village of Rates and its imposing Romanesque church. See the legendary stone in Pedra Furada and the attractive bridge from Barcelinhos into historical Barcelos, a small city full of interesting architecture and crafts. Overnight in Barcelos.

Day 04. Barcelos - Balugães – 15 km. After Barcelos, a more rural and picturesque landscape follow you as you pass through hamlets, villages and witness traditional farming practices. Towards the end of this stage is the 12th century Ponte das Tábuas. Overnight in Balugães.

Day 05. Balugães - Ponte de Lima – 18 km. Walk through rural roads and magnificent countryside until you get into the picturesque town of Ponte de Lima. Enter the delightful town of Ponte de Lima along the river. Time your walk so that you have ample opportunity to enjoy the historical center and gardens or just sit by the river for a while. Overnight in Ponte de Lima.

Day 06. Ponte de Lima - Cossourado (Paredes de Coura) – 22 km. As soon as you leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima you´ll return to the rural world, then you´ll reach the Labruja mountain. The 2 km uphill are the most demanding of the whole Portuguese Way to Santiago but the views are worth the effort. Once you’re over the hill, it’s an easy walk to complete this stage. Overnight in Cossourado.

Day 07. Cossourado (Paredes de Coura) – Valença – 14 km
This walking journey starts by leaving the valley of the River Coura and climbing gently to São Bento da Porta Aberta. You’ll pass some small villages and a section of pretty woodland before hitting the urban approach to Valença. Overnight in Valença.

Day 08. Valença - O Porriño – 20 km. Cross the International Bridge over the River Minho into Spain and visit the medieval town of Tui. Our recommended detour cuts out O Porriño’s industrial zone, allowing you to spend most of your day amid forests and fields. Overnight in O Porriño.

Day 09. O Porriño - Arcade – 22 km. Make your way, leave O Porriño and cross a series of villages and up through the pine forest of Chan das Pipas. You will pass in Redondela, where the central route and the coastal route merge. End the day in the small riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters. Overnight in Arcade.

Day 10. Arcade - Pontevedra – 13 km. What a pleasant and enjoyable journey this stage is. You´ll start by walking from the small city of Arcade, and the Way will take you on ancient stone paths through the woods and along the River Tomeza, surrounded by trees and birdsong. When you arrive at Pontevedra don’t miss the historical city center with a lot of tapas bars. Overnight in Pontevedra.

Day 11. Pontevedra - Caldas de Reys – 22 km. Today’s walk to Caldas to Reis takes you through attractive countryside and a section of forest to the riverside spa town of Caldas de Reis. Soothe your feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs when you arrive. Overnight in Caldas de Reys.

Day 12. Caldas de Reys – Padron- 21 km. This stage begins with an easy ascent through a series of small villages and the delightful Valga forest. You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, the riverside town where St. James’s body is said to have been laid to rest by his faithful followers. Overnight in Padron.

Day 13. Padron - Santiago de Compostela – 22 km. The final stage of the Camino is largely through the countryside with a reasonable amount of shade. Only the final few kilometers are in busy urban areas and once you enter the ancient narrow streets of the narrow medieval center of Santiago, the atmosphere changes on your approach to the cathedral square. Enter the medieval centre of Santiago to make your way to the magnificent cathedral and end your journey. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

From 697,00€/person: July 01 to September 15
From 658,00€/person: March 15 to June 30 and September 16 to October 31

Note: Other dates available on request! Please contact us for further information.

Price Includes:
- 13 Nights of accommodation with breakfast included;
- Luggage transfer between hotels - 12 stages - 1 bag per person – maximum 15 kg/bag
- Telephone support for emergencies;
- Pilgrim passport (Credencial);
- Road book of the way (in English);
- Journey documentation;
- Travel insurance.

Extra Services:
- 11 dinners at the hotels during the walk (drinks included): 220€ per person
- Extra night in Oporto (Hotel 3*): 45€ per person in double bedroom
- Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 45€ per person in double bedroom
- Extra night in Oporto (Hotel 3*): 75€ per person in single bedroom
- Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 75€ per person in single bedroom
- Private Transfer Porto Airport – City Center (up to 4 persons) – 35€
- Single supplement: 299€ (July 01 to September 15) / 256€ (March 15 to June 30 / September 16 to October 31)