Way of Saint James Portugal

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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Departs: 31/08/2018
  • Price: $4,200

Camino de Santiago

New trip with 3 hikes in Portugal and 4 stages in the Way of Saint James.

This is the most popular walking tour of the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino: a nice walk, good food and wine, discovering local customs, meeting fellow pilgrims and enjoying the unique atmosphere of it all.

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Way of Saint James Portugal

The Way of Saint James Portugal itinerary for 13 days/12 nights.                                                                               Interested?

 

Day 1 (31-August-2018) – Oporto Airport
Today at the appropriate time, our representative will be met you at the airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned for this day.
Overnight in Porto.

Day 2 (01-September-2018) – Porto
Elected Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens, Porto, is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries. Walking tours in Porto, visits to the city’s historical centre of world heritage and monuments of Porto. Itinerary: Torre dos Clérigos, Livraria Lello e Irmão, Avenida dos Aliados, Estação de S. Bento, Ponte Luís I, Sé Catedral, Bairro da Sé and Ribeira. Brief presentation of the olive oil sector in Portugal with technical proof of three Portuguese olive oils.
Overnight in Porto.

Day 3 (02-September-2018) – Walking in Castelo de Paiva
Our day starts at “Monte São Domingos da Serra”, a place of unique beauty, with a magnificent view over the mouth of both Arda and Douro rivers. After enjoying the view, it is time to start our way until “Fojo” shaft, the first place connected to the mining industry. After a short stop, it is time to follow the ancient coal mine line and discover some remains of that time. Along our walk, we will be able to see Arda River and discover some wonderful landscapes until we reach the centennial “Pedorido” bridge. Our walk ends at the mines with a small snack.

Difficulty: Easy / Moderate. Distance: 9km – 5 miles. Duration: 1/2 day.

Overnight in Porto.

Day 4 (03-September-2018) – Walking in Gondomar
Our day starts at “Areja”, Lomba with a magnificent view over Douro River. After some explanation, it is time to start our discovering some of the most beautiful landscapes of the region. Our first stop is at “lomba” beach, a place famous for its water sports. After a short break it is time to go through the village of “Lomba” until we reach “Pé de Moura”, where we will be able to see some of the typical boats used to fish. On our way back, there will be time to enjoy some wonderful landscapes and a small snack at the end.

Difficulty: Easy / Moderate. Distance: 9km – 5 miles.Duration: 1/2 day.

Overnight in Porto.

Day 5 (04-September -2018) – Walking in Douro
Our challenge for the day is to join us and discover some of the most beautiful treasures the Douro has to offer… After a journey of about one and a half hour the day starts at Samodães, with an excellent view over Douro River and Régua town. It is time to start our descent until the river, going along the vineyards, olive and fig trees. Our walk continues until we reach Régua town where we will have lunch. After lunch, it is time to go along some of the most beautiful paths of the region until Pinhão, where we will visit the train station, famous for its tiles. To finish the day, we will visit a wine estate and taste the famous port wine.
An excellent way to know the Douro region, World Heritage…
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate. Distance: 9km – 5 miles.Duration: 1 day.
Overnight in Porto.

Day 6 (05-September-2018) – Braga – Guimarães
Guided tour in the city of Braga, known as the “Portuguese Rome”, for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country. Founded in Roman times, with the name of Bracara Augusta, this city has over 2000 years of history. We will visit The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro and Bom Jesus.
On the afternoon we visit Guimarães. A historic town, exceptionally well-preserved and an authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town. (Optional: visit the museums and monuments).

Overnight in Braga.

Day 7 (06-September-2018) – Póvoa de Varzim

We have a beautiful walk on the beach. A walk with lesser degree of difficulty, which will serve to appreciate the landscape, learn the fisher community of Póvoa de Varzim and smell the sea air.

Overnight in Braga.

Day 8 (07-September-2018) – Braga – Redondela – Pontevedra • 18km
Today you join part of the Portuguese Way of Saint James. Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this bridge, at the hands of the armed populace. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Overnight in Pontevedra.

Day 9 (08-September-2018) – Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis • 23km
Most of this stage is through woodland and countryside along gentle river valleys with virtually no climbing. Closer to Caldas de Reis the route crosses the N550 and follows this road for short sections. Located between the Umia and Bermana rivers, the town of Caldas developed because of its thermal waters and continues to be a major health spa. The botanical gardens next to the river are lovely for some respite from the walk.

Overnight Caldas de Reis.

Day 10 (09-September-2018) – Caldas de Reis – Padron • 19km
Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we then cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.

Overnight Padron.

Day 11 (10-September-2018) – Padron – Santiago • 25km
The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario, and couple of kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the cathedral. Finally the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.
Overnight em Santiago de Compostela.

Day 12 (11-September-2018)
Santiago de Compostela to Portugal
Transfer to Portugal after the mass.

Overnight no Porto.

Day 13 (12-September-2018)
Transfer to the airport (Oporto Airport)
There are no activities planned for this day.

End of the program.

Selected Hotels during Way of Saint James Portugal

HF Ipanema Porto (Porto)
Hotel Mercure Braga Centro (Braga)
Hotel Rias Bajas (braga Centro)
Hotel Rías Bajas (Pontevedra)
Sena Hotel (Caldas del Reis)
Scala Hotel (Padron)
Hotel Universal (Santiago de Compostela)
Accommodation is in Twin rooms in  hotels shown  above or similar.

Single Supplement $1,200

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Inclusions in Way of Saint James Portugal

• Transfers: Airport – Hotel – Airport;
• 12 nights in a twin room;
• Breakfast is included every morning in all multi-day tour packages;
• Brief presentation of the olive oil sector in Portugal. Technical proof of three Portuguese olive oils;
• Wine tasting;
• 3 Lunches or picnics;
• City tour in Porto, Braga, Guimarães and Viana do Castelo;
• Camino Guided Tours and snacks during the trails;
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel – (The weight limit is 20kg / 1 baggage per person);
• Transfer Santiago de Compostela to Porto;
• Pilgrims Passport;
• Transfer and Guide throughout the tours.

Exclusions in Way of Saint James Portugal

• Flight to and from Portugal;
• Airport taxes, security and fuel;
• Travel insurance;
• Drinks and meals not specified;
• Entrances other than mentioned;
• Telephone and personal expenses.

 

Important Notes about Way of Saint James Portugal

Minimum: 2 Travelers
Maximum: 12 Travelers
Departure: September 2018.
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route
Please note: this itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals & other occurrences.
Insurance: We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
Please make sure that your baggage is clearly marked with your name, inside as well as outside, in case the labels get detached. We request you limit your main baggage to one piece per person. The weight limit is 20kg / 1 baggage per person. As your main baggage will be transported by vehicle during the walking days a normal suitcase can be used for your main baggage.

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