The Portuguese Camino Assisted
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Hiking
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Hiking Cultural Meet the locals
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 2

 

The Portuguese Way is a hiking route linking the major town of Ponte de Lima to Santiago de Compostela, along the beautiful old Saint James path. Every day is a different scenery, offering country side views, towns and cities rich in culture and filled with the camino spirit. Churches, monuments, old crosses will tell the history of this less traveled way until you arrive at Obradoiro Square, just in front of Saint James Cathedral, in the heart of Santiago the Compostela. You will experience the Camino away from the crowds, with space for self-discovery.
 
This is a supported tour. You are hiking the Portuguese Camino following the Pilgrimage trail on your own. Our guide will be near and will provide support in many places along each day. At these stops we will provide water, fruit and some ceral bars. If you feel weak, or tired you can hop into the van and if near the hotel you will be transfer to it. To avoid every day making your luggage we stay during the hike 2 nights at each place!
 
 

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome and Transfer to Ponte de Lima Hotel 3*  Imperio do Norte Hotel (Plima) Dinner
2 Hike from Ponte de Lima to Fountoura Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho) Breakfast - Dinner
3 Hike from Valença do Minho to Porriño Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho) Breakfast - Dinner
4 Hike from Monte Santiago to Pontevedra Hotel 3*  Virgen del Camino Hotel Breakfast - Dinner
5 Hike from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis Hotel 3*  Virgen del Camino Hotel Breakfast - Dinner
6 Hike from Caldas de Reis to Padrón Hotel 2*  Herradura Hotel Breakfast - Dinner
7 Hike from Esclavitud to Santiago de Compostela Hotel 2*  Herradura Hotel Breakfast - Dinner
8 End of Tour & Transfer to Porto    Breakfast - Lunch
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome and Transfer to Ponte de Lima

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Imperio do Norte Hotel (Plima)
Meals: Dinner

Join the group and the guide at the designated location at early afternoon. After the briefing we will be transferred to Ponte de Lima where we will have time to visit the town.
 
 
Transfer to Ponte de Lima | 1H20min


2: Hike from Ponte de Lima to Fountoura

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho)
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

The hike starts at Ponte de Lima central square, next to the old roman bridge. The path will lead you to a viewpoint, the highest point of the entire hiking program where you can delight your eyes with the beautiful countryside of northern Portugal.
You will continue, following narrow trails, until you get to Rubiães and across another mountain pass to Fountora where the hike ends.
 
 
Hike 26.4km | 6H»7H | + 820m | - 490m
Afternoon transfer to Valença do Minho | 30 min


3: Hike from Valença do Minho to Porriño

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho)
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

Hiking along the fortresses, passing under old doors, travel in medieval streets and crossing over ancient bridges, today you might feel like a middle age pilgrim. Valença old fort is the first visit. With walls built on the 13th century, this is a piece of gothic and baroque military architecture that has been destroyed several times by invasion armies, but always been restored and still very well preserved.
Crossing the river Minho, you will arrive in Tuy, Spain. You´ll visit the historical center and later continue the hike along the river Louro and the forest, until reaching Porriño.
 
 
Hike 21km | 6H»6H30 | + 280m | - 330m
Afternoon transfer to Valença do Minho | 35min


4: Hike from Monte Santiago to Pontevedra

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Virgen del Camino Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

Our adventure starts in Monte Santiago, after a short transfer. In this point, at 250-meter-high, you can see the horizon and take some great photos over Redondela and Ria de Vigo. You will continue, passing some rural areas, old Romanic little villages, greeting friendly people, and enjoying a scenery of beautiful wooden forest. After passing Arcade village, and going up the hill, you will arrive in Pontevedra.
Pontevedra is a wonderful town full of history and superb esplanades to a have a delicious meal.
 
Morning transfer to Monte Santiago | 1H
Hike 26.8km | 8H»9H | + 540m | - 730m


5: Hike from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Virgen del Camino Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

Start the hike crossing the street of the old town of Pontevedra, towards the roman bridge to leave the city. The path will take you through old railways, rural areas and a wetland protected area, home of hundreds of species and a large biodiversity.  A few kilometers before reaching Caldas de Reis there is the waterfall and the watermills system of Barrosa River, a nice stop to rest before check in at the hotel.
 
  
Hike 22,3km | 5H»6H | + 330m | - 320m
Afternoon transfer to Pontevedra | 35min


6: Hike from Caldas de Reis to Padrón

Overnight: Hotel 2*  Herradura Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

The day starts walking along agriculture fields. Towards Valga, the path becomes a scenic route with the river and the dark forest. Once out of the forest, follow narrow trails until you reach Pontecesures, a place full of religious architecture. Crossing the river you will reach Padrón, a town with beautiful gardens and monuments all around, and the last stop before Santiago de Compostela.
 
Morning tansfer to Caldas de Reis | 35 min
Hike 20.1km | 5H»5H30 | + 390m | - 400m
Afternoon transfer to Santiago | 35min


7: Hike from Esclavitud to Santiago de Compostela

Overnight: Hotel 2*  Herradura Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

Last day of Pilgrimage. Santiago awaits just 18km ahead from Esclavitud where you’re going to start the hike. The path leaves the Church of Esclavitud, going up north. Soon you will reach the Milladoiro Hill with the first full view of Santiago de Compostela. Once you reach the city, we will go to the Cathedral, and in the afternoon we will explore the old quarter and the surroundings.
 
 
Morning transfer to Esclavitud | 30min
Hike 18km | 5H30»6H | + 490m | - 270m


8: End of Tour & Transfer to Porto

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

In the morning we will have some free time to enjoy a little more of this unique city.
After lunch we will meet back at the hotel and return back to Porto, where the tour ends.
 
 
Transfer to Porto | 2h30min

Dates & Prices
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Notes

Included

* English speaking guide during all Tour
* Transfers specified in the itinerary
* Luggage transfer as specified in the itinerary
* Accomodation in B&B basis
* Meals specified in the itinerary
* Liability and personal accident insurance
Excluded

* Transfer to and from meeting location
* Personal expenses
* Alcoholic beverages during meals
* Wine tasting upgrade
* Gratuities
 



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