Duration:

12 Days / 11 Nights

Distance:

154 km / 95 mi

Difficulty:

Medium / High

Start / End

Lisbon - Santiago

2017:
3360 €

Single room supplement: +650 €

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Walk over the border from Portugal to Spain!

On our Portuguese Camino we travel across wild forests, beautiful vineyards, coastal cliffs and historical villas as we walk from Portugal into Spain to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela. We will spend the first day in Lisbon and then make our way to one of the largest pilgrimage centers in the world: the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fátima. Our Pilgrimage will begin in the town of Ponte de Lima from where we will walk 154 kilometers divided into 9 amazing stages. All along the way you will enjoy the best accommodations from majestic Paradores to wonderful manor houses you will fall in love with!

The Tour includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Informational program and route map
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • ALL dinners
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Fátima
  • Private guided visits in Lisbon and Santiago
  • Visit to Our Lady of Fátima

Meals

All breakfasts and all dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the walk and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.
Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (e.g. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are handpicked to give you the best possible experience. During the Camino we will stay in the distinguished National Paradores and charming Galician manors. The manors used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen and are usually located in privileged rural areas surrounded by green, peaceful scenery and form part of the cultural experience. All of our accommodations have en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.

Walking

You walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. We also offer assistance for any emergencies or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.

If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle or be taken back to the hotel. You mustn't worry about getting lost as the yellow arrows always show the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and enjoy a much-deserved rest.

Before and After

Before: Our tour starts in the city of Lisbon, where most international flights land in Portugal. You can arrive a few days before the tour to enjoy the city if you’d like.

After: Our tour ends in Santiago de Compostela at around 1:00 pm on the last day. Transportation back to Lisbon is NOT included.

We offer optional add-on activities once the tour is finished like a one-day trip to Finisterre, culinary activities in Santiago, and tour through Celtic Galicia (A Coruña). You can join one of our activities, stay in Santiago on your own, or leave on the last day of the tour. We recommend flying from Santiago to Madrid, which is the best and easiest option. There are plenty of flights throughout the day, and the flight has a duration of one hour. You can book online or through your travel agency.

Extra reservations: If you would like to stay in Madrid or Santiago for a few days before or after the tour, we’d be happy to send you a list of hotels we work with and assist you with the reservations.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • May 04 - May 15, 17 2 spots left!
  • May 30 - Jun 10, 17
  • Sep 04 - Sep 15, 17
  • Sep 30 - Oct 11, 17 2 spots left!

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Lisbon
Walking city visit

Our meeting point will be in the lobby of our hotel in Lisbon at 3 pm. Here we will enjoy a welcome cocktail and afterwards a guided visit through this beautiful city. In the evening we will be treated to a wonderful welcome dinner where we will sample the best in Portuguese cuisine.

Night in Lisbon.

Day 2

Fatima & Porto
Transfer by bus

We depart from Lisbon to journey to the biggest pilgrimage site in Portugal and one of the most significant in the world: Fátima. Known as "The World's Altar" it is always ready to welcome the Pilgrims who visit this site throughout the year. We will then continue on our way to Ponte de Lima with a brief stop in the spectacular city of Porto.

Night in Ponte de Lima.

Day 3

Ponte de Lima - Rubiaes
18.5 km / 11.5 mi

Today our Camino begins!

Ponte de Lima awaits with its amazing bridge over the Lima River, namesake of the town. This stage is considered to be the most beautiful on the whole Portuguese Way.

Night in Ponte de Lima.

Day 4

Rubiaes - Tui
19 km / 11.8 mi

We will begin today's stage by crossing the beautiful Roman bridge in Rubiaes and continue our journey until we get to the fortified town of Valença do Minho, from where we will be able to see the Miño river in the distance and the city of Tui on the other side. We will cross the river via the international bridge, built in 1886, to set foot in Spain for the first time.

Night in Tui

Day 5

Tui - O Porriño
16.4 km / 10.2 mi

We start in the city of Tui, the starting point of the Portuguese Camino in Galicia. During this stage we can admire the sublime architecture on every street of Tui's historical quarter. We will traverse beautiful forest paths throughout the day. After the stage, we will travel to the coastal town of A Guarda and also the Santa Tecla mountain from which we will enjoy some breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. After this visit we'll drive to the beautiful town of Baiona.

Night in the Parador de Baiona

Day 6

O Porriño - Redondela
15.6 km / 9.7 mi

On this stage we will have the pleasure of seeing the church of Santa Eulalia del Monte and the Pazo de los Marqueses in the parish of Mos, which are some of the most beautiful examples of Galician architecture in this region. We will continue our journey through peaceful forests until we arrive at the convent of Villavella in the city of Redondela. Once our stage is finished we will travel back to the town of Baiona to enjoy the rest of the day there.

Night in the Parador de Baiona

Day 7

Redondela - Pontevedra
19.8 km / 12.3 mi

We will travel in our private vehicle to Redondela, finishing point of our previous stage. We will walk along the coastlines of Vigo and Pontevedra until we arrive in the city of Pontevedra, capital of the Portuguese Way in Galicia. Here we will see the sanctuary of "La Virgen Peregrina" or Pilgrim Virgin, patroness and symbol of the city.

Night in the Parador de Pontevedra

Day 8

Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
21.5 km / 13.3 mi

Today's stage is one of the most beautiful in the Galician section of the Portuguese Way. We will walk through vineyards, small rural hermitages and forests filled with chestnut, pine and eucalyptus trees. On our way to Caldas de Reis we will pass through Muiñada Da Barosa, a beautiful enclave with waterfalls and natural pools where we can cool off and rest a bit before continuing our journey.

Night in Caldas de Reis.

Day 9

Caldas de Rei - Padrón
18.6 km / 11.6 mi

We are approaching the end of the Portuguese Way. From Caldas de Reís we cross the Umia River where we can see the natural thermal baths that the town is named after. The path continues through the beautiful Bermaña Valley and its ancient forest. Our stage ends in the emblematic town of Padrón, the place where according to tradition, the stone boat containing the remains of the Apostle arrived from Palestine.

Night in Caldas de Reis.

Day 10

Padrón - O Milladoiro
18.2 km / 11.3 mi

We are getting closer to Santiago with each step. We will walk through several towns as we make our way to the historic sanctuary of A Escravitude. After this we continue toward the Chapel of San Martiño were we can see one of the most ancient Cruceiros of Galicia. Our way continues to the town of O' Milladoiro, end of today's stage and last stop before arriving in Santiago.

Night in O' Milladoiro

Day 11

O' Milladoiro - Santiago
6.4 km / 4 mi

The last stage! We pass through Agro Dos Mosteiros where we can for the first time make out the spires of Santiago's Cathedral in the distance. We are scheduled to arrive in Santiago before 12 pm, so that those who wish to attend the Pilgrim’s Mass and perform any pilgrim rituals like hugging the Apostle can do so. In the evening, we will have a wonderful farewell surprise accompanied by a delicious dinner to celebrate!

Night in Hotel Monumento San Franciso

Day 12

Guided Visit in Santiago
City walking

In the morning we will enjoy a guided visit through Santiago focused on the old city, where we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its main monuments, squares and streets. During the visit we will enter the Cathedral where, in addition to its history and evolution, well-known traditions will be explained. We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cathedral's roof to enjoy the most spectacular view of the city. Our tour comes to an end at about 1 pm.
Your Camino through life begins!

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What if I get tired or can't keep walking?

The support vehicle will be of service along the entire route to cover any needs…

Does the group walk together?

No, each person walks at his/her own pace…