Camino Portuguese Walking Tour
(Ex Porto) Portugal - Mon 8th April 2019

Max Participants:
12
Location:
(Ex Porto) Portugal  
Date:
Mon 8th April 2019
Start Time:
12:00am
End Time:
12:00am
Duration:
14 Days
Meals:
13 Dinners 13 Breakfasts
Non-Member Cost:
$4145.00 Per Person based on Twin Share
Member Cost:
$3995.00 Per Person based on Twin Share
Deposit Required:
$500.00
Single Supplement:
From $850.00 Per Person
Tagged:
camino hiking walking holiday

Join us walking the lesser travelled Camino  'Portuguese Way'  from Porto in Portugal, through to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Passing vineyards, crop fields and farms along the way, this pretty trail gives us an insight into the suburban Portuguese way of living.  

Walking the Portuguese Camino is a quieter experience, allowing time for reflection and time to absorb the changing landscape of Portugal, the warmth of the local people, the stunning coastline and historic towns. 

Beginning in the World Heritage site of Porto, we walk through a mixture of coastal, forest and open countryside trails to our final destination, the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where pilgrims from all over the world congregate. Our arrival in Santiago coincides with Easter, where the processions are an incredibly special experience!

Gallery

Beautiful walking
Something funny going on there
Spectacular Cathedrals
delicious food
Always having a laugh
Portuguese Way
Changing Landscapes
Time for a foot soak with new found friends
Cake & Port ... Now that's Novel
Someone's found some little furry friends
Time for a stretch
We made it de Santiago Compostela
Best foot forward

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Porto - Recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Site since 1996

● Walking into Santiago de Compostela on the final day along with your fellow pilgrims

● Visiting historic settlements, including Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, Tui, Pontevedra and Padron along the route.

● Changing landscapes - you’ll enjoy walking alongside rivers, on coastal paths, over rolling hills, passing vineyards, farmland & woodland forest.

Itinerary

Arrive Porto Set on the banks of the Douro River, Porto’s historical centre was declared a World Heritage site in 1996 and in the 12th Century it was in Porto that the country took its name and became an independent nation. Its maritime legacies and importance as a new world trading port have shaped it into the proud city it has become, with its impressive cathedral and port wine lodges. After checking in to your hotel, take the time to explore the city with its many cultural sites.

Meet with your Adventurous Women ™ Tour Manager at 6pm in the hotel lobby for introductions and trip briefing.

Meals: Dinner

This morning a private transfer will take us from our Porto hotel to the small town of Vilar do Pinheiro where we begin an easy walk down in part through woodland trails to the rural town of Arcos.

The transfer enables us to avoid the urban sprawl of Porto, taking you directly to a rural landscape, however if you want to walk this section we recommend you do it the previous day and take a taxi or bus back to your Porto hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The trail today takes us through lush valleys through towns such as Sao Pedro de Rates and its church of St Peter, and over the Monte Franqueira, before reaching Barcelos. There is an alternative route for a small section, via the ruins of the Castelo de Faria. Arriving in Barcelos you are certainly in for a treat. With its impressive medieval bridge, Barcelos is treasured for its history and legends (eg. the Barcelos cockerel).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's route takes us through small villages with pretty gardens and past many baroque chapels en route to the small and quiet town of Balugães, a traditional resting point on the Camino Portuguese.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The route today takes us gradually closer to the valley of the Lima River, where the village of Ponte da Lima is located, the oldest in Portugal.

The cobble stoned streets are a delight to walk through and there are many points of interest including museums, historic houses, a prison tower (now a library) and the main square, Largo de Camoes. The medieval bridge spanning the Lima River has Roman foundations but was rebuilt in 1368.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Along delightful trails & crossing small hills en route to Pecene, this is the first day on the trail where much of the route will be unpaved.

Leaving by the Ponte de Lima ascend to the Labruja Valley and up to a mountain ridge where you reach the Alto da Portela Grande, the highest point on the trail at 405m. The views sweeping back down to the Lima valley are well worth the effort!

Descending trails heading north you soon enter the town of Rubiães by its Roman road and then continue on to Pecene, where we rest overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This stage is characterised by hilly terrain that gradually leads to Valença before crossing the border into Spain. The trail is along quiet country roads and unpaved trails for the most part. Before crossing into Spain it is worth taking a look at the historic walled town of Valença. Later reaching Tui, the first stop in Spain. This evening take a walk along the Paseo de Calvo Sotelo where a lively atmosphere is usually evident.

As we are staying in Tui for two evenings, this is a great place to catch up on a little laundry while you're able.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Most of this first stage is woodland paths that follow the lovely Louro River valley, then along the N550 to the historical centre of O Porriño, a town famous for its pink granite due to its proximity to the granite quarries.

Essentially now a sprawling industrial town, it is located at the intersection of two motorways and the main railway line passes through, so you return to your Tui hotel for overnight accommodation with a private transfer this afternoon (3pm).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we'll be transferred back to O Porriño to commence our walk

After a stage following and crossing the N550, ascend through mixed forest to Monte Cornedo and the Chans das Pipas plateau before dropping down to the town of Redondela. From here we pass through tiny hamlets along a coastal inlet to reach Arcade.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We start our day by walking over the beautiful old bridge at Pontesampaio then a short uphill stretch following ancient stone paths before dropping down to the provincial capital of Pontevedra. There are some interesting sites to explore including the Santuario da Peregrin chapel and the Convento de San Francisco. The Medieval town centre is a maze of cobbled lanes with tapas bars and cafes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 as a result 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This is a beautiful walk through the Bermana river valley before dropping down into the Valga valley, one short climb. Two short stages of main road, leaving Caldas and entering Padron. The town is lovely, set on the banks of the Sar and Ulla rivers, with some St James relics to be seen at the Igrexa de Santiago (church).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The final day of walking takes us through pine, oak and eucalyptus wood before climbing up to reach Santiago. A long day.... but ever so rewarding as we re-group and arrive together at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela ..... a truly magical way to end our Camino. We overnight in Santiago to provide everyone with the opportunity to attend a Pilgrims Mass on Easter Sunday which is a highlight!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Trip concludes Santiago de Compostela after breakfast. Perhaps take a late flight to attend a Pilgrims Mass, or stay on for an additional night and explore more of the city if you have time.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

Experienced & Knowledgeable Adventurous Women® Tour Escort

13 nights accommodation twin share with ensuite

Meals as stated on itinerary, including complimentary wine during dinner

Daily Luggage transfers (1 piece of max 20kg per person)

Information pack, containing maps/route information

Pre-departure information & support to assist you with pre-trip planning (flight/transport options to Porto, local transport options, emergency contact numbers, taxi's, accommodation pre/post )

Visitor Tax

13 Dinners

13 Breakfasts

Excludes

International Flights

Additional Drinks/Snacks not on itinerary

Items of a personal nature

Entrance fees

Travel insurance (Compulsory)

Accommodation

We're staying in comfortable accommodation along the way and you will be twin sharing with another lady from the group (many of our travellers come along solo and have not met one another - it's part of the fun), unless you wish to pay the additional single supplement to have your own room every evening.  We mix it up for your comfort and that of others - you get to room with a different lady from the group every evening - this is designed to bond the group, while alleviating any potential annoyances which may occur as a result of sharing with the same person throughout.

What To Bring/Wear

- Wet weather gear, sunscreen, good walking boots well worn in / shoes, good walking socks, sun hat and walking poles.

Detailed Trip Notes will be provided well in advance of your departure, to help you plan & prepare.

More Information

How to Get There

Travelling BY AIR Your closest international airports are Porto, Lisbon or Madrid. There are a number of full service and low cost airlines that fly to these locations from points throughout Europe and beyond. If you need any assistance with booking flights please let us know and we can also help connect you with others from the group who are travelling from Australia.

On arrival at the airport you will need to take a taxi or local bus to our chosen adjoining hotel in the historic centre of Porto. 

Trip grading

Moderate daily walks are between 15-26km on well marked trails over diverse terrain from relatively flat to hilly.

No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a challenging, unique and rewarding experience (Once in a Lifetime)! 

We do stay in comfortable accommodation and we don't carry heavy backpacks, so there's no roughing it ...... our No Princess Policy is more about adopting a 'Go with the flow' mind set when travelling as part of a group so you enjoy the experience - ie: we suggest earplugs if you're a light sleeper, or pay the extra $$ for a single room.  We mix it up - you get to room with a different lady from the group every evening and this is designed to bond the group, while alleviating any potential annoyances.  

Good news is that even though we're a group, we don't expect you to walk together at all times, there will be meeting checkpoints and plenty of direction from our experienced Camino Tour Escort, ensuring that you get the most from your own Camino experience.




Cancellation & Refunds

Each of our Tour Operators/Service Providers have their own booking conditions & cancellation policy over and above those of Adventurous Women's booking conditions, please ensure you request them and read them carefully.

Adventurous Women's Cancellation Policy can be viewed at the bottom of this website under the heading 'Cancellation Policy'.

Please ensure you read it carefully, as by paying your deposit, you acknowledge that you accept this cancellation policy, over and above that of our Service Providers

  • Cancellation of More than 70 days - Loss of Deposit
  • Between 69 and 31 days - Loss of 50% Of The Tour Cost
  • 30 days or less - Loss of 100% Of The Tour Cost
  • No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.


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