Experience wonderful natural landscapes, beaches, cliffs, boat trips, forests and the cultural history of this millenary route through the Portuguese Way of Santiago de la Costa. Enjoy the best accommodation such as Paradores, Relaix & Châteux and a careful selection of the best cuisine and wines from Spain and Portugal!
Day 1 Porto
Meeting at 3:00 p.m. at the Pestana Porto Vintage Hotel with our guides to make introductions and present to the group an overview of the tour. We will venture out together to explore the historic center of the city, including a visit to a winery for wine tasting and tasting of Oporto, after which we will have a lively typical Portuguese dinner with Fados. Overnight at hotel Pestana Porto Vintage.
Day 2 Viana do Castelo
We start from Oporto and commence our first stage on foot along the Portuguese Way of the coast, from Povoa do Varzim to Esposende (12 km). Transfer to Viana do Castelo, the hidden jewel of Portugal. Lunch in Viana. Climb on a funicular to the Santa Luzia mountain, to discover spectacular views of the city, and visit the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine. Accommodation and dinner at the Pousada de Viana do Castelo.
Day 3 A Guarda
Hoy, we continue along the coast to the town of Camihña where we will embark on a ferry crossing the mouth of the Miño river, to the town of A Guarda. We will visit the Castro and Monte de Santa Tegra. Lunch at the port of A Guarda. Our stage today will be from A Guarda to the Monastery of Oia (10 km). Stopping to visit the viewpoint of the Virgen de la Roca. Dinner and overnight at the Parador de Baiona.
Day 4 Baiona
After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our stage at the Romanesque bridge from A Ramallosa to O Vao Beach (11 km), taking in the beautiful views of the Vigo estuary. At the end of our walk we will have a magnificent lunch at the famous Stone Market. Our meal will be based on fresh seafood delicacies and fish. After lunch, and weather permitting, we will go up to the Mirador do Cepudo, to enjoy the best views of the Cies Islands. Return to the Parador de Baiona. Free time this evening for you to choose where to dine and soak up the tranquil atmosphere by the sea.
Day 5 Redondela
Today we will complete our stage at the foot of the Camino de la Costa, from the outskirts of Vigo to Redondela (10 km). A stage that will also offer us spectacular views of the Vigo estuary. After the walk we will go to Arcade, to enjoy once again the magnificent seafood of the area, from one of its typical oyster beds. Transfer to our accommodation and dinner at the Pazo Torres de Agrelo.
Day 6 Pontevedra
On this day, we will walk from Puente Sampaio to the Chapel of Santa Marta (8 km), on the outskirts of Pontevedra. After our stage we will have a splendid lunch at the Casa Solla restaurant, awarded a Michelin Star, where we will taste the best of modern Galician cuisine. Accommodation and dinner at the Parador de Pontevedra. Our guides will offer a walk through the historic center of Pontevedra to visit among other places the Shrine of the Pilgrim MTA (Mother Thrice Admirable).
Day 7 Armentera
Today, we continue our Camino de Santiago through the so-called Spiritual Variation, following the route that was followed 2,000 years ago by the remains of the Apostle Santiago in his transfer from Palestine to Santiago de Compostela. We start the day with a visit to the Monastery of Poio and its incredible mosaics dedicated to the Camino de Santiago. After the visit we start our stage on foot to the Monastery of Armenteira (12 km). Another stage in full nature that will allow us to see the beautiful town of Combarro, before starting a climb through forests to Armenteira. Lunch in the Armenteira area and visit the Monastery. Transfer back to Pontevedra to our accommodation. Free time to explore this beautiful city and enjoy dinner at leisure.
Day 8 Cambados
This day will take us from Puente Arnelas to the port of Vilagarcia de Arousa (12.5 km). At the end of our stage, we will enjoy a visit to the exclusive Pazo de Rubianes, where we will taste in a unique environment the best typical Albariño wines from the Rías Bajas and a selection of tapas in this historical Pazo that houses one of the best wineries in the area. After lunch, we will move to the Parador de Cambados. In the afternoon, we will take a guided tour of Cambados with dinner at the restaurant of Yayo Daporta (Michelin Star). Accommodation at the Parador.
Day 9 Padron
Today, will be very special since we will sail in a private boat following the route that according to tradition followed the remains of the Apostle Santiago, in his transfer from Palestine to Galicia. Embarking in Vilanova de Arousa, we will go up the river to Pontecesures (28 km), where according to legend, the boat carrying the remains of the Apostle, docked in a “pedrón” (large stone), which we will see in the Church of Santiago in Census. We will visit this town, famous for its peppers and ascend to the place known as Santiaguiño do Monte, where the Jacobean tradition also indicates that the Apostle preached during his trip to Roman Hispania. Lunch at the Chef Rivera restaurant. Return to Cambados. Dinner at leisure. Accommodation at the Parador.
Day 10 O Milladoiro
Today we walk our last stage before our entry into the Holy City, from Faramellos to Ponte do Rio Sar (11 Km). After our stage on foot, we will enjoy a well-deserved rest with a lunch at the Fogar de Santiso, a traditional Galician restaurant where we will appreciate the best of the gastronomy and traditions of this land. After lunch, transfer to the spa hotel A Quinta da Auga (Relaix & Châteaux). Free time to enjoy this magnificent accommodation. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 11 Santiago
Finally, our big day arrives, our arrival in Santiago. Departing from the Sar River we will travel the last 4 km to reach the Cathedral and attend the Pilgrim’s Mass, after which we will admire the flight of the famous Botafumeiro, (guaranteed, provided it is operational). Afterwards, we will arrive as medieval pilgrims to our accommodation in the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, in the beautiful Plaza del Obradoiro, where we will enjoy the afternoon free to explore this World Heritage city. At night, we will have a very special farewell dinner full of surprises, where we will receive our certificate of visit to the Cathedral, issued by the Cathedral Chapter. Accommodation at the Parador.
Day 12 Finisterre
After breakfast, we will visit the historical center on foot with local guide, to grow to know the corners and the history of this Holy City created around the Sepulcher of the Apostle. We will finish this tour with a visit to the roof of the Cathedral, where we will learn about all the secrets of the construction of this magnificent temple, that took centuries to complete. We will then journey onto the perfect epilogue of our pilgrimage, Finisterre, the end of the world baptized by the Romans and that today is the final goal of many pilgrims, who continue walking until the end of the world known in antiquity. We will have a lunch in the port of Finisterre in the restaurant O Centolo with the best products from the Galician coasts, after which we will visit the lighthouse, its cliffs and the famous 0 kilometer of the Camino de Santiago. Before returning to Santiago, we will make a brief stop in Muxía, another Jacobean landmark, and its Sanctuary of the Virgin of La Barca, who appeared to Santiago on a stone boat in the sea whilst he was preaching on Iberian lands . Return to Santiago and accommodation at the Parador.
Day 13 Santiago
Our farewell. Buen Camino!
Thank you very much for letting us guide you on this magnificent journey and Buen Camino!!!!
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