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Famous for its stunning Atlantic coastline, beautiful architecture, fabulous food & fascinating history, Portugal offers a mix of outstanding small city experiences along with magnificent countryside.


Activity Level: Moderate

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Portugal has become a hotly sought after destination in the last few years, particularly in the major cities and coastal regions. Our Camino de Santiago, Portugal tour will encompass many of these delightful cities as well as traverse some of the lesser known towns and villages of this compact and captivating nation. From its starting point in the national capital Lisbon to its conclusion in the historic Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, we have selected the most spectacular sections of the journey for our walks and snuck in a couple of side trips to the stunning Douro Valley and Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain range offering beautiful lakes, dense forests and lofty peaks.

We operate with a maximum of 12 guests which enables us to provide you with a high level of personalised service and to select hotels and restaurants for their boutique style and service.  We provide a support vehicle which is used throughout the tour. The vehicle is used to transfer guests from our accommodation to the beginning of our chosen sections of the walk and to transfer your luggage to the next destination, allowing you to walk with only a day pack and enjoy the amazing scenery and cultural immersion in comfort. On most days the bus is also close by in case anyone wishes to opt out of walking.

Because food and wine is an important hallmark of all our tours we place a strong emphasis on exploring the regional cuisine, whether it be a picnic lunch, fantastic casual cafe, bar snacks or indulging in delicious dinners to highlight the local specialties and delicacies.

Led by a local expert guide, this active journey celebrates the rich cultural history and delicious cuisine of this charming small country. Join us on this exciting inaugural tour.

How itUnfolds

DAY DAY 1: LISBON

Arrival day in charming Lisbon.
Settle into your accommodation this afternoon before meeting the group and our guides at the hotel. Together we experience our first taste of the welcoming hospitality of this compact city over an informal dinner tonight.

DAY DAY 2: LISBON – TOMAR – COIMBRA

After a leisurely breakfast we depart from our hotel and drive to the town of Tomar (1.5 hours). This now sleepy town with its enchanting central square, medieval buildings, abundant mosaic tiles and friendly locals seems an unlikely location for what was once the seat of power of the Knights Templar in Portugal. After some exploration and a relaxed lunch, we continue our journey and drive to Coimbra (1 hour), situated on the Rio Mondego. You may wish to head out to explore the lively streets of Coimbra, once Portugal’s capital and home to one of the world’s oldest universities and the extraordinary Joanina Library.

DAY DAY 3: COIMBRA – SERRA DA ESTRELA – MANTEIGAS

This morning after breakfast we set off on our journey to the Serra da Estrela and the town of Manteigas. The peaks of the Serra da Estrela are the highest in Portugal, rising dramatically to the southwest of Guarda. Two of the country’s greatest rivers, the Mondego and the Zêzere, emanate from these mountains. Before settling into our spectacular hotel for the next two nights with panoramic views of the over the Serra da Estrela’s Glacier Valley, we visit Manteiga’s
equally extraordinary Burel Factory, one of the best examples in the country of Portugal’s industrial heritage.

After visiting this absorbing factory there will be time to relax before this evening’s dinner in the superb restaurant of the hotel.

DAY DAY 4: MANTEIGAS

Today we will enjoy a beautiful guided walk in the mountains which will include a picnic lunch using fresh, local ingredients.

DAY DAY 5: MANTEIGAS – PINHÃO – PORTO

This morning we drive to the town of Pinhão (2.5 hours) which nestles on a curve in the Douro river, heart of the country’s famed wine production. After a stroll around the town we will enjoy a visit of one of the most celebrated of the local wineries, the Quinta de la Rosa. We will sample a selection of these wines in a guided tasting before enjoying them further as accompaniment to lunch in the excellent restaurant on the premises.

After lunch we continue on to Porto. Portugal’s second city, like Lisbon, is set on a river estuary and has a close relationship with the sea. Once settling into our accommodation in the Ribeira district for the next two nights, you have the evening at your leisure.

DAY DAY 6: PORTO

After breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant where you can enjoy lovely views of the river and the opposite bank, we will set off with a local guide to explore the city. Highlights include the old Batalha quarter and one the most beautiful bookshops in the world, the Livraria Lello. A must for Harry Potter fans. We end the tour in the outstanding baroque church of Dos Clérigos, where we can ascend the tower to gain a panoramic view of the city.

This afternoon is free for you to explore the city as you choose.

DAY DAY 7: PORTO – CERVÃES

Walking distance: 18km

We leave behind the lively bustle of Porto this morning and head out into the countryside to the north and to valley of
the Rio Ave. This river is spanned by the 12th century bridge of Ponte Dom Zameiro and is the starting point for our first walk on the Camino. The walk is varied, with some delightful woodland stretches around the village of Arcos, the eucalyptus and pines offering a fragrant shelter from the sun.

Following our 18 kilometre walk, we will be met by our transport and driven the short distance to our overnight accommodation in Cervães. We share dinner tonight in the hotel's restaurant which has a large terrace with views of the surrounding vineyard and forest.

DAY DAY 8: CERVÃES

Walking distance: 18km

On our second day based in Cervães we walk another section of the Camino, from Balugães to Ponte de Lima, one of the most demanding but beautiful stages.

The final stretch into Ponte de Lima takes us along a lovely avenue of Plane trees, the river Lima beside us, views of the medieval bridge ahead of us signalling our journey’s end. We take a well-deserved break and a late lunch in one of the town’s welcoming restaurants before heading back to relax at the hotel in Cervães.

Tonight is a free evening.

DAY DAY 9: CERVÃES - BAIONA

Walking distance: 15km

For a change of scene and mood we intersperse the interior route with the coastal Camino today. The Atlantic Ocean provides a magnificent backdrop for some of our walk, with windswept beaches and sea views. We depart Cervães after breakfast, the road journey to Afife taking just over 1 hour.

The first section of the walk takes us inland on a lovely forest track above the coastline until we reach Ancora. We then follow the track back down to the coast and the the seaside town on Vila Praia de Ancora. We bid adeus to Portugal as we cross the Minho by bridge to Spain, and then continue up the coast to the Parador of Baiona, a medieval fortress located on a peninsula commanding wonderful views of the Bay of Vigo and the Cíes islands.

DAY DAY 10: BAIONA

Walking distance: 11km

We have time this morning to enjoy the magnificent surroundings of the Parador, with a walk along the parapets of its walls which stretch for almost 3 kilometres and date back as far as the 11th century. To the south of the city, the Rías Baixas region offers spectacular sites to explore, such as the Oia Monastery, founded by the Cistercian order in the 12th century. After a visit to the monastery and its orchards we have lunch in Oia, and then take a walk along the coast from Oia to Mougás. The idyllic waterfalls of Mougás are the perfect ending to day's walk.

We are driven back in the late afternoon to Baiona, where we have a relaxed evening.

DAY DAY 11: BAIONA – PONTEVEDRA

Walking distance: 15km

This morning we depart Baiona and head into the Galician countryside to Capela de Santiagueño de Antas, a tiny chapel which is the site of a pilgrims’ gathering every year on 25th July, the celebration of St James of Santiago. Setting out from here on the Camino we walk on a section of former Roman road XIX that once linked Braga in Portugal with Astorga in Galicia, with a detour in Redondela. From here, take the Camiño Real de Cesantes through a pleasant wooded area where we begin a moderate climb up to Alto de Lomba. The rewards for our exertions are some fine views of the Vigo estuary and the modern Rande suspension bridge.

Today’s walk ends in the resort town of Arcade, famed for its seafood, most notably the oysters. After lunch here we drive on to our accommodation in the attractive city of Pontevedra.

DAY DAY 12: PONTEVEDRA – NEAR SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Walking distance: 15km

Another beautiful stretch of the Camino awaits us today as we set out after enjoying breakfast in the Parador.
We pick up the way alongside the Bermaña river as it flows through Caldas de Reis, and then make a gentle climb up to the hamlet of Gorgullón before dropping down into the valley of another river, the Valga.

Our way ends in the hamlet of Pontecesures, where its stone bridge over the Ulla river marks the boundary between the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña. We will drive the short distance to the town of Padrón, famous in Spain for a fiery local green pepper which is part of the lunch we will enjoy in a local restaurant. After lunch we’ll take a stroll through the town's historic quarter which was once known as Iria Flavia, a centre for trade, religion and culture throughout Galicia's Roman and medieval history.

We drive to the outskirts of the city of Santiago de Compostela for our overnight stay at a beautiful hotel.

DAY DAY 13: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Walking distance: 16km

For our final day of walking we transfer to O Faramello where we commence the final stage of the Camino Portugués.

The entry into Santiago takes us through the Porta Faxeira and along the Rúa do Franco, famous for its many taverns and restaurants. Cathedral square, the magical Plaza do Obradoiro, is often filled with pilgrims and visitors from all over the world, some of whom have walked for months to achieve this objective, as people have done now for over 11 centuries.

This afternoon we discover the rich history of Santiago and the historic cathedral with a local guide.

Our farewell dinner tonight gives us a chance to reflect on our achievement and experiences along the Caminho Português.

DAY DAY 14: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA departure

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the Parador this morning before our tour concludes.

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