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A Taste of the Camino de Santiago Trail
The Way from Portugal to Spain

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Earn key rings for 2 countries on this trip.
Portugal and Spain

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Tentative Date: October 13 to 18, 2022

Trip Start: Porto, Portugal

Trip Ends: Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain or Porto, Portugal

Countries visited: Portugal and Spain

Join me on this walking and hiking of the Camino de Santiago Trail. This was the last trip I took in October 2019 before you-know-what hit us! 

 

You will experience handpicked sections of the Camino de Santiago trail that ends in beautiful Santiago de Compostela. Hike along the border between two countries. Discover tiny Spanish villages with surprising Celtic ties. Gaze out over the immense and powerful sea. Sip refreshing Vinho Verde, perfectly paired with the fresh seafood we sample along the coast. Meet other pilgrims along the way. Although we’ll be walking along parts of the Camino de Santiago, it’s important to note that this experience will be quite different from that of its Compostela-seeking pilgrims, who are required to walk at minimum the last 100 kilometers into Santiago—often along long stretches of a busy highway—and who typically stay in simple dormitories. This trip allows us to experience the essence and highlights of the Camino and surrounding landscape in comfort, with the region’s best hotels, gourmet meals and excellent route support each day. It’s also important to note that as we are walking the Camino, many of this historic pilgrimage is on paved paths, back roads, or cobblestones. You can expect about half of the walking to be on a hard surface.

 

This is an exclusive departure for Destination Travel Club!

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Discover two fascinating countries with their own cultures, cuisines and traditions in one amazing trip

  • Trip start Porto, Portugal – Trip Ends Santiago de Compostela, Spain or Porto, Portugal

  • Experience handpicked sections of the Camino leading to Santiago, where pilgrims arrive from across the world

  • Savor Galicia’s unique gastronomy and culture, from pulpo a feira to ancient Druids and centuries of pilgrimage history

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 | We will meet in Porto, a World Heritage city with a colorful history | Journey to Vitorino dos Piaes and hike a section of the Caminho Portugues (Portugueses Wau) | Enjoy lunch at a traditional quinta (farm).

 

Day 2 | Venture through eucalyptus woodland in the Labruja Mountains | Green hills, forests and rural villages provide a tranquil backdrop en route to Rubiães | Listen to the passionate melodies and lyrics of fado, traditional Portuguese music.  

 

Day 3 | Travel to Spain and hike to the hilltop ruins of circular stone castros, remains of an ancient Celtic settlement | From the summit of Monte Santa Tecla, take in views of the Minho River estuary | In atmospheric A Guarda, try the tasty local zamburiñas (scallops) | Walk a stunning coastal section of the Camino, savoring panoramic vistas of Galicia's rugged western seaboard | Soak up the charm of Baiona's fishing port and historic quarter.

 

Day 4 |  Journey by private boat to explore Cíes Island Nature Reserve, one of Spain's most spectacular national parks | Relax on white-sand beaches or walk across pristine Monteagudo Island. Opportunity to hike to the lighthouse on the island.

 

Day 5-6 | Enjoy the lively pilgrimage atmosphere along the Camino Francés (French Way) en route to Santiago de Compostela | Tour the old quarter of beautiful Santiago | Enter the magnificent cathedral with hundreds of pilgrims—a memorable way to cap off your trip!

 

Tour rate: $4499 US per person, based on double occupancy

Single occupancy rates is additional $600 US
This rate is based a group minimum of 8 passengers traveling.

 

INCLUDED:

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

  • Accommodation at 5* hotels (see page 4)

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders

  • Snacks and beverages between meals

  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options

  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information

  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries as per the itinerary

  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants

  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as per the itinerary

  • Park and other entry fees

  • Baggage transfers and porterage

  • Hiking poles and rain capes (if needed)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare (ask us about flight options)

  • Additional hotel nights (available upon request)

  • Optional insurance

  • Items of a purely personal nature (phone, laundry, etc.)

  • Tips to the guides

 

 

Is this trip for you?

Although we’ll be walking along parts of the Camino de Santiago, it’s important to note that this experience will be quite different from that of its Compostela-seeking pilgrims, who are required to walk at minimum the last 100 kilometers into Santiago—often along long stretches of a busy highway—and who typically stay in simple dormitories. This trip allows us to experience the essence and highlights of the Camino and surrounding landscape in comfort, with the region’s best hotels, gourmet meals, and excellent route support each day. It’s also important to note that as we are walking the Camino, many of this historic pilgrimage is on paved paths, back roads, or cobblestones. You can expect about half of the walking to be on a hard surface. As well, there will be a support van shuttle to support a variety of the route options.

Activity Level: The routes on this trip are rated Levels 1 to 4.

*   MCDT can assist you with flight, pre and post hotels and tours and travel insurance options.

**  The itinerary and dates are tentative and are subject to change with notice.