Portuguese Classic

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DISTANCE

70 miles

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DURATION

8 days

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LEVEL

Medium

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ROUTE

Tui - Santiago

  • Free Changes
  • 24/7 support

From:
$2,995

This GUIDED tour will start at Tui, located on the border between Spain and Portugal, across the Minho river. Medieval bridges, the historical old town of Pontevedra and the village of Padrón, famous for its peppers, are some of the interesting sights you will find along the way. This section of the Portuguese camino will take you through green landscapes up the hills and down the valleys into a region well-known for its Albariño wines, an excellent way to explore the last 100Km of the Portuguese Camino. This trip makes you eligible to obtain your Compostela certificate when you arrive in Santiago.

  • TOUR TYPE: Guided
  • GROUP SIZE: 10 max.
  • AGE: 14+
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: B&Bs, Hotels & Rural Houses
  • TRANSPORTATION: Walk
hotel room on portuguese Camino
Authentic Accommodations

From family-owned B&Bs in the smaller villages to hotels in the larger towns, all accommodations are carefully selected to ensure they are comfortable, private and provide an authentic Camino experience. You will have your own private bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

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Delicious Meals

All meals are included in our tour. Enjoy the best of Galician cuisine over 3-course dinners every night with your group. Full breakfasts are provided every morning, together with picnic lunches to build up strength along the way.

Crosses and mementos along the trail
On the trail

You will be walking 8-16 miles/day. This tour's activity level is rated as medium (moderate). While pilgrims of many different ages walk the Camino, it is important that you are used to walking and in good physical condition. Our guide and private vehicle will support you every step of the way!

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive in Tui

Tui is located right on the border of Spain and Portugal, 118 Km from Santiago, on the Minho river. Take a stroll around town and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui. If you have time, consider crossing the border into Portugal through the Puente Internacional to reach the town of Valenca do Minho and visit its "Fortaleza", a fortified city with well preserved walls from the 12th century and visit its famous market.

Meals: D. Overnight: Tui

Day 2. Tui - O Porriño (11 mi)

Your journey starts on the Spanish side of Minho river bank and will take you through the old town of Tui by the Cathedral before you set on into the green landscape of Galicia. Before getting to O Porriño, you will take the alternative route that avoids the industrial area of town and takes you through a much more pleasant route through shaded forest paths. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to Tui to your hotel.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Tui.

Day 3. O Porriño - Arcade (15 mi)

You will be transferred to O Porriño to continue your Camino. On this stage you will go by the baroque church of St Eulalia in Mos and eventually get to Redondela, where you can observe a Roman mile marker on its original location on the road. Climb towards Arcade, the end of your stage, a town famous for its oysters.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Redondela.

Day 4: Arcade - Pontevedra (7.5 mi)

Today you will cross the Roman bridge over the Verdugo river and start climbing towards A Canicouva on an impressive large stone-paved road that follows the original Roman route. When you reach Pontevedra, take the time to enjoy the old historical center of town, with the Church of the Pilgrim's Virgin whose layout is built in the original scallop shape characteristic of the Camino. Tradition has it that the Virgin of the Pilgrims led the pilgrims safely from Baiona to Santiago.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Pontevedra

Day 5: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (13 mi)

You will leave Pontevedra through the historic old town through Ponte do Burgo. Today you will go through a series of neighboring towns along the green country side in Galicia, admiring Cruceiros like the one in Amonisa, crossing small rivers every so often until you reach Caldas de Reis, a town famous for its thermal waters.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Caldas de Reis.

Day 6: Caldas de Reis - Padrón (11 mi)

Today you will make your way through dense forest and valleys over a primarily agricultural landscape with small towns bordering the camino left and right. After you cros s the Ulla river, that forms the ria de Arousa famous for its seafood, you will reach Padrón. This city is famous for being the birthplace of Literature Nobel Prize winner Camilo José Cela, but even more so for its delicious peppers that you should definitely try. Padrón is where tradition says that the disciples arrived carrying Santiago's body around 42 A.D.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Padrón.

Day 7: Padrón - Santiago de Compostela (16 mi)

From Padrón, you will start slowly climbing towards Santiago. The first part of the stage is mostly flat but becomes more challenging as you approach the Cathedral. You will be able to see its towers from the Agro dos Monteiros (860 ft) in anticipation of the end of your journey. You will enter the historic old town of Santiago through the Porta Faxeira and end your journey at the Cathedral on the plaza del Obradoiro.

We will also collect our last stamp and with the completed credential, visit the Pilgrim's office to request your pilgrim certificate. Finally, we will enjoy our farewell dinner in Santiago.

Meals: B,L,D. Overnight: Santiago de Compostela.

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela
In the morning, we will have a guided tour of Santiago's main landmarks. Find out about Santiago's rich cultural heritage and visit its famous monuments and squares. Your Camino adventure ends here. If you would like to extend your tour with other activities, let us know and we'll arrange them for you. Congratulations, you did it!

Meals: B

  • Cathedral in Tui
  • historic building in Tui
  • pilgrim walking by church
  • pilgrim walking by a church
  • three crosses on the portuguese camino by a mile marker
  • Santiago cathedral entering obradoiro square
  • Land tour only (No airfare)
  • Double Accommodations (7 nights)
  • Daily Breakfast (7)
  • Picnic Lunch (7)
  • Daily 3-course dinners (7)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Expert guides
  • Support vehicle
  • All transfers on itinerary
  • All taxes, tips
  • Welcome packet
  • Pilgrim's Credential
  • Tour prices listed are per person, in double occupancy accommodations.
  • See OPTIONAL tab for individual supplement and other add-ons
  • SINGLE OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT: $315
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$2,995

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Guides: Our guides are great! They speak both English and Spanish and are here to respond to your needs on the spot. They will teach you the local culture, the secrets of el Camino and in short, turn your trip into a memorable experience.

Luggage Transfer: Carry just a small backpack on the trail as we transfer your luggage to your hotel for you every day. It will be waiting for you when you arrive from your walk.

Support Vehicle: Our support vehicle will meet you at checkpoints along the way to see how you are managing. Feel free to stop and take a break with us, drink some water and get any other assistance you need.

Welcome packet: Our complete information package includes your pilgrim credential, maps for the walk and hotels and all the information you need during the tour.