Camino Portugues Final Stage - Leisurely

This is the final stage of the Camino Way walking the Portugues pilgrim trail - lesser known than the French route, but equally impressive and attractive! Your approach is from the south. It takes 9 days walking to complete averaging approx. 12 km per day and qualifies you for the Compostela (certificate). The trail is a combination of small country roads, stone footpaths and well maintained compact dirt tracks with no really steep climbs or treacherous descents. This walk is considered “moderate” and suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit but, most importantly, stamina is required.

Highlights

  • The interesting and varied Galician countryside
  • The camaraderie of fellow walkers
  • The first sight of the Cathedral when entering Plaza Obradoiro
  • Galician food and wine
  • Upgrades to a Parador in Tui, Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela

What is Included

  • Return flights Dublin/Santiago (This trip is based on a specific airfare. A surcharge may apply if the fare is unavailable when booking)
  • One carry on bag per person max 10 kg
  • 9 nights B&B in basic en suite hotels/pensions while walking
  • 2 nights B&B in 4* hotel in Santiago
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Luggage transfers throughout while walking (maximum 2 bags - one large/one small – per person)
  • Services of local English-speaking agent (emergencies only!)

What is Not Included

  • Single room supplement €315.00
  • Travel insurance €38.00 (+66 years double premium applies)
  • Checked in bag max 15 kg €70.00 (currently)
  • Pilgrim passport €12.00

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Tui

Depart Dublin on direct flight to Santiago. On arrival, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation in the port town of Tui, on the Spanish/Portuguese border.

Day 2:Porriño - Redondela (18 km)

09.00 hrs. transfer from Tui to Porriño to commence your walk to Redondela. Today’s walk includes a short climb where you will have good views of the sea, before heading downhill to Redondela.

Day 3: Redondela - Arcade (9 km)

Follow the coastal inlet of River Pontevedra and Ria de Vigo before climbing up to Alto da Lomba and then down to Arcade.

Day 4: Arcade - Pontevedra (11 km)

Depart Arcade to reach Alto da Canicouva. Continue through lanes and woodlands to Pontevedra.

Day 5: Pontevedra - San Mamede da Portela (11 km)

As you leave Pontevedra walk parallel to the railway and on to the hamlet of Ponte Cabras. Don’t miss the church of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Transfer back to Pontevedra for overnight.

Day 6: San Mamede da Portela - Caldas de Reis (13 km)

Transfer back to Portela to recommence your walk. Walk through Lombo da Maceira, see the statue of Saint James with his cane pointing the way to Santiago. Walk through the village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, before entering the spa town of Caldas de Reis for overnight.

Day 7: Caldas de Reis - Pino (10 km)

Today you walk again through woods as you make your way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina and then downhill to the river Fontenlo. Transfer back to Caldas for overnight.

Day 8: Pino - Padrón (9 km)

Transfer back to Pino to recommence your walk. Continue along the pine tree lined road to Padrón for overnight.

Day 9: Padrón - Francos (11 km)

Today you pass through many Galician villages and hamlets before arriving in Francos. Transfer to Santiago for overnight.

Day 10: Francos - Santiago de Compostela (13 km)

Transfer back to Francos to recommence your walk to Santiago. Admire the towers of the cathedral from Agro dos Monteiros and finally pass the castle of A Rocha Vella before entering the city of Santiago. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 11 – Santiago de Compostela

Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore Santiago. Attend the Pilgrims Mass in the Cathedral. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 12

Morning at leisure before transferring to Santiago airport for return flight home.

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in 2/3* hotels/pensions while walking. Your en suite room will be simple, basic and clean. Facilities generally consist of a reception area and a breakfast room. Some have restaurant facilities. Breakfast is usually of the continental variety - coffee and croissants – anything else is bonus! As we use a wide range of accommodation in the various overnight locations you will be advised of names of all accommodation with your travel documents. The 2 final nights in Santiago will in a good centrally located 4* hotel.


Upgrade to the Parador de Tui 4*

Start off in style by spending your first night in the Parador de Tui. Set in the historical town of Tui on the border with Portugal, this Parador is a typical Galician country house beside the river. The garden surrounds a large pool (in season) and tennis court and stretches down to the river. It is a short walk to the historic town centre.

Click here for more information on the Parador de Tui


Upgrade to the Parador de Pontevedra 4*

The Parador is a tastefully restored 16th century Renaissance palace in the centre of the historic town. Originally the residence of Count Maceda, it retains many of its original features – stone carved staircase, rich fabrics and antique style décor. The restaurant serves local Galician cuisine, and in Summer guests can dine in the garden.

Click here for more information on the Parador de Pontevedra


Upgrade to the Parador de Santiago de Compostela 5* Deluxe

Reward yourself at the end of your Camino by staying in the Parador de Santiago for the last night. This historical 5 star deluxe hotel - built in 1499 and reputedly the oldest in the world! – is in a wonderful location right beside the Cathedral.

Click here for more information on the Parador de Santiago de Compostela


Call us for our special pilgrim rates. The experiences are unique and a real treat!

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin / Santiago

13.05 hrs.

16.20 hrs.

Aer Lingus

Santiago / Dublin

17.00 hrs.

18.10 hrs.

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Thur 16 May 2019

Mon 27 May 2019

€979.00

Thur 13 Jun

Mon 24 Jun

€975.00

Sun 08 Sep

Thur 19 Sep

€995.00

Other departures can be organized on request from April to October

Important Information

  • Walking grade - moderate
  • Walking each day: you are “independent” which means you have maximum flexibility – set off walking in the morning whenever you are ready, walk at your own pace, choose when and where to stop for lunch en route and plan the day around your own agenda. You simply leave your packed luggage at reception and it will be awaiting you on arrival in your next accommodation!
  • If you cannot continue walking? – have no worries, public transport and/or taxis are available. Simply call our local partner in Spain who will be happy to assist – he speaks fluent English!
  • We can tailor-make your Camino to suit your personal preferences – pick your own dates, decide how many days walking you would like and even add in rest days along the way. This Camino works best – travel out on Tuesday and back on Saturday. Available April through to end of October.
  • The direct flights from Dublin to Santiago operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 (+ cost of insurance if required) per person - payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card - should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure - payment by cash/cheque or debit card.