11 Days

Camino: The Portuguese Route

A Walking Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Rev. William Scott Daniels, OP

Group Leader: JoAnne Von Zwehl

September 4 – 15, 2024


Camino: The Portuguese Route

A Walking Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director:

Rev. William Scott Daniels, OP

Group Leader:

JoAnne Von Zwehl

September 4 – 15, 2024


JoAnne Von Zwehl - Portuguese Camino; September 4 - 15, 2024


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JoAnne Von Zwehl - Portuguese Camino; September 4 - 15, 2024

Join us on this adventurous walking Pilgrimage on the Portuguese Route of the Way of St. James, “O Caminho do Santiago!” Begin in Porto for this 12-day journey that will span 160 miles, 87 of them, walked by you! The Pilgrimage will be led by a Priest who will say Mass daily and be available for Spiritual Direction throughout, as well as a local professional guide who will lead you through the Portuguese countryside, stopping at significant churches and sites along the way. Along the way, you will walk through the Portuguese Coast, tranquil woods, farmland, peaceful hamlets, and gorgeous riverside towns. Travel through cities like Braga, O Porrino, Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padron, and finally finish in Santiago de Compostela at the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, with an added visit to Muxia. This walking pilgrimage will immerse you into Portuguese culture, deepen your connection to St. James and your faith, and surely plant seeds that will bear spiritual fruit for years to come. Buen Camino!

Rev. William Scott Daniels, OP

JoAnne Von Zwehl

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Centrally located hotels or similar
Hotel Santa Maria
Fatima, Portugal
Vincci Porto
Porto, Portugal
Hotel Alfonso IX
Sarria, Spain
Hotel Rias Bajas
Pontevedra, Spain
Hotel Pazo de Lestrove by Pousadas de Compostela
A Coruña, Spain
San Francisco Hotel Monumento
Santiago De Compostela, Spain
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  • Lunches on days 2, 3, 4 & 11, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Day 1 | Wednesday, September 4: Departure from the USA

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2 | Thursday, September 5: Arrive Lisbon and depart to Fatima

Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area and continue to the Arrival’s Hall where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Make your way to the bus where your group will transfer to Fatima. In the afternoon we will visit and pray at one of Our Blessed Mother’s apparition sites. Follow with a visit to the stunning neoclassical Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. You will also experience Christ’s unconditional love by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. Your night will conclude with private devotions and a candlelight procession, requested by Our Lady (1917). Enjoy dinner and a comfortable night’s rest in Fatima.

Day 3 | Friday, September 6: Fatima-Porto

Today, we will head to Porto. In the afternoon we will visit Sao Francisco Church with beautiful Gothic interior. Following Mass, we visit The Clerigos Church with iconic bell tower, continue panoramic view of the Dom Luís Bridge, Church of Saint Ildefonso , a baroque style church with tile façade and the Maria Pia Bridge. Return to your hotel for dinner and a restful overnight in Porto before your walking tour begins!

Day 4 | Saturday, September 7: Porto – Braga – Bom Jesus Shrine – Tui-Sarria

This morning, you will enjoy breakfast , followed with a transfer to Braga. Braga is a lively city, one of the oldest in the country. Visit the Shrine of Bom Jesus do Monte (“ Good Jesus of the Mountain “ ) to celebrate Mass. n 1722 the Archbishop of Braga authorized the construction of a Sacred Way, for the faithful to walk the Stations of the Cross for penance and contemplation. In the afternoon walk a brief 3-4 miles. Continue to the cathedral town of Tui in Galicia. Tui is seperated from Portugal by the River Minho. Group will transfer to Sarria for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Sunday, September 8: Tui – O Porriño-Sarria

Today is the day that your walking pilgrimage (El Camino) to Santiago de Compostela officially begins! Following breakfast, your group will be walking across tranquil woods, farmland and peaceful hamlets. With the guidance of Our Lord, and through the spirit of St. James the apostle, you will become an authentic pilgrim by journeying along the physical road, as well as, the spiritual one. Your first official day of walking will culminate in O Porrino. Group will transfer to Sarria for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Monday, September 9: O Porriño – Redoncela-Sarria

This morning, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and journey from O Porrino, through the woods to the Rendoncela. Known for its famous railway viaducts built in the nineteenth century. Due to these infrastructures Redondela is known under the nickname “Village of the viaducts.” Group will transfer to Sarria for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Tuesday, September 10: Redondela – Pontevedra

Breakfast will be served at your hotel. Your pilgrimage continues as you will travel from Redondela to Pontevedra, historically famous, culturally rich and has a significant number architectural attractions worth seeing. It has a very well preserved medieval town center along with many small and popular squares. View the “Capela da Virxe Peregrina” , a highly unusual building situated in the square of the pilgrim. This chapel is unique and distinctive. It was built in 1778 and is positioned on the main pilgrim’s route that leads to Santiago de Compostela from Galicia’s neighbor Portugal. As you explore Pontevedra , you will notice joy etched in the faces of the pilgrims. Although they have traveled a long distance, they are not weary. With God and St. James guiding their paths, excitement and anticipation continues for their arrival in Santiago. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8 | Wednesday, September 11: Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis– Pontevedra

After breakfast we will continue our journey to Caldas de Reis. Today we will pass through the villages of Alba, A Portela and Briallos. In Alba the Church of Santa Maria de Alba is beautiful, in A Portela you will find the church of San Mamede and in Briallos, a small village of 400 people where there is an albergue. Arrival in Caldas de Reis, this town is well known for its hot springs and it sits at the confluence of Bermaña and Umia rivers. Group will transfer to Pontevedra for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Thursday, September 12: Caldas de Reis – Padron

This morning, you will enjoy breakfast. Today’s route passes through San Miguel de Valga, Cimadevila, Fontelo and the river Ulla. The church of Santiago de Padron is a very important stop for pilgrims. Inside the church, under the altar, we can find the Pedrón, a granite block that was tied to the boat that carried apostle St James. Tonight we’re staying at Padron, which is significant as this is where Saint James Santiago first preached the word of the Lord. Enjoy dinner followed by a good night rest.

Day 10 | Friday, September 13: Padron – Santiago De Compostela

Today, you will culminate the walking portion of your journey! The walk continues in the same direction as the previous day. You leave Padrón and go past the church of Santiago towards the Colegiata of Iria Flavia, where Nobel Literature Prize Camilo José Cela is buried. The day continues through Osebe, on paths and main roads, through villages and woodlands, until you reach O Milladoiro, here you will know that you are approaching Santiago because at this point, you will be able to see the spires of the Cathedral. Following lunch, you will complete your walking journey and arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival, feel free to say a small prayer in thanksgiving to Our Lord for keeping you safe throughout the walking pilgrimage. At this time, you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore Galicia’s capital, Santiago. This evening you will enjoy a marvelous dinner, followed by a very restful overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 11 | Saturday, September 14: Santiago De Compostela

This morning you will awaken in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela! Formed by Galician granite, this Cathedral is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe as it encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, the Cathedral contains numerous and valuable pieces of art that truly captivate the eye. Upon entering the Cathedral, tradition will lead as you will hug the dazzling statue of St. James. Following this intimate embrace, you will descend into the crypt where the Patron Saint of Pilgrims’ relics are kept. Following your visit, you will enjoy free time for lunch on own before your sightseeing tour of the city. Some stops on your tour include the Obradoiro Square, Fonseca Palace, Gelmirez Palace, Franco Street, and much more. Your evening will be free to spend at your leisure until a final dinner with your group. You will spend a final overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 12 | Sunday, September 15: Return Home

Your last day in Spain will begin with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a transfer to the Santiago Airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say hasta luego (see you later) to your new friends made on this journey.

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