Camino: The Portuguese Route, a Walking Pilgrimage with 206 Tours
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Camino: The Portuguese Route

A Walking Pilgrimage

11 Days

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Porto · Braga · Bom Jesus Shrine · Tui · O Porriño · Redoncela · Pontevedra · Caldas de Reis · Padron · Santiago De Compostela (St. James)

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 11 day journey that will span 160 miles, 75 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 tranquil woods, farmland, peaceful hamlets, and gorgeous riverside towns. Travel through cities like Braga, O Porriño, Redoncela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padron, and finally finish in Santiago de Compostela at the final resting place of St. James the Apostle. 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!

What to Know Before You Go on the El Camino Pilgrimage

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Classic and Quaint Hotels and Inns along the Camino: (or similar)
      ~ 1 night | Hotel Vincci Porto in Porto
      ~ 2 nighs | Parador de Tui in Tiu
      ~ 1 night | Alvear Suites / Pazo Torres de Agrelo in Redondela
      ~ 1 night | Parador de Pontevedra in Pontevedra
      ~ 1 night | Hotel Torre del Rio / Hotel Acuña in Caldas de Reis
      ~ 1 night | Pazo de Lestrove / A Casa Antigua do Monte in Padron
      ~ 2 nights: San Francisco Hotel Monumento, Santiago de Compostela
  • Breakfast & Dinner daily
  • 7 lunches (few could be picnic lunches)
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transfers by air-conditioned coach
  • Camino local Tour Escort
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest
  • Mass Daily
  • Whispers at visits
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Vincci Porto
Porto
1 Night
hotel
Parador de Tui
Tiu
2 Nights
hotel
Alvear Suites / Pazo Torres de Agrelo
Redondela
1 Night
hotel
Parador de Pontevedra
Pontevedra
1 Night
hotel
Torre del Rio / Hotel Acuña
Caldas de Reis
1 Night
hotel
Pazo de Lestrove / A Casa Antigua do Monte
Padron
1 Night
hotel
San Francisco Hotel Monumento
Santiago de Compostela
2 Nights

El Camino Accommodations:
Please be advised that we book you in the best available accommodations that are along the Camino trail. There are a limited number of places to stay along the Camino trail, without having to walk extra miles away from the Trail, and then back to the Trail to continue walking the route. These places range in Star Rating - simply because luxury hotels just do not exist.

Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

What to Know Before You Go on the El Camino Pilgrimage

Not included
  • Lunches on days 2, 3 & 10, Tips to your guide & driver
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Itinerary

Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

*Important Notice:

This itinerary involves an average of 10 - 15 miles daily of walking/hiking. It is essential that participants be in fit condition in order to complete the journey. We will have assistance vehicles (motor coach) available to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete a particular leg of the journey.

Day 1 - 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 – Arrive Porto

Upon arrival in Porto, 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 your hotel. 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 3 - Porto – Braga – Bom Jesus Shrine – Tui

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. Check into for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - Tui – O Porriño (WALKING DAY, 11.8 MILES / 19KM)

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. Enjoy dinner followed by an overnight.

Day 5 - O Porriño – Redoncela (WALKING DAY, 9.9 MILES / 16KM)

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." Dinner and enjoy a restful overnight in Rendoncela.

Day 6 - Redondela – Pontevedra (WALKING DAY, 11.8 MILES / 19KM)

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 7 - Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis (WALKING DAY, 14.3 MILES / 23KM)

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. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8 - Caldas de Reis – Padron (WALKING DAY, 11.8 MILES / 19KM)

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 9 – Padron – Santiago De Compostela (WALKING DAY, 15.5 MILES / 25KM)

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 10 - 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 11 – 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.

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.

Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place and tomb of St. James. While you will be removed from the routine of your everyday life, rest assured you will be taken care of with outstanding accommodations, meals and transportation with van / bus driving parallel to the path you walk each day. Should at any point you feel tired, need water, or any medical assistance, it will be readily available to you at check points that are set up along the way on your path. Tourists pass through places, places pass through Pilgrims.

*Important Notice:

This itinerary involves an average of 10 - 15 miles daily of walking/hiking. It is essential that participants be in fit condition in order to complete the journey. We will have assistance vehicles (motor coach) available to assist pilgrims who are unable to complete a particular leg of the journey.


What to Know Before You Go on the El Camino Pilgrimage



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  • Your transfers are always secured, even if your flights are delayed - round trip transfers to/from the hotel and airport are included no matter what!
  • If you purchase your airline ticket on your own, you have to pay in full at the time of booking, and most of the time it is non-refundable. If you book with 206 Tours, full payment is due 60 days prior.
  • In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
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  • 206 Tours can arrange for you to travel before the tour, make a stop-over, or stay later!
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2022 Dates & Prices

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May 14, 2022
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Sep 17, 2022
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Sep 17, 2022
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May 12, 2023
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May 12, 2023
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Sep 15, 2023
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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Would you like to arrive earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Special Clergy Discount

A Clergy Discount is available to all members of “Clergy” within the Catholic Church. This includes Seminarians, Deacons, Brothers and Sisters, Priests, Monsignors, Bishops, Cardinals, and His Holiness.

Click Here to learn more!
Earn a Free Trip

For groups of 20 or more, you may choose your own departure and earn FREE trips.

contact us
Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Porto
  • Braga
  • Bom Jesus Shrine
  • Tui
  • O Porriño
  • Redoncela
  • Pontevedra
  • Caldas de Reis
  • Padron
  • Santiago De Compostela (St. James)

This pilgrimage is good for your body and soul!

About the The Portuguese Route:

This pilgrimage is unique in that it is a walking Pilgrimage, dedicated to the Way of St. James the Apostle, commonly referred to as El Camino (Spanish) or O Caminho (Portuguese). St. James is the Patron Saint of pilgrims, and for centuries millions of pilgrims have walked in his footsteps to emulate his faith and grow deeper to their own. Explore significant religious sites like, the Shrine of Bom Jesus do Monte, “Good Jesus of the Mountain”, Capela da Virxe Peregrina, the church of Santiago de Padron and more!

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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