A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao 2024

A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao 2024

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A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao 2024

7 Days Starting in Porto and ending in Bilbao

Visiting: Porto, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, Ponferrada, León, Picos de Europa, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BPBPB4

Specialist Group:

Fifty+

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Walking

Private Available:

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Tour Overview

Beginning in Porto, this evocative journey from Portugal through northern Spain’s enchanting ancient towns and character-filled cities is one to be remembered. Join us as we follow our own pilgrimage of discovery along the Camino de Santiago and beyond – savouring tantalising flavours, uncovering centuries-old stories and venturing into breathtaking natural landscapes.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Santiago de Compostela

  • Savour a local wine tasting and locally prepared lunch in the heart of Spain’s Castile & León region

  • Admire the stunning natural landscape of Picos de Europe National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1: Porto (Portugal)

Location: Porto

Accommodation: Catalonia Porto Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

A tangled maze of medieval walls and contemporary architecture hugging the banks of the mighty Rio Douro – our journey across the Camino will begin in the evocative Portuguese city of Porto. After we’ve settled into our hotel we’ll get to know one another better over a sumptuous welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Here’s to the adventure ahead!

Day 2: Porto – Viana Do Castelo And Ponte De Lima – Santiago De Compostela (Spain)

Location: Porto, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Santiago de Compostela

Accommodation: Hotel, Gran Los Abetos (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, we’ll board the mini-coach and leisurely make our way to picturesque Viana Do Castelo. Spend some time soaking up the magnificent views over the attractive riverfront and incredible neo-Byzantine Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus, before we continue to Ponte de Lima to see the ancient bridge (first constructed by the Romans in 1 AD). One of the oldest towns in Portugal, Ponte de Lima is a charmingly photogenic town located on the banks of the Lima River. We’ll enjoy some free time this afternoon exploring the historic centre dotted with quaint cafes, vibrant flower gardens and sunny plazas at our leisure. Later, we’ll continue to Santiago de Compostela – where we’ll have the evening to explore the handsome city centre or relax at our hand-picked hotel.

Day 3: Santiago De Compostela

Location: Santiago

Accommodation: Gran Hotel Los Abetos (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

The final stop on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail and alleged burial site of Saint James – Santiago de Compostela is steeped in fascinating history. We'll have the opportunity to delve deeper into this city’s rich heritage and admire the magnificent stone architecture of the Old Town on a locally guided walking tour – taking in the likes of Plaza del Obradoiro, the Palacio de Raxoi and the Cathedral de Santiago as we go. Then: the rest of the afternoon is ours to explore at our own pace. This evening, we’ll be free to indulge in some exquisite local seafood and savour the flavours of traditional Galician cuisine at a restaurant of our choosing.

Day 4: Santiago De Compostela – Ponferrada – León

Location: Santiago de Compostela, Ponferrada, León

Accommodation: Hotel, Real Colegiata de San Isidoro (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, we’ll continue our journey to Ponferrada where we’ll pay a visit to the impressive Castillo de los Templarios (Templars Castle). We’ll travel back in time as we wander the walls of this giant fortress – built in 1178 to protect the pilgrims on their road to Santiago de Compostela. Following our visit, we’ll venture into the city centre to enjoy lunch at our leisure. Continuing our journey into northern Castilla, we’ll arrive at our final stop of the day: León. This evening, we’ll enjoy some free time to seek out a local eatery amid the city’s picturesque old quarter or relax at our hotel.

Day 5: León

Location: León

Accommodation: Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We’ll start our day with a walking tour of León – taking in the grand monuments, Gothic Cathedral and 10th-century Basilica de San Isidoro with a local guide. Following our in-depth tour, we’ll venture into the vineyard-studded Castile and León countryside to sample some local wine and indulge in a delicious included lunch. Returning to León later this afternoon, we’ll have the rest of the evening free to explore at our own pace.

Day 6: León – Picos De Europa – Santillana Del Mar

Location: León, Picos de Europa, Santillana del Mar

Accommodation: Hotel, Santillana (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we’ll leave the metropolis of León behind and journey into the mesmerising Picos de Europa National Park. Located in the Cantabrian Mountains, this vast expanse of towering snow-capped peaks and deep green valleys is an evocative sight to behold – and we’ll enjoy many opportunities to take in the breathtaking views as we make our way to Parador de Fuente Dé. Once here, we’ll savour an included lunch and enjoy more panoramic photo opportunities with a cable car ride to the Aliva viewpoint. After a spectacular day of exploring, we’ll end our day in Santillana del Mar – where a final tantalising group meal awaits.

Day 7: Santillana Del Mar – Santander – Bilbao

Location: Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao

Meals Included: Breakfast

Before our tour comes to an end, we’ll make a stop at the city of Santander to admire the scenery in style – by train! Soak up the sublime Magdalena Peninsula before we view the exterior of the emblematic Palacio de la Magdalena – one of the most prominent examples of civil architecture in northern Spain. After taking lunch at a local restaurant of your choosing, we’ll continue on and wind up our day in Bilbao – where we’ll say our goodbyes.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews of this operator

Elspeth Chalmers (Google Reviewer)  

Wow what an incredible trip!...

22-Jun-2023

Wow what an incredible trip! Backroads thought of everything and the staff were incredible. We had an unbelievable experience.

Cindy Black  

13 trips and still amazed!

04-May-2018

This was my 13th trip with Backroads and it definitely exceeded my expectations, which is harder and harder to do!

Lori Harmon (Google Reviewer)  

Backroads is a premium travel/adventure...

12-Oct-2023

Backroads is a premium travel/adventure company. They provide structure but also promote making the journey your own. Guides highly trained and totally focused on making each person’s experience safe, fun and memorable. They seek out the best opportunities to play hard and rest well. Hands down the best tour company I have experienced.

Roger van den Boogaard (Google Reviewer)  

I had a wonderful experience...

02-Aug-2023

I had a wonderful experience touring Italy, this July 2023, with Backroads. Our tour leader was exceptional in her knowledge of all things around us. Our driver did an amazing job under VERY difficult circumstances. Bravo Luciano. The accommodations were fantastic. The provided meals were delicious.(not to mention the wine tasting🍷 or the ‘two a day’ gelato rule🍦, so we won’t)😁 The scenery as we passed through was astounding, particularly Tuscany and then up into the northern mountains. Breathtaking. Thoroughly enjoyable. Roger.

Debbie Waltermine  

First Experience?

12-Jul-2019

This was our first experience with Backroads and it was wonderful!! Your staff at the office and your group leaders are wonderful—you made it so easy to organize and plan all we needed. Truly a 5 star experience!

julie walton (Google Reviewer)  

We have just come off...

28-May-2023

We have just come off a Back Roads Highlights of Britain Tour 2023! Our tour guide and bus driver were amazing! Shabby our guide absolutely created magic for the whole bus! Magnificent itinerary, incredible commentary from young Shabby with music included to pay homage to the districts we were in! 🎶genius! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! A small group means going to the places the big buses can’t and time to get to know your fellow adventurers! Loved this tour and Back Roads if you’re reading this you have struck gold with your guide Shabby! Highly recommended 👍

Stephanie Breedlove  

Commitment to travellers is brilliant!

26-Sep-2019

The Backroads commitment to a personal level of service is apparent and so very appreciated. The genuine interest and execution of so many detailed extras made a significant difference in the experience. Backroads is truly a Small Giant.

Fiona Balsillie (Google Reviewer)  

Currently on a Portugal tour,...

08-May-2023

Currently on a Portugal tour, at this moment on the Douro river cruise. Sad to say but truely don’t bother. Small little boat we are stuck inside no ventilation limited views and you can’t take pictures due to the closed dirty windows

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    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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