Best of the Portuguese Way

Best of the Portuguese Way

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Best of the Portuguese Way

11 Days Starting in Lisbon and ending in Santiago de Compostela

Visiting: Spain, Portugal

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

BPW

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 16

Physical rating:

introductory to moderate

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Tour Overview

For many pilgrims, the Portuguese Way is more spiritually connected to the Camino than any other way. The Camino is all about the apostle St James, and Portugal, it is said, is where he was known to have first preached. It is also believed that his final journey to Santiago was via Portugal when his bones were brought back from Jerusalem following his beheading. The Portuguese Way, which is second only to the Camino Francés in popularity with modern day walkers and pilgrims, extends from the capital, Lisbon, across the border to Santiago, and this guided walk takes in the most popular, beautiful and intriguing sections between these two classic European cities. You'll visit the must see Portuguese cities of Coimbra and Porto, enjoying guided walks and wine tastings as you go, before crossing into Spain where you will walk a section of the Way and visit a manor house near Pontevedra before arriving in the famed cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the medieval trail to Santiago de Compostela.

  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers

  • Staying at specially selected hotels and a parador and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes.

  • Visiting Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and Santiago de Compostela

  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the medieval trail to Santiago de Compostela

  • Staying at specially selected hotels and a parador and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes

  • Experiencing the highlights of the Portuguese Camino

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Lisbon, Afternoon Guided Walk And Welcome Dinner
Meals Included: D

Make your way to the joining hotel in Lisbon and meet your guide at 4pm for a guided orientation walk of the city. Welcome dinner with the guide and group.
We recommend staying a few nights before the trip - Lisbon is such a vibrant and historic city. You can also visit eg Cascais and/or Sintra, accessible as day trips from Lisbon.

Day 2 : Transfer To Porto De Muge And Walk To Santarem, Transfer To Obidos (4Hrs)
Meals Included: B, D

Transfer to the Camino Portugués, where we walk about 16km to Santarem, located on the right bank of the Tagus River. The town has a rich and ancient history, having been inhabited by the Lusitani people, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and later Portuguese Christians. From here we transfer to Óbidos where you can stroll in the old city before dinner.

Day 3 : Transfer To Rabaçal And Walk To Conimbriga, Transfer To Coimbra (3Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L

This morning we transfer to Rabaçal from where we walk along the Camino to Conimbriga (approx 11km) where we visit the ruins, the largest Roman settlement in Portugal. After a picnic lunch we transfer to Coimbra, a lively university town situated on the Mondego River. There will be time this afternoon to visit the old city and university, which is famous for its library Biblioteca Joanina. Overnight Coimbra.

Day 4 : Walk To Albergaría A Vella, Transfer To Porto (2Hrs)
Meals Included: B, D

This morning we leave Coimbra and drive to Pedaçães where we begin our walk (approx 9km) along the Camino to Albergaría a Vella. Later we transfer to Porto, located on the banks of the Douro River. Porto's maritime legacies and importance as a New World trading port shaped it into a proud city, with an impressive cathedral and port wine lodges. In the evening have a special dinner at a restaurant with lovely river views. Overnight Porto.

Day 5 : In Porto
Meals Included: B

Today is all about Porto. We start with a city stroll with a local guide visiting the Cathedral, the Tower of Clérigos, and the Ribeira-quarter. Following lunch at leisure we will meet up at a wine cellar for a tasting of Tawny Port and Ruby wine. This evening is free for you to sample one of the many great restaurants in this vibrant city. Overnight Porto.

Day 6 : Transfer By Tram To Walk A Section Of The Coastal Route And Continue To Braga (4Hrs)
Meals Included: B

This morning we take the tram along the river to the Castelo do Queijo. From here we walk along the coast to Agudela (approx 12km) then transfer to Braga. Here we can explore the old quarter with its variety of national monuments and historic buildings on foot. The religious importance of the town is obvious from the Cathedral dominating the centre to the baroque styled pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte on the outskirts. Overnight Braga.

Day 7 : Walk A Section Of The Central Route Before Visiting Ponte De Lima (3Hrs)
Meals Included: B

Today we transfer then walk (approx 12km) along a section of the Camino Portugués Central route from Vitorino dos Piares to Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal. Take some time to visit the town and sample the local products for lunch before we transfer to Viana do Castelo, for our overnight stay.

Day 8 : Cross Into Spain By Ferry And Walk Along The Camino Portugués De La Costa, Overnight Parador (2Hrs)
Meals Included: B

We cross the border into Galicia in Spain by ferry, discovering the landscape of the Miño river estuary. After visiting the pre-roman settlement in Santa Tegra, we pass A Guarda and walk along the Atlantic Coast from Portecelo to Oia (6km). We then transfer to Baiona, visiting the impressive fortress and the Caravela of Colón. Overnight Parador de Baiona.

Day 9 : Walk Into Pontevedra And Visit A Manor House And Wine Cellar En Route To Santiago (2Hrs)
Meals Included: B

This morning we transfer to the outskirts of Pontevedra for a morning walk following the Gafos River and stroll through the city (5km). In Pontevedra, there's free time for lunch and a stroll to see the sights including the A Peregrina church and the squares of A Ferraría, Leña and Verdura. Later on we will visit a Pazo (manor house) discovering camellia gardens and trying the local wine (Albariño). Later we transfer to Santiago and walk the last section of the Camino into the old town to arrive at the cathedral. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 10 : Full Day In Santiago, Guided Tour And Free Afternoon
Meals Included: B, D

This morning there will be a guided tour of Santiago visiting the Cathedral, local market and the Alameda Park. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure, before we join as a group once more for a special farewell dinner.

Day 11 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

The trip concludes in Santiago after breakfast.
We offer a day trip to Fisterra from Santiago, if you'd like to visit the 'end of the earth' - please ask our staff for details. An extra night in Santiago is usually required as this is a full day trip.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    10 nights in specially selected hotels and a Parador

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners (beverages and coffee included)

  • 9 nights in specially selected 3-4 star hotels and a Parador on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities

  • English speaking guide throughout

  • Support vehicle for luggage and transfers during walking days (days 2 to 8)

  • Entrance fees for scheduled sightseeing

  • Support vehicle for luggage and transfers during walking days (reasonable luggage allowance permitted however please note space in the vehicle is limited. Note porterage is not included- you will carry your own luggage to and from the vehicle)

  • Guided orientation walk in Lisbon on day 1 - meet at 4pm at the hotel.

  • 9 (10 in 2024) nights in specially selected 3-4 star hotels and a Parador on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners (beverages and coffee included) 2024: 10 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 4 dinners (1 beverage included)

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 4 dinners (1 beverage included)

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What's Not Included

  • Travel to Lisbon and from Santiago de Compostela

  • Lunches, dinners not noted as included

  • Sightseeing and entrance fees unless specified as included

  • Storage of luggage

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Travel insurance

  • local taxes including hotel taxes

  • Tips

  • A supplement will apply if you book a single room

  • Local taxes including hotel taxes

Grading

This is a guided walk with average daily stages of 2 to 4 hours on walking days. The trip is graded introductory to moderate as it is mainly on well defined trails, with a few off path sections only. There is diverse terrain – from relatively flat to hilly and walking poles are definitely a good idea. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.

What You Carry

As the walks are fully supported you only need to carry a daypack with your daily requirements including wet weather gear, water bottle, lunch supplies, mobile phone and sun protection etc.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

G. Glazebrook(Burradoo, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

18 Apr 2023

Our UTracks Portuguese Camino trip (10 days) was fabulous. Excellent itinerary, tour guide and accommodation / meals. Wonderful experience and the group (of 8 all up) worked very well - a thoroughly enjoyable and educational trip. Our tour guide was considerate and very helpful, our driver was also fantastic, and the city guides in Lisbon and Santiago were also great - especially Maria in Lisbon. Highly recommended trip.

N. Kepert(Yarraville, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

25 Jun 2023

This trip is perfect for people who want a moderate amount of exercise but may not be up for a big hike. Apart from the Camino walk, I enjoyed our late afternoon/evening walks at the various towns along the way. Denis, our guide, provided deep insights in to the history and culture of Portugal and I felt we were lucky to have such a knowledgeable, and patient, guide. I loved everything about Portugal and would return in a heartbeat! Just watch out for the delicious Portuguese tarts. They are addictive!

S. Mihevc(Sorrento, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

6 Oct 2023

I just finished the Portuguese Way and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our team leader did a great job.

V. McGinnity(Sorrento, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

4 Oct 2023

Great trip combining walking and sightseeing.

M. Rainsford(Perth, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

29 Sep 2023

A fantastic experience. Very well organized. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

D. Hooper(Marmion, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

29 Sep 2023

Overall our trip was excellent.

M. Byatt(Ware, United Kingdom)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

3 Nov 2023

We felt this was an outstanding experience; our guide Maria was incredibly knowledgeable (customs, local history, architecture, food …) with an infectious enthusiasm for her part of the world. The experience was enriched by our fellow travellers. The itinerary felt well-paced, walking in the morning and visiting / guided tours of quaint towns in the afternoon. Great hotels to recharge in after a busy day. We can’t recommend this experience enough and have started planning our next walking trip with them again. Thank you!

L. Borgas(Bassendean, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

29 Sep 2023

Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and loved his job....

M. Hookey(Carlton North, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

26 Sep 2023

This is a great tour for those looking for introduction to the Portuguese Camino without needing to be super fit and spending the whole day walking.

M. McLeod(New Farm, Australia)  

Best of the Portuguese Way

2 Nov 2023

We had very rainy weather for most of our walk so that did have an impact. Our guide was helpful, friendly, informative and unflappable. We (husband and I) enjoyed the walk despite the weather. Possibly the mix of walking and tourist attractions each day was overload, better to spend a little more time enjoying the walk rather than meeting a sightseeing schedule. Plus, suggest a stopover of 2 nights in one place mid tour.

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    At 69 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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