OVERVIEW

The Portuguese Camino de Santiago (or the Portuguese way of St James) is one of the main pilgrim routes to Santiago – definitely one of the most beautiful, but without the crowds. Walk from one world heritage site to another from Porto (the birthplace of port wine) to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela via some of the most scenic parts of Portugal. The hike begins at the coast and then heads inland through forest via gorgeous countryside trails. You’ll pass vineyards, farms and some of Portugal’s most important historic sites on the ‘Way’.

On the Way truly discover Portugal, a country of small dimensions yet of great triumphs. Marvel at the intactness of the passing of time, the magnificent history of this place and revel in the mouth watering food and exquisite wines of this part of the world. This is a true Camino adventure with a Iberian adventure bolted on!

We’ve carefully chosen hotels, charming country houses, sometimes with historic significance to enable you to get right up close to the history, the culture and all the culinary delights of northern Portugal.

Highlights

  • 12 days on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago walking from accommodation to accommodation.
  • Walk the Camino without the massive crowds
  • 13 nights in 3 star accommodations that capture the spirit of the region (an upgrade to 4 star and better accommodation is available.)
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Information session with one of our people on the ground and 24/7 support in case of an emergency
  • Walk 230 kms on the Portuguese Way of St James pack free
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years of experience in organising self guided walks

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
14 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 625

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

DAY 1
PORTO

You will be met at your hotel by one of our representatives on the ground to both welcome you and provide a full briefing and any extra documentation you might need. If you arrive early there will be time to explore world heritage Porto including the Ribeira area, the Bolsa Palace, the beach or simply walk and explore this marvellous merchant city at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Porto, 3-star hotel

DAY 2
MOSTEIRÓ TO ARCOS

To start the walk you’ll be transferred to Mosteiró, missing the less attractive urban segment of this section to begin your first stage of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. By doing this you avoid the busy roads and the first stage is reduced to 17 km, instead of almost 35 km. Walk via Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos where today’s walking finishes.

Walking: Moderate / 17 Km or 10.5 Miles / 5 to 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Arcos , 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 3
ARCOS TO BARCELOS

You walk out of your accommodation in Arcos on the Camino towards the ancient village of Rates and its imposing Romanesque church. Traverse through the villages of Courel and Pedra Furada via rural tracks with our final goal the culturally attractive town of Barcelos, the end of this stage. Barcelos has a strong cultural identity and is jam packed with historic buildings, including churches, forts, bridges and the ruins of Dukes of Braganza Palace plus much more.

Walking: Moderate / 20 Km or 12.5 Miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Barcelos, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 4
BARCELOS TO QUINTIÃES

Walking out of Barcelos you first travel along the Camino through a rural area that still uses the small scale farming practices that have existed for eons. There’s a good chance you’ll meet some villagers along the way. The track makes its way through the small villages of Tamel and Aboim past old windmills and other relics of yesterday towards the River Neiva. Your final resting place for tonight is in the village of Quintiães.

Walking: Moderate / 16 Km or 10 Miles / 5 to 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Quintiães, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 5
QUINTIÃES TOPONTE DE LIMA

We start the day by crossing the River Neiva on a medieval bridge which leads to the tiny village of Balugães. The Camino way follows more gorgeous rural paths today via magnificent countryside to the spectacular entrance into the stunning town of Ponte de Lima. We have made sure that you have time to explore the historical centre, the gardens or take a stroll or even sit by the river. Admiring the river and the roman bridge over the river at night is a real highlight. In the evening you can choose from a range of restaurants in Ponte de Lima where you can try traditional dishes like the local polvo à lagareiro (a baked octopus style dish) or bacalhau assado com broa (baked cod with corn bread) and a fine Loureiro white wine.

Walking: Moderate / 17 Km or 10.5 Miles / 5 to 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ponte de Lima, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 6
PONTE DE LIMA TO COSSOURADO

Walking out of your accommodation each day makes for a real inn to inn experience. As you leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima we quickly return to nature. Today’s walk includes the climb to Labruja mountain. The 2 km walk uphill is the most demanding of the whole Portuguese Way of St James, however the magnificent views are well worth the effort. There is a small detour worth taking today to Rubias and the 12th Century Romanesque church. Tonight you rest in Cossourado.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 Km or 13.6 Miles / 7 to 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Cossourado, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 7
COSSOURADO TO VALENCA

The Camino de Portuguese starts today by leaving the valley of the River Coura and climbing gently to Sao Bento da Porta Aberta one of the most popular pilgrimage places in Portugal. The walk then finds its way through Fontoura, open fields and brushwood, until you reach the ancient fortress town of Valença. Tonight you can dine across the river in one of Tui’s many excellent restaurants.

Walking: Moderate / 14 Km or 8.7 Miles / 4 to 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Valença, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 8
VALENÇA TO PORRINO

Before you leave Valenca and Tui make sure you visit the famous Gothic cathedral. The path from Tui follows the Louro valley via a forest track, crosses a very old stone slab bridge to a wetland area where there’s an abundance of birdlife. Today’s walk ends in the city of Porrino in Spain, noteworthy for its magnificent Gothic town hall building at its centre.

Walking: Moderate / 19 Km or 11.8 Miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Porrino, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 9
PORRINO TO ARCADE

From Porrino the walk makes its way through the forest of Chan das Pipas. As you leave the forest you’ll pass Redondela, where the central route and the coastal route merge. You walk into the town of Arcade in Spain, a small village renowned for its oysters and interestingly as a site of a very important battle in the Napoleonic wars.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 Km or 13.6 Miles / 6 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Arcade, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 10
ARCADE TO PONTEVEDRA

From your accommodation in Arcade we traverse what is one of the most beautiful sections of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Today’s section is one of the shortest . Pontevedra is a city in northwest Spain and known for its well-preserved old town. Namely the Gothic Santa María la Mayor Basilica, the Ruínas de San Domingos the remains of a 14th-century convent and the nearby Sexto Edificio museum showcases Galician art. In the evening be like the Spanish and wander from one tapas bar to another.

Walking: Easy to moderate/ 13 Km or 8 Miles / 3 to 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pontevedra, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 11
PONTEVEDRA TO CALDAS DE REIS

Explore more of Pontevedra as you walk out of town into the pleasant countryside. This stage to Caldas de Reis is fairly long but fairly flat so it is not that hard. A real highlight is soaking your feet in Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs, a great way to finish the day’s walking.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 Km or 13.6 Miles / 6 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caldas de Reis, 2 star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 12
CALDAS DE REIS TO PADRON

With only one more day after today you’re nearly there! This section exits Caldas de Reis and takes you on a soft climb to the charming woodlands of Valga. There’s lots of historical buildings along the way including many churches and stone crosses. Our final resting place for today is Padrón in Galicia. The town merges with the ancient and famous town of Iria Flavia a centre for religion, trade and Roman and Vikings invasions of all things.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 18 Km or 11.2 Miles / 5 to 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Padrón, 2 star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 13
PADRON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Your final stage. You will walk mostly through rural settings. This last stage is one of the toughest but your goal is in sight. Enter in the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and enjoy the end of your journey at the cathedral. Celebrate your fantastic achievement. Savour all the culinary delights of Spain and your last meal on the Camino in the company of pilgrims that have travelled here from all parts of Spain and Europe.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23 Km or 14.3 Miles / 6 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela, 3 star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 14
LEAVE SANTIAGO

After breakfast, prepare for your onward journey. If you have time, explore the old city of Santiago de Compostela before you leave or why not add a day and relax and soak up the atmosphere of this magnificent town .

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the Portuguese Camino de Santiago (way of St James)from Porto all the way to Santiago de Compostela
  • 13 night’s accommodation in 3 star character filled hotels (an upgrade to 4 star and better accommodation is available.)
  • Breakfast on every day of the walk
  • 24/7 support from our people on the ground
  • Our comprehensive set of notes, detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the best tapas plus a lot more)
  • Total walking distance of 230km, a real challenge
  • All transport on and off the track including luggage transfers
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfort is always a priority, at the end of each day we ensure that there is a hot shower, comfortable bed, an en suite and plenty of quiet. We know that a comfortable night’s sleep ensures you’ll wake refreshed and primed, ready for the next day’s walking after a full breakfast. All the 3 star accommodation have been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region.

On the upgraded, luxury version of this walk the accommodations are all 4 star or better.  Even though the accommodations  are much more luxurious they still reflect the culture of the region. In addition you can still expect a warm country welcome each day and all the hospitality typical of being in country in Portugal.

It’s not by chance that when walkers visit Portugal, they almost immediately fall in love with the food and wine here. In Portugal, all the dishes, recipes and ingredients have a story to tell. This is a world you’ll get to experience both on foot but also with your knife and fork. The Camino travels through many towns that are renowned for excellent authentic traditional food. In the North it is worth frequenting Spanish Tapas bars to experience the wide range of local delicacies available ‘all at once’.

Both Portugal and Spain have very old and sophisticated wine industries, some of the wines you’ll find on this walk you won’t find anywhere else. However alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available from 1st March to the 1st November.

WALKING

This track is well graded and without  a great deal of incline or decline. Walks average about 19 kms a day. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it or to relax and simply enjoy the towns / villages each evening.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walks starts in Porto and ends at Santiago de Compostela . You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Porto which is pretty easy. To make it even easier we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane (and rail): One of the easiest options would be to fly into Porto directly. You can also fly to Lisbon, an amazing city to explore  and catch a train to Porto which takes just under 3 hours. There are many airlines that fly into Lisbon. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

By rail: It’s also very easy to catch a train from anywhere in Europe.  You can buy a ticket when you get there, however we recommend pre booking your tickets online for the longer journeys. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

GoEuro.com

Rail Europe.com.au

 

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Santiago de Compostela back to Lisbon takes about 7 hours. However  you might be better served to head to an alternate destination. San Sebastian, Salamanca or Seville, there’s so much choice it is difficult to choose.

By plane: There are flights from Santiago de Compostela

To other parts of Europe. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

WEATHER

March through to October is usually warmer, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See Holiday Weather.com for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase travel insurance for overseas travel. Partly because we have to charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Portuguese Camino de Santiago  walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Mar 2020 - 30 Jun 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Jul 2020 - 15 Sep 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Portuguese Camino de Santiago (or the Portuguese way of St James) is one of the main pilgrim routes to Santiago – definitely one of the most beautiful, but without the crowds. Walk from one world heritage site to another from Porto (the birthplace of port wine) to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela via some of the most scenic parts of Portugal. The hike begins at the coast and then heads inland through forest via gorgeous countryside trails. You’ll pass vineyards, farms and some of Portugal’s most important historic sites on the ‘Way’.

On the Way truly discover Portugal, a country of small dimensions yet of great triumphs. Marvel at the intactness of the passing of time, the magnificent history of this place and revel in the mouth watering food and exquisite wines of this part of the world. This is a true Camino adventure with a Iberian adventure bolted on!

We’ve carefully chosen hotels, charming country houses, sometimes with historic significance to enable you to get right up close to the history, the culture and all the culinary delights of northern Portugal.

Highlights

  • 12 days on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago walking from accommodation to accommodation.
  • Walk the Camino without the massive crowds
  • 13 nights in 3 star accommodations that capture the spirit of the region (an upgrade to 4 star and better accommodation is available.)
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Information session with one of our people on the ground and 24/7 support in case of an emergency
  • Walk 230 kms on the Portuguese Way of St James pack free
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years of experience in organising self guided walks

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
14 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 625

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

DAY 1
PORTO

You will be met at your hotel by one of our representatives on the ground to both welcome you and provide a full briefing and any extra documentation you might need. If you arrive early there will be time to explore world heritage Porto including the Ribeira area, the Bolsa Palace, the beach or simply walk and explore this marvellous merchant city at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Porto, 3-star hotel

DAY 2
MOSTEIRÓ TO ARCOS

To start the walk you’ll be transferred to Mosteiró, missing the less attractive urban segment of this section to begin your first stage of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. By doing this you avoid the busy roads and the first stage is reduced to 17 km, instead of almost 35 km. Walk via Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos where today’s walking finishes.

Walking: Moderate / 17 Km or 10.5 Miles / 5 to 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Arcos , 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 3
ARCOS TO BARCELOS

You walk out of your accommodation in Arcos on the Camino towards the ancient village of Rates and its imposing Romanesque church. Traverse through the villages of Courel and Pedra Furada via rural tracks with our final goal the culturally attractive town of Barcelos, the end of this stage. Barcelos has a strong cultural identity and is jam packed with historic buildings, including churches, forts, bridges and the ruins of Dukes of Braganza Palace plus much more.

Walking: Moderate / 20 Km or 12.5 Miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Barcelos, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 4
BARCELOS TO QUINTIÃES

Walking out of Barcelos you first travel along the Camino through a rural area that still uses the small scale farming practices that have existed for eons. There’s a good chance you’ll meet some villagers along the way. The track makes its way through the small villages of Tamel and Aboim past old windmills and other relics of yesterday towards the River Neiva. Your final resting place for tonight is in the village of Quintiães.

Walking: Moderate / 16 Km or 10 Miles / 5 to 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Quintiães, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 5
QUINTIÃES TOPONTE DE LIMA

We start the day by crossing the River Neiva on a medieval bridge which leads to the tiny village of Balugães. The Camino way follows more gorgeous rural paths today via magnificent countryside to the spectacular entrance into the stunning town of Ponte de Lima. We have made sure that you have time to explore the historical centre, the gardens or take a stroll or even sit by the river. Admiring the river and the roman bridge over the river at night is a real highlight. In the evening you can choose from a range of restaurants in Ponte de Lima where you can try traditional dishes like the local polvo à lagareiro (a baked octopus style dish) or bacalhau assado com broa (baked cod with corn bread) and a fine Loureiro white wine.

Walking: Moderate / 17 Km or 10.5 Miles / 5 to 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ponte de Lima, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 6
PONTE DE LIMA TO COSSOURADO

Walking out of your accommodation each day makes for a real inn to inn experience. As you leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima we quickly return to nature. Today’s walk includes the climb to Labruja mountain. The 2 km walk uphill is the most demanding of the whole Portuguese Way of St James, however the magnificent views are well worth the effort. There is a small detour worth taking today to Rubias and the 12th Century Romanesque church. Tonight you rest in Cossourado.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 Km or 13.6 Miles / 7 to 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Cossourado, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 7
COSSOURADO TO VALENCA

The Camino de Portuguese starts today by leaving the valley of the River Coura and climbing gently to Sao Bento da Porta Aberta one of the most popular pilgrimage places in Portugal. The walk then finds its way through Fontoura, open fields and brushwood, until you reach the ancient fortress town of Valença. Tonight you can dine across the river in one of Tui’s many excellent restaurants.

Walking: Moderate / 14 Km or 8.7 Miles / 4 to 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Valença, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 8
VALENÇA TO PORRINO

Before you leave Valenca and Tui make sure you visit the famous Gothic cathedral. The path from Tui follows the Louro valley via a forest track, crosses a very old stone slab bridge to a wetland area where there’s an abundance of birdlife. Today’s walk ends in the city of Porrino in Spain, noteworthy for its magnificent Gothic town hall building at its centre.

Walking: Moderate / 19 Km or 11.8 Miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Porrino, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 9
PORRINO TO ARCADE

From Porrino the walk makes its way through the forest of Chan das Pipas. As you leave the forest you’ll pass Redondela, where the central route and the coastal route merge. You walk into the town of Arcade in Spain, a small village renowned for its oysters and interestingly as a site of a very important battle in the Napoleonic wars.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 Km or 13.6 Miles / 6 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Arcade, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 10
ARCADE TO PONTEVEDRA

From your accommodation in Arcade we traverse what is one of the most beautiful sections of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Today’s section is one of the shortest . Pontevedra is a city in northwest Spain and known for its well-preserved old town. Namely the Gothic Santa María la Mayor Basilica, the Ruínas de San Domingos the remains of a 14th-century convent and the nearby Sexto Edificio museum showcases Galician art. In the evening be like the Spanish and wander from one tapas bar to another.

Walking: Easy to moderate/ 13 Km or 8 Miles / 3 to 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pontevedra, 3-star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 11
PONTEVEDRA TO CALDAS DE REIS

Explore more of Pontevedra as you walk out of town into the pleasant countryside. This stage to Caldas de Reis is fairly long but fairly flat so it is not that hard. A real highlight is soaking your feet in Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs, a great way to finish the day’s walking.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 Km or 13.6 Miles / 6 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caldas de Reis, 2 star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 12
CALDAS DE REIS TO PADRON

With only one more day after today you’re nearly there! This section exits Caldas de Reis and takes you on a soft climb to the charming woodlands of Valga. There’s lots of historical buildings along the way including many churches and stone crosses. Our final resting place for today is Padrón in Galicia. The town merges with the ancient and famous town of Iria Flavia a centre for religion, trade and Roman and Vikings invasions of all things.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 18 Km or 11.2 Miles / 5 to 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Padrón, 2 star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 13
PADRON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Your final stage. You will walk mostly through rural settings. This last stage is one of the toughest but your goal is in sight. Enter in the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and enjoy the end of your journey at the cathedral. Celebrate your fantastic achievement. Savour all the culinary delights of Spain and your last meal on the Camino in the company of pilgrims that have travelled here from all parts of Spain and Europe.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23 Km or 14.3 Miles / 6 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela, 3 star country hotel with breakfast included.

DAY 14
LEAVE SANTIAGO

After breakfast, prepare for your onward journey. If you have time, explore the old city of Santiago de Compostela before you leave or why not add a day and relax and soak up the atmosphere of this magnificent town .

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the Portuguese Camino de Santiago (way of St James)from Porto all the way to Santiago de Compostela
  • 13 night’s accommodation in 3 star character filled hotels (an upgrade to 4 star and better accommodation is available.)
  • Breakfast on every day of the walk
  • 24/7 support from our people on the ground
  • Our comprehensive set of notes, detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the best tapas plus a lot more)
  • Total walking distance of 230km, a real challenge
  • All transport on and off the track including luggage transfers
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years experience in organising self-guided walking holidays
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfort is always a priority, at the end of each day we ensure that there is a hot shower, comfortable bed, an en suite and plenty of quiet. We know that a comfortable night’s sleep ensures you’ll wake refreshed and primed, ready for the next day’s walking after a full breakfast. All the 3 star accommodation have been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region.

On the upgraded, luxury version of this walk the accommodations are all 4 star or better.  Even though the accommodations  are much more luxurious they still reflect the culture of the region. In addition you can still expect a warm country welcome each day and all the hospitality typical of being in country in Portugal.

It’s not by chance that when walkers visit Portugal, they almost immediately fall in love with the food and wine here. In Portugal, all the dishes, recipes and ingredients have a story to tell. This is a world you’ll get to experience both on foot but also with your knife and fork. The Camino travels through many towns that are renowned for excellent authentic traditional food. In the North it is worth frequenting Spanish Tapas bars to experience the wide range of local delicacies available ‘all at once’.

Both Portugal and Spain have very old and sophisticated wine industries, some of the wines you’ll find on this walk you won’t find anywhere else. However alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available from 1st March to the 1st November.

WALKING

This track is well graded and without  a great deal of incline or decline. Walks average about 19 kms a day. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it or to relax and simply enjoy the towns / villages each evening.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walks starts in Porto and ends at Santiago de Compostela . You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Porto which is pretty easy. To make it even easier we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane (and rail): One of the easiest options would be to fly into Porto directly. You can also fly to Lisbon, an amazing city to explore  and catch a train to Porto which takes just under 3 hours. There are many airlines that fly into Lisbon. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

By rail: It’s also very easy to catch a train from anywhere in Europe.  You can buy a ticket when you get there, however we recommend pre booking your tickets online for the longer journeys. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

GoEuro.com

Rail Europe.com.au

 

Travelling from the end of the walk

By rail: The train from Santiago de Compostela back to Lisbon takes about 7 hours. However  you might be better served to head to an alternate destination. San Sebastian, Salamanca or Seville, there’s so much choice it is difficult to choose.

By plane: There are flights from Santiago de Compostela

To other parts of Europe. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

WEATHER

March through to October is usually warmer, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See Holiday Weather.com for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase travel insurance for overseas travel. Partly because we have to charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Portuguese Camino de Santiago  walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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  • 1 Mar 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
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    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Mar 2020 - 30 Jun 2020
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    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Jul 2020 - 15 Sep 2020
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    $1795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
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    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625

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