Portuguese Way Mini
Experience the best the Portuguese Way has to offer in only a few days. Spend 4 nights in the most beautiful, peaceful and historical places and eat at the best gourmet restaurants along the last 250 km of the Portuguese Way from Oporto to Santiago de Compostela.
Walk three of our favorite sections, cruise the River Ulla, go for wine-tasting in family-run bodegas and eat in a Michelin star restaurant. However, we must warn you, you will want to come back with more time to do the full walk.
Only €990 per person sharing!
PORTUGUESE WAY MINI INCLUDES
• En-suite accommodation in charming luxurious manors & 4 to 5* historical hotels including the Paradores of Tui & Santiago de Compostela
• Transfers from Oporto Airport Oporto city center and from Santiago city to Santiago airport
• Party of less than 8 participants: Private Transport in taxi to and from each hotel + 1 extra transfert per day on request as walking support
• Party of Private Transport in luxury Mini-Van or bus and Support during the walking days
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on walking days
• Emergency support from our local team
• All taxes and gratuities for the guides and hotels
• All breakfasts and three-courses dinners (wine or beer included on request)
• Dinner show in Oporto with Fado concert
• Guided tours of Oporto and Santiago de Compostela
• 1h Catamaran or water-taxi cruise along the River Ulla
price & dates
Can be organized on request for any number of participants on the dates of your choice - subject to availability and price fluctuations.
€990 per person
• Single room supplement: + €480 per room
• Extra night in the 5* Parador of Santiago: + €300 per room (dinner not included)
fact fileAccommodation Luxurious Manors & 4 to 5* HotelsTotal Walking Distance 44 kmDuration 5 days / 4 nightsStarts PortoStops Ponte de Lima, Rubiaes, Valenca, Tui, Pontevedra, Armenteira, Cambados, PadronEnds Santiago de Compostela
highlightsPerfect for a short break or a first taste of the CaminoStay only in the best accommodation along the Way including two ParadoresDiscover how Port Wine and Albariño wine are madeSail the same river that transported Saint James' remains 2,000 years ago
what to expect on this tour?
Expect to have a wonderful time and to experience the best the last 250 km of the Portuguese Way have to offer! We designed this tour around personal experiences of the Camino, client feedback and recommendations so your group can have the best experience possible along the Way in only four nights.
Note: The stops, activities and distances detailed in the tour itinerary are subject to accommodation availability. Ask us for a final itinerary based on your dates and requirements! We will happily customize this itinerary by adapting the number of days and the distances to your specific interests and needs! Learn more about our Services here.
Walk & discover the best of the Camino
This tour includes 3 walking days where moderate to high levels of fitness are required. However, in case one of your group members does not feel like walking anymore, our support vehicle will be waiting every few kilometers with snacks, fruits and water as well as muscular pain creme and blister plasters.
We will guide you through our favorite stages of the last 250 km of the Portuguese Way, the sunset of O Porto, the stage between Ponte de Lima and Rubies, the cruise onto the River Ulla and the last 10 km into Santiago. Transfers between these stages and between your hotels will be done in a luxury minivan or minibus depending on the size of your group.
Sleep in luxurious manors & Paradores
We take particular pride in the quality of our accommodation. To ensure your group only stays in the best accommodation along the Way, we regularly visit and rate all our providers.
On this tour, you will sleep in charming luxurious manors near the Camino & two different Paradores. They all provide a welcoming, authentic and unique experience with all the comfort and service you would expect from a hotel of those standards.
Eat fresh, delicious & traditional meals
You have chosen a Gourmet tours, so each night, we will bring you to the best restaurants near your hotel. Galicia is proud to have a few Michelin star restaurants and is known all over Spain for the quality of our products and our cooks' skills. So, expect mouth-watering dinners made out with fresh, local ingredients. Local wine can be included at dinner on request.
Lunch is usually not included to allow your group to stop whenever they feel they need a break and enjoy quality time with the new friends they made along the Way.
We cater for vegetarians, vegans and any special dietary requirements or allergies. Just let us know beforehand so we can advise the chefs.
Add extra days or activities for an unforgettable adventure
Why not take advantage of the fact you are in the Iberian peninsula to do some tourism and visit Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona or any Spanish city on your bucket list? The closest International airports to your Camino are Oporto and Santiago de Compostela but you might want to change the airport pickup town or add nights somewhere on your way to Santiago.
We can help you choose and book those extra nights before or after your tour and organize day tours from Oporto (Lisbon, Fatima, Algarve) or around Galicia (Cies Islands, Finisterre...), extra activities during the tour (wine-tasting, guided tours of the Cathedral de Santiago...). Check out our selection of Day Tours in Galicia and European Stop-Overs or let your imagination run wild and let us know let us know how you would like to make this tour unique.
PORTUGUESE WAY MINI DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
This 4 nights tour includes visits of the main attractions between Oporto and Santiago de Compostela with 3 days walk and a cruise.
DAY 1 - MAKING OUR WAY TO PORTO and dinner with fado show
A taxi will pick you up at Oporto airport and drive you to the historic center of Oporto where you will spend the night in a 4* hotel. If your time of arrival allows, we will plan a guided tour of the City and of one of the most famous Bodegas in Gaia.
Your guide will let you taste different Port wines and explain how there are made. You will then head to a traditional restaurant near your hotel for a three course dinner and show with a Fado concert.
DAY 2 - 18 KM - WALK FROM PONTE DE LIMA TO RUBIAES - Night Tui
Today, we would like to introduce you to the Camino de Santiago by letting you walk what is considered to be the most beautiful stage of the Portuguese Way. It is not an easy walk as you will be going uphill for about 5 km on mountain paths but you will enjoy some of the most beautiful views there is on any Camino and our support van will be there to help in case you need us.
You will start in the legendary town of Ponte de Lima which is Minho personified and full of history. Follow the Roman Military Road by the Labruja River to Codeçal through eucalyptus forests by two waterfalls and up to Alto da Portela Grande de Labruja at 400m where you will enjoy breathtaking views. It’s then downhill to Rubiães. Here, you should visit the 12th-century Romanesque Church of São Pedro de Rubiães before getting into the mini-bus to head to the Parador of Tui (if available).
After or before check-in, if time allows, we will take 2h to visit the 13th century Fortress of Valença do Minho just on the other side of the Portuguese border.
DAY 3 - 12 KM - WALK FROM ARMENTEIRA TO PONTEARNELAS
After breakfast at the Parador, your driver will bring you to Roman built city Of Pontevedra, about 40min drive away from Tui, where you can ask to stop for a 30min visit the Old Town. Your driver will then leave the Camino Portuguese for the Spiritual Variant / the Maritime Way. This detour is relatively new, it has only been accepted by the Pilgrim Office in 2013 but has the oldest origins of all Caminos. During the next couple days, you will be following the detour towards Vilanova de Arousa, where you will board a Catamaran and follow the final journey of the Apostle.
It is said that in the year 44, after his Martyrdom, the body of James the Apostle was transported on a stone vessel along the Arousa Estuary to get to the land of Galicia where he was meant to be burried. The boat is said to have gone from Jaffa to Galicia and upstream via Ulla river until Iria Flavia (Padron) and later on by foot to Santiago de Compostela. This tradition followed by Christians all around the world has been translated throughout the millenary Jacobean history into a varied iconography representing the Apostle’s final journey from Jaffa (Palestine) to Iria Flavia (today’s village of Padrón). This is the Initial Route of all the Santiago Trails.
Your driver will follow the Camino for 30min towards Armenteira and pass the Monastery of San Juan de Poio and the beautiful town of Cambarro, famous for its Horreos (a typical granary on pillars). You can ask to stop at either.
In Armenteira, visit the impressive Cistercian Monastery founded by the knight Ero de Armenteira in 1168, before starting walking. The walk today is through the relaxing “Ruta da Pedra e da Auga” (the route of rocks and water - due to the number of watermills that can be found on that river) along the Armenteira river. After a few hours walk, you will reach the famous bridge of Pontearnelas, a XVI century stone bridge linked to strange rituals of prenatal baptism, and we will drive you to a 15th century house and estate located 200 meters from the historic centre of Cambados (if available otherwise you will stay at the Parador of Cambados). Cambados is considered to be the capital of Albariño, one of the best white wines of the world so again tonight we will experience an Albariño wine-tasting and visit the Pazo’s private winery before dinner at a 1 Michelin Star restaurant in Cambados.
DAY 4 - 14KM - 1h cruise on the river ulla + WALK inTO SANTIAGO!
Wake up early as today we walk into Santiago de Compostela. After a short 10min drive to Vilanova de Arousa, you will embark a catamaran for 15 nautical miles cruise. Following the journey of the stone boat carrying the remains of the Apostle Saint James, you will be sailing a catamaran or water taxi (depending on the tide) towards Iria Flavia or Padron.
Our mini-bus will be waiting for you at arrival in Padron and after showing you around Padron quickly, we will drive you to the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude.
You will get to walk by the mysterious, abandoned ruins on the hill-fort of Castro Lupario, of the castle A Rocha Vella and the Chapel of San Martiño were one of the most ancient Cruceiros of Galicia stands. Then finally from the hills of Agro dos Monteiros, you will get our first glimpse of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and start walking into the city of the Apostle.
As you enter the town a couple routes are offered to you, we recommend following the River Sarela instead of entering through the new town. Soon enough after entering the Old Town, the Cathedral will present herself to you, beautiful and powerful. Enter the Cathedral now, if you wish, we recommend continuing to the Plaza del Obradoiro, the main Square of the Cathedral, where you will find the Portico de la Gloria and the most impressive view of the Cathedral. Simply stop here. Breath in and truly live this moment, do whatever feels right. Your hotel, the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos, is on your right when looking at the Cathedral.
You still have a few things to do today - marvel at the architecture of our beloved City, attend the Pilgrim Mass at 7:30pm and visit your hotel which is no less than a jewel. Dinner will be served at the Parador.
day 5 - Half day in Santiago de Compostela
On the last day of your tour, we will gather for a guided visit of the City and the Cathedral where you will be told about the fascinating stories of each monument you see. We will then set out for your departure airport and say our farewells until next time.
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