Portuguese Way Premium
A luxury journey through history. Discover the Portuguese Way inland from Tui at the Portuguese border to Santiago de Compostela staying only in Pazos, Monasteries and Paradores. This itinerary follows the same route as our Portuguese Way Classic Self-Guided from Tui but in a total different level of accommodation. Expect to spend 7 nights in unique hotels inside historical fortresses, monasteries, or even 18th century palaces for the local king or nobility with beautiful views, gardens and wonderful facilities. We selected the most significant and luxurious Galician Pazos (Palaces) along the Portuguese Way to ensure you have the best time possible on the Camino and to allow you to disconnect completely. The inland Portuguese Way is the second most popular route to Santiago and has recently been re-routed to only offer impressive landscapes on easy routes. You will escape the crowds of the French Way and be able to enjoy the proximity of the Rías Baixas, the wonderful Southern Galician gastronomy including seafood platters and the renown Albariño white wine and relax in some of the best hotels in the region.
Only €1.190 per person sharing!
Portuguese Way Premium self-guided INCLUDES
• En-suite accommodation in charming luxurious manors, 3 to 5* historical hotels including the Paradores of Tui & Pontevedra (subject to availability)
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
• Emergency support from our local team
• All taxes and gratuities for the hotels
• Guided tour of the 18th century Pazo do Faramello with the Marqueses
• A detailed guidebook per room
• All breakfasts and three-courses dinners (wine or beer included on request)
• A Pilgrim Kit per person including an official Pilgrim Passport (Credential)
• Walk between 15 km and 22 km per day
price & dates
Can be organized on request for any number of participants including single departures on the date of your choice - subject to availability and price fluctuations.
Starting Point Rates Price per person sharing in Standard Rooms €1.190 Single room supplement €280 Price per person sharing in Superior Rooms €1.550 Single room supplement €430
• No dinners discount: - €170 per person
• Transfer in from Vigo Airport and out from Santiago Airport: + €70 per car up to 4 passengers
• Extra night in the 4* San Francisco Monumental Hotel: + €200 per room (dinner not included)
• Extra night in the 5* Parador of Santiago: + €300 per room (dinner not included - upgrade + €100)
Contact us for further pricing details including extra activities, shorter walking days, travel insurance, stop-overs and day tours.
fact fileAccommodation Luxurious Manors & 3 to 5* HotelsTotal Walking Distance 114 kmDuration 8 days / 7 nightsStarts TuiStops (Valença), Porriño, Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, PadrónEnds Santiago de Compostela
highlightsGet your CompostelaStay in the best accommodation along the Way including two ParadoresEscape the crowds by choosing a secondary routeEnjoy incredible views, beaches and Medieval towns like Valença
what to expect on this tour?
Expect to have a wonderful time and to experience the best the last 114 km of the Portugueuse Way has 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. Take your time to travel through beautiful Galician green countryside, timeless villages and rediscover the pleasure of being in direct contact with nature.
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.
self-guided Tour with local emergency support
This tour does not have a guide so you will be walking at your own pace and making as much or little stops as you wish. The days have been shorten to ensure you are walking an average of 19 km a day (12 miles). As everyone will be walking in the same direction, take this opportunity to meet new people or introspect during your time alone.
Most people leave early in the morning to avoid the heat and to be able to indulge during the afternoon in a siesta, make the most of the hotels facilities, visit the local town and have a drink in a local terrace. But this is your Camino, you decide how you want to live it!
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 & historical hotels in town centers. They all provide a welcoming, authentic and unique experience with all the comfort and service of a 3 to 5* hotel.
Everyday, as you change accommodation, you will find your suitcase, left with your hotel receptionist in the morning, will travel with you to the next accommodation and you will have different facilities to enjoy including for example swimming pools and spas (during summer and in selected locations). Most nights, you will be in the heart of a town and others you will enjoy the peace of the countryside. However, you will never be far away from the Camino and always in a area full of history.
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 you to stop whenever you feel you need a break and enjoy quality time with the new friends you will make 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 airport to the start of your Camino is Oporto, although there are regular direct flights from Madrid to Vigo (recommended arrival airport) and your departure airport should be Santiago de Compostela. So, why not book a couple nights before your trip in one of our selected hotels in Porto? Porto is about 1h20 drive from Tui and accessible by taxi, train and buses, while Vigo Airport is 20 min away.
We can help you choose and book those extra nights before or after your tour and organize day tours around Galicia to, for example, the beautiful Cies Islands, or to Finisterre or extra activities during the tour (wine-tasting, Balneotherapy, guided City tours or much more. 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.
CAMINO PORTUGUESE PREMIUM DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
This 7 nights route brings you along the last 114 kilometers of the inland Camino Portugues - Portuguese Way into Santiago de Compostela.
day 1 - Making our Way to Tui and visits of Valença
Make your way to Tui by taking a private taxi, bus or train from Porto (about 1h drive) or Vigo (20 min drive). You will be staying the next couple nights in the town 4* Parador, a stunning Galician country house by the Miño River.
Tui is a walled cathedral from which in Medieval time emanated cultural, economic and military life, just on the Spanish side of the border with Portugal. If your time of arrival allows and before your first dinner with us in your hotel, visit Valença do Minho on the other side of the Portuguese border about a 3h walk return. This impressive 13th century fortress with stunning views onto the whole region will help you understand the huge battles that took place between Spain, Portugal and France in the region for control of the strategic River Miño and the visit will allow you to cross a very photogenic bridge between the two country.
Hotel: Parador of Tui 4*
day 2 -16 km - Walk from Tui to O Porriño
Finally, the day you start your pilgrimage on the Portuguese Way starting from the beautiful town of Tui. This area has been occupied since the Lower Paleolithic and has been a strategic defense point since the 6th century. So, before you leave, take your time to marvel at the old town architecture and visit the Cathedral to get your first Camino stamp.
Today’s walk is fairly easy, mostly downhill all the way to O Porriño. The first kilometers will be exiting Tui through an old village. Half way to O Porriño, make sure you follow the new “Camino Natural” signs which will bring you through forests and joins a pretty riverbank, instead of the old alternative route that goes through an industrial area (even if recommended by locals).
After the walk, give our driver a call to drive you back in 15min to Tui for another relaxing night in the Parador of Tui.
Hotel: Parador of Tui 4*
day 3 - 16 km - Walk from O PORRIÑO to REDONDELA
As you continue your adventure slightly uphill through peaceful forest paths, you will pass by some of the most interesting examples of Galician architecture: the church of Santa Eulalia del Monte and the Pazo de los Marqueses in the parish of Mos. Enjoy on your left, beautiful views onto the City of Vigo, its bay, the Rías Baias and the Cies Islands (known for having some of the best beaches in the world).
After a few hours walk, you will reach Redondela. If you still have time and energy, go for a walk along the boardwalk to see the end of one of the Rías Baixas. If available, you will be staying in a unique Castle-like hotel, 1 km outside Redondela, a transfer will be scheduled for you. This unique hotel was built in 1750 and used as a military hospital during WWI. It boast of stunning views along the bay of Vigo and their impressive garden is often used for wedding photo. For dinner, expect a delicious seafood platter for starters served with Albariño wine from their own vineyards.
Hotel: Pazo Torres de Agrelo or similar
day 4 - 20 km - Walk from Redondela to Pontevedra
Today, expect two sceneries: half the day will be walking uphill by the coast with stunning views over the Vigo Bay and the second part will be downhill through peaceful oak forests. You will pass the infamous bridge of Ponte Sampaio, where during the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats and cross several quaint medieval villages.
You are heading for the Parador of Pontevedra in the old town of the Roman built city dedicated to the Virgen Peregrina (the Pilgrim Virgin). Once the residence of the counts of Maceda, this large palace in the heart of the historical center was completely renovated but keeps a noble charm.
In the afternoon, and before dinner in your hotel, take a walk through the well-preserved old quarter of Pontevedra, most of which has been pedestrianized, and visit Santa María la Mayor Basilica, a jewel of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, and La Virgen Peregrina Church, a chapel with a scallop-shaped floor plan and beautiful night lighting.
Hotel: Parador of Pontevedra 4*
day 5 - 22 km - Walk from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Today’s stage is one of the most beautiful of the Portuguese Way and your longest on this route. You will walk through vineyards, small rural hermitage, chestnut groves and eucalyptus forests. About 8km before Caldas de Reis, your destination for the day, make a 500m detour to see Muiñada De Barosa, a beautiful natural enclave with waterfalls and a lovely restaurant.
Your hotel for the night will be a peaceful manor by the river just outside the old town (a taxi will be scheduled). But before you head to the hotel, why not discover why this town is called Caldas=thermal? Follow the signs for the Roman Baths until you reach a public wash-house - try the water it is very hot and great for soaking your feet after a long day’s walk.
This day can also be shorten by spending two nights in Pontevedra and walking 11 km each day with a short transfer back and forth to Pontevedra.
Hotel: Torre do Rio or similar outside Caldas
day 6 - 18 km - Walk from Caldas de Reis to Padrón
Today, the path enters the beautiful Bermaña Valley and its centennial forests towards to the emblematic town of Padrón, place where according to legends, the stone boat containing the remains of the Apostle moored.
Padrón is also famous for their mild green peppers that are sold all over Spain as Pimentos de Padrón and for it's Sunday Market. You will stay in a gorgeous and very luxurious Mansion near the town center.
Hotel: Pazo de Lestrove 4*
DAY 7 - 22 km - WALK FROM PADRÓN TO SANTIAGO!
This is it! Only 22 km separates you from your goal (24 km without the shortcut): the resting place of the Apostle Saint James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino will bring you through charming villages and hamlets as well as 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.
About half-way to Santiago, stop in Pazo do Faramello, probably the most important and beautiful manor house in Galicia, for a guided tour of the gardens (booked for you at 12 pm) and a highly useful short-cut back onto the official way saving you a couple kilometers. Then, finally, from the hills of Agro dos Monteiros, you will get our first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela and start walking into the city of the Apostle.
This day can be cut in two to let you stay in another beautiful Galician Manor in Milladoiro (named after the piles of rocks left on the Camino markers) or you can make it straight to Santiago. 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 you will reach the Plaza del Obradoiro, where the Cathedral will present itself to you, majestic and beautiful. Stop here for a while and breath in this moment, do whatever feels right. You still have a few things to do today, after you check-in at your hotel, the Monastery of San Francisco - a historical 4* hotel with a swimming pool 200m away - get your pilgrim certificate, attend Pilgrim Mass & marvel at the architecture of our beloved City.
Hotel: San Francisco Hotel Monumento 4*
day 8 - Start of your next adventure
A wise pilgrim once told us “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.”
We hope the Camino has brought you whatever you were looking for and wish to see you again soon in Galicia!
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