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Camino Portuguese Stage 2 Group Trip

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Camino Portuguese Stage 2 Group Trip – Mark O’Donnell

Walk the Portuguese Camino Way from Tui to Santiago over 5 Days and then relax and explore the beauty of Santiago for the final 2 days.

Travel Solo But Not Alone 3 (2)

7 nights – B&B from €695pp

€100 Deposit Per Person (Non refundable)

Dates: July 21st – 28th 2023


For hundreds of years pilgrims from across the globe have walked the Camino De Santiago from the various trails across Europe. The Camino, for many, is a journey of self discovery which will leave its travellers with memories to last a lifetime. The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of Saint James, is a series of ancient walking routes, which culminate at the Santiago de Compostela, home to one of the most beautiful cathedrals ever built. Many walk the Camino as a religious pilgrimage but many also embark on this journey for spiritual reasons and to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Join Mark O’Donnell on the final section of the Portuguese Way which takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever. The central Camino Portuguese route is relatively flat and easy to navigate and it is a great alternative to the French Camino. Spend one unforgettable week walking through stunning Galician countryside and villages and exploring fascinating historical towns and cities.



• Self Guided Trip
• 50 spaces
• Walk the Camino with like minded people – great way to make new friends.
• 24/7 Emergency Support
• Walk through the stunning and luscious green landscapes of Galicia
• Enjoy a relatively flat route walking through wooded areas, farmlands, villages and historic towns and cities
• Take in beautiful coastal sights on arrival in Redondela
• Savour delicious oysters and seafood in this region
• Spend free time in the beautiful town of Pontevedra
• Walk through eucalyptus and pine forests
• Spot the many “cruceros” typical Galician monuments along the way
• Enjoy free time to explore Caldas de Reis
• Visit the town of Padrón, a very important historic town on the Camino
• Sample the famous Padrón peppers which grow from May to October
• Receive your “Compostela” pilgrims’ certificate on arrival in Santiago de Compostela
• Explore the city of Santiago with its interesting pilgrim museum and Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela.
• After finishing in Santiago, you can choose the optional excursion to take a day trip to Finisterre from Santiago

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Tui to Santiago with Mark O’Donnell
(102 Km)
7 Nights - B&B
€695 pp

Day 1:

Arrive in Tui

Hotel Stay: Tui

*Airport Transfer Included: Coach transfer departs Santiago Airport at 17.30pm

Day 2:

Morning coach transfer: from Tui to Porrnino for the start of the first day’s walk.

Walk from Porrnino – Redondela (16 Km)

You will have a private transfer from Tui to Porrnino where you can then walk to Redondela. In this stage you will pass through different villages with their chapels, many of them in Romanesque style, such as the chapel of Santa Maria, Santa Eulalia de Mos or Santiaguiño de Antas.  Before arriving in Redondela we have a nice view of the coast and the bridge, Puente de Rande that was built to cross the estuary of Vigo.  This area is well-known for its tasty oysters and seafood.

Afternoon coach transfer: Redondela to Pontevedra

Hotel Stay: Pontevedra (2 Nights)

Day 3:

Morning coach transfer: from Pontevedra to Redondela.

Walk from Redondela to Pontevedra (20 Km)

Today you have a very beautiful stage before us because we’ll see the sea.  Before leaving Redondela you can visit the church of Santiago, which dates back to the 20th century and was restored in the 16th century.  In Pontesampaio you’ll cross a bridge that gives the place its name and where many battles took place during the French occupation.  There you can visit the church of Santa Maria, a fine example of Romanesque architecture in the region.  Free time in the afternoon to visit the beautiful town of Pontevedra.  Most important are the churches of La Peregrina, where there is a statue of the Virgin Mary dressed as a pilgrim, the church of Santa Maria and the Alameda park.

Hotel Stay: Pontevedra

Day 4:

Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis (23 Km)

You leave Pontevedra and our camino runs mainly through eucalyptus and pine forests as the last days. Along today’s stage you´ll see many “cruceros”, a very typical Galician monument related to the “Santa Compaña” which is a deep-rooted mythical belief in rural Galicia that denotes the presence of the dead in the world of the living, you must remember that Galicia is a land of “Meigas” (Meiga means witch in Galician)

Hotel Stay: Caldas de Reis

Day 5:

Walk from Caldas de Reis to Padrón. (19 Km)

Before leaving Caldas you can visit the church of Santa María de Caldas, with influence of Maestro Mateo, author of the Romanesque masterpiece “El Pórtico de la Gloria” in the Cathedral of Santiago.  In the village of Santa Marina de Carracedo you see the church, the parish house and the “hórreos”, typical granaries from Galicia built in wood or stone, raised from the ground by pillars that are mainly used to store potatoes, corn, cereal and to dry meat.

Upon reaching Padrón you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful city, very important in the Camino de Santiago.  According to legend, the stone boat carrying the body of St.James arrived at the port of Padrón and from there the remains were transferred by his disciples to its present location, Santiago de Compostela.

Today this region is also well known for the Padrón peppers which grow from May to October.  They are small peppers fried in olive oil and the interesting thing about them is that some are spicy and some others not.

Hotel Stay: Padrón

Days 6 & 7:

Padrón – Santiago (24 Km)

This is our last stage before reaching our destination.  First we’ll pass by Iria Flavia, ancient episcopal see.  You can visit the church.  Here was born the Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela.

We pass through the villages of A Escravitude, Faramello and Milladoiro before reaching Santiago.

Upon arrival in Santiago, you’ll visit the city, especially the Cathedral and the old town.  In the city there are also interesting museums such as the Cathedral Museum, the Pilgrim Museum or you can visit the roof of the Cathedral. Now you can rest in Santiago for 2 nights after a week’s walking.

Hotel: Santiago (2 Nights)

Day 7 - Optional Excursion: Day trip to Finisterre from Santiago

Finisterre is known as the Edge of the World! Traditionally, this was the last stretch of the Camino and the final 0.0km way marker where pilgrims used to finish their Camino journey and burn their clothes as they admired the spectacular sun sets of World’s End over the Atlantic Ocean. To those that would like to reach the edge of the world in comfort, we have arranged the perfect day trip to Finisterre for you. The group will meet in Santiago and the guided excursion will take you from Santiago de Compostela to the fishing village and Cape, stopping along stunning parts of the Costa da Morte.

Optional Excursion Available at an Additional Cost. Please speak with our Uwalk team for more details.

Hotel: Santiago

Day 8

Free morning in Santiago before your transfer to the airport. Coach transfer will depart your Santiago hotel at approximately 1.30pm to service the Aer Lingus flight departure.

Transfer Included: Coach transfer at approx 1.30pm

For those requiring a later transfer, taxi and public transport is readily available from Santiago. See links below.

Price from €695 per person includes:

  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Breakfast Daily and Dinner on day of arrival
  • Scheduled Airport Transfers* with Aer Lingus flights. *Transfers not supplied for evening Ryanair Flights
  • Baggage transferred daily
  • Daily Coach Pick Up and Drop off transfers for all walking points
  • Walking Notes
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • 24/7 Emergency support in the event of a problem
  • Uwalk – Tour Manager available throughout trip
  • Back up of local Uwalk office for support


Single Supplement: €245


Not included:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks


Recommended Aer Lingus Flights:


Departure: Fri 21 Jul 2023 – EI 742

Depart: 12:55 – DUB – Dublin Airport

Arrive: 16:15 – SCQ – Santiago –Rosalía de Castro Airport


Return: Fri 28 Jul 2023 – EI 743

Depart: 16:55 – SCQ – Santiago – Rosalía de Castro Airport

Arrive: 18:05 – DUB – Dublin Airport



  • Travel Insurance is compulsory. Proof of travel insurance must be supplied to UWalk 8 weeks prior to departure.
  • Single Trip travel insurance can be purchased HERE.
  • Transfers are available on day of arrival at 17.30pm and day of departure at 1.30pm for flights arriving/departing in at the same time as the Aer Lingus flights.
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing. Single rooms are not guaranteed, have limited availability and are available on request.
  • Single Supplement: €245
  • Accommodation is in hotels with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.
  • Final payment is due on May 22nd


Cancellation Policy

Up to 60 days before travel = loss of deposit

60 – 30 days before travel = 50% cancellation charges

30-15 days before travel 75% cancellation charges

Inside 14 days 100% cancellation charges: NO REFUND.


Name Changes

Name changes may be allowed subject to the agreement our suppliers/partners as follows:

Up to 30 days before travel €50.00pp

30 days to 8 days €100.00pp

Inside 7 days no changes.

We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.


Useful links:

Alsa Bus

Santiago Rosalia de Castro Airport

Get there by bus

Get there by Taxi 


Camino Travel Tips

  1. Break in your walking boots and socks to prevent blisters. It is also a good idea to have worn any clothing on long walks before you travel to make sure they are comfortable.
  2. Bring runners or ideally flip flops for evening time to give your feet at chance to breath & recover
  3. Pack a sports bottle & fill it each morning before you leave the hotel at breakfast
  4. Bring spare (dry!) socks in your backpack
  5. Get your pilgrim passport stamped in hotels, shops & restaurants along the Way. You must have walked 100km in order to receive your Compostela certificate of completion, in Santiago.
  6. If you have luggage transport booked with us, put your name on your luggage label and attach it to your case on the first morning. This will enable the driver to identify your bag and its destination each day.
  7. Buy a scallop shell on your first day & attach it to your rucksack
  8. A poncho is fantastic for any wet days to keep you, your clothing & your bag dry
  9. If you run out of battery on your camera / phone along the way, charge it in one of the many restaurants / cafes that you stop at. Just bring your adapter & lead. Or take a charged battery pack with you.


What to pack in your rucksack?

  1. Plasters (incl. blister plasters)
  2. Safety Pins
  3. Sun Cream
  4. Lip Protection
  5. Snacks (Protein Bars, Glucose sweets or take a few pastries from the breakfast buffet!)
  6. Hiking Poles (if required)
  7. Plastic Bags for wet clothing
  8. Spare socks & t-shirt depending on the weather
  9. Water Bottles
  10. Tissues / Wipes
  11. Antibacterial Hand Gel
  12. Camera (Charge your battery fully & make sure you’ve plenty of memory!)
  13. Mobile Phone
  14. Sun Glasses
  15. Pilgrim Passport
  16. Emergency Phone number (on travel documents)
  17. Hotel Voucher & Directions to hotel
  18. Spanish/Portuguese Phrasebook


Useful Blogs:

Walking the Camino – Advice from Chartered Physiotherapist Siobhán Treacey

Training for the Camino de Santiago

A Typical day on the Camino

Staying Hydrated on the Camino

Camino Paperwork


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