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Camino Portuguese Stage 2 – Travel Solo Not Alone

About This Walk

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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.

7 nights B&B 

€150 Deposit Per Person (Non refundable)

Group Departures: 

May 19th – 26th

June 9th – 16th

September 2nd – 9th

 

Join a group of Irish walkers 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. Enjoy a meet and greet on arrival and be transferred to your hotel where you will join your group for a welcome dinner. Listen to a briefing from our local guide who will explain about the week ahead and the walks you will embark on. Set off on your self guided Camino journey and travel solo but not alone, getting to know your fellow travellers and like minded new friends along the way. 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.

 

Highlights: 

• Guided or Semi Guided Trip with Meet & Greet on Arrival & Local Guide Briefing
• 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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7 Nights - B&B - Tui to Santiago
(102 Km)
May 19th, June 9th, Sept 2nd
€749 pp

Dates:

Group Departure Dates: 

May 19th – 26th

June 9th – 16th

September 2nd – 9th

Day 1:

Arrive in Tui

Hotel Stay: Tui

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

Day 2:

Tui – Private transport to 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.

Your accommodation will be in Redondela or Cesantes.

Day 3:

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.

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)

You’ll go through villages like Santa María de Alba and Agudelo, where you can visit the church of San Martín, dated to the 13th century. Free time in the afternoon to have a walk around Caldas de Reis.

Day 5:

Caldas de Reis -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.

Day 6

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 weeks walking.

Day 6

Free day to explore Santiago de Compostela.

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 €749 per person sharing  includes:

  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Fully Guided or Semi Guided*
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Welcome dinner on evening of arrival with briefing from local guide about the week and walks ahead.
  • Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Scheduled Arrival Airport Transfers* with Aer Lingus 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
  • Airport Departure Transfer

*Guides – Dependant on group size.

Note:

  • Transfers are only available on day of arrival for Aer Lingus flights
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing.
  • Accommodation is in 2/3 star hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

 

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
  • *Transfers not supplied for Ryanair evening Flights

 

€150 Deposit Per Person (Non refundable)

Single Supplement of €240 Applies

Departs: 

May 19th – 26th

June 9th – 16th

September 2nd – 9th

 

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.

Single Supplement of €240 Applies

Group Departures: 

May 19th – 26th

June 9th – 16th

September 2nd – 9th

 

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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