The Portuguese Camino, from Porto to Santiago

April 28th - May 8th 2025

VALENÇA DO MINHO

PORTUGAL

Beginning at UNESCO’s World Heritage site Porto, we visit the Sé Cathedral to learn of the history and importance of the Portuguese Way and just how the Jacobean culture influenced this route over the centuries.

We cross from Portugal to Spain, setting out from one of the true gems of military architecture, the fortress of Valença do Minho, to tread in the lush green corridor of Rías Baixas, home of the famous white grape varietal Albariño.

Our journey will follow parts of the 1st century Roman road Via XIX linking Braga, in northern Portugal to Astoria in Leon, where we will discover contrasts of rural life with natural landscapes, hot springs, forests, paths, medieval bridges, Roman milestones, crossroads, rivers and oak groves.

We walk through towns with fascinating history such as Tui, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón and finish our journey in Santiago de Compostela.

This route facilitates for those who want to walk the whole 100km but also for those who wish to walk just a small part each day and enjoy time at the beautiful hotels in the itinerary.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

♥ Guided visit of the 12th century Sé Cathedral, Porto

♥ Visit the legendary parish church of Padron with an altar of Roman origin, not far from the arrival point of the maritime transfer of the body of St. James

♥ Walk along some of the original Via XIX Roman road

♥ Immerse in the local food culture paired with wines from the region

♥ Dinner at Pepe Vieira’s Ultramar restaurant with wine pairing, Pontevedra

♥ Tasting of wines to be found along the Camino

♥ Guided tour of the city of Santiago de Compostela

♥The Pilgrims’ mass at the Santiago Cathedral with the Botafumeiro

♥ Farewell dinner in the 15th century Parador de Santiago de Compostela

♥ Optional holy communion in the Santa Susana Church for our pilgrims

♥ Receive “Compostela“ certificate for completion of last 100 kms

MEET YOUR HOSTS

NANCY MEAD lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in French and Art. Married to an Episcopal priest for 52 years, she is the mother of two children and the doting grandmother of four. After two careers in the fashion industry and florist business, Nancy took up trekking at age 50. She has walked four different routes of the El Camino and has walked the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome amongst many other routes – over 7000 miles in total. She is also a keen gardener! 

EDIE MORRILL lives in North Bergen, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Portland State University with a BS in Psychology and a Master’s in Public Administration. After graduation, she held executive positions in finance and administration for MoMA, two architectural firms and worked for General Motors Asset Management, where she held various management positions in asset management operations and risk management. In 2017, after retirement, she joined the board of Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago, where she currently serves as Treasurer. 

JOANNA WIVELL

Originally from Yorkshire, UK, Joanna Wivell has always felt a natural attraction to Spain. She lived in Madrid for 19 years, where she first worked in television for the lifestyle channel, Canal Estilo, and then the National Geographic Channel. For the last 16 years, she has been showing visitors Spain with a personal, insider’s view through her company’s Insider’s Travel. Joanna has enjoyed walking on her travels through South America and in Europe. She has a love for flamenco dancing, languages and connecting visitors to Spain.

GALLERY
The Portuguese Camino

WHAT'S INCLUDED

1 night at the Lodge Hotel, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto 5*
 1 night at the Pousada de Valença, Valença do Minho 4*
1 night at the Parador de Baiona, Baiona 4*
2 nights at the Parador de Pontevedra, Pontevedra 4*
1 night at the Torre do Río, Caldas del Reis 3*
2 nights at the Pazo Le Strove, Padrón 4*
2 nights at the Parador Santiago de Compostela 5*
Private transport by luxury coach
Tour host
Breakfast daily; 10 dinners with wine (all lunches at own expense along the way)
Visits & activities as specified
A $200 USD donation to the Friends of the Anglican Centre in Santiago de Compostela
All applicable taxes
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Not included : Airfare & flights; any meals not mentioned above; travel insurance, gratuities for guides
Price:  €5500  per person
Single Supplement: €950
Deposit:  €650 per person

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