St George's Walks the Camino
The Portuguese Way, from Porto to Santiago

September 15th - 25th 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

♥ Holy Communion in the Santa Susana Church for our pilgrims

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

MEET YOUR HOSTS

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.

BISHOP CARLOS LÓPEZ LOZANO 

He is the Episcopal Bishop of Spain, an indigenous national church & proud member of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Carlos studied theology at the United Evangelical Theological Seminary in Madrid & recently published an article on the history of the church in Spain with the Sorbonne.  He has been the Episcopal Bishop of Spain since 1995 & was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Bishop is also a wonderful architectural historian, flamencologist and gourmet cook.

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 Lestrove, Padrón 4*
2 nights at the Parador Santiago de Compostela 5*
Private transport by luxury coach with checkpoints along the route
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:  $5,795  per person
Single Supplement: $950
Non-refundable Deposit:  $650 per person

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