El Kinder Portugués
11 days & 10 nights
The Last 118 KMs to Santiago
Come join us on our kinder version of the Camino Portugués! We'll enjoy the same charming scenery of the Iberian Peninsula, but at a lighter, gentler pace. Our good friend, the yellow arrow, will keep us company as we cross over the River Miño and enter into Spain. Our Camino also takes us through the town of Padrón, where Santiago's stone boat brought him back to Spain.
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Camino de Santiago with Fresco Tours Highlights What's Included
- Experience and expertise: Your two bilingual guides that accompany the tour are either Spanish or live in Spain year round. This is our home and we love to share it with you!
- Fabulous food: All your meals (B,L,D) are included, so you only need to worry about enjoying the trail! Weather permitting; our gourmet picnics showcase the freshest of local flavors.
- Unique accommodations: Charming restored manor homes and 3-4 star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort, and location.
- La Compostela: Our itinerary qualifies you for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival to Santiago.
- Semi-independent tour: You choose! Walk alone with the assurance that we'll take care of you or enjoy the company of others and your knowledgeable guides.
- Van supported: No need to carry a heavy pack - let us do the lifting while you do the walking.
El Kinder Portugués Itinerary Download 2017 PDF
We welcome the group in the afternoon in Porto, which sits on the banks of the "River of Gold", the Rio Douro. After a quick Orientation Meeting on our Kinder Portuguese Camino, our local historian will take us on a guided tour of this splendid city. We finish our day with a fine meal...and perhaps a glass of port wine! (D)
Porto to Ponte de LimaAccommodations: Ponte de Lima / Walking: 6KMs or 4 miles
Today we hop on the bus and head to the quiet countryside of Portugal. We have lunch and then lace up our boots to take our first steps on the Camino! Our short walk, mostly downhill, will be a good way to stretch our legs for the days ahead. We finish in the lovely river valley town of Ponte de Lima. (B, L, D)
Valença to OrbenlleAccommodations: Tui / Walking 12KMs or 7 miles
From the fortress town of Valença, we cross over the River Miño and enter into Spain. As both Portugal and Spain are European Union members, the only passport you'll need is your Pilgrim's Passport, but remember that the word for stamp will change from carimbo to sello. Once across the border, we admire the 12th century Santa Maria Cathedral in Tui. (B, L, D)
Orbenlle to MosAccommodations: Tui / Walking: 15 KMs or 9 miles
In the morning, we pass through O Porriño, a town known for its unique city hall architecture and its prized granite cutting mills. We continue on to Mos, where the Louro River and the quiet Galician countryside keep us company before returning for another lovely evening in Tui. (B, L, D)
Mos to ArcadeAccommodations: Pontevedra / Walking: 17 KMs or 10 miles
Today we get the blood pumping with a good climb up to the Monte de Santiago de Antas, where we find another Roman mile marker to remind us that we are getting closer. The Camino then takes us to Redondela. Here we get our first glimpse of the Estuary of Vigo, where mussels and scallops are farmed on floating barges! (B, L, D)
Arcade to PontevedraAccommodations: Pontevedra / Walking: 13KM or 8 miles
Our walk takes us by the beautiful stone arches of the old Ponte Sampaio, the scene of an important town battle against Napoleonic troops in 1809. Back in Pontevedra for the evening, we must stop in and get a stamp at La Peregrina, the 18th century chapel whose floor is in the shape of a scallop shell! (B, L, D)
Pontevedra to El Parque Natural de Ria BarosaAccommodations: Caldas de Rei / Walking: 18KMs or 11 miles
Leaving the city of Pontevedra, we quickly return to nature, crossing through quiet, wooded paths where we come to the granite Cross of Amonisa with the carved figure of Santiago facing our destination. We finish our day in Caldas de Reis, whose natural thermal springs have made this a place to soak your weary feet for thousands of years. (B, L, D)
El Parque Natural de Ria Barosa to San MiguelAccommodations: Padrón / Walking: 18KMS or 11 miles
Wander along the Camino through one of Galicia's best treasures today: the pleasant vineyards that produce the Rias Baixas region's most popular white wine, Albariño. A favorite story, but with little truth, is that the Albariño grape was brought to the region by German pilgrims on their way to Santiago. While its true origin remains a mystery, its flavor continues to captivate many. (B, L, D)
San Miguel to Rua de FrancosAccommodations: Padrón / Walking: 18KMS or 11 miles
Padrón (or pedrón - Galician for big stone) pays homage to the famous rock where the boat that contained Saint James was moored to upon its arrival from Jerusalem after he had been martyred. Padrón is also famous in culinary circles for its little green peppers, some which are hot and others that are not. (B, L, D)
Rua de Francos to Santiago de CompostelaAccommodations: Santiago de Compostela / Walking: 12 KMs or 7 miles
8 days, 118 kilometers, and we have arrived in Santiago de Compostela. Congratulations! You are going to love this magical city filled with fantastic monuments and a lively buzz from the international pilgrims and university students that fill its medieval streets. After requesting our Compostela certificates at the Pilgrims' Office, we head to our hotel and get ready for our evening celebratory dinner! (B, L, D)
Santiago de CompostelaThe End
After a buffet breakfast, our local historian gives us a closer look at the amazing Cathedral that has seen so many transformations since the original chapel built in the 9th century. After the tour, we sadly say our last "buen camino" as we leave you at the Cathedral in time for the Pilgrims' Mass at noon. (B)
The Compostela & the Camino de Santiago Tour
This itinerary gives you the opportunity to walk the last 100KM into Santiago. This is a requirement needed to request the compostela, the certificate granted by the church of Santiago upon the completion of the pilgrimage. It is not mandatory, however, to walk 100km (60 miles) to participate in this Fresco Tour. As with all our trips, your walk is accompanied by a support van and shorter walk options are available on a daily basis.
* Please note: This itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals and other occurrences.