Trip Overview

Experience the beauty and tranquility of Spain’s Camino de Santiago on this active eight-day hiking and walking adventure in September 2019 along the famous pilgrim’s trail, the Portuguese Spiritual Way!

Set out from Porto, Portugal, along the less-traveled Portuguese Spiritual Way (a variant of the Camino). Enjoy spectacular views over the ocean from the Foz de Douro Lighthouse and explore the ramparts of the Fortress of Valença do Minho, an ancient river defense. Meet with women carrying on the longstanding traditions of lace and porcelain making. Walk into Tui, Spain, a town dominated by its Gothic Cathedral. From here you’ll set out along the Camino de Santiago route. The mostly-downhill walk to Mos, through lush forests and along the riverside, offers opportunities to connect with the adventurous women sharing your journey through Spain, on foot.

On your way to Arcade, you’ll spot the beautiful Galician church of Santa Eulalia del Monte and the Pazo de los Marquis. Views of the Vigo Bay give way to peaceful oak forests. Stay on medieval castle grounds atop Mount Viso. Explore the beautifully-preserved old quarter of Roman-built Pontevedra with a friend before continuing along a detour unique to the Spiritual Way, a variant of the Camino, which boasts the oldest roots of any of the pilgrimage paths. Unwind and bond with your fellow adventurers as you take a traditional cooking class highlighting the best of Spanish local cuisine.

A visit to the 16th-century Cistercian Monastery of Armenteira provides a wealth of local legends attached to the site. Journey along the Armenteira River, where over 30 medieval water mills still stand. This region, known for its wine, has some of the best Albariño whites in the world. A meal at Michelin-starred Yaya Daporta offers a chance to sample some of these delicious Spanish vintages!

From Cambados, embark on a catamaran cruise following the original path of the Apostle Saint James’s remains, carried via stone boat. You and your friends will delight at stories of the miracles (and terrifying possessions) rumored to have taken place here. After an afternoon walking through charming local hamlets, head to the ancestral home of the Marquis Gonzalo Rivero, a knight of St. James, who will share his homemade Albariño with you.

The next day you reach the ultimate goal of your Camino hiking in Spain: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela! Pass abandoned forts and ancient castles on your way to the destination thousands of pilgrims have reached before. You’ll be awarded certificates by the Pilgrim Office, but the real rewards are the unforgettable experiences, views, and friends you’ve made along the Camino.

Follow an ancient path to new friends and new memories on this unique hiking trip in Spain on the iconic Camino de Santiago!

Main Attractions

  • Hike the less-traveled Portuguese Spiritual Way on the famous Camino de Santiago
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean while you walk this ancient pilgrimage path
  • Experience a traditional cooking class along the way
  • Taste some of the best Albariño white wines in the world
  • Earn your certificate from the Pilgrim Office after reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Boat Cruise
  • Cooking Class
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Porto
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

After settling in at your hotel, head out for a visit to the Ferreira Bodega this afternoon. The Ferreira Bodega is a Port winery founded in 1751. The tour has won awards as one of the best winery tours in the world. Enjoy the tastings!

Enjoy a welcome dinner and a Fado concert to kick off your trip!
Dinner

Overnight: Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel

Day 2

Porto to Tui
Take the morning to explore the town of Porto on your own. Head to the lighthouse in Foz de Douro for a spectacular view (accessible by tramway) over the ocean and take your time to discover the city’s hidden gems like its train station, the Lello library, and its Cathedral.

Afer lunch your own, head to the Fortress of Valença do Minho, whose walls and ramparts dominate the riverside and speak volumes about neighbourly disagreements. The fortress has repelled innumerable Spanish and French invasions since the 13th century. During your visit of the inside of the fortress, you will meet a few women who will tell you about the local craft traditions of lace and porcelain.

Walk just under two miles into the city of Tui, Spain. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Parador Tui

Hiking: 2 Miles

Day 3

Tui
Today’s hike is fairly easy, mostly downhill, and then flat all the way to Mos. Follow the new “Camino Natural” signs which will bring you through forests to a pretty riverbank path and on to the village of O Porriño. From there, continue to the hamlet of Mos where you will be picked up and transferred back to Tui for the night.

Enjoy lunch on your own. You can stop during the hike in one of the several bars along the route or ask you guide for recommendations for restaurants in O Porriño.

After the hike, enjoy some free time to discover more of Tui and enjoy the swimming pool and other facilities of your hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Parador Tui

Hiking: 14 Miles

Day 4

Tui to Sautomaior
From O Porriño, continue your adventure slightly uphill along peaceful forest paths. Pass by some of the most interesting examples of Galician architecture, the church of Santa Eulalia del Monte and the Pazo de los Marquis in the parish of Mos.

Enjoy beautiful views of the city of Vigo and its bay, the Rías Baias, and the Cies Islands (known for having some of the best beaches in the world). After a few hours of walking, you will reach Redondela.

The last part of the trail will be uphill along the coast with stunning views over the Vigo Bay before entering peaceful oak forests. Stop for the day by the infamous bridge of Ponte Sampaio, where during the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats.

Enjoy lunch on your own in Redondela, and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Soutomaior.

Visit the Fortress of Soutomaior this afternoon.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Pousada del Castillo de Soutomaior

Hiking: 11 Miles

Day 5

Sautomaior to Meaño
After a short drive back to Ponte Sampaio, continue your journey through quaint medieval villages walking towards the City of Pontevedra. Enjoy some free time in the center of Pontevedra where you can explore and enjoy a coffee and lunch on your own before continuing your hike to Combarro.

Follow the inland Portuguese Camino for about an hour before reaching the separation point with the Spiritual Variant/the Maritime Way. This detour is relatively new – it was only accepted by the Pilgrim Office in 2013, but has the oldest origins of all Caminos. During the next two days, you will be following the detour towards Vilanova de Arousa, where you will board a Catamaran and follow the final journey of the Apostle.

Along the way, pass the Monastery of San Juan de Poio and finish the walk in the beautiful town of Cambarro, famous for its numerous Horreos (a typical granary on pillars). You will be picked up and transferred to your lovely hotel for the evening.

Enjoy a cooking class at your hotel with a Galician chef. She has written several books and has been on Spanish television!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Quinta de San Amaro

Hiking: 12 Miles

Day 6

Meaño to Cambados
After a short drive to the Monastery of Armenteira, continue your journey inland towards the Rio Ulla. Start the day with a visit of the 16th century Cistercian Monastery of Armenteira, followed by a walk on the relaxing “Ruta da Pedra e da Auga” (the route of rocks and water) along the Armenteira river. This is a lovely section of trail in Galicia; follow a small river in the woodlands and pass more than 30 medieval water mills built to grain flour within two hours. Finish today’s hike at the 16th century stone bridge of Pontearnelas.

Enjoy lunch on your own either at the end of the Ruta de Pedra or in Cambados.

Cambados is considered to be the capital of Albariño, one of the best white wines in the world. Enjoy an Albariño wine tasting and visit the Pazo’s private winery before enjoying a seafood dinner in a delicious restaurant in Cambados.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Pazo a Capitana

Hiking: 8 Miles

Day 7

Cambados to Lestrove
Drive to the harbor in Cambados and board a catamaran for a 90-minute cruise. Following the journey of the stone boat carrying the remains of the Apostle Saint James, you will sail towards Pontecesures next to Iria Flavia. Many miracles are said to have taken place during the crossing of the body of Saint James. Learn about the myths and legends of the region (including dragons, witches, and terrifying soul-seeking processions) from your guide.

Walk a short distance to the town of Padrón, where the stone boat is said to have moored with the body of the Apostle Saint James. The town is also famous for its mild green peppers, so be sure to order them for lunch! Lunch is on your own today.

After a break in Padron, continue your journey through charming villages and hamlets until you reach the Pazo de Faramello, probably one of the most beautiful and important private palaces in Galicia. The Marquis Gonzalo Rivero de Aguilar will show you through his family home and beautiful camellias garden. Gonzalo is a knight of Saint James and is the only person allowed to enter the Cathedral of a horse. Share a glass of his homemade Albariño before returning to Lestrove for the night.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Pazo de Lestrove

Hiking: 9 Miles

Day 8

Lestrove to Santiago de Compostela
After a short drive back to Faramello, the Camino will bring you through the charming Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. You’ll also walk by the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the castle A Rocha Vella and the Chapel of San Martiño. Then, finally, from the hills of Agro dos Monteiros, you will get your first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela, which you will reach by following a pretty river path.

Enter the Old Town, and the Cathedral will present herself to you, beautiful and powerful from the Plaza del Obradoiro. Simply stop here to soak in the moment. Congratulations! You have finished the Camino de Santiago!

Enjoy lunch on your own in Santiago – there are many delightful restaurants nearby!

Learn about the importance of the Camino de Santiago and the history of Saint James. You will be presented with your Compostela, or Certificate of Achievement of the Camino de Santiago given by the Pilgrim Office, followed by the Pilgrim Mass with the Botafumeiro ceremony in the Cathedral of Santiago.

Enjoy a farewell dinner to toast the end of a spectacular adventure. A wise pilgrim once said that “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.” We hope the Camino has helped you find what you were looking for, or that you have found something unexpected along the way!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight:Hotel Monumento San Francisco

Hiking: 7 Miles

Day 9

Depart Spain
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

 

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Traveling to Spain & Portugal



Arrival/Departure Information

September 1 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Porto, Portugal (OPO) on September 1, 2019 before noon.

Depart: Depart Santiago de Compostela, Spain (SCQ) on September 9, 2019.

September 15 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Porto, Portugal (OPO) on September 15, 2019 before noon.

Depart: Depart Santiago de Compostela, Spain (SCQ) on September 23, 2019.

September 28 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Porto, Portugal (OPO) on September 28, 2019 before noon.

Depart: Depart Santiago de Compostela, Spain (SCQ) on October 6, 2019.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Spain, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Spain.

Money

The currency of Spain is the Euro. Visa/MasterCard are generally accepted for purchases over €15. For snacks and lunches that are not included, you should budget €15-20/day. For meals in Porto and on the last day in Santiago, you should budget €50/day.

Suggested Gratuities: All of your guides, drivers, hotel, and restaurant staff are well-paid and no gratuity is required on this trip but if you feel the person has gone the extra mile a small tip is always appreciated.

  • Main guide: €5 to €10 per person per day
  • Drivers: €5 to €10 per person per day
  • Bars: €1 tip for a round of drinks average
  • Restaurants for lunch: €1 per person average

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer).

September 1 Final Payment
Date:
June 3, 2019

September 15 Final Payment
Date: June 17, 2019

September 28 Final Payment
Date:
June 30, 2019

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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Accommodations

Porto A.S. 1829
This charming hotel has brought new life to the historical Papelaria Araújo e Sobrinho, a stationery shop that opened its doors in 1829. Entering the hotel is like taking a trip back in time to the 19th century. Everything in the rooms has been designed to make you feel at home.

Parador Tui
The Parador is in the center of Tui, and is a faithful reproduction of a Galician country house. The hotel is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of the mountains and river. The décor creates an ideal atmosphere in which to relax and get away from it all.

Pousada del Castillo de Soutomaior
Pousada del Castillo de Soutomaior is a small hotel set in landscaped grounds next to an ancient castle, surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. It’s a great place to relax and dine in style and features amazing views of the countryside including the surrounding mountains.

Quinta de San Amaro
The Quinta de San Amaro is a tastefully renovated Galician Manor in Meaño. This picturesque rural house offers access to a swimming pool, a unique walk-in horreo, and has one of the best restaurants in the region.

Pazo a Capitana
Surrounded by vineyards, this restored 15th century house and estate is located nearby the historic centre of Cambados. It offers rustic rooms and extensive gardens with fruit trees and a winery. Enjoy the spacious terrace, ponds, and streams on the grounds.

Paze de Lestrove
This emblematic 16th-century building, a recreational mansion that used to belong to Compostela’s archbishops, was erected on a walled plot of land with woodland and gardens. It is a short walk from the historic town of Padrón.

Hotel Monumento San Francisco
Located a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, right in Santiago de Compostela’s historic city center, this hotel has the tranquility and silence of an 18th- century Franciscan convent combined with all the services and comforts of a 4-star hotel.

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

The weather in mid-September should be sunny and pleasantly warm during the day and cool at night. The temperature can be fairly unpredictable, with cool and rainy weather one week and temperatures in the 90s the next week. Historically, the average low is 53°F and the average high is 72°F.

You are allowed one checked bag with a maximum weight of 55 pounds and you should carry a day pack. The best clothing for the Camino is made of wicking materials which dry quickly, such as synthetic materials or merino wool.

Avoid cotton as it takes much longer to dry and does not wick sweat away from the body.

Clothing and Gear

  • 1 small suitcase/duffel bag
  • 1 day pack with rain cover
  • 1-1.5 liter water bladder or two water bottles
  • Medium-weight, waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 4-5 pairs wool hiking socks
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 GoreTex, waterproof rain jacket
  • 1 pair GoreTex, waterproof rain pants
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear (quick dry recommended)
  • Sleepwear
  • Trekking poles (must be in checked baggage on flights, so be sure they collapse and fit into your luggage)

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • 2 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686