This beautiful journey combines Porto and the Douro Valley with your pilgrimage on the Portuguese Way from Barcelos to Santiago de Compostela. The city of Porto is a jewel to be discovered sprayed by the Atlantic Ocean and connected to the picturesque Douro Valley by the river of the same name. The medieval route to Santiago de Compostela takes you along one of the most important Roman roads and has welcomed pilgrims since the 12th century.
We will begin in Porto, visiting the best the city has to offer including the hidden gems and secrets of the city. We reccomend spending at least 2 nights in Porto.
Traveling into the Douro Valley by train is a unique way to see the landscape of this unique area, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. The train will take us to Peso da Régua where you can enjoy a walk through this quaint town and lunch at a unique yet high class restaurant. After lunch we will cruise along the Douro river, passing through one of the locks, on our way to your speical lodging for the night.
Your time in the Douro Valley will include an exclusive visit to one of the finest "quintas" including it's vineyards and a luxury port wine tasting. We will climb up the valley to a beautiful town for a traditional lunch in a rustic atmosphere. A stop at the Mateus Palace will add even more color to your drive to Amarante, a historical town on the Tamego River where you will spend the night. Enjoy a bit of luxury before you begin your pilgrimage.
On our way to Barcelos, the starting point of your pilgrimage, we will stop in the city of Guimaraes. Guimaraes is known as the cradle of Portugal, being the birthplace of the first King of Portugal. You will arrive to your lodging in Barcelos in time to rest and prepare for your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
The Portuguese Route will take you just under 200 kilometers through some of the most beautiful inland areas on the Iberian Peninsula. You can choose to walk or cycle the full stages of the Camino for 10 days to receive your "Accreditation Certificate" when you arrive in Santiago de Compostela or you can opt for a less physical journey yet still take in the ambience of the pilgrimage.
The city of Santiago de Compostela will welcome you with the sound of bagpipes and the extravagant towers of the Cathedral. You will enjoy visiting the historical center of the city, taking advantage of the open air food market and the local gastronomy and wine. Your hotel will wrap you in history and comfort.