Join one of our guided group tours. Start walking from Portugal’s fortress border town of Valença into Galicia, filled with traditional villages, ancient cities, stunning scenery and delicious food and wine.

If you want to walk the Camino but don’t want to do it alone, join one of our fixed date group tours. Walking the Way of St. James as part of a group enables you to share the whole experience with new-found friends and create memories that you can enjoy reminiscing over together. With between 7 and 15 people, there is likely to be a mixed level of fitness within the group but your guide and our additional vehicle support means that no one gets left behind or needs to worry about holding others back. All you need to do is come prepared to take on the challenge.
For groups of six or more, we can create a special programme to suit your specific requirements and dates.If you’re planning to walk as a family, group of friends or as part of an organisation, simply get in touch and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Start your Portuguese Way in the border town of Valença where you can explore the old town inside the fortress and admire the views of Portugal’s Minho region before walking across the iron bridge into Spain. Valença’s former rival, Tui, offers a pleasant introduction to Galicia and its tradition of serving tapas with drinks. Use our recommended detours to stay amid green countryside and look out for the floating mussel farms in the Ria de Vigo lagoon as you approach Redondela. More forest paths lead into the city of Pontevedra, where you can relax in one of the many squares and enjoy a tapa of seafood or Padrón peppers. In the medieval town of Padrón itself, take time to explore the strong connection with St. James before continuing your journey to Santiago de Compostela.

DURATION 8 days – 7 nights
DISTANCE 118 km in 6 stages
DATES Group 1 – 22 to 29 April 2017
Group 2 – 16 to 23 September 2017
MINIMUM OF PEOPLE 7
INCLUDED
7 Nights accommodation with breakfast
Support vehicle for Luggage transfers and support during the walk
Telephone support for emergencies
Luggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
Pilgrim kit: passport (credencial) and shell (vieira)
Roadbook of the Way with tips and information (in English)
NOT INCLUDED
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary), optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature
PRICES
Per person in twin/double bedroom: 590 euros
Supplement for single accommodation: 145 euros

Notes

We reserve the right to cancel the group tour, informing the participants a minimum of 30 days in advance.

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Arrival

Free day in Valenca
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 1: Valença - O Porriño(19 km / 11.8 miles)

Cross the International Bridge over the River Minho into Spain and visit the medieval town of Tui. Our recommended detour cuts out O Porriño’s industrial zone, allowing you to spend most of your day amid forests and fields.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
3

Stage 2: O Porriño - Arcade (22 km / 13.6 miles)

Make your way through a series of villages and up through the pine forest of Chan das Pipas. You’ll get glimpses of the Ria de Vigo estuary on the descent into Redondela, where the central and coastal routes merge. End the day in the small riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 3: Arcade - Pontevedra (13 km / 8 miles)

One of the shortest and most pleasant sections on the Way takes you on ancient stone paths through the woods and along the River Tomeza, surrounded by trees and birdsong. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a pedestrianised maze of atmospheric squares with plenty of tapas bars.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 4: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 km / 13.6 miles)

Although fairly long, the journey to Caldas to Reis is not difficult and mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Soothe your tired feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 5: Caldas de Reis - Padron (18 km / 11.2 miles)

The stage begins with gentle climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried. Explore Padrón’s historical centre before continuing to your hotel.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 6: Padron - Santiago (23 km / 14.3 miles)

The final leg of your Camino is mostly through rural settings with a reasonable amount of shade. The last few kilometres are the toughest but as the sign at the ancient bridge over River Sar says, “Don’t Stop Now!” Enter the medieval hub of Santiago and end your journey at the magnificent cathedral.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

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