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  • Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour

A Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour

The Way from Portugal to Spain

  • Discover two fascinating countries with their own cultures, cuisines and traditions in one amazing trip
  • Experience handpicked sections of the Camino leading to Santiago, where pilgrims arrive from across the world
  • Savor Galicia's unique gastronomy and culture, from port to ancient Druids and centuries of pilgrimage history
  • Explore Spain's wild and scenic Cíes Islands, home to breathtaking gold-sand beaches

It's a place of journey. Of transformation. Hike along the border between two countries. Discover tiny Spanish villages with surprising Celtic ties. Gaze out over the immense and powerful sea. Sip refreshing vinho verde, which pairs perfectly with the fresh seafood we sample along the coast. Join pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Find your path.

Portugal and Spain walking tour map

Itinerary

Day 1 Meet in Porto, a World Heritage city with a colorful history | Journey to Vitorino dos Piães and hike a section of the Caminho Português (Portuguese Way) | Relish lunch at a traditional quinta (farm).

Day 2 Venture through eucalyptus woodland in the Labruja Mountains | Green hills, forests and rural villages provide a tranquil backdrop en route to Rubiães | Taste Portuguese wines in our hotel's private cellar.

Day 3 Hike to the top of Monte Santa Tecla for views of the Minho estuary | Travel to Spain and walk to circular castros, remains of an ancient settlement | In atmospheric A Guarda, try the local zamburiñas (scallops) | Walk a section of the Coastal Camino, savoring panoramic vistas of the rugged coastline on your way to the stunning Oia Monastery | Soak up the charm of Baiona's fishing port and historic quarter.

Day 4 Journey by private boat to explore Cíes Island Nature Reserve, one of Spain's most spectacular national parks | Relax on white-sand beaches or walk across pristine Monteagudo Island.

Days 5-6 Enjoy the lively pilgrimage atmosphere along the Camino Francés (French Way) en route to Santiago de Compostela | Tour the old quarter of beautiful Santiago | Enter the magnificent cathedral with hundreds of pilgrims—a memorable way to cap off your trip!

Highly recommend this part of Portugal and Spain! Amazing trip! It was a true taste of the Camino de Santiago led by our wonderful Backroads guides.
R & J - Saint Louis, MO

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Walking the Camino

Although we'll be walking along parts of the Camino de Santiago, it's important to note that our experience will be quite different from that of its Compostela-seeking pilgrims, who are required to walk at minimum the last 100 kilometers into Santiago—often along stretches of busy highway—and who typically stay in simple dormitories. This trip allows us to experience the essence and highlights of the Camino and surrounding landscape in comfort, with the region's best hotels, gourmet meals and excellent route support each day.
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Carmo's Boutique Hotel

Carmo's Boutique Hotel

Ponte de Lima, Portugal (2 nights)

At this chic and intimate boutique hotel—set in lush surroundings above the Lima River Valley—you'll feel like you're the guest at a luxurious private home. (pool, spa)

Parador de Baiona

Parador de Baiona

Baiona, Spain (1 night)

Originally the castle of the Conde de Gondomar, this grand parador holds a spot in history as the first observation site of La Pinta as it approached Spanish soil with news of the New World. (pool)

Hotel A Quinta da Auga

Hotel A Quinta da Auga

Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2 nights)

Pure luxury and tranquility await at this elegant 18th-century estate, situated in a park-like setting near the Sar River. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

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Highly recommend this part of Portugal and Spain! Amazing trip! It was a true taste of the Camino de Santiago led by our wonderful Backroads guides.

 
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Everything about the trip was outstanding

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from Northwest Montana

Comments about A Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour:

The hikes were very scenic, varied and imaginative. There were many options for length of hike and difficulty to suit everyone. The lunch sites and the food were fantastic, as were the dinners as well. The guides were very knowledgeable and able to answer just about any question, but they also gave us opportunities for quiet hiking. The accommodations were first rate; very unique and special places. As stated in the headline, everything about the trip was outstanding.

 
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Portugal trip is highly recommended.

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from North Texas

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Guides were excellent, inns were lovely, food was great, hikes were tailorable to your personal preference.

 
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Incredibly diverse trip

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from California

Comments about A Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour:

I have been on a handful of Backroads trips before and the Camino de Santiago was my favorite. Some highlights for me were Day 3 when we hiked up to Santa Tecla down to lunch in the seaside town of A Guarda, Day 4's hike up the lighthouse on the Cies Islands; incredible scenery! I also enjoyed Santiago de Compostela as the historic center has a lot of character. As a seafood lover, this trip had no shortage of fresh delights. Highly-recommended trip for anyone that wants to see a different side of Portugal and Spain.

 
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Another Wonderful Trip with Backroads

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Once again Backroads was excellent to travel with. The registration process was fabulous. Our guides, the route...EVERYTHING was wonderful. I have taken 5 trips now and everything has always been perfect. And the other guests were wonderful too. Thank you for making sure they were great also. :-)

 
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A wonderful exposure to the area!

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Great variety of experiences; everything was well-organized; unforeseen issues (heat, fires) were handled very smoothly. This was a great way to experience the scenery, culture, history and cuisine of the area.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 400 6* 400 9* 500
2 3* 200 5* 800 7* 1700 11 1800
3 4* 200 5* 700 7* 900 10* 1100
4 4* 400 5* 700 8* 1100 9* 1200
5 3* 200 6* 400 9* 800
6 2 300 4 600
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes level to rolling sections of the Camino de Santiago, forest trails and dirt, cobblestone and paved roads.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Camino de Santiago

More Leaders to Support You

On our Camino de Santiago trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Camino de Santiago trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Camino de Santiago that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings Camino de Santiago has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ

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