A Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour
The Way from Portugal to Spain
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, perfectly paired with the fresh seafood we sample along the coast. Join pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Find your path.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Portugal & Spain
Start Porto, Portugal / End Santiago de Compostela, Spain or Porto, Portugal
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- 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, like pulpo a feira, and culture, from ancient Druids to centuries of pilgrimage history
- Explore Spain’s wild and scenic Cíes Islands, a national park and home to breathtaking gold-sand beaches
6 Days Premiere Hotels
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) | Linger over lunch at a traditional quinta (farm) | Venture through eucalyptus woodland in the Labruja Mountains | Green hills, forests and rural villages provide a peaceful backdrop en route to Rubiães | Listen to the passionate melodies and lyrics of fado, traditional Portuguese music.
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. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Travel to Spain and hike to the hilltop ruins of circular stone castros, remains of an ancient Celtic settlement | From the summit of Monte Santa Tecla, take in views of the Minho River estuary | In atmospheric A Guarda, try the tasty local zamburiñas (scallops) | Walk a stunning coastal section of the Camino, savoring panoramic vistas of Galicia's rugged western seaboard | Soak up the charm of Baiona's fishing port and historic quarter.
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)
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 | Enjoy the lively wayfaring 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!
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)
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. View cancellation policy
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip includes level to rolling sections of the Camino de Santiago, forest trails and dirt, cobblestone and paved roads.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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.
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. Also keep in mind that as we are walking on the Camino, many parts of this historic pilgrimage are on paved paths, back roads or cobblestones. You can expect about half of the walking to be on a hard surface.
Parador de Baiona and Hotel A Quinta da Auga are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that these hotels are equipped with bio-friendly air-cooling systems that may not be as cold as you are used to in other locations. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.