CAMINO PORTUGUÉS - EL CAMINO DIVINO

 

   days: 12

   nights: 12

   walking distance: 158 kilometers (98 mi)

   value: 3.500 € per person in double occupancy rooms      

    single supplement: 500 €

 

DESCRIPTION

In the special year of the Centennial of the Apparitions of our Lady of Fatima we designed a special Portuguese Camino. We’ll travel from the glamorous Lisbon to the romantic Oporto, and after a unforgettable lunch we’ll head to Ponte de Lima. From this ancient place, we will travel across bridges and millenarian paths, magic woods and remote villages. In Fatima, surrounded by the quietness and peace of the Altar of the World, a very special and unique place await...



 
INCLUDED
•24 hours per day English-speaking guide assistance
•12 nights in stellar accommodations
•12 dinners and all breakfasts
•2 Guided visits - Santiago de Compostela and Fátima
Support vehicle provided during the entire tour
•Ground transportation
Luggage Transfer between accommodations during the walking tour
•Mobile phones with Portuguese/Spanish line
Pilgrims Kit
Botafumeiro Ceremony
Photos of the entire Tour
Celebration Dinner
 







 
ITINERARY
The Camino Portugués - El Camino Divino is walked during a 12 day period.
In one journey we will meet two nations, two languages, two cultures, two gastronomies, but, the same kind of hospitality… it´s unique. Through the Roman Road - Via XIX we´ll cross immemorial bridges, woods and magical forests, as well as the mystical vines where the precious nectars we will taste along the way are cropped. A journey of sensations, fruit of the fusion between historical paths, mythical Cathedrals, unique gastronomy’s and remarcable nectars.
Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.
 

DAY 1 – Lisbon – Porto – Ponte de Lima
We’ll meet at 8am in the lobby of our hotel in Lisbon to head the romantic city of Porto, in the North of Portugal. After a very special lunch and a unique guided visit, we’ll head to the ancient Ponte de Lima.

Accommodations in Ponte de Lima
 
DAY 2 – Ponte de Lima – Rubiães - 1st Stage – 18.5 km or 11.5 mi 
Crossing the ancient Roman Bridge over the Lima River, we´ll understand why it was once called the the River of Hell and Oblivion. We’ll walk over the 19th Roman Road always escorted by Roman Legionares and surrounded by vineyards and bucolic small streams.

Accommodations in Ponte de Lima

DAY 3 – Rubiães – Valença do Minho - 2nd Stage – 20 km or 10.5 mi   
Today’s goal is the amazing  12th /13th Century Valença do Minho granite Fortress, blessed with amazing views over  the impressive Minho River. Medieval bridges, vineyards, leafy native woods and a unique 2nd century Roman Miliario will make this day unforgettable.

Accommodations in Valença do Minho

DAY 4 – Valença do Minho – Porriño - 3rd Stage – 19,5 km 11.8 mi
To cross the border between Portugal and Spain we won’t need a passport. You just need to keep all your senses sharped to enjoy the spectacular crossing of the Romanesque 19th century International Bridge and then, to enjoy the charm of the romantic old town of Tuy.

Accommodations in Valença do Minho

DAY 5 – Porriño – Redondela - 4th Stage – 15.7 km or 9.95 mi
From Porriño we head to Mós with its so characteristic Santa Eulalia’s Church and its imposing Pazo dos Marqueses. Before our day ends at the Casa da Torre, a Renaissance manor house of the 16th century, in the heart of the well taken care old town of Redondela, we’ll be able to find another ancient Roman Miliario…

Accommodations in Pontevedra

DAY 6 – Redondela – Pontevedra - 5th Stage – 19.8 km or 11.8 mi
Today, the fabulous panoramic views of the Vigo River, the important Ponte Sampaio’s Bridge and the arrival in Pontevedra, the Pilgrim City will fill up our day. The historic old town, the ancient connection to the Camino and its architecture will make us come back!

Accommodations in Pontevedra

DAY 7 – Pontevedra – Caldas de Rey - 6th Stage – 21.9 km or 13.6 mi
After crossing the bridge over the Lérez River we’ll enter a magnificent and long grove, where the oaks, ferns, lichens and vineyards of Albariño dominate. Family of white German Riesling grape variety type, it’s the ideal day to realize the differences between both...

Accommodations in a magical place in Caldas de Rey

DAY 8 – Caldas de Rey – Padrón - 7th Stage – 18.65 km or 11.49 mi
We have before us a fluid stage, through oak forests, corn fields, magnificent Cruceros and majestic Hórreos, ending in Padrón, a mythical place of the Camino. According to the legend it was here that the disciples of St. James landed his martyred body.

Accommodations in a magical place in Caldas de Rey

DAY 9 – Padrón – Milladoiro - 8th Stage – 18.2 km or 11.2 mi
It´s a stage where we can’t help but to relive the risky moments experienced by Teodoro and Atanasio, with the body of St. James, to roam these paths to Campus Stellae and relive an odyssey that evokes wild bulls, bishops, a Queen and the restless spirit of man in achieving a higher objective.

Accommodations in Milladoiro

DAY 10 – Milladoiro – Santiago - 9th Stage – 6.4 km or 4.35 mi
Today, we walk in Santiago de Compostela!
Over the historical stones of the magical old town of Santiago we’ll be embraced by the sound of bagpipes… Maybe, it’s time let the words for another moment...
After attending to the Botafumeiro Ceremony at the Pilgrim Mass we’ll meet again to enjoy a guided visit and a very special celebration surprise dinner!

Accommodations in Santiago de Compostela

DAY 11 – Santiago to Fátima
We’ll leave Santiago in the morning and head to the Fatima´s shrine around lunch time. Free afternoon.

Accommodations in a unique and very special place in Fátima.

DAY 12 – Fátima
In the morning we’ll have a guided visit to the Fatima’s Shrine, the Shepard’s Houses and a Apparition site. 
Free afternoon.

Accommodations in a unique and very special place in Fátima.

 

Ultreia y Suseia Tours has selected a combination of country manors houses, boutique-hotels, and ancient monasteries. We personally selected inns that provide a high quality of service, personalized attention, exquisite meals, comfortable rooms and a very special location. All rooms have their own private bathrooms and wi-fi connection. Pilgrims are always honored guests.

In Spain, the food and the wine hold a sacred place in each day. We are very fond of fresh local ingredients, local recipes and glorious wines. We’ve chosen the best locations to savor the distinct flavors of Spain while enjoying unique atmospheres and environments. Our checkpoints along the Camino provide healthy snacks, fruit, water and cold drinks. We love to surprise our pilgrims along the way. Lunches are on your own to give you the freedom of choice and allow for a leisurely daily schedule.
Dinners are celebrated in the peacefulness of our inns and have been chosen for their exquisite menu, variety, atmosphere, and service. All breakfast and dinners are included.

You are on vacation and set your own daily walking pace. You can choose a contemplative walk alone, a conversational walk with other pilgrims, or you are always welcome to hitch a ride with our support van driver if you prefer a break from walking. It is a time to relax and allow yourself to find your personal path and pace. We strongly suggest that our Pilgrims stop to smell the roses, have a drink in a café with a new friend and enjoy the real Camino de Santiago spirit. We’ll always be there for you. Come join us!