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Camino de Santiago: From Porto to Santiago de Compostela

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  • 7 nights | 25 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Guided from: €2500
  • Self-guided from: €1585
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

The coastal variation of the Portuguese Camino will take you from Porto to Santiago de Compostela on a bike tour by the medieval and romantic cities of the north of Portugal and Galiza.

Always accompanied by the ocean, this is a less steep track than the Central Camino. The medieval Camino is an epic journey-turned-bike-tour that started in the 9th Century with the discovery, in Galiza, of the remains of St. James. In 1325, the Portuguese queen Isabel made a pilgrimage to Santiago following a route very similar to the one that today is marked with yellow arrows, crossing the then recently built Barcelos bridge.

Now it's your time to trail the Way of St James.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival and transfer from Porto airport
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Ipanema Park Hotel or riverside Pestana World Heritage hotel (included in the "premium" option), located in the Ribeira, the city’s iconic living postcard. You have a free afternoon to visit the beautiful and cozy city of Porto, rich with history and monuments like the Clérigos Tower and the D. Luis Bridge. The old quarters of Baixa with its local shops, restaurants and pastry shops, Ribeira a quarter by the river Douro, facing the wine cellars of the Port wine, full with the city’s traditions and historical connection to the wine and the wine country of the Douro. Shopping areas such as Santa Catarina and Aliados Avenue. Not to miss are the great restaurants around town with some of the tastiest food in the country.

Day 2: Porto – Ofir (40 or 32 miles/65km or 52km)
After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Porto Cathedral from where you’ll begin your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, cycling the Camino. In Sé Cathedral, you can enter and pick-up your pilgrim passport, that you can ask to be stamped in several hotels and restaurants as you go through the Camino.

From Sé, you’ll start your adventure through the city, descending Sé Velha and Mouzinho da Silveira street, to Porto’s riverside, cycling by the cycle paths alongside the Douro river, until you get to Leça da Palmeira (option to start in Leça da Palmeira, shortening the day's stage to 52 km). From here on, you'll start following the yellow arrows north along Portugal's coastline.

From Leça da Palmeira, the Camino will be a mix of cycle paths, paved roads, and walkways all the way until you reach the historical city of "Vila do Conde" and the beach resort and fishermen's town of "Póvoa do Varzim" – both of which offer good stops for lunch. After "Póvoa do Varzim," keep riding by small fishermen's villages until you reach Fão, where you'll turn left towards the ocean once more and the pine tree forested area of Ofir.

Day 3: Ofir – Caminha (22 miles/35km)
After breakfast at the hotel, start your day riding north, crossing the river to Esposende and alongside the Cávado river – then, start going inland, through the quaint villages of the north of Portugal.

At the 15th km, you'll start climbing and enter a more technical trail until you cross a very narrow bridge across the Neiva river – another climb will follow until you reach Viana do Castelo, across the river, where you will be able to see the "Santa Luzia" church on top of the sierra nearby. The historical city center is a good option to stop for lunch and visit.

After Viana, keep riding north by inland, by the Sierra – some urban single tracks and ancient paved roads will follow, until you reach "Vila Praia de Âncora," from where you'll ride by the Ecopista, by the shoreline, until you reach your hotel.

Day 4: Caminha – Vigo (40 miles/65km)
Leave Caminha by Ferry boat (there's one every hour, except on Monday), towards "A Guarda," entering Spain. The initial part of the day offers no big climbs, just ups and downs, until you reach Bayona, a beautiful coastal town. Meanwhile, enjoy the medieval villages across the Galician coastline, tasting wonderful tapas and seafood along the way.

Stop in Bayona for lunch to admire this beautiful city and then press on to Vigo for an additional 25km ride, tackling a short, but steep climb, until you reach Saigráns, to experience one of the most beautiful views in the region: Vigo's "Ria," where the sea's waters mix with the river's, and you'll be able to see the "bateas" where mussles are produced (a local delicacy) and the Ciés islands in the background – a natural park in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

You will then descend into the busy city of Vigo, and climb some more until you reach your hotel. Vigo has some good options to go out for a drink at night and experience the Spanish "Movida."

Day 5: Vigo – Pontevedra (23 miles/37km)
Your day will start with a steady climb toward the sierra that overlooks the Ria de Vigo – 12km of macadam trails overlooking the Ria, followed by a descent towards Redondela – from Redondela, the "cental Camino" and the "coastal Camino" become one!

Another climb near Cessantes and then a descent to cross the Verdugo river over the Romanic bridge of "Ponte Sampaio." Another climb will follow and then, from km28 and on, it's a long descent until you reach Pontevedra, and it's beautiful Parador right in the middle of its historical center. Take your time to explore Pontevedra's center on an evening walk by the Galician plazas of Ourense and Ferraria, where you'll find the city's Basilica and Chapel.

Day 6: Pontevedra – Padrón (25 miles/41km)
After breakfast you'll continue your pilgrimage feeling you're already getting close to Santiago. You'll notice another change in the landscape since you'll be abandoning the coast and returning to inland Galicia, with its lush green woods and forested areas. Your hotel of the day is located in Padrón, a village known for being the cradle of Galicia and for its Green Peppers, the Padrón Peppers.

Take some time to visit the village, climb to the Santiaguiño do Monte lookout point, visit the botanical gardens or Toxa waterfall and taste the food, If you're adventurous and it's in season try the Lamprea.

Day 7: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela (16 miles/26km)
After breakfast you'll begin the last stage of your Way of St. James. This will be a small test to your will and tenacity as the route starts going uphill almost from the start.

You'll go through small villages and churches with clear signs that the end of the Way is near. When you arrive, visit the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the end point of your pilgrimage. Compostela is a millennial city with places and monuments that deserve a visit, such as its plazas in the central area of the old town, the narrow streets and traditional markets. Check in at your hotel, and then dedicate the rest of your afternoon to visit the pilgrims' office and discover this medieval city's traditions, culture, and heritage. At the scheduled time we'll pick you up for the transfer to Porto airport. Optionally you can stay in Santiago de Compostela for the night, enjoying the city, resting and relaxing from the pilgrimage, and transfer to Porto the following day.

Day 8: Departure
Breakfast at your hotel, followed by check out. At the scheduled time, transfer from Santiago de Compostela back to Porto airport.

Dates

Apr 1, Jun 17, Sep 2, 2018 (additional departures upon request for groups of 4+)
Low season: Apr 01, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018
High season: May 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

Prices

Premium hotel package
Per person, double occupancy
€3600
High season surcharge
€150
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€500
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€100
Discounts
Child, ages 0-10 (on base package price)
35%
Child, ages 11-14 (on base package price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 (on base package price)
20%
Standard hotel package
Per person, double occupancy
€2500
High season surcharge
€150
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€500
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€100
Discounts
Child, ages 0-10 (on base package price)
35%
Child, ages 11-14 (on base package price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 (on base package price)
20%

Dates

Daily, upon request: Apr 1-Sep 30, 2018 (minimum of 2 participants)
Low season: Apr 01, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018
High season: May 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

Prices

Premium hotel package
Per person, double occupancy
€1935
High season surcharge
€150
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€500
Optional dinner package
€245
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€100
Discounts
Child, ages 0-10 (on base package price)
35%
Child, ages 11-14 (on base package price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 (on base package price)
20%
Standard hotel package
Per person, double occupancy
€1585
High season surcharge
€150
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€500
Optional dinner package
€245
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€100
Discounts
Child, ages 0-10 (on base package price)
35%
Child, ages 11-14 (on base package price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 (on base package price)
20%
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Live Love Ride Terms and Conditions

If you need to cancel or change your bike tour due to unexpected circumstances, our cancellation policy let's you reschedule your tour adventure for future dates, according to the information below:

Cancellation requested 120 days before tour:
80% of the value already paid is refunded. 20% discount is awarded in a future tour of the same value, to be booked with the tour operator within 1 year of the original booking date;

Cancellation requested between 119 to 90 days:
60% of the value already paid is refunded. 25% discount is awarded in a future tour of the same value, to be booked with the tour operator within 1 year of the original booking date;

Cancellation requested between 31 to 60 days:
40% of the value already paid is refunded. 25% discount is awarded in a future tour of the same value, to be booked with the tour operator within 1 year of the original booking date;

Cancellation requested 30 days, or less, before the tour:
No refunds; 25% discount is awarded in a future tour of the same value, to be booked with the tour operator within 1 year of the original booking date.

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 4.3
  • Value 3.7
  • Included meals 3.3
  • Bikes & equipment 3.7
  • Hotels or boat 4.7
  • Scenery 4.3
  • Ease of navigation 4.7
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 4
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Cathy62 October 27, 2017

Hardest bike trip I've ever done. Proud to have finished.

I think this trip is a level 4 rather than a level 3 ride. It had some very difficult terrain that resulted in several in our group doing a fair amount of walking with their bikes. An electrical bike would have made the trip even more difficult.

Because of the difficulty of the terrain I missed seeing a lot of scenery. Keeping my eyes on the off-road trails to navigate the loose rocks meant I couldn't look around.

The Live, Love, Ride contact was great and responded in a timely manner to our needs. We did have one flat tire for which the incorrect sized tube was loaded on that bike. We did find the correct size on another bike in the group.

Silvia September 24, 2017

Very good overall experience

We enjoyed the bike rides. It was a great idea to upgrade to e-bikes! The terrain was challenging at times. Pedro the tour coordinator was very helpful, he was easy to reach and pleasant !
Overall the hotels were good, but the ones in Spain were much nicer and had better meals . We don't recommend to include the dinners in the package, we had some very poor dinners , particularly in Portugal.
The length of the biking trips were perfect, for most part good scenery although there was a day with too many roads through industrial areas.