Come with us in 2019 along the Camino Portugues commencing in southern Portugal.
The Camino Portugues
Up until now Travel Enriched has offered two itineraries along the Camino Portugues. Both of these tours provide an opportunity for participants to walk up to 160kms from the world heritage listed city of Oporto in northern Portugal to Santiago de Compostela. This journey includes five days walking through the attractive Portuguese countryside and five days walking through the delightful rural Spanish region of Galicia. One route is beside the Portuguese Atlantic coast while the traditional route passes through farming areas and along forest tracks further inland. Both trails follow the route taken by St James the Apostle who first landed in Galicia by boat in the area now known as the township of Padron.
The 2019 Tour
In May 2019 we offer something different! We are aware that not everyone who wants a Camino experience is keen to walk long-distance. So due to popular demand we offer a 14 day Tour through Portugal by Bus visiting many of the historic places of interest along the Camino Portugues. This tour is designed to provide participants with an in-depth encounter of the places visited along The Way, as well as plenty of free time to relax and pursue individual interests. We explore the rich cultural heritage of fortified towns beside the southern coast; visit Coimbra, home to the one of the oldest Universities in Europe; and enjoy local family hospitality at our rural homestay near legendary Tomar, former headquarters of the Order of the Knights Templar.
We wander through the medieval streets and sample port-wine vintages in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Oporto and take a half-day river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley. Extended time is spent visiting some of the prettiest villages and towns in northern Portugal, including Ponte de Lima with its historic 20-arched bridge and tiny Guimares birthplace of Portugal’s first King. Here, those who are interested will have an opportunity to join in some half day, well paced walks on one of the most picturesque parts of the Camino trail. We follow in the footsteps of Celtic, Roman, Islamic and Christian Wayfarers stretching back to ancient times. The pathway winds through lush green forests, beside vineyards and streams. Some equally interesting options will be provided for those who prefer a less active start to the day! Our journey ends in Lisbon a vibrant cosmopolitan city that once played an important role in the Portuguese ‘Age of Discovery’.
Daily transport is provided in a 22 seater, air-conditioned coach; and we stay in comfortable 3 and 4 star ensuite apartments, hotels and guesthouses.