May 15th thru 23rd, 2020. Flight from US on May 14th for 15th arrival.
3 days in Porto, Portugal and 6 days Spain
4 walking days – see daily breakdown for mileage. The walking portion is self-guided with 24 hour emergency phone service if needed.
Price is $ 2250 per person based on double occupancy for the land tour. Airfare is additional.
Limited single supplement available on first-come basis for additional $465
Meals included B/D daily. Beverages and lunch not included but can be purchased as follows:
• Packed lunch for the walking days $16.00 pp
• 3 course sit down lunch in a restaurant/cafe $32.00 pp
Luggage (1 piece not to exceed 45 pounds) and airport transfer included. Transfer from Porto to Finisterre included.
Optional visits and Private Tours will be quoted separately
Deposit of $200 to secure your space due by December 1st, payment due 45 days prior to travel. Deposits will be processed when 10 passengers has been secured.
The Camino Finisterre, known as the ‘End Of The World’, has become famous for the final ending of the Way of St. James. Cape Finisterre, over hundreds of years, became known for a pilgrim tradition of burning your clothes and walking shoes into the ocean as a ritual of purification or as a symbolic end to their long journey. However, in recent years, this practice has attracted many critics for its environmental impact to the ocean, ecology, and ultimately, the planet we live on. We would not encourage anyone to follow this tradition, despite its place in history.
The fishing town of Fisterra (Finisterre in Spanish) was given the name ‘Finis Terrae’ by the Romans meaning Land’s End or End of the World. It was believe that this point was the most western point of the Roman Empire. The tomb of Saint James was discovered in the Middle Ages, and after this, pilgrims on the Way of Saint James started arriving in Fisterra to worship an image of Sacred Christ and see the ‘End of the World.’ Cape Finisterre is located on the mythical and dangerous Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) where an assortment of religion, maritime traditions, and pagan beliefs with mixed in folklore of Fisterra and Costa da Morte has resulted in a rich collection of interesting local stories, legends, and myths.
You will be walking this route in reverse from Finisterre to Santiago de Compostela.
Your pilgrimage will take you to a historic and unique part of Spain, the Galician region. Galicia is known as the land of witches and superstition for its connection to pagan history, and for that reason, shares a strong connection to the Celtic culture including the use of bagpipes and folk songs. Galician Celtics first started coming to this region around 600 AD, and created the first pilgrimage route to Santiago, known as the Camino Primitivo (Original). In fact, Galicia is the seventh member of the Celtic League, a political and cultural organization.
Beyond it’s amazing and unique history, the landscapes of Galicia are mostly untouched along the magnificent rías. The rías is a series of beautiful estuaries that sprawl along the 1200 km of coastline in this beautiful and mostly untouched region of Spain. From history to landscapes, the gastronomy of Galicia is also world class for its quality.
And of course, don’t forget to enjoy a glass of Galician wine while enjoying one of these local delicacies. While Santiago de Compostela is the capital and heart of the Galician region, many of the local towns present their own unique Galician experience from history, architecture, culture, and gastronomical experience. Your camino experience on the Way of St. James will come full circle in this unique epicentre of religion, culture, history, and gastronomy.
Further to your time on the Camino Finisterre, you will also be visiting and staying in Porto, thus we have some local information that may be of interest to you as well for Porto.
Porto and North
The North’s most important city lent its name to the famous wine and to Portugal itself. Porto, known for its claim to fame as the origin of Port Wine, is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Porto is a city that we highly recommend either treating as a rest day or a day of exploration. Typically, we recommend a minimum of 2 days to explore this fine city, but you’ll need more to explore its beautiful surroundings of the Douro Valley. One must stroll around its neighbourhood quarters including the area on the waterside known as the ‘zona ribeirinha’ and its bustling downtown. While in Porto, a region on the south side of the river is known as Vila Nova de Gaia, is quite famous or well-known for free tasting of port wine.
Just outside of Porto lies the end of the Douro river, the longest in northern Portugal. As it winds its way past mountains and cliffs until it reaches the Atlantic, many dams have been built to make the river navigational, which for the visitor means that plenty of pleasure and cruise boats depart from Porto to the Douro region. It’s also the region where valley sides are lined with terraced vineyards that produce the grapes for the famous Port wine.
Porto is becoming globally known as one of the most popular cities in Europe to visit for numerous reasons that includes romance, culture, history, landscape, and gastronomical highlights. This amazing city is the beating heart of northern Portugal and is the perfect region to exit Portugal across the Minho river into Spain where you finish the last 100 km in Galicia, Spain.
Day One: Porto – 15th
Arrive into Porto with a Group Transfer provided from the Porto Airport to your hotel in Porto.
Day Two: Porto – 16th
Today, we welcome you to beautiful Porto where you will take a detour through secret hidden lane ways to learn all the amazing history of this colorful city.
With its medieval origins, Porto is a city that endured the passing by of centuries, having lived times of great success and others of great difficulty while keeping its charisma and pride. These qualities were recognized by Queen D. Maria II, that named the city as “Invicta Cidade do Porto”, Porto the Undefeated City. Walk with us through narrow alleys and amazing stairways. Feel the buzz of the old city and the warmth of its inhabitants.
Discover hidden viewpoints and embrace the “Tripeiro” spirit.
This guided tour begins at the hotel. We will stop in nice gardens and go down to the river that offers some of its smoothness to a colorful, tight and chaotic landscape of a historical center that evolved without urban planning and logistical concerns.
Come with us and be astounded by this magical place!
The walking tour would be in the afternoon from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (15-20 minute break given for snacks and drinks ON YOUR OWN).
Optional activities: Given that you’re in the origin of the port wine, and wine cellar ‘hoppin’ is unique to Porto, we do suggest taking in some optional visits at our partner port cellars:
Everything you need to know about Port wine and its entire production process, in a unique format that includes interactive museum, guided tour and premium quality wine tasting starting at 6:30 pm.
This visit includes:
Guided tour of our historic English cellars / Tasting (2 different wines) / Cálem Fine White and Cálem 10 Years Old Tawny
Fado Show: 45 minutes see same video here
** Minors must always be accompanied by an adult *** We have access facilities for people with disabilities
Visitors on this tour, with a name that harks back to Sandeman’s foundation year, 1790, visitors can discover more about the history of the brand and enjoy a wider tasting of five Porto wines in an intimate and private space.
The experience of a guided tour through the cellars with a tasting of three Offley Porto Wines.
The experience of a guided tour through the cellars with a tasting of five Qinta Sao Luiz wines with crackers or dry fruit (Transfers not included – on request).
Day Three: Porto – Exploring the Douro Valley – 17th
Discover the beauty of the Douro Valley region on this half-day looping cruise from Régua out to Pinhão, and back to Régua.
Given that Douro is one of the main rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, allow yourself to create unforgettable memories sailing through it, getting the opportunity to behold the vineyards that are well-known for producing Port wine. Departing at 10 am from your Porto Hotel, you will be transferred to Peso da Régua. Here, you will board on to a wonderful Douro Valley River Cruise that will embark on a beautiful journey to Pinhão and enjoy a wonderful lunch (INCLUDED) that will be served on board.
You will be passing through the Bagaúste Dam, built between 1967-1973 where the lock of navigation of this dam is about 85m long, 12m wide and the difference in the water level is of 27m. The downstream gate open and close on a guillotine shape. Inside the lock there are 3 mooring floats on both walls of the lock that follow the boats as they go up or down.
You will then be able to get off in Pinhão for some free time, in which we highly recommend going to the Pinhão train station to find the stunning tiled wall creating a beautiful tiled artwork of the Douro Valley.
You will then get back on the boat and return to Régua by 6:00 pm. We will then pick you up here and take you back to your hotel in Porto for approximately 7:30 pm.
Day Four: Finisterre – 18th
Today, you will leave Portugal to embark on the beginning of your Camino journey. A bus will pick you up and take you to your accommodation in Finisterre, Spain (approx 3 hours). Upon your arrival, you have free time to relax and/or explore Cape Finisterre before you begin your camino journey tomorrow.
A beautiful path awaits for your walking day to Fisterra, hugging the cliffs and coves of the bay. Your destination is Cape Fisterra (or Finisterre in Spanish) and its striking lighthouse. Watch the sun set right at the ‘End of the World’.
Day Five: Cee – 19th
From Cape Fisterra, you will continue along the Finisterre Way to Cee (10 miles)! You will continue to follow the seaside, along the cliffs and coves of the bay. The coastal town of Cee is your stop for the night.
Day Six: Abeleiroas – 20th
From Cee, you will continue along the Finisterre Way to Abeleiroas (15 miles).
From A Barcala, the Fisterra Camino continues along a mountain and across the river Barcala. As you climb Monte Aro, you will enjoy great views of Fervenza’s dam before you enter the wild Serra de Castelo and the Xallas valley. Small hills and green pastures welcome you on your way.
Day Seven: Negreira – 21st
Your destination for today is the medieval town of Negreira (17 miles). Take time to visit Pazo do Cotón (picture courtesy of: Xosema), the country house of the Cotón family, and the chapel next door, dedicated to St Mauro.
Day Eight: Santiago de Compostela – 22nd
Your Camino trip ends in Santiago de Compostela (13 miles), a vibrant University city. Explore Santiago’s UNESCO-listed old town and its wonders after you have embarked on your journey from the ‘End of the World’!
You will finish your walk to Fisterra from the Praza do Obradoiro, home to Santiago’s Cathedral. Along today’s section of the Camino you will walk past small villages and cross ancient Roman bridges.
Day Nine: Santiago de Compostela – 23rd
Depart for the Santiago de Compostela Train Station to Madrid.
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