WALK THE CAMINO

Special Camino on Horseback

This year we launch a spectacular long distance ride from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, along the Portugues Camino and the superb beaches of the Atlantic coast of Spain. Your guide Jesus and his team will look after you and your magnificent horse every step of the way.

Ride the Portugues Way and the Atlantic Coastal Camino to Santiao de Compostela in July.

This year we are offering the best ride available on the Camino.

Beginning in Porto in Portugal, you will ride for 14 days to finish at the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

What makes this route so special is the variation of landscapes and settlements; country tracks, coastal paths, superb sweeping beaches - a landscape peppered with tiny ancient hamlets, country villages, seaside towns, fishing ports and historic cities. The Camino Portugues is packed with history and culture - all to be enjoyed in the company of like-minded travellers from all over the world.

The coastal part of the Portugues Camino has been very recently resurrected and waymarked - this means that it is much less crowded that it's sister route Camino Frances across the north of Spain. 

A special highlight of your horseback tour is the arrival at your destination, the momumental plaza of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Our horses riders have special permission to ride right into the Plaza - it's an unforgettable experience - clattering along the cobbled streets of Santiago's medieval streets to arrive at the magnificent Cathedral early in the morning, before the main body of walking pilgrims arrive.

Your guide and host Jesus, knows every riding trail in Spain intimately - but above all the many trails of the Camino de Santiago and the service provided by his team is first class. A warm welcome is assured at all of our comfortable hotels, where you will be able toenjoy wonderful regional cuisine. The hotel and food in both countries is first rate and the support team travelling with you provide excellent service and care for the horses.

Our package is a fully-supported tour that includes:- airport pick-up, full board accommodation, horses and equipment, tour guide, support vehicle and luggage transfer.

You can also book this tour as a couple where one rides and the other doesn't. 

Please ask us for details.

 

 

 

 

Ride Through Portugal & Spain to Santiago de Compostela

Follow in the steps of the Queens, Kings and nobility of Portugal, it's knights and archbishops, saints and crusaders as you ride in the manner of medieval pilgrims.

The Portugal section of the route is from Porto to Tui on the Spanish Border, then from Tui we make a short transfer by road to A Guarda, to follow the Atlantic coast and beaches of the Costa da Morte, before heading along the historic river estuary to rejoin the main Camino Portugues at Padron, heading for the goal of Santiago de Compostela.

JULY 2017

17 - Arrive Porto/Overnight

18 - Ride to Vilarinho

19 - Ride to Barcelos 

20 - Ride to Ponte de Lima

21 - Ride to Rubiaes

22 - Ride to Túy crossing the River Miño & to A Guarda

Transfer from Tuy to A Guarda by road 

23 - Ride to Baiona

24 - Ride to Vigo

25 - Ride to Soutomaior 

26 - Ride to Pontevedra 

27 - Ride to Cambados  

28 - Ride to Vilagarcia 

29 - Ride to Padron 

30 - Ride to Santiago de Compostela

The tour ends on arrival in Santiago.

After saying goodbye to the horses and back up team, Jesus will escort you to collect your Compostela Certificates from the Pilgrim Office and then to the Cathedral for the Pilgrim Mass at noon.

If you wish to stay in Santiago overnight we can add additonal nights to your itinerary.

We can recommend some wonderful places to stay here from the modest guest house to the magnificent Parador Dos Reis Catolicos.

You may also like to extend your trip with a day trip to the Atlantic Ocean and Finisterre - aka World's End - site of the 0.0 km marker of the Camino de Santiago.

 

The Camino is packed with culture, history & spectacular landscapes

There is no comparable Christian pilgrimage route of such extent and continuity anywhere in Europe: the other two pilgrimage routes, to Jerusalem and Rome, are only recognizable in a very fragmentary fashion.

The entire route is brimming with culture, history and many sights to be seen. From Porto many small hamlets, villages and towns peppered along the route. Many festivals take place through the year and you may be lucky enough to encounter one on the Way.

Delicious gastronomy and wines

Your lodgings are hand picked by Jesus for their comfort, hospitality and wonderful local cuisine made with fresh local seasonal produce. And there is an abundance of small inns along the way, where you can enjoy the local food as you ride to your next destination.

Every villlage and town on the Camino has a variety of lively plazas with bars and restaurants, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the delicious Portguese and Spanish gastronomy and the variety of world-famous wines.

Santiago de Compostela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Galicia's capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Santiago de Compostela is the destination of the Way of St James pilgrimage, one of the major themes of medieval history in Europe.

From Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, millions have travelled to Santiago along many Caminos. Around the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the city boasts a magnificent old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.

Hand-picked comfortable establishments offer high standards of personal service

We believe that our high level of personal service and customer care offers the best in the local food, culture and history.

Your accommodation will include a variety of traditional farmhouses, historic homes, and hotels on the Camino de Santiago. All rooms have en-suite facilities.

We move your baggage from one accommodation to the next as you ride.

Your luggage will be awaiting you on arrival at your new lodgings each day.

 

 

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Cooling the horses in the River Miño

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On the beaches near Baiona

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Horses at rest during a lunch stop

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Morning photo shoot before the off...

  • Date

    17 - 30 July 2017

  • Cost

    £3955.00 pounds per person sharing a double/twin Single Supplement £445.00 pounds. Flights not included. All meals included, guide and support team, horse riding kit provided.

  • Accommodation

    3-4* Hotels and Country Houses with private en suite facilities.

  • Grade

    Moderate

  • How To Get There

    Fly either to Porto or Lisbon and take the train to Porto. There are also possible connections and private transfers from other Portugues and Spanish airports.

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We enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn't have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It's hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.

Anne Corrigan, UK, walking the Camino Frances

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.

Anne and Brian Harris, UK, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago

We had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.

Chris and Davina, Australia, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago