Cycling the Portuguese Camino: Porto to Santiago de Compostela

Porto to Santiago, Portugal bike tour
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$4695
  • Style/Level Classic 3.0
  • Countries Portugal
    Spain
  • Begin/End Porto / Santiago de Compostela
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Pedal along Northern Portugal’s rivers, coasts and valleys while learning about the historical figures and cities that played foundational roles in 12th Century Portugal. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Porto and Ponte de Lima and cycling along the Douro, Minho, and Lima rivers. Not only will you pass through three famous wine regions along our route, you will also get a taste of the gastronomic specialties.

Our route crisscrosses the famous Portuguese Camino and finishes in Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. Along the way we follow in the footsteps of royalty such as Queen Isabel of Portugal who, in the 13th Century, was on this same pilgrimage. We’ll travel both the coastal and the traditional interior route to reach the enthralling towns of Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Baiona, Spain. A generous dose of Southern Europe’s hospitality and lifestyle makes this a unique bicycle tour in an undiscovered part of Europe. 

If this sounds good but you prefer a longer tour, join us for the 12-day Cycling the Portuguese Camino: Coimbra to Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights

  • UNESCO Towns: Porto, Ponte da Lima and Santiago, Douro, Minho and Lima River valleys, Spanish oysters, historic port of Baiona, Spain, Pimientos del Padrón – in Padrón Spain, Galician countryside cycling, and cycling Portugal’s Northern Coast

Includes

  • 8 days, 7 nights’ accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, Porto wine tasting, city guided tours as described in the itinerary

  • All Classic tour inclusions


Date Price Private room fee Note
Jun 8-15, 2024 USD$4695 USD$550 Contact us for availability
Jun 29-Jul 6, 2024 USD$4695 USD$550
Jul 20-27, 2024 USD$4695 USD$550
Aug 24-31, 2024 USD$4695 USD$550 Departure confirmed to go! Filling fast!
DateJun 8-15, 2024
PriceUSD$4695
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteContact us for availability
DateJun 29-Jul 6, 2024
PriceUSD$4695
Private room feeUSD$550
Note
DateJul 20-27, 2024
PriceUSD$4695
Private room feeUSD$550
Note
DateAug 24-31, 2024
PriceUSD$4695
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteDeparture confirmed to go! Filling fast!

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  • Total distance 327 km (153 miles)
  • Average daily distance 55 km (34 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 3.0

Highlights: Porto

Our tour starts in the magical city of Porto, or Ribeira do Porto as it is known locally. Porto is known for its impressive views of the Douro River and of course port wine production. Take a stroll across the city’s iconic metal bridge to its sister city on the south bank, Vila Nova de Gaia, featuring docks lined with famous Porto wineries. Locals will tell you it is the best place to admire Porto from afar!  Enjoy the famous Douro River and the colorful city of Porto, home of proud happy people with a quick smile. Will take our bikes for a test ride today and enjoy dinner together before embarking on our adventure!

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Boeira Garden Hotel

Highlights: Ride in Portugal’s Wine Country

Have you spotted the colorful rooster that is Portugal’s unofficial mascot? If not, keep your eye out; the rooster is said to embody the Portuguese love of life and it originates in Barcelos. But, before we get there, we must say goodbye to bustling Porto. We ride out on a bike path that eases us into the peaceful wine country. Expect fun hills and green lush vistas along the way along with plenty of other cyclists with whom to share an “OLÁ.”

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Bagoeira

Highlights: Explore historic Ponte de Lima

Today’s ride is short so you can take full advantage of beautiful country roads that lead to the oldest village in Portugal, Ponte de Lima. Often considered the postcard village of Portugal, Ponte de Lima is situated on the banks of Rio Lima and is the heart of the green wine region. It is also home to a very old tradition dating back to Roman or even Phoenician times: Vaca Das Cordas, or “playing with wild cows”. Vaca Das Cordas is a type of bull-running through town, followed the next day – generally in July, by the Festa do Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi), when flowers carpet the streets. Stroll through the picturesque historic center and along an old bridge where you’ll likely spot pilgrims walking along the Portuguese Camino de Santiago.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Inlima

Highlights: Pedal to Spain, the beaches of Baiona, Columbus’s first port

On March 1, 1493 the first of Columbus’s ships touched shore in Baiona. The news of his “discovery” of America soon spread to the rest of Europe. Today’s ride follows the coast and Minho river as we pedal north towards this historic port and cross into one of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Galicia. Toast your arrival into Spain with a glass of Albarino or by relaxing on the beach in Baiona.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Parador de Baiona

Highlights: Explore Ria de Vigo, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Today’s ride starts out flanking one of the geographical features that characterizes the Galician coast – a Ría, or a drowned river valley that is open to the sea. Though a Ría is the opposite of a lagoon, they look the same. The ride skirts the city of Vigo and you’ll jump on a ferry to cross the Ría de Vigo. In 1702 a landmark naval battle (Battle of Rande) took place outside Vigo, the largest Galician city. The battle between Anglo-Dutch and French-Spanish fleet was over the arrival of Spanish galleons laden with an immense treasure of gold, silver and jewels. Though the story of what happened next varies a treasure hunt for the gold ensued and included Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. We’ll continue to pedal north to reach Pontevedra, our home for the night. It’s worth your time to explore the medieval heart with its old granite houses and spacious squares.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Parador de Pontevedra

Highlights: Scenic views of the Galician Mountains, Padrón Peppers

Leave the water behind today with a short climb to a mountain spine providing glorious views as a reward. It’s a perfect day for a picnic. Make sure to seek out some of Padrón’s infamous peppers. First brought from South America 400 years ago by monks and then grown in the gardens of a convent in the tiny village of Hébron, Padrón peppers became a quick favorite on local dinner tables – and are now famous throughout Spain. The monks traded the peppers for necessary items and 400 years later, they are still in demand. The peppers are no longer grown by monks but by generations of locals who have adopted both traditional methods and modern technology to offer their product to Spanish and UK markets. Watch out, these peppers are as addictive as popcorn but can catch you by surprise if you find a spicy one!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Pazo Le Lestrove

Highlights: Santiago, St James Cathedral and the end of the camino.

A short ride through the country side brings us to the larger metropolis of Santiago de Compostela, one of the world’s most important religious and spiritual sites thanks to St. James and his shrine. Popular since the Middle Ages as a religious pilgrimage to visit the remains of the martyr St. James, the town and its associated pilgrimage routes continue to attract travelers of all types. Once we arrive, you’ll have ample time to discover the famous Cathedral of St. James, the heart of Santiago. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our journey’s end with a special farewell dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel San Francisco

Highlights: Pilgrim’s Mass at Noon

We’ll offer a tour in Santiago this morning. You might also want to stick around for the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon at the Cathedral. If you would like to participate in these activities, schedule flights after 3:30 p.m. Buen viaje!

Meals : Breakfast

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