Taste of the Camino (Aug ’24)

7 Days

6 nights from Porto to Bilbao with Back-Roads Touring

Overview

Beginning in Porto, this evocative journey from Portugal through northern Spain’s enchanting ancient towns and character-filled cities is one to be remembered. Join us as we follow our own pilgrimage of discovery along the Camino de Santiago and beyond – savouring tantalising flavours, uncovering centuries-old stories and venturing into breath taking natural landscapes.

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Santiago de Compostela
  • Savour a local wine tasting and locally prepared lunch in the heart of Spain’s Castile & León region
  • Admire the stunning natural landscape of Picos de Europe National Park

Map

Itinerary

A tangled maze of medieval walls and contemporary architecture hugging the banks of the mighty Rio Douro – our journey across the Camino will begin in the evocative Portuguese city of Porto. After we’ve settled into our hotel we’ll get to know one another better over a sumptuous welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Here’s to the adventure ahead! Accommodation: Catalonia Porto Hotel (or similar). Meals: Dinner.

After breakfast this morning, we’ll board the mini-coach and leisurely make our way to picturesque Viana Do Castelo. Spend some time soaking up the magnificent views over the attractive riverfront and incredible neo-Byzantine Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus, before we continue to Ponte de Lima to see the ancient bridge (first constructed by the Romans in 1 AD). One of the oldest towns in Portugal, Ponte de Lima is a charmingly photogenic town located on the banks of the Lima River. We’ll enjoy some free time this afternoon exploring the historic centre dotted with quaint cafes, vibrant flower gardens and sunny plazas at our leisure. Later, we’ll continue to Santiago de Compostela – where we’ll have the evening to explore the handsome city centre or relax at our hand-picked hotel. Accommodation: Gran Hotel Los Abetos (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.

The final stop on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail and alleged burial site of Saint James – Santiago de Compostela is steeped in fascinating history. We'll have the opportunity to delve deeper into this city’s rich heritage and admire the magnificent stone architecture of the Old Town on a locally guided walking tour – taking in the likes of Plaza del Obradoiro, the Palacio de Raxoi and the Cathedral de Santiago as we go. Then: the rest of the afternoon is ours to explore at our own pace. This evening, we’ll be free to indulge in some exquisite local seafood and savour the flavours of traditional Galician cuisine at a restaurant of our choosing. Accommodation: Gran Hotel Los Abetos (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.

Today, we’ll continue our journey to Ponferrada where we’ll pay a visit to the impressive Castillo de los Templarios (Templars Castle). We’ll travel back in time as we wander the walls of this giant fortress – built in 1178 to protect the pilgrims on their road to Santiago de Compostela. Following our visit, we’ll venture into the city centre to enjoy lunch at our leisure. Continuing our journey into northern Castilla, we’ll arrive at our final stop of the day: León. This evening, we’ll enjoy some free time to seek out a local eatery amid the city’s picturesque old quarter or relax at our hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro (or similar). Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5 :
León

We’ll start our day with a walking tour of León – taking in the grand monuments, Gothic Cathedral and 10th-century Basilica de San Isidoro with a local guide. Following our in-depth tour, we’ll venture into the vineyard-studded Castile and León countryside to sample some local wine and indulge in a delicious included lunch. Returning to León later this afternoon, we’ll have the rest of the evening free to explore at our own pace. Accommodation: Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro (or similar). Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

This morning, we’ll leave the metropolis of León behind and journey into the mesmerising Picos de Europa National Park. Located in the Cantabrian Mountains, this vast expanse of towering snow-capped peaks and deep green valleys is an evocative sight to behold – and we’ll enjoy many opportunities to take in the breathtaking views as we make our way to Parador de Fuente Dé. Once here, we’ll savour an included lunch and enjoy more panoramic photo opportunities with a cable car ride to the Aliva viewpoint. After a spectacular day of exploring, we’ll end our day in Cantabria region – where a final tantalising group meal awaits. Accommodation: Abba Comillas Hotel (or similar). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Before our tour comes to an end, we’ll make a stop at the city of Santander to admire the scenery in style – by train! Soak up the sublime Magdalena Peninsula before we view the exterior of the emblematic Palacio de la Magdalena – one of the most prominent examples of civil architecture in northern Spain. After taking lunch at a local restaurant of your choosing, we’ll continue on and wind up our day in Bilbao – where we’ll say our goodbyes. Meals: Breakfast.

Departures & Prices

•  Travel dates: selected departures in August 2024
•  Prices from: R47,229 pps

Includes / Excludes

Inclusions

  • 6 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Exclusions

  • International flights and taxes
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Activities & services not specified
  • Anything of a personal nature

Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are per person, capacity controlled, subject to availability and further subject to rate of exchange fluctuations at time of booking.
  • For standard booking terms and conditions see Back-Roads Terms & Conditions
  • Valid for sale until 31 May 2024.
From R47,229
/ Person
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Summary

  • Selected departures in August 2024
  • 6 nights
  • Portugal | Spain
  • Back-Roads Touring (BPBPB4)