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Portuguese Way Cycle - Porto to Santiago

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4 Based on 1 Review
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20458
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Porto, Portugal
  • Ends Santiago De Compostela, Spain
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discovering by bike the river valleys, small villages and pilgrimage sites along the Camino Portugués
  • Exploring the historical centres of Porto, Padron and Santiago
  • Experiencing culinary delights and the port wine varieties of the area
  • Cycling into the fabled town of Santiago de Compostela
The trip "Portuguese Way Cycle - Porto To Santiago" starts from Porto and ends in Santiago De Compostela. This is a bicycle tour that takes 8 days taking you through Porto, Pontevedra, Ponte De Lima, Tui and 4 other destinations in Spain and Portugal. This is a self-guided private trip that includes accommodation in hotels, meals and others.

Cycle along the Portuguese Camino from Porto into the fabled town of Santiago de Compostela. The Portuguese Road, or Caminho Portugués, is considered by many as the most spiritually connected pilgrimage route. Following the path St James' body took to its resting place at the site of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the quieter Portuguese path offers a wealth of history and delightful landscapes to discover. While the Caminho Portugués is traditionally walked by pilgrims, it is now possible to enjoy the route by bike. From the lively city of Porto, set on the banks of the Douro River and famous for its port wine production, the journey north travels through small hamlets, past eucalyptus and pine woods, over ancient bridges and through larger market towns dating back to Roman times. You will cross the border in to Spain and cycle into the fabled town of Santiago de Compostela.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Porto
  • Day 2 : Cycle to Arcos (35km/22mi)
  • Day 3 : On to Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal (54km/33.5mi)
  • Day 4 : Cross the Spanish border to Tui (39km/24mi)
  • Day 5 : On to Pontevedra (52km/32mi)
  • Day 6 : Cycle to Padron (40km/25mi)
  • Day 7 : To Santiago (26km/16mi)
  • Day 8 : Trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in a combination of 3-4 star hotels & farmhouse B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
Meals
  • 7 breakfasts and 4 dinners. Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
Transport
  • Mountain bike rental (standard model) with repair kit, lock, panniers, water bottle & pump (gel saddle, toe clips, SPD pedals, electric MTB and Advanced model MTB available on request - supplement applies)
Others
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp - additional bags and excess weight will attract a surcharge
  • Information pack including route notes & guidebook per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel to Porto and from Santiago
  • Lunch and drinks throughout, 3 dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers - there is an optional transfer between Porto to Arcos available at an additional cost (must be pre-booked, speak to our staff for details)
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges - please advise us if you will have more than one bag weighing a max of 20kgs as extra charges will apply for additional pieces of luggage. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as we only include one bag and they will be charged as an extra bag. Charges will be higher if not paid when final balance for your trip is due.
  • Helmet rental. Helmets are available for purchase or bring your own.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4 - Very Good
Based on 1 review
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 05 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
The Portugal ride was much more challenging and hilly than the Cycle Amsterdam to Paris trip, even though the distances each day were much less. The route follows the Portuguese Caminho (Portugal spelling) and there are some... Read more
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Portuguese Way Cycle - Porto to Santiago tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 17 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 December 2022, a deposit of 279 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Portuguese Way Cycle - Porto to Santiago tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Portuguese Way Cycle - Porto to Santiago tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
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