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Caminho de Santiago   (St James Way)
Portuguese Route

Sept  3 - 15, 2017                             April 29 - May 11, 2018                    Sept 2 - 14, 2018

History of the Camino de Santiago:  
According to popular tradition, in 40 AD the body of the Apostle St James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain. Centuries later, a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading him to the forgotten tomb. Then, legend says, during a battle with the Moors, a ghostly apparition of St James appeared to Christian soldiers, spurring them to victory. The 900's to the 1400's brought a golden age of pilgrimages to the tomb of St James at Santiago. One of the many pilgrims' trails led north through Portugal to Santiago de Compostela although there were different Portuguese routes - one coastal and several interior.  

Our guided walk:  
We start at historic Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The trail winds north through rural Portugal and enters Spain at Tui to continue through Galicia to Santiago de Compostela.  With the help of our support bus we cover the most scenic and historic stages including one day on the coastal route and other days on the main interior route.  We have two guides so each day there is a choice of doing an easy section at a relaxed pace or a more challenging longer walk.  Our accommodation is in lovely Pousadas, comfortable inns and historic Paradors. Walking does wonders for body, mind and spirit but our walks have NO religious focus. However, it is possible to walk the last 100 km into Santiago thus earning the official Compostela certificate.

Level of Difficulty: The terrain is easy to moderate walking with some hills. Each day we divide into two groups, each with its own guide. Our support bus follows and is available to assist at various junctions along the way. 

Our meeting point:  Porto      End of Tour:  Santiago de Compostela.

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