A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao 2022

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7 Days / 6 Nights
Availability : July - September
Start: Porto, Portugal
End: Bilbao, Spain

A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao: 1 nt Porto, 2 nts Santiago de Compostela, 2 nts León, 1 nt Santillana del Mar

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

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 tantilising flavours, uncovering centuries-old stories and venturing into breathtaking natural landscapes.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

  • 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

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

TBA (Porto)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Bilbao)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Visit Viana Do Castelo, Castillo de los Templarios, Santander. Locally guided walking tour Santiago de Compostela. Sample local wines. Take a cable car ride.
  • Leisure time in Ponte de Lima and León
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Porto

Our tour will begin in vibrant Madrid, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a delicious welcome dinner. Salud! (D)

Accommodation: Vila Gale Porto Ribeira (or similar)

Day 2Porto – Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima – Santiago de Compostela

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 Ponte Medieval bridge (constructed by the Romans in 1AD). 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 charming city centre or relax at our hand-picked hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Gran Hotel Los Abetos (or similar)

Day 3Santiago de Compostela

The final stop on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail and alleged burial site of Saint James – Santiago de Compostela is shrouded in fascinating history and Galician character. We’ll have the opportunity to delve deeper into this city’s rich heritage and admire the magnificent stone architecture of Old Town on a locally guided walking tour – taking in the likes of Plaza del Obradoiro, Palacio de Raxoi and 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. (B)

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Day 4Santiago de Compostela – Ponferrada – León

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 AD 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 amongst the city’s picturesque old quarter or relax at our hotel. (B)

Accommodation: NH Collection Plaza Mayor (or similar)

Day 5León

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 Castille 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. (B, L)

Accommodation: NH Collection Plaza Mayo (or similar)

Day 6León – Picos de Europa – Santillana del Mar

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 Santillana del Mar – where a final tantalising group meal awaits. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

Day 7Santillana del Mar – Santander – Bilbao

Before our tour comes to an end, we’ll make a stop at the city of Santander to visit the emblematic Palacio de Magdalena. Built between 1909 and 1911, the palace once housed the Spanish Royal family and is 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. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 2, 13 $3,589 $4,489
2022: May 14, 28 $3,589 $4,489
2022: June 18 $3,589 $4,489
2022:  July 16 $3,589 $4,489
2022: August 6, 27 $3,589 $4,489
2022: September 16 $3,589 $4,489
2022: October 1 $3,589 $4,489

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

 

We recommend combining with: Highlights of Northern Spain before and/or Discover Portugal after

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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