Cruise’N Hike in Portugal

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Cruise’N Hike in Portugal

April 21 – 26, 2021

Pre-Booking Only!

Thousands of people from all over the world plan a Camino Adventure to Santiago de Compstela every year. For some it is a Pilgrimage, for some it is a personal challenge or fitness goal and for all it is a Bucket List Item. 2021 is a Holy Year on the Camino and there will be more traffic than usual on the many different routes. This 1st week we will be travel on the Portuguese Coastal Camino covering the 125kms through breathtaking scenery with incredible food and wine history and tastes. This self guided walk will allow us to travel together or not; we may be at the same accommodation or not; we may stop at a cafe for a break, lunch together or not, dinner maybe together or not. We will challenge ourselves as we slow down, immerse in the way of life, soak in the nature, peace and times alone or with new friends or our travelling companions. The 2nd week we will unpack once and appreciated gliding along the Douro River with a complete hiking program and also a non hikers program in case you would prefer a less active day or excursion.

Piece De Resistance

On the Camino we’ll stay in select 4 and 5 * hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage Parador hotels when available, and sometimes due to location we will stay in the Standard collection of accommodation. All have private bathrooms. Our select river cruise departure we will have a qualified mountain guide who will lead the Walking Tours Program.

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Holiday Pack with Route notes, maps, Pilgrim Passport and luggage tags
  • 24/7 Camino support during the walk
  • Transfer Porto Airport to Baiona
  • Transfer Santiago de Compostella to Porto
  • Superior Collection – best hotels where available
  • Daily luggage transfer while on the Camino
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 dinners on the Camino
  • All meals while on the River Cruise
  • All beverages while on the River Cruise
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Middle Deck accommodation on the River Cruise
  • Hikers and Non Hikers program onboard the River Cruise
  • Transfers from the ship to the Porto Airport
  • Walking, Wining & Dining Fellowship Leader

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Porto

Welcome to Portugal!

On arrival in Porto we will transfer to Baiona. Have the day to acclimatize, explore a bit, stretch our legs, savour our 1st authentic dinner, enjoy a good nights sleep and be ready to start fresh tomorrow.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Parador Conde de Gondomar 4* (superior)
Meals – none

Day 2 – Baiona to Vigo

26 kms today. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Bay of Vigo, and maybe even take in a swim in Nigran.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Hotel American 4* (superior)
Meals – B

Day 3 – Vigo to Redondela

15 kms today. Enjoy a more relaxed pace with the shorter distance.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Duarte (standard)
Meals – BD

Day 4 – Redondela to Pontevedra

20 kms today. This is our last day along the coast. Be sure to stop and try the famous oysters in the fishing village of Arcade. Explore the Romanesque churches and quaint granite square.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Parador Pontevedra 4* (superior)
Meals – B

Day 5 – Potevedra to Caldas de Reis

21 kms today. Today the Camino will take us through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods… can’t you just smell that? We’ll see the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba in the village of Ponte Cabras. At Lombo da Maceira that statue of Saint James will show us the way with his walking stick.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Torre do Rio (superior)
Meals – BD

Day 6 – Caldas de Reis to Padron

18 kms today. We’ll cross the river Umia, pass through forests, gradually climb to the village of Santa Marina on our route.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Pazo de Lestrove (superior)
Meals – BD

Day 7 – Padron to Santiago de Compostela

25 kms today. On our final day we’ll push through to our destination where we will receive our certificate of completion at the Basilica. We can than enjoy this beautiful UNESCO listed old town, find a spot to enjoy a few bites and a glass of good wine to celebrate our accomplishment.

Accommodations – TBA
Sample Hotel: Parador Reyes Catolicos 5*L (superior)
Meals – B

Day 8 – Santiago de Compostela to Porto

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we’ll enjoy our transfer back to Porto where we are welcome to board the MS Infante Don Henrique at 5PM. Settled into our middle deck cabins we’ll meet our crew and certified Hiking Guide at a welcome cocktail reception and than have a presentation of our hiking program. This evening we may enjoy a cruise to the mouth of the Douro River to enjoy the sunset.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BD

Day 9 – Porto to Regua

This morning we’ll set out for a guided tour of Porto. This afternoon we’ll said for Regua.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BLD

Day 10 – Provesende

Todays Hiker’s Program: Hike to Provesende. You’ll wind your way up through the low brush, green forests, and rolling hills to the one of the oldest villages in Portugal, Provesende. (2.5- to 3-hour hike, 4.3 miles (7 km), 1,050-foot elevation gain (320 m).)

And the Non-hikers’ Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace. The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BLD

Day 11 – Salamanca

Today we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Salamanca; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BLD

Day 12 – Senhora da Ribeira

Todays Hikers’ Program: “Vultures’ Cliff This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. (Length 3 hours, 8 km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain.)

And the Non-hikers’ Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

We’ll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight’s our gala evening and dinner.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BLD

Day 13 – Bitetos

Todays Hikers’ Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). Length 4 hours, 14 km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft.)

And the Non-hikers’ Program: Wines of Porto excursion with a tasting* of Porto wines.

We’ll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BLD

Day 14 – Porto

This morning will be spent sailing to Porto.

Todays Hikers’ Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. Length 2 to 2.5 hours, 8 km (5 miles) on flat, level ground)

And the Non-hikers’ Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.

Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Accommodations – MS Infante Don Henrique
Meals – BLD

Day 15 – Disembark

After a hearty buffet breakfast we will disembark for transfers to the airport or onward on your Adventure.

Meals – B

** Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Details and Pricing

Rates

  • Double Occupancy – $7190.00 CAD per person
  • Single Occupancy – $7190.00 CAD per person
  • Deposit of $1700.00 CAD per person due at time of booking
  • Final Payment due of $5490.00 CAD January 10, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable. Please see full terms and conditions.

Activity Level

  • High – Moderate Activity
  • The included acitivity in this tour is fairly moderate but there are more acitive activities available. You should be able to walk for extended periods of time on uneven and possibly slippery terrain.

Group Size

  • Minimum – 10
  • Maximum – 20

Exclusions

  • International Airfare (can be arranged by 7 Seas 2 See Travel)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages while on the Camino
  • Onboard Gratuities of 80 Euro (cash) Per Person on the River Cruise
  • Optional Tours/Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature

Tour Leader

Diane Cook

Diane is a World Traveler, Owner & Professional Travel Advisor of 7Seas2See Travel. She created the Walking, Wining & Dining Series so as to combine these 3 favourite things in natural settings to refresh and heal us as we stretch ourselves to experience our incredible world.

Flight Information

We will notify you once this tour is a guaranteed departure. Please do not book your flights until you have been notified.

7 Seas 2 See Travel will assist with making your flight arrangements please email diane@7seas2see.com to request flight options and quotes for a service fee of CAD $113 which will be charged at the time of quotation. Or if you prefer to arrange your own flights please forward a copy of your itinerary to diane@7seas2see.com.

** NOTE: Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive: Porto Airport
Depart: Porto Airport

Travel Insurance

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.

Request an Insurance Quote

Accommodations

On the Camino our specific nightly accommodations will be advised closer to our departure and will be supplied with our detailed route map, directions and instructions.

On the Duoro River – MS Infante Don Henrique

Renovated in 2014 this 4 passenger deck vessel carries 138 passengers with 71 cabins. Each cabin has TV, bathroom with shower and toilet, safe, independent air conditioning, 220V electricity and WIFI.

There is no laundry service on board the ship.

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