Guided group pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela from Tui
The last 100 km of the Portuguese Way,
with an expert guide and the company of other pilgrims.
How it is?
Several times a year we offer the possibility of hiring group experiences, up to a maximum of 15 participants, for those individuals or couples who prefer to do the Camino in company of other pilgrims.
The method is similar to other services we offer: we take care of all the reservations of the most interesting accommodations, the transfer of luggage between lodgings, the contracting of the compulsory insurance, getting you a credential for your Camino stamps, etc.
But, in addition, in this group service the accommodation includes dinners (half board) and we put at your disposal an expert guide of the Camino. He/She knows not only the way, but also its secrets, and will make the experience much more than just burning kilometers in the direction of Compostela. You will also have a support vehicle and a guided tour of the city when you arrive in Santiago.
A guide on the Camino
always with you
The best thing about this service is having an experienced Camino guide, ready to lead the group's walk, adapting the pace if necessary and giving support to each member.
He/She also will act as a guide to unravel the mysteries of each stage, its landscape, historical, artistic and cultural heritage. It is like walking with an open book.
In addition, the guide is complemented by an assistance vehicle service. Why? Because sometimes along the way you may suffer sprains and other minor injuries, or you may find yourself short of energy. In these cases, having a vehicle to take you to the end of the stage is essential to ensure that the rest of the group can continue their route, without anyone being left behind.
One of the aspects we pay most attention to is the selection of accommodations and lodgings. We do not use the number of stars based-system, because it is ineffective in an essentially rural environment such as the Camino de Santiago. We base our selection on our own experience, getting to know them one by one. That is why we know that they are of the utmost confidence.
In addition, we try to provide a variety of accommodations: from boutique hotels to restored manor houses, small charming guesthouses or rural houses whose value lies within the walls as well as outside.
These are the stages of the Portuguese Way that we will walk in a group. Following in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims over more than a millennium.
To do the Camino de Santiago from Tui, the first thing to do is to get to this border town. You can do it on your own, or in the private transfer that we will have prepared for the group.
The first day is spent touring this small town that was once one of the capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia. Tui has a lot to offer. We can visit the cathedral of Santa María, a building that imposes with its militarised western façade and that immediately reveals traces of the past of a bishopric that extended for centuries beyond the river Miño, in what is now part of Portugal and was once a county within the Kingdom of Galicia. And why not go to Portugal?
We can also cross the border over the bridge that connects the city with Valença do Minho, where we can visit its fortress full of life and local commerce.
We will begin this adventure in Tui, on the banks of the river, perhaps joining the pilgrims who have already been walking for days from Oporto, Braga or even Lisbon. Although we walk in a group, there is nothing to prevent us from meeting other pilgrims to Santiago.
After crossing the historic street we start a gentle ascent towards Ribadelouro, passing the sanctuary of San Bartolomeu, one of the oldest in Galicia.
From there we descend to O Porriño, capital of the municipality of the same name, which is in the metropolitan area of Vigo, the largest city in Galicia.
To reach O Porriño, we will follow the route that runs through the natural area of As Gándaras de Budiño and Río Louro, avoiding the traditional section that crosses the long and uninteresting industrial estate of As Gándaras.
On leaving O Porriño we will quickly pass the town hall of Mos.
The route crosses the small village that serves as the capital, passing by the church of Santa Eulalia and the manor house of the Marquises of Mos, and then begins the climb to the top of Enxertade. There we will find the Roman milestone of Vilar de Infesta and we will follow the old Roman road XIX that linked Braga and Astorga.
From there you reach the town of Redondela, another of the towns in the Vigo metropolitan area, known for the enormous railway viaducts that cross the town between its houses, and a perfect place to spend the night.
After leaving Redondela, a new effort will take us to the top of O Viso, which offers one of the best views over the famous Vigo estuary - the one portrayed by Jules Verne in his Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas and on whose seabed lie Spanish galleons laden with gold from America.
After a gentle descent, we will reach Arcade, a town famous for the oysters produced on its banks. Further on, we will cross the historic Roman bridge over the river Verdugo and begin the descent towards Pontevedra, a city with an impressive historic quarter that is well worth a visit, taking advantage of the shorter-than-usual stage design.
In addition, you can't miss the church of the Pilgrim Virgin and discover its history. Take a look at the ground plan of the building and you will see that it stands on an unusual but very appropriate scallop shape.
On the fifth day of this group Camino experience we will leave Pontevedra by the historic bridge of O Burgo, where the river Lérez turns into an estuary. This stage of the Portuguese Way of St. James is for nature lovers. We will be accompanied by wonderful landscapes dotted with small villages that will allow us to enjoy the charms of the Rías Baixas. We will be able to have lunch in the Barosa River Nature Park, enjoy the thermal waters of Caldas de Reis or go wine tasting with D.O. Rías Baixas as part of this section.
The end of the day will be in Caldas de Reis, a thermal village on the banks of the Umia river, perfect for recharging your batteries.
After leaving Caldas, the Portuguese Way continues through rural areas, with small towns and villages. Almost reaching the end of the stage, we will cross the Ulla River, one of the most important rivers in Galicia and one of the main channels of the largest and most productive estuary in Galicia: the Ría de Arousa.
On the other side of the bridge, we will find Padrón, the point where, according to tradition, the boat carrying the body of the apostle St. James docked when his disciples Theodore and Athanasius brought him back to Gallaecia.
In Padrón we can also discover that the "national poet" of Galician literature is a woman: Rosalía de Castro.
We are approaching the finish line. Passing through small villages, always climbing moderately, we will reach Santiago passing through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric of Teodomiro was located at the time of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle.
We will also pass through O Milladoiro, which today functions as a dormitory town of the capital of Galicia, but whose name probably comes from Latin humiliatorium - a clear reference to the pilgrimage and to the fact that from its top it was possible to see, at last, the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. A little further along the Camino and we will enter the city from the south, through the Porta Faxeira of the old city wall and the Rúa do Franco, a name related to the pilgrims, who were indistinctly called francos, even if they came from Portugal or from the south of Galicia.
Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached your goal.
The journey continues.
After a well-deserved rest, you finally have time to visit the city that you have reached on foot after more than a hundred kilometres. Its historic centre, its university, its market and its countless parks, its surroundings...
And, if you have time, the End of the World awaits you. We bring it to you on a full day trip to Muxía, Fisterra and the Costa da Morte.
How to book?
To book your place on this Camino Crew you just have to contact us. You must choose the kind of room you want (double or single room) and one of the available dates. To close the reservation, you must make a deposit of 20% of the cost.
What if the minimum number of people is not reached?
If the service cannot be completed on the chosen dates due to a lack of participants (minimum 5), you may choose any of these options:
Don't miss out! Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 people.
Don't miss out on a place.
Price per person in double room
Price per person in single room