PILGRIMAGE CRUISE FROM PORTO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
9 days and 8 nights from 1,350 € HB Departures every Friday from March to September
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The space chosen is the westernmost part of continental Europe, the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, the former Roman Gallaecia.
It starts at the mouth of the Duero River, in Oporto (Portugal), and goes north along the Atlantic coast, heading into the Rías Bajas part of Galicia (Spain) to go up the Ulla River to Padrón. It ends in Santiago de Compostela, the head of one of the routes that crossed Europe in the Middle Ages.
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You will receive “LA COMPOSTELA,” the pilgrim certificate
You will receive the new “Compostela Náutica,” which the Cathedral will grant you for having covered over 100 miles by sea and walked the last stage of the Portuguese route in the direction of Santiago de Compostela, a world heritage town. You will also attend Pilgrim’s mass.
You will see Porto, a world heritage city, and its La Ribera district, its cuisine, Fado music, and port wine vineyards, with wine-tasting included.
We offer you beaches and hiking on the Cíes Islands, Ons and Sálvora, which form a part of the Atlantic Islands National Park. You will sail and go by motorboat on the Arousa Sea and the Ulla River, the setting of the Apostle’s “La Traslatio.” You will receive the official certificate corresponding to your pilgrimage.
In the Rías Baixas you will discover the world of the Celts, their history, culture, and music. We will take guided tours of museums, churches, and monuments.
You will experience their traditions of canning and whaling. You will taste their cuisine, which is known worldwide: seafood, fish, squid—and their wines, from D.O. Albariño, D.O. Ribeiro, and D.O. Rías Baixas.
On this cruise the groups are no bigger than 10 people and we want it to be like a group of friends, with the common desire to make a pilgrimage and have an adventure. At El Camino por Mar® we know the area very well and we have selected a list of exclusive places, hotels and restaurants that only local people know, so that your experience is more unique.
THE TRIP THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Adventure, Culture, Nature, and Cuisine
The trip that El Camino por Mar® proposes will take you from the city of Oporto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. It’s an adventure that combines cities, excursions on the road, a nautical crossing of over 100 miles sailing the Atlantic and the Rías Baixas, hiking and beaches in the Atlantic Islands National Park, a trip in a fast motorboat up the Ulla River, and, lastly, a walk on foot through the final section of the St. James Way, arriving at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and taking part in a pilgrim’s mass.
We will do part of “La Traslatio,” that is to say, we will share the real route that the disciples followed with the remains of St. James from the Holy Land.
And we’ll do it in a sporting, cultural, contemporary way
FRIDAY. OPORTO RECEPTION
Everyone will arrive at the hotel on their own. You can get a transfer from the airport or train station.
Starting at 12:00 (Portuguese time) Reception accommodations at the Grande Hotel de París, the oldest hotel in the city. Free time until the introductory meeting.
18:00 Group meeting in the hotel conference room: introductions, review of the travel plan, distribution of cabins and delivery of the welcome pack and pilgrim’s passport. Questions and requests .
19:00 Wine-tasting workshop in Oporto given by an oenologist at the hotel.
20:00 A pleasant evening stroll through the old part of the city.
20:30 Dinner show in a real port tavern. We will taste the traditional Bacalhau while we listen to live fado music.
SATURDAY. FROM OPORTO TO BAYONNE
7:30 Buffet breakfast in the hotel.
9:30 Guided tour through the old city of Oporto, Barrio da Ribera.
11:00 Visit to the renowned Sandeman vineyards. Wine-tasting in Oporto.
12:00 (Portuguese time) Trip by bus to Santa Tecla: fantastic views of the Atlantic and the Miño River. Visit to the prehistoric fortified village of Santa Tecla.
14:30 (Spanish time) Lunch at the Mar y Cielo restaurant in Santa Tecla.
16:00 Trip by bus to the charming fishing village of La Guardia. Visit to Museo do Mar. Stroll around the village and shopping.
19:30 Arrival at the Yacht Club of Bayonne: shower and laundry service, bar. Lodging on the boat and a meeting with the captain. Free time: port and the old quarter of Bayonne, Virgen de la Roca, tapas, and shopping. Night onboard in port.
* Premium option: Night and breakfast at the National Parador of Bayonne
SUNDAY. FROM BAYONNE TO VIGO
7:00 Breakfast available onboard
8:15 Set off for the Cíes Islands (Atlantic Islands National Park) on the Vigo inlet.
10:00 Anchoring at the Rodas Beach (Cíes Islands): relax on the boat or go ashore with the dinghy. Swimming, snorkelling, hiking.
12:00 Sail to Cangas de Morrazo. Lunch at a typical restaurant in Cangas del Morrazo.
15:30 Sail to San Simón Island. Visit to the historical island.
19:00 Disembark at the port of San Adrián de Cobres. Stamping of the pilgrim’s passport. Visit to the parish of Domáio and the afternoon mass for whoever wants to go.
21:00 Sail to the Royal Nautical Club of Vigo.
Free time: stroll around the old quarter of Vigo, oyster street, stone market, shopping, restaurants, live music.
MONDAY. FROM VIGO TO COMBARRO
7:00 Breakfast available onboard.
8:00 Sail to Ons Island (Atlantic Islands Nature Park) admiring the Costa de la Vela on the starboard side.
11:00 Disembark on the island with a dinghy or relax on the boat. Beach, snorkelling, trip to Buraco do inferno, visit to the island village.
14:00 Lunch at the famous restaurant Casa Checho. Their speciality is pulpo a feira and caldeirada.
16:00 Sail along the Pontevedra inlet to the lovely seaside village of Combarro, famous for its hórreos (typical Galician raised granary) next to the sea and its quarry.
18:15 Arrival at the marina in Combarro: shower and laundry service, and bar. Take a stroll around the village, with a free afternoon. Night onboard in port.
7:00 Breakfast available onboard.
8:30 We set off in the direction of Bueu.
10:00 We will tie up at the port in Bueu and visit the Massó Museum, a reference point about the canning and whaling industry. Archaeology and Sailing.
11:30 Sail the Bay of Bueu and anchoring at the idyllic Mourisca Beach. Relax onboard, beach or hiking in the wilderness of Cape Udra, with a visit to an old Salazón. Catered food with local specialities.
16:00 Sailing on the lovely Aldán inlet. Anchoring at the fishing port of Aldán: visit to an artisanal seafood cleaning operation, a stroll around the village, and the stamping of the pilgrim’s passport at the parish church.
18:30 We leave for Portonovo sailing the Pontevedra inlet.
20:00 Arrival at the Portonovo Nautical Club. Shower and laundry service, bar. Free time: stroll to Sanxenxo, tapas, nightlife. Night onboard in port.
WEDNESDAY. SÁLVORA ISLAND -CAMBADOS-EL GROVE
9:00 Sail to Sálvora Island. Breakfast onboard as we watch how the bateiro boats work to catch clams.
11:00 Disembark in Sálvora: hiking, beach, snorkelling, relaxing.
12:30 Sail to Cambados, one of the most active fishing ports of Galicia, capital of Albariño wine, and catalogued as an artistic, historic area.
14:30 Lunch at a restaurant in Cambados and a visit to the fish market at 16:30.
18:00 Sail to El Grove admiring the lovely views of the Arosa inlet.
18:30 Arrival at the port of El Grove. Free time: stroll around the fishing village and Isla de la Toja (chapel of A Toxa, a spa, Grand Hotel and Casino, soap factory). Night onboard.
* Premium option: Night and breakfast at the National Parador of Cambados.
THURSDAY. FROM EL GROVE TO VILLAGARCÍA DE AROSA
8:30 Breakfast available onboard.
9:30 We set off for the Areoso Island, a protected nature preserve.
10:45 Disembark on the island: beach, snorkelling, a stroll around the beautiful dunes and reefs, a megalithic dolmen from the 3rd millennium BC.
12:00 Sailing along the picturesque Arosa inlet, towards Villagarcía and the sailing port of Carril, a clam paradise.
14:30 Lunch in the restaurant La Batea in the marina at Villagarcía de Arosa. Shower and laundry service, bar.
16:00 Free afternoon: relax onboard, beach, stroll around Villagarcía to the fishing village of Carril, visit to the church of Santiago and the lovely Isla de Cortegada. Shopping (ceramics, leather goods).
Last night onboard the sailboat, in port. Tomorrow we will start up the Ulla River by motorboat
FRIDAY. VILLAGARCÍA – PADRÓN – RUA DE FRANCOS
9:00 Breakfast served in the restaurant La Batea. Farewell to the sailboat and captain, and meeting with the skipper of the motorboat. Delivery of heavy luggage to be taken to the hotel.
12:00 We start the trip up the Ulla River to Pontecesures, with a stop at the Western towers of Catoira (12th-century artistic and historic monument). Have an aperitif at the River Club Vilarello and river beach
14:00 Lunch in Padrón, in the typical tavern Os Carrisos, where we will taste the famous Padrón peppers.
15:30 Visit to the Pedrón (stone where they tied up the boat with the Apostle’s remains) at the church of Padrón. We will start to walk on foot to Rúa do Francos (11.74 Km), reliving the final route of the disciples, through the villages of Padrón and Teo.
19:15 We will reach the hotel Casa Parada de Francos, where we will stay the night. We will have dinner at the restaurant Casa Carboeira, specialised in squid omelette.
SATURDAY. ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
7:30 Breakfast in the hotel.
8:30 We will start the final, emotional stage of the Portuguese route of the St. James Way on foot (12.47 Km).
11:30 Arrival at Plaza del Obradoiro in front of the cathedral. A well-earned rest.
12:00 Pilgrim’s mass at the Cathedral with the botafumeiro. Visit to the Pilgrim’s Museum
14:30 Pick up luggage
16:00 The trip is over
From Santiago, connections to the airport, railway, and buses.
Easy connection to the city of Oporto for those who want to go back.
Premium option. Night at the National Parador de los Reyes Católicos (5*).
CONCEPTS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
VAT and other taxes are included in the price
Cruise by sailboat along the Rías Baixas and Atlantic Islands National Park.
Professional skippers and guides.
Our boats are in perfect condition. Our safety materials meet the regulations of the General Department of the Merchant Navy.
Motorboats for going to shore and going up the Ulla River.
Mooring fees in six ports and anchoring fees in the park. Fuel, sailing permits.
Insurance for the boat and occupants. International traveller’s insurance.
Documentation and information about the stages.
Management of credentials to get “La Compostela,” the pilgrim’s passport
D.O. Porto wine-tasting workshop. Sandeman wine-tasting session.
Guided tours: old town of Oporto and Bodegas Sandeman. Santa Tecla fort. San Simón Island. Fish auction (Fish market at Cambados).
Tickets to the Museo do Mar (La Guardia ) and Massó Museum (Bueu).
Luggage transfer in Oporto and in the 2 stages on foot.
Transfer by microbus from Oporto to Bayonne with a stop at Santa Tecla.
Sunday mass at the parish of Domáio and pilgrim`s mass with the Botafumeiro at the Cathedral of Santiago.
CONCEPTS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Coffee, drinks, and other extras. Bed linens (we recommend a sleeping bag). Everything that isn’t on the list of “Concepts included in the price.” Premium
LODGING AND RESTAURANT SERVICES
All of the lodging and menus have been selected for their quality
This trip is with half-board.
Mar y Cielo Restaurant (Santa Tecla).
Sol Poniente Restaurant (Cangas de Morrazo).
Casa Checho Restaurant (Isla de Ons).
A Fonte do Viño Restaurant (Cambados).
A Batea Restaurant (Villagarcía de Arosa).
Os Carrisos Restaurant (Padrón).
Catered food including local specialities (Mourisca Beach).
Marisquinhas Restaurant with a show of fado music (Oporto).
Carboeira Restaurant (Rúa de Francos).
Lodging in cabins and shared double rooms:
1 night with breakfast at the Grande Hotel de Paris (Oporto)
6 nights with breakfast on the sailboat (shared double cabin)
1 night with breakfast at the rural house Parada Casa de Francos.
Do you need to know more?
Ask our expert
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Natalja Dudek. Public Relations
0049 157 73102355
DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE
In order to improve your experience, the groups are a maximum of 10 people and we already have a lot of interest in the 2017 season