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Horse Riding The Portuguese Camino de Santiago Trail from Porto


 

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ProductID: 1187

Type: Scheduled Group Tour

Country: Spain

Theme: Horse Back Riding and Walking Trails

Region: Galicia

Group Size: 6-12 People

Start City: Vigo

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Lodging: Rural Hotels/Manor Houses


 
Introduction:

Professional Guides, Escorts and Fully-kitted HorsesDuring these seven days and six nights, we will spend overnight stays in PORTO, Vilarinho, Ponte de Lima, Tui, Ponte Caldelas, Brión and Santiago, in traditional, rustic and manor houses, belonging to long-standing Portuguese families. The meeting point will be the Vigo Airport.

We will ride about 35 kms. per day, admiring the country landscapes of Portugal´s "Costa VERDE", steeped in history, art and natural beauty (medieval monuments, Roman bridges and fascinating Baroque architecture) and finally we will arrive in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA on day 8 in theRiding Along The Portuguese Trail to Santiago evening where we will visit the city and its cathedral. Board and lodging in three or four star Hotel.

The itinerary includes accommodation and full board, plus professional guides, escorts and insurance, fully-kitted horses and cross-country vehicles.

This is the way chosen by the Portuguese pilgrims. This route comes along Portugal and reaches Galicia from the South.

We shall start our trip from Braga (Northern Portugal) and we'll ride along this pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Horse-riding PilgrimsAs a horse-riding pilgrims we shall revive a part of the history of the old Europe.

We shall cross along some of the best conserved natural environments of Southern Europe. Remote old villages and historic remains will be reached by us and we shall enjoy nature and wildlife as the ancients did.

 
Day by Day Itinerary:
9 Days / 8 Nights

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DAY 1:
VIGO (AIRPORT OR CITY HOTEL TRANSFER) - PORTO
The meeting point of the Portuguese Way will be the National Arrivals area of Vigo airport at 15:00 h.
Next, we will travel by car to Porto, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
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DAY 2:
PORTO - VILARINHO
After preparing and saddling the horses, we will set off from the outskirts of Porto.
We will ride approximately 25 km. until we get to Vilarinho, belonging to Vila do Conde city council, a beautiful and lively village on the Atlantic coast.
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DAY 3:
VILARINHO - PEREIRA - ALBERGARIA - PONTE DE LIMA
Pereira (Barcelos) - Albergaría (Facha) located 12 Km before Ponte de Lima, we will ride approximately 30 Km and we will stay in a rural B & B called Quinta da Albergaria, located in the village of Facha
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DAY 4:
PONTE DE LIMA
This will be a transitory stage of 16-20 Km. during which we will have the chance to visit its palacea.
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DAY 5:
PONTE DA LIMA - sIERRA DE LABRUJA - VALENÇA DO MINHO - TUI
Horse riding across Sierra de Labruja to Valença. Then we'll visit the wonderful old fortress and village. Later we'll reach Tui (Spain) and then we'll visit a medieval cathedral and some other interesting historic remains.
Board and lodging at Parador de Tui.
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DAY 6:
TUI - VIGO bay - ARCADE - PONTEVEDRA - PONTE CALDELAS
Horse riding trip along Vigo Estuary by seashore. We'll enjoy a wonderful coastal scenery, we'll see some historic remains at San Simon Island and the modern suspension bridge over the estuary. We'll also visit a beautiful fishermen´s village at Arcade, well-known place for its shellfish cooking specialties. Then we'll visit Pontevedra and one of the best conserved Roman remains of Galicia. Finally we'll reach Ponte Caldelas.
Board and lodging at "O Castelo" country guest house. Top comfort in a homely atmosphere.
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DAY 7:
PONTE CALDELAS - PADRON - IRIA FLAVIA - BRION
Horse riding to Padrón across Ulla valley. We'll enjoy a beautiful river landscape. We'll visit a very interesting medieval church and other historic remains at Iria, important Roman city in the past. After we'll reach Brión.
Board and lodging at Rosalía Hostelry, a beautiful rustic country guest house.
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DAY 8:
PADRON - santiago de compostela
Horse riding to Padrón across the Galician campaign. Lunch at Rosalía Hostelry. Finally we'll reach by car Obradoiro square and the Santiago´s Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Then we'll visit the Santiago´s Cathedral and the Apostle´s Sepulcre.
Board and lodging in a three or four star Hotel.
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DAY 9:
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast in the morning and independent departure arrangements
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