Camino de Santiago Redux
Walking the Middle Path from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago, Spain
October 9 - 24, 2019
Hosted by Merry Beth Freienmuth and Marcia Appel
When we stepped off the Camino in 2017, our hearts told us we would be back to celebrate wellness, community, and contemplation, too. The Camino Portuguese, our chosen route for Camino de Santiago Redux in 2019, combines beautiful quiet walking trails and accommodations in country houses and stunning Paradors - a kind of luxury hotel, usually located in a converted historic building such as a monastery or castle. (In Spanish, "parar" means to stop, halt, or stay.) This walking tour covers 155 kilometers - 96 miles - from Ponte de Lima, Portugal, to Santiago, Spain. When you complete the covering the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, you can request your Compostela, or certificate of completion, of the pilgrimage.
This route is much quieter than the Camino Francés and passes though small hamlets, down quiet country lanes, through forests, and along coasts. You will experience beautiful old towns and cities such as Ponte de Lima, Tui, and Pontevedra. Our group will arrive in Porto, one of Portugal’s most famous cities a spectacular start to our journey. From there we head up to Ponte de Lima where we start our Camino walk, still in Portugal; a few days later we will enter Spain by crossing the international bridge of the Rio Mihno. This region of Portugal and Spain is famous for its great seafood, cheese, and wine, all of which we will savor on this trip.
Friendship and community, laughter and exploration, outside and inside.
The pretty riverside town of Ponte de Lima.
The beautiful fortress town of Valença set in a spectacular position looking over the Rio Minho to Spain.
The lively regional capital of Pontevedra with its delightful historic center of narrow streets and plazas.
Optional visit to the beautiful waterfalls inside the Natural Park of the Rio Barosa.
Reviving your tired feet in the hot thermal spring in Caldas de Reis.
Visiting Padrón, the town where St. James started his ministry in the Iberian Peninsula and where his remains are claimed to have arrived in a boat from Jerusalem.
Private guided tour of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, at the end of our walk.
An optional day trip to "the end of the world".
An optional additional seven-day hike to "the end of the world".
In The Camino Redux, we will celebrate the richness of life, of companionship, of other countries and cultures, and of our shared strength. Please join us.
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Your 15-day retreat includes:
Airfare: Round-trip economy class airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul via United Airlines. Comfort Plus and other upgrades available after ticketing at passenger’s expense.
Accommodations: Fourteen nights accommodation in good quality hotels, casas rurales and traditional manor houses (similar to farmhouse B&Bs).
Meals: Breakfast daily, six lunches, ten dinners, including wine.
Ground Transportation: Transfers and transportation by deluxe motorcoach and support vehicles while walking.
Sightseeing: Guided tours of Porto and Santiago de Compestela.
Expert guides: Experienced English-speaking tour guides from arrival to departure.
Classes: Yoga, stretching, and meditation practices provided daily.
Mementos: Scallop shell and exclusive Camino Guide Book
Level of Difficulty
This part of the Camino is well-marked and follows mainly forest trails, paths between villages and some secondary roads. While it is not a mountainous region, it is never flat! You will be walking up and down and down and up, so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary. The distances covered are the typical stages of the Camino. The support vehicle is available if you need a break and everybody is encouraged to walk at his or her own pace.
A $500 deposit will hold your space.
$5995 - double occupancy
$6945 - single occupancy, limited availability, by request only
The cost is per person, based on current airfare from the Twin Cities (other cities may be available), other details, and is subject to confirmation. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price and itinerary, they are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please see the brochure for more details.
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Our last pilgrimage on the Camino and the path ahead
Not Included in your retreat fee:
Fuel surcharges and/or tax increases since December 2018
Beverages other than coffee/tea at breakfast
Any meal or sightseeing item not listed in the itinerary
Optional travel protection: trip cancellation/interruption, baggage delay/loss, emergency evacuation/repatriation. Please refer to the Travel Protection section.
Passport fees. A passport valid six months beyond date of reentry to the U.S. is required.
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Refunds and Cancellations: All cancellations must be in writing. There is no refund for partial or unused land arrangements. Airline tickets will be issued well in advance of departure and may be nonrefundable. The following penalties will apply: Up to March 30, 2019 - $100 per person administrative fee plus any unrecoverable deposits; March 30 – July 20, 2019 – $500 plus any unrecoverable payments to hotels, tour operators or airlines; July 20 – August 31, 2019 – $2000 plus any unrecoverable payments to hotels, tour operators or airlines; August 31, 2019 or after – No refund.