Tour Itinerary

Tour Schedule:

Friday, June 19
Depart United States, Travel to Lisbon (on your own)

Day 1: Saturday, June 20
Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal

We’ll meet at our hotel near Lisbon at 3:00 pm for a Welcome Gathering. After the orientation, you may take a peaceful stroll on your own in the small fishing village of Paço de Arcos near Lisbon. If you’re feeling adventuresome, walk 10 minutes to the beach boardwalk and blend in with the Portuguese on an afternoon stroll. Or hop on the train for more adventures in Lisbon, Cascais, and Estoril. Later we will meet for a delightful Portuguese Welcome Dinner.

Lodging: Lisbon
Meal: Dinner included

Day 2: Sunday, June 21
Discover Lisbon from Belém to St. George's Castle

We begin with a panoramic train ride alongside the Tagus River into Lisbon and explore the seafaring Belém District, home to many of the city's historic buildings. You will rediscover Portugal's Golden Age of Exploration at the heroic Monument to the Discoveries and the Monastery of Jerónimos. Later we’ll treat ourselves to tea and the signature pastry of Belém - an indulgence not to be missed. 

In the afternoon we’ll stroll up medieval alleys to the Alfama District and the Moorish hilltop citadel, São Jorge Castle, where we will experience a breath taking view of vibrant Lisbon. We’ll enjoy dinner and a performance at a Lisbon Fado House. Fado – sometimes called the Portuguese blues – is a wonderfully emotive and moving music genre heard only in Portugal.

Activity Level: Light walking = 5-6 km/3-4 mi on hills
Lodging: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

Day 3: Monday, June 22
Travel from Lisbon to Ponte de Lima

On the journey north we will visit Tomar, a quintessentially medieval town, where you will see the best example of Knights Templar architecture surviving today. We'll visit the Knights Templar Castle and Convent, a World Heritage Site, which was the base camp for the Grand Masters of the Order, as well as a planning center for the Portuguese Age of Great Discoveries.

We will travel to Ponte de Lima, the oldest village in Portugal and historically significant as a Roman settlement, and part of the Roman Road XIX from Braga to Santiago de Compostela. We'll stroll on narrow cobblestone streets and across medieval and Roman bridges.

Activity Level: Light walking = 3-5 km/2-4 mi with some stairs
Lodging: Ponte de Lima
Meal: Breakfast Included

Day 4: Tuesday, June 23
Begin the Camino de Santiago

Stage 1 - Ponte de Lima, Portugal to Tui, Spain

We depart Ponte de Lima, crossing the majestic Romanesque bridge over the Lima River, and enter beautiful and friendly rural Portugal amidst its farming landscape. We'll climb to the pass through a peaceful pine forest where we will rest and reflect back on the journey.

In San Pedro de Rubiaes, we'll board a bus to the beautiful fort city of Valenca, where we start our Camino by crossing the Minho River - the border between Portugal and Spain. Tui, and its picturesque streets, waits on the other side of the border, welcoming us into Spain. Approaching the Plaza de San Fernando, we'll enjoy beautiful views of a 12th Century cathedral.

Activity Level: Moderate walking = 22 km/14 mi on hills and uneven terrain
Lodging: Parador de Tui, Tui, Spain
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

Day 5: Wednesday, June 24
Camino de Santiago 
Stage 2 - Tui to Redondela, Spain

From Tui's old port, the Camino winds its way up to the old town following the so-called Camino da Barca. We then walk through the Tunel das Monxas where the Camino enters a steep section and leads to the ancient Roman bridge of San Telmo.

Activity Level: Moderate walking = 26 km/16 miles on hills, stairs, and uneven terrain
Lodging: Pazo Torres de Agrelo in Redondela, Spain
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included (at the Pazo)

Day 6: Thursday, June 25
Camino de Santiago 
Stage 3 - Redondela, Spain to Padron, Spain

The terrain becomes easier as we cross the Louro valley. With the picturesque valley to the east, we climb gently and arrive at the Chapel of Santiaguino de Antas, a pleasant place to take a rest.

We then enter a wide expanse of woodland. Surrounded by pine trees, the Camino starts its descent through the hamlet of Setefontes and comes to Arcade. Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, our path crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence Napoleon's army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this very bridge.

Heading up a cobbled footpath, we come to the 13th century church of Santa Maria. Views of the Bay of Vigo are stunning!

Activity Level: Moderate walking = 18.2 km/11.5 mi on hills, stairs and uneven terrain
Lodging: Parador de Pontevedra in Pontevedra, Spain
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

Day 7: Friday, June 26
Camino de Santiago 
Stage 4 -
Pontevedra, Spain to Padron, Spain

Passing through chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway. In the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked into pine and eucalyptus trees.

Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, we'll see a statue of Saint James, the Pilgrim, his cane pointing the way to proceed. Walking through the lovely village of Tibo – with its fountain, public washing place, and stone cross – brings us to the hot springs of Caldas de Reis. 

From here we take a local bus to Padron, Spain. Padron is famous in the legend of St. James as the first land sighted by the ship bearing his body.

Activity Level: Moderate walking = 23.1 km/12 mi on hills and uneven terrain
Lodging: Bishops Residence, Spain
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8:  Saturday, June 27
Camino de Santiago
Padron, Spain to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruin of the hill fort, Castro Lupario. Just a few kilometers later we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. Nearing Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the Cathedral de Santiago. Finally, the Camino passes the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella before entering the City of the Apostle, Santiago de Compostela.

Activity Level: Moderate walking = 24.9 km/15 mi on hills, stairs and uneven terrain
Lodging: Hotel Pombal in Santiago city center
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Sunday, June 28
Morning Tour of Santiago de Compostela, Pilgrim’s Mass and Afternoon Journey to Corcubión

We begin with a tour of the ancient Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the peaceful morning hours to capture its beauty before the crowds gather. We’ll eat a hearty breakfast and prepare for the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon.

In the afternoon, we’ll ride a bus to Corcubión with its carefully conserved old quarter and seafront promenade facing the old fishing harbor. And, we’ll rest!

Lodging: Corcubión, Spain
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

Day 10: Monday, June 29
Walk to Finisterre “The End of the Earth”
Travel from Finisterre, Spain to Porto, Portugal

During this morning’s walk, we are treated to fabulous views of coastal cliffs and coves on the way to Cape Finisterre and its lighthouse. At the end of our journey, we travel by bus to Porto, Portugal.

We’ll take an evening stroll in Porto, a World Heritage City on the Douro River, and the next morning visit Gaia and one of its Port wine cellars. Our journey continues with a visit to the Stock Exchange Palace, the gilded Church of Santa Clara, and the São Bento Train Station, famous for its tile decoration.

Later we’ll experience a relaxing boat ride on the river, take in the sights, sample some Port, and reflect on our adventures. During this last evening, we’ll enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner, sing the Luther College song, and toast each other with “Bon Camino!"

Activity Level: Moderate walking = 15 km/9 mi on hills and uneven terrain
Lodging: 3 or 4 Star Hotel in Porto, Portugal
Meal: Breakfast 

Day 11: Tuesday, June 30
Morning check out and departure

We’ll guide you to the airport, train station, metro or taxi, or help you on your way to more Portuguese adventures as we say “Farewell” and “Bon Camino!"

Meal: Breakfast Included

A group hikes on through the green land.
A group attempts to jump in front of a historical landmark.