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There are many pilgrim paths meandering through Europe and they all lead to the entrancing and inspiring city of Santiago de Compostela. The most well-trodden route is the Camino Frances from St Jean in France to Santiago, but this route gets busier each year. However, there exists a far quieter but intensely spiritual route, which still has close connections to the life and work of St James as he travelled from Padron to his final resting place in Santiago.  Journeying through these landscapes that border the Atlantic Ocean today can still return the pilgrim to ancient times, and indeed you will encounter sections of the original pilgrim route with shrines, ancient stone crosses and chapels along the way. 

The Experience

This 7-night journey is far more than a holiday. You will be immersed in the unique atmosphere that walking an ancient pilgrim path offers, establishing comradeship along the way, enjoying delicious meals and benefitting from the kindness of local people as they wish you ‘Buen Camino’! It is truly uplifting. You will be provided with a pilgrim passport, which should be stamped at two points each day and presented to the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago where you will receive the ‘Compostela’ certificate if you have walked 100km or more. You can then enjoy the daily Pilgrims’ Mass – a most memorable and moving experience.

The Walking

Walking from Tui to Santiago along the Camino Portugues, the route heads north and follows the final 100km of the Way. The route is gently undulating with good way marks and has some transport options between towns if required. There are tranquil wooded sections near rivers as well as shaded paths with fine sea views.  However, in certain sections the pilgrim must also walk alongside roads and railways, but these are soon forgotten as the route deviates onto an ancient Roman pathway lined with stone crosses dating back to medieval times.

Luggage Transfer

Luggage may be transported from one hotel to the next enabling you to travel with a day rucksack. Unlike our other treks, luggage transfer is an optional extra as many Pilgrims prefer to travel light and carry their own. See pricing details for costs. There is a limit of 15kg per bag.

Walk Grading

Self-Guided – Easy, with long days. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 2151m, Descent 1940m, 78 miles.


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Camino de Santiago

Your hotels have been selected to be friendly welcoming and comfortable.

We offer standard and higher grade hotel options.  Our standard grade hotels all have rooms with private bathroom, and are generally 2* in category. The higher graded options utilises superior accommodation (where available) that is generally 3*. In Santiago the higher grade option included is a 4* hotel.

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Day 1: Arrive in Oporto or Santiago and transfer to your hotel in Tui.  Spend time exploring this ancient border town on the Rio Minho before dinner in your hotel – either a 3-star centrally located hotel or the Parador de Tui, 15 minutes’ walk from town. 

Day 2: Tui to O Porino Enjoy Tui’s picturesque streets that date back to Roman times then wander through pleasant fields and past rushing streams, though the nearby motorway can be a distraction. The second section of the route enters the industrial outskirts of O Porino, but on arriving in the centre of O Porino, you will discover many ancient Galician monuments.
Ascent 280m, Descent 260m, Distance 11 1/4 miles, Time 5-6 hours.

Day 3: O Porino to Arcade A longer but pleasantly rural day with a lunch stop at the historical town of Redondela . The day ends in a delightful hotel overlooking the River Verdugo and the ancient part of town.
Ascent 487m, Descent 491m, Distance 15 1/4 miles, Time 6 hours.

Day 4: Arcade to Pontevedra A shorter day, leaving plenty of time to explore the enchanting old town of Pontevedra.  The route is peaceful and atmospheric, passing through forest and countryside. It is well marked and some stretches follow the original Pilgrim Way. Choose to stay in a 3-star city-centre hotel or the beautiful and renowned Parador de Pontevedra.
Ascent 267m, Descent 248m, Distance 8 1/2 miles, Time 4 hours.

Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis The route begins alongside roads and railway lines, but later leads to tranquil vineyards. Notice the beautiful medieval stone crosses, used as way marks, before arriving at the Spa town of Caldas de Reis. Overnight in a family-run pension with delicious food.
Ascent 248m, Descent 264m, Distance 14 miles, Time 6 hours.

Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padron This is a delightful day, following rivers and streams and passing pretty villages. Arriving in Padron – a town steeped in history and the life of St James – cross the river and climb to Monte Santiagueno with fine views of the town. This is where St James reputedly first preached the gospel message.
Ascent 313m, Descent 354m, Distance 13 miles, Time 5.5 hours.

Day 7: Padron to Santiago The final day is the longest and most undulating but the anticipation of reaching Santiago maintains a spring in the step! The often tranquil route passes the oldest stone cross in Galicia before entering the attractive suburbs of Santiago.  Enter the magnificent cathedral by its south door – a tradition of pilgrims of the Camino Portugues – and revel in the sacred splendour. A choice of accommodation is offered in Santiago.
Ascent 556m, Descent 323m, Distance 16 miles, Time 7 hours.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport for your journey home (or spend an extra night or two in Santiago... or keep walking to Finisterre).

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Galicia has a climate that is influenced by its surrounding seas, giving more variable weather than the rest of Spain. Summer days are usually warm, but on some days temperatures may reach 30-35C. Rainy days can be expected in spring and autumn, but both seasons offer warm, sunny days, ideal for walking. Winter can be cold but clear and bright and the Camino is empty and superbly atmospheric.



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You can fly to Santiago from London Stansted, Oporto from London Gatwick or La Coruña from London Heathrow. You will be transferred by car to your first hotel in Tui (1 hour from Oporto, 2 hours from Santiago and 3 from La Coruña) and returned to the airport at the end of the holiday. Please note that you can fly into one airport and out of another. If you wish to make your own way to Tui we will deduct the cost of the transfer.

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Our prices as shown below; are available in GBP, USD, EUR, AUD, CAD and NZD and we accept payment in all these currencies.

Tui - Santiago

2017/18 

All Pilgrim prices include:

o    Accommodation in the grade indicated

o    Breakfast every day

o    Hotel location maps and useful notes

o    Our unique walking book compiled by one of our team from personal experience walking this stage

o    Experience of Camino specialist consultant in arranging the right trip for you

o    Walking map

o    All documents sent to your home in advance to travel

o    Pilgrims Passport (so you can claim your compostela)

o    24 Hour support line, manned by English speakers

o    General useful notes for your journey

Optional:

o    Baggage transfer between hotels, so you just walk with a day pack (1 bag per person @20kg)

                  o    Transfers to/from the local airport or bus station as indicated

o    Flight, train or bus arrangements to/from Santiago, from a Spanish city or the UK

o    Dinner on each night in non-city hotels, recommended to ensure a meal is available at the end of a long day walking

Prices are per person

Prices in US Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), Australian Dollar (AUD), Canadian Dollar (CAD) and New Zealand Dollar (NZD) include all bank charges and costs of couriering documentation to your home. This enables you to study them before you set off and peace of mind as you will not have to worry that the documents will not be at your first hotel. These prices are fixed so that you know the total price up front.

 
    Prices Include Following   GBP   USD   EUR   AUD   CAD   NZD
                             
Standard Grade   Bed and Breakfast based on two   527   684   595   911   911   1034
accommodation   sharing a twin/double room                        
                             
    Supplement for Half Board/   112   146   129   219   192   217
    Dinner/MAP                        
                             
    Single room Supplement   167   218   193   284   286   323
                             
Higher Grade    Bed and Breakfast based on two   658   855   745   1140   1142   1295
accommodation   sharing a twin/double room                        
                             
    Supplement for Half Board/   122   159   141   208   209   236
    Dinner/MAP                        
                             
    Single room Supplement   244   318   281   415   418   471
                             
Baggage   Transfer of Baggage Maximum    93   121   107   159   160   180
    20kg per bag                        
                             
Flights from UK   Approximate cost of flights to   160   209   185   273   274   309
    return between London &                        
    Santiago                        
                             














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Here are some comments from clients who have walked the Camino with us:-

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr AC, Surrey

New Experience Holidays is smooth, efficient and made my first holiday alone very easy.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs JB, Essex

Very helpful and responsive.
Service: Excellent     Ms EC, USA

We had a wonderful time and were very impressed at the organisation of bags, standard overall and service. Thank you.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs O, Surrey

Thank you for a wonderful "new experience".
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mr JD, Hexham

Very useful to have notes about route as we were self-guided. Handy size to carry.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mrs DE, Gloucestershire

Overall this was a great trip which exceeded our expectations in several regards.
Service: Good     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Average/Good     Dr RK, USA

Travel documentation: Quality 5/5 On time delivery 5/5
Service: Good     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Mr RD, Warwickshire

All the travel arrangements worked out very well, very impressed with our taxi driver and the way our bags were always waiting for us.
Mr LG, Kent

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Good     Mr WA, Henley

Despite trying situation with the ash cloud chaos you endevoured to communicate regularly and get me on the next flight with no additional cost.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Ms JT, London

Very Comprehensive… A good way to do the Camino de Santiago if you have a limited time and are booking late.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Ms SB, Middlesex

We had a great time - a really amazing holiday. Your organisation and arrangements worked out very well. We look forward to our next trip.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mr DF, Berkshire

We couldn't fault you! We were very happy with your excellent arrangements.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mr PG, Oxfordshire

Travel documentation: Quality 5/5 On time delivery 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Average/Good     Mr PA, West Midlands

We are all still raving on about our pilgrimage and regard it as a huge success, with all sorts of ever-deepening benefits.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Ms SS, London

Exceptional service with extraordinary attention to detail. Travel documents included more than I could have expected.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Excellent     Miss LB, Kent

I was going to telephone you to say that it was the best holiday I've ever had. Thanks. We shall be going to Spain again.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs LS, York

We were very impressed by the high standards of efficiency and arrangements made for our holiday.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mr KB, Sheffield

A sheer delight.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     DR IG, Devon

Really appreciated personal service + speed of communication + advice + suggestions during booking process - Great!
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Excellent     Miss LB, Kent

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Average/Good     Miss GC, Belfast

It was an excellent trip and I would have no hesitation in booking with New Experience again. In fact my husband has already looked at some of their other walking holidays.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs CM, Guildford

Excellent service with a very helpful personal touch.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mr KB, Sheffield

The luggage handling was faultless. Most certainly we will return.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     DR IG, Devon

Travel documentation: Quality 5/5 On time delivery 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mrs CC-T, Shropshire

Having walked with several other companies, we were very impressed with implementation and arrangements provided by New Experience.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mr KB, Sheffield

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mr AC, Surrey

Very happy with the service provided & prompt response to emails.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mrs MM, London

The organisation was absolutely brilliant. The transfer of our luggage was a very slick operation from hotel to hotel and could not have been better.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs CM, Guildford

Very friendly and helpful.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs AP, Walsall

Travel documentation: Quality 5/5 On time delivery 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mr WD, Surrey

Everything went like clockwork. Excellent - Well done.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Average     Mr RK, County Down

Very happy with personal service I received.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Miss JS, Staffordshire

Very smooth & well thought out. Wonderful experience.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Miss DL, Surrey

The hotel accommodation was far better than I had anticipated, locations were good and the food was absolutely excellent.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs CM, Guildford

I was VERY impressed with the whole service. It was personal & tailored for me. This was my first solo walking trip & I felt supported.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs LR, Leeds

For a first time using a package holiday like this we were very impressed with the hassle free way it was organised.
Service: Good     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr RB, Belfast

We really enjoyed our holiday. All hotels were very clean and comfortable.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs LH, County Down

All hotels ideally situated and were more than suitable for our needs.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr GT, Merthyr

We both really enjoyed the Pilgrimage & would like to thank you for your efficiency & organization.
Service: Good     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Good     Ms MK, Northampton

Would look at your website before any other company if booking another walking holiday & would recommend to friends & family.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Miss DL, Surrey

Excellent thank you, tailormade to our needs as always!
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr VS, Gt Yarmouth

Everything worked perfectly & was organised spot on.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr DE, Lancashire

The whole trip worked smoothly and efficiently especially knowing that at the end of the day we had our luggage, a comfy bed and a good meal. Job well done.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs CM, Guildford

All-in-all I had a fantastic, well organised & planned holiday. Something I will never foget - thank you!
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Miss CW, Kent

Location of hotels were spot on and central to shops etc.
Service: Good     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr RB, Belfast

Organisation by New Experience was really good. They had thought of everything and it worked.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Good     Mrs LM, Buckinghamshire

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mr GP, Derry

Travel documentation: Quality 5/5 On time delivery 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Excellent     Mr DMW, York

(Re documentation) Always concise & informative - much more than some we were compared with! Very helpful hints on where the next break was etc, terrain, distance.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr VS, Gt Yarmouth

A wide choice of hotels, generally very good.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mr JA, Bakewell

Very helpful and reassuring on the telephone.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr RH, Hexham

All excellent - friendly & helpful service.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs SG, Surrey

I had a superb time & valued your organisation.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mr BW, London

Matthew was always there to answer questions however trivial they may have seemed.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs EB, Stoke on Trent

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Ms CK-R, London

We cannot thank you enough for your excellent service. Choice of hotels were excellent and always right on the Camino route.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr VS, Gt Yarmouth

Amongst the handful of our top holidays. The camaraderie was great. All arrangements worked very well.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr RH, Hexham

Taxis always arrived well before scheduled pick-up time. Drivers mart & helpful.
Service: Average/Good     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation:      Mrs SN, Oxford

Your organisation of the holiday was excellent.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs SG, Surrey

Overall we did enjoy the holiday- and would consider doing more of the Camino.
Service: Good     Hotels: Average     Documentation: Average     Mr JF, Carmarthenshire

Great service, thanks!
Service: Good     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Ms MW, Liverpool

All bookings and baggage transfers were excellent.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs DC, Hampshire

Found the experience enthralling.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mr GK, Derry

All taxi transfers were punctual, efficient & friendly as always.
Service: Good     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Average     Mrs SN, Oxford

Overall all very enjoyable.
Service: Average/Good     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Average/Good     Ms LS, Oxford

Overall I was very impressed from start to finish of my holiday.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs JB, Essex

A really good start and information.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Mrs AN, Leeds

All my dealings with you have me feel valued and reassured about the walk.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr RB, Edinburgh

We had a great holiday. Thank you. We were sad to leave the Camino at Burgos.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs DC, Hampshire

Travel documentation: Quality 5/5 On time delivery 5/5
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Average/Good     Documentation: Good/Excellent     Rev PF, Dorking

Member of staff put me at ease & chatted through my options patiently - very kind as this was mt first trip of this kind.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Ms NH, Reading

Service when booking: Helpfulness 5/5 Efficiency 5/5
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Average     Dr AG, Lincolnshire

Our advise to others is "Go for it". It is an unforgettable experience.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Good     Mrs ME, Weston Super Mare

The quality of the accommodation was great. All very welcoming and helpful.
Service: Good     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Ms MW, Liverpool

All hotels had great staff and good location.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr RB, Edinburgh

The hotels were all very varied and obviously chosen with care. Well situated on the route.
Service: Average/Good     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Good     Mrs SM, Newcastle

Overall, an excellent and very well organised holiday. We loved the experience.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mr PG, Oxfordshire

We've really enjoyed the walks we've done so far. We felt all the hotels were well chosen and it was reassuring to know, while walking, that at the end of a long, hot day the hotels were going to be comfortable and welcoming.
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mr DF, Berkshire

We had an excellent holiday! Everything went just as it should and the Parador was amazing.
Service: Excellent     Mrs LM, Ayrshire

(Re documentation) Easily understood, useful notes and tips!
Service: Excellent     Hotels: Good     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs LT, Denbighshire

Clear and prompt information given to me as I was a late booking.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs JP, Denbighshire

Thanks for the unfogettable holiday, and for all the help and encouragement. I had the best time ever.
Service: Good/Excellent     Hotels: Good/Excellent     Documentation: Excellent     Mrs JP, Denbighshire



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