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Study Trip

The Camino de Santiago Portugal - Spain

Wednesday, 20th to Saturday, 30th March 2019
Leader: Khun Jumbhot Chuasai, Former Honorary Secretary of the Siam Society

*This trip will take place during the high season. As a result, our agent cannot hold reservations without a deposit. To ensure you get your place on this trip

 

 

THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO, also known as the Way of Saint James, is the name used to refer to all the routes that have lead pilgrims for centuries to where the apostle Saint James the Great is said to be buried. The Camino has been one of the most important Christian Pilgrimage for well over 1,000 years and it has started a new international rebirth.

The Camino is a journey to the religious and historical roots of Europe, it's traveling through beautiful countryside and timeless villages, it's rediscovering the pleasure of being in direct contact with nature. But it is also an invitation, we invite you by walking the Camino with us to rediscover yourself through introspection and new encounters, to build unexpected friendships and give yourself new challenges.

Ultreya Coach is a unique range of tours that offers the highest levels of comfort and services. You will stay in some of the best hotels of Northern Portugal and Galicia, mostly Pousadas de Portugal and Paradores, two chains of hotels specialized in luxury accommodation in historical monuments and eat at the most delicious gastronomic places including two Michelin Star restaurants. Over 11 days, we will show you our personal highlights of the Portuguese Way including the stunning Capital of Portugal, Lisbon, the Marian Shrine of Fatima, Porto, the High Douro Valley and the Salnés region.

Experience the best the Portuguese Way has to offer between Lisbon and Santiago de Compostela. Along this exceptional 10 nights tour Specially Created for the Siam Society you will get to walk a total of 100 km along our favorite sections of the interior and Coastal Portuguese Camino de Santiago.

Under the leadership of Khun Jumbhot Chuasai, the Siam Society will arrange a study trip for members to visit Lisbon, Santarém, Fatima, Pinhão, Regua, Porto, Guimarães, Valença do Minho, Tui, Pontevedra, Cambados, Padron and Santiago de Compostela.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

This 10 nights route brings you along the Caminho Português - Portuguese Way from Lisboa into Santiago de Compostela.

Day 1: Wednesday, 20th March: Lisbon

Total walking : N/A
Accommodation : Pestana CR7 Lisbon

Make your way to Lisbon airport where a taxi will pick you up and drive you to your hotel right in the heart of Lisbon near the Praça do Comércio where you will meet up with the group. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal, and one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Western Europe. Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, lively nightlife and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate. In the afternoon, stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens onto the Tagus in Praça do Comércio before meeting your guide for a welcome 4 course dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Thursday, 21th March: Lisbon

Total walking : 8 km.
Accommodation : Pestana CR7 Lisbon

At 9 am, your guide will meet you at your hotel reception to show you Lisbon through an 8 km. walk along the Camino de Santiago which crosses the city. We will start in the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the medieval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações. Then we will explore on foot the two central but vastly different districts of Baixa and Alfama. Baixa was completely destroyed by the devastating 1755 earthquake and the reconstruction was the first example of a grid-and-block layout. This characteristic city layout is now common throughout the modern world but was considered revolutionary for the mid-18th century. Alfama is oldest section of Lisbon and is totally opposite to uniform and mighty Baixa. Alfama is a maze of cobbled streets and stairways that lead up from the river to the castle and are filled with ancient house, boutique shops and trendy bars. We will enjoy a typical lunch up by the castle before having the afternoon free to discover more of Lisbon. Dinner will be served in a Fado house near your hotel and followed by an intimate concert

Day 3: Friday, 22th March : Santarém - Fátima

Total walking : 10 km.
Accommodation : Hotel Dom Goncalo & Spa
WALK BY THE RIVER TEJO AND VISITS OF FATIMA

Finally, the day you start your pilgrimage on the Portuguese Way. We will start by driving 1h to the city of Santarém, an important fortress city in the course of the wars between the Moors and the Christians until it was finally taken by the Christians in 1147. From there, we will walk with our guide a glorious 10 km. through olive groves and by the river Tejo along the Camino to Fatima. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way in the shade of the river. Midafternoon, the group will arrive in Fátima where we will spend the night in a hotel near the Catholic Sanctuary. The City of Fátima was named after a 12th-century Moorish princess, and since 1917 it has been one of the greatest Marian shrines in the world, visited by thousands of pilgrims annually. Pilgrims come to pay their respect to the Lady of the Rosary, who supposedly appeared several times in 1917 to three young peasant children from the village.

Day 4: Saturday, 23th March : Regua

Total walking : 11 km.
Accommodation : The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca
WALK IN THE VINEYARDS OF THE HIGHER DOURO VALLEY

Early morning, we will leave Fatima to drive 2h30 towards Regua where the Porto wine grapes are grown. We will be spending the day in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alto (upper) Douro, also known as the Douro Vinhateiro which is dominated by big placards on the hillsides bearing the names of famous Port producers such as Cockburns, Taylors and Sandeman. The spectacular landscape is characterized by improbably steep terraces covered in vines and dotted with wine-producing farms called quintas. We will be spending the night in one of those quintas and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a picnic lunch, a short private cruise and an easy walking tour with breathtaking views before a visit of their bodega, wine-tasting session and dinner in our hotel.

Day 5: Sunday, 24th March : Matosinhos - Porto

Total walking : 8 km.
Accommodation : Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site
WALK INTO PORTO

We start the day with a 1h30 drive West following the Douro River into Porto. Our driver will drop us off 8 km outside of the city, the town of Matosinhos, on the Portuguese Coastal Way so we can walk the Camino backwards into the town. This walk will include a lunch in a lovely restaurant overlooking the beach just before the Foz lighthouse and a short guided tour of the city. You will be shown the City’s hidden gems like its train station, the Lello library and its Cathedral. We will be spending the night in a historic hotel by the Dom Luis bridge in the heart of the old town and the harbor and enjoy a typical fish dinner overlooking the river.

Day 6: Monday, 25th March : Pedra Fureda - Guimarães

Total walking : 11 km.
Accommodation : Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães
WALK FROM ARCOS TO PEDRA FUREDA

Today, we have planned an easy 11km section through delightful woodlands paths along the interior Camino. You will be walking along quiet country lanes, mostly screened by eucalyptus and pine woods until you reached Pedra Fureda near the town of Barcelos, where we will enjoy our picnic lunch. We will spend the night 30min away in the World Cultural Heritage City of Guimarães, considered as the birthplace of Portugal.

Our hotel is located in an ancient 12th-century Augustinian Monastery with fantastic views of the city and you should take time to discover the harmonious, well-preserved heritage of the city just 20min walk away, including its 11th century royal fortress and its stunning main square perfect for a drink in a terrace, before enjoying dinner in your hotel.

Day 7: Tuesday, 26th March : Ponte de Lima - Labruja - Rubiães

Total walking : 18 km.
Accommodation : Pousada de Valença
WALK FROM PONTE DE LIMA TOWARDS RUBIAES

Today, we will be walking what is considered to be the most beautiful stage of the Portuguese Way. It is not an easy walk as you will be going uphill for about 5 km on mountain paths, but you will enjoy some of the most beautiful views there is on any Camino and our support bus will be there to help in case you need us. You will start in the legendary town of Ponte de Lima which is Minho personified and full of history. Follow the Roman Military Road by the Labruja River to Codeçal through eucalyptus forests by two waterfalls and up to Alto da Portela Grande de Labruja at 400m where you will enjoy breathtaking views. It’s then downhill to Rubiães (take the bus for an easier journey). Here, you should visit the 12th-century Romanesque Church of São Pedro de Rubiães after your picnic lunch before getting into the bus to head to the 13th century Fortress of Valença do Minho just on the other side of the Portuguese border where we will spend the night in a hotel with views onto Spain.

Day 8: Wednesday, 27th March : Pontevedra - Cambarro

Total walking : 11 km.
Accommodation : Quinta de San Amaro
2 WALKS IN SPAIN

We start the day walking straight out from our hotel the 3 km that separate us from the next Spanish town, across the Miño River, and into the fortress City of Tui. Once in Tui, we will continue our journey on the Camino Portuguese by driving 40min to the City of Pontevedra, the city dedicated to the Virgin Pilgrim. Here we will walk a total of 8 km from the City by the Monastery of San Juan de Poio long the coast of the Rias Baixas to the beautiful town of Cambarro, famous for its Horreos (a typical granary on pillars). We will have a late lunch in this special setting before driving to a beautifully renovated Pazo nearby where we will spend the night and enjoy a gourmet dinner made by a celebrity chef.

Day 9: Thursday, 28th March : Armenteira - Cambados

Total walking : 12 km.
Accommodation : Parador Cambados
WALK THE RUTA DA PEDRA E DA AGUA

After breakfast we will take a short 15 min drive to the Monastery of Armenteira, which belongs to the Cistercian order and was founded by the knight Ero de Armenteira in 1168 (they open at 10 am). Then from there, we will start to walk the relaxing “Ruta da Pedra e da Auga” (the route of rocks and water) along the Armenteira River. This section is probably one of our favourite of all the Camino as you follow a small river in woodlands during 6 km passing by over 30 medieval water mills built to grain flour.

At the famous bridge of Pontearnelas, an XVI century stone bridge linked to strange rituals of prenatal baptism, your driver will bring you to the lovely Parador of Cambados. Cambados is considered to be the capital of Albariño, one of the best white wines of the world so make sure you try the Albariño white wine which will be served at Yago Daporte, the 1 Michelin Star restaurant where we will be having dinner.

Day 10: Friday, 29th March : Faramello - Santiago de Compostela

Total walking : 11 km.
Accommodation : Parador de Santiago - Hostal Reis Catolicos
CRUISE AND SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After breakfast, we will drive to the Pazo do Faramello, probably the most important and beautiful manor house in Galicia, where we will treat you to a guided tour of the gardens with the Marquess of the manor who will give you a short conference on the Camino de Santiago and have you try his homemade albariño wine. After the visit we will let you walk the last few kilometres into Santiago de Compostela and enjoy a relaxing evening in the City of the Apostle. A congratulation dinner will be served in another Michelin Star restaurant just in from of your hotel, the Parador on the main square of the Cathedral.

Day 11: Saturday, 30th March : Santiago de Compostela

START OF YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

A wise pilgrim once told us “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.”

Today, as we bring you to your departure airport, we hope it has brought you whatever you were looking for and wish to see you again soon on the Camino!

 

 

Booking

Bt. 138,500.- per person on sharing occupancy basis ( Bt. 142,000.- for non-member price)

Single room surcharge Bt. 17,000

A deposit of Bt. 68,000 and photocopy of passport must accompany the booking. Payment in full is required one month before the start of the trip (i.e. by Wednesday, 20 February 2019)

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the deposit has been made. There is 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charge.

How to get to Lisbon and to leave from Santiago de Compostela.

Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon airport). There is a flight provided by Lufthansa depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Lisbon. (via Frankfurt) and TAP: Air Portugal (operate by Emirate) Depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Lisbon(via Dubai). Please recheck with the airline for the specific time and air fare.

Santiago de Compostela Airport SCQ . This is the biggest airport in Galicia and has direct flights to many European Cities. On the 30th of March, there are direct flights from Santiago to:
- Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura
- UK : London
- Switzerland : Basel, Geneva
- Ireland : Dublin
The most common route is to fly with Iberia to Madrid or Barcelona to get an International flight home.
Some people also take a taxi or bus / train back to Porto to get a direct flight to their next destination from there. On request, travel agent can also arrange for a group transport to get to Porto, Vigo or Coruña airport

Physical recommendation.

This coach tour includes 9 walking days where moderate levels of fitness are required. However, in case you do not feel like walking anymore, our support vehicle will be waiting every few kilometers to help you skip a section or bring you directly to the next hotel.

Remember the Camino is not a race! You will be walking long hours but with a bit of preparation, the right equipment and the will to achieve it, anyone can do it. The sections chosen for the route are fairly easy to follow with limited elevation and are very well signalized so there is no risk of getting lost. Your professional guide will help you every step of the way and make sure everyone reaches their destination safely.

There will be many places to rest along the way and the support van we will be at your disposal to help you. But preparation will make your journey much more enjoyable. If you are not used to walking long distances, we recommend starting gradually with 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a week until you work up to 30 minutes 5 times a week. You should be able to hold a conversation while you walk. Establishing a new habit can take up to 6 weeks and so start your preparation early.

Includes/Excludes:

The contribution include by these following items:
·airport transfer in from Lisbon Airport & out to Santiago de Compostela Airport
·accommodations in historical hotels
·10 breakfasts 5 picnic & 4 lunches in restaurant and 10 dinners
·private transport bus & luggage during the walking days
·accompanying guide for the duration of the tour
·emergency support local team
·all taxes and gratuities for hotel and guide
·pilgrim kit and other costs incurred to make this trip possible.

It excludes:

·International air ticket
·visa fee
·personal expenses
·tips for additional service
·chargeable beverage/drinks (e.g. hotel minibar)
·payment or offering for photographing and video shooting
·individual service apart from the group, other expense of personal telephone calls, laundry etc.

Cancellation charge:

45 days before the tour start date                                        Deposit forfeited
45-30 days before the tour start date                                   50% of the tour cost
less than 30 days or cancellation without notice                     No refund

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.