Guided Pilgrimage Path of Kindness
The Kindness Path – Camino of St Theresa of Ávila – St Francis – Torres – PT Coastal & Central
walking distance: 160 kilometers (100 miles)
single supplement: €1.350
DATES (Click date for sign up!)
March 31, 2024 FULL
June 9, 2024 FULL
October 27, 2024 FULL
We gathered Spain and Portugal, the inland and the ocean, the music and the silence, traditions with history and legends with pilgrims who wish to slow down and reconnect with nature!
We’ll get to know several UNESCO Heritage Sites like the amazing city of Salamanca, Guimarães, the Douro Valley Wine Region, the Sanctuary of Good Jesus in the city known as the Archbishops City Braga, and, of course, Santiago de Compostela!
We’ll be walking on the steps of St Theresa of Avila, crossing the border to Portugal on the Way of Saint Francis of Assisi, enjoying the peace and quiet of the Camino Torres and, already on the Portuguese Coastal Camino, we’ll cross again the border to Spain on foot, entering the Portuguese Central arriving in Santiago!
- 24 hours per day English-speaking guide assistance
- 13 nights in stellar accommodations
- 13 dinners and all breakfasts
- 3 Guided Visits: Ávila, Salamanca and Santiago de Compostela
- Support vehicle provided during the entire tour
- Ground transportation
- Luggage Transfer between accommodations during the walking tour
- Mobile phones with Portuguese/Spanish line
- Pilgrims Kit
- Botafumeiro Ceremony
- Photos of the entire Tour
- Celebration Dinner
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, tipping, insurance and extra nights or guided visits
Itinerary and flight suggestions
The Path of Kindness is walked during a 12 days and 13 nights period. The sunday night of arrival and dinner are included.
You should land in Madrid on a Sunday and fly back home on the Saturday, 2 weeks after because the Camino Pilgrimage ends after friday’s night farewell dinner. High-speed trains from Santiago to Madrid are available, too.
If any doubts arise, please, let us know and although we don’t do airfare, we’ll be delighted to assist you in this matter.
Arriving day – Madrid
We’ll meet at the lobby of our hotel in Madrid at 6 pm to have our Camino presentation and our first dinner together.
It’s the perfect moment to start sharing and tasting the unique local gastronomy and exquisite wines.
Accommodations in Madrid
DAY 1 – Madrid, Ávila and Salamanca
We’ll head first to the magnificent city of Ávila and in a blink of an eye we’ll be surrounded by 12th century walls, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. A local guide will help us on that journey and from here, we’ll jump to the Baroque Plaza Mayor de Salamanca. The Cathedrals, the University of Salamanca and the first of Spain and the House of the Shells, will be shown and explained to us on a very special guided visit.
Night in Salamanca
DAY 2 – Garciahernandez – Alba de Tormes – 10 km or 6 mi
We´ll leave our hotel in the morning direction Garciahernandez, to follow little Teresa´s steps from her cradle to her Basilic in Alba de Tormes. The trail will take us along the never ending Castilla, allowing us to fly to ancient times through the Mudejar art of its churches and castels. Our mind will fusion with the surroundings and all of our senses will be sharper on our arrival to the impressive Alba de Tormes.
A beautiful surprise wait for us, there..
Night in Ciudad Rodrigo
DAY 3 – Castiellejo de Dos Casas to Almeida – 14 km or 9 mi
From the tiny village of Castiellejo de Dos Casas, we’ll walk on the ancient Via Dalmacia, or Saint Francis of Assisi Way, because this was the path he took in 1214, on his way to Lisbon to take the boat that took him to Morocco. We’ll have the opportunity of crossing on foot the border to Portugal where our day will end in the Historical Village of Almeida, with an amazing and genuine fortress built in 1641 and with the shape of a star!!
Night in Trancoso
DAY 4 – Sernancelhe to Rua – 12km or 8 mi
In the year of 1172, the Order of Malta ordered the church of Saint John the Baptist to be built in Sernancelhe, with its amazing romanesque temple and it is from here that we’ll start our journey. The aroma of pines, vineyards, and chestnut trees will embrace us on our way to Vila da Ponte to the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Necessities, where we’ll probably find one of the most amazing views over the Távora river. This is a noble sparkling wine region called Távora Varosa and, we must try it!
Night in Lamego
DAY 5 – Lamego to Peso da Régua – 13 km or 8 mi
Today, is a day that we’ll hardly forget. From Lamego, and the Baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Remedies with amazing views over the city, we will start. Then, we’ll head to Régua, known as the heart of the Unesco Heritage Douro Valley Wine Region and from where the famous Port Wines were transported to the city of Porto. In 1756 this wine region became the first ever demarcated and controlled wine region of the World; and, it’s among these iconic vineyards of the enchanted Douro valley that we’ll walk today. But, be ready, because the surprises won’t end here…
Night in Braga
DAY 6 – Marinhas to Darque – 20 km or 12 mi
From the unique 11th century church of St Michael the Archangel of Marinhas, we will get to the bucolic scene at the bridge over the Rio Neiva, an iconic point considered one of the most beautiful sights of the Portuguese Coastal Camino. From Castelo do Neiva, we follow a majestic forest path to the quiet village of Darque, from which we first see the impressive Sanctuary of Santa Luzia.
Night in Viana do Castelo
DAY 7 – Caminha to Oia – 20 km or 12 mi
This is one of the most beautiful stages of our way! As in ancient times, we will cross the border between Portugal and Spain by boat across the Minho River. Once on Galician soil, we can enjoy one of the most impressive views of the day: a panorama of the Atlantic Ocean with the shorelines of both Portugal and Spain. Next, walking along the sea on dirt paths, we will arrive at our destination: the magnificent 12th century Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia.
Night in Vigo
DAY 8 – Vigo to Redondela – 20 km or 12 mi
Leaving Vigo for its old town, the Auga Traída trail will take us through leafy woods on dirt and asphalt roads. We will be rewarded by a flat path and superb views over the Vigo River and, to the North, the famous and beautiful Cíes Islands. After we leave the Baroque Chapel of St. Andres, we will reach Redondela and join with the Portuguese Central Way.
Night in Armenteira
DAY 9 – Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa- 24 km or 15 mi
This is a day that we will be happy is a long one. We will have the time to savor the beauty of the indescribable Water and Stone Route. Here we will find magical forests of chestnut, oak and pine trees. The air is filled with freshness and the sounds of a peaceful brook enhanced by the splashing of small waterfalls. At this point, we will enter the region of the vineyards of the Rías Baixas, famous for its white wines which we will be sure to taste!
Night in Armenteira
DAY 10 – Padrón – Milladoiro – 17 km or 11 mi
We’ll be walking from the impressive Saint James Church of Padrón, where the boat the boat carrying the remains of Santiago to his beloved Galicia was tied. Another very important icon of this path is the Iria Flavia’s church, home of the Bishop who informed the King Alfonso II to the fact of having a Holy Man burried in his land opening the door to this incredible legend!!
Night in Milladoiro
DAY 11 – Milladoiro to Santiago – 7,5 km or 5,5 mi
Today is bittersweet as it is our last day on the Camino. We enter Santiago by an ancient and well cared for medieval path, magical and populated by magnificent buildings. The sounds of bagpipes will surround us while we enter the magnificent Santiago’s Cathedral to participate in the Pilgrim Mass and the amazing and moving ceremony of the Botafumeiro! We’ll meet later to enjoy a special dinner and to celebrate the completion of our Camino pilgrimage!
Night in Santiago
DAY 12 – Santiago – guided visit
Today is a day to rest and enjoy your great and meaningful achievement! A local guide will join us on a walking tour around the city and after you can enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city and do some shopping.
When leaving Santiago, the words of the Portuguese Nobel Prize Saramago will make more sense than ever: “The end of a journey is simply the start of another. You have to go back to the footsteps already taken, to go over them again or add fresh ones, alongside them. You have to start the journey anew. Always.”
Hoping that you have found what you need on this Pilgrimage, allow us to Thank You Very Much for the honor of sharing this special moment of life with us!!
Night in Santiago