Guided Tour Path of Silence
Guided Tour The Path of Silence
walking distance: 167 kilometers (104 miles)
value: 4.250 € per person in double occupancy rooms
single supplement: 1.200€
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Inspired in our mission and the ancient Camino values we gathered Spain and Portugal, the inland and the ocean, the music and the silence of the less busy trails, always filled with ancient traditions, history and legends to be shared with those 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 ancient Via de la Plata, 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
- 12 nights in stellar accommodations
- 12 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
The Path of Silence is walked during a 12 day period. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately tried to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with enough time and energy to get to stroll around town before our celebration dinner. Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.
DAY 1 – Madrid to Salamanca
We’ll meet in the lobby of our hotel at 8am to head to the magnificent city of Salamanca. The Baroque Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral Complex with the Cathedral Vieja from the 12th and the Cathedral Nueva from the 16th; 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 – Salamanca to Calzada de Valdunciel – 10 km or 6 mi
We´ll leave from our hotel through the ancient streets of Salamanca and along the Via de la Plata on the 23rd Roman Road built in the 2nd Century. We’ll easily get to dirt trails and will be surrounded by never ending fields of wheat and silence. After crossing Castellanos de Villiquera, founded in the year of 975, we’ll head to the Calzada de Valdunciel where we’ll be able to find Roman MIlliarios, the origin of today’s milestones.
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 Marroc. 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 Moimenta da Beira – 19 km or 12 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 – Esposende to Darque – 22,5 km or 14 mi
From the unique 18th century church of Igreja Matriz de Esposende, we will continue along the sea to Marinhas, and then to the bucolic scene at the bridge over the Rio Neiva, an iconic point considered one of the most beautiful sights of the Portuguese Way of the Coast. 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 – 19 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 – 19 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 – Vilanova de Arousa – Padrón – Milladoiro – 19 km or 12 mi
Known as the Origin of the Camino, this path, known as Traslatio retraces the route of the return of the remains of St. James to his beloved Galicia. After sailing along the only maritime Via Cruxis of the world, we’ll reach the genuine city of Padrón, where another iconic symbol of the pilgrimage rests: the 12th century stone where the boat of St. James was tied!
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 our great and meaningful achievement, the camaraderie and, Santiago, of course! We’ll enjoy a walking tour around the city by the hand of our local guide and after you can enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city on your own and do some shopping.
When leaving Santiago behind, we’ll feel renewed and more prepared for the beginning of the new journey ahead, and, 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 and, please, know how sincerely we hope we may one day meet again!
Night in Santiago