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Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

Welcome to this 6-Day Legendary Santiago Trail on horseback (The Portuguese Way) starting from Tui. You will be riding between 25-35 km for 6-7 hours a day, so you need to be an intermediate / advance level and aged: 16 to 70 years old to handle that.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit:120 kg / 265 lb
  • Horse Height Range: 1.5 - 1.7 m
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Hispano-Arab, Spanish Purebred and Lusitanian and crosses

Meet the instructors

Jesús
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Highlights

  • A spiritual journey of the Pilgrimage to Santiago, a soul-stirring experience
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 - 7 hours (25 - 35 km)
  • Immerse in the scenic routes and charming towns of Galicia
  • Culminate the pilgrimage by arriving on horseback in Santiago de Compostela
  • Admire the distant towers of the Santiago Cathedral and step into Plaza do Obradoiro
  • Experience seamless logistics, ensuring an effortless and hassle-free pilgrimage
  • Delight in the diverse local gastronomy along the route, savoring authentic flavors
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: 4-16 participants
Airport transfer included: Vigo–Peinador Airport
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$ 273 per person)
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Accommodation

You will stay in comfortable and pleasant pilgrim accommodations along the route on a shared occupancy basis.

Program

About Pilgrimage of Santiago

Embarking on the Pilgrimage of Santiago on horseback is a journey deeply steeped in history and spirituality, standing as one of the major routes of pilgrimage alongside Rome and Jerusalem. Originating in the 9th century, this revered trail converges on the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, where the relics of Saint James the Apostle are said to rest. Riding through these ancient paths not only connects travelers to the past but also infuses the present journey with a profound spiritual essence.

As riders traverse the diverse landscapes, from rugged terrains to quaint villages, the symbiosis between horse and pilgrim amplifies the significance of the expedition. This meditative traverse unfolds as a transformative experience, offering moments for inner contemplation while embracing the spiritual heritage and camaraderie that have characterized this extraordinary pilgrimage for centuries.

About the Portuguese Way or Camino Portugues

This is referring to the Jacobean pilgrimage from Portugal, which presumably already existed in the High Medieval period. Bridges, rural chapels, sanctuaries, cruceiros (stone crosses), pazos (Galician manors), and historical cities unfold along a route that begins on the banks of the Miño River in the city of Tui, concluding at the Jacobean tomb. The Portuguese Way in Galicia constitutes a route with notable monumental evidence, featuring strong cultural realities that extend beyond the architectural and the museum-like, signifying a privileged space for leisurely walks among friends.

Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from: airport or train / bus stations / hotel in Santiago, Vigo or previously agreed point closest to the stage where you will start walking the Camino de Santiago on horseback.

Day 2: Tui to O Porriño

Commence your equestrian pilgrimage from Tui, riding through the Galician countryside with your trusty steed. Traverse rolling hills, meadows, and picturesque villages, reaching the town of O Porriño. Enjoy the serene landscapes and the bonding experience with your horse as you settle in for the night.

Day 3: O Porriño to Redondela

Continue your journey on horseback, following the Camino Portugués towards Redondela. Ride through enchanting forests, cross medieval bridges, and experience the unique perspective that horseback travel offers. Arrive in Redondela, where you and your horse can rest and rejuvenate for the next leg of the pilgrimage.

Day 4: Redondela to Pontevedra

Saddle up for another day of exploration as you ride through the scenic paths leading to Pontevedra. Traverse the medieval streets and historic sites, enjoying the seamless connection with nature and history that horseback travel provides. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Pontevedra before retiring for the evening.

Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Embark on the next leg of your equestrian pilgrimage, meandering through vineyards and forests towards Caldas de Reis. Then to Santiago.

Day 6: Last day

From 7 to 9 a.m., it will be possible to enter on horseback to the Plaza do Obradoiro (Santiago's Catherdal). Then return to the hotel for breakfast. At 12, experience the Pilgrim’s Mass. Then, get ready for departures.

Instructors

Jesús

Location

Commencing on a 6-day pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela from Tui, pilgrims embark on a scenic journey through the picturesque landscapes of Galicia. Tui, situated on the banks of the Miño River, sets the stage for this spiritually significant expedition. Pilgrims traverse rolling hills, meandering rivers, and charming villages, immersing themselves in the unique cultural and historical tapestry of the Camino Portugués.

As they make their way towards Santiago de Compostela, the route unfolds, revealing the beauty of Galicia's countryside, ancient stone bridges, and inviting local communities. The journey offers a balance between spiritual introspection and cultural exploration, providing pilgrims with a profound and transformative experience in just six days on this sacred path.

Food

The package includes all meals during the route.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

For those seeking the full experience of the Portuguese Way, a 10-day trail can be offered for groups of 4 and more. The starting point is: Porto in Portugal. Please enquire for more details.

What's included

  • Transfer from the Vigo airport / bus / train station
  • Transfer to the Santiago airport / bus / train station
  • 5 night accommodation
  • All meals during the route
  • Guides and ground staff to take care of horses
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations and support vehicle
  • Horses, equipment, and saddle bags
  • Waterproof clothing (if necessary)
  • Third party liability insurance

What's not included

  • Getting to Vigo
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

  • Included arrival pick up: Vigo airport or train or bus station than transfer to the starting point.
  • Optional pickup in Oporto Airport for additional 250 EUR.
  • Included departure drop off: Departure from Santiago de Compostela airport, train, or bus station.
Airport: Vigo–Peinador Airport Airport transfer included: Vigo–Peinador Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$ 273 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
Early bird Discount
This listing has a early bird discount of 5% if you book 90 days before the selected arrival date.
6 days / 5 nights
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Season information

Please note that prices will increase for Easter and the month of August.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Thursday August 8, 2024
(6 days / 5 nights)

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