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Crossing ancient Roman mile markers
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Walking through a cork tree forest
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Enjoying manor house accommodation
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Admiring the Celtic remains
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Savouring tapas, port and Galician wine

The Caminho Português de Santiago

Not long ago, only a few people would make the 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. But the quiet years are over. Now more than 200,000 people a year spend anywhere from a week to several months along one of many routes leading to Santiago.

The Portuguese Way, or Caminho Português in Portuguese, is a fantastic route for those looking for a more rural experience than the one offered by the increasingly crowded Camino Francés, or French route. We will gather in Porto, the colourful city along the Douro that is home to port wine. For the next 10 days we walk to Santiago along a mix of coastal, forest and open countryside trails, passing terraced vineyards and sleepy villages along the way. Weather permitting, we will enjoy gourmet picnic lunches featuring local produce. At the end of each day, we will be driven to restored manor homes and 3- and 4-star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort, and location. After a shower and a rest, we gather before dinner over wine and cheese to discuss pilgrimage-related literature from many traditions. We arrive in Santiago de Compostela, where pilgrims from around the world congregate on Saint John’s Eve, a traditional midsummer celebration in honour of San Juan. After a morning in Santiago culminating in the stirring Pilgrim Mass at the cathedral, we drive to Finisterre, the “end of the world,” with its own Camino traditions. This is a perfect way to finish the Caminho Português.

We will walk a little more than 100 kilometres or 65 miles total, covering between 14 and 23 kms (9 and 14 miles) a day. This trip is for those who are physically fit and accustomed to long-distance walking. We do have a van available for those who choose not to walk the full distance each day. We can advise prospective travellers on a training plan.

Come take your soul for a stroll on the road less travelled.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Portugal | 12 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Jun 14-25, 2017
Cost:
Approx. US$4995
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, in three- and four-star hotels and country manors, meals as indicated in the itinerary including water, tea, coffee, wine with dinner, all ground transportation in private coach, support vehicle to provide assistance along the Camino, all luggage transfers, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Gary Schoepfel. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$240.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Porto
Day 2: Porto to Ponte de Lima: 6KMs
Day 3: Ponte de Lima to Rubiães: 18 KMs
Day 4: Rubiães to Tui: 19KMs
Day 5: Tui to Porriño 18KMs
Day 6: Porriño to Redondela 14KMs
Day 7: Redondela to Pontevedra 18KMs
Day 8: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis 23KMs
Day 9: Caldas de Reis to A Esclavitude 23KMs
Day 10: A Esclavitude to Santiago de Compostela 19KMs
Day 11: Excursion to Finisterre: 0KMs
Day 12: Depart Santiago de Compostela
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Your Tour Leader

Gary has led and taught folks for the last 25 years how to lead book discussion groups. He has worked in the theatre for 10+ years as an actor, director, acting coach, and producer. A founding member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival he received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for performance.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Portugal | 12 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Jun 14-25, 2017
Cost:
Approx. US$4995
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, in three- and four-star hotels and country manors, meals as indicated in the itinerary including water, tea, coffee, wine with dinner, all ground transportation in private coach, support vehicle to provide assistance along the Camino, all luggage transfers, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Gary Schoepfel. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$240.

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"The road less travelled."

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