Hiking Bilbao to Porto: El Camino Trails, Mountain Hamlets, and Douro Vineyards

Spain to Portugal Private Journey

Spain, Portugal

10 Days

From $7,995

Overview

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    Overview

    Hike the legendary pilgrim trails of El Camino de Santiago, stay in historic paradors, and soak up the atmosphere of some of northern Spain and Portugal's most historic towns and villages. With your private guide, you'll begin in Bilbao, capital of Spain's Basque country, then head to the pilgrim town of Burgos. As you hike from Burgos to León, crossing thousand-year-old pilgrim trails dotted with Romanesque churches and fields of sunflowers, you'll be immersed in the lore of El Camino, then enter medieval León on foot, as did pilgrims of yore. As you move into Spain's remote Sanabria region and closer to Portugal, your hikes bring you through lakeside chestnut forests in a nature reserve. You'll enter Portugal the WT way—on a hike across the border and into a national park, then by way of the Via Nova, a stone-paved Roman road still marked by many of its original Roman milestones. Cap off your adventure in the coastal city of Porto to enjoy its famous Port wine, cobbled-street charm, and dazzling architecture.

    Arrive: Bilbao, Spain

    Depart: Porto, Portugal

    Highlights

    • Walk some of the best sections of the legendary El Camino de Santiago from Burgos to León
    • Explore nature trails in Spain's Lake Sanabria Natural Park and Portugal's Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês
    • Hike high above the famed vineyards of the Douro River Valley, one of Europe's oldest wine regions
    • Discover the engaging cities of Burgos, León, and Braga, visit the wine cellars of Porto
    • Go tapas-tasting at local tavernas, sample Spain and Portugal's regional cuisines

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      From Bilbao on the Basque coast, head to the plains of the Castilian Plateau to hike classic pilgrim trails laced with history. Your route leads through farmlands between the medieval city of Burgos and stunning León, with plenty of art and architecture to be seen along the way. Overnights are in charming Burgos, capital of Old Castile for 500 years, Carrión de los Condes, with its 12th century Romanesque churches, and the engaging pilgrim city of Leon, whose towering Gothic cathedral is one of the finest in Europe.
      Near Spain's remote border with Portugal, hike in the mountain landscape of Sanabria Lake Natural Park and along the shores of crystal-clear Lago de Sanabria, the largest glacial lake in Spain. Overnights are at a parador in the hilltop village of Puebla de Sanabria, overlooking the Tera River Valley.
      Hike into Portugal on a trail into Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, Portugal's only national park, and along the remarkable Via Nova, a stone-paved Roman road. After an overnight in the elegant city of Braga, walk in the idyllic Douro River vineyards, with wine-tasting and lunch at a traditional quinta en route to the lovely town of Pinhão. To get from Pinhão to Porto, take a boat ride along the Douro River. In Porto on the coast, enjoy walking tour of highlights and hidden gems, and depart on Day 10.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: April to October. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a private guide
      • Accommodations in hotels and paradors
      • Meals as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to guide or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Carlton

      Bilbao, Spain

      Day 1 (1 night)

      The Hotel Carlton, built in 1919, is an impressive Beaux Arts monument in the grand style of its era. It is centrally located in the Old Town on Plaza de Federico Moyúa and just a short walk to the Guggenheim Museum. The hotel was the seat of the Basque government...

      AC Hotel Burgos

      Burgos, Spain

      Day 2 (1 night)

      The AC hotel has an excellent location in a pedestrian zone on a riverside boulevard in the heart of Burgos. It's close to the Gothic cathedral and several of the city's lively tapas bars. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the Beaux-Arts style building...

      Monasterio San Zoilo

      Carrion de los Condes, Spain

      Day 3 (1 night)

      An atmospheric Benedictine monastery in a serene country setting, this historic property has been artfully transformed into a unique hotel. It was founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 16th century with the addition of a beautiful Gothic cloister. It is still church-owned...

      Parador de León

      León, Spain

      Day 4 (1 night)

      A former pilgrim hostel, this parador is one of the architectural jewels of the city of León. It was originally constructed in the 16th century to house the western headquarters for the Military Order of Saint James, and its carved facade is absolutely extraordinary. Modern amenities include a bar...

      Parador de Puebla de Sanabria

      Puebla de Sanabria, Spain

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      Fantastic views and a relaxing oasis await you at this modern parador, set in a lovely location overlooking the historic town of Puebla de Sanabria. Guest rooms are well appointed and comfortable. After a day's hike, take a dip in the outdoor pool or...

      Vila Galé Collection

      Braga, Portugal

      Day 7 (1 night)

      Dating to the early 1500s, this hotel was once a pilgrim hospice and Templar convent. It has been enlarged and modernized, and has been beautifully renovated—even retaining its original vaulted ceilings. Its prime location in the middle of town makes it a convenient base for exploring...

      Pestana Vintage Porto

      Porto, Portugal

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      The Pestana Porto, set in the heart of Porto's Old Town, occupies part of a block of 16th, 17th, and 18th century former wine warehouses that is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Spacious guestrooms have French-style windows and doors with views across the waterfront to the Port wine warehouses....

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 2-3 (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system, with hikes of 5-8 miles on most days. Although you'll carry just a light daypack on the trail, you should be fully prepared for the hikes and accustomed to walking in sturdy hiking boots.
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      Most of the walks are on dirt roads, rural trails, and loose gravel paths. The trails are well maintained and have little to no exposure.

      For your own enjoyment of travel, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.

      The weather is likely to be changeable! In general, we expect warm and balmy conditions, with cooling breezes and occasional showers. We should encounter warm and dry weather in Castile, with always a chance for showers in Bilbao and Porto.
      Overnights are in top quality hotels, most of them located in historic buildings such as monasteries or castles, with three nights in paradors.

      You'll encounter an incredible variety of the best regional cuisines, from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bilbao to the delicious daily selection of tapas in lively tavernas to the sumptuous seafood in Portugal, the country of a thousand fish recipes. Meals are washed down with some of the most famous wines in the world including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Mencia, and Port.

      Most of the lunches are picnics, with city lunches in restaurants and cafes. In the Douro Valley, you'll enjoy lunch in a quinta, or family winery. In Spain and Portugal, people don't usually convene for lunches until around 1:00 pm. Please note that in Spain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US.

      All transfers are by minivan with a private guide/driver. Driving times on most days range from 1 or 2 hours to 3.5 total.

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost<br>\r\n90 days prior to departure: Balance<br>\r<br><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost<br>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}