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Tour Operator Recommendation on the Camino Portugues

Cannan

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues (2019)
My sister, niece and I are planning to walk the Camino from Porto to Santiago from May 1 to Tuesday May 14, 2019 with a couple of days on either end for travel from Boston.
We are planning to use a tour operator to book lodging and arrange for transport of our big back packs.
I am looking at Portugal Green Walks, Follow the Camino and Spanish Adventures. Any recommendations?
I have read the Pros/Cons of using a tour operator. We are planning to use one this time because it is our first Camino, we don't have unlimited time, and we just want to walk stress free.
Thanks for any advice.
Cannan
 
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David Manzo

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portugese (2018)
I used the app Booking.com and had success finding own lodging. Here is where we stayed. Easy to book. Easy to cancel. Luggage service available.

Santana Hotel & SPA

Monte Santana 4480-188 Vila do Conde, Portugal

Phone: +351 252 640 460

GPS: N 041° 21.034, W 08° 44.153



Residencial Kuarenta&Um

R. Miguel Bombarda 41, 4750-320 Barcelos, Portugal

Phone: +351 253 185 819

GPS: 41.534365 (41°32'3.71" N) / -8.621769 (8°37'18.37" W)




Hotel Império do Norte

Avenida 5 de Outubro 97 Ponte de Lima Rua 5 de Outubro 97 Ponte de

Lima

4900-030 Ponte de Lima, Portugal

Phone: +351 258 009 008

GPS: N 041° 45.952, W 08° 35.201




Quinta das Leiras - Rubiaes

Caminhos de Santiago de Rubiaes 576

4940-691 Paredes de Coura, Portugal

Phone: +49 174 3239436

GPS: N 041° 53.539, W 08° 37.487



Hotel A Torre do Xudeu (AWESOME!)

Tide, 3, 36700 Tui, Spain

Phone: +34986603535

GPS: 42.047438 (42°2'50.78" N) / -8.642541 (8°38'33.15" W)


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Alvear Suite

Pai Crespo, 30, 36800

Phone: +34 986 400 637

GPS:




Parador de Pontevedra

Baron 19 Pontevedra Old Town, 36002

+34 986 855 800

GPS: 42.434.163 -8.646.069




Balnearo Acuna (WOULD NOT RECOMMEND)

Herreria 2, 36650 Caldas de Reis, Spain



Hotel Chef Rivera

Travesia Enlace Al Parque 7, 15900 Padron, Spain

Phone: +34 981 810 413

GPS: 42.736780, -8.658785




Parador De Santiago

Praza do Obrdoiro, 1, Santiago de Compostela +34 981 582 200

Phone: +34 981 582 200

GPS:

 

Kedney

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portuguese
We used Portuguese Green Walks last May and everything went well. This year we will walk the Francés and with the confidence gained through last year’s experience, we will simply find places along the way as we walk. Using the tour operator made the unfamiliar less stressful, but did add to the cost. They suggested rest day places and we really enjoyed our extra day in Ponte de Lima.
I have a day by day video of our walk at:
May was a wonderful time of year. Enjoy your walk!
 

Cannan

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues (2019)
Make sure you plan to spend a day or two (or more) in Porto. It is a great city. Caminoways and Macs Adventures are two more popular tour operators that offer the Camino Portugues.
Thanks. We are staying 2 nights in Porto.
 
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jimmyc

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2015
Why do you need to use a booking service. I walked from Lisbon to Santiago and never ever had trouble finding accommodation. You do not need to book ahead. Just take along the Brierley guide. It lists all the albergues, pensions, hotels and casa rurals along the way.
If you dont want to carry your packs just send them on to the next town using one of the carrying services. You will find the envelopes for this at your chosen accommodation.
 

Cannan

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues (2019)
I used the app Booking.com and had success finding own lodging. Here is where we stayed. Easy to book. Easy to cancel. Luggage service available.

Santana Hotel & SPA

Monte Santana 4480-188 Vila do Conde, Portugal

Phone: +351 252 640 460

GPS: N 041° 21.034, W 08° 44.153



Residencial Kuarenta&Um

R. Miguel Bombarda 41, 4750-320 Barcelos, Portugal

Phone: +351 253 185 819

GPS: 41.534365 (41°32'3.71" N) / -8.621769 (8°37'18.37" W)




Hotel Império do Norte

Avenida 5 de Outubro 97 Ponte de Lima Rua 5 de Outubro 97 Ponte de

Lima

4900-030 Ponte de Lima, Portugal

Phone: +351 258 009 008

GPS: N 041° 45.952, W 08° 35.201




Quinta das Leiras - Rubiaes

Caminhos de Santiago de Rubiaes 576

4940-691 Paredes de Coura, Portugal

Phone: +49 174 3239436

GPS: N 041° 53.539, W 08° 37.487



Hotel A Torre do Xudeu (AWESOME!)

Tide, 3, 36700 Tui, Spain

Phone: +34986603535

GPS: 42.047438 (42°2'50.78" N) / -8.642541 (8°38'33.15" W)


Tui_Province_of_Pontevedra_Galicia.html



Alvear Suite

Pai Crespo, 30, 36800

Phone: +34 986 400 637

GPS:




Parador de Pontevedra

Baron 19 Pontevedra Old Town, 36002

+34 986 855 800

GPS: 42.434.163 -8.646.069




Balnearo Acuna (WOULD NOT RECOMMEND)

Herreria 2, 36650 Caldas de Reis, Spain



Hotel Chef Rivera

Travesia Enlace Al Parque 7, 15900 Padron, Spain

Phone: +34 981 810 413

GPS: 42.736780, -8.658785




Parador De Santiago

Praza do Obrdoiro, 1, Santiago de Compostela +34 981 582 200

Phone: +34 981 582 200

GPS:


Thanks for all the info.
 
Past OR future Camino
2013
We used Macs Adventure on our first Camino Frances. Great if u are a couple & want shared accommodations. I also found that we were able to enjoy daily walks at our own pace with comfort of guaranteed room. Breakfast was always set out for us and we got to meet lovely people and share great meals with fellow Pilgrims. Would do it again. 🙂
 

auburnfive

Active Member
For my first Camino I also used a tour operator, which worked well. Since then I have been the unofficial tour operator with friends on 4 subsequent caminos. After the first you will be very comfortable on your own. One piece of advice, do not select a half board option, gives you more freedom to eat when and where you want.
 

Yaari

New Member
Past OR future Camino
April 2014; May 2017
My sister, niece and I are planning to walk the Camino from Porto to Santiago from May 1 to Tuesday May 14, 2019 with a couple of days on either end for travel from Boston.
We are planning to use a tour operator to book lodging and arrange for transport of our big back packs.
I am looking at Portugal Green Walks, Follow the Camino and Spanish Adventures. Any recommendations?
I have read the Pros/Cons of using a tour operator. We are planning to use one this time because it is our first Camino, we don't have unlimited time, and we just want to walk stress free.
Thanks for any advice.
Cannan

A friend and I used Portugal Green Walks 2 years ago and they were a fantastic tour operator. Much better than others I've used including Macs Adventures. Green Walks is a local Portuguese company and they provided much nicer standard of accommodation - some really charming places. They were extremely responsive to a few issues/needs we had along the way. Highly recommended!
 
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Cannan

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues (2019)
A friend and I used Portugal Green Walks 2 years ago and they were a fantastic tour operator. Much better than others I've used including Macs Adventures. Green Walks is a local Portuguese company and they provided much nicer standard of accommodation - some really charming places. They were extremely responsive to a few issues/needs we had along the way. Highly recommended!
Thanks so much. Glad to hear that you liked Portugal Green Walks because they are my first choice since we are doing the Camino Portugues.
 

Cannan

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues (2019)
For my first Camino I also used a tour operator, which worked well. Since then I have been the unofficial tour operator with friends on 4 subsequent caminos. After the first you will be very comfortable on your own. One piece of advice, do not select a half board option, gives you more freedom to eat when and where you want.
I would agree with not taking the half board option. We want to have some flexibility.
 

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