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Portuguese Route on St James Way

Portuguese Route on St James Way
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From the mid 12th century, the veneration of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela – considered one of the bastions of European culture – had far-reaching effects in Lusitanian lands. For centuries, the Portuguese people participated enthusiastically in this collective experience – supported by monarchs, members of the nobility and the high clergy. Indeed, from the 12th century up until the present day, much of Portugal's road network has seen the comings and goings of pilgrims heading from towns and cities all over the country – Lisbon, Santarem, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, Chaves – to their goal of Santiago de Compostela.
Their motives were originally strictly religious, yet thanks to this steady flow of movement between Portugal and Galicia, cultural, economic and intellectual exchange also flourished.

The hospitality offered to pilgrims by those stationed along the route is proverbial; the practice was started in the Middle Ages by the monks and clergymen serving the hospitals founded by the monarchs and nobility. This tradition is kept alive today by the inhabitants of the towns scattered along the Way and by the innkeepers at pilgrims' hostels.

Bridges, rural chapels, sanctuaries, stone crosses, country houses and historic cities are shelled along a route that begins on the banks of the Miño river, in the city of Tui, to conclude before the Jacobean tomb. The Portuguese Way in constitutes a route of notable monumental evidence, with strong cultural realities that go beyond the architectural and the museum.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Santiago de Compostela
Airport: Santiago de Compostela
Transfer: Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) or Railway station.
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 20 riders

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    Portuguese Route on St James Way
    Tour Code: IT-SPGA01-PR
    7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
    Dates : March to October

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    C 2023 08/03 - 08/08 6d / 5n 6-day Portuguese Route from ... 4 /20 Expired
    A 2023 08/09 - 08/12 4d / 3n 4-day Portuguese Route from ... 4 /20 Expired
    A 2023 08/27 - 08/30 4d / 3n 4-day Portuguese Route from ... 4 /20 Expired
    C 2023 09/01 - 09/06 6d / 5n 6-day Portuguese Route from ... 4 /20 Expired
    C 2023 10/02 - 10/07 6d / 5n 6-day Portuguese Route from ... 4 /20 Reserve
    C 2023 11/01 - 11/06 6d / 5n 6-day Portuguese Route from ... 4 /20 Reserve
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    Rates | Dates
    Tack: English, Western can be arranged
    Horses: Andalusian, Spanish and Arab/Spanish m...
    Pace: Moderate with some difficult terrain a...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Santiago de Compostela
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