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The Fine Wines, Food and Celtic Culture of Galicia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 20 people
Destination(s): Spain   Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3315 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3945 Euro (EUR)

If you would like to shatter all the usual stereotypical images of Spain, Galicia is the place to go. It is fresh and verdant, it has gushing rivers and a coastline more reminiscent of Scotland than Spain. The weather is cool often misty and the land is impregnated with an age-old magical atmosphere, which travelers can share in cathedrals, castles, Dolmens & Hill-forts. You may even hear Galician bagpipes (Gaitas) droning across the pasture.

Galicia is in the north-western corner of Spain. It is the most forgotten of the seven Celtic nations. Even so, it has some of the oldest Celtic traditions, going back more that 2000 years. Ancient Galicia's borders were much different than today's, they stretched into neighboring provinces of Asturias, Leon, Zamora, Salamanca, Avila, and down into the Green Coast of Northern Portugal. The stone and water crazy Galicians have equals in their Celtic brothers of Brittany, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man and Cornwall.

Traveling in Galicia, one can sense this Celtic feeling coming back from the ancient times. One does not see the calm magic of Galicia, one breathes it in: in the genuine hospitality of the people; in the popular fiestas and carnivals. In the fruits which land and sea share out generously to locals and strangers: seafood, meat, fish and wine. Also in the restful pleasure of the parador hotels, or experience the rural beauty in accommodations like Monasteries, Castles, Convents, Manor Houses (Pazos) and Country B&B's converted into beautiful rural inns all with there own distinct character. That is the magic of Galicia!

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Santiago

Arrival to Santiago De Compostela the end of the Pilgrims' way. Make your own transportation arrangements to hotel (Transfer can be provided upon request). Check into hotel anytime after 2:00pm. On this evening we meet in the hotel lobby (meeting time: 7:30pm). Introduction to the group and Galicia tour orientation. Enjoy a "Galician Welcome Dinner" in the beautiful Parador. Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Santiago - Walking Day Tour In The Historic Quarter Of The Ancient Pilgrimage City

Breakfast. Morning visit of the Ethnographic museum of the Galician people, plaza de Abastos market, cathedral & old quarter. Lunch on your own. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. Dinner in Michelin Star Restaurant restaurant in the old quarter. Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Santiago - Noia - Baroña - Corrubedo - Catoira - Cambados – Pontevedra

Breakfast. Follow down the Upper Rias Baixas coastline passing by many small fishing. Visit the Celtic Hill-Fort Of Baroña. Visit the ancient Dolmen Of Axeitos. Lunch in a restaurant in the village of Corrubedo with excellent views of the coast and delicious fresh seafood & Albariño white wines. Visit the Dunes of Corrubedo, a nature beach park with large sand dunes, wild flora & fauna. Entering into the Rias Baixas of O Salnes, visit the remains of the 17th century defense towers in Catoria. Visit Bodega Pazo De Señorans, an Albariño winery located in the O Salnes sub-zone of the Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas. Then we visit Cambados village, the heart of Albariño wine country. Walk around the Plaza de Fefiñanes and quaint streets of this noble village. After this we drive by highway to Pontevedra. Check in Hotel and some free time. Dinner in Parador with traditional cuisine & Albariño wines. Overnight in Pontevedra. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Pontevedra - Donon - Nature Walk Around Man's Cape - Hio - Soutomaior – Pontevedra

Breakfast. In the morning we leave to visit Pontevedra city's Archeology & Art Museum, also the old quarter. Then we continue on following along the coastline arriving at the point of the Peninsula of O Morrazo. In the small village of Donon we will have a seafood lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we will walk around what is know as Cabo Home (Man's Cape) here we see a few lighthouses (including an Ancient Celtic Lighthouse at the top of Monte Facho) all with excellent view of the Cies Island in front. From here we walk in the direction of the Beach of Melide whereas we reach an other lighthouse of this Cape, which faces to the Ria of Vigo offering spectacular view over the Ria.

Before returning we stop in the small village of Hio to visit the Wayside Cross of Hio the most famous in Galicia and built from on solid block of granite. Beside the cross is the Romanesque Church of San Andres (St. Andrews) we take a peek inside before leaving. Then we make our way around the other side of the Peninsula passing through small fishing villages like Cangas and enjoying views of the Rande Bridge and Vigo across the Ria. Curling around the Bay of San Simon we arrive in Soutmaior. Then we visit the vineyard valley of Soutomaior, another sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas and the Castle Of Soutomaior. Dinner in a traditional Galician Tavern, with live Celtic Music. Overnight in Pontevedra. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Pontevedra - Vigo - Playa America – Baiona

Breakfast. We drive by highway to Vigo. Then a panoramic tour of Vigo city & it's picturesque bay today viewing from the other side. Visit the Quinones De Leon Manor Museum. Free time on your own for lunch. At leisure to shop the streets of Vigo and visit its famous fishing port largest port in Spain. Or even take an optional ferry ride across the Ria de Vigo to visit the fishing village of Cangas. Group meeting point in the late afternoon, drive to Baiona village stopping to visit the America beach where Europe first got word of the discover of America. In the harbor we will also see the replica of the Caraval Pinta which brought the word of the discover of America. Then off to the Castle of Monterreal. Free time before dinner. Dinner in Parador. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Baiona - La Guardia – O Rosal - Tui – Baiona

Breakfast. Today continuing down the Lower Rias Baixas until reaching La Guardia fishing village. Visit the Monte Santa Tecla Celtic Hill-Fort with reconstructed huts and the museum with artifacts. Lunch in a restaurant at the top of the hill with Panoramic Views Of The River Miño meeting the Atlantic sea, and views of the mountains of Northern Portugal. Enjoy a Seafood feast with Lobster, crab etc... and Albariño wines. Visit Bodegas Terras Gauda, an Albariño winery located in the O Rosal sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas. Visit the Fortified Cathedral Of Tui and it's old quarter Then we return back to Baiona by highway. Free time before dinner. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 7: Baiona - Tui – Valença Do Minho – Melgaço – Arbo – Ribadavia – Leiro

Breakfast. Today we drive by highway until reaching the boarder whereas we cross over an ancient Iron Bridge into Northern Portugal's Minho Valley region to visit the Fort boarder village of Valença Do Minho. Free time to walk around the Fort of Valenca with its quaint shops etc. Following along the Portuguese side of the Miño River until reaching Melgaço, visit the Solar do Alvarinho wine museum of the Denomination Of Origin Vinho Verde, which displays the Alvarinho wines in this region of Northern Portugal. Cross back over into Galicia entering Arbo "Villa da Lamprea" (village of Lamprey Eel). Lunch in a quaint Manor House overlooking the Miño River.

Visit Sean O'Rourke's family Artisan wine cellar inside the old Abadia (Abbey) De Cabeiras that does not sell on a commercial level and conserve the traditional method of producing Albariño & Condado wines in the valley of Condado De Tea, another sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas. Visit the Miños da Rocha, recently resorted old flower-mills. Visit the historic Jewish quarter of medieval Ribadavia village, heart of the Denomination Of Origin Ribeiro. Transfer to Leiro. Free time before dinner. Dinner in the hotel's restaurant famed for excellent local cuisine accompanied by Bodega Viña Mein, an excellent wine from a winery which is located right near the hotel and is within the D.O. Ribeiro. Overnight in Leiro. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Leiro - San Amaro - Ourense - Monforte

Breakfast. In San Amaro this morning we visit the ancient Celtic Hill-Fort Of San Cibran De Las hidden on a plateau in the mountains. Scenic drive passing by vineyards stopping in Ourense city. Visit: As Burgas Fountain, Plaza Mayor, Pilgrimage Cathedral & Old Quarter. Walk across the old Roman Bridge to the new part of the city. Lunch in famous restaurants offering traditional cuisine & Ribeiro wines. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city and for some shopping. Then we drive to Monforte. Free time before dinner. Dinner in hotel. Overnight in Monforte. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Monforte - Chantada - Catamaran Ride In The Ribeira Sacra Valley – Monforte

Breakfast. Then we drive to the village of Chantada. Catamaran ride through the vineyard covered canyons of the Ribeira Sacra Valley. Disembarking we then visit Bodegas Via Romana, a winery in the D.O. Ribeira Sacra. Special gourmet lunch with Mencia wines in the dinning room of the winery with views of the vineyard & river. Tour of the winery and vineyard. Then in the afternoon we drive to Monforte De Lemos, here we will visit the remains of the Tower and a monastery. At leisure until dinner. Dinner in hotel. Overnight in Monforte. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Monforte - A Rua - Las Medulas - Ponferrada - Villafranca Del Bierzo

Breakfast. In A Rua visit Bodega Joaquin Rebolledo, a winery in the Denomination Of Origin Valdeorras. Driving through the mountains leaving Galicia and entering into the region of El Bierzo. Visit Las Medulas, extensive Roman Empire gold mines. Lunch in a tavern offering regional cuisine with Mencia red wine from the Denomination Of Origin Bierzo. In Ponferrada visit the Templar Castle. In Villafranca Del Bierzo, visit Bodega Palacio De Arganza, a winery in the D.O. Bierzo. Transfer to hotel. At leisure until dinner. Dinner in a unique restaurant constructed as a Celtic thatched-roofed house offering local cuisine & Mencia wines. Overnight in Villafranca del Bierzo. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Villafranca Del Bierzo - O Cebreiro - Lugo - Viladonga - Vilalba

Breakfast. In the morning follow along The French Way To Santiago In Galicia entering back into Galicia. Visit the Celtic mountain village of O Cebreiro. In Lugo city, visit the Roman Walls, Pilgrimage Cathedral & Old Quarter. Lunch on your own and free time to explore the city. Group meeting point in the late afternoon, drive to visit the Celtic Hill-Fort & Museum Of Viladonga. Transfer to Parador in Vilalba the capital of The Terra Chá (Flat Lands). At leisure until dinner. "Galician Goodbye Dinner" in traditional tavern with local cuisine & wine. "Galician Queimada spectacular" with the Galician folkloric verse the Conxuro. Return to hotel. Overnight in Vilalba. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 12: Vilalba - Lavacolla, Santiago's International Airport - Train Station & City Centre

Breakfast. Morning (9:30am) departing hotel. Transfer to Lavacolla, Santiago's International Airport, NOTE: When arranging your fight departure if you are flying out of Santiago it must be no earlier than 12:00pm due to the traveling time from Vilalba. Those who are continuing on by other means of transportation will be dropped off in the Renfe Train Station in Santiago city. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Notes: Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice. No unused portion of the vacation can be refunded. Cancellation penalties apply and change fees after booking is confirmed, refer to our general terms. Please inquire for pre or post tour add-ons/ hotel stays.

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We are a specialty tour operator based in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where our founder Sean O'Rourke is dedicated to personally escorting many of our food and wine tour departures to this intriguing corner of Spain. Our services include many types of unique tours and customized travel to Spain and Portugal....

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