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The Fine Wines, Food and Celtic Culture of Galicia Self-driva Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Spain   Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1175 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1690 Euro (EUR)

Spain is fresh and verdant, it has gushing rivers and a coastline more reminiscent of Scotland. 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. Always attractive. Always unforgettable.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Santiago. Arrival to Santiago De Compostela the end of the Pilgrims' way. Pick up your car rental at the Europcar booth in the airport (see car rental details). Drive to hotel, you can check in anytime after 2:00 pm. At your own leisure to explore the streets of the capital of Galicia. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Santiago.

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 with a Private Guide. Lunch on your own. Explore the city the rest of the day. Dinner on your own, we could recommended a Michelin Star Restaurant restaurant near by. Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (B);

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 on your own, try one of the small traven restaurants in the village of Corrubedo. 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 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 on your own, we could recommended a Michelin Star Restaurant restaurant near by. Overnight in Pontevedra. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Pontevedra/ Donon/ Nature Walk Around Man's Cape/ Hio/ Soutomaior/ Pontevedra. Breakfast. Start off the day by driving to visit Pontevedra city's Archeology & Art Museum, also the old quarter. Lunch on your own in Pontevedra. 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 visit the vineyard valley of Soutomaior, another sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas and the Castle Of Soutomaior. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Pontevedra. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Pontevedra/ Vigo/ Playa America/ Baiona. Breakfast. Then a drive to Vigo city & it's picturesque bay today viewing from the other side. Visit the Quinones De Leon Manor Museum. Lunch on your own. 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. 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 you 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. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Baiona/ La Guardia/ O Rosal/ Tui/ Baiona. Breakfast. Today continue 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. At the top of the hill offers Panoramic Views of the River Miño meeting the Atlantic sea, and views of the mountains of Northern Portugal. Lunch on your own. 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. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Baiona/ Tui/ Valença Do Minho/ Melgaço/ Arbo/ Ribadavia/ Leiro. Breakfast. Today drive by highway until reaching the boarder whereas you cross over an ancient Iron Bridge into Northern Portugal's Minho Valley region to visit the Fort boarder village of Valença Do Minho. Take some 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. Lunch on your own. Cross back over into Galicia entering Arbo "Villa da Lamprea" (village of Lamprey Eel) and which is also in the valley of Condado De Tea, another sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas. Continue on driving out into the next wine region of D.O. Ribeiro. Drive to visit the historic Jewish quarter of medieval Ribadavia village, heart of the Denomination of Origin Ribeiro. Then drive on to Leiro. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Leiro. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Leiro/ San Amaro/ Ourense/ Monforte. Breakfast. In the morning drive to close by San Amaro to visit the ancient Celtic Hill-Fort Of San Cibran De Las hidden on a plateau in the mountains. Then a scenic drive passing by vineyards stopping in Ourense city. Visit: The Roman Bridge, As Burgas Fountain, Plaza Mayor, Pilgrimage Cathedral & Old Quarter. Lunch on your own. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city and for some shopping. Then we drive to Monforte. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Monforte. Includes: (B).

Day 9: Monforte/ Chantada/ Catamaran Ride In The Ribeira Sacra Valley/ Monforte. Breakfast. Today you will drive to the dock where you will board a Catamaran for a ride through the vineyard covered canyons of the Ribeira Sacra Valley. Disembarking have lunch on your own. Then in the afternoon drive to visit Bodegas Via Romana, a winery in the D.O. Ribeira Sacra. Tour of the winery and vineyard. After this you can drive to Monforte De Lemos, here you can visit the remains of the Tower and a monastery. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Monforte. Includes: (B).

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 on your own. In Ponferrada visit the Templar Castle. In Villafranca Del Bierzo, visit Bodega Palacio De Arganza, a winery in the Denomination Of Origin Bierzo. Check in to Parador. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Villafranca del Bierzo. Includes: (B).

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 explore the city. In the late afternoon, drive to visit the Celtic Hill-Fort & Museum of Viladonga. Drive to Parador in Vilalba the capital of the Terra Chá (Flat Lands). Dinner in on your own. Overnight in Vilalba. Includes: (B).

Day 12: Vilalba/ Lavacolla/ Santiago's International Airport/ Train Station & City Centre. Breakfast. Drive 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. Drop off your car rental at the Europcar booth in the airport. Includes: (B).

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.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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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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