From Celtic Castros (Hill-forts) to the Dolmens left here by the region's first inhabitants, the ability to work stone with the enviable expertise and craft of the master mason never seems to have been a secret in these parts. There is much to be enjoyed including it's famous Albariño wines accompanied by rich local cuisine. We can't forget to mention the lively Celtic music that charms it's visitors to returning to this magical land.
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 and 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 nearby. 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 - O Carballiño - Lalin - Lavacolla, Santiago's International Airport - Train Station and City Center
Breakfast. Morning (9:30am) departing hotel. 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 Leiro. Drop off your car rental at the Europcar booth in the airport. Includes: (B).
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