Our new Camino de Santiago by Sea tour weaves in and out of the picturesque Rias (Estuaries) of Galicia's Rias Baixas region.
This private journey starts in Vigo, the most important fishing port in Europe, which has a beautiful Ria holding the secrets of sunken treasure and historic battles. Being an important fishing port it is obvious that the area is blessed with an abundance of the freshest fish & seafood, on this trip we will get a chance to savor many fish & seafood dishes in the best restaurants of the region, and also catered lunches when eating aboard the yacht. Talking about food I can't forget to mention that this area of Galicia is also a wine region, bearing the same name, Rias Baixas. Here can found excellent full-bodied white wines made of the Albariño grape variety. Albariño wines are known as the "Wines From the Sea" because they go so well with fish & seafood. In the past few years thanks to wine writers like Michael Franz who writes for the Washington Post, these wines have become more internationally known, and now can be purchased in America and other countries in the world.
In the Rias Baixas there are many beaches of un-touched beauty, golden soft sand and clean blue water. While navigating we will stop to take a swim in many of these waters, some where the tourists can't even get to by land. Also we will visit many of the small Island off the shore, like the Cies Islands know as "The Island of the Gods" and the Ons Islands, actually just recently these islands and few smaller ones close by, have been declared as a national park called "The Archipelago Atlantic Islands National Park" . Here can be found all types of wild Flora & Fauna, excellent for nature hikes & walks.
Our sea portion of this journey comes to an end by following around the Ria de Arousa, where according to tradition, was where the body of the Apostle St. James (Santiago) was brought to Galicia after his martyrdom in Jerusalem in the year 44 AD. In the village of Padron it is said to be the place where the tomb of St. James was discovered, from here it was brought to where now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela stands. What a great way to finish to this gastronomical, cultural, nautical, sailing adventure by standing in front of this outstanding Pilgrimage Cathedral !
Day 1: Vigo - Ria Of Vigo - Cies Islands - Playa De America – Baiona
Arrival to Vigo Spain's largest fishing port (Inquire for pre-tour services or hotel night stays). Make your own transportation arrangements (Transfer can be provided upon request) to arrive (10:00 am) at the yachting port, Real Club Nautico de Vigo. Board the Breton I yacht & introduction to the group. Starting our Sailing journey around the Ria Of Vigo with selected stop in small fishing villages & stunning beaches. Leaving the Ria de Vigo we cross over to the Cies Islands where we will anchor the yacht next to the beach and enjoy a catered lunch with products & wines of the area aboard the yacht. A short walking tour to observe the islands flora & fauna. Free time at leisure to sit on the beach and explore the Island. Boarding the yacht we sail across to the Playa de America just like La Pinta did bringing word of the discover of America to Europe. Disembark in Baiona at the yachting port, Monte Real Club de Yates. In the harbor we will also see the replica of the Caraval Pinta. Then we board our support Mini-van to take us by land to the Castle of Monterreal, now a Parador hotel where we will be staying tonight. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (L);
Day 2: Baiona - Ria De Aldan - Sanxenxo - Combarro – Sanxenxo
Breakfast. In the morning we embark the Breton I to set sail over to the next Ria, passing by Donon on The Peninsula Of O Morrazo, then arriving into the Ria of Aldan. Entering into the Ria we pass by many virgin beaches choosing one to anchor for a catered lunch aboard the yacht with products & wine of the area. Free time to take a swim, walk or just sit on the beach and soak up the atmosphere of the Rias Baixas. In the Afternoon we will sail across the next Ria, which is the Ria Of Pontevedra disembarking in Sanxenxo, at the yachting port. Then we will board or Mini-van to take a land excursion to the quaint fishing village of Combarro. Free time to take a relaxing walk along the port promenade with Horreos (Stone Granaries) which hang over the bay. Transfer to our hotel back in Sanxenxo. Dinner tonight will be in a well-known restaurant right on the port of Sanxenxo with spectacular views of the Ria.
Overnight in Sanxenxo. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 3: Sanxenxo - Ons Island - O Grove - La Toja Island
Breakfast. In the morning we embark the Breton I in the marina of Sanxenxo to set sail crossing over to the Ons Island. Disembarking you will have some time at leisure to walk around the island to view it's natural beauty. Then we will have lunch in a Fishermen's Tavern with fresh fish & seafood located on the port. In the early afternoon we set sail passing by A Lanzada Beach with a small hermitage. Entering the last Ria on our journey, which is the Ria of Arousa, here starts the Maritime Route To Santiago. The maritime and river route along the Arousa estuary and the river Ulla commemorates, according to tradition, the arrival by sea to Galicia of the body of the Apostle St. James the Greater, after his martyrdom in Jerusalem in the year 44 AD. St. James was a sailor and fisherman from Galilee, an apostle of Christ, the evangelizer of the West, and a martyr. The episode on his death, ordered by Herod Agrippa, is contained in St. Luke's "Acts of the Apostles". We disembark in O Grove and board our Mini-van to take us to a luxurious Spa hotel on La Toja Island. Here we stop to see an interesting Church decorated with Scallop shell (A cultural symbol of the Camino) on the exterior. Rest of the day free to relax in the Spa, walk around the Island or even play a round of Golf at the course nearby. Dinner on your own. Overnight in La Toja. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 4: La Toja Island - O Grove - Island Of Salvora – Ribeira
Breakfast. Embarking in O Grove we set sail to visit the small Island of Salvora at the mouth of the Ria de Arousa. Then crossing over the Ria we disembark in Ribeira where we will have lunch in a restaurant on the port. After lunch we visit the Fish market of Ribeira to see how the fish is brought in etc. Boarding the Mini-van we make our way to visit the Dunes Of Corrubedo, a nature beach park with large sand dunes and wild flora & fauna. Next we visit the ancient Dolmen Of Axeitos. Transfer to a small rural hotel surround by nature. Dinner in the restaurant of the hotel. Overnight in Ribeira. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 5: Ribeira - Boiro - Rianxo - Vilagarcia De Arousa –Cambados
Breakfast. Embarking in Ribeira we embark the Breton I for our last sailing day following along the north side of the Ria of Arousa visiting the Arousa Island. Disembarking in Vilagarcia de Arousa we board our Mini-van to take us to the restaurant where we will have lunch. Now we are in the Rias Baixas Of O Salnes "Albariño wine country" in the Val do Salnes (Salnes valley), which is a sub-zone of the Denomination Of Origin Rias Baixas. In the afternoon we will make a special visit to an Albariño winery located within a Galician Pazo (Manor house). Then we stop to visit Cambados village, the heart of Albariño wine country.
Free time to for walk around the Plaza de Fefiñanes and quaint streets of this noble village.
Transfer to hotel. Free time before dinner on your own. Overnight in Cambados. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 6: Cambados - Catoira - Padron – Santiago
Breakfast. In the morning we still continue along the Maritime route to Santiago, but by coastal road stopping in Catoria to visit the remains of the 17th century defense Western Towers, order to be built by the Archbishop of Santiago to stop Viking invasion up the River Ulla, this is also the way the Disciples came with the body of St. James. Next stop in Padron where two Pilgrimage routes meet, the Maritime route & The Portuguese way to Santiago. Padron is where St. James's body was disembark and this village is also famous for its small little green pepper Pimientos de Padron "Some are hot & some are not!" Here we will visit the Pilgrimage Church of Santiago before lunch in a traditional restaurant where we will try the famous peppers of Padron along with other products of the area. After lunch we will take a scenic drive to see the plantations of the Peppers of Padron which are actually in the neighboring village of Herbon. From here we following along the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Upon arrival to Santiago we will check into our historic hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 7: Santiago - Walking Day Tour In The Historic Quarter Of The Ancient Pilgrimage City
Breakfast. Morning visit of Santiago De Compostela the end of the Pilgrims' way.
We will walk to visit 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. Final "Goodbye Dinner" in a Traditional restaurant. Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 8: Santiago - Lavacolla, Santiago's International Airport - Train Station & City Centre
Breakfast. Morning transfer to Lavacolla, Santiago's International Airport, Note: If you are leaving from another airport transfers can be arrange upon request. Those who are continuing on by other means of transportation will be dropped off in the Renfe Train Station in Santiago city. Includes: (B).
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