The first half of the trip is spent on Madeira relaxing and taking romantic nature walks in the sub-tropical forests.
Then for the second half you will fly into Porto, the Vintage destination of Portugal. Here you will have a chance to visit the city and one of the many Port wine lodges. Now you will leave Portugal driving up through the Green Coast crossing over the border into Galicia, Spain and continuing by highway until you reach the wine region of D.O Ribeiro where you will be staying in a historic monastery in the heart of the Ribeiro valley. You will have time to explore the area and then continue up to visit Santiago de Compostela, the Capital of Galicia, and the end of the Pilgrimage way to Santiago. Here you will enjoy a privately guided tour of the old quarter.
For the next days you will continue down the Rias Baixas coast, visit a small village and stay in the noble town of Baiona. You will enjoy a wine day tour with a local wine guide visiting one of the many Albariño wineries in the wine region D.O. Rias Baixas.
Ending your trip you will drive by highway down to Lisbon, the vibrant capital of Portugal, where you will stay your last couple of days.
Day 1: Lisbon - Funchal, Madeira Island
Arrival to Lisbon . Flight from Lisbon to the Island of Madeira. Transfer to your hotel via Mercedes Benz. Relax in your hotel the rest of the day or explore the city of Funchal. Welcome dinner (Excluding Beverages). Overnight in Funchal.
Day 2: Explore Madeira Island
Breakfast. Explore Madeira, take a full-day private tour of the island. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Funchal. Includes: (B);
Day 3: Explore Madeira Island - Fly To Nearby Island Of Porto Santo
Breakfast. Explore Madeira, full-day excursion, fly by plane to the island of Porto Santo with it's spectacular white sand beaches. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Funchal. Includes: (B);
Day 4: Explore Madeira Island
Breakfast. Explore Madeira, on your own, as you please, take a nice walk through the sub-tropical gardens, etc. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Funchal. Includes: (B);
Day 5: Funchal, Madeira Island - Porto - San Clodio
Breakfast. Transfer to Airport via Mercedes Benz. Flight from Funchal, Madeira to Porto. Pick up your Car Rental in the Airport upon arrival. Spend the afternoon visiting Porto city and the close by wine cellars in Vila Nova De Gaia. Have lunch in the centre of Porto before exploring the city. In the Afternoon drive by highway up to Galicia and make your way to San Clodio. Relax in your Hotel. Welcome Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in San Clodio. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 6: San Clodio - San Amaro - Ourense - Ribadavia - San Clodio
Breakfast. Enjoy your natural surroundings today by visiting this morning the ancient Celtic Hill-Fort Of San Cibran De Las in the village of San Amaro. Scenic drive passing by vineyards making your way to Ourense city. Visit: Pilgrimage Cathedral, Roman Bridge, Plaza Mayor etc.
Do some shopping after lunch there are many clothing stores and Artisan shops to stroll around.
On your way back to San Clodio make a stop in the village of Ribadavia with an interested Historic Jewish quarter with it's cobblestone streets & little wine taverns. You are in another important wine region in Galicia called Ribeiro, excellent wine , white & red wines. Try a few glasses in one of the wine taverns! Return to your hotel when desired. Dinner in the Hotel's Restaurant. Overnight in San Clodio. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 7: San Clodio - Carballino - Cea - Lalin - Silleda - Santiago De Compostela - Baiona
Breakfast. Check out and make you way to Santiago for a Half-day tour. Santiago Tour: upon arrival meet your private tour guide for a walking tour visiting the Pilgrimage Cathedral Of Santiago, where we will see: the silver crypt where St. James's remains lie, the statue of St. James the Apostle sitting on the high alter. We will exit the cathedral through the 12th century Baroque Portico de la Gloria (Port of Glory). From here we will walk down the front stairs into the centre of Plaza de Obradoiro, once we have reached the middle we will turn around to face the cathedrals with a wide-angle view to understand the immense size of this Baroque façade flanked by two impressive towers. In this same plaza stands the Raxoi Palace, Hostal De Los Reyes Catolicos and the College Of San Jeronimo. Drive by highway to Baiona and check in Parador. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (B);
Day 8: Baiona - Oia - La Guardia - Santa Tecla - O Rosal - Tui - Valenca Do Minho - Gondomar – Baiona
Breakfast. Today you will take a relaxing full-day tour along lower Rias Baixas and the River Miño: visiting a Celtic Hill-fort, small riverside villages & wineries. O Rosal Wine Tour: your private chauffeur / guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. We start the day off by following down the Celtic Coast until reach the Celtic Hill-Fort Of Santa Tecla. Here you will see the remains of a Celtic village with re-constructed huts. At the top of the Hill visit the small museum with artifacts found on the hill-fort. Lunch will be in the restaurant at the top of the hill with Panoramic Views of the River Miño meeting the Atlantic and views of the Mountains of Northern Portugal. Enjoy a Seafood feast with lobster, crab etc. With Albariño wines of course. In the Afternoon we will visit an Albariño winery in the O Rosal sub-zone of the Rias Baixas Denomination Of Origin. Then we visit the boarding town of Tui with its Fortified Cathedral. Crossing over the old Iron Bridge into Portugal to visit the Fort town of Valenca Do Minho. We drive right inside the Fort where the village is situated within its walls. Free time to walk around the cobblestone streets and explore the arts & crafts stores. Dinner on you own. Overnight in Baiona. Includes: (B) (L);
Day 9: Baiona – Lisbon
Breakfast. Check out of Hotel. In the morning drive down to Lisbon stopping to visit villages and cities that catch your eye (approx. 4 hrs & 30mins). Check-in to your hotel - drop off car rental today in Lisbon's city centre. Explore the streets of Lisbon, visit the cities important sites like: the royal coaches museum, jerónimos monastery & belém tower, monument of the discoveries etc. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Lisbon. Includes: (B);
Day 10: Lisbon
Breakfast. In the morning take a taxi to the Airport. Flight back to point of origin city. Includes; (B);
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