Southern Galicia Coastal & Wine Country Walking Trails

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    • Duration7 Days / 6 Nights
    • Group size 4-12 people
    • Tour ThemeFood, Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures, Culinary and Cooking Holidays

    Spend a week with our co-founder savouring the seafood, wines and more of Galicia`s Southern coast and wine country. Our small group food, wine and walking journey starts in the urban coastal city of Vigo, Europe´s largest fishing port and second in the world behind Tokyo. No better way to introduce you to the region than welcome dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant and a  pre-dinner cocktail on the terrace bar of our hotel, a great way to start our memorable trip.

    The first few days we explore the Rias Baixas, taking a boat ride to a fishing village for a walk around the market to learn about the different varieties of fish and seafood caught locally in the bay. Then a hands-on Galician Coastal Cooking class with a chef specializing in traditional seafood dishes of the area.

    We like to make things a bit flexible, so you will have a choice on one of the days when in Vigo to explore the city as you please, take a sailing trip over to the golden beaches of the Cies Islands or walk part of the Camino Portuguese coastal way visiting a winery in the sub-zone of O Rosal. If you haven´t been to Santiago de Compostela then you could spend the day there to visit the Cathedral and the old quarter with our expert local guide.

    Moving away from the coast we follow the course of the river into the Miño river valley, a magical land on both sides of the river Miño a natural border separating Galicia from Northern Portugal.  Starting the day with a winery visit and tasting in the sub-zone of Condado de Tea (Tea County) which is part of the D.O. Rias Baixas. We will take a picturesque walk down at the river, following along a beautiful woodland path coming out where the rapids are and we will see the wall-like construction (Pesqueira) jutting out into the current tides with conical nets hooked to them. They have been used since Roman times to catch the lamprey eel a delicacy in the area. People come from all over at the season of the lamprea to taste it. On both sides of the miño, they prepare the lamprey eel and they both make wine from the same grape Albariño/Alvarinho. We will get a taste of the wine made on each side of the river border, we will actually walk right across into Portugal´s D.O.C. Vinho Verde wine country!

    Our journey continues on to the neighbour wine region D.O. Ribeiro. Another day of walking thru old wine country roads visiting the wine museum to learn the history of the oldest Appellation of Origin in Galicia. The heart of the wine country is a quaint town called Ribadavia with an interesting Jewish past which played a big part in the production of wine and is part of the Sephardic routes in Spain. Here we will taste the blended whites and reds as well the mono-varietal of the Treixadura grape (white).

    Exploring deeper inland Galicia we encounter a sacred wine country… D.O. Ribeira Sacra. The Romans first cultivated the vineyards alongside the banks of the rivers Sil and Miño. The monks continued it on, but then the area was abandoned for years. Fortunately, Ribeira Sacra has undergone a renaissance over the last three decades since people been coming back and replanting the terrace and making some of the best wines in the world. Such a hard land to cultivate taking years to build and with a steep slope incline of up to 86 degrees! No wonder the area is known as heroic viticulture. The most well-known grapes varieties are Mencia (red) and Godello (white), but Albariño (white) is also planted here as well as other local indigenous varieties. We will take a wine country walk to a lookout point to admire the views of the river and vines then visit a winery with a VIP tasting including a lunch at the restaurant of the winery. Then down to Sil river to take a boat ride to admire the vines from a different angle.

    Our trip comes to an end with a special show cooking farewell dinner of creative Galician cuisine.

    For those who will like to extend their trip, we have add-ons down to Porto, Lisbon over to Seville and could end up in Madrid the capital city of Spain. Let us know and we can suggest the best way to combine the add-on either pre-tour of post-tour just ask one of our tour specialists.

    Highlights

    • The best seafood of the Rias Baixas coast in fishing villages
    • Wine Country trails along the river banks of Southern Galicia and Portugal

    Pick up/Drop off

    • Vigo Starting in the lobby of the hotel the 1st evening as specified per itinerary
    • Driver ServicesIf you would like a transfer from the airport, train station or other location see Add-ons for driver services
    • Vigo Ending in the lobby of the hotel the last evening as specified per itinerary
    • Driver ServicesIf you would like a transfer to the airport, train station or other location see Add-ons for driver services

    Price Includes

    • 6 Nights accommodations Double or Single Occupancy based on hotels specified in the Accommodation section
    • BreakfastDaily except day of arrival
    • Lunch & Dinner4 Lunches and 5 Dinners with set menus as specified per itinerary. (3 course or more with beverages) based on mix of traditional restaurant, relaxed casual, tapa tours, Innovative Cuisine, even including 1 Michelin-starred restaurant based on the tasting menus of expert chefs. Some of the meals will be in wineries, on cooking classes based on what you have prepared, hotels dining room, etc... You will try a variety of different regional cuisine. Wine will be included at all meals selected to be paired with each meal.
    • All Transportation and TransfersAs specified per itinerary in fully equipped vehicle (see Transport section).
    • English-Speaking Tour LeaderWith over 20 years of expertise in the Food & Wine touring of Northern Spain & Portugal (NOTE: The trip will be led by our co-founder Sean O`Rourke)
    • Entry FeesEntrances when with local guides are included in the cost
    • 4 Winery tours visits and tastingsIn the wine regions of Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Baixo Miño & Vinho Verde (Portugal) as specified in itinerary selected by our food & wine specialists. We will meet the winemakers, owners, etc.
    • 1 Market VisitIn Cangas to see the local produce, meats and seafood.
    • 1 Tapa Tour In Vigo ( 3 bars/Restaurants)
    • 2 Cooking Classes/DemosA mix of hands-on and demo cooking classes with local chefs in As Neves. Menus will be based on 3 courses or more
    • 1 Eco-Garden VisitJoin Chef to pick the ingredients of the show cooking in As Neves.
    • RecipesWill be given for all dishes that are prepared on our classes.
    • 2 Boat Rides One on the River Sil in the Ribeira Sacra wine region for approx. 60mins. The other boat ride will be a 20min ferry crossing from Vigo to Moaña on the Bay of Vigo with views of the city and the Cies Islands
    • 1 Farewell Cocktail Champagne at our hotel on the evening of our last dinner together.
    • Local Taxes

    Price Excludes

    • Transportation not specified
    • Meals not specified
    • Porterage
    • City taxes in some location like in Barcelona and PortoTo be paid directly at hotels when we check out if there is any of these taxes
    • Any entrance fees when not with guide
    • Tips & Gratuities to Tour Leader, driver and local guides Not mandatory but given if you enjoy the services
    • Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance Highly recommended
    • Any other items not specified in Price Includes

    Accommodation

    Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa

    Urban City Centre Boutique Spa Hotel

    Nande Hotel da Natureza

    Wine Country Eco Hotel
     
    *or similar class hotels
    Itinerary

    Day 1Vigo - Arrival and Welcome Dinner

    • We have left the start of the tour a bit flexible since many will arrive in the city of Vigo in different ways.
    • You could fly into Porto and stay a few nights there or just a transfer up to Vigo (Only 1hr30mins away).
    • You might decide to fly into Madrid then over to Vigo, or even from Barcelona. There are flights into Vigo from each of the cities.
    • If you are coming from Santiago you could take the high-speed train down to Vigo which only takes 50mins.
    • For additional transfers or pre-tour packages see our Add-ons section of the tour.
    • Upon arrival to the hotel in Vigo check-in and relax before our evening meeting time (NOTE: You can check-in any time after 02:00PM, if you do arrive earlier you can ask to store luggage with reception and check-in later)
    • Afternoon to relax and you have 1hr free access at the rooftop spa bath you can use today or save it for another day!
    • 08:00PM: Meet your food & wine guide in the lobby of the hotel
    • Welcome drink and group introduction meeting on the terrace of the cocktail bar.
    • Then we will take a short stroll to thru the streets to the Michelin-starred restaurant Maruja Limon where we will enjoy a special tasting menu prepared by Chef Rafa Centeno and his team.
    • Walk back to our hotel just around the corner.
    • The night is not over! Optional if you still want more… there is an amazing rooftop Skyline bar of the whole to see the bay of Vigo and lights at night you could have that last night-cap.
    • Overnight in Vigo

    Day 2Vigo - O Morrazo Coastal Fishing Villages & Cooking Class - Vigo

    • Breakfast
    • 10:00AM: Meet your food & wine guide in the lobby of the hotel this morning
    • We will take a walk down to the port of Vigo, the largest fishing port in Europe and 2nd in the world behind Tokyo.
    • We will start our Gastro-Day of Peninsula of O Morrazo on the other side of Vigo Bay.
    • Enjoy a short small ferry ride over Vigo Bay (20 mins.) to the small fishing village of Cangas.
    • Arriving in Cangas we will walk along the seaside promenade to the market and take a look at what has been caught that morning.
    • After visiting the market we will take a walk around the old part of Cangas and a little walk along the promenade.
    • Then you will be picked up and transferred to Moaña to the local cooking school where you will enjoy a private fun cooking class with a local Galician Chef that has worked in various local restaurants.
    • It will start with a demonstration of the dishes you will prepare then the main course/dish hands-on. It will be based on products of the area… fish, seafood, etc… A 1st starter course (could be 1 or 2 dishes), 2nd main course then 3rd dessert dish.
    • You will eat lunch based on what you have prepared with your chef and guide accompanied by Albariño white or Mencia red wines. From the dining area enjoy views of Vigo bay and Moaña in the background. A special foodie experience and a great introduction to the gastronomy of the Rias Baixas, Galicia.
    • After lunch a coastal drive to make a brief stop in the small village of Hio to see 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 stop at a lookout point in Donon to enjoy the excellent view of the Cies Islands in front.
    • Here we will take a coastal walk/hike (2-3km./1.25-1.85mi. approx.) up a hill (about 163mt./532ft. in elevation approx.)  calle Monte O Facho. We walk up a stony path arriving at an ancient Celtic Lighthouse with remains of a hill-fort settlement at the top offering a viewpoint with spectacular views of the Costa da Vela and Cies Islands protecting the mouth of Vigo Bay.
    • Return back to Vigo by highway.
    • Drop off at your hotel and free time this evening.
    • Dinner on your own, we will recommend restaurants close by your hotel
    • Overnight in Vigo

    Day 3Vigo - Flexible Day to Explore The City or Surroundings

    • Breakfast
    • Today we wanted to make it a bit more flexible for you. For those who just want to walk around the city and do your own thing, or even just take the ferry over to the Cies Islands for a natural beach day you have the chance to do that today. If you did want to do a guided tour we have the following suggested options that could be added. You can see all the details and prices in the Add-ons section…
      • OPTION 1:  VIP Rias Baixas Coast in the Salnes Valley Wine Country (ID: 3235)
      • OPTION 2: Albarino winery and Baiona Coastal Village Tour from Vigo (ID: 2938)
      • OPTION 3: Sailing Day Trip to the Cies Islands in a Luxurious Private Yacht (ID: 2714)
      • OPTION 4: Santiago de Compostela Historical Walking Tour with transportation from Vigo Port (ID: 3008) 
    • 07:00PM: In the evening we will meet up with our foodie guide to enjoying a Gourmet Food Tour of Vigo`s old quarter
    •  Starting off by walking to the Puerta del Sol at the to admire the statue El Sireno (The Merman) 
    • We will take a little stroll entering now into the Casco Viejo (old town) of the city.
    • We will walk across the Plaza da Constitucion down the oldest street Calle Cesteiro to our *1st stop a traditional shops/bar, where you`ll have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines of the D.O. Ribeiro (white wine of the Treixadura grape) and D.O. Ribeira Sacra (red wine of the Mencia grape) the wines will be paired with olives, Spider Crab pate and Galician artisan cheeses (3 types)
    • Then we walk down the street passing by the Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo and stop to admire it from the outside.
    • Our *2nd stop will be at a small trendy restaurant where our Chef will prepare a couple of creative tapas for us with local wines.
    • Then our 3rd stop will be at another gastro wine bar offering innovative tapas like Smoked Sardine with Mousse of San Simon Cheese on a focaccia bread accompanied by an Albariño white wine of the D.O. Rias Baixas.
    • Walk back to your hotel which is nearby
    • Overnight in Vigo

    Day 4Vigo - Baixo Mino River Wine Country - As Neves

    • Breakfast
    • 09:00-09:30AM: In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus
    • Today we move away from the coast to explore the river miño valley which separates Galicia with Northern Portugal
    • Baixo Miño River Wine Country of Galicia, Rias Baixas and Portugal, Vinho Verde 
    • We start with a drive to the quaint village of Arbo, land of the lamprey eel and Condado de Tea blended white wines with 70% Albariño and other local grapes.
    • Enjoy a detailed visit of the vineyard, winery and a tasting at the winery Bodegas Marques de Vizhoja.
    • After our visit, we go for lunch at a nearby traditional Galician Pazo (manor house) to try some of the local specialties with wines of the area. 
    • In the afternoon we will take a walk (5km./3.1mi. approx.) along the riverside and over the bridge into Portugal`s Vinho Verde wine region.
    • During our river trail walk you will see the Pesqueiras, which are what local lamprey eel fisherman use to capture the Lamprey. They are stone walls jutting out into the river stream, a method used since Roman times.
    • After our walk we will stop at a Portuguese Solar (farmhouse manor) Reguengo de Melgaço which also has a winery.
    • Having tasted the same grape (only difference is it is called Alvarinho in Portuguese!) over in Galicia you will now taste on this side of the border.
    • The wines will be paired with some of the artisan goat cheeses from the local farm Prados de Melgaco and cured smoked meats.
    • To get the best views from this side of the river we will take a stroll thru the cobblestone streets of the village and climb the stairs to the top of the 12th century defense tower of Melgaco used in the past to look over the river at Galicia to make sure they are not planning an attack! 
    • Boarding our minibus we drive back over into Arbo, continuing on to the neighbouring village of As Neves where we will be staying at a stylish gastronomic wine country hotel in the middle of nature which we will make our based for the next few nights.
    • Check in and some free time to relax before dinner.
    • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel offering creative cuisine.
    • Overnight in As Neves
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    Day 5 As Neves - Ribeira Sacra Wine Country - As Neves

    • Breakfast
    • 08:15AM: In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus
    • Today we get a earlier start to make our way to the Ribeira Sacra, A Sacred place of wine! Since roman times they made wines here then the monks continued the tradition. (NOTE: 1hr45mins. drive time approx.)
    • 10:15AM: Arriving in the sub-zone Amandi, D.O. Ribeira Sacra we will take a 1hr river boat ride to see how steep the vineyards are cultivated on the terraces which are the most included in the world at over 80% incline!
    • Then we make our way up to the winery Adega Algueira where we will be welcomed by owner Fernando and son Fabio.
    • Enjoy a detailed visit of the winery and tasting of their Mencia, Godello, etc… wines
    • After the visit we will have a traditional lunch in the restaurant of the winery.
    • To stretch our legs a bit after the meal we will go for a walk (3kms walking time about 45mins-1hr approx.) to the Mirador Pena do Castelo, a vantage-viewpoint with a birds-eye view of the river sil gorge.
    • Boarding our minibus we drive back to our hotel in  As Neves
    • Some free time to relax before our special tasting and dinner.
    • The hotel we are staying at is owned by the winery Señorio de Rubios which is right beside the hotel and we will take a brief visit this evening and a tasting of their award winning wines.
    • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel offering creative cuisine.
    • Overnight in As Neves

    Day 6 As Neves - Ribeiro Wine Country - As Neves

    • Breakfast
    • 09:15AM: In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus (NOTE: The drive from our hotel is only about 30mins.)
    • 10:00AM:  Today we will walk the Camino del Vino wine trails of O Ribeiro Wine Country. (NOTE: Walk will be about 10km./6.21mi., with stops for visit will be about 4hrs. approx.)
    • Starting in San Clodio and ending in Ribadavia. We will pass thru historic village, ancient wine cellars and stop to visit the Museo del Vino de Galicia (Galician Wine Museum)
    • 02:00PM: Arriving in  Ribadavia, the capital of Ribeiro wine region and where they have the festival every year. Lunch will be in a gastro-bar restaurant offering local cuisine.
    • After lunch visit to Ribadavia The keys of the wine. A route through the historical quarter, learn about the Jewish past and then a tasting of toasted wine and Hebrew sweets at a historic Jewish bakery Tafona de Herminia. 
    • Boarding our minibus we drive back to our hotel in  As Neves
    • Some free time to relax before our special Goodbye Show Cooking Class and Dinner.
    • For our last dinner together we have a special treat for the group…. Chef Fran Sotelino who is the head of the kitchen at the Hotel`s restaurant Horta e Viño will let us into his eco-garden and kitchen to help with the dinner tonight!
    • Our class will start by visiting the organic cultivated garden
    • Depending on the harvest and the date of visit, the ingredients for the show-cooking could be collected for our class.
    • The Show-Cooking will be held in the kitchen of the restaurant
    • The menu will be a 3-courses and change depending on availability of products in the market and of course the garden. Normally the chef changes weekly his Menu del Mercado for the restaurant.  Any example of different dishes where you will find very special ingredients like: line-caught hake fish from Celeiro, Galician beef, Arzúa-Ulloa D.O. cheeses, Requeixo cheese and honey from As Neves and many others region ingredients used to create unique dishes.
    • An interactive gastronomic end to our journey in Southern Galicia
    • Overnight in As Neves

    Day 7As Neves - Vigo, Santiago or Porto Transfers

    • Breakfast
    • In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus to transfer you to Vigo. 
    • Drop off in Vigo and final goodbye from your guide. (NOTE: Transfer is based on a drop off at Vigo airport or train station, even a city centre location. It would be based on 1 transfer for group, if you did need a transfer at another time or even to Santiago or Porto airport see Add-ons section for additional transfer costs in our Driver Services)
    • If you did want to extend your trip down to Porto, Lisbon over to Seville and could end up in Madrid the capital city of Spain. Let us know and we can suggest the best way to combine the add-on either post-tour just ask one of our tour specialists.
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