Private tour to the villages of Southern Galicia and along the border of Northern Portugal

 
 
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Private Tour

Full Day (Duration: 09h30min to 10hrs. approx.)

Santiago de Compostela

Price from: 480.00 euros

 
On this private excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full day tour of the Southern most coast of Galicia then over the border to Northern Portugal...
 
Highlights
 
  • Private driver/guide in a fully equipped van
  • Visit the undiscovered Baixo Miño area of Galicia & Portugal
  • Discover the Southern part of Galicia and explore its fishing villages
 
 

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General Overview


Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Santiago de Compostela
Duration: Full Day (Duration: 09h30min to 10hrs. approx.)
Type: Full Day Tour Private
Theme: Private Shore and Chauffeur Guided Excursions
Group Size: 1 to 7 People
Price from: 480.00€
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Introduction

Follow down to an area that is characterized by the two neighboring countries, separated by the River Miño, and goes through border and stately regions, marked by defensive forts and viewpoints, carpeted with “Rias Baixas” and "Vinho Verde" vineyards.

On both sides of the Miño river which acts as a natural border between Galicia and Portugal you will find excellent wine producing regions, mainly using the Albariño grape variety. If you would like to add in a winery visit or two let us know and we can look into adding this into the trip.

The first stop is Tui. it started off as a Roman settlement called Tude and has the typical turbulent history of many of Galicia's towns. The distant years have seen Tui at war with Portugal and the Normans as well as being a part of the Visigoth empire. Naturally Tui has a strong Celtic connection.

Tui is that it has a compact historic quarter with a number of important monuments, the most significant being its castle cathedral. The city also benefits from a location that sees the old town perched on the brow of a hill with the meandering Mino river in the valley beneath.

The second stop is in Valenca do Minho. The Portuguese town of Valenca sits on a hill just across the river and the two towns face each other over a valley. Both towns are connected by a nineteenth century bridge. Back in the days, this charming and colorful historical-artistic enclave was the commercial mecca to which Spaniards came to buy articles, especially textiles, very cheap. Today it continues to be a beautiful grand bazaar, which has expanded its variety of products.

Back to Spain is O Rosal, exploring the art of winemaking in O Rosal Valley. The vineyards are set into places of great beauty, in a nature pampered by the mildness of the climate and the influence of sea and river. It is also here where the Atlantic receives the River Miño and where this links us to neighbouring Portugal. 

Between Baiona and A Guarda is Oia, where the coastline stands firm against the force of the ocean. This spectacular sight can be seen from the mountains, where wild horses graze freely. The monastery of Santa Maria la Real is something else Oia town council can boast. It is Romanesque from the 12th century and has a baroque façade put up in the 18th century, during one of a series of alterations. It has been declared a National Monument. Some petroglyphs prove the presence of horses on this mountain as far back as 5,000 years ago. In the corral, the horses are branded, broken in and have their manes trimmed before sale.

Baiona is currently an important tourist enclave. This beautiful fishing village is known mainly for the castle of Monterreal, old fortress today Parador Nacional de Turismo, for its Romanesque collegiate church of S.XIII and for being the port to which the caravel La Pinta arrived after its journey, one of the three boats with which Christopher Columbus discovered America. Baiona has a lot of charm with a quaint fishing port, a number of small but appealing beaches, plus an old town that sits just behind the main seafront area. There are also many small beaches along the coastline within close proximity to Baiona.

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1:
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - TUI - VALENÇA DO MINHO - A GUARDA - SANTA TEGRA - OIA - BAIONA -  SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

  • 09:00AM-09:30 approx.: You will be picked up from your hotel or closest meeting point possible to hotel
  • Departure from Santiago by highway down to the border
  • You will stop at the  medieval pilgrimage village of Tui, dominated by its Cathedral.
  • Then crossing into Portugal to visit the fort of Valença do Minho, a bordering town of historical-artistic interest as well as a gran bazaar.
  • The next stop is the fishing port of A Guarda
  • Also during our day we will stop at the vantage point on Monte de Santa Tegra also features one of Galicia’s best-preserved and most spectacular “castros” (Celtic Hill-fort fortified settlements).
  • Other stops of interest on the tour are Oia and Baiona “La Real”, which, apart from its old town and fort converted into a Parador historic hotel, it is one of Galicia’s most prestigious yachting marinas.Oia is famous for its Monastery, Santa Maria de Oia which almost rises of of the sea, its incredible sunsets, the mountains and for its magical petroglyphs.
  • Return to Santiago by highway
  • 06:30PM-07:00PM approx.: Drop off back at your hotel or same as pick up location

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Prices and Dates

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From
480.00€
(Price per group)
 
 

Included

  • Transportation in fully-equipped vehicle  (See Transportation section)
  • OPTION 1: driver/guide or OPTION 2: driver and guide separate
  • Local Taxes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Departure and return from/ to Santiago up to a maximum of 450km

Excluded

  • Tip and Gratuities to guide.
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary.
  • Beverages not specified in selected meals. 
  • Meals not specified in itinerary. 
  • Passport & Visa fees.   
  • Personal & Travel Insurance.

Pick up

  • Santiago city hotels
  • Santiago airport
  • Santiago train station
  • Other locations for pick up available on request

Drop off

  • Santiago city hotels
  • Santiago airport
  • Santiago train station
  • Other locations for pick up available on request

Cancellation policy

  • Up to 48 hrs before: Fully Refundable
  • Under 48 hrs : 100% Non-Refundable

Lodging

 

Transport

Transportation in fully-equipped Van

Map

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