South of Galicia Self-Drive Wine, Food & Nature Tour

 
 
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7 Days / 6 Nights

Vigo

Price from: 1540.00 euros

 
On this self-driven trip, you will get to discover both the coast of Galicia and the inland part of Galicia. You will visit many wineries, learn about the wine-making process, take a boat ride, discover fantastic places and history and even cross a bridge into Northern Portugal´s Vinho Verde wine region.
 
Highlights
 
  • Try the best seafood of the Rias Baixas coast in fishing villages.
  • Visit 4 wineries and try some of their best wines: Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra,  Baixo Miño & Vinho Verde (Portugal) 
  • Self-drive tour to enjoy the tour at your own pace
  • Explore the spectacular coast & wine country of Southern Galicia
 
 

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General Overview


Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Vigo
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Type: Self Drive Tour, Package
Theme: Culinary and Cooking Holidays, Food, Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures
Group Size: 2 - 6 People
Price from: 1540.00€
Transport: (More details)
 

Introduction

The first few days you will explore the Rias Baixas. 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 your hotel, a great way to start your memorable trip.

In Vigo, you can take the ferry to Cangas or drive to take a walk around the market to learn about the different varieties of fish and seafood caught locally in the bay or drive all the way there. 

On your third day, you can choose one of our optional tours (See Add-ons Section): 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 or explore the city as you please. If you haven´t been to Santiago de Compostela then you could go and 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. You will get a taste of the wine made on each side of the river border and you will actually walk right across into Portugal´s D.O.C. Vinho Verde wine country!

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.

You will take a wine country walk to a viewpoint to admire the views of the river and vines then visit a winery with a VIP tasting including 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.

Your journey continues on to the neighbour wine region D.O. Ribeiro. Another day of walking thru old wine country roads 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).

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 PortoLisbon 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.

NOTE:  We have also a Small Group Version of this tour, with chauffeur transportation and some more activities and excursions. If you are more interested in a tour of this sort please check ...Southern Galicia Coastal & Wine Country Walking Trails (See Add-ons)

Day by day itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: 
VIGO AIRPORT - VIGO

  • This self-drive tour starts in the city of Vigo. 
  • If you need a transfer to Vigo or a pre-tour package see our Add-ons section of the tour.
  • Upon arrival to the airport, head to the car rental office to pick your rental car. 
  • Drive to your hotel in Vigo and check in (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)
  • Before dinner we would like to offer you a welcome drink on the terrace of the cocktail bar.
  • Then you will take a short stroll to thru the streets to the Michelin-starred restaurant Maruja Limon for 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

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DAY 2:
VIGO - O MORRAZO COASTAL FISHING VILLAGES  - VIGO

  • Breakfast
  • Today you can either opt for a guided morning half-day private tour with our local food guide or explore on your own as you please Vigo and surroundings.
  • If you decide to include a tour for today (See Add-ons section).. Galician Coastal Cooking Class and Boat Ride on Vigo Bay (ID: 3065)
  • Otherwise if you want to do your own thing you could enjoy a short small ferry ride over Vigo Bay (20 mins.) to the small fishing village of Cangas or drive all the way there.
  • Arriving in Cangas you can walk along the seaside promenade to the market and take a look at what has been caught that morning.
  • After visiting the market you could take a walk around the old part of Cangas and a little walk along the promenade.
  • You can have lunch at one of the amazing local restaurants in Cangas. 
  • If you decided to drive to Cangas, after lunch you can enjoy a coastal drive making a brief stop at the small village of Hio to see the Wayside Cross of Hio, the most famous in Galicia.
  • Then you can drive to Cabo Home - Costa da Vela to see the lighthouse and the fantastic views. 
  • Return to Vigo by highway.
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Vigo

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DAY 3: 
VIGO - FLEXIBLE DAY TO EXPLORE THE CITY OR SURROUNDINGS

  • Breakfast
  • For today we have selected some of our best tours in case you feel like taking a one-day trip. 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 nature beach dat 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) 
    • OPTION 5:  Traditional Tapas and Wine Tour in Vigo´s Old Quarter with a Food Expert (ID: 2862)
  • In the evening you could dine on your own out on the town, or have our food guide take you on an evening tapas tour (See Add-ons)...  Evening Gourmet Food Tour of Vigo`s old quarter (ID: 3191)
  • Walk back to your hotel which is nearby
  • Overnight in Vigo

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DAY 4:
VIGO - BAIXO MINO RIVER WINE COUNTRY  - AS NEVES

  • Breakfast
  • 09:00-09:30AM: In the morning meet your food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel
  • 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! 
  • 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 hotel
  • Overnight in As Neves

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DAY 5:
AS NEVES  - RIBEIRA SACRA WINE COUNTRY - AS NEVES

  • Breakfast
  • Today you will make your 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, take a 1hr riverboat 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 make your way up to the winery Adega Algueira and enjoy a detailed visit of the winery and tasting of their Mencia, Godello, etc... wines
  • After the visit, you will have a traditional lunch in the restaurant of the winery.
  • To stretch your legs a bit after the meal you could 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.
  • 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 hotel
  • Overnight in As Neves

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DAY 6:
AS NEVES - RIBEIRO WINE COUNTRY - AS NEVES

  • Breakfast
  • Today make your own way driving to the village of Ribadavia, where you will meet up with our local guide to take a guided walk of 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)
  • Arriving back 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. 
  • Drive back to our hotel in  As Neves
  • Some free time to relax before your special Goodbye Show Cooking Class and Dinner.
  • For your last dinner, 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 you into his eco-garden and kitchen to help with the dinner tonight!
  • Your class will start by visiting the organically cultivated garden
  • Depending on the harvest and the date of the 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 3-courses and change depending on the 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

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DAY 7:
AS NEVES - VIGO AIRPORT

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Vigo Airport
  • Drop off your rental car 
  • If you did want to extend your trip down to PortoLisbon 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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Prices and Dates

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From
1540.00€
(Price per person)
 
 

Included

  • 6 Nights accommodations in Double or Single Occupancy based on hotels specified (See Lodging section)
  • 6 (B): Breakfasts (daily except the day of arrival)
  • 3 (L): Lunches and 4 (D): Dinners with set menus as specified per itinerary 
  • 7 Days Rental Car or Minivan (See Transportation section)
  • Spa Access when in Vigo(1h each day)
  • 2 Day (Day 4 and 6) with English/Spanish Speaking Food & Wine local expert to visit the winery country of the Miño Valley on both sides of the river Miño.
  • Entrances when with local guides are included in the cost.
  • 4 Winery tours visits and tastings in 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 Cooking Class/Demo: A mix of hands-on and demo cooking classes with local chefs in As Neves. The menu will be based on 3 courses or more.
  • 1 Eco-Garden Visit with Chef to pick the ingredients of the show cooking in As Neves.
  • 1 Boat Ride in the Ribeira Sacra wine region for approx. 60mins. 
  • 1 Welcome Cocktail
  • Local Taxes.

Excluded

  • Transportation not specified.
  • Meals not specified.
  • Porterage
  • City taxes in some location like in Barcelona and Porto to 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  guides (Not mandatory but given if you enjoy the services)
  • Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Any other items not specified in what´s included

Pick up

  •  Vigo Airport (Other starting points available upon request)

Drop off

  •  Vigo Airport (Other ending points available upon request)

Cancellation policy

  • Please refer to our General Terms & Conditions for full details as to cancellation penalties, etc...

Lodging

5 star
Vigo
3 Nights
4 star
As Neves
3 Nights

Transport

Car Rental Details: (2 - 3 people)


Rental Type:
VW Touran Aut., Peugeot 5008 Aut. or similar (Premium-Minivan | IVAR)

Pickup: 
Vigo  Airport

Return:
Vigo  Airport

Rental Period:
7 days
 
Vehicle Features:
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic transmission
  • 4 Doors
  • Capacity: 5 Passengers 2 Suitcases + 1 Bags
  • Minimum Driver`s Age: 21 years
  • Driver´s License Ownership: 2 year(s)
 
Rental Rate Includes:
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Loss damage waiver (including theft protection) with minimum excess
  • Third-party insurance
  • Additional driver
  • Premium location fee
  • Local Taxes

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Car Rental Details: (4 - 6 people) 


Rental Type:
Peugeot Traveller, VW Caravelle, Citroën SpaceTourer or similar Minivan | FVMR)

Pickup:
Vigo Airport

Return:
Vigo Airport 

Rental Period:
7 days
 
Vehicle Features:
  • Air conditioning
  • Manual transmission
  • 5 Doors
  • Capacity: 9 Passengers 3 Suitcases + 1 Bags
  • Minimum Driver`s Age: 21 years
  • Driver´s License Ownership: 2 year(s)
 
Rental Rate Includes:
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Loss damage waiver (including theft protection) with minimum excess
  • Third party insurance
  • Additional driver
  • Premium location fee
  • Local Taxes

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