Self-driven Albarino Wine Tour of the Rias Baixas of Galicia, a Land of Seafood and Fine White Wines

 
 
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8 Days / 7 Nights

Santiago de Compostela

Price from: 2315.00 euros

 
Self drive journey down the magnificent Atlantic shore of Galicia´s Rias Baixas, Albariño Wine Country. Fine wines & seafood in quaint fishing villages on the Celtic coast...
 
Highlights
 
  • Car Rental  and English-Speaking Food & Wine Guide. 
  • Try a Big variety of  Restaurants  with Galician wines
  • Enjoy a Selected Wine tastings in the D.O. Rias Baixas
 
 

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General Overview


Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Santiago de Compostela
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Self Drive Tour
Theme: Food, Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures
Group Size: 2- 6 People
Price from: 2315.00€
Transport: (More details)
 

Introduction

Explore Galicia´s Rias Baixas (pronounced REE-as BUY-zhas) an exceptionally indented coastline, with creeks and hidden coves at every turn, a scattering of inlets lying close inshore, and an alternating pattern of cliffs and beaches. In this Forgotten Celtic region of Northwestern Spain nature alone is not at play however. The imprint of different cultures, from the era of the Celts right down to the Modern Ages is also clearly identifiable as part of Galician culture. From Celtic Castros (Hill-forts) to the Dolmens left here by the region´s first inhabitants, the ability to work stone with the enviable expertise and craft of the master mason never seems to have been a secret in these parts.

There is much to be enjoyed including it´s famous Albariño wines accompanied by rich local cuisine. 

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1: 
SANTIAGO

  • Arrival to Santiago de compostela the end of the Pilgrims` way
  • Pick up your car rental at the rental office booth in the airport (See transportation section)
  • Drive to hotel, you can check in anytime after 2:00pm
  • Enjoy a "Galician Dinner" in the historic monastery-hotel. 
  • Overnight in Santiago

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DAY 2: 
SANTIAGO 

  • Breakfast
  • Meet your Private English-Speaking Official local guide in Santiago de Compostela  at the front entrance of your hotel
  • Morning or afternoon walking through the old quarter stopping at  various monuments to see from the outside and of course the cathedral (inside).
  • The tour will end where at the Plaza de Abastos market area.
  • Meet our English-Speaking Food & Wine Specialist Guide at the entrance of the Cafe of Hotel Pazo de Altamira which is right beside the market (See Location Map)
  • Take a stroll thru the *market (*Closed on a Sunday, will walk more thru the streets on that day).
  • We offer you a guided tour of some of Santiago´s finest tapas bars with commented tastings and explanation of the different tapas savored. 
  • 02:30PM-03:00PM APPROX: Tour will end at the last tapas stop.
  • Dinner in Michelin Star Restaurant restaurant with fine cuisine in the old quarter
  • Overnight in Santiago

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DAY 3:
SANTIAGO -  BAROÑA - CORRUBEDO - CATOIRA - CAMBADOS 

  • Breakfast
  • Meet your English-Speaking guide who will accompany you during the next few days.
  • Follow down the Upper Rias Baixas coastline passing by many small fishing villages
  • Visit the Celtic Hill-fort of Castro de Baroña
  • Visit the ancient Dolmen of Axeitos
  • Lunch in a restaurant in the village of Corrubedo with excellent views of the coast and delicious fresh seafood & Albariño white wines
  • We will pass by and see from a distance the Dunes of Corrubedo, a nature beach park with large sand dunes, wild flora & fauna
  • Entering into the Rias Baixas of O Salnes, we see from the bridge when passing the remains of the 17th century defense towers in Catoira
  • Visit Bodega Pazo Baion, an Albariño winery located in the O Salnes sub-zone of the Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas
  • Then we visit Cambados village, the heart of Albariño wine country
  • Walk around the Plaza de Fefiñanes and quaint streets of this noble village.
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Cambados

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DAY 4: 
CAMBADOS - COMBARRO - BUEU - DONON - NATURE WALK AROUND MAN´s CAPE - HIO - VIGO

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning your English-Speaking guide and you will leave Cambados to visit the quaint fishing village of Combarro
  • Walk along the port promenade with Horreos (Stone Granaries) which hang over the bay
  • Continuing on we follow along the coastline arriving at the point of the Peninsula of O Morrazo.
  • In the small village of Bueu we will visit its market, famous for its fresh seafood and fish
  • After, we will have a seafood lunch in a local restaurant.
  • After lunch we will walk around what is know as Cabo Home (Man´s Cape) in Donon here we see a few lighthouses (including an Ancient Celtic Lighthouse at the top of Monte Facho) all with excellent view of the Cies Islands in front.
  • From here we walk in the direction of the Beach of Melide whereas we reach an other lighthouse of this Cape, which faces to the Ria of Vigo offering spectacular view over the Ria.
  • In the small village of Hio we visit 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 make our way to Vigo
  • Free time for dinner
  • Overnight in Vigo

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DAY 5: 
VIGO- CANGAS - MOAÑA - VIGO

  • 10:00AM: Meet your foodie guide at your hotel in the city centre (Galician Coastal Cooking Class and Boat Ride on Vigo Bay). 
  • 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 what has been caught that morning ( on Sundays or holidays when the market is closed it will be substituted with a short walk around the port of Vigo or Cangas).
  • 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.
  • The classwill start with a demonstration of the dishes you will prepare then 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 or dinner based on what you have prepared with your chef and guide accompanied by Albariño white or Mencia red wines. From the dinning 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.
  • Then we are transferred to the port of Cangas where we will  return by ferry boat back to Vigo.
  • Ending back where the tour started at the Ferry terminal of Vigo.
  • Free time to rest in Vigo
  • Then we will take a short stroll thru the streets to the Michelin-starred restaurant Maruja Limon  by Chef Rafa Centeno and his team where we will have a table reserved for us .
  • Walk back to our hotel just around the corner.
  • Overnight in Vigo

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DAY 6: 
VIGO - BAIONA 
 - O ROSAL - LA GUARDIA - TUI - AS NEVES

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning we follow up the Lower Rias until arriving in Baiona.  
  • We will have a walk around the Parador and we can take a peak inside the Parador too, a fortress protected from the open sea by a lovely bay.  
  • Then we will make a visit to Bodegas Terras Gauda (Or similar winery), an Albariño winery located in the O Rosal, sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas
  • Lunch in a seafood restaurant at the port of the fishing village of A Guarda. Enjoy a Seafood feast with Lobster, crab etc... and Albariño wines
  • After we will make our way to the top of the St. Tecla hill with  Panoramic Views of the River Miño meeting the Atlantic sea, and views of the mountains of Northern Portugal.
  • Here we will also see the Monte Santa Tecla Celtic Hill-Fort with reconstructed huts and the museum with artifacts
  • Then we will make our way to the ancient boarder village of Tui
  • Visit the Fortified Cathedral of Tui and it´s old quarter
  • 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 offer a creative cuisine.
  • Overnight in As Neves


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DAY 7: 
AS NEVES - 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
  • Today we move away from the coast to explore the river miño valley which separate 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 winey 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 (farm house 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 Melgaço 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 Melgaço 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
  • Back 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

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DAY 8: 
AS NEVES - SANTIAGO AIRPORT 

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Santiago airport
  • Drop off your rental car at the rental office booth in the airport
  • Board your flight

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Prices and Dates

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From
2315.00€
(Price per person)
 
 

Included

  • Rental car or minivan  for the duration of the tour (See Transportation section)
  • 7 Nights accommodations in Double or Single rooms based on hotels specified in Lodging section of itinerary.
  • (B): Breakfast daily 
  • Private English-Speaking Drivers as specified per itinerary.
  •  Private tours with English-Speaking  Local Guides.
  • Ferry tickets from Vigo-Cangas (round trip)
  •  1 Hands-on Cooking Class with English Speaking Chefs & 1  Show Cooking Class and Dinner.
  • Entrances when with private local guides are included in the cost 
  • (D): 5 Dinners (2 of them in a Michelin Starred Restaurant) 
  • (L): 6 Lunches
  • 5 Selected winery tours and tasting as specified per itinerary
  • Detailed final itinerary with recommendations, etc..
  • Local Taxes.

Excluded

  • Optional guided tours (See Add-On Section) 
  • Any Transportation not specified.
  • Meals not specified
  • Any other items not specified in the itinerary or What’s Included

Pick up

  •  Santiago de Compostela Airport
  • Santiago de Compostela Train Station
  • Other locations on request

Drop off

  •  Santiago de Compostela Airport
  • Santiago de Compostela Train Station
  • Other locations on request

Cancellation policy

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

Lodging

4 star
Santiago de Compostela
2 Nights
4 star
Cambados
1 Night
5 star
Vigo
2 Nights
4 star
As Neves
2 Nights

Transport

Car Rental Details: (2 - 3 people)


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

Pickup: 
Santiago Compostela Airport

Return:
Santiago Compostela Airport

Rental Period:
8 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:
Santiago Compostela Airport

Return:
Santiago Compostela Airport

Rental Period:
8 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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