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Albarino Wine Tour of the Rias Baixas Galicia Spain a Land of Seafood and Fine White Wines by Self Drive with some guides and meals


 

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ProductID: 1013

Type: Self Drive Tour

Country: Spain

Theme: Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures

Region: Galicia

Group Size: 2- 6 People

Start City: Santiago de Compostela

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Lodging: Paradores 4* & 5*GL / Deluxe Hotels 4*


 
Introduction:
Galicia Wine Tours ~ Clam diggers on the beach of Combarro fishing village
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 Galicia Wine Tours ~ Albarino wines and fresh local seafoodenviable 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. We can't forget to mention the lively Celtic music that charms it´s visitors to returning to this magical land.

 
Day by Day Itinerary:
8 Days / 7 Nights


DAY 1: MON
SANTIAGO
- Arrival to SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA the end of the Pilgrims' way
- Pick up your car rental at the Europcar booth in the airport (SEE CAR RENTAL DETAILS)
- Drive to hotel, you can check in anytime after 2:00pm
- At your own leisure to explore the streets of the capital of GALICIA
- Tonight you have dinner booked in the beautiful restaurant of the Parador de Santiago
- Overnight in Santiago
D


DAY 2: TUE
SANTIAGO - WALKING DAY TOUR IN THE HISTORIC QUARTER OF THE ANCIENT PILGRIMAGE CITY
- Breakfast
- Morning visit of the Ethnographic museum of the Galician people, plaza de Abastos market, cathedral & old quarter with a PRIVATE GUIDE
- Lunch on your own
- Explore the city the rest of the day
- Table Reservation for Dinner in Michelin Star Restaurant restaurant (Class A) or Traditional Restaurant (Class B) in the old quarter
- Overnight in Santiago
B, DR


DAY 3: WED
SANTIAGO - NOIA - BAROÑA - CORRUBEDO - CATOIRA - CAMBADOS - PONTEVEDRA
- Breakfast
- Follow down the UPPER RIAS BAIXAS coastline passing by many small fishing
- Visit the CELTIC HILL-FORT OF 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
- Visit the DUNES OF CORRUBEDO, a nature beach park with large sand dunes, wild flora & fauna
- Entering into the RIAS BAIXAS OF O SALNES, visit the remains of the 17th century defense towers in CATORIA
- Visit BODEGA PAZO DE SEÑORANS, an Albariño winery located in the O SALNES sub-zone of the DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN RIAS BAIXAS
- Then visit CAMBADOS village, the heart of Albariño wine country
- Walk around the Plaza de Fefiñanes and quaint streets of this noble village
- After this we drive by highway to Pontevedra
- Check in Hotel and some free time
- Table Reservation for Dinner in Michelin star restaurant (Class A) or in the hotel (Class B) with traditional cuisine & Albariño wines.
- Overnight in Pontevedra
B, L, DR


DAY 4: THU
PONTEVEDRA - DONON - NATURE WALK AROUND MAN´s CAPE - HIO - SOUTOMAIOR - PONTEVEDRA
- Breakfast
- In the morning a PRIVATE LOCAL CHAUFFEUR/GUIDE will meet you in the lobby to take you on a day tour
- Starting off by visiting PONTEVEDRA city´s Archeology & Art Museum, also the old quarter
- Then we continue on following along the coastline arriving at the point of the Peninsula of O Morrazo.
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In the small village of DONON 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) here we see a few lighthouses (including an Ancient Celtic Lighthouse at the top of Monte Facho) all with excellent view of the Cies Island 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.
- Before returning we stop in the small village of Hio to 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 around the other side of the Peninsula passing through small fishing villages like CANGAS and enjoying views of the Rande Bridge and Vigo across the Ria
- Curling around the BAY OF SAN SIMON we arrive in Soutmaior
- Then we visit the vineyard valley of SOUTOMAIOR, another sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas and the CASTLE OF SOUTOMAIOR
- Dinner in a traditional Galician Tavern, with live Celtic Music
- Overnight in Pontevedra
B, L, D


DAY 5: FRI
PONTEVEDRA - VIGO - PLAYA AMERICA - BAIONA
- Breakfast
- Drive by highway to Vigo
- Then t- VIGO city & it´s picturesque bay today viewing from the other side
- Visit the QUINONES DE LEON MANOR MUSEUM
- Free time for Lunch on your own
- At leisure to shop the streets of Vigo and visit its famous fishing port largest port in Spain. Or even take an optional ferry ride across the Ria de Vigo to visit the fishing village of Cangas
- In the late afternoon, drive to BAIONA village stopping to visit the America beach where Europe first got word of the discover of America
- In the harbor you will also see the replica of the Caraval Pinta which brought the word of the discover of America
- Then off to the Castle of Monterreal
- Dinner in Parador
- Overnight in Baiona
B, D


DAY 6: SAT
BAIONA - LA GUARDIA O ROSAL - TUI - BAIONA
- Breakfast
- Today continue down the LOWER RIAS BAIXAS until reaching La Guardia fishing village
- Visit the MONTE SANTA TECLA CELTIC HILL-FORT with reconstructed huts and the museum with artifacts
- Lunch in a restaurant at the top of the hill with PANORAMIC VIEWS of the RIVER MIÑO meeting the Atlantic sea, and views of the mountains of Northern Portugal. Enjoy a Seafood feast with Lobster, crab etc... and Albariño wines
- Visit BODEGAS TERRAS GAUDA, an Albariño winery located in the O ROSAL sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas
- Visit the FORTIFIED CATHEDRAL OF TUI and it´s old quarter
- Then we return back to Baiona by highway
- Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Baiona
B, L


DAY 7: SUN
BAIONA - TUI VALENÇA DO MINHO MELGAÇO ARBO RIBADAVIA - LEIRO
- Breakfast
- In the morning a PRIVATE LOCAL CHAUFFEUR/GUIDE will meet you in the lobby to take you on a half-day tour
- Today we drive by highway until reaching the boarder whereas we cross over an ancient Iron Bridge into NORTHERN PORTUGAL´s MINHO VALLEY region to visit the Fort boarder village of VALENÇA DO MINHO
- Free time to walk around the Fort of Valenca with its quaint shops etc...
- Following along the Portuguese side of the Miño River until reaching MELGAÇO, visit the Solar do Alvarinho wine museum of the DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN VINHO VERDE, which displays the Alvarinho wines in this region of Northern Portugal
- Cross back over into Galicia entering ARBO "Villa da Lamprea" (village of Lamprey Eel)
- Lunch in a quaint Manor House overlooking the Miño River
- Visit Sean O'Rourke´s family Artisan wine cellar inside the old ABADIA (ABBEY) DE CABEIRAS that does not sell on a commercial level and conserve the traditional method of producing Albariño & Condado wines in the valley of CONDADO DE TEA, another sub-zone of the D.O. Rias Baixas
- Visit the Miños da Rocha, recently resorted old flower-mills
- Now you will continue on the rest of the day on your own
- Drive to visit the historic Jewish quarter of medieval RIBADAVIA village, heart of the DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN RIBEIRO
- Then drive on to Leiro
- Dinner in the hotel´s restaurant famed for excellent local cuisine accompanied by BODEGA VIÑA MEIN, an excellent wine from a winery which is located right near the hotel and is within the D.O. Ribeiro
- Overnight in Leiro
B, L, D



DAY 8: MON
LEIRO - O CARBALLIÑO - LALIN - LAVACOLLA, SANTIAGO´s INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - TRAIN STATION & CITY CENTRE
- Breakfast
- Morning (9:30am) departing hotel
- Drive to Lavacolla, Santiago´s International Airport, NOTE: When arranging your fight departure if you are flying out of Santiago it must be no earlier than 12:00pm due to the traveling time from Leiro
- Drop off your car rental at the Europcar booth in the airport
B
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