Porto & Galicia Tour - 10 Days - Off the beaten travel in small groups

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June 2, 2020 (Tue)

Galicia, Spain
Porto, Portugal
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Cost: 4615

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Tucked away in the northwest of the Iberian peninsula, Porto in Portugal and Galicia in Spain are two of the most enticing gastronomic and wine regions today. Each can brag about their long history with wine, authentic cuisine, and dynamic landscapes. Combined, they offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any food, wine, and adventure connoisseur. 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Embark on an exceptional gastronomy and wine adventure in Porto and Galicia. 

  • Visit some of the best wineries in Gaia-Porto and savor some of their excellent Port wines.

  • Devour delicious bites on a Porto food tour and taste traditional Portuguese food, guided by a native who will take you on an exceptional city adventure.

  • Traverse the prominent Albariño wine region in Galicia, learn about the Galician Celtic origins, and admire the remarkable Celtic ruins of Santa Tecla.

  • Sample some regional wines aboard a private boat as you sail to beautiful Cies Islands, a beach that’s lauded as one of the best in the world.

  • Learn about traditional fishing activities and prepare Galician cuisine in an intimate cooking class in Quinta de San Amaro.

  • Explore Galicia’s astonishing history, try tapas in Vigo, and indulge in authentic Spanish food and wines.

  • Behold the ancient beauty of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • Absorb spectacular sights as you travel along the vibrant coasts of these two incredible countries.

 

Meet Your Travel Leader: Miguel

Miguel is a Vigo native who has devoted the past three years to guiding tours in Galicia. His background in wine exports led to his own personal project, Bike & Wine Galicia, which has enabled him to discover extraordinary off-the-beaten-path roads. 

Having built relationships with some of the most secluded wineries and winemakers of Galicia and Northern Portugal, Miguel selects wineries that are defined not only by their high quality but a warm, welcoming hospitality. 

As your guide, Miguel’s passion and experience joins with his local knowledge of Galicia and Northern Portugal for a unique experience. Join him on our Porto and Galicia adventure to encounter the authentic side of these hidden gems of Portugal and Spain. You’ll open doors to seemingly hidden locales as you’re introduced to incredible untapped wines and food.

Program

Day 1: 

Ben vinda a Oporto! Miguel will meet you at Porto’s airport and bring you to the hotel. In the evening, you’ll kick off your gastronomic adventure and get well acquainted with your fellow group members at a warm welcome dinner, located at a Porto wine bar celebrated for its views of the colorful city.

Accommodations: Hospederia de los Parajes

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 

After breakfast, we’ll visit several wineries in Gaia-Porto and taste some of their offerings. You’ll have the rest of the day to roam the cobblestone streets of this fantastic river city.

Accommodations: Carris Porto Ribeira

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: 

Dive into a foodie’s dream as you taste traditional Porto cuisine that travelers rarely discover. Miguel will introduce our group to a local native, who will lead us on an exploration of the city’s modern-day renaissance on a 3.5-hour walking food tour of historic downtown Porto. From the rebirth of specialty food shops, to modern restaurants adopting old ways, and traditional buildings that have found new purpose, this tour marries Porto’s cuisine and history. You’ll quickly become acquainted--and infatuated--with Portugal’s second-largest city.

The afternoon entails a visit to the contemporary art center and gardens at the Serralves Foundation.

Accommodations: Carris Porto Ribeira

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: 

Today, we’ll head north with Miguel towards Galicia, Spain, transported by a driver. En route, we’ll stop for a fresh cup of Portuguese coffee in the beautiful town of Vilanova de Cerveira, which borders Spain. Once we’ve crossed the border, we’ll visit a classic Albariño winery and stop for a locally-sourced lunch at a stone-house restaurant featuring ancient wine-making artifacts, where outdoor seating overlooks a flowing river. Afterwards, we’ll visit the impressive Celtic ruins of Santa Tecla, where we’ll learn about Galician Celtic origins and take in the views from the top of the mountain. Upon reaching Vigo, you can relax in the hotel’s spa or take the evening to explore one of the largest fishing ports in the world.

Accommodations: Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: 

Today we’ll go sailing on the Cies Islands, part of the Natural Park of Atlantic Islands, regarded as one of the world's best beaches for its uncrowded stretches of sand, wealth of wildlife, abundant trails, and dazzling sea. On the island, we'll hike towards the lighthouse and partake in a seafood and wine lunch. Before heading back, you'll have some free time to enjoy the beach.

Come evening, we’ll explore Vigo’s food scene on a tapas tour of the city and taste authentic dishes, like pulpo a la gallega, or octopus prepared the Galician way.

Accommodations: Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tapas Dinner

Day 6: 

We’re off to Albariño wine country to learn all about its signature zippy white wine. We’ll check into our charming boutique digs and take the afternoon to enjoy nature or rest poolside at the hotel. In the evening, we’ll treat ourselves to a lovely dinner at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

Accommodations: Quinta de San Amaro Boutique Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: 

On today’s unique excursion, we’ll don our rubber boots to experience the Galician fishermen’s way of life in Ria de Arousa. Lead by a professional shellfish picker, or mariscadora, we’ll shadow these traditional and admired professionals. Over the course of a morning, you’ll learn about everything from different extraction methods to various techniques applied, how to differentiate the numerous species (clams, cockles, etc.), and everything related to production, harvesting, and selling.

For lunch, we’ll feast at an old lighthouse where you’ll have a view of the entire Ría de Arousa. Come afternoon, we’ll venture to an Albariño winery in the countryside in a converted manor house, called a Pazo, where we’ll taste wines harvested onsite and stroll through the vineyards. 

Your bustling and beautiful day will culminate in a cooking class of traditional Galician cuisine. The hotel’s chef de cuisine will teach you how to prepare empanada, Galician octopus, and other traditional dishes. Your fabulous dinner will be comprised of the spread you prepare, accompanied by exquisite local wines.

Accommodations: Quinta de San Amaro Boutique Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8:

After breakfast, we’ll set sail for the remarkable wine region of Ribeira Sacra. On arrival, we’ll visit two wineries in the area where we’ll enjoy tastings and lunch, followed by a boat ride along the Canyons of the River Sil. In the evening, you will have time to enjoy a nice walk around the Miradores (lookout points) and explore the Canyons from above. Conclude your evening with a delectable dinner at your hotel, another spectacular Pazo. 

Accommodations: Rectoral de Castillón

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: 

Today we’ll explore the River Miño, where we’ll visit the amazing town of Belesar and stop for lunch on an old winery alongside the river. Afterward, we’ll visit Abadía da Cova winery that overlooks the Cabo do Mundo meander, where you’ll be able to taste their famous Godello and Mencia wines.

Accommodations: Rectoral de Castillón

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: 

After breakfast, we’ll head to our final destination, Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and a place where millions of pilgrims flock from all over the world in the annual spiritual trail, Camino de Santiago. The city’s historical center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We’ll explore this history on a guided visit that interweaves the old town, the Cathedral, and the famous market with tales of the city’s legends and mysteries. 

Our last feast will take place in one of the city’s more local restaurants, where we’ll taste classic Gallegan specialties like raxo, meat tacos served with potatoes. After dinner, we’ll head to the local pub like every good Gallego to invoke the celtic spirits with a queimada, an ancient, ritual digestif which is prepared while reading a Gallego spell out loud. 

Accommodations: Parador Hostal de los Reyes Católicos

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: 

After breakfast, we’ll say adeus to Galicia and, along with a driver, Miguel will accompany you back to Porto’s airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Included: 

  • Private transfers with a chauffeur to all locations in itinerary

  • 3 nightsin Porto, accommodation and breakfast

  • 2 nights in O Salnés, accommodation and breakfast

  • 2 nights in Vigo, accommodation and breakfast

  • 2 nightsin Ribeira Sacra, accommodation and breakfast

  • 1 night in Santiago de Compostela, accommodation and breakfast

  • All meals indicated in itinerary

  • All winery visits & tastings listed in itinerary

  • All food and cultural tours featured in itinerary

  • Sailing on private boat and visit to Cies Islands with lunch

  • Seafood picking activity in Illa de Arousa

  • Galician cooking class in Quinta de San Amaro & dinner

  • Boat ride in Sil Canyons

  • 24 hour telephone assistance

 

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