A trip for various groups that arrive on foot or by plane to Santiago de Compostela and who wish to round off the experience in Galicia with a circuit that includes the highlights of its cultural, ethnographic and natural heritage, without leaving aside its unique flavours that charm the palate.
We begin our journey accompanied at all times by an official Galicia guide who is expecting us to take us on this experience full of tales and legends of Galician lands.
We begin the route in Santiago de Compostela and journey towards the End of the World. We enjoy views of each of the towns that the jagged coastal road enters and that takes us through Noia, Muros, Carnota, with its huge stone granary that well deserves to be photographed, and having caught a glimpse of the Monte Pindo we arrive in Ézaro, where another beautiful image awaits us at the mouth of the river Xallas on the Atlantic Ocean. Now we just need to pass through Cee and Corcubión to get to Fisterra, where we enjoy the seafaring and pilgrim atmosphere of its port. We visit the lighthouse, located at the end of the cape, which in ancient times was believed to be the end of the known world. Lunch at a restaurant is optional. In the afternoon we visit Vimianzo, with its castle, where a “live” crafts exhibit shows us traditional trades such as the pottery from Buño and the lace from Camariñas. Before saying farewell to the Costa da Morte, we visit the Dolmen of Dombate, a well preserved and very interesting example of a Megalithic construction in Galicia.
With a bit of luck we arrive in A Coruña just in time to catch a glimpse of the sun setting by the Tower of Hercules.
Accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Carrís Marineda in Galicia’s largest shopping mall, or on the beachfront, in the classic 4-star Hotel Meliá María Pita.
We have breakfast and set off on a panoramic tour of A Coruña, where we stop at the Tower of Hercules, declared World Heritage Site, for it is the world’s most ancient lighthouse of Roman origin that is still in operation. We visit the old quarter and have time to stroll along A Mariña, with its white windows facades overlooking the sea, and enjoy the outdoor cafés at the square known as Praza de María Pita. Lunch at a restaurant is optional on the way to Ferrol, at the seafaring town of Pontedeume. In the afternoon we arrive in Ferrol: the only intact military port in Europe and the largest naval base dating from the Enlightenment. We go on board to sail along the estuary that offers excellent views of the strongholds of the Castles of San Filipe, A Palma and the military dockyards. Later we head to the 4-star Hotel Carrís Almirante, in the heart of the Magdalena Quarter, or to the 3-star state-owned hotel Parador de Ferrol, with amazing views of the military dockyards. Time off. Accommodation.
We have breakfast and set off for the mountain range known as Serra da Capelada. We stop at the fishing village of Cariño before starting the climb to A Vixía de Herbeira (613 m), one of Europe’s highest cliffs. After looking out from this balcony over the Atlantic Ocean, we continue towards the village of Santo André de Teixido, famous for the legend that says “vai de morto quen non vai de vivo” (those who do not go there in their lifetime will do so after they are dead), and have time to walk down to the Sanctuary and leave a stone on one of the milladoiros (stone mounds) as proof of our journey, in addition to fulfilling other traditions and rituals near the sanctuary, one with greatest devotion in all Galicia. We continue our journey towards Cedeira, a lovely fisherman’s town, where we can enjoy some time off. Lunch at a restaurant is optional. Towards mid afternoon we return along the coast through the wild beaches of Vilarrube, Pantín and Valdoviño towards Ferrol. Accommodation.
We have breakfast and set off for Lugo. We stroll along the wall that is the best preserved of all the Roman fortifications, which is why it was declared World Heritage Site and we have time to visit the old quarter and the Cathedral. We continue the journey towards the Ribeira Sacra, famous for the concentration of religious Romanesque temples it houses and the vineyards that produce the Mencía grape variety for the wines with Denomination of Origin Ribeira Sacra. We arrive in Chantada for lunch, which is optional at a restaurant and we stroll along its streets with stone arcades. In the afternoon we take a catamaran trip along these waters that are full of life and tradition. The landscape and the cultural heritage that we see are spectacular, especially at the bend in the river Miño known as Cabo do Mundo (World’s End). Next we visit the monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño and the monastery of the Bernardas in Ferreira de Pantón. Depending on the accommodation chosen we head towards Monforte de Lemos where the Parador (State owned hotel) is located, in a 17th century Benedictine monastery, or we head towards Ourense to stay at the centrally located and recently opened 4-star Hotel Carrís Cardenal Quevedo. Accommodation.
We have breakfast and set off for Vigo. Depending on the season we carry out one of the following itineraries:
- In summer (from June to September) we sail towards the Cíes Islands, the most visited islands of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands, to go on one of the guided trails to the lighthouse or to the peak known as Alto do Príncipe; both offer spectacular views of the estuary of Vigo. Lunch at a restaurant is optional. In the afternoon we have time off to enjoy bathing in the heavenly Rodas beach, and return in the late afternoon to the port. We stop to taste the famous Arcade oysters in the quarter known as Barrio da Pedra and then head towards our chosen accommodation: the modern 4-star Hotel Carrís Beiramar in the quarter known as Barrio do Berbés, close to Vigo’s port, or return directly to Tui to stay at the Parador.
- In winter the circuit begins in Baiona, where we stroll along the walls of the Parador Conde de Gondomar and enjoy superb views of the Cíes Islands. We enjoy an appetizer at the Parador and then have time off to go for a walk along the seafront before continuing our journey along the coastal road towards A Guarda. We climb up the Monte Santa Trega, where Galicia’s most visited remains of a hill fort are located, and from there we have a spectacular panoramic view of the mouth of the river Miño between Spain and Portugal. Returning to A Guarda lunch at a restaurant is optional. And in the afternoon we move on to Tui for a guided visit through its old quarter where the Cathedral and its collection of sambenitos (penitential garments), that is unique in Spain are worth seeing. We head to the Parador de Tui or to the 4-star Hotel Carrís Beiramar in Vigo for accommodation.
Breakfast. Depending on the departure airport and on the schedule, we visit a Galician stone palace (Santa Cruz de Ribadulla, Oca, Soutomaior...) and make a toast in their gardens with a wine with D.O. Rías Baixas. Remember that in the winter Galician gardens look spectacular with the camellias in full bloom!
The guide accompanies the group to the departure airport and assists in the check-in and boarding procedures.
Accommodation at Carrís Hotels
From 16 to 24 persons 399€
From 25 to 34 persons 339€
From 34 to 44 persons 309€
From 45 to 55 persons 299€
Individual supplement 175€
High season supplement (July, August and September) 19€
Accommodation at Paradores de Turismo
From 16 to 24 persons 589€
From 25 to 34 persons 509€
From 34 to 44 persons 479€
From 45 to 55 persons 429€
Individual supplement 195€
High season supplement (July, August and September) 69€
Mid season supplement 119€
Rate per person in double room, depending on hotels and no. of persons in group.
Transportation in luxury coach that offers air conditioning, reclining seats and can be adapted to the size of the group (22/28/35/50/55 seats).
Official guide for 6 days in Galicia.
5 nights at specified hotels to choose between Carrís Hoteles or Paradores de Turismo.
5 buffet style breakfasts at specified hotels.
One speed boat trip along the estuary of Ferrol.
One catamaran trip along the canyons of the river Miño.
One entrance fee to visit the wall in the Parador Conde de Gondomar.
One trip to the Cíes Islands with a guided hiking trail or appetizer at the Parador Conde de Gondomar (subject to availability of regular boat service to Cíes Islands).
One visit to a Galician stone palace and an appetizer accompanied by wine with D.O. Rías Baixas.
Travel insurance for passengers with Spanish nationality.