7 nights starting from
Lovely Porto – an UNESCO Heritage site in its entirety
Santiago de Compostela – a place of pilgrimage for centuries
Opportunity to walk part of the Camino de Santiago
Lovely coastal scenery on the Rias Baixas
A Coruña – with Europe’s oldest working lighthouse
This escorted tour with great variety, starts in Portugal at the country’s delightful second city, Porto, and works northwards to the pilgrimage destination for centuries, Santiago de Compostela, with the opportunity to walk the last short section of this iconic and world-renowned trail. En-route we have a taste of the sea on the Rias Baixas with mussels and the renowned Albariño local white wine and end in A Coruña where the ill-fated Spanish Armada set sail.
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Departing: 14th October 2020 at 09:50
Returning: 21st October 2020 at 09:40
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Porto and transfer to hotel for two-night stay. Evening welcome drink at the hotel.
Day 2 Porto
Morning guided tour of Porto’s old quarter, which in its entirety has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city, European City of Culture in 2001, has a wealth of sights including its Cathedral, Palacio de la Bolsa (stock exchange), Torre de los Clerigos, magnificent Art Nouveau Sao Bento Station and beautiful Lello & Irmao bookshop. Its riverfront location on the Douro and port houses add to its distinctive charm. The rest of the afternoon is free for personal exploration.
Day 3 Porto – Pontevedra, Combarro and Vilagarcia de Arousa
We head north from Portugal today into Spain’s Rias Baixas region, where four large inlets between pine-covered hills consist of some of Spain’s most fertile fishing grounds. First, though, we head inland to the typically Galician town of Pontevedra, whose old town consists of a host of cobbled streets and tiny squares, dotted with historic churches and excellent tapas bars. We then head to the pretty village of Combarro, with the chance to wander the narrow streets and also see the characteristic ‘horreos’, 18th and 19th century raised granaries used to store food. We continue on to at Vilagarcia de Arousa for a two-night stay.
Day 4 Ria de Arousa boat trip and Cambados
This morning we take to the water for a boat tour of the Ria de Arousa, one of four large inlets along this section of the Atlantic coastline, renowned for its mussel production, with a tasting included. We then head to the seaside town of O Grove which has a lovely seaside boardwalk and bridge to the tiny island of A Toxa, as well as plenty of enticing lunch venues before visiting the pretty wine town of Cambados whose Praza de Fefinans is lined with fine old houses. A tasting of the renowned local Albariño wine adds to the appeal.
Day 5 A Estrada, Pazo de Oca, Monte de Gozo and Santiago de Compostela
Continuing north, we head inland to the manor house and lovely gardens at Pazo de Oca for a visit. We then continue to Monte do Gozo just outside Santiago de Compostela, renowned as the place where pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago get their first view of the three spires of their destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is possible to walk this final section of the Camino (approx 5km) if you would like a taste of this world-renowned pilgrimage.
Day 6 Santiago de Compostela
A guided walking tour will show you some of the main sights of this historic city, dominated by its magnificent cathedral with the opportunity to attend the Pilgrim’s Mass held daily at noon. Afternoon free for further independent exploration.
Day 7 Full day La Coruña
Our final day takes us to the proud city and seaport of A Coruña, launching point of Felipe II’s doomed Armada. Sights here include the Torre de Hercules, Europe’s oldest working lighthouse, the handsome Plaza de Maria and La Marina promenade, lined with tiers of glass-enclosed balconies which give the city its nickname of "City of Glass." A farewell lunch is included today at a typical local restaurant.
Day 8 Transfer to Santiago Airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 35 passengers.
Legendary Porto Hotel, Porto (2 nights)
In an ideal lcation and within walking distance to a host of sites, the three-star Legendary Hotel offers a bar, cafeteria and gym. Bedrooms are comfortable and decorated in a minimalist style with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
Pazo O Rial Hotel, Vilagarcia de Arousa (2 nights)
Dating back to the 17th century the four-star Pazo O Rial Hotel has been carefully restored in order to retain many of its period features and charm. Surrounded by natural beauty and lush gardens, the hotel offers a warm and relaxing ambience. Facilities at the hotel include outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), restaurant, bar and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone and wifi.
Hotel Compostela, Santiago (3 nights)
Located on Galicia Square right on the edge of the old town and just a short walk to the famous Cathedral, the four-star Hotel Compostela offers a excellent base for exploring the city. Facilities at the hotel include a bar and cafe, plus comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, wifi, safe and hairdryer.
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