This is a 5 day/4 night tour of the cooler, Celtic, northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, or “Green Spain”, as it is often called. Dramatic scenery with a gentle climate, a relaxed life-style, wonderful food, especially for those who love fish and seafood, crisp and complex white wines from Albariño, Godello and Treixadura and juicy reds from Mencía, Galicia has so much to offer.
We will visit 4 of its wine regions – Rias Baixas (including the sub-regions of Val do Salnes and O Rosal on the coast and Condado de Tea inland), Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. We will also visit a bodega in the Bierzo region (actually part of the Leon province) to taste some red wines from one of the leading bodegas here.
The tour will start and finish at Porto airport, which offers a better selection of direct flights from the U.K. than the Galician airports and is a little over hour’s drive away by motorway. Accommodation will be in Paradores, historic buildings converted into four-star hotels. Night 1 will be in the Parador de Tui, a converted country house in the town of Tui in the O Rosal region of Rias Baixas. Nights 2 and 3 will be in the Parador de Monforte, a beautifully restored 17th century monastery. Our final night will be at the Parador de Pontevedra, a sixteenth century Renaissance palace in the heart of the beautiful old town of Pontevedra on the coast.
Day 1 – Monday 8th July
Assemble at Porto airport for a prompt 12h.30 departure in a small, air-conditioned, luxury coach for O Rosal just over the border in Spain. After lunch in O Rosal (included), we visit one of Galicia’s finest producers of wine from the Albariño grape, Bodegas Terras Gauda (D.O. Rias Baixas O Rosal) for a vineyard visit and tasting. We then drive to the nearby Parador de Tui, for the night. Your evening is free. There is a restaurant in the Parador and several others within walking distance or a short taxi ride away in the town of Tui itself.
Day 2 – Tuesday 9th July
After a leisurely breakfast, we check out of the Parador and drive to As Neves in Condade de Tea – the most inland of the Rias Baixas sub zones. Our first visit of the day is to Bodega Vina Nora (D.O Rias Baixas Condade de Tea), where we have a short vineyard tour and a tasting. We then drive on to Casal de Arman, where we stop for lunch (cost included). After lunch, we have a short drive to Leiro for our second visit of the day, Bodegas Coto de Gomariz (D.O. Ribeiro), where we have a tasting of their excellent whites and reds on the balcony of the winery, overlooking the vineyards. Well refreshed, we re-board the coach for the journey to the Parador in Monforte de Lemnos. Your evening is free. There is a good restaurant in the Parador itself and other options nearby and in the town.
Day 3 – Wednesday 10th July
After an early breakfast, we set off for A Rua (D.O. Valdeorras) and a visit with Rafael Palacios of Bodegas Palacios in D.O.Valdeorras. Rafa is regarded as one of the very best white wine makers in Spain and is a wonderful host. We will then head to Cacabelos for lunch at Moncloa de San Lazaro (cost included). After lunch we drive to nearby Ponferrada and Bodegas Estefania –Tilenus (D.O Bierzo), where we have a winery visit and tasting of some their very lovely Mencía. It’s then back to the Parador de Monforte, where again, your evening is free.
Day 4 – Thursday 11th July
After a leisurely breakfast, we check out of the Parador and make the short journey to Adega Algueira (D.O. Ribeira Sacra) one of the founding bodegas of this small but exquisitely beautiful region. We will start out day with a leisurely boat trip along the River Sil giving us the best view of this dramatically beautiful region. We return to the bodega in our coach and then have a tasting of Algueria’s wines followed by lunch at the bodega’s O Castelo Restaurant (cost included) with the Bodega’s wine. In the late afternoon, we set off for the Pontevedra on the coast where we will check in to the Parador in the heart of the old town. Again, your evening is free.
Day 5 – Friday 12th July
After another leisurely breakfast, we check out of the Parador and board our coach for the short journey to the town of Cambados and our final visit of the tour to Bodegas Palacios Fefiñanes (D.O.Rias Baixas Val do Salnes ) at 10.30am. Following our visit, we take a gentle stroll to Restaurante Ribadomar –just 5 minutes away -for our final lunch together (cost included).
At 2.45pm sharp, we leave the restaurant and drive back to Porto airport, where the tour will end.
£875 per person sharing a double room
A supplement of £125 will be payable for single occupancy of a double room, but there are normally plenty of congenial people looking for someone to share a twin-bedded room. Just let us know if you are interested in this option.
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