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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Sample freshly-caught seafood, discover Roman lighthouses and enjoy magnificent coastal scenery on this leisurely tour through Galicia.
Fly to Oporto where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one nights.
After breakfast, start the day by visiting Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal, located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The ''Ciade Invicta'' or the city from where the country originally expanded is nowadays famed not only for the Port wine cellars, but also for several monuments, museums, churches, bridges, markets, fairs, green space and popular dynamics. Continue to Rias Bajas to enjoy the fantastic natural setting of the city of Vigo.
After breakfast depart to visit Santiago de Compostela: the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. The old city quarters have been designated UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and also home to the Cathedral and your destination for today.
Head north to the charming fishing village of O Grove for a delightful boat trip to taste some of the local delicacies such as oysters and mussels. Cross the O Grove bridge to the island of La Toja and admire the tranquil, pretty gardens and spectacular coastal scenery. From here, head back to Combarro, with a stop en route atop Siradella Mountain for breathtaking views of the region. Spend some time in Combarro enjoying the unique ambience of this traditional fishing village, before continuing to Poio for a visit to the Monastery, which in 1548 became a college of theology and now houses the largest library in Galicia. The day ends in Pontevedra, a city rich in historical and religious heritage, where the included sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's fascinating monuments.
Today journey to La Coruña, the 'Balcony over the Atlantic'. The city has its origins in sea trade and its icon is the Tower of Hercules, a roman lighthouse still guiding seamen to this day. La Coruña is a city of contrasts, with elements of the shipping trade that have remained unchanged for years set side by side with a modern, vibrant metropolis laden with shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants. The included sightseeing trip will acquaint you with the highlights and you will have plenty of time to explore at leisure.
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast to Finisterre, often called 'the end of the earth' because of its position as one of the westernmost points on the European mainland. This route offers up some truly stunning coastal scenery; a blend of cliffs and rocks, white sandy beaches and lush marshlands.
Head to Ourense, a tranquil city made up of narrow streets, pretty squares and pleasant gardens. It is home to many interesting religious buildings of varying styles with the pinnacle being the 12th century Cathedral. Whilst in Ourense visit the Burgas, unusual thermal springs which reach 70 degrees and date back to Roman times. Next, head to Cañon de Sil, an impressive canyon which is hundreds of metres deep. You have a chance to explore the villages and monasteries that lie on its ridges before continuing to Oporto for the night.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay with a Douro river cruise.
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