Galicia Getaway

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Where rolling emerald hills kiss the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Cantabrian Sea, Galicia is a land rich in mystical ancient folklore, vestiges of a Roman past, and delectable treasures from the sea. Hike the Romanesque villages that dot the Way of St. James and sip the crisp Albariño wines of the Rias Baixas. Wander through the cobblestone lanes of Santiago de Compostela and delight in the robustly red Mencia vintages of the Ribeira Sacra while floating along its majestic river canyons by boat. Experience the unspoiled white sand beaches and wildly natural landscapes of the Cies Islands while savoring Galicia's coastal bounty with a spectacular day at sea.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to either A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela Airport where your private chauffeur will be waiting to welcome you to the stunning coastal region of Galicia. Set off for the UNESCO World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela for arrival to your sumptuous five-star stay. Celebrate the start of your Galician getaway with a dinner of contemporary small plates inspired by Galicia’s seafood bounty at a chic restaurant in the heart of Old Town.

Day 2

This morning you will set off to explore the spirited setting of Santiago’s 19th century Mercado de Abastos with your local expert. A stone vision brimming with the freshest offerings from the sea, your guide will help you explore the market’s fishmonger stalls showcasing a bounty of shellfish delicacies like navajas (razor clams), berberechos (cockles) and percebes (gooseneck barnacles), as you procure your prized seafood treasures for lunch. Build your appetite with a private walking tour through the city’s spectacular Old Town, an UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with Romanesque, Baroque and Neoclassical architectural gems, stately plazas, hidden cloisters and scenic rúas (streets). Enjoy a majestic glimpse of the city from leafy Alameda Park before savoring a very special lunch featuring your hand-picked seafood delights back at the Mercado. The afternoon will be dedicated to visiting the city’s most sacred space, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the glorious culmination of a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James. Originating from Roman times, the magnificent cathedral dates back to the 11th century and offers a study in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, including the 12th century masterpiece, the Pórtico de la Gloria, a vision of extraordinary sculpture work. Tonight you’ll dine within the convivial setting of one of the city’s most acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants.

Day 3

Set off to discover the ancient villages of the Lugo province on a privately guided hike along the Way of St. James. Spend time exploring some of the route’s most captivating medieval villages, known for their distinct Romanesque architecture and bucolic countryside setting. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Galician dishes before discovering the ancient Roman history of Lugo during a private afternoon walking tour. Marvel at the city’s UNESCO World Heritage designated 3rd century Roman walls, which encircle the entire city and remain miraculously intact, before admiring its 1st century Roman bridge crossing the Miño river.

Day 4

Today you will embark on a vinicultural voyage through Galicia’s Ribeira Sacra wine country, a dramatic landscape of river canyons and steep slopes from which astounding vineyard terraces were first carved by the Romans and tended by monks during the Middle Ages. Embark on an exclusive boat ride along the River Sil before sampling exquisite reds produced from the local Mencia grape during a private wine tasting and lunch at one of the region’s most esteemed wineries. In the afternoon you’ll travel further into the Ribeira Sacra for a special visit to a boutique producer of refined vintages produced from local varietals like red Mencia and Merenzao, and white Godello and Treixadura.

Day 5

From your plush stay in Santiago you’ll be transported by chauffeur to your chic wine retreat nestled in the verdant vineyards of the Rias Baixas, before spending the day exploring the region’s coastal splendors by boat. Embark on a private, captain-led voyage along the scenic estuaries of Pontevedra before setting out to experience the magnificent aquamarine waters and fine white sand beaches of the Cíes archipelago of islands. Savor a lunch of fresh seafood and handmade Galician specialties on board before setting anchor to swim and relax at the beach, or appreciate the wild flora of the islands during a hike along scenic nature trails. If gastronomic exploits are more your style, your day can be spent learning how clams have been harvested in Galicia for centuries, before experiencing the local tradition of the floating mussel farm, known as a Batea, where mussels are cultivated and harvested at sea from wooden rafts. Your afternoon will culminate with a guided visit to a very unique seafood auction and free time to explore the charming fishing village of Combarro with its typical casas marineras and hórreos (stone granaries) along the shore.

Day 6

Delve into Galicia’s world class Albariño wines while tasting your way through the Rias Baixas DO appellation. Visit the storied 16th century manor house and winery of an acclaimed family of winemakers to discover how the region’s unique coastal climate and granite-rich terroir is expressed in the crisp, fresh and aromatic characteristics of their elegant wines. Next, visit the vineyards of a small batch producer to learn about the traditional cultivation technique using trellises anchored along granite posts, before delighting in a tasting of their exciting and complex Albariño wines crafted from hand picked grapes. From the vineyards of the Rias Baixas you’ll be transported by chauffeur to the region’s capital, Pontevedra, for a lunch of classic recipes interpreted into sophisticated creations at one of the city’s finest gourmet eateries. End the day with free time to stroll through the Old Town’s network of covered arcades and granite houses, quaint plazas buzzing with outdoor cafes, noble Baroque palaces, and intriguing 18th century A Peregrina church with its remarkable curved facade honoring the sacred scallop shell of the Way.

Day 7

This morning you will bid Galicia farewell as you are chauffeured to either A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela Airport for departure, or the next leg of your custom Encounter.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Visit the fresh seafood stalls of the Mercado de Abastos in Santiago de Compostela
  • Set off on a guided hike along the fabled Way of St. James
  • Discover Roman heritage in the UNESCO World heritage city of Lugo
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Santiago de Compostela & its magnificent Cathedral
  • Embark on a private boating experience to the idyllic Cíes Islands
  • Learn how clams & mussels are harvested in the traditional style of the Rias Baixas
  • Enjoy exclusive winery visits & tastings in the Ribeira Sacra
  • Cook coastal inspired recipes with an acclaimed Galician chef
  • Journey along the river canyons of the Ribeira Sacra by boat
  • Visit an artisan farm renowned for its production of local Tetilla cheese

Pricing

The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 7 days/6 nights with pricing options beginning at:

  • $5,990 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
  • $4,800 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of four
Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program is applied to travel parties of four or more.

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.


Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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