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Rias Baixas: Boat Tour with Wine, Seafood, and Winery Visit

1. Rias Baixas: Boat Tour with Wine, Seafood, and Winery Visit

Stop at O Grove Town, the perfect village for spending time in tranquility, and experiencing the sensations of the real and genuine Galicia. Enjoy the rural atmosphere away from tourism and have a pleasant break and Galician meal. Take a walk through the vineyards of the very prestigious Albariño. Have the opportunity to learn about the production of this excellent wine as well as engage in a tasting of three wines of the denomination Rias Baixas in good company.  Next, stop at the shrine of “la Lanzada.” Get a full overview of this mystical place, established in the 9th century, and take a beautiful walk. Cross part of the bay of Poio, and see beauty contained on a giant rock upon which it is built. See the granaries that surround it, the houses overlooking the sea, and the several stone crosses typical of Galicia, called Cruceiros, which are on the site. Tour the characteristic streets and squares of this place, and have the possibility to take a real and authentic journey through time, as well as visit an area of great ecological value.  Next stop at the island of Toja, famous for the production of soap and for its hot springs, located in an area called Red Natura 2000. Discover a small museum of the old soap factory and a chapel completely covered with shells. End with a tour of the sea, during which you will admire and face directly the production of mussels, oysters, and scallops, making different stops to contemplate the watering holes.  Taste steamed mussels in great quantity accompanied by one of the best local Albariño wines (Condes de Albarei) and shots of Crema de Orujo.

O Grove: Boat Tour with Mussel Tasting and Wine

2. O Grove: Boat Tour with Mussel Tasting and Wine

Come and enjoy a one hour boat ride on the calm waters of the Ría de Arousa with a guided tour while you discover how the cultivation of mussels, oysters and scallops works and enjoy a delicious tasting of steamed mussels and traditional wine from the Rías Baixas. Enjoy the Ría de Arousa, the largest of the five Galician estuaries, known as Rías Baixas. It is one of the most interesting environmental areas of Galicia. The bird life is rich and varied and, without a doubt, the Ría de Arousa is the richest in fish and seafood of all the estuaries, both for its cultivation and its fishing. The most important activity in these inland waters is the cultivation of mussels, oysters and scallops, which is already a typical tradition in this area. The cultivation is done in rafts. With this one-hour boat trip you will discover amazing landscapes and views of the seabed. The excursion is fully guided. Plenty of mussel tasting, drinks (white wine, soft drinks and water on request) and music to give the best to our customers. This excursion is worthwhile!

From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

3. From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Santiago de Compostela and discover the best of Rías Baixas. Immerse yourself in Albariño wine and Galician seafood. Enjoy a boat cruise along the estuary and learn about mussel, oyster and scallop growing. Learn about each site from your guide and enjoy stops at each location. Meet at 10 AM at Plaza de Galicia and begin your tour from Santiago to the Rías Baixas. At the first stop, take a walk along local vines of Albariño grapes and learn about the production of this wonderful white wine from local guides of one of the most exclusive cellars in the region. After the visit, taste one of the most know Albariño wine which can't be found in normal markets or restaurants, wines which are sold at the best restaurants of Europe and the most exclusive markets of the world. Move onward to one of the most spectacular beaches in Galicia, the beach of La Lanzada. Travel back in time to the 10th century to get acquainted with its history and legends. Next, the island of La Toja waits for you with its thermal history and interesting industrial past in making Spain's best soap. Discover the world of shellfish breeding on a boat cruise. Sail on a route passing through countless "bateas" from where the best mussels, oysters and scallops come from. During the cruise, you will able to eat as many mussels as you wish, freshly picked from the water and boiled in albariño wine. All this is accompanied by as much white local wine as you want, soft drinks, water and liqueur shots. After the cruise, get dropped off at O Grove, the "seafood paradise" of Galicia. Spend 90 minutes enjoying lunch at a restaurant. Your guide will recommend you the best ones depending on what are you looking for. Experience the coast of the Arousa Estuary travelling south towards the estuary of Pontevedra. Cross the towns of Portonovo, Sanxenxo, and Raxó and visit the fishermen's village of Combarro, with its cobbled stone streets, small shops, and beautiful bars and restaurants. Finally, leave the Rías Baixas and return to Santiago de Compostela for drop off.

Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

4. Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore the Granbazán Winery on a guided tour that includes a tasting of its fine wines paired with typical Galician foods and the opportunity to unwind as you stroll throughout the vineyard.  Discover the origins of viticulture in the Rias Baixas as your guide leads you around the complex. Admire the beautiful landscapes that make this winery even more special and taste 4 Granbazan wines accompanied by traditional Galician aperitives.

Rias Baixas Tour from Santiago de Compostela

5. Rias Baixas Tour from Santiago de Compostela

The itinerary through the Rías Baixas from Santiago de Compostela will begin with a guided visit to a traditional winery in the region, where you can taste the exquisite local wines. It will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the production of these magnificent wines and delight in the tasting experience. The next stage of this Rías Baixas excursion is a relaxing boat ride with the option to taste mussels. During this ride, you will uncover the secrets of mussel, oyster, and scallop farming in the "bateas." On board, you will have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of mussels, accompanied by local wine, refreshments, water, and a touch of orujo cream. Joining the boat ride is optional. After the boat experience, it will be time to explore O Grove. We will take a brief tour of the harbor and the initial part of the historic center. After the guided tour, you will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to savor the wonderful Galician cuisine and explore the place at your own pace. O Grove also holds curiosities, such as an impressive collection of sculptures that will surprise you during your stay in the village. Without rushing but without stopping, we will continue towards A Toxa. Being the most famous of the Galician Atlantic islands, this island went from being a grazing area to the discovery of its beneficial thermal muds. You will learn about its evolution and experience up close why it has become a dream destination. However, this is just a taste of the surprises that this small Galician island has prepared. There will also be the opportunity to contemplate the iconic La Toxa Bridge, built in the 19th century to connect the O Grove peninsula with the island, a milestone that marked a before and after in local history. Back on the bus, we will delve into the history of the A Lanzada hermitage, where wine, the sea, and secrets that will enrich your experience to the fullest converge. Did you know that the A Lanzada hermitage has a deep relationship with the fertility and fecundity ritual, linked to the bathing of the nine waves? We have reached the moment to introduce you to a destination that has become a true tourist icon in Galicia. Our journey through the Rías Baixas from Santiago de Compostela leads us to the charming village of Combarro, where granaries and picturesque streets mesmerize visitors. The image of the granaries overlooking the sea has contributed to raising the popularity of this small gem called Combarro. And so, this fascinating excursion culminates, returning to the Galician capital. If you have any doubts about joining the Rías Baixas excursion from Santiago de Compostela and require more information, we will be delighted to provide you with all the assistance you need.

Rias Baixas Tour; Arousa and Toxa islands, Combarro & boat

6. Rias Baixas Tour; Arousa and Toxa islands, Combarro & boat

We leave Santiago de Compostela at 9:30 The first stop is Padrón, a town closely related to the Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Way) and with the history of the arrival of the Apostle to Galicia. We visit the church of Santiago (where the "Pedrón" is located), the Alameda and there is time for a coffee. Then you reach the island by crossing one of the longest bridges over the sea in Europe. Once there you can choose between taking a walk through the natural park with the guide, having a drink sitting by the sea or taking a dip in one of the fantastic beaches on the island! After an hour and a half on the island, the next stop will be Cambados. Once there, you cross the town's main square, Fefiñans, with its impressive "Pazo" and the interesting church of San Bieito. In this town you will have free time to taste local products in one of the many restaurants and also to try the famous wine of the area, the Albariño. Before entering the Ría de Pontevedra, the route visit the island of A Toxa. This island was the first vacation resort in Europe back in the late nineteenth century, it is also known for the soaps that were made here with the mineral salts of the water springs. You will see the historic "Gran Hotel LaToja", the old soap factory and the curious "Capilla de las Conchas" (completely covered with scallop shells). Already in the next estuary, the inlet of Pontevedra, the route reaches the town of Combarro. This is a wonderful example of popular architecture. We will walk through its granite alleys between granaries and stone crosses. There is an option to try mussels and local wine on the ship that sails from Combarro. The Marina of Combarro is the place where this activity starts. You'll seeing the mussel farms, the towns of Combarro and Marín from the sea and the island of Tambo. The return is around 7:30 p.m.

From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

7. From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

Visit the region of Rías Baixas on this day trip from A Coruña. Take a guided tour in the historic center of Pontevedra, visit the fishing village of Combarro, and see the natural landscapes of Illa da Toxa. Also, enjoy a boat trip with a tasting of mussels and wine. The first stop of your day trip is in Pontevedra, where you will have a walking tour of its historic center. Wander through the city's pedestrian-friendly streets and see the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, the Ruins of San Domingo, and many more important sites. After your tour head to Combarro. Arrive at the fishing village of Combarro and be charmed as you tour its cobbled streets and see the facades of its buildings. After your tour, leave Combarro and head to Illa da Toxa. Illa da Toxa is a popular travel destination, known for the Chapel of the Shells, the soap factory, and its natural landscapes. Take another guided tour and then take a boat trip through the Ría de Arousa. During your boat trip see the mussel rafts and enjoy a tasting of local quality wine and mussels. Make a stop in O Grove and have the opportunity to taste local dishes during your free time for lunch. Afterward, head to Cambados, the capital of Albariño, and one of the most important points of the Rías Baixas. Finish your day with a visit to an Albariño wine cellar, where you will taste 3 different varieties of wine. Learn the entire process of wine elaboration, labeling, and production.

Albariño Wine Tasting with Winery Tour

8. Albariño Wine Tasting with Winery Tour

Walk through the rolling vineyards at Bodegas Granbazán with this small group tour in Pontevedra. Try a carefully selected variety of wines with a guide who will help you to fully appreciate the range of flavors you are experiencing. Discover the origins of viticulture in the Rias Baixas, the history of albariño wines, and the relevance of Bodegas Granbazán winery as a pioneer in wine making. Stroll through the vineyards and see where the grapes ripen in the sea breeze. Let your guide help you to uncover hidden notes in the 4 wines you taste. Enjoy your wine with a fine Galician cheese and mussels.

La Estrada: Pazo de Oca Gardens Ticket

9. La Estrada: Pazo de Oca Gardens Ticket

Secure your admission to the historic Pazo de Oca gardens, a traditional representation of Galician country estates. Experience the three pillars of the gardens: water, stone, and vegetation, on a self-guided walk to discover each gorgeous corner at your own pace. Step into this magical site and enjoy the beauty of a location seemingly taken right out of a fairytale. Get lost in a maze of perfectly manicured shrubs, feel the calm of the running water coming from the fountains, and snap postcard-worthy photos of the scenery with the palace in the backdrop. With its first construction dating as far back as the 12-century, this estate provides you with a distinct fusion of styles that all come together to work in harmony, creating a one-of-a-kind complex waiting for you to explore it. Admire the heavy Baroque influence seen in the palace and gardens.

From Santiago: Christmas Lights of Vigo And Pontevedra

10. From Santiago: Christmas Lights of Vigo And Pontevedra

Tour to enjoy Vigo and Pontevedra with their Christmas lights and markets that never forget. You will know some of the most emblematic places in the city of Pontevedra, you will sail by boat from Moaña to Vigo and, without realizing it, you will reach a Christmas world that will take you to your childhood. The tour of the Christmas lights of Vigo and Pontevedra will begin with a guided tour by Pontevedra. The Plaza de España, the historic center, Santa María, the squares of the blacksmiths, vegetables and firewood, the Virgin Peregrina and the ruins of Santo Domingo, are the points of interest that you will know in the first person After discovering the points of interest and markets in Pontevedra, it is time to enjoy a boat experience from Moaña to Vigo. We will take the ferry that crosses the Ría de Vigo joining the city with the two large fishing ports of the north face of the estuary, which are Cangas and Moaña. It is a 20 -minute, easy and picturesque journey, since good panoramic views of the Cíes Islands and the batting polygons are appreciated. In this way, the arrival in Vigo is totally different, pretty and we expire the problems derived from the great traffic jams on the highway. Without a doubt, an ideal moment on the excursion to see the Christmas lights of Vigo that you cannot stop photographing. The main course of the excursion to the Christmas lights of Vigo and Pontevedra we leave for the end. With the visit to the Christmas markets and Christmas lights of Vigo you will have the opportunity to return to your childhood. We will take you where the most spectacular Christmas lighting is concentrated (area attached to the port we reached in the ferry), and we will leave you about 3 hours to travel the Christmas area of Vigo and for dinner. It is time to discover the exquisite Galician cuisine. Finally, we will all meet in the port and take the ferry back to Moaña, where the bus will take you to Santiago de Compostela

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4.7 / 5

based on 484 reviews

Very good. The guide is magnificent and all the staff on the boat are spectacular with the clients. Very professional. The price could be adjusted more so that you have more possibilities to discover that magnificent world

Our wonderful guide, (Ucia) a super friendly and attentive charm, the excursion was beautiful, highly recommended, very formal with the schedules and at all times ♥️

The tour guide spoke great English, easy to understand. So much good food, wine, and fun atmosphere

Wonderful guide. Great time. Happy with the amount of time at each stop. Exceeded expectations.

The excursion was wanderful. The boat trip was the best!!!