Day trip

Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

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Activity provider: SIMPLY GALICIA

Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

Activity provider: SIMPLY GALICIA
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Discover historic monasteries and castles, beautiful natural landscapes and delicious wines on this day trip from Santiago de Compostela. Experience the delights of the Ribeira Sacra including a catamaran cruise through the River Sil Canyons.

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Duration 10 hours
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Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the landscapes of Cañones del Sil
  • Enjoy tasting wines grown in the area
  • Capture amazing photos from the lookout points
  • Take a catamaran through the River Sil Canyons
Full description

Depart Santiago by bus at 8:30 AM and head north to the province of Orense, where your guided tour through the Ribeira Sacra will begin. Discover how the name of this region, which means Sacred Riverbank, comes from the Middle Ages when many monasteries were scattered across the slopes of these rugged landscapes. Upon arrival, board a catamaran that will take you through the River Sil canyons. For 1.5 hours, enjoy the characteristic landscape of the area, and see the enormous walls that rise up to almost 500 meters high. During the cruise, have the opportunity to sample some traditional wine. Then, disembark and continue towards some of the viewpoints in the northern part of the Ribeira Sacra. After admiring these views, visit the San Esteban de Ribas de Sil monastery. The monument is currently used as a Parador Nacional de Turismo, known as a luxury hotel located in a historic building, and still preserves several elements from the original building.

Take some free time for lunch in Luintra. Next, stop in Orense's historic center, which holds importance in Galicia for its thermal baths. Walk through its cobbled streets and discover the secrets of its famous bridges. Finally, end the day with return transport to Santiago by around 6:30 PM.

Includes
  • Bus transportation
  • Official tourism guide
  • 1.5-hour boat ride through the River Sil Canyons
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Pilar Church, on the stone stairs; Av. de Xoán Carlos I, 6, 15701 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, España.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Excelente excursión. Fuimos con Sonia de guia i Antonio de chofer. Los dos de 10. Muchísimas explicaciones. Navegamos con catamaran por el río Sil para poder ver los viñedos desde abajo y luego nos llevaron a los miradores para verlo desde lo alto. Me encantó la Ribeira Sacra. Por la tarde, después de comer, visitamos Ourense. Todo muy bien organizado.

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August 4, 2022

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Had an excellent trip to Ribeira de sacra while visiting Santiago de Compostela. Lots of different things to see and had an excellent guide called Roy who was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip so interesting.

July 29, 2022

July 28, 2022

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