Galicia & Northern Portugal | Escorted Tour
Taking in stunning Porto for 3 nights and magnificent Santiago de Compostela for 4 nights, our Galicia and Northern Portugal itinerary sees you walk part of the Camino, rub shoulders with famous Spanish musicians in Vigo, discover ancient Braga and learn all about the delicious wine that makes Porto so famous - Port! Enjoy a mix of organised tours and selected free time throughout this tour, giving you the opportunity to choose how you would like to spend your time.
Transport & Accommodation
- Direct flight from Dublin to Porto
- Transfer on arrival from the airport to your hotel with guide assistance
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star Hotel Heroismo, Porto
- 4 nights hotel accommodation in 3 star Hotel Gelmirez, Santiago
- Daily breakfast and 4 x evening meal served at hotels
- Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers
- Transfer from your hotel to Porto airport for return flight
- Direct flight from Santiago de Compostela to Dublin
- DAY 1
Make your way to Dublin airport for your flight to Porto. Porto is smaller than the capital, Lisbon, but is quickly growing in popularity with tourists.
The Ribiera district boasts to be one of the most Instagrammable spots you've ever seen! On arrival at Porto airport, you will meet your guide for the week and be transported from the airport to your hotel in the city, where you’ll spend the next 3 nights. The group will have dinner together that evening in your hotel.
- DAY 2
This morning you will begin the day with a tour of Porto city. Following this you will then have a tour of the citys oldest wine cellar including wine tastings.
After some free time for lunch, you will then board a boat for a river cruise on the Douro which passes Portos 6 bridges. The group will also have dinner together this evening in your hotel before you spend your second night in Porto.
- DAY 3
Today you will have the day free to explore Porto further. You might choose to visit Clérigos Tower and watch over the entire city before making your way to Crystal Palace Gardens overlooking Duoro River. You could also check out one of the best places for sunsets; Serra do Pilar, the 3rd most beautiful bookstore in the world; Livraria Lello or the city's most important church; Porto Cathedral. You guide can give you further advice on things to see and do for this day.
We have not included dinner on this evening to allow you the opportunity to explore the numerous restaurant options in the city. The group will spend their 3rd and final night in Porto.
- DAY 4
This morning you will check out of your Porto hotel after breakfast, and begin your journey to Santiago.
In the morning the group will travel to Braga, for your first stop of the day. Braga is filled with Neolithic, Roman, Medieval and Modernist attractions leading many tourists to visit this destination each year. You will have around an hour to explore so you could choose to relax with a coffee in Republic Square or visit Braga Cathedral and the Municipal Palace.
After Braga, you will continue north, where you will stop at Viana do Castelo. Here you will have free time to explore and have lunch, and the group will also take the funicular up the hill to the stunning Santuario de Santa Luzia. The iconic mountaintop church of Santuario de Santa Luzia has a small museum & dome offering stunning panoramic views.
Our final stop of the day will see the group visit Vigo in the afternoon. Vigo has a massive fishing port plus ancient Roman ruins, neoclassical churches, and an authentic Galician old town. You will then drive to Santiago where you’ll spend the next 4 nights. After check in the group will have dinner together in your Santiago hotel.
- DAY 5
Today you will have a free day in Santiago, to relax in the hotel and recover from yesterdays busy day, or to get out and see this vibrant city.
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the Galicia region. The name Santiago goes back to the Apostle James (Santiago means St. James) who went to this most north-western part of Spain. More than 200,000 people make the journey to Santiago each year and receive their certificate for completing Camino de Santiago. The city is filled with many historic sites to visit and was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985.
We have not included dinner on this evening to allow you to explore the numerous restaurant options the city has to offer. The group will stay overnight in Santiago.
- DAY 6
No visit to Santiago would be complete without experiencing part of the famous Camino route. This morning you will be transferred to Monte de Gozo where you will have the option to take a short walk along the camino route, or you can simply choose to enjoy the stunning views out over the city and the atmosphere created by the hundreds of people passing by on the final stages of their walk.
Monte do Gozo is known for being the place where pilgrims on the Camino walk get their first views of the three spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, their final destination on Camino de Santiago. After your time on Monte de Gozo you will return to Santiago for a guided walk, taking in the city’s most famous landmarks. After your walking the group will have dinner together in the hotel and stay overnight in Santiago.
- DAY 7
Today you will have a free day to relax and further explore Santiago and the region at your own pace. You could also choose to take a day tour out to Finisterre, which can be booked locally. Finisterre is located on Costa da Morte 'Coast of Death', named after the large number of shipwrecks along the shores. It's an ancient port and fishing village with the chapel of Nosa Señora do Bon Suceso, Monte Facho lighthouse and the parish church of Santa María de Fisterra.The group will stay their final night in Santiago.
- DAY 8
With your flight home in the afternoon, you will have a little time in morning to further enjoy everything Santiago has to offer, before being transferred to airport.
- Group airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Direct, return flights from Dublin
- Daily breakfast and 4 x evening meal served at hotels
- 10kg hand luggage & 20kg checked for flights
- Price per person sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
- Prices are inclusive of airline taxes and charges
- Passengers are entitled to check in one standard piece of luggage subject to airline’s conditions
- Single rooms are on request at a supplement of €280 (€40 per night)
- A non-refundable deposit of €200 is required for booking
- A buy on board catering system is available on flights
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