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Ribeira Sacra Tour – The Sil Canyon

  • 10 h 30 min
  • Max: 25 people
  • Customizable: No
  • Mar - Oct
  • Spanish / English
  • Ourense (city center) and Parador Santo Estevo
Description

This is the most complete group tour to visit the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon in one day, in it we combine the main attractions of this unique territory: its Romanesque heritage, the amazing landscape, the navigation along the Sil River and the wine tourism.

We will leave from the city center of Ourense at 9:30 and from the Parador de Santo Estevo at 10:00 to dedicate the day to visiting one of the treasures of Galicia, the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon.

Catamarán por el Cañón del Sil

We will do a boat trip through the Sil Canyon to contemplate the steepest part of the Ribeira Sacra at river level.

With forests located in inaccessible areas, vineyard terraces located in places with difficult access, the location of some of the most emblematic viewpoints and part of the fauna of this protected area (Biosphere Reserve).

Already in the upper area, we will stop at one of the most visited and photographed viewpoints of the Sil Canyon: the Cabezoa Viewpoint. Perfect moment to take a photo and contemplate the area you have previously navigated.

Through a winding road, we will reach the Monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil. Hidden in a chestnut forest and located on the slopes of the Sil Canyon, is another of the symbols of the Ribeira Sacra and one of the best examples of rural Romanesque in Galicia.

After the last visit of the morning we will have free time to eat and regain strength before continuing our tour to the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon. You can include the meal with the group during the reservation or arrange it on your own. There are also picnic areas around.

Break of approximately 1h 20 minutes at Parada de Sil.

We continue our tour to visit the Santa Maria de Montederramo Monastery. Building originally from the 12th century and modified between the 16th and 17th centuries, it has been one of the most powerful and largest monasteries in this territory, and its foundation is linked to the origin of the term Ribeira Sacra.

This 2024 marks the 900th anniversary of the document that refers to the founding of the Monastery of Montederramo and the origin of the name Ribeira Sacra.

Already on the river banks of the Sil River, we can enjoy the impressive views offered by the Pena de Matacás Viewpoint. From there we will contemplate the vineyards located on the slopes of the mountains.

To finish the one day tour to the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon we move to the municipality of A Abeleda, to visit the Adega Vella winery and taste some of their wines from the Ribeira Sacra Appellation.

If you have no interest in the world of wine and prefer a more cultural option, we offer you the alternative of visiting the Castro Caldelas Castle instead of making the wine tourism visit to the winery. If there are several in the group, you can divide up and some go to the winery and others to the Castle.

After saying goodbye to the Ribeira Sacra, we will begin the way back to Ourense all together (both those who visited the winery and the castle) to say goodbye around 8:00 p.m. in the San Lázaro Park in the center of Ourense (we will say goodbye before clients who have left from the Parador de Santo Estevo)

In our tour programming we have taken care of down to the last detail so that it is entertaining and as educational as possible. Exclusive, updated and high quality content so that you take away the experience of having known a very special place and in very good company.

Itinerary

Our one day tour to the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon has the following schedule:

  • 9:30 Departure from Ourense center (San Lázaro Park)
  • 10:00 Departure from Parador de Santo Estevo (only clients who start the route from this accommodation)
    • Boat trip
    • Cabezoa Viewpoint
    • Santa Cristina Monastery
  • 14:00 Lunch Break
    • Montederramo Monastery
    • Penas de Matacás Viewpoint
    • Visit to Winery or Castro Caldelas Castle
  • 20:00 / 20:10 Arrival to Ourense city center (Parque de San Lázaro)
  • 20:20 / 20:25 Arrival at Parador de Santo Estevo

Note: it is possible that on some date the tour may have to be modified for reasons of force majeure, and that changes may arise in a visit or in the duration of the tour. Clients will always be notified of any change in itinerary, schedule, etc.

If due logistical reasons it is not possible to visit a monument, it will be replaced by another, and the same applies to the viewpoints in case the weather affects visibility.

Departure Place and Schedule

Place of Departure and Return

Themeeting point in the center of the City of Ourenseis theBus Stop located at the bottom of the San Lázaro Park, as shown in the image.

You can see a yellow postbox to the left of the meeting point marquee, and opposite (on the other side of the road), a statue with two people sitting in a car. Check exact location on Google Maps.

The meeting point at the Parador de Santo Estevois theMain entrance of the Parador next to the parking lot, as shown in the image.

Start Time

9:30 en Ourense Parque de San Lázaro – Please be at the departure point at least 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time. The tour will leave on time and if you are not at the meeting point you will lose your reservation.

10:00 en Parador de Santo Estevo – Please be at the departure point at least 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time. The tour will leave on time and if you are not at the meeting point you will lose your reservation.

Return Time

20:00 /20:10 in Ourense Parque de San Lázaro – Approximate arrival time if there are no delays due to external causes.

20:20 / 20:25 at Parador Santo Estevo – Approximate arrival time if there are no delays due to external causes.

Recommendations and Important Notes
  • If you get dizzy easily, it is recommended that you bring some anti-sickness medication such as biodramine with caffeine, since the roads in the area have many curves. It is not necessary for the boat, but it is necessary for the road trip.
  • The guide will tell you where you can go to the toilet. Try to go when you are told, as long as you have the need.
  • The instructions of the guide and collaborators must be followed at all times.
  • We remind you that this tour is carried out in Spanish. In the case of having passengers who speak English, a subsequent translation will be made.
  • Very important: during the course of the tour, any type of waste (butts, bottles, plastics, etc.) must be deposited in the containers provided for this purpose.

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Price

Tour:

  • Adults: 79 €
  • Kids (under 13 years old): 39 €
  • Babies (under 3 years old): free

Note: departure from the Parador de Santo Estevo has an extra fee of between 15 and 40 EUR/person, the price depends on the number of people who join the excursion from this point.

Lunch (optional booking):

  • Adults: 13 €
  • Under 13 years old: 11 €

For groups of 5 or more people, automatic discounts apply during the booking process.

Included in the Price

  • Transportation by Microbus or VAN
  • Extra transportation (only for clients departing from Parador de Santo Estevo)
  • Official Tourist Guide
  • Boat trip through the Sil Canyon (1.5 h)
  • Tickets to Monuments Included
  • Visit to the Winery with Tasting of 5 Wines
  • Insurance and Taxes

Not included in the price

  • Food. It can be included optionally during the booking process.
  • Anything not mentioned in included
Product Conditions

The booking is confirmed immediately with payment of either the full amount or the 25% deposit if this option is chosen at the time of payment. If you opt for the deposit, the remaining 75% will be paid 7 days before the tour.

The tour will be carried out as long as a group of 8 or more people is formed, otherwise the tour can be canceled by notifying at least 5 days in advance.

Cancellation Information

In case of cancellation we will offer you the possibility of making the trip on another available date, or, where appropriate, the refund of the amounts paid.

In the event that the client cancels the trip before departure, they have the right to a refund of the amounts they have paid, once the organizing agency has been compensated with the following amounts:

  • Management fees of €3.5/person, plus cancellation fees if any. Not applicable if payment has been made by transfer.
  • Penalty consisting of
    • 15% of the total amount of the excursion if the cancellation occurs between 48 hours and 7 days before the departure date of the excursion;
    • 25% in the 48 hours prior to the departure date of the excursion.
    • If you do not show up at the scheduled departure time, the client will not have the right to any refund of the amount paid.

See VE general terms and conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the proposed lunch consist of?

It is food in a local restaurant based on the daily menu. At the restaurant O Balcón da Ribeira .

This menu includes:

  • Starter (choose from several options)
  • Main (to choose from several options)
  • Dessert (choose from several options)
  • Drink (water, wine and soda. Other drinks will be paid separately)
  • Coffee or Tea

It is accessible?

Our tour does not require great efforts or long walks. Regarding people with reduced mobility, contact us before booking to evaluate if there are any visits with any inconvenience, although in principle all visits would be accessible.

Climatology. What happens if it rains?

This tour is not canceled in case of rain since it does not prevent us from carrying out the included activities. The boat is partly covered, and the rest of the visits are also covered with the exception of the viewpoints, which in case of rain with a raincoat or umbrella can still be visited.

Can the itinerary or visits included be modified?

No. This is a regular group tour, so the itinerary cannot be modified or customized. If you want a personalized route we recommend our Private Tour to the Ribeira Sacra.

Where can I book this tour?

This is an exclusive product only available on the Verdant Experiences websites and partner agencies.

It is not available on platforms such as Civitatis, Getyourguide or similar.

Could I depart from another location?

The available departures are those shown at the time of booking, but you could reach Ourense from other cities such as A Coruña, Lugo, Vigo or Santiago de Compostela by train and travel to the departure point by taxi from the station (it is about €6 approx and take less than 10 minutes), when you return from the excursion we can leave you at the train station.

If you arrive by car, we can indicate another meeting point so that you can start the tour from where you can park without problems.

In the case of the Parador de Santo Estevo, we offer a solution to be able to join the tour while staying at this hotel.

What happens if I arrive late at the departure meeting point?

You would lose the ticket and it would not be refundable. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before departure as we cannot wait. If we do not comply with the schedules, the entire group can be harmed. An example is that not arriving at the catamaran on time makes it impossible to carry out that activity.

Is it recommended for children under 13 years of age?

It can be done both with children from 3 to 12 years old, as well as with children under 3 years old. It is important that you take into account the duration of the tour when booking, if the minor is used to traveling by bus for stretches of 30 minutes to 1 hour without stopping, there would be no problem.

For children under 3 years old, keep in mind that almost all coach seats have belts with only two attachment points (like those on airplanes) so you must take this into account if you use a restraint device. Approved adapted to your size and weight. Said device will have to be provided by the traveler responsible for the minor.

As an alternative to child restraint systems, harnesses can also be fitted, which are much more practical and quicker to put on. This type of restraint is tied to the back of the seat through several straps and can also be attached to the seat belt. In this way, the child can travel restrained by several anchor points.

It is also possible for a child under 3 years of age to travel in the arms of an adult.

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