Ribeira Sacra tour
Included: Visit to a Winery; Visit to San Pedro de Rocas and Santo Estevo Monasteries; Lunch; Visit to Viewpoints; Boat trip.
The Ribeira Sacra Private Tour is a perfect choice to discover through a tailor-made tour the Ribeira Sacra region, one of the best kept secrets of Spain. It is a peaceful region, with secluded monasteries surrounded by enchanted forests that could easily belong to a fairy tale. Its cliffs form a stunning view, which becomes even more impressive when you see that in many of those cliffs the locals grow and harvest wine grapes; being such a risky business in this area that it has its own term: la viticultura heroica (the heroic viticulture). The Sil river flows through the Sil Canyon, the heart of the Ribeira Sacra. This canyon is the natural border between the provinces of Ourense and Lugo, both part of Galicia.
Some details about our Ribeira Sacra tour
A tour around a magic place with so much history, visible through its ancient monasteries that were built there in search of a secluded and peaceful environment; perfect for those that need to get away from the noisy city lifestyle. The Ribeira Sacra tour stops at the best viewpoints above the Sil Canyon, and includes a boat trip to enjoy the magnificence of the Canyon from all angles. And last but not least, a visit to a local winery to taste some of the best wines of the Ribeira Sacra Appellation of origin.
What is included in the Ribeira Sacra tour
- Visit to two of these monuments: Monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, Monastery of Santo Estevo, Castle of Castro Caldelas or Monastery of Xunqueira de Espadanedo (other monuments upon request)
- Visit to a local winery from the D.O. Ribeira Sacra with wine tasting
- Lunch in a local restaurant with traditional Galician dishes
- Boat trip in a 11-seater pontoon boat with wine tasting included (limited availability)
- Visit to several viewpoints throughout the tour
- Private transportation from and to your accommodation or meeting point
- A driver-assistant from our staff
- Photography service
- Insurance and taxes
Personalizing the tour
The tour includes a balanced day that gives you an overall view of the Ribeira Sacra. However, its content can be tailored to the preferences of our customers.
For example, if you would like to visit a traditional pottery, or swap one of the monuments for another winery, a short hike, a visit to waterfalls... We can recommend you the best options based on your requests, and tailor the tour accordinly just for you.
Note: Those additional activities and visits that can be arranged on demand might not be included in the original base price.
Visits to Romanesque monuments
In order to do a guided tour in these monuments it is necessary to hire a specialized official guide (subject to availability), with an additional cost. Otherwise, the person that will take you on the tour will accompany you to the interior of the monument only to take pictures of your group, as part of the photography service included in the tour package.
Staying longer (2 to 5 days) in the Ribeira Sacra
The Ribeira Sacra is a wide area interconnected by narrow winding roads, so if you are interested in visiting in depth this wonderful region, we recommend you to spend at least a couple days in the area. If you are insterested, we can organize for you a fully customized Holiday Package including accommodation, several tours and transporation from the airport and/or train station. Please contact us if you are interested.
Time and place of departure
Departures are usually from the city of Ourense or its surroundings, at the location requested by the customer (other departure locations can be arranged with an extra cost). One of our employees will drive you and accompany you all along the tour, assisting you in whatever you need.
All the relevant information regarding the tour will be emailed to you once you have completed your reservation.
Booking confirmation and itinerary
Once the booking on our website is completed, you will receive confirmation from our system as well as a provisional itinerary, which could have the order of visits modified following the preferences you have indicated or the available times for the desired day. The final itinerary will be delivered at least 48h before the activity.
At any time the user or consumer may desist from the products requested or contracted, being entitled to the refund of the amounts that would have paid, whether it is the total price or the advance provided in the previous paragraph, but must compensate VE for the following concepts:
Management fees of 10 €, plus cancellation fees, if any. Adding a penalty, consisting of 5% of the total trip if the withdrawal occurs more than 10 days and less than 15 days before the date of departure of the trip; 15% between days 3 and 10, and 25% within 48 hours prior to departure. If you do not show up at the scheduled time for departure, you will not be entitled to any refund of the amount paid, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
Due to the current situation in relation to COVID-19, our usual activities and services may be affected, having to adapt them to the situation.
Before the start of the tour you will be duly informed of the protocols and recommendations set by our company, and you must follow the instructions of the VE staff and their collaborators at all times.
More information at https://www.verdantexperiences.com/covid-19.
- Tour: 10 hours
- Car travel time: 3h30min
Municipalities that belong to the region of Ourense: Amoeiro, Barbadás, Coles, Esgos, Nogueira de Ramuín, Ourense, Pereiro de Aguiar, A Peroxa, San Ciprián de Viñas, Taboadela, Toén & Villamarín.
Municipalities that belong to the region of Terra de Caldelas: Castro Caldelas, Montederramo, Parada de Sil & A Teixeira.