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Eat Northern Spain invites you to visit their homeland to discover what Galicia has to offer during this short break culinary tour. What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them. In a word: everything. In eighty words? A private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: This tailor-made holiday is very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose - within reason.
In the heart of the Ribeira Sacra region, a uniquely beautiful natural area in inland Galicia that is home to the Miño and Sil rivers, concealed within a great cloak of green woods, stands Santo Estevo Monastery, which has been converted into a beautiful Parador.
The monastery's origins are believed to date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. It is easy to distinguish elements of the baroque and Romanesque styles and the building has three incredible cloisters: one Romanesque, one Gothic and the third Renaissance, where you can spend a peaceful evening in a subdued atmosphere with the soft sounds of religious music as an accompaniment. Its beauty and historical features led the building to be declared a historic-artistic site in 1923.
77 guest rooms, each of them different, offer views of the green landscape and the amazing Sil River Canyon. At the Parador, you will also enjoy the restaurant terrace beside the chestnut wood; a terrace café in the porter's office cloister; beautiful, spacious function rooms perfect for celebrations; and lovely gardens. Peace and tranquility await in this beautiful place, which also features an exclusive spa with incredible views - all you have to do is come for a stay.
One of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the Paradores chain is located in Santiago de Compostela. In this city, the destination of millions of pilgrims, rays of sunlight illuminate the building façades in summer and the rain creates a magical ambiance that overtakes the cobbled streets in winter. The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. It is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. A stay at this Parador means a visit to a truly unique and exclusive location.
The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims traveling to Santiago. Today, it continues to invite visitors to enjoy a city that is as universal as it is fascinating. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room that offers fish and meat prepared in the Galician style, along with classic apple filloas (a type of crêpe) and crème brûlée.
Opened in 1907 and built by the architect Vázquez-Gulías, this famous hotel is situated in an exceptional area which offers views to the sea. During its more than a hundred years of history, the hotel has accommodated renowned people as Ortega y Gasset or Gabriel García Márquez, becoming a perfect place to have a relaxing experience. In fact, Eurostars Gran Hotel La Toja offers the only 5* wellness center in Galicia. It is a unique opportunity to discover its sophisticated facilities and let yourself be indulged by the thermal benefits of the spring waters.
Among the 199 rooms of Eurostars Gran Hotel La Toja 5*, there are 17 suites with views to the sea, three presidential suites and one royal suite. Therefore, it is one of the hotels with the largest accommodation capacity in Galicia. All the rooms are fitted with all the necessities to grant the best relaxing experience, they are fitted with TV, minibar, 24-hour room service and Free Wi-Fi.
The Thermal Club of Eurostars Gran Hotel La Toja 5* is fitted with a Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, seawater Jacuzzi. It offers modern balneotherapies and hydrotherapies to relax body and mind. Furthermore, the stay puts at your disposal a delicious cuisine and a conferences center located nearby and suitable for any kind of event.
You begin your time together with a scenic drive to Ribeira Sacra: a sacred land of wines and a paradise for wine lovers. Ribeira Sacra, at the heart of Galicia in Northern Spain, has one of the biggest concentrations in Europe of cultural heritage dated from the 12th century. A stroll around old monasteries in the middle of a forest of chestnut trees by the River Sil will be an inspiring activity for a sunny afternoon.
At the end of the day, you will retire to the contemporary elegance of your hotel; a converted monastery that dates back to the 7th century. This peaceful retreat combines ancient beauty with luxury hotel service and stunning boutique rooms.
You will be delighted with delicious Galician cuisine at the hotel's spectacular restaurant located in what was once the monastery stables.
After a breakfast of local specialties in one of the hotel's incredible cloisters, you will see the area from a different perspective. You will visit a winery in the area with a privileged situation high at the top of the banks of the river Sil. After a lovely walk through the vines, you will learn how wines are produced inside the winery.
After marvelling at the breathtaking views of the River Sil Canyon, you will take a cruise along its still waters. As you journey along the river, you will learn how wines are produced from the vineyards that stretch along the terraces above you, and then transported by boat to be transformed into wine.
After a delicious local lunch in a family-run restaurant, you will say goodbye to the Ribeira Sacra and you will be driven to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Galicia region, Northern Spain’s most iconic city. This UNESCO Heritage Site is the final stop on the epic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail; its unique atmosphere, history, and cobbled streets draw thousands of visitors each year.
You will enjoy a tour inside Santiago's world famous Gothic Cathedral, and the culmination of the Camino de Santiago for hundreds of pilgrims who arrive every day to hug Apostle Santiago.
For dinner, you will experience a unique and highly personal dining experience that takes you behind the scenes. Taking your seat in the chef’s kitchen, you’ll relish this Michelin-starred culinary treat. Enjoy a conversation with your chef as he prepares and cooks your tailored tasting menu in front of you.
After dining in style, it’s time to retire to the world’s oldest hotel. Situated in Santiago de Compostela's main square, in front of the Cathedral, this 15th-century hotel will wrap you in opulent luxury.
After a reinvigorating sleep, you will savor a sumptuous breakfast with breath-taking views of Santiago de Compostela's Gothic Cathedral.
You will experience an early morning culinary tour of the central farmers' market where colors and aromas combine to create an intoxicating gastronomic experience. There you will find only the most succulent fruit and vegetables, freshest seafood, Galician octopus and the world famous dry-aged Galician Blond Beef.
A short-drive out of Santiago de Compostela will transport you to a spectacular paradise of pristine beaches and charming coastal villages: Rias Baixas, Spain's biggest supplier of shellfish and seafood.
You will enjoy a gastronomic journey at one of the best restaurants in Spain as you sample world-class dishes from its tasting menu that combine local produce with tradition and innovation.
After an unforgettable meal, you will relax in a pristine withe-sand beach before checking in to a spectacular waterfront hotel and spa where you can be watching fishermen bring the catch of the day to port from the comfort of your own room.
Your morning will start with a mouth-watering breakfast with a view. After that, you can enjoy a relaxing time in the hotel spa and outdoor pool.
You will also enjoy a boat cruise along the estuary to learn how mussels, scallops, and oysters are cultivated in farms along the coast. During the trip, you will visit one of these farms called "bateas" and you will sample on board mussels and oysters paired with local white wine.
You will then be driven to the airport in time for your flight home after an unforgettable holiday.
Do you want to change anything of the trip to fit your needs?
More days, different accommodation, some other food you would like to try?
No problem. You will have a custom trip designed exactly to your interests. Like a tailor making a bespoke suit, it will fit you perfectly. Simply select your date and send an inquiry to Eat Northern Spain and they will be happy to assist you.
Elias is the "Eat Northern Spain" Founder. He believes that Northern Spain, in particular, the areas of Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Castilla y León, have so much to offer, Elias and his team want to share them with you. All the amazing team of Eat Northern Spain are natives of the area so, who better to show you around? They want to help you discover the real country as the locals live it. Tailored to your interest, they will take you on a private tour. The team shall be your guides, your interpreters, your friends.
All meals will be served at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (2 lunches and 3 dinners) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste)
Pre and post-tour extensions to Madrid and Barcelona are available by request.
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