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4 Day Luxury Private Culinary Experience:Discover Galicia, the culmination of the Camino de Santiago

Parador de Santo Estevo, Monasterio de Santo Estevo, 32162, Ourense, Spain

Luxury Culinary Holiday in Spain

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.

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Elias
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Highlights

  • Enjoy the magic cuisine of Galicia
  • Discover Galicia, the culmination of the Camino de Santiago
  • Private groups: only you and your loved ones traveling together
  • Authentic local experiences, unique restaurants and historic hotels
  • No pre-fixed menus: you choose all the food and drink available à-la-carte
  • Transportation in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new luxury vehicle
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels with breakfast
  • Holidays designed by locals to make you feel like one
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Santiago de Compostela Airport
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Accommodation

Parador de Santo Estevo 4*

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.

Parador de los Reyes Católicos 5* GL

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.

Gran Hotel La Toja 5*

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.

Program

Your holiday at a glance

  • Imagine yourself sleeping in two of the most iconic hotels in Spain
  • Discover one of the most beautiful wine regions in Spain, "Ribeira Sacra", with terraced vineyards carved into steep *Explore Rias Baixas, Spain's main supplier of seafood and shellfish
  • Brush shoulders with the locals during an early morning visit to Santiago's farmers market
  • Immerse yourself into a unique atmosphere in Santiago de Compostela where hundreds of pilgrims arrive every day
  • Savor Spain's tastiest destination at Michelin-starred restaurants offering innovative creations with local products
  • Leave the everyday behind and chat with local fishermen while they bring the catch of the day to port
  • Come on board to visit mussel farms along the coast and learn how mussels, scallops and oysters grow at the "Rias *Be inspired by the beauty of Santiago de Compostela's Gothic Cathedral, a stunning architectural masterpiece

What to expect

  • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
  • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience
  • Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels, and experiences to break the language barrier for you so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.

Eat Northern Spain Culinary Holiday Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Go bespoke

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.

Included excursions

Day 1

  • Guided stroll around old monasteries hidden in a forest of chestnut trees by the river Sil

Day 2

  • Guided boat cruise along the river Sil surrounded by vineyards
  • A guided walk along the terraces where the vines grow and a wine tasting in one of the best wineries in Ribeira Sacra
  • A tour inside Santiago de Compostela's impressive Gothic Cathedral

Day 3

  • An early morning visit to Santiago de Compostela's lively farmers' market to discover local delicacies
  • A guided walk along white-sand pristine beaches for a relaxing afternoon

Day 4

  • Boat tour to visit the "bateas" (mussel, scallop & oyster farms) with mussels and oysters tasting on board paired with local white wine

Instructors

Elias and team

Location

Food

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)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Pre and post-tour extensions to Madrid and Barcelona are available by request.

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation at Parador de Santo Estevo 4* in Ribeira Sacra
  • 1 night accommodation at Parador de los Reyes Católicos 5* GL in Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 night accommodation at Gran Hotel La Toja 5* in Rias Baixas
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels
  • All meals 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
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip
  • Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels, and experiences
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary
  • 24-hour concierge service during the whole trip
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
  • All currently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Meals/drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Santiago de Compostela Airport Airport transfer included: Santiago de Compostela Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Tour information
  • Private Groups: only you and your loved ones traveling together
  • No set departures:  you pick your dates
  • Flexible tour: need a shorter/longer holiday? Want to add/change something about the tour? No problem, Eat Northern Spain team will tailor it to your needs 

 

Availability

This tour is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.

 

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