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What to expect

Northern Portugal & Galicia

Coastal landscapes, historic towns, forests & rivers

Varied Itinerary

Walking, sightseeing & gastronomic delights

Unique Experiences

Vineyard visits, wine tasting & mussel tasting river cruise

About the trip

Join us on a week of walking and gastronomy, discovering impressive coastal landscapes, historic towns, verdant hillsides and experience some of the gastronomic treasures of Northern Portugal and Galicia, Spain along the way.

Grade: Easy to Medium

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What's Included

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Half Board – breakfast and dinner daily in hotel & local restaurants including 1 x Spanish Tapas evening with wine
  • Drinks included with evening meals
  • Fully guided walking & sightseeing programme
  • Entrance fee to the Museo do Mar de Galicia - Vigo
  • Funicular trip to Monte de Santa Luzia- Viana do Castelo
  • Entrance fee Gil Eanes hospital ship - Viana do Castelo
  • 2 x wine tasting sessions
  • River Cruise with mussel tasting
  • Pastéis de Nata tasting
  • All transport where stated including private bus, public train and buses
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially Protected


  • Arrival Day
  • Eifonso & Castro Walk
  • Museo Do Mar & Mussel Cruise
  • Vila Praia de Âncora and Valença On-Route
  • Ponte de Lima Walk
  • Viana do Castelo
  • Visit to Barcelos
  • Departure Day


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  • Lunches
  • Local Tourist tax €2.00 per night

What you'll be doing


Arrival Day

Arrive at Porto airport and transfer to the three-star hotel – Hotel Sercotel Three Luces in Vigo, Spain

Meals Included: Dinner (chilled selection)

Overnight in Vigo


Eifonso & Castro Walk

Today we take a short bus ride to the Beade Forest Park, a densely wooded area spanning 90,000 square metres & considered one of Vigo’s most beautiful natural areas. We then follow the natural route of the River Eifonso, traversing the park through native forests while passing by mills, waterfalls and ancient dwellings of interest. In the afternoon, we climb the steep hill to visit O Castro – an archaeological site that was home to Vigo’s first settlers. Located at the top of a beautiful hill right in the heart of Vigo, the steep climb is well worth the effort as this fortress is the perfect spot to enjoy some spectacular views over the Vigo estuary.

Walking Distance: 8.4km/5.2mi Approx
Ascent/Descent: +104m/-435m
Transport by public bus
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner – Spanish Tapas meal with local wine
Overnight in Vigo


Eifonso River Walk & River Vigo Mussel Tasting Cruise

This morning, we’ll take a short walk along one of the many beautiful waterfronts that Vigo has to offer. To continue with the nautical theme, we discover the maritime traditions of the city with a visit to the Museo do Mar de Galicia where we will have the opportunity to understand the long-lasting historical relationship of the people of Galicia with the sea. From here, we’ll head to the city’s marina to embark on our mussel river cruise. Cruising along the lovely Ria de Vigo, we will enjoy an immersive experience into mussel rafts and take the opportunity to taste mussels on board accompanied by a local wine.

Walking Distance: 2.0km/1.3mi approx
Ascent/Descent: Flat; <10m
Transport by public bus
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Vigo

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Back to Portugal - Vila Praia de Âncora & Valença En Route

Today we head off to Portugal by rail. From Vigo, we take the train to Vila Praia de Ancora. On route we stop for a visit to Valença a fabulously picturesque and fortified village, famous for its narrow streets and linen shops. From Valença, we continue by train across the river on a beautiful, railed bridge that resembles the works of Gustave Eiffel with magnificent views over both sides of the imposing Lima River.

We then if, if time allows, stop in Tui to explore the town. This small medieval Spanish village is known for its imposing cathedral and famous amongst pilgrims, for being the initial point for those starting the pilgrim route to Santiago do Compostela.

Walking Distance: 4km/2.6mi approx
Ascent/Descent: Flat 10m
Transport by public train
Luggage will be transferred by road to our hotel in Vila Praia de Ancora
Meals Included : Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Vila Praia de Âncora


Ponte de Lima Walk

We take our private bus to the start of today’s walk at Ponte de Lima on the southern bank of the beautiful river Lima. One of Northern Portugal’s oldest towns, Ponte de Lima has a delightful assortment of medieval houses, picturesque plazas and ancient religious buildings along with the ancient stone bridge dating back to Roman times. We leave the village on foot, crossing the long medieval bridge to walk alongside the River Lima, following a lovely nature trail filled with bird song and views of tranquil waters surrounded by lush trees. At the end of our trail, a gate opens, inviting us into a beautiful property with a historical vineyard. This is the perfect place to discover the Vinho Verde wine region and take the opportunity to taste and enjoy the unique local wines.

Walks Distance: 8.0km/5.0mi approx
Ascent/Descent: +93m/-65m
Transport by private bus – 1 hour
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Vila Praia de Âncora


Viana do Castelo

This morning, we travel by train to Viana do Castelo – a city situated between the Lima River and the Atlantic Sea. Viana do Castelo is, in its own right, certainly a sight to be discovered. From the ever-present Romanesque-Byzantine Monte de Santa Luzia where we can take the Funicular to the top to enjoy spectacular views, to the narrow streets of traditional charm, historic buildings, and the local shops, this is a city to be discovered. Economically steered by the presence of some of the biggest shipyard facilities of the country, this is the home of ‘Gil Eanes’ – a hospital ship that began its activity in the 1950s to support the Portuguese cod fleet that operated on the banks of Newfoundland and Greenland. From the views over the town to the funicular, and the boat to the local famous Portuguese donuts, this day is full of surprises!

Walks Distance: 2.0km/1.3mi approx
Ascent/Descent: Flat; <10m
Transport by public train
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Vila Praia de Âncora

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Visit to Barcelos

Today we head south by train and discover one of Portugal’s prettiest cities – Barcelos, idyllically overlooking the River Cávado. One of the most well-known cities for the popular Minho art, Barcelos is a beautiful ancient city brimming with historical interest and still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm. A visit to the Ceramics Museum is a must, along with the Barcelos Handicraft Centre, for a view of Minho arts and crafts. Best known for its pottery, Barcelos is the origin for Portugal’s most famous symbol the colourful ceramic cockerel. As part of our day, we have a tasting of the Portuguese custard pastry delicacy – ‘pasteis de nata’, plus a wine tasting of vinho do porto – the Portuguese fortified wine.

Walking Distance: 2.0km/1.3mi approx
Ascent/Descent: Flat; <10m
Transport by public train
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Vila Praia de Âncora


Departure Day

Today we check-out of our hotel and say goodbye before transferring to Porto Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel


Hotel Sercotel Tres Luces Three-star, Vigo

Our simple, modern, three star hotel is located in business district, in the centre of Vigo with the historic old town a short walk away.



Facilities Include

Facilities include restaurant, coffee shop/ bar, small rooftop swimming pool, seated lobby area, free Wi-Fi

Room Includes

Our rooms have ensuite bathroom, television, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning.


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