Spend five days discovering the food, wine, history and beautiful landscapes of Spain’s Galicia region on this tour from Santiago de Compostela to Allariz. Starting in Santiago de Compostela, enjoy tapas and wine at traditional taverns, take a tour of the Mercado De Abastos market, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, and visit historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Over the next few days, dive into Allariz's culinary scene with an evening wine and cheese pairing, a distillery visit, a cooking class to savor regional dishes that are hard to find elsewhere in Spain, and a tour of the countryside to meet local food producers who use centuries-old production techniques.
Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy a more personalized Spain trip.
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Multi-Day Trip
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Led by a local guide
What will you find?
With stunning architecture, fascinating history and a distinct cuisine, Galicia is one of Spain’s most authentic and beautiful areas. If you’re looking for a trip to a lesser-known but remarkable part of Spain, this experience is for you.
You'll take guided walking tours in both Santiago de Compostela and Allariz to discover their most notable historical sights, in addition to immersing yourself in their local wines, culinary heritages and modern food scenes.
Four nights of accommodation are included, as well as all transport and most meals.
Day 1: Santiago de Compostela
Meet your guide in central Santiago de Compostela. You’ll start the day with a walking tour to discover the city’s thriving food scene.
Explore Rue da Raina and Rua do Franco, which are host to numerous traditional taverns and restaurants serving the best of Galician cuisine. Visit a number of these taverns to enjoy some tapas and taste local wines served in traditional ceramic bowls.
The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure before your first overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel Miradoiro de Belvis in Santiago de Compostela
Day 2: Santiago de Compostela – Allariz (L,D)
Head to one of Santiago de Compostela’s oldest cafes for breakfast (own expense) before wandering through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, for which the city is famous.
Check out the amazing selection of cheese shops, cake shops and an ultramarinos (a store dedicated to the finest Galician produce), and make sure to taste a torta de Santiago (almond tart with raspberry jam) or bica gallega (traditional sponge cake).
Next, visit striking Santiago Cathedral, the reputed burial place of St James, one of Jesus’s 12 apostles. As the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is famed for being the finishing point of the Way of St James pilgrimage, known as Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Your time in Santiago de Compostela finishes at the impressive Mercado De Abastos market, where you can pick out local produce that a chef will then cook up into a lunchtime feast (meal included).
Your guide will then take you to the bus station to hop aboard a bus bound for Allariz, a beautiful village nestled on the banks of the Arnoia River. When you arrive, head to your overnight accommodation to settle in and then mosey down to the 12th-century town center for a glass of wine before dinner. As you'll discover, Allariz's town center is full of cobblestone streets, traditional houses and restaurants, cafes and produce stores serving up delicious local specialties.
At an inviting local restaurant, enjoy a dinner of traditional Galician dishes with your fellow travelers.
Overnight: Apartment in Allariz
Day 3: Allariz (B,L,D)
Start your morning with fresh churros, a classic Spanish breakfast, before taking a walking tour of Allariz. You'll search out the best cafes, produce stores and shops in town and see stunning historical sights like Santa Clara Monastery and the old city walls. First populated during Neolithic times, Allariz's historic center still remains today, with its impressive churches, city walls and Romanesque bridge.
Then, sit down to a traditional lunch of cocido, a chickpea stew with vegetables and pork. Follow your lunch with a visit to a local distillery to nibble on pastries and taste-test Zirall, the region’s traditional liquor.
The afternoon is yours to spend as you please before reconvening for an evening of cheese and wine. Galicia is famous for the wide variety of cheeses it produces – cheese from cows, sheep and goats that's either cured, semi-cured or smoked – and they match perfectly with local wines. Taste a variety of these delectable local cheeses and wash them down with prized regional wines to see which pair best.
Overnight: Same apartment in Allariz
Day 4: Allariz countryside (L)
Located at the center of a biosphere reserve, the hills and valleys surrounding Allariz are home to a wide variety of traditional food producers who still use centuries-old production techniques. Embark on a wonderful day touring the nearby countryside, seeking out traditional food producers and seeing these production methods first-hand.
Discover how a water mill grinds grain, witness an old-school smoking shed where chorizo and hams hang from the rafters, and encounter a community oven that is large enough to bake bread for the entire village. If the locals are around, you may even get to help them bake some bread!
Next, take a cooking class and learn how to make tasty regional dishes. At the end, enjoy your creations and wash them down with local wines.
Your last stop after your cooking class is a much-lauded ethnographic museum, the Limia Ethnographic Museum in Vilar de Santos.
Head back to Allariz for an optional dinner at one of Allariz’s most renowned restaurants, located in a beautiful old building with a to-die-for menu. Savor this final meal of Galician wine and food with your new friends.
Overnight: Same apartment in Allariz
Day 5: Allariz
Your Galicia adventure ends on your fifth day. Check-out is around noon. Say goodbye to your guide and travel companions and continue seeing more of Allariz on your own or take the bus back to Santiago de Compostela.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
- Minimum age is 18 years. Children traveling with an adult must be 15 years or older.
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
- Passport information and date of birth must be provided at time of booking
note that on days in which no activities are planned, you are free to
explore at your leisure; all activities and purchases will be at your
own expense. You will have your tour guide's cell phone number in case
- Travel insurance that covers medical expenses,
including emergency repatriation, is required to participate on this
tour; proof of insurance must be shown to your tour leader on the first
- On this trip you are expected to be able to carry your own
luggage for up to 30 minutes at a time, for example, walking from a
train station to your hotel.Our hotels are often small, locally run
properties and may not have an elevator. Please consider this when you
are packing for this trip.We suggest bringing one medium-size suitcase
or backpack per person, weighing no more than 15kg/33lb.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Terms and Conditions
If you cancel at least 56 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 30 and 55 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 29 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- 4 nights of accommodation
- All activities/tours as per itinerary
- Professional guide
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- All transportation
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
7:15pm on Day 1
Tour departs from central Santiago de Compostela
Tour concludes at the Allariz apartment on day 5 about 12pm