Vigo, Spain

Boudicca in Vigo, Spain

Introduction to Vigo, Spain

This Galician gem offers something for everyone. 'Culture vultures' will love exploring the pretty old quarter and admiring the beautiful Neoclassical architecture; while sun-seekers will cherish the gorgeous golden-sand beaches which stretch along the city's stunning Atlantic coastline. 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and home to one of the finest natural ports in the world, Vigo has been an important part of Spain’s maritime industry for centuries. Boasting an interesting historic quarter, modern marina and pretty centre, this city is packed full of attractions.

The historic quarter – like many of Vigo’s other attractions – is a great example of the influence the sea has had on the city. Located around near the port, the ‘Cidade Vella’ features narrow streets lined with old fishing houses, large markets selling locally caught seafood and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria, a neoclassical cathedral built on the site of a grand gothic church that was burnt down by Francis Drake.

In the newer part of town you’ll find La Colegiata de la Santa Maria la Mayor, a fine 16th century church with an authentic Renaissance façade. The Pazo de Castrelos, dating from the 17th century, is home to the Quiñones de León Municipal Museum and is also well worth a visit to see the vast collections of paintings and exhibits.

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Cies Island, Vigo Spain

CIES ISLAND (TOUR J)

  • Discover one of the Galician jewels of the coast, ‘Cies Island’
  • Explore this uninhabited national park abound with all types of flora and fauna, nature trails, a bird observatory and a lagoon full of fish
  • Savour some excellent views over the Cies Archipelago 
Activity Tour Beach Tour
Price£32.00 - £42.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Enjoy a fantastic tour at leisure on the Cies Island Nature Reserve.

After an approximate 40 minute transfer by boat along the stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, you will arrive at one of the jewels of the coast, ‘Cies Island’; your guide will give you all the necessary safety and itinerary information whilst you relax and take in the scenery. Once a pirates' haunt, Cies Island is now an uninhabited national park abound with all types of flora and fauna, nature trails, a bird observatory and a lagoon full of fish.

You’ll have approximately three hours of free time on the island to explore, swim or sunbathe at  Rodas Beach or you may prefer to follow your guide on the optional walk to the Alto do Principe,  which is approximately two miles (one and three quarter hour walk).  This path gently rises from Rodas Beach to the cliffs where you will have excellent views over the Cies Archipelago. After your time on the Island you will then reboard your boat back to Vigo and your awaiting ship.

THIS TOUR WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER TIME CRUISES ONLY - TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, however there will be an optional walk which will be a moderate walk around the island, this is not recommended with guests with limited mobility. Passengers are reminded to wear suitable attire, take a towel and sunscreen. A light jacket is recommended for the boat ride. There are 7 steps to negotiate in order to board and disembark the boat. Please wear comfortable, flat walking shoes and bring bottled water. Snacks are available for purchase on the island at guests own expense.


Vigo, Spain

LEISURELY VIGO (TOUR F)

  • Enjoy some stunning vistas stretching out over the Galician countryside
  • Savour free time as you stroll through the stunning French style gardens of Castrelos Park
  • Delight in a selection of typical Spanish tapas
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Relax on this leisurely visit through Vigo as you enjoy beautiful views over the bay, admire Galician gardens and sample Spanish tapas.

Winding your way through the city your coach will take you up to La Guia Hill, where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views stretching out over the Galician countryside and down to the bay, peppered with numerous mussel farms. Continuing through the city, you can admire the elegant facades as you pass Plaza de Espana and Plaza de America. Have your camera to hand as your guide points out some of the most outstanding fountains, monuments and statues in the city, including the bronze Fishermen and the statue of the Wild Horses.

Upon arrival at the 17th century Castrelos Park, you will have free time to wander through the stunning French style garden. Located within the grounds is the palace which was built in 1620 and was recently restored to become Quiñones de Leon Municipal Museum (exterior visit only). Before returning to Vigo, a stop will be made at the 19th century Galician country manor, Pazo Los Escudos. The manor is now a five star exclusive hotel which houses a fabulous collection of family coats of arms of Galicia, dating between the 15th and 19th century. During you stop here you can sit back, relax and enjoy a selection of typical Spanish tapas with wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks, and marvel at the magnificent surrounding views.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Please note that local shops are closed between the hours of 13.00 and 17.00, but restaurants and cafés remain open. The order of visited sites may vary according to traffic conditions.


Costa Bayona, Spain

PANORAMIC VIGO & BAYONA - YOUR CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE

  • Enjoy the delights of Vigo from the comfort of your coach
  • Visit the picturesque village of Bayona at the mouth of the Muino River
  • Explore at leisure, as you go in search of the charms of this historic town
Price£28.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the history, culture and religion of Vigo on this sightseeing tour.

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Vigo. The city’s architecture gives a modern impression, although a few old buildings still remain. En route to Bayona you will see part of the beautiful Galician coastline. Upon arrival in Bayona, you will be given a short guided tour before enjoying some free time to explore the historic town independently. Next re-board your tour coach and make a brief stop at Castrelos Park, Vigo’s largest urban park designed with an English and French style. Before driving back to the pier you will stop at the A Guia Hill for a photo opportunity.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 45 minutes of compulsory walking, which will be over uneven and uphill ground, and there are a few steps to negotiate. There will also be some free time, where walking is at your own discretion. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided.


Samil Beach, Vigo Spain

SAMIL BEACH TRANSFER (TOUR I)

  • Discover the delights of Samil Beach
  • Enjoy free time, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant and lively resort
Beach Tour
Price£14.00 - £24.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Samil beach is regarded one of the best European beaches, boasting a continuous white promenade behind it and a number of beach side facilities including restaurants, hotels, picnic areas and swimming pool.

If you have visited Vigo before, or you simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect! An approximate 20 minute transfer from the quayside to Samil Beach will take you to the beaches of the ria (bay) of Vigo are regarded as some of the best in Galicia.

Leaving the ship you will be transferred to Samil beach where you will enjoy approximately three and a half hours of free time to relax on this beautiful beach or you may wish to walk along the promenade. 

THIS TOUR WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE SUMMER CRUISES ONLY- TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided, but an escort will accompany the group; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the agreed time. We ask that all guests choosing to swim exercise caution in regards to sea and bathing conditions. Guests are recommend to take Flip-Flops, a bottle of water, sun protection; a swimsuit, a towel and a hat is recommended.

 

 


Santiago de Compostela, Vigo

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - YOU CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE

  • Discover one of the most beautiful and bewitching regions in Spain
  • Learn all about the tale of how Santiago came to be the marvellous monumental town it is today
  • Be amazed by Santiago’s majestic architecture
Price£50.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Santiago de Compostela is one of the three spiritual capitals of Christendom in the world, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and today you can immerse yourself in the wonders of the city during your visit.

Arriving in Santiago, you will begin with a panoramic walk, before proceeding to the focal point of the city, the Cathedral at Plaza del Obradoiro. The Cathedral offers a unique range of architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque and Ogival Gothic are combined with the most elegant plateresque throughout its vast confines. You will be given a brief explanation outside the Cathedral before heading inside to admire the points of interest, such as the silver urn containing the ashes of St James the Apostle, which is kept in a small crypt immediately under the ornate high altar, dominated by a carved image of the patron saint.

You will then have free time in Santiago to perhaps walk through Franco Street - typical of the town, before enjoying some refreshments at one of the oldest hotels in the world which first saw life as a royal hospital, housing many pilgrims arriving in Santiago.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The entrance to the cathedral is not included in this tour, should you wish to visit the cathedral, and this can be done during the free time. The entire tour in Santiago will be on foot, as coaches are not allowed into the old town. Approximately two hours of walking and standing are involved, over cobbled terrain, and there may be some steps to negotiate. For reference, the drive from the quayside to Santiago de Compostela takes approximately one and a quarter hours each way. The Portico de la Gloria is currently undergoing restoration and cleaning. Toilet facilities are available at the refreshment stop. Refreshments will be a drink and a light snack.


Santiago de Compostela, Vigo

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (TOUR A)

  • Discover one of the most beautiful and bewitching regions in Spain
  • Learn how Santiago came to be the marvellous monumental town it is today
  • Be amazed by Santiago’s majestic architecture
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Santiago de Compostela is one of the three spiritual capitals of Christendom in the world, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and today you can immerse yourself in the wonders of the city during your visit.

Arriving in Santiago, you will begin with a panoramic walk, before proceeding to the focal point of the city - the Cathedral at Plaza del Obradoiro. The Cathedral offers a unique range of architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque and Ogival Gothic are combined with the most elegant plateresque throughout its vast confines. You will be given a brief explanation outside the Cathedral before heading inside to admire the points of interest, such as the silver urn containing the ashes of St James the Apostle, which is kept in a small crypt immediately under the ornate high altar, dominated by a carved image of the patron saint.

You will then have free time in Santiago to perhaps walk through Franco Street - typical of the town, before enjoying some refreshments at one of the oldest hotels in the world which first saw life as a royal hospital, housing many pilgrims arriving in Santiago.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 IBERIA, CANARIES & MED CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the majority of your tour in Santiago de Compostela is on foot, as coaches are not allowed into the old town. Approximately two hours of walking and standing are involved, over cobbled terrain, and there may be some steps to negotiate. The cathedral of Santiago is undergoing restoration and cleaning which currently affects the Obradoiro façade but it will affect other parts of the cathedral in the future. At the time of printing we can not confirm what will be affected. Please note that guiding is not allowed inside - participants will enjoy approximately 45 minutes of free time to explore the interior independently. The Cathedral has a capacity of 1,000 people - in case this maximum is reached, doors will be closed thus access to the interior of the cathedral is not guaranteed. For reference, the drive from the quayside to Santiago de Compostela takes approximately one and a quarter hours each way. Toilet facilities are available at the refreshment stop. Refreshments will be a drink and a light snack. 

 

Soutomaio Castle & Wine Cellar, Vigo

SOUTOMAIOR CASTLE & WINE CELLAR (TOUR D)

  • Discover the enchanting Castle of Soutomaior built on high rocks
  • Visit the Castle grounds - home to gardens that are rich with varied flora
  • Explore the Granbazan winery, which produces some of the finest white wines in Spain
Activity Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the Castle of Soutomaior, a medieval castle built in the 12th century. Located in the Galicia region of Spain, the castle is situated approximately 119 metres above sea level, on the top of Mount Viso.

You will travel north, driving along the scenic coastal road and arrive at the Castle of Soutomaior. A steep, but short slope will lead you to the plateau and the imposing castle. The walls and central tower have been perfectly restored; you will cross a drawbridge and enter below an arch and portcullis. During your visit, you can learn about the castle and its history as you explore with your guide and admire the impressive gardens within the grounds.

Re-board your coach and travel to the Agro de Bazan wine cellar, where you can sample the white wine made with the delicate albariño grapes. The taste is partially affected by the afternoon sea breezes that create a specific cool microclimate all year round, as the vineyards are only two miles from the sea. Paired with some delightful appetisers, you will taste some different white wines - some of which will be available to purchase afterwards should you wish. After your visit, you will return to Vigo.

DESCRIPTIONS CORRECT FOR 2016 SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately two hours of walking and standing at Soutomaior and the winery. The terrain will be cobbled, a little hilly and there are some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


Oyster Route, Vigo, Spain

THE OYSTER ROUTE

  • Absorb the local atmosphere and some of Vigo’s highlights during a walking tour
  • Discover the gastronomic pearl of the area
  • Savour Vigo’s gourmet product only reserved for a few… and you
Price£28.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour to explore many of Vigo’s most popular attractions.

Leaving the quayside on foot, you will enjoy a leisurely walk along the Montero Ríos Avenue, where you will see the statue of Jules Verne, who set the second chapter of the famous fiction novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’, in the beautiful bay of Vigo. Continue through Concepción Arenal Street towards Compostela Square and Gardens to absorb the local atmosphere and modernist style of the buildings.

Your guided walk will continue around the city centre, passing the so-called ‘Money Crossing’, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Príncipe Street, García Barbón Theatre and the Puerta del Sol, considered to be the heart of the city and presided over by an imposing sculpture called El Sireno (‘The Merman’). Continue towards the Old Quarter, passing Constitution Square, Cesteiras Street (Basket Makers Street), and Santa María Collegiate Church.

Finally, enjoy a visit to Vigo’s Oyster Market, where you will find all types of seafood. Here you can enjoy some free time to observe locals as they go about their daily business. However, it is Oyster Street and its oyster shucking ladies who will put a smile on your face. You will see them selling what is considered to be a gastronomic pearl of the area, brought directly every morning from the beds here. A tradition since the Roman times, oysters have become a gourmet product only reserved for a few… and you.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIR TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, as it is conducted entirely on foot and there will be a few steps to negotiate, along with some inclines. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended and seasonal clothes. At the end of the tour, guests may have the option to remain in town or at the Oyster Market if they wish, however it is the responsibility of the individual to make their own way back to the ship in time for sailing


Oyster Route, Vigo, Spain

THE OYSTER ROUTE (TOUR K)

  • Absorb the local atmosphere and some of Vigo’s highlights during a walking tour
  • Discover a palatable pearl of the area
  • Savour Vigo’s gourmet product only reserved for a few… and you
Activity Tour
Price£20.00-£30.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour to explore many of Vigo’s most popular architectural, and gastronomic, attractions.

Leaving the quayside on foot, you will enjoy a leisurely walk along the Montero Ríos Avenue, where you will see the statue of Jules Verne, who set the second chapter of the famous fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea in the beautiful bay of Vigo. Continue through Concepción Arenal Street towards Compostela Square and Gardens to absorb the local atmosphere and modernist style of the buildings.

Your guided walk will continue around the city centre, passing the so-called ‘Money Crossing’, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Príncipe Street, García Barbón Theatre and the Puerta del Sol - considered to be the heart of the city and presided over by an imposing sculpture called El Sireno (The Merman). Continue towards the Old Quarter, passing Constitution Square, Cesteiras Street (Basket Makers Street), and Santa María Collegiate Church.

Finally, enjoy a visit to Vigo’s Oyster Market, where you will find all types of seafood. Here you can enjoy some free time to observe locals as they go about their daily business. However, it is Oyster Street and its oyster shucking ladies who will bring a smile to your face. You will see them selling what is considered to be a gastronomic pearl of the area, brought directly every morning from the beds here. A tradition since the Roman times, oysters have become a gourmet product only reserved for a few – take the opportunity to try them yourself. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, as it is conducted entirely on foot and there will be a few steps to negotiate, along with some inclines. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended and suitable clothing for the weather conditions. At the end of the tour, participants may have the option to remain in town or at the Oyster Market if they wish, however it is the individual’s responsibility to make their own way back to the ship in time for sailing. Please note that local shops are closed between the hours of 13.00 and 17.00, but restaurants and cafés remain open.

 


Thermal Springs, Vigo Spain

THERMAL SPRINGS OF MONDARIZ (TOUR EXC)

  • Visit the thermal splendour of Mondariz
  • Enjoy an atmosphere of tranquillity as you relax at the Palacio del Agua
Activity Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Discover the thermal springs of Mondariz and how the healing properties of the water were recognised by a local doctor in the 19th century. Many celebrities, including Spanish royalty of the past century, have since enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of Mondariz.

After an approximate 45 minute drive you will arrive at the Mondariz Balneario. The characteristic composition of Mondariz water is determined by the granite of the substrate through which the water circulates, producing its unique properties. During your visit, learn about the man who first discovered the Mondariz waters - local doctor Domingo Blanco Lage, who observed how the local people healed their dermatological conditions using these waters. He then began to recommend the waters within his medical profession for therapeutic reasons.

You can enjoy the Palacio del Aguas - your approximate one hour thermal circuit with the action of hydrotherapy will stimulate your senses. Under a glass dome, facilities here include a central pool, whirlpool jets, geysers, saunas, ice cabin, jacuzzi pools and a hot outdoor pool. Feeling invigorated you will enjoy a refreshment before returning to Vigo and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DECRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Unfortunately, the Spa is not accessible to wheelchair users. Please remember to bring your swimwear for your free time in the thermal springs. Flip flops, locker and a towel will be provided


City Sightseeing in Vigo

VIGO SIGHTSEEING & BAYONA (TOUR B)

  • Enjoy the delights of Vigo from the comfort of your coach
  • Visit the picturesque village of Bayona at the mouth of the Muino River
  • Explore at leisure, as you go in search of the charms of this historic town
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the history, culture and religion of Vigo on this sightseeing tour.

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Vigo. The city’s architecture gives a modern impression, although a few old buildings still remain. En route to Bayona you will see part of the beautiful Galician coastline. Upon arrival in Bayona you will visit the Monterreal Fortress, which is today the Parador (hotel) de Turismo Conde de Gondomar. You can then enjoy some free time to explore the historic town independently.

Rejoin your tour coach and make a brief stop at Castrol Mountain, where you can discover the roots of Vigo and enjoy a panoramic view over the Vigo Ria estuary, before making your way back to the quayside.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 IBERIA, CANARIES & MED CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 45 minutes of compulsory walking, which will be over uneven and uphill ground, and there are a few steps to negotiate. There will also be some free time, where walking is at your own discretion. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that local shops are closed between the hours of 13.00 and 17.00, but restaurants and cafés remain open. The order of visited sites may vary according to traffic conditions.


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