Day trip

From Santiago: Excursion to Ribeira Sacra and Ourense

4.7 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: SIMPLY GALICIA
Day trip

From Santiago: Excursion to Ribeira Sacra and Ourense

Activity provider: SIMPLY GALICIA

From US$ 64.33 per person

Discover historic monasteries and beautiful landscapes on this day trip from Santiago. Experience the delights of the Ribeira Sacra, including a catamaran cruise through the River Sil Canyons.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Take in the landscapes of Cañones del Sil
  • Discover the Monastery San Pedro de Rocas
  • Capture amazing photos from the lookout points
  • Take a catamaran through the River Sil Canyons
  • Try local wine from the region on your cruise
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Discover the unique Ribeira Sacra area along the banks of the Miño and Sil Rivers. Let its centuries-old vineyards and the charms of the Romanesque captivate you. Enjoy a catamaran ride down the Sil River, discover the Monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, and explore the city of Ourense. Depart from Santiago in the morning and with stop in Ourense so more people can join us. Take a 1.5-hour catamaran ride upstream through the canyons of the River Sil. On the boat, taste a typical wine from the area. At the end of the ride, go to one of the viewpoints that surrounds the Ribeira Sacra to see the immensity of its landscape. Next, stop at the Monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, a unique architectural symbol of the Ribeira Sacra, located in the heart of the region. Then, continue to Ourense, known as the thermal capital of Galicia. Enjoy free time for lunch and visit the historic center. Stroll through its cobbled streets and find out why it is known as the city of bridges before returning to Santiago in the evening. For the people who stays in Ourense, the tour will end in As Burgas (different from the starting point)

  • Bus transportation
  • Official tourism guide
  • 1.5-hour boat ride through the River Sil Canyons
  • Food and drinks

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4.7 /5

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In accordance with what has been speculated, it is recommendable to look for more viewpoints, which in order to take advantage of the time and at the same time, it would subtract the visit to the city of Orense, since I consider that a city like Orense deserves to be visited with more time on another occasion.

August 4, 2022

Excellent excursion. We went with Sonia as a guide and Antonio as a driver. Both out of 10. Lots of explanations. We sailed with a catamaran through the Sil river to be able to see the vineyards from below and then they took us to the viewpoints to see it from above. I loved the Ribeira Sacra. In the afternoon, after eating, we visit Ourense. Everything very well organized.

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August 4, 2022

Highly recommended!

September 19, 2022

Product ID: 218211