Close
from just £629 per person.

About Vigo

Spains busiest fishing port, Vigo sits on the rugged west coast of the province of Galicia. Over the centuries, this charming town and its resilient residents have been the target for many naval attacks including a couple from Sir Francis Drake.

In these more peaceful days, you will still find the best view of Vigo is from the fort (Castillo del Castro) built to defend it from the hill overlooking the harbour. From here, your Vigo cruise tour will lead you through the steep, narrow streets of the atmospheric old town (Barrio del Berbes) to see (and smell...) the daily fish market.

Try one of the oysters which are fresh from beds in Vigos 'ria' - one of the sunken sea-filled valleys for which Galicias coastline is renowned. And our Vigo cruises are also a chance to visit nearby Santiago de Compostela, the subject of pilgrimages since the Middle Ages.

 

Shore excursions in Vigo

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bayona La Real

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3¾ hours

Discover the charming fishing village of Bayona; stroll through the streets of the old quarter and enjoy delicious ‘tapas’.

The news of Columbus’ discovery of the New World was first heard in Bayona in 1493 on the arrival of the ‘Pinta’. The village is now a popular summer resort featuring a wonderful 16th century fortress, which has now been converted into a luxury 4 star Parador hotel.

During your scenic drive to Bayona a stop will be made at La Guía Hill, one of Vigo’s highest points. From here, you can capture exceptional panoramic views of the city, the bay and your ship.

Upon arrival in Bayona enjoy refreshments of delicious, local Spanish tapas accompanied by tea, coffee or soft drinks at the Parador Conde de Gondomar as you admire the wonderful scenery.

Afterwards, visit the Old Quarter, where you can stroll through the quaint cobbled streets of Old Bayona, passing by the cloistered Convent of the Dominicas, the Misericordia Chapel and Casa Lorenzo Correa, now the town hall.

Round off your tour with some free time to browse the local boutiques before returning to Vigo via the coastal road.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves an optional 20 – 30 minutes’ walking on uneven, cobbled ground in Bayona’s old quarters. If you wish to have free time, you may opt out of the guided walk. There is a slight uphill walk of approximately 10 minutes and a few steps to negotiate to reach the refreshment venue.

Boat Cruise & Gourmet Galician Lunch

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Indulge in the tastes of Galicia on this unique small group tour.

Start your day by boarding a catamaran for a leisurely cruise around the bay of Vigo, seeing Saint Simon Island and the fishing villages of Cangas and Moaña. Relax onboard your boat, as your knowledgeable guide enlightens you with interesting facts as to how Vigo is now the largest fishing port in the world. During your cruise, you’ll see typical Galician suspended mussel beds; one of the major products in the Galician fishing industry. Your guide will explain the different methods of mussel production as you taste fresh mussels, accompanied by Albariño white wine. Upon arrival in the charming village of Bayona, a short walk will take you to the Parador Conde de Gondomar Hotel. Housed within the walls of a 16th century fortress, atop Monte Real hill, the Parador offers stunning panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. Your exquisite lunch is accompanied by fine wine from the Galician region, and is sure to delight even the most discerning palate. Complete your tour with a leisurely guided walk around Bayona’s Old Quarter, before the return catamaran ride back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by boat and on foot. Children are not permitted on this tour. There is a short walk from the pier to the boat, plus a slight uphill walk of around 10 minutes to reach the lunch venue. Guests can choose to opt out of the 30 minute guided walk in Bayona and have free time instead. A light jacket is recommended for the boat ride.

For full menu details, please see below. Children are not permitted on this tour. There is a short walk from the pier to the boat, plus a slight uphill walk of around 10 minutes to reach the lunch venue. Passengers can choose to opt out of the 30 minute guided walk in Bayona and have free time instead. A light jacket is recommended for the boat ride.

Assorted Galician Cheeses with Raisins Bread and Red Pepper Jam
Homemade Croquettes
Variegated Scallops
Clams à la marinière

***

Fresh Salad with Cebreiro Cheese, Nuts and Chicken

***

Galician Fish Stew (“Caldeirada”): Turbot and Hake accompanied with Potatoes
OR
Iberian Pork Sirloin with Potato Gratin and Chasseur Sauce

***

Assorted desserts: Almond Pie, Puff Pastry Rolls filled with Custard & Galician Crepes
Coffee and tea

***

Water, Beer, Soft drinks
White Wine Condes de Albarei Enxebre (Albariño) – Rías Baixas Guarantee of Origin
Red Wine Joaquín Rebolledo – Valdeorras Guarantee of Origin

Cies Island Nature Reserve

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Escape to Cies Island Nature Reserve and enjoy time at leisure to enjoy this tranquil area.

Embark on a 40 minute transfer by boat along the stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia to one of the jewels of the coast, ‘Cies Island’. As you relax and soak up the scenery, your guide will enlighten you with facts about the area.

Once a pirates' haunt, Cies Island is now an uninhabited national park abound with a variety of flora and fauna, nature trails, a bird observatory and a lagoon full of fish.

You’ll have approximately 3 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, a 2 mile ( 1¼ hour walk). This path gently rises from Rodas Beach to the cliffs where you will have excellent views over the Cies Archipelago.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. 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. An optional walk to Alto do Principe will be offered, however this is not recommended for passengers with limited mobility. Please wear comfortable, flat walking shoes and bring bottled water. Snacks are available for purchase on the island. Please be advised that some beaches are ‘clothing optional’.

Complete Santiago de Compostela – Small Group Tour

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

Join a small group for a guided visit inside Santiago Cathedral and museum followed by canapés at the Parador Hotel.

The historic city of Santiago de Compostela is Galicia’s most famous and illustrious city, boasting World Heritage status and a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. The cathedral itself is the final destination for thousands of Christian pilgrims who walk the ‘Way of St James’ pilgrimage across Galicia, eager to visit the tomb of the saint himself.

Within your small group, join your knowledgeable guide for a guided visit inside the cathedral. Marvel at the flawless design of the interior and take time to admire the main alter and the statue of St James. You’ll also venture down the narrow staircase to the crypt, where the remains of St James are believed to be buried.

Continue with your guide to the cathedral’s museum, which showcases a wonderful collection of important archaeological exhibits portraying the rich history of Santiago de Compostela.

Pause for photos at Plaza del Obradoiro, which is the focal point for pilgrims arriving in the city, and the square of Plaza de las Platerias, with its ornate ‘fountain of horses’.

Complete your tour at the beautiful Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos, where delicious canapés accompanied by wine will be served.

Essential information

This tour is operated by minibus and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking over uneven and cobbled ground, as well as a number of steps at the cathedral. Headsets will be used inside the cathedral to avoid disturbing the congregation. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. Photography within the crypt is forbidden at all times. Restoration works are being carried out at the Cathedral throughout 2019. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

Enchanting Pontevedra

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3¾ hours

With its historic buildings and pretty plazas, Pontevedra is one of Galicia’s charming cultural gems and is well worth a visit.

Pontevedra boasts one of the largest and most elegant historic quarters in the whole of Galicia and is itself the second largest city in the region.

The city has a wonderful collection of cobbled streets, historic buildings, secluded squares and typical shopping streets. View the many different displays of architectural styles including gothic, plateresque and baroque.

Join your guide on a walk around the old town of Pontevedra including some free time to browse the traditional shops and boutiques. Hear about its historical personalities and the city’s seafaring past, its geographical setting and the crafts and trades of its settlers.

Starting at Alameda square, your guide will point out many of the important monuments of the city, including the Ruins of Santo Domingo, Pazo do Concello, St Mary’s Church, the traditional Plaza de la Ferreira and many more.

To round off your tour, sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing tea or coffee on the covered terrace in the beautiful gardens of the exclusive Parador de Pontevedra, a former 16th century renaissance palace.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1¾ hours’ walking (including free time) over uneven, cobbled ground and through some narrow streets. There are a couple of steps at the refreshment venue. Please note, the drop off point and pick up point for this tour will be at different locations. Shops are closed on Sundays.

 

A selection of cruises to Vigo

This website uses cookies to give you the very best user experience. By using our website, you agree that we can place cookies on your device. For more information see the About Cookies link at the bottom of this page.

Close

Close