Vigo, Spain - Mediterranean Cruises

An important fishing and commercial port, Vigo’s shaded squares and cobbled streets make for a delightful amble around this old fishing town. First settled by Celts circa 600 BC, the Celtic legacy lingers on in Galicia’s old legends and in the bagpipes played on festive occasions. Seafood is definitely on the menu here in one of the plentiful restaurants in the harbour.

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Excursions

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.

  • La Toja Island by Trolley Train

    Hop aboard a trolley train and discover the elegant pine-covered island of La Toja, before indulging in some typical Spanish ‘tapas’.

    La Toja Island by Trolley Train

    Embark on a scenic drive to one of the most stylish resorts in Galicia; La Toja Island. Connected to mainland Spain by bridge, La Toja is an international resort, famous for its thermal spa and tranquil lifestyle, which attracts many famous personalities during the summer.

    At the small fishing village of O Grove, you’ll board a ‘trolley train’ for a simple and effortless way to discover this popular area. Your journey of approximately 45 minutes will then take you across the bridge to the beautiful island of La Toja, where you can enjoy fabulous views over the Arousa Bay.

    As you step off your trolley train, take a short walk to the Hotel Louxo Isla de la Toja where a selection of mouth-watering ‘tapas’ accompanied by local wine will be served.

    Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore independently or indulge in a spot of shopping. Perhaps treat yourself to some of the island’s renowned bath products, or browse the souvenir stalls for that all important memento of your visit.


    This excursion will operate by coach, trolley train and on foot. The amount of walking on this tour is at guests’ discretion; however please note there is around a five-ten minute walk from the hotel to reach the souvenir stalls. There are ten steps at the entrance to the hotel and also a ramp for wheelchair access. Shops and souvenir stalls will only accept Euros. The journey to La Toja Island is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    VGO_116

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Leisurely Vigo Views

    Relax on this leisurely visit to Vigo - enjoy views over the bay, admire Galician gardens and sample the Spanish tapas.

    Leisurely Vigo Views

    Winding your way through the city your coach will take you up to La Guia Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views stretching out over the Galician countryside and down to the bay - peppered with numerous mussel farms.

    Continuing through the city, admire the elegant facades as you pass by Plaza de Espana and Plaza de America, have your cameras at the ready as your guide will point out some of the most outstanding fountains, monuments and statues, including the bronze Fishermen and the Statue of the Wild Horses.

    Upon arrival at 17th century Castrelos Park you will have free time to wander through the stunning French style gardens, located within the grounds is the palace built in 1620 and recently restored to become Quiñones de Leon Municipal Museum (exterior visit).Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at a 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. Sit back and enjoy a selection of typical Spanish Tapas with wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks and marvel at the magnificent views.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves a limited amount of walking, the ground is flat and gravelled. There are a few steps in the gardens but guests do not need to negotiate these in order to enjoy the sights.

    Tour code

    VGO_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Vigo City by Segway

    Do something a little bit different and explore the city of Vigo by Segway.

    Vigo City by Segway

    Join your knowledgeable segway instructor at the quayside and following a training session you’ll head off on your segway for an enjoyable ride through the city of Vigo.

    Together with your segway, you’ll journey past some of the most important areas in the city including the Old Quarter and the fishing area of El Berbes, before pausing for photos at the Paseo de Alfonso Viewpoint.

    A highlight of the route will be a stop at El Castro Hill, where you’ll have wonderful photograph opportunities of the city and the Cíes islands, as well as being able to capture a birds-eye view of your ship.

    Your journey back to the pier takes you via the lively areas of Constitution Square, Los Cesteiros Street and La Piedra Market.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by segway. This tour carries a weight restriction of minimum six stone and maximum eighteen stone. Children under eight and pregnant women may not participate. The tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. It is recommended that guests carry a bottle of water and wear sun protection. Helmets are provided and must be worn.

    Tour code

    VGO_121

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Santiago De Compostela

    Follow in the pilgrims' footsteps on this comprehensive tour to the beautiful medieval city of Santiago with its grand Cathedral.

    Santiago De Compostela

    Magnificent Santiago Cathedral is a monument to Christ’s apostle, James, whose relics are believed to have been discovered here in the 9th century. Half a million pilgrims flock each year to this incredible shrine, which was once the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome.

    Four majestic squares surround the Cathedral and your guide will explain the characteristics of each of them. Admire the impressive square of Plaza del Obradoiro, still the focal point for pilgrims when arriving in the city.

    Time permitting; you will have a brief chance to browse for souvenirs from the local vendors.

    Refreshments will be served at the 15th century Parador Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos during the tour.

    Santiago de Compostela is undoubtedly the showpiece of Galicia and a ‘must-see’ attraction from the port of Vigo.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves a considerable amount of walking (approximately two hours) over uneven and cobbled ground and many steps at the Cathedral. There is no seating available at the refreshment venue. The interior visit of the Cathedral is non-guided. Modest dress is required inside the Cathedral. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    VGO_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Santiago de Compostela On Your Own

    Whether you’ve been before or never visited, beautiful Santiago de Compostela is certainly worth exploring independently.

    Santiago de Compostela On Your Own

    Sit back and relax onboard your coach as you journey to Santiago de Compostela. During the drive a local escort will provide you with general information on this wonderful city, which is often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.

    As the old, world-famous centre of European pilgrimage, Santiago de Compostela boasts a magnificent Romanesque cathedral, with an impressive Baroque façade, which is the heart of the city. There are also many other interesting buildings, such as the Old University, the Romanesque Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Sar and the Gelmirez Palace, to name but a few.

    This option offers the perfect opportunity to adapt your day to suit your needs and make the very most of your time in this fascinating city. You will have approximately three hours to explore independently.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This is a transfer service only; entrance fees or refreshments are not included. The journey to Santiago de Compostela takes approximately 1¼ hours each way. City maps will be provided on the coach. From the drop off point your escort will walk with you for approximately 15 minutes to reach Obradoiro Square; the main square in front of the Cathedral. Modest dress is required inside the Cathedral. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet back at Obradoiro Square to walk back to the coach park for the transfer back to Vigo.

    Tour code

    VGO_114

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Seafront Segway Ride

    Do something a little bit different and discover Vigo’s seafront by Segway.

    Seafront Segway Ride

    Join your knowledgeable segway instructor at the quayside and following a training session you’ll head off on your segway for an enjoyable ride along the seafront.

    Together with your segway, you’ll journey along Vigo’s beautiful seafront area; Avenidas Promenade, before reaching Estrella Square. From here your journey takes you along Montero Ríos Street to Compostela Gardens, where you’ll enjoy a photograph stop. This lush green area boasts a variety of plants and trees and is a tranquil retreat away from the bustling city of Vigo.

    Your route back to the pier takes you back along the seafront, via the city’s Yacht Club.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by segway and carries a weight restriction of minimum six stone and maximum eighteen stone. Children under eight and pregnant women may not participate. The distance covered is approximately 1.5 kilometres. The tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. It is recommended that guests carry a bottle of water and wear sun protection. Helmets are provided and must be worn.

    Tour code

    VGO_118

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    1 hour

  • Enchanting Pontevedra

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

    Enchanting Pontevedra

    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 Pontevedra's 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 some refreshments served on the covered terrace in the beautiful gardens of the exclusive Parador de Pontevedra, a former 16th century renaissance palace.


    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.

    Tour code

    VGO_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Complete Santiago de Compostela – Small Group Tour

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

    Complete Santiago de Compostela – Small Group Tour

    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 photographs 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.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot and involves approximately two 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. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    VGO_124

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Santiago from the Rooftop

    Enjoy an unforgettable, birds-eye view of the city of Santiago from the cathedral’s rooftop.

    Santiago from the Rooftop

    Visit the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Santiago is one of the most monumental towns in Spain, boasting a magnificent cathedral surrounded by beautiful Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings. Believed to be the place where Christ’s apostle St James is buried, half a million pilgrims arrive in Santiago each year, having completed the medieval way of pilgrim ship; Camino de Santiago (Way of St James), and eager to see the great shrine containing the relics of St James.

    Upon arrival at the cathedral, you’ll be joined by a knowledgeable guide, who’ll lead you up around 90 steps to begin your tour of the cathedrals’ rooftop. Have your camera ready as you reach the top as a magnificent vista awaits you. During your time upon the roof, your guide will provide you with an insight into the history of Santiago and you’ll also have wonderful opportunities to capture superb photographs of the cathedral and the city of Santiago.

    After this unique experience, you’ll have around one hour of free time to visit the interior of the cathedral independently or to explore the old town.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately two hours of walking, over uneven and cobbled ground, as well as around 90 steps to reach the cathedral’s rooftop. The interior visit of the cathedral is non-guided. Modest dress is required inside the cathedral. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. There is a strict maximum of 25 passengers per group, therefore depending on final numbers the tour may be split into two groups. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    VGO_117

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5¼ hours

  • Bayona

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

    Bayona

    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.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves 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.

    Tour code

    VGO_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Explore Vigo on Foot - Small Group Tour

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

    Explore Vigo on Foot - Small Group Tour

    One of the best ways to discover a city is on foot. 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 its buildings.

    A stop will be made at a charming café where refreshments of tea or coffee and a local pastry will be served.

    Your guided walk continues around the city centre, you will pass by the so-called ‘money crossing’, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Príncipe Street, the 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.

    Round off your tour by passing the well-known Oyster Street with its oyster shucking ladies who will be sure to bring a smile to your face, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate entirely on foot from the quayside and involves some steps, slight inclines and uneven ground. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. There is the option to remain in town after the tour and make your own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    VGO_112

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2¼ hours

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