Ribeira Sacra Tour: The Sil river Canyon

One day tour to the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon, departure from Santiago de Compostela and stop in Ourense. It includes a boat trip, cultural visits and tasting.

- One day excursion around the Ribeira Sacra.
- Discover the Sil river canyon by boat


Tour summary

The tour of The Sil river Canyon is the first tour offered by Excursion Ribeira Sacra, with regular departures from the cities of Santiago de Compostela and Ourense. In this organized tour you will visit the most renowned places of the south side (province of Ourense) of the Ribeira Sacra.

Tour in a nutshell

  • One-day tour around Ribeira Sacra
  • Medium size groups, 27 people max
  • Organized visits with Official Guide
  • Regular departures from different cities
  • Departure from Ourense:
    • PROMO: 60€ per person until May 12th
    • Regular price: 68€ per person
  • Departure from Santiago:
    • PROMO: 70€ per person until May 12th
    • Regular price: 78€ per person

What is included

  • Transportation from the chosen departure city
  • Boat trip ticket
  • Visit to a Monastery
  • Visit to two Viewpoints
  • Local products tasting

Departure from Santiago de Compostela with intermediate stop in the city of Ourense. After completing the check-in of all passengers, we will go to the pier of Santo Estevo to start the boat trip on the Sil River.

During the navigation you will cross the Sil Canyon (the most abrupt area of the Ribeira Sacra), where you will be able to see terraces of vineyards located in areas of great slope, being one of the most representative images of the viticultura heroica (harvest of heroes) in that region.

Once the boat trip is finished, we will go to a village with several restaurants where we will have a 90-minute break for lunch, and regain strength before continuing our tour through the Ribeira Sacra. Note: lunch is not included in the tour price.

In the afternoon we will continue our excursion by visiting one of the monuments of reference in the Ribeira Sacra, depending on chosen the day for the tour we might visit the Monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil (now converted to a Luxurious Hotel) or the Monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil (a place with a lot of magic due to its location among a chestnut forest).

During the trip we will stop at one of the most visited viewpoints of the Ribeira Sacra of Ourense, the viewpoint of Cabezoás. A place surrounded by the typical vegetation of the area and with unique views of the Sil Canyon, where you can see the course of the Sil River together with the effect of erosion on the rock.

To end the day we will approach the village of Parada de Sil to visit another viewpoint, depending on the chosen day for the excursion and the weather conditions we might visit the Balcones de Madrid or the Triguás viewpoint, from where we can see both the Sil Canyon and the area of vineyards.

While we enjoy the views, we will taste wine from the Ribeira Sacra Appellation and other products of the area.


After the tasting, we will start our way back to Santiago de Compostela with a previous stop in Ourense.


Meeting Point and Schedule

Departure Time

  • Santiago de Compostela – 9:10 (Bus dock of Xoán XXIII)
  • Ourense – 10:45 (RENFE train station)

Arrival Time (approximate)

  • Ourense – 19:30 (RENFE train station)
  • Santiago de Compostela – 21:10 (Bus dock of Xoán XXIII)



  • Departure from Ourense:
    • PROMO until May 12th – Adults: 60€, Children: 30€, Babies: free
    • Regular price – Adults: 68€, Children: 34€, Babies: free
  • Departure from Santiago:
    • PROMO until May 12th – Adults: 70€, Children: 35€, Babies: free
    • Regular price – Adults: 78€, Children: 39€, Babies: free


What’s included

  • Included: Transportation by Bus, Boat trip, Visits with Official Guide and Tickets, Tasting of Wine and Other Products, Travel Insurance.
  • Not included: lunch, anything not mentioned in included.



  • Approximate duration: 12 hours from Santiago de Compostela and 9 hours from Ourense.
  • Language: Spanish / English (other languages upon request)
  • Ticket: you will need to print or show the receipt that you receive in your email to join the tour.


Recommendations and notices

  • If you get dizzy easily, it is recommended that you take some medication for sickness because the roads in the area have many curves.
  • There are not many places where you can go to the restroom, try to go when instructed by the guide.



The tour will take place as long as we have a group of at least 10 people, in other case the tour can be canceled by notifying with at least 5 days in advance.

If it gets cancelled we will offer the possibility of making the trip on another available date, or in other case the refund of the amounts that have been paid.


We will stop in Luintra, a village where you will find several restaurants (it is recommended to make a reservation in advance), or if you prefer you can bring your own picnic.
Yes, at the end of the tour if you like any of the products of the tasting you can buy them from its producer right there. All of them are local products.
The bus will have a maximum of 27 seats. The Ribeira Sacra is not a place for larger buses.
You will lose the ticket and it is not refundable. We recommend you to be 10 minutes before departure as we can not wait. If we do not meet the schedules, the whole group can be damaged, an example is that not getting to the boat trip on time makes it impossible to carry out this activity.
The available departures are those shown at the time of booking, but you could reach Ourense from other cities such as A Coruña, Lugo, Vigo or Pontevedra by train. For this, you would have to arrive at the train station in Ourense before 10:30 am. The meeting point in Ourense is located at the train station.


We use minibuses for transportation, with up to 27 seats. The goal is to offer the best experience possible to our customers, staying away from very big groups.

Area that we will visit



Taxes included

Tours managed by Verdant Experiences, travel agency with license ID XG-647.