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Porto & The River Douro

Porto & The River Douro

Door to Door Service


Door to Door Service

Prepare yourself for autumn with our most ambitious tour to date, as we travel to Portugal via Northern Spain, taking in the breath taking landscapes, and a cruise on the Douro River along the way. Our journey abroad begins with a coach ride to Plymouth, where we plan to catch the overnight ferry to Santander. We disembark the following day, and continue the journey to our hotel in Palencia. We arrive in Povoa de Varzim on Tuesday, where you will have the chance to relax and get used to your surroundings before a day of leisure in the town on Wednesday. Our Seafront hotel offers easy access to the beach, as well as dazzling gardens for you to explore on your free day in the seaside resort. Thursday is in your hands, as you have the choice of relaxing by the sea, or joining us for an excursion to Guimareas - the first capital of Portugal and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is home to some amazing architecture, including a majestic Palace and historic Medieval Castle. Friday sees us make an early trip to Villa Nova de Gala, where we will enjoy a day cruising along the Douro River. The river is the longest in the Iberian Peninsula, and reaches a length of 557 miles, offering exceptional views of the gorgeous surroundings. Our last full day in Portugal will be spent in Porto, where we will take a guided tour of the magnificent city, before we visit a local port wine estate. Here we will learn about the he process of producing port, we may also get the chance to enjoy a sample or two. Our return to Britain begins with an overnight stay in Palencia, before a trip on the ferry from Santander on Monday evening. We arrive back in England on Tuesday and will continue our journey back to Beverley.


For the duration of our stay in Portugal, we will be residing at the - Axis Vermar Hotel in Povoa de Varzim. The purpose built 4*hotel is in a seafront location just north of the centre of the resort. Intimate gardens, a large outdoor pool and easy access to the beach, a large open plan restaurant overlooking the gardens and a separate bar with dance floor make the Axis Vermar an excellent choice. The bedrooms are en-suite and have TV, hairdryer and air-conditioning


Our two nights in Palencia will be spent at the - Europa Centro Hotel. The modern 4*hotel is located on the outskirts of town, boasting views out over the Castilian Sea. The bedrooms are en-suite and have TV, air-conditioning, minibar and hairdryer.


Your holiday includes:-

  • Door to Door pick up service

  • Elite Coach Travel

  • Overnight crossing with Brittany Ferries Plymouth/ Santander and return Large inside cabin (meals not included)

  • Overnight dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation in Palencia in both directions

  • 5 night's dinner, bed & breakfast at Axis Vermar Hotel

  • Free use of hotels leisure facilities

  • Entertainment on at least 2 evenings

  • Excursion to Guimaraes Douro Valley Cruise with Buffet breakfast, 3 course lunch & drinks

  • 4 hour Guided tour of Porto

  • Wine tasting at Porto Estate





Day 1

The holiday starts with a pick up from home by one of the vehicles from our Door to Door service and this will bring you through to our coach. We then make our way to Plymouth and board Brittany Ferries for the overnight sailing to Santander

Day 2

We dock in Santander mid-afternoon and board the coach for the journey to Europa Centro Hotel in Palencia for an overnight stop. Evening meal and breakfast are included

Day 3

Leaving Palencia after breakfast we make our way through Spain and cross in to Portugal near Chaves. From here it will take about 2 hours to travel to Povoa de Varzim and the Axis Vermar Hotel, home for the next 5 nights.

Day 4

Day at leisure and an ideal opportunity to explore the resort

Day 5

Day at leisure or join us for an excursion to Guimaraes the first capital of Portugal and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6

An early morning departure as we head for Vila Nova de Gala to enjoy a day's cruising on the Douro River

Day 7

Our last full day in Portugal sees us make our way to Porto for a step on and walking tour followed by a visit to a port wine estate and learn the process of producing port before enjoying a sample or two.

Day 8

Leaving Portugal after breakfast, we retrace our steps to the hotel in Palencia where once again we stop the night before catching the ferry back to the UK.

Day 9

Following a relaxing morning at the hotel we head to Santander and board Brittany Ferries ship for the overnight sailing back to Plymouth

Day 10

Disembarkation from the ferry is mid-afternoon and we then make our way back to Beverley arriving late evening. Thankfully our Door to Door vehicles will be there waiting to take you back home.

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