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Porto & The River Douro 2020

Porto & The River Douro 2020

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Porto and The Douro Valley

Tuesday 13 October 2020

 

This excellent packaged holiday includes a port wine tour and tasting experience in the land where port was invented. A full day cruise on the Douro River will also prove a highlight of this incredible trip to the postcard- pretty Douro Valley. One of the highlights of the trip is to board a riverboat for the highlight of our trip - a relaxing full day one-way cruise along the beautiful and majestic Douro River, from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto to Régua.  We head inland to the historic town of Guimarães for a guided walking tour, the first capital of Portugal and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We make our way to Braga for a visit to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th century religious architecture. We enjoy a guided tour of the historic town of Porto, Portugal’s second city, with its beautiful buildings and atmospheric squares. Finally, a visit to the port wine estate across the river in the Vila Nova de Gaia area and learn the process of producing port whilst enjoying a sample or two! After a couple of days in Portugal, we travel to French border for an overnight stay before heading back on an overnight cruise to Portsmouth.

 

Europa Centro Hotel ***

A 3-star hotel on the outskirts of Saarbrucken, close to the French border. All bedrooms have TV, tea/coffee facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

 

Axis Vermar Hotel****

This excellent, 4-star hotel enjoys a lovely seafront location, with intimate gardens, a large outdoor pool and easy access to the beach. All bedrooms are decorated in a modern, cosy style with facilities includingair-conditioning, TV, hairdryer and tea/ coffee.  The hotel has a lift. 

 

Price includes

  • Door to door pick up service

  • Elite coach travel

  • 2 overnight crossings with Brittany Ferries Plymouth/Portsmouth to Santander

    (based on inside cabins with lower beds, no meals)

  • 2 nights’ dinner bed and breakfast at Europa Centro

  • 5 nights’ dinner bed and breakfast at Axix Vermar Hotel

  • Welcome glass of port

  • Full day Douro river cruise including half day guided tour of Porto

  • Tour of port wine estate and tasting

  • ¼ bottle of house wine at dinner

  • Live entertainment twice a week

 

*Cabin upgrades available on request (supplement payable)

 

 

10 days/9 nights

 

Please note that the Italians have given each municipality the ability to collect a tourist stay tax of between €1 -€5 per person per night {€5-€25 per person for this holiday) Collection is at the discretion of the municipality and will be payable on arrival.

 

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Day 1

We start our journey to Portsmouth for a late afternoon departure to Santander with Brittany Ferries.

Day 2

We arrive in Santander and make our way directly to Palencia for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3

Póvoa de Varzim/Porto via Chaves
Today, we will travel across northern Spain and into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley. We will stop en route at the beautiful Portuguese spa town of Chaves for lunch (not included). After stretching our legs in the medieval quarter and admiring the stunning Roman Bridge, we will continue to Póvoa de Varzim and settle into our beach side hotel prior to dinner this evening.

Day 4

Douro River Cruise
This morning, we will board a riverboat for the highlight of our trip - a relaxing full day one way cruise along the beautiful and majestic Douro River, from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto to Régua. We will pass by rows of terraces cultivated with vines, following the curves of the mountain in this beautiful world famous region.

Day 5

This morning we will head inland to the historic town of Guimarães for a guided walking tour, the first capital of Portugal and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese nationality, it is one of the most atmospheric towns in the north of Portugal. Visit the 10th century castle, the 15th century Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the picturesque Praça de Oliveira. In the afternoon we will make our way to Braga for a visit to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th century religious architecture, which is simply breathtakingly beautiful and decorated with fountains and stone carvings.

Day 6

Póvoa de Varzim/Porto Driver's Day Off
Today we will enjoy a relaxing day in our resort, either spending time in our hotel or exploring the fascinating local area on our doorstep.

Day 7

Porto Wine Tasting
This morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of the historic town of Porto, Portugal's second city, with its beautiful buildings and atmospheric squares. In the afternoon, we will visit a port wine estate across the river in the Vila Nova de Gaia area and learn the process of producing port whilst enjoying a sample or two!

Day 8 - 10

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 then back to our door to door pick up service to take you home.

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