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Spain and Portugal

Spain and Portugal

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Our new packaged twin-centre wine themed itinerary includes the rich, rolling vineyards of the Rioja region and Portugal’s famous port wine estates in the Vila Nova de Gaia area. As well as wine tasting, the tour also includes a great blend of colourful Spanish fishing villages and beautiful Portuguese sandy beaches. The adventure starts as we cruise from Portsmouth to Santander and arrive in In Castro Urdiales. We spend a day in San Sebestian and meet the guide for a walking tour around the old streets. Visit Rioja wine country in Bodegas Muga in Haro and for a unique tasting experience, and then pay a morning visit to the beautiful city of Leon in Northern Spain. Next day, we head to Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley, before we settle into our second hotel. There will be a guided tour in the historic town of Porto, followed by an afternoon learning the process of producing port, whilst enjoying a sample or two. After a couple of days in Portugal, we travel to Palencia in Spain for an overnight stay before heading back on an overnight cruise to Portsmouth.

 

Axis Vermar Hotel, Povoa****

This excellent, 4-star hotel enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes’ walk from the centre of Póvoa, with plenty in the vicinity to entertain you. With intimate gardens, a large outdoor swimming pool and easy access to the beach, this hotel makes an ideal holiday venue. All the bedrooms have satellite TV, hairdryer, room safe, free Wi-Fi pleasant décor and air conditioning. The hotel has a large, open-plan, traditionally furnished ground floor restaurant overlooking the hotel gardens and a separate bar with a dance floor.

 

Hotel Las Rocas, Spain****

This grand 4-star hotel is located at one end of Castro Urdiales promenade and has a welcoming atmosphere. With the beach a stone’s throw away and the harbour a pleasant stroll away, the hotel is in a great location. The bar is a good place in which to relax, and the restaurant is classically decorated and comfortable. All the air-conditioned bedrooms have TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

 

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)

3 nights half board at Hotel La Rocas

Welcome cocktail or glass of sparkling wine on arrival

3-course set menu on arrival night

3-course menu with 2 choices per course

¼ bottle of wine with dinner each night

Tea/coffee after dinner

Minibar in rooms with free soft drinks

Half day guided walking tour of San Sebastian

Guided tour of Bodegas Muga and tasting

3 nights half board at Axis Vermar Hotel

Welcome glass of port, wine or juice on arrival

1/4 of a bottle of wine with dinner

Tea/coffee after dinner

Live musical entertainment twice a week

Guided walking/step-on tour of Porto (half day)

Guided tour of port wine estate & tasting

1 night half board in Palencia

 

*** TO BOOK THIS HOLIDAY, CLICK ON THE TAB "DEPARTURE DATE" AND THEN CLICK ON THE SHOPPING TROLLEY ICON ***

 

 

Day 1

We arrive in Plymouth/Portsmouth for a late afternoon departure to Santander with Brittany Ferries.

Day 2

On arrival at our hotel in Castro Urdiales, we can admire the beautiful coastal views whilst sipping our welcome drink as our luggage is taken to our room.

Day 3

This morning we will travel to San Sebastian, known as the 'Queen of Resorts'. Here we will meet our guide for a walking tour through the narrow streets and old port, before introducing us to the city's famous tapas bars. San Sebastian is known as the gourmet capital of Europe and is the perfect place to enjoy some Pintxos (Basque tapas), washed down with a glass of local wine. The rest of the day is free to explore the lively streets that are full of traditional Spanish bars, restaurants and shops and the views along its broad sandy bay to the summit of Monte Igueldo are simply lovely.

Day 4

Today we will drive southwards to the Rioja vineyards and visit Bodegas Muga in Haro. We will discover the imposing wooden tanks, the calmness of the aging rooms, the heat and smell in the cooperage and take part in a unique tasting experience (1-1.5 hrs). We will then visit the capital of the upper Rioja, Haro, where we can enjoy free time for lunch and an afternoon discovering its medieval charm.

Day 5

This morning we will depart northern Spain and stop for lunch in the beautiful city of León (please note shops & restaurants close between 2-5pm). We will continue our journey to Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley before arriving in Póvoa de Varzim to settle into our second hotel prior to dinner this evening.

Day 6

We will enjoy a relaxing day in our beautiful resort today. We can take a dip in the lovely outdoor pool or a gentle stroll along the beach. If we are feeling energetic we can take a walk along the promenade (approx. 30 minute walk) into town. Alternatively there are also regular buses into town or a taxi can be arranged by the hotel.

Day 7

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

It's time to leave Portugal and make our way to Palencia in Spain for an overnight stay prior to our overnight cruise from Santander to Plymouth/ Portsmouth.

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.

Booking information

*** TO BOOK THIS HOLIDAY, CLICK ON THE TAB "DEPARTURE DATE" AND THEN CLICK ON THE SHOPPING TROLLEY ICON ***

Axis Vermar Hotel, Povoa****

 

This excellent, 4-star hotel enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes’ walk from the centre of Póvoa, with plenty in the vicinity to entertain you. With intimate gardens, a large outdoor swimming pool and easy access to the beach, this hotel makes an ideal holiday venue. All the bedrooms have satellite TV, hairdryer, room safe, free Wi-Fi pleasant décor and air conditioning. The hotel has a large, open-plan, traditionally furnished ground floor restaurant overlooking the hotel gardens and a separate bar with a dance floor.

 

Hotel Las Rocas, Spain****

This grand 4-star hotel is located at one end of Castro Urdiales promenade and has a welcoming atmosphere. With the beach a stone’s throw away and the harbour a pleasant stroll away, the hotel is in a great location. The bar is a good place in which to relax, and the restaurant is classically decorated and comfortable. All the air-conditioned bedrooms have TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

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