Porto & The Douro Valley

This excellent packaged tour 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.
Day 1 Plymouth/Portsmouth to Santander
We will arrive in Plymouth/Portsmouth for a late afternoon departure to Santander with Brittany Ferries.

Day 2 Santander – Palencia 209km/130 miles
We arrive in Santander in the early evening and make our way directly to Palencia for an overnight stay.

Day 3 Arrival in Póvoa de Varzim (via Chaves) 453km/281 miles
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. 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 hotel prior to dinner this evening.

Day 4 Póvoa de Varzim 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 5 Guimarães 108km/67 mile round trip
Today, we will head inland to the historic town of Guimarães, 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.

Day 6 Douro River Cruise 307km/191 mile round trip
This morning, we will board a riverboat for a relaxing full day one way cruise along the beautiful and majestic Douro River, from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto to Régua. Scenic rows of terraces cultivated with vines following the curves of the mountain will pass us by.

Day 7 Porto Wine Tasting 86km/53 mile round trip
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!

Days 8-10 Portugal – UK
It is time to leave Portugal and return to Palencia in Spain for an overnight stay prior to our overnight cruise from Santander to Plymouth/Portsmouth.

Axis Vermar Hotel

Povoa de Varzim
AAA+ Double for Single Occupancy Seafront Location
This excellent, group-friendly 4 star hotel enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Póvoa, with plenty in the vicinity to entertain groups on a driver's day off. With intimate gardens, a large outdoor swimming pool and easy access to the beach, this hotel makes an ideal holiday venue. Each of the 208 bedrooms enjoys bright, pleasant décor with TV, hairdryer 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. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Axis Vermar Hotel

Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
7 Nights Half Board
2 Nights Room Only (Overnight Ferry)
May – October 2018
(Selected Dates, Excludes Jul & Aug)
Twin from £595pp to £665pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £145
Based on Tuesday Departures

2 Overnight Crossings with Brittany Ferries
• Plymouth/Portsmouth to Santander (based on inside cabins
with lower beds, no meals)
2 Nights Half Board in Palencia
5 Nights Half Board Axis Vermar Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome drink on arrival
• Choice of menu, buffet style
• ¼ litre of wine with dinner
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Live musical entertainment twice a week
• Folklore evening on 1 night
• Full day Douro River Cruise incl. continental buffet breakfast
& 3 course set lunch with glass of wine/beer & tea/coffee
• Half day guided walking/step-on tour of Porto
• Tour of port wine estate & tasting
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Prices starting from...

£595 for 10 days

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Features of this tour

  • Full day Douro River Cruise incl. continental buffet breakfast & 3 course set lunch with glass of wine/beer & tea/coffee

  • Half day guided walking/step-on tour of Porto

  • Tour of port wine estate & tasting