The ‘Grape Escape’ to Rioja & Porto! 2019

Our great twin-centre, wine-themed packaged tour features the rich, rolling vineyards of the Rioja region and Portugal’s famous port wine estates. As well as wine tasting, this charming tour also includes a great blend of colourful Spanish fishing villages and beautiful Portuguese sandy beaches.
Day 1 Plymouth/Portsmouth to Santander
We arrive in Plymouth/Portsmouth for a late afternoon departure to Santander with Brittany Ferries.

Day 2 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 3 San Sebastián
This morning we travel to San Sebastián, known as the ‘Queen of Resorts’ and home to one of Europe's best beaches, La Concha Beach. Here we will meet our guide who will take us on a walking tour through the narrow streets and old port and introduce us to the city's famous tapas bars. San Sebastián 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. The views along its broad sandy bay to the summit of Monte Igueldo are simply stunning.

Day 4 Rioja Wine Country
Today we drive southwards to the Rioja vineyards and visit Bodegas Muga in Haro. We discover the imposing wooden tanks, the calmness of the ageing rooms, the heat and smell in the cooperage and take part in a unique tasting experience. We will then visit the capital of upper Rioja, Haro, where we can enjoy free time for lunch and an afternoon discovering its medieval charm.

Day 5 Póvoa de Varzim via León
This morning we leave 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 at our second hotel in Póvoa de Varzim.

Day 6 Póvoa de Varzim Driver's Day Off
We enjoy a relaxing day in our beautiful resort where we can take a dip in the lovely outdoor pool or enjoy 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 Porto Wine Tasting
This morning, we 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 visit a port wine estate across the river in the Vila Nova de Gaia area where we learn the process of producing port whilst enjoying a sample or two.

Days 8-10 Portugal to UK
Today, we leave Portugal and make our way to Palencia in Spain for our last hotel stay, prior to our overnight sailing 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

Hotel Las Rocas

Castro Urdiales, Spain
AAA+ Great Views Stunning Views
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 great place in which to relax and the restaurant is classically decorated and comfortable. The 66 spacious bedrooms are nicely decorated and all have TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Hotel Las Rocas

Castro Urdiales, Spain

Axis Vermar Hotel

Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

7 Nights Half Board
2 Nights Room Only (Overnight Ferry)

May 2019 Twin from £619pp
Sept 2019 Twin from £664pp
Oct 2019 Twin from £579pp

Double for Sole Use Supplement from £75
Selected Dates Only
Based on Tuesday arrivals

Return overnight crossing with Brittany Ferries
3 Nights Half Board at Hotel Las Rocas

• Porterage & welcome cocktail
• Set menu on arrival
• Choice of main on 2 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• 1/4 bottle of wine with dinner each night
• Half day guided walking tour of San Sebastián
• Guided tour of Bodegas Muga & tasting
3 Nights Half Board at Axis Vermar Hotel
• Porterage & welcome glass of port
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• 1/4l of wine with dinner
• Live musical entertainment on 1 night
• Half day guided tour of Porto
• Guided tour of port wine estate & tasting
1 Night Half Board at Europa Centro Hotel
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Prices starting from...

£579 for 10 days

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Features of this tour

  • Half day guided walking tour of San Sebastián

  • Guided tour of Bodegas Muga & tasting

  • Half day guided tour of Porto

  • Guided tour of port wine estate & tasting