The ‘Grape Escape’ to Rioja & Porto!

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.

Tina says...
“Las Rocas Hotel in Castro Urdiales is truly one of my favourite hotels in our whole portfolio. The hotel offers a great location overlooking the beach, close to the town centre and has a classic style with all the modern comforts you need and more.”

Steve says...
“I’ve known Celio, the manager at the Axis Vermar Hotel for more than 15 years and if there is one thing he understands, it is groups. Celio and his excellent staff always ensure that groups booked through Albatross are well looked after and, most importantly, treated as individuals.”


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Day 1 Plymouth/Portsmouth to Santander
We arrive in Plymouth/Portsmouth for a late afternoon departure to Santander with Brittany Ferries.

Day 2 Arrival in Castro Urdiales 77 km/44 miles
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 San Sebastian 257km/160 mile round trip
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 Rioja Wine Country 240km/149 mile round trip
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 Castro Urdiales - Póvoa de Varzim 694km/431 miles
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 Day in Resort & Wine Tasting Driver’s day off
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 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 to UK
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.

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

Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
7 Nights Half Board
2 Nights Room Only
(Overnight Ferry)
May - October 2018
(Selected Dates)
Twin from £575pp to £619pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £90
Based on Tuesday Departures

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
• Porterage
• 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 & tasting
3 Nights Half Board at Axis Vermar Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of port, wine or juice on arrival
• Choice of menu, buffet style
• 1/4l 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
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Prices starting from...

£575 for 10 days

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Features of this tour

  • Half day guided walking tour of San Sebastian

  • Guided tour of Bodegas Muga & tasting

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

  • Guided tour of port wine estate & tasting