This brand-new 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.
Detailed Overview

Hotel

4* Axis Vermar Hotel

This excellent 4-star hotel enjoys a lovely seafront location and about 20 minutes' walk from the centre of Póvoa. With intimate gardens, a large outdoor swimming pool and easy access to the beach.

• Lift • TV • Telephone • Complimentary toiletries • Hairdryer • Air-conditioned  • Free Wi-Fi • Outdoor swimming pool • Restaurant •

Price includes

  • Overnight return ferry crossing with cabin on a room only basis

Overnight Hotel

  • 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at an overnight hotel

  • 3-course set menu

  • Cold buffet breakfast

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

Main Hotel

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Axis Vermar Hotel

  • Welcome glass of port, wine or juice on arrival

  • 3-course buffet menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Live musical entertainment twice a week

  • Folklore evening on 1 night

  • Free use of outdoor pool, tennis court & table tennis

  • Full day Douro River Cruise - single journey from Porto to Régua

  • Guided walking tour of Guimarães

  • Guided tour of Porto

  • Entrance to a Port Wine Estate with tasting

  • Porterage

Douro River Cruise

  • Early morning departure

  • Continental breakfast on board

  • 3-course set lunch

  • Wine, beer, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee


Please note: Resort Tax: The resort tax is not included and will be collected from each passenger on arrival.

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We travel to Portsmouth for an overnight crossing to Santander (room only cabin accommodation included).

Day 2

We arrive in Santander and make our way to our overnight hotel.

Day 3

Póvoa de Varzim
Today, we will travel across northern Spain and into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley. We make a lunch time stop en route at the beautiful Portuguese spa town of Chaves, 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

Douro River Cruise
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. We will pass by rows of terraces cultivated with vines, following the curves of the mountain.

Day 5

Guimarães & Braga
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. view 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
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

It is time to leave Portugal and return to Palencia in Spain for an overnight stay.

Day 9

We make our way to Santander for our overnight crossing to Plymouth. (room only cabin accommodation included).

Day 10

We arrive in in port to meet our taxis home.

Please note: Elements of the tour have yet to be finalised, the itinerary maybe subject to change depending on availability of guides and attractions.
Please note: Resort Tax: The resort tax is not included and will be collected from each passenger on arrival.

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