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Delights of the Douro Valley

This exciting 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 Portugal’s majestic Douro Valley.


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Axis Vermar Hotel, Povoa de Varzim 4-star

Five nights dinner bed & breakfast, with the exception of Friday when breakfast is served on board your river cruise.  Live musical entertainment two nights, and a Folklore evening on one night

This excellent hotel enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes’ walk from the centre of Póvoa, and has easy access to the beach. Facilities include: Restaurant; bar; intimate gardens; and a large outdoor swimming pool; tennis courts and table tennis.


Brittany Ferries

An award winning service, offering excellent facilities. Meals on board are not included in your tour price. You can choose between fine à la carte dining, the self-service cafeteria, or café. There are stylish bars and lounges in which to relax, a cinema, open air sun deck, indoor swimming pool and spa treatment room, as well as live entertainment. All cabins are en suite, have air conditioning, linen, towels and toiletries.

PLEASE NOTE: Meals on board are not included in your tour price.

Upgrade to an outside cabin with two lower berths at £78 per person return, based on 2 people sharing


Holiday Itinerary


TUESDAY An early start for our journey to Portsmouth for a late afternoon sailing to Santander aboard Brittany Ferries. Relax and enjoy a night on board ship.

WEDNESDAY We arrive in Santander in the early evening and make our way directly to the Europa Centro Hotel, Palencia, for our overnight accommodation. A three course set menu dinner, with a glass of wine, water, and tea/coffee is included.

THURSDAY Today we travel across northern Spain and into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley. En route we take a lunch time break in the beautiful Portuguese spa town of Chaves, where there will be time to stretch our legs in the medieval quarter and admire the stunning Roman Bridge. Continuing to Póvoa de Varzim, we arrive in time to settle into our hotel, prior to dinner, where a welcome glass of port, wine or juice will be served on arrival. Porterage is included.

FRIDAY We 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 pass rows of terraces, cultivated with vines, as we follow the curves of the mountains, and discover the stunning landscape. Our cruise includes a continental buffet breakfast on board, a 3 course set lunch, wine, beer, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

SATURDAY A relaxing day in our resort.

SUNDAY A day at leisure.

MONDAY Today 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 and learn about the process of producing port, whilst enjoying a sample or two!

TUESDAY We leave Portugal today and return to Palencia for our overnight stay once more at the Europa Centro Hotel, where a 3 course set menu dinner, with a glass of wine and water, tea/coffee after dinner is included.

WEDNESDAY We retrace our steps to Santander, where we join an afternoon sailing back to the UK.

THURSDAY We arrive back on the south coast mid-afternoon, and continue homeward.

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Departure Date Tour Reference Days Price (from) Supp. (from) Available Seats Pickup Points Coach Seats Rooms  
Tue 12 May, 2020 P613 2 10 £1075.00 £145.00 10 + Book Now