Delights of the Douro Valley

Delights of the Douro Valley

Enjoy a fabulous holiday to Portugal with a port wine tour and tasting experience in the land where port was invented.

Enjoy a fabulous holiday to Portugal with 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.


At a glance:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Guimaraes

  • Bom Jesus Sanctuary

  • River Druro cruise with breakfast and lunch

  • Porto guided tour

  • Folklore evening

  • Live music entertainment

  • Chaves

  • Home pick up


Please note: this holiday includes Sapphire Star travel and is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.

Day 1

Following collection from home, travel to Portsmouth for a late afternoon ferry to Santander. Cabins are inside with lower beds, all meals for the duration can be bought onboard.

Day 2

Arrive in Santander in the early evening and travel to Palencia for an overnight stay.


Day 3

After breakfast, begin the journey across northern Spain into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley. Stop en route at the Portuguese spa town of Chaves for lunch before continuing to the Axis Vermar for the five night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

B, D

Day 4

Today enjoy a relaxing free day in the resort, utilise the hotel facilities or explore the local area.

B, D

Day 5

Head inland to the historic town of Guimaraes, the first capital of Portugal and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon travel to Braga for a visit to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th Century religious architecture, which is simply breath-taking.

B, D

Day 6

This morning 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 Regua. Pass by rows of terraces cultivated with vines, following the curves of the mountain. The day cruise includes continental buffet breakfast and three course set lunch including selected drinks.

B, D, L

Day 7

After breakfast, begin the day with a guided tour of the historic town of Porto, Portugal's second city, with its beautiful buildings and atmospheric squares. In the afternoon, 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!

B, D

Day 8

Say goodbye to the Axis Vermar Hotel this morning and travel back to Palencia in Spain for the overnight hotel.

B, D

Day 9

This morning travel to Santander in time for the overnight cruise back to Plymouth. Cabins are inside with lower beds and meals can be purchased onboard.


Day 10

On arrival in Plymouth, travel back to East Anglia where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included, L=Lunch Included

Axis Vermar, Povoa


The 4 star Axis Vermar enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Povoa. With intimate gardens, a large outdoor swimming pool and easy access to the beach, the hotel makes an ideal holiday venue. There will be a folklore evening on one night and live musical entertainment on another.


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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church
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