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
Live music entertainment
Home pick up
Please note: this holiday includes Sapphire Star travel and is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.
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.
Arrive in Santander in the early evening and travel to Palencia for an overnight stay.D
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
Today enjoy a relaxing free day in the resort, utilise the hotel facilities or explore the local area.B, D
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
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
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
Say goodbye to the Axis Vermar Hotel this morning and travel back to Palencia in Spain for the overnight hotel.B, D
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.B
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.
|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, |
|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 |
(Where Duke William Public House Used to Be)
|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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