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Portugal, Delights of the Douro Valley

Portugal, Delights of the Douro Valley

This ecxellent packaged tour includes a Port wine tour and tasting experience in the land where Port was invented.

This excellent packaged 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.


Axis Vermar Hotel, Povoa de Varzim, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

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. 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.

Day 1

A morning departure we travel to Portsmouth for the late afternoon Brittany Ferries mini-cruise to Santander in Northern Spain. Relax and enjoy a night on board, benefit from the many on-board facilities of this superb cruise ferry. A self-service 3-course evening meal is included (overnight bag recommended).


Day 2

Enjoy a full English Breakfast on board this morning. We arrive in Santander in the late afternoon and make our way directly to Palencia (approximately 2-hours’ drive) for an overnight stay at the Europa Centro Hotel.

B, D

Day 3

Today we travel across northern Spain and into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley, stopping en-route at the beautiful Portuguese spa town of Chaves for lunch. After stretching our legs in the medieval quarter and admiring the stunning Roman Bridge, we continue our journey to the Axis Vermar Hotel, our base for the next 5 nights.

B, D

Day 4

This morning we leave our hotel early to 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. (Enjoy a continental buffet breakfast on-board). We pass by rows of terraces cultivated with vines, following the curves of the mountain, as we enjoy a 3-course set lunch during the day.

B, D

Day 5

This morning we head inland to the historic town of Guimarães for a guided walking tour. In the afternoon we make our way to the town of Braga. Attractions here include the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th century religious architecture, which is breath-takingly beautiful and decorated with fountains and stone carvings.

B, D

Day 6

A day at leisure.

B, D

Day 7

This morning 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 the process of producing Port whilst enjoying a sample or two!

B, D

Day 8

This morning we leave Portugal and return to Palencia in Spain for our return overnight stay at the Europa Centro Hotel.

B, D

Day 9

After breakfast at the hotel we return to Santander for our return Brittany Ferries mini-cruise back to Portsmouth.

B, D

Day 10

Enjoy a full English Breakfast on board this morning. We arrive back in Portsmouth late afternoon and continue the return journey.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Price Includes:


  • 2 overnight crossings with Brittany Ferries (inside cabin with private facilities side by side beds)

  • Evening meal & breakfast on Brittany Ferries

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation at the Europa Centro Hotel

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation at the Axis Vermar Hotel

  • quarter bottle of wine with dinner each night (main stay hotel)

  • Porterage & welcome drink (main stay hotel)

  • TV

  • Hairdryer

  • Lift

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Full day Douro River Cruise including breakfast & lunch on board

  • Half day guided walking tour of Guimaraes

  • Half day guided tour of Porto

  • Tour of Port wine estate & tasting

  • Live musical entertainment twice a week



Single Room Supplement £191.00

Outside Cabin Supplement £80.00 per person

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
Alfreton Bus Station Alfreton Bus Station, Hall Street
Barlborough, Rose & Crown Barlborough, Rose & Crown Pub
Barnsley, Eldon Street Barnsley, Eldon Street opposite the Odeon Cinema
Bolsover Market Place Bolsover Market Place
Carlton in Lindrick Carlton in Lindrick, A60/Maiin Rd End of Long Lane
The Bus Layby
Carlton in Lindrick. Carlton in Lindrick, Limetree Nursery
The Bottom Of Rotherham Baulk
Chesterfield, Beetwell St Chesterfield, Beetwell Street
Outside the old Registry Office
Clay Cross, Church Layby Clay Cross, The Church Layby The High Street
Clowne Tesco Clowne Tesco, Bus Layby
Clowne,End of Gapsick Ln Clowne, The end of Gapsick Lane
Creswell Creswell, Junction of Sheffield Road/Elmton Road
Creswell Bingo Hall Creswell, Bingo Hall, Elmton Road
Creswell, Skinner Street Creswell, Skinner Street, Cemetery
Derby, Full Street Derby Full Street, Premier Inn
Doncaster, Ward Bros Doncaster, Ward Bros Waterdale
Eckington, Bus Station Eckington, The Bus Station
Edwinstowe,Mansfield Road Edwinstowe, Mansfield Road/ Fifth Avenue
Old Manvers Arms
Grays Travel Home Pickup
Hodthorpe, Top Bus Stop Hodthorpe, Queens Road, The Top Bus Stop
Hucknall, Ogle Street Hucknall, Ogle Street Opposite the Car Park
Killamarsh, Nags Head Pub Killamarsh, The Nags Head Pub
Top of Bridge Street
Langwith Junction Langwith Junction, The Bus Stop End of Station Rd
Langwith Junction. Langwith Junction, The King of Diamonds
Langwith, The Gate Hotel Langwith, The Gate Hotel
Leicester Forest Leicester Forest East Services, South Bound
Leicester Fosse Park Leicester Fosse Park, Outside Marks & Spencer
Leicester, St Margarets Leicester, St Margarets Bus Station, Bay Z
Loughborough Loughborough, Junction 23 - M1
The Bus Stop outside the Harvester Pub
Mansfield Outside Iceland Mansfield, Walkden Street Outside Iceland
Mansfield Woodhouse Mansfield Woodhouse, A60 The Coopers Pub
Mansfield Woodhouse. Mansfield Woodhouse, The Bus Stop A60
End of Peafield Lane
Nottingham, Mount Street Nottingham
The top of Mount Street on Maid Marion
Ollerton, Main Road Ollerton, Main Road
The Junction of Forest Road/Sherwood Drive
Ollerton, The Plough Pub Ollerton, The Plough Pub
Retford Market Place Retford Market Place, Outside Greenwoods
Rhodesia, Tylden Way Rhodesia, End of Tylden Way
Rotherham, Mecca Bingo Rotherham, The Mecca Bingo, Corporation Street
Sheffield The Penny Black Penny Black Pub Pond Hill Sheffield 1
Shirebrook, Ashbourne St Shirebrook, Ashbourne Street, Opposite
Ashbourne Court
Shireoaks Fish&Chip Shop Shireoaks, Shireoaks Row, Fish & Chip Shop
Sutton Lammas Centre Sutton Lammas Centre
The Sidings The Sidings, Mansfield Woodhouse
Off Debdale Lane
Warsop Church Warsop, The Church bottom of Cuckney Hill (A60)
Warsop Motor Company Warsop Motor Company
Warsop, The Strand Warsop, The Strand Bingo Hall
Whitwell Bakestone Moor Whitwell, Bakestone Moor, End of Franklin Avenue
Whitwell Mini Market Whitwell, Mini Market, Welbeck Street
Whitwell Square Whitwell Square
Whitwell The Spar Shop Whitwell The Spar Shop, Bakestone Moor
Worksop B&Q Worksop, B&Q, Sandy Lane
Worksop Bingo Hall Newcastle Avenue, The Bingo Hall
Worksop Community Church Worksop, Thievesdale Lane, The Community Church
Worksop Eyres Corner Worksop, Eyres Corner
Worksop Gateford Road Worksop, The bus stop before the Post office
Worksop Larwood Health Worksop, Larwood Health Centre
Worksop Pelham Street Worksop, Pelham Street Shops, Manton
Worksop St Annes Church Worksop, St Annes Church, Newcastle Avenue
Worksop Three Legged Worksop, The Three Legged Stool, Raymoth Lane
Worksop, Cannon Hotel Worksop, The Cannon Hotel
S81 7AD
Worksop, High Hoe Road Worksop, High Hoe Road, Nr Canal Bridge
Worksop, Innings Pub Worksop, The Innings Pub, Prospect Estate
Worksop, Johnsons Depot Worksop, Johnsons Depot, Dukeries Industrial Est
Worksop, Kilton Hill The shops (One Stop) Kilton Hill
Worksop, Opposite Tesco Worksop, Opposite Tesco
Worksop, Plantation Hill Worksop, The Shops, Plantation Hill, Kilton,
Worksop, Priory Church Worksop, Priory Church Car Park
Worksop, Stubbing Lane Worksop, End of Stubbing Lane, Newcastle Avenue
Worksop,Mansfield Rd, A60 Worksop, Mansfield Road, A60
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