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 our hotel we enjoy a folklore evening on one night and live musical entertainment on another.
Day 1 Following taxi collection from home, we travel to Portsmouth for a late afternoon ferry to Santander. Cabins are inside with lower beds, all meals for the duration can be purchased onboard.
Day 2 Arrive in Santander in the early evening and travel to Palencia for our overnight stay.
Day 3 After breakfast, we begin the journey across northern Spain into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley. We stop en route at the Portuguese spa town of Chaves for lunch (not included) before continuing to the Axis Vermar arriving in time for a welcome glass of port before dinner.
Day 4 Today enjoy a relaxing free day in the resort, utilise the hotel facilities or explore the local area.
Day 5 Head inland to the historic town of Guimarães, 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 breathtaking.
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 cruise includes continental buﬀet breakfast and a three-course set lunch including selected drinks.
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!
Day 8 Say goodbye to the Axis Vermar Hotel this morning and travel back to Palencia in Spain to our overnight hotel.
Day 9 This morning we travel to Santander in time for an overnight cruise back to Plymouth. Cabins are inside with lower beds and meals can be purchased onboard.
Day 10 On arrival in Plymouth, we travel back to the local area where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home.
The four-star Axis Vermar enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Póvoa. With intimate gardens, bar, restaurant, terrace and easy access to the beach, the hotel makes an ideal holiday venue. Leisure facilities include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, sauna and steam room. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, minibar and kettle. The hotel has a lift.