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Porto and The Douro Valley by Air

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  • Douro Valley, Portugal ©Photo Rui Cunha

    Douro Valley, Portugal ©Photo Rui Cunha
5 day tour
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Discover Portugal’s famous Douro Valley & explore the delightful and historic city of Porto

Discover Northern Portugal’s historic regional capital, Porto, sitting astride the sumptuous Douro River, experience the higgledy-piggledy streets, charismatic town of Porto. The enchanting Douro Valley offers picturesque landscapes and a mix of delightful towns and villages. An UNESCO site since 2001, the region is a captivating wilderness and one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. Here, is a delightful tour encapsulating the best of Porto and the Douro Valley in a 5 day tour.

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Explore the Picturesque Porto

The beautiful city of Porto in Northern Portugal is home to a charming old town and winding cobbled streets. See Porto’s majestic bridges and and traditional old boats which will be your mode of transport to the opposite bank. This is where you will discover Vila Nova de Gaia. Home to the city’s most famous product, Port wine. The perfect setting for a tour and tasting experience. Public art is everywhere in Porto, from the azulejos (hand-painted tiles) of  metro, offering a New York  style to Portugal, to the street art dotted across the crumbling medieval walls. The fascinating and vibrant city has rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations because of it’s varied and diverse appeal has seen a wide range of visitors come from all over the world.

Sumptuous Douro Valley

The Douro is a majestic wilderness, an UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001, it is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The river carved the deep valleys out of the land and then human intervention transformed the valley into soil and walls and planted the vines, green in summer, flame-coloured in autumn. With knowledge handed down from generation to generation, the inclined terraces expose the vines to the rays of the sun which give the grapes the warmth that the wine craves. It was from the fruits of the land and Man’s labour that this unique wine and landscape were made. The Douro river that flows through this valley towards Porto from the Miranda do Douro which makes the border between Portugal and Spain.

Discover this incredible landscape and see the beautiful city of Porto and traverse the Douro Valley. Why not combine this tour with more of Portugal’s incredible cities on our Northern Portugal tour.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Porto

Travel to Portugal and transfer to your hotel in the Porto area.

Day 2

Porto walking tour, Vila Nova de Gaia and wine tasting

This morning we take a guided walking tour of Porto’s old town and discover the beautiful ‘azueljos’, the colourful ceramic tiles that adorn many of the buildings. We enjoy some fabulous views across the city from the vantage point of the imposing hill-top cathedral. From the riverside we see Porto’s majestic bridges and the traditional old boats that used to carry the wine barrels. In the afternoon we cross to the opposite of the river to visit Vila Nova de Gaia, home to the famous Port houses. Along the hill side and riverbank are the familiar names of Taylors, Sandemans and Croft. We visit a cellar for a tour and a tasting.

Day 3

Douro Valley Tour

Today we enjoy a scenic tour visiting many of the attractive towns and villages along the Douro Valley. Pinhão, a small town in the heart of Port wine country has a railway station covered in blue ceramic tiles made in 1937 depicting rural scenes. There’s an opportunity to visit one of the many quintas, the historic vineyards or enjoy a peaceful, scenic cruise on the river in one of the traditional flat-bottomed ‘rabelo’ boat that used to carry the port to the port.

Day 4

Douro River cruise

For our final day in Porto there’s an opportunity to enjoy a half-day river cruise, followed by free time in Porto to relax by the riverside and buy those last-minute souvenirs.

 

Day 5

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Portugal and return to the UK.


We have a selection of excellent 3 and 4 star hotels available.


You may also be interested in:

Northern Portugal

Discover Lisbon – The White City

Magical Madeira: The Floating Garden in the Atlantic


5 day tour Half Twin Single Supplement
2021 dates Prices available on request Prices available on request

 

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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