Portugal... Pistons and Steam in the Douro
This action packed tour is based in the beautiful old city of Guimarães. Considered the birthplace of Portugal the city is a historic delight. From here explore northern Portugal with guided excursions to the coast, Porto, an historic steam train along the Douro Valley, cable car trips, wine tastings and a Douro vineyard visit. Prices are based on a minimum of 30 passengers.
Douro Steam Train • Historic Guimarães • Porto • Braga
Day 1 Board the Brittany Ferries cruise ferry service to Santander. Relax and enjoy a night on board ship.
Day 2 Arrive Santander and proceed to the wonderful old city of Leon for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3 Continue west, through Spain into Portugal and through the Tras os Montes region to arrive at Guimarães for a 5 night stay.
Day 4 A day in Guimarães starting with a guided city walk. Considered the birthplace of Portugal this beautiful UNESCO city boasts many historic buildings and pedestrianised streets and squares. We include a trip in the cable car to the Penha viewpoint above the city.
Day 5 A guided excursion to Porto. It is filled with narrow alleys, steep winding streets and historic buildings. We include a trip on the little town train, time at leisure in the waterfront Gaia area and a Port wine tasting.
Day 6 A guided excursion to Braga and Viana do Castelo. In Braga we include a cable car trip to the Monastery of Bom Jesus. In the afternoon continue to Viana do Castelo with a guided visit, trip on the cable car to Santa Luzia and visit of the monastery.
Day 7 A day of guided exploration in the Douro Valley starting with a vineyard visit before a steam train trip between Régua and Tua. There will be free time in Tua before the return train to Régua to rejoin the coach.
Day 8 Leave Portugal and travel across rugged northern Spain to Palencia for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 9 To Santander to board the afternoon cruise-ferry crossing back to the UK.
Day 10 Arrive back on the south coast and travel home.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Hotel de Guimarães, Guimarães
A modern 4 star hotel in the centre of Guimarães, with air conditioned rooms, restaurant and bar.
• 4 star • 160 bedrooms • Lift
• Indoor swimming pool
• Nearby coach parking
Your tour includes:
• Return overnight ferry crossings as shown in inside cabins with private facilities
• 1 night half board in the Leon area
• 5 nights half board in Guimarães with:
3 course dinner with choice from night 2
Water and wine with dinner each night
• Local coach on day 4
• Guides on days 4, 5, 6 and 7
• Cable cars in Guimarães, Braga and Viana
• Trip on the little town train in Porto
• Wine tasting in Porto and the Douro Valley
• Historical steam train Régua > Tua > Régua
• 1 night half board in the Palencia area
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