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Trains, Trams & Port Wines of the Douro

8 days from £799*
Departing: May - October 2019
* Price shown: 15 October 2019 from LGW - EZY8583
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Explore the glorious Duoro River, enjoy wine-producing Porto and journey on some of Portugal’s historic railway lines.

Combine the excitement of scenic train rides through one of Europe’s most beautiful river valleys with taste-bud-awakening visits to the famous port-wine-producing quintas that dot its banks. On this epic journey, you’ll discover the endless charm of Portugal’s historic second city, travel on the country’s most celebrated railway lines, and enjoy relaxing days in the sun in one of the most unspoilt corners of Europe.

Tour Highlights

  • Spend seven nights close to the site of Mount Bom Jesus
  • Explore the Golden River on the Golden Line trains, from Regua to Porto and Regua to Tua
  • Discover Portugal’s enchanting second city Porto
  • Ride on a Porto tram whilst enjoying port and canapes
  • Visit Porto’s Tram Museum
  • Experience a wine-tasting at a famous quinta
  • Journey inland from Aveiro to Macinhata do Vouga by train
  • Visit Macinhata’s fascinating Rail Museum

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Joao Paulo II, Braga including a glass of wine with dinner (upgrade hotel available for a supplement)
  • Return flights to Porto
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Porto, meet your tour manager and transfer to your chosen hotel close to Braga. Savour a first dinner in the hotel this evening.

Day Two

Enjoy your first sight of the golden River Douro, as you journey to Regua, the bustling riverside town that is the gateway to the wine-producing area where vineyards have covered the hillsides for over 2,000 years. Board a train to travel west to Porto, Portugal’s former capital and enchanting second city, built on granite bluffs high above the Douro. Crossed by several vertigo-inducing bridges, this route leads to the port-wine centre of Vila Nova de Gaia on the southern shore. Upon arrival at magnificent, tiled Sao Bento station, you’ll be met by tram, served port and canapes and will travel on in traditional style to the fascinating Tram Museum, which showcases some 25 vehicles. After a chance to explore, you’ll return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day Three

Today brings opportunities to rest and relax in the hotel. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to explore your surroundings in former Catholic capital Braga, where the Bom Jesus shrine towers 400 metres above the city. You will travel up to the monument on Iberia’s oldest funicular, a water counterweight-driven engineering marvel, or if you’re feeling energetic - or penitent - climb the seemingly endless flight of steps up and catch the funicular down. The day also includes a visit to seaside Viana do Castelo, where a more conventional elevator takes you to the Basilica de Santa Lucia for more wonderful views.

Day Four

A second optional excursion brings another chance to explore Porto, a city its friendly, industrious citizens claim “works while Lisbon shows off”. You will enjoy a short boat trip on the Douro in a flat-bottomed rabelo boat, and cross the river to the UNESCO World Heritage riverside Ribeira district. Visit one of the famous lodges for a tasting and to see how the fortified wine is produced before being sent to all four corners of the globe. Enjoy free time in the ramshackle, engaging city, and take lunch in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants lining the river.

Day Five

Today sees you return to the meandering Douro to visit one of the most famous working wineries, the historic Quinta de Pachera. Enjoy a tasting of some of the estate’s celebrated red and rose wines, and take another train journey, from Regua to Tua, through the scenic heart of the river’s valley, where the ripening vines cling precariously to the slopes. With an opportunity perhaps to enjoy lunch, and to buy some of the wines on offer, this will be one of the highlights of the holiday.

Day Six

A last included excursion sees you journey on the historic Vouga line, Portugal’s last surviving metre-gauge railway. Your journey begins in colourful Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, due to its canals, lagoons and Moliceiros - gondola-like fishing boats. Don’t miss the blue azulejos tiling on the facade of the old station, and be sure to try a delicious Ovos Moles de Aveiro cake, for which the city is renowned. Boarding the train, you’ll travel inland to Macinhata do Vouga, where a fascinating Railway Museum traces the history of Portuguese train travel. After, you’ll travel by rail travel to the delightful town of Agueda, famed for its unusual hanging of thousands of colourful parasols above the ancient streets. Return to the hotel at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Day Seven

Rest and relax at the hotel, making the most of the surroundings, or join today’s final optional excursion, to enthralling, UNESCO-listed Guimaraes, generally regarded as the birthplace of Portugal. The city boasts an ancient Norman castle, some exquisite cobbled squares and cafe-lined plazas, as well as a cable car to the summit of Penha Hill overlooking the city amongst its many attractions. A leisurely lunch sat surrounded by Guimaraes’ historic, timber-framed houses might be a final lasting memory of a wonderful, varied and absorbing holiday.

Day Eight

Bid “adeus” to your hosts and transfer back to the Porto Airport for the return flight to the UK.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BRS
BRS 07 May 2019 £849
BRS
BRS 14 May 2019 £869
BRS
BRS 21 May 2019 £869
BRS
BRS 28 May 2019 £929
BRS
BRS 04 June 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 11 June 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 18 June 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 25 June 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 02 July 2019 £889
BRS
BRS 09 July 2019 £909
BRS
BRS 27 August 2019 £919
BRS
BRS 03 September 2019 £889
BRS
BRS 10 September 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 17 September 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 24 September 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 01 October 2019 £879
BRS
BRS 08 October 2019 £849
BRS
BRS 15 October 2019 £819
LCY
LCY 07 May 2019 £879
LCY
LCY 14 May 2019 £899
LCY
LCY 21 May 2019 £899
LCY
LCY 28 May 2019 £959
LCY
LCY 04 June 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 11 June 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 18 June 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 25 June 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 02 July 2019 £919
LCY
LCY 09 July 2019 £939
LCY
LCY 27 August 2019 £949
LCY
LCY 03 September 2019 £919
LCY
LCY 10 September 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 17 September 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 24 September 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 01 October 2019 £909
LCY
LCY 08 October 2019 £879
LCY
LCY 15 October 2019 £849
LGW
LGW 07 May 2019 £829
LGW
LGW 14 May 2019 £849
LGW
LGW 21 May 2019 £849
LGW
LGW 28 May 2019 £909
LGW
LGW 04 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 11 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 18 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 25 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 02 July 2019 £879
LGW
LGW 09 July 2019 £889
LGW
LGW 27 August 2019 £899
LGW
LGW 03 September 2019 £879
LGW
LGW 10 September 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 17 September 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 24 September 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 01 October 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 08 October 2019 £829
LGW
LGW 15 October 2019 £799
LTN
LTN 07 May 2019 £829
LTN
LTN 14 May 2019 £849
LTN
LTN 21 May 2019 £849
LTN
LTN 28 May 2019 £909
LTN
LTN 04 June 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 11 June 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 18 June 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 25 June 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 02 July 2019 £879
LTN
LTN 09 July 2019 £889
LTN
LTN 27 August 2019 £899
LTN
LTN 03 September 2019 £879
LTN
LTN 10 September 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 17 September 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 24 September 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 01 October 2019 £869
LTN
LTN 08 October 2019 £829
LTN
LTN 15 October 2019 £799
MAN
MAN 07 May 2019 £849
MAN
MAN 14 May 2019 £869
MAN
MAN 21 May 2019 £869
MAN
MAN 28 May 2019 £929
MAN
MAN 04 June 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 11 June 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 18 June 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 25 June 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 02 July 2019 £889
MAN
MAN 09 July 2019 £909
MAN
MAN 27 August 2019 £919
MAN
MAN 03 September 2019 £889
MAN
MAN 10 September 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 17 September 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 24 September 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 01 October 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 08 October 2019 £849
MAN
MAN 15 October 2019 £819
STN
STN 07 May 2019 £849
STN
STN 14 May 2019 £869
STN
STN 21 May 2019 £869
STN
STN 28 May 2019 £929
STN
STN 04 June 2019 £879
STN
STN 11 June 2019 £879
STN
STN 18 June 2019 £879
STN
STN 25 June 2019 £879
STN
STN 02 July 2019 £889
STN
STN 09 July 2019 £909
STN
STN 27 August 2019 £919
STN
STN 03 September 2019 £889
STN
STN 10 September 2019 £879
STN
STN 17 September 2019 £879
STN
STN 24 September 2019 £879
STN
STN 01 October 2019 £879
STN
STN 08 October 2019 £849
STN
STN 15 October 2019 £819

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.