Considered to be the birthplace of Portugal, historic Guimaraes exudes charm and elegance. We spend seven nights exploring the beauty and diversity of this hospitable region.
Local departure points.
Our four-star hotel is located in the centre of historical Guimaraes. Our hotel boasts air- conditioned rooms, contemporary furnishings and an indoor swimming pool. Buffet dinners and a small carafe of wine are included with evening meals.
We leave from our local departure points and travel south to our overnight hotel in Worcester. The Whitehouse Hotel.
A leisurely drive to Plymouth, where we board Brittany Ferries to Santander. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship. Cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite facilities, radio and alarm.
We arrive in Santander early afternoon and proceed to the wonderful old city of Leon for dinner and an overnight stay. Hotel Riosol.
We travel across northern Spain and cross the border into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro valley. A visit will be made to delightful Chaves, a spa town, steeped in history, boasting a magnificent Roman bridge and a fascinating medieval quarter. We continue to Guimaraes and our base for seven nights. Hotel de Guimaraes.
Our holiday is based in the beautiful old city of Guimaraes, an historic delight. A guided walking tour of Guimaraes is included in our programme and we ride on the cable car to the Penha viewpoint above the city. We explore northern Portugal and enjoy a boat trip along the gentle Douro river, experiencing the unique and spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley with its steep banks, lined with vineyards, olive and almond trees. Lunch is included on board. We include visits to Braga, often called the ‘Portugeuse Rome’ and Viana do Castleo, the jewel of the Costa Verde, in the company of a local guide. A day will be spent in Porto, where we enjoy a port wine tasting and a trip on the tourist train to enable us to savour the delight of this fascinating city with its soaring bell towers and extravagant baroque churches. We allow ample time to explore Guimaraes, with its gently winding cobbled streets, pretty plazas and artisan shops. A small carafe of wine is included with our evening meals in Guimaraes.
We leave Portugal and travel across rugged northern Spain to Palencia for the night. Hotel Rey Sancho.
This morning we travel north to visit the port of Santander, a stylish shopping hub with a wide bay and many stunning beaches. We continue to the ferry port and our return crossing to Plymouth. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
Arrival in Plymouth is late afternoon and a short drive takes us to central Bristol for our overnight stay. Hotel Marriott.
We return to Scotland in the early evening after a memorable Portuguese holiday.
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