• Porto, Santiago de Compostela & the wines of the Douro Valley…

    by  • May 13, 2014 • City Breaks, Europe, Porto

    Straddling the mouth of the River Douro, Porto gives a glimpse of a Portugal untouched by the tourist hordes. Wander the historic Ribeira district, a Unesco World Heritage Site and discover streets that are alive with children playing, old gentlemen sitting and talking and women chatting from their balconies.  Cross the water and you can familiarise yourself with the city’s most famous export – the cellars of the Vila Nova de Gaia, the suburb across the river from Porto proper, house literally millions of gallons of the fortified wine that carries the name of the city.

    Of course, this part of the world has been a long-standing mecca for connoisseurs of the grape. Savour the exquisite flavours of some of the world’s most elegant wines with a full day tour of the Douro Valley. Discover four different types of wine produced in this vast and beautiful river valley, where terraced vineyards and old stone cottages rise above the Douro River.

    Follow in the hallowed footsteps of pilgrims over the centuries with a full day trip to Santiago de Compostela and Viano do Castelo, two incredible medieval towns in Portugal and Northern Spain. Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, in Spain, famous for the shrine of St James the Great now housed in its magnificent cathedral. Sophisticated Viano do Castelo, known as the jewel of the Costa Verde, is full of beautiful 19th century buildings and leafy squares.

    This package includes seven nights at the 4 star Vila Gale Hotel in Porto with breakfast, return airport transfers, a full day wine-tasting tour to the Douro Valley and a full day tour to Santiago de Compostela and Viano do Castelo.

    7 nights from just £699pp
    For further details or to book please click here>>>