MG Portugal 2018 3rd Oct - 19th Oct 2018From £2,325.00 per person
MG Portugal 2018
Porto & The Douro Valley
3rd – 19th October 2018
The city of Porto is located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal and is one Europe’s oldest cities. Its historical centre was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996 and along with its port and wine production Porto is a fantastic place to spend a week – cruising the river, visiting vineyards, exploring its coastline – or just enjoying the Autumn sun.
The base for our time in Porto will be a five-star riverside palace, built in the 19th century and now beautifully restored in to a contemporary hotel, whilst our journey through Spain will include stays at Parador and similarly characterful properties.
The opportunity to join this unique MG tour is available to a maximum of 20 cars, ensuring that you are able to enjoy the best of this MG holiday, but because of this early booking is recommended.
Wednesday 3rd October
Check in at the Brittany Ferries terminal in Portsmouth for the 11:45hrs departure to Bilbao. A welcome dinner has been organised on board this evening.
Thursday 4th October
Arrive in Bilbao at 12.45hrs. After disembarking the ship take the drive through the Basque and Ebro wine region to Burgos and your base for 2 nights.
Approximate Driving Distance: 105 miles
Friday 5th October
Following breakfast, why not spend the day in Burgos – a city twice laid siege by Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars, Burgos has the only Cathedral in Spain to be nominated a World Heritage site independently from the city and therein lies the tomb of El Cid. Burgos is also a gastronomic capital of Spain.
Saturday 6th October
Leave Burgos and head through the farmlands of the Castile y Leon region to Salamanca – a beautiful city with architecture through the ages and a vibrant university culture. Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Approximate Driving Distance: 150 miles
Sunday 7th October
A free day to explore Salamanca – a city with a history dating back to the Celts, architecture from almost every era and a modern-day culture that fits seamlessly into this World Heritage site.
Monday 8th October
An early breakfast is recommended to give yourself all day to follow this beautiful winding route through the heart of the Douro Valley to Porto. Once there relax with a group dinner in the hotel overlooking the river.
Approximate Driving Distance: 220 miles
Tuesday 9th October
After a challenging drive yesterday, why not spend the day relaxing and exploring the most wonderful city of Porto. The historic trams are a great way to see the sights but walking is absolutely the best way to explore this city.
Wednesday 10th October
With almost every mode of transport available in this region, why not take a rest from driving and catch the train from nearby Campanha station to medieval Guimeres for the day – a town often referred to as the birthplace of Portugal.
Thursday 11th October
There is a group river trip and visit to the Ferreira port house today. Ferreira is the only great Porto Wine house to have remained in Portuguese hands since its foundation in 1751, however it would be a shame to limit yourself to just this house and alongside all of the big names such as Taylors, Grahams and Sandeman there are smaller, independent producers worthy of a tasting.
Friday 12th October
Just an hour south of Porto is Aveiro. Built within a system of lagoons and canals this pretty town can be explored on foot but it’s more fun to get a ‘moliceiro’ – boats that were traditionally used for collecting seaweed.
Saturday 13th October
Saturday is a busy day in Porto but Bolhao Market is well worth a visit. It closes at 1pm but is a great place to have a few cheese and port tastings, pick up some souvenirs or treat yourself to a snack of fresh sardines straight from the mornings catch.
Sunday 14th October
Sunday is a day of families and relaxation in Portugal, so why not catch the metro to Matoshinos for a fresh fish lunch, cooked on grills by the road side, followed by a stroll along the beach, or take the historic tram to Foz.
Monday 15th October
After a week of relaxation and exploration, it’s time to head back to Spain – but we aren’t leaving the vineyards behind just yet. The next 2 nights are in the heart of the Spanish vineyards of the Duero valley. Dinner is in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Approximate Driving Distance: 200 miles
Tuesday 16th October
A day to relax in the beautiful spa and surrounding countryside before a tour of the hotels vineyards with a wine tasting and dinner experience.
Wednesday 17th October
After breakfast head into the Picos de Europa for your penultimate night in a Parador overlooking the lakes of Ruesga Reservoir in the Fuentes Carrion Nature Reserve. Dinner is in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Approximate Driving Distance: 120 miles
Thursday 18th October
After breakfast take the road down through the rolling lowlands of the Picos de Europa to Bilbao for your 15.30hrs departure to Portsmouth.
Approximate Driving Distance: 125 miles.
Friday 19th October
We end the tour as we arrive at the Brittany Ferries terminal in Portsmouth at 14:15hrs.