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.
Approximately 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.
Approximately: 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
Follow the beautiful winding route through the vineyards and heart of the Douro Valley for an overnight stay in a traditional Portuguese Quinta. Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Approximately 160 miles
Tuesday 9th October
A vineyard visit and port tasting will introduce you to the produce made world famous in this region before making your way through the contours of the vineyards to the wonderful and vibrant city of Porto.
Approximately 70 miles
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 today but there will be plenty of time to explore the renovated warehouses in Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite banks of the river to Porto – home to the major port houses as well as some independent producers, all offering tasting options.
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. Alternatively, a little further south is Coimbra – once the capital of Portugal and home to a well preserved medieval centre and world renowned Baroque library.
Saturday 13th October
Saturday is a busy day in Porto but Bolhao Market is well worth a visit. It closes at 1pm so be sure to get there before lunch. It is a feast for the eyes as much as the palate with fruit and vegetables larger and more colourful than anywhere else, indulge in various cheese and port tastings, buy your souvenirs and treat yourself to fresh grilled 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.
Approximately 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.
Approximately: 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. Driving distance approximately 125 miles.
Friday 19th October
We end the tour as we arrive at the Brittany Ferries terminal in Portsmouth at 14:15hrs.