14 October 2019, 15:24
NEW: GREAT-VALUE SAGA HOLIDAY
Taste of the Douro Valley from £799pp for seven nights
Celebration of Portuguese wine heritage features valley cruise and scenic railway trip
- Four-star hotel stays
- Dedicated Saga tour manager
- City tour of Portugal’s 2nd city, Oporto
- Included rail and train excursions
- Port and wine tasting
- Included travel insurance
Savour the famed local produce on a journey through Portugal’s historic wine-growing region on Saga’s new Taste of the Douro Valley holiday.
A tasting at the Quinta da Padrela fine winery in Tabuaco, and a visit to the port cellar of Vila Nova de Gaia, in Oporto, feature on the seven-night holiday.
A cruise on the river and a train ride through the Douro valley offer guests a leisurely journey to appreciate the medieval towns and everyday pastoral life that has hardly changed through the centuries.
Guests stay in four-star hotels, with the first two nights in Oporto to explore stately architecture and narrow streets, including the lively old fishermen’s quarter of Ribeira, the fortified 12th-century cathedral and a port cellar – with a tasting, of course.
En route to Tabuaco there are stops at the fascinating towns of Amarante and Lamego, while a Douro cruise starts and finishes in Régua. On board, guests enjoy another a glass of port while passing mountainous slopes, clad with pine forests and vineyards, before a wine tasting at the renowned Quinta da Padrela.
As well as the scenic train ride through the Douro valley, the itinerary offers a visit to Castro Daire in the agricultural highlands, sampling home-made delicacies and locally-grown tea.
There are optional excursions to the Viseu plateau, another respected wine-growing region, and the small city of Vila Real.
Viseu was home to a 16th-century school of painting which included Gaspar Vaz and Vasco Fernandez and its medieval cobbled streets lead to a square dominated by the cathedral and Misericord Church, while Vila Real is home to the Mateus Palace, a stately baroque mansion with sculptured gardens.
For details call free on 0800 092 0803 or visit saga.co.uk/Portugal
Seven nights from £799 per person departing Gatwick or Manchester on a choice of departures on April 17, May 1, June 19, September 11 and October 9, 2020.
Price includes return flights, accommodation in four-star hotels, half-board accommodation (complimentary wine with three dinners), porterage, Saga tour manager, entrance fees, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.
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Please call Alex Brazier for further information - 01303 772499