Journey with a group of like-minded solo travellers from the coastal city of Porto inland to the major religious, historical and intellectual centres of Braga, Guimarães and Coimbra. Along the way, take a river cruise through the terraced vineyards of the picturesque Douro valley and sample the produce of this celebrated wine and Port producing region.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Porto. Transfer to the Sheraton Porto for 3 nights. Welcome dinner in a traditional Portuguese restaurant. (D)
Full-day tour of Porto including visits to the Palácio da Bolsa stock exchange, a magnificent 19th-century, neoclassical building, and the Bairro da Sé, Porto’s old quarter. Finish the day with a river cruise along the Douro river, an opportunity to view the city from a different perspective. (B)
Full day at leisure or optional tour to Braga and Guimarães. Braga once competed with Santiago de Compostela in Spain in terms of power and importance and remains to this day one of Portugal’s main religious centres with the oldest cathedral in the country. Guimarães is the historical capital of Portugal. Explore the well-preserved medieval quarter with its cobbled streets and old town houses. (B)
Today, board your boat for the cruise from Porto into the Douro Valley. On arrival in Regua, transfer to the Hotel Douro Palace for 2 nights. (B, L)
Full-day tour of the Douro valley. Highlights include a visit to a farm, wine tasting in a traditional quinta (country estate) and a cruise along the Douro river. (B, L)
Morning drive to Coimbra. Formerly the capital of Portugal, Coimbra has many exceptional buildings including its magnificent Romanesque cathedral. A visit to the university is included, one of the oldest in Europe. Continue to Porto and stay overnight at the Sheraton Porto. Farewell dinner in a traditional Portuguese winery. (B, D)
Transfer to Porto airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection at CoxandKings.co.uk/solo-travellers
The Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa is set on the banks of the River Douro against a backdrop of hills and vineyards. All rooms overlook the river valley and have balconies while the suites on the top floor have terraces. Dine on local fare at the hotel restaurant or enjoy an aperitif on the panoramic terrace. There is a rooftop infinity pool as well as a spa on the 6th and 7th floors with an indoor jet pool, sauna, gym and treatment rooms.
Features: 70 rooms & suites, restaurant, 2 bars, outdoor & indoor pools, terrace, fitness centre, sauna, spa.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar,...
The Sheraton Porto hotel is a luxury, modern, glass-fronted hotel situated close to Boavista Avenue. The design of the hotel incorporates the skilful use of glass, dark woods and steel to maximise natural light in the rooms and public areas. Relax and rejuvenate in the extensive spa and well-being facilities, which includes an indoor swimming pool with its own juice bar. The hotel's restaurant offers a fine selection of traditional Portuguese and international dishes.
Features: 265 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, juice bar, indoor swimming pool, spa, wellness centre, garden, wine cellar.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, minibar, television,...
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PBO2018: 6 Nights