Unexplored treasures await in this far northern corner ofPortugal, tucked between the mighty Atlantic and the Minho river that forms the border with Spain. From your base at the charming family-run Hotel Meira, the surrounding region will reveal its secrets.
Day 1 UK – Oporto
Transfer from the airport to theHotel Meira(4Q), where you can settle in and relax after your flight in time for dinner. D
Day 2 Mono and the Palacio da Brejoeira wine estate
This morning an included excursion will set off to the spa town of Mono and the Palacio da Brejoeira wine estate, where you can try its famous wine Alvarinho, a crisp white wine that is traditionally served with delicious shellfish dishes.
Youll return through the two unmissable old towns of Paredes de Coura and Vila Nova de Cerveira. In the afternoon, you can join a stroll around Vila Praia de ncora, returning in time for a craft beer tasting at the hotel before dinner. B, D
Day 3 Barcelos market
Todays included excursion heads to the famous Barcelos market. With the market in full swing, youll be able to admire the wares of the countless stalls featuring the many crafts of the region, including ornaments of the Barcelos Cockerel, before ambling the narrow lanes with their distinctive granite streetscapes.
During your visit to Barcelos market youll visit a vinho verde producers stand where you can enjoy a refreshing taster before heading back to your hotel. Later, watch the deft hands of a local macram maker as they give a presentation of their craft. B, D
Day 4 Oporto
Set off on a full-day visit to Oporto, Portugals second-largest city on the Douro river.
The city has some quaint old areas, which you can discover during your included morning sightseeing tour. Look out for the fortified 12th-century cathedral and other grand sights, before visiting one of the citys famous wine cellars which is laden with port. B, D
Day 5 At leisure
Today is yours to enjoy. Explore the local area independently or perhaps join an optional excursion to the medieval town of Guimares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After dinner tonight, there is an evening devoted to the areas folklore and traditions. B, D
Day 6 Peneda-Gers National Park
The breathtaking and varied scenery of the Peneda-Gers National Park is todays highlight.
Rivers and streams flow from the surrounding mountain ranges, forming lakes surrounded by lush forest. The natural landscapes are dotted with traditional villages and rural granaries, which youll be able to admire on the way to the national parks famous municipality, Arcos de Valdevez. B, D
Day 7 Caminha
Spend the morning exploring the nearby medieval old town of Caminha. This pretty town features a clock tower and examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and its bustling cafes and restaurants offer perfect spots to enjoy the atmosphere while you perhaps enjoy a refreshment.
After a little time exploring here, there will be a fascinating talk highlighting the local history and culture. B, D
Day 8 Oporto – UK
After breakfast, youll check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. B