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The Great Rivers of the Vinho Verde (11100G)

Ponte de Lima
Guided Tour The Great Rivers Of The Vinho Verde (11100G) - The Great Rivers of the Vinho Verde
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Description
GUIDED TOUR
The Rio Lima and the Rio Minho

A gastronomy & wine tour in the very heart of Portugal based on the two great rivers that flow through the region, in the heart of the Vinho Verde area, the river Lima & the River Minho.

A lush, verdant, area producing the best of the vinhos verdes (green wines) including the increasingly rare Vinho Verdes rose & red, along with great food and ancient culture.

We will walk along the beautiful Rio Lima, so beautiful that it was believed to be the mythical river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness by the Romans.

We will visit Viana do Castelo, the Pearl of the north, on the estuary of the river Lima, described as ‘Entre o mar, o rio e a montanha’ (between the sea, the river and the mountains).

We will walk into Caminha through a cool forest to appreciate the beautiful estuary of the river Minho.

One of our walks will be centred around the magnificent Palácio da Brejoeira which we will be able to visit.

We will be able to enjoy, as part of our stay, a luxurious spa treatment at the luxurious Caldas de Monção spa, known for being very beneficial for respiratory, rheumatism & joint problems.

Then, on our last day, we visit Tuy & Valença, the Portuguese & Spanish neighbours gazing at each other across the river.

It is a fitting finish to our holiday.

Ponte de Lima, our first centre, is the oldest town in Portugal, sited beside the tranquil waters of the river Lima, it is in the very heart of the Vinho Verde area. The scenery all around is classic Minho with a lush landscape, pretty villages and plethora of palaces and manor houses scattered all over.

Monção, our next centre, was once an important Portuguese fortress on the frontier with Spain. It was then the backdrop to the many battles between the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile.

Looking out over the river Minho, with its appealing terraces and belvederes, this fortified town on the bank of the River Minho is an ancient spa town.

It is famous for the curative properties of its spa treatments which we will have the opportunity to enjoy.

It is also at the heart of the Alvarinho wine region regarded as the very finest of all Vinho Verde wines.
Itinerary
WEEK’S PROGRAM
Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.
Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.

DAY 1
Arrival
Transfer by road from the airport to Ponte de Lima.

DAY 2
Lagoas de Bertiandos walk then wine tasting in Paço de Calheiros
Today we will have a lovely walk in the natural reserve of Lagoas de Bertiandos, a beautiful wetlands area full of wildlife before walking back to Ponte de Lima along the luxuriant shores of the Rio Lima.
After lunch, we visit an ancient palace, the Paço de Calheiros, where we have the opportunity to taste the Vinho Verde and other products of the region.

DAY 3
Geraz do Lima walk
Today we do a lovely circular walk, in part along the Rio Lima and then inland, through a lush landscape of vineyards and small fields and visiting some very traditional villages.

DAY 4
Rio Minho walk Ponte da Barca to Ponte de Lima
This beautiful walk takes us along the banks of the Rio Lima from Ponte da Barca to Ponte de Lima. An easy walk through peaceful verdant farmlands and forested areas with the murmur of the river to soothe us as we walk.

DAY 5
Visit Viana do Castelo walk into Caminha and transfer to Monção
Today we transfer to Monção, our next centre. We stop in Viana do Castelo, the “pearl of the north” for a visit to this charming town and to admire the magnificent views over the river Lima estuary.
After lunch, we will do a walk through a beautiful forest on the edge of the river Minho estuary before going on to Monção, our next centre.

DAY 6
Brejoeira walk, Palace visit then a spa treatment
A walk through green luxuriant valleys culminating on a visit to the magnificent Palácio da Brejoeira where we can visit the palace & taste some of the superb local wines.
In the afternoon we have the opportunity to sample some of the treatments offered by this renowned spa.

DAY 7
Visit Valença and Tui and riverside walk
Today we visit the twin sisters, Valença & Tui.
We will walk along the Rio Minho up the ancient fort of Valença before crossing into Galicia, Spain, on the Eiffel bridge and the ancient cathedral of Tui where thousands of pilgrims stopped over the centuries to pray on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

DAY 8
Departure
Transfer from hotel to Porto airport.
The Hotels
  • Hotel Bienestar Termas de Monção **** (or similar)
Featuring views of the Minho River, Bienestar is a modern hotel in Monção. It features an outdoor pool and bicycles to explore the green surroundings.

Rooms at Hotel Bienestar Termas de Monção are fitted with modern furnishings and large windows. They are decorated in pastel tones, include a TV set, minibar and are equipped with air conditioning.
  • Império do Norte **** (or similar)
Located in Ponte de Lima, Hotel Império do Norte features a terrace and an on-site bar.

Every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
What's Included
Accommodation:
  • 7 nights in a twin room (four stars hotels)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
Guide:
  • All guided tours
Meals:
  • 7 Dinners taken in local restaurants with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.
Transport:
  • Transfers from Porto airport at 12 a.m on the first day
  • Transfers from the Hotel to Porto airport at 12 a.m on last day
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal 
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info
The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport at 12 a.m as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home, you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Porto airport at 12 a.m on arrival day and returning to Porto hotel at 12 a.m on the last day.

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour, we only accept transfers departing from Porto Airport or Porto.

Departure dates:
  • ON REQUEST