Hidden Europe: unique experiences in Europe's cities
08/09/2020 · By Katie Shaw
Europe’s cities are treasure troves of culture, teeming with iconic, must-see sights to enthral even the most seasoned of tourists.Read more
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2021 Tour code: POG21
About the tour
Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves our route through a rolling landscape of vineyards. Discover its ever-changing scenery and gastronomic delights before we continue to vibrant Lisbon, with its Moorish influences and charming streets.
We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Paris, in Standard Premier Class. In Paris we join the TGV to Biarritz, where we stay overnight. On Day 2 we transfer by coach to San Sebastian, where we board the train to Vallodolid in First Class, before transferring to a regional train for the short journey onwards to Salamanca (Standard Class). Our hotel for the next two nights is the Catalonia Plaza Mayor. This evening we dine in a traditional restaurant on the Plaza Mayor.
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100% of travellers would recommend this tour
Based on 21 verified reviews
Mr P Cooke
Excellent variety of stopovers and interesting places
We thought the tour was excellent with the only downside being the location of the hotels in San Sebastián and Lisbon which were both too far away from the centre of the towns.
Miss S O'Leary
A lovely holiday with many highlights to a beautiful country and led by a very well organised and friendly Tour Leader. Unfortunately once again I feel that these tours are designed with couples in mind which makes life difficult for myself as a single traveller. The first part of the tour was fine in terms of my being on my own as most events were attended as a group but toward the end of the holiday there was a lot of free time. As I was the only single person on the tour with 10 couples I found myself wandering around on my own thinking "I've paid a lot of money to wander about alone" and looking for take away services for meals or having a picnic in my hotel room for dinner.
Excellent planning and wonderful manager
Mrs M Cameron
Great tour with one caveat (see below). Would also have liked a longer time in Bilbao -felt our time in the Guggenheim was far too short given it’s quite a long coach journey to get there.
Mr P Brainch
It proved to be a super 'holiday' (tour!) with excellent weather, a good group of fellow travellers, a well-thought out itinerary, good hotels and a brilliant tour manager.
A rail and cruise tour through the Douro Valley