NEW About the tour: Little Trains of the Douro Valley

A new tour, which explores some of the highlights of this corner of Portugal. Train journeys, cable car rides and wine tasting all combine with a stay in Guimaraes, the historic birthplace of Portugal. You’ll get to visit Braga, known as the ‘Portuguese Rome’, along with time to explore Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, and San Sebastián, one of Spain’s capitals of gastronomy.

Tour Includes


  • 10 nights accommodation with continental breakfast & 9 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth/Plymouth to Santander in a 2-berth en-suite inside cabin
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
  • Regional joining points

12 days from £1499 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth/Plymouth for the 24-hour overnight crossing to Santander. Accommodation is in inside cabins with ensuite. You can enjoy the facilities onboard including restaurants, bars, shopping and swimming pool.

    Arrival in Santander, then onwards to our overnight accommodation near Palencia.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    We head west towards Portugal and to Guimaraes, where we stay for six nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    One of the highlights of our tour today, as we join the Douro Historic Train, a steam locomotive which dates back to 1925. With our guide, we head first by coach to Quinta de Pacheca, a typical Portuguese vineyard for a visit and a wine tasting.

    Later, we continue our trip to Régua from where the train will depart for the journey to Tua, where there will be some free time. We later rejoin the train to Régua where the coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Tua
    Tua

    Included Highlights

    • Douro Historic Train
    • Quinta de Pacheca & Wine Tasting
    • Tua

    We spend a day exploring Guimaraes. Considered the birthplace of Portugal, this beautiful UNESCO city boasts a rich and varied history, best represented in the national monuments, churches, elegant squares and historic buildings.

    We include a trip by cable car to the Penha viewpoint above the city.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Guimaraes
    Guimaraes

    Included Highlights

    • Guimaraes

    Join our full day guided excursion, which takes us first to Braga, known as the ‘Portuguese Rome’. We include a guided tour of the city and later take the funicular to the imposing Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, a historic pilgrimage site. Explore the surrounding gardens, decorated with ornate fountains and marvel at the awe-inspiring Baroque staircase.

    In the afternoon, we head to Viana do Castelo, where we enjoy a guided visit and trip on the funicular to the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia, and also visit the Monastery. Enjoy the spectacular views from the summit.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, Braga
    Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary

    Included Highlights

    • Viano do Castelo & Santa Luzia Sanctuary
    • Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary
    • Braga

    Included excursion to Porto, which is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The unspoilt old quarter with its maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses and beautiful churches, has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. We include a guided tour of the city and a journey on the little town train. Porto is perhaps best known for its famous port wine made from local grapes grown along the banks of the Douro, we visit a wine cellar to taste the ‘precious nectar’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Porto
    Porto

    Included Highlights

    • Porto

    Spend a leisurely final day in resort.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head east to Burgos, situated on the Pilgrim’s Road. The cathedral and old quarter are masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture and El Cid is buried here.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Burgos
    Burgos

    Included Highlights

    • Burgos

    We leave Burgos and head to the stunning city of San Sebastián, set on a sweeping shell-shaped bay with its charming, old quarter and Belle Epoque style. This is one of Spain’s capitals of gastronomy and the local tapas bars in the old town are a true delight. Continue into France and to the Ciboure/Biarritz area for one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    San Sebastián
    San Sebastián

    Included Highlights

    • San Sebastián

    We head through France to Paris area for one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Single Room Supplement from £369.00 (12 days).

    NEW Little Trains of the Douro Valley 12 days from £1499pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay overnight near Palencia.

    You will then stay for six nights in Guimaraes, followed by one night in the Burgos area.

    You will stay for one night in the Ciboure/Biarritz area, then one night in the Paris area.

    On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in en suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost).

    Brittany Ferries

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Rey Sancho Hotel Palencia

    Avenida Ponce de Leon, 1, Palencia,

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Sercotel Corona de Castilla

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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