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Spain & Portugal,The Grape Escape to Rioja & Porto

Spain & Portugal,The Grape Escape to Rioja & Porto

Discover the scenery and the wines of Northern Spain & Portugal on this 10 day tour


Discover the scenery and the wines of Northern Spain & Portugal on this 10 day tour

San Sebastian

San Sebastián is a resort town on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country. It’s known for Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, beaches framed by a picturesque bayfront promenade, and world-renowned restaurants featuring innovative chefs. In its cobblestoned old town (Parte Vieja), upscale shops neighbour

vibrant pintxo (Basque Tapas) bars pairing local wines with bite-size regional specialties.

Once a favourite destination for Spanish royalty, San Sebastián has lost none of its lustre over the years. Elegant art nouveau buildings, ornate bridges and beautifully manicured parks and plazas create a captivating backdrop to this seaside city.


Bodegas Muga

Bodegas Muga vineyards are located on the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the area called Rioja Alta. The site climate is exceptional due to, on the one hand, the singular geography and orientation of the vines and on the other hand, the surrounding climates –Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental climates are combined harmoniously thus creating a suitable climatic for grape growing.

The soil in this area is mostly clay and limestone, divided into small terroirs with different physical and chemical qualities between them; thus each terroir has a unique and defined personality. This abundance of climatic influences and different soils define prolonged stages in the vine growth cycle. The growth will be complex and delicate, key to the potential quality of the wines in this area.

Bodegas Muga owns 620 acres of vineyards but it also has control over 370 acres owned by vine growers in the area. The grape varieties grown are Tempranillo (the essence), Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano for the red wines; and Viura and Malvasia are used for the white wines.


Haro is in the northwest of La Rioja province in northern Spain. It is known for its fine red wine and every year the Haro Wine Festival is held where locals hold a wine battle.

It has an important architectural heritage, including the plateresque main entrance of the Santo Tomás Church, numerous palaces, and the old town, which was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1975.

Apart from its role as home to many of the great wineries in La Rioja, one of Haro's other claims to fame is that it was the first town in Spain to have electric street lighting!



León is a wonderful city with stunning historical architecture. Its standout attraction is the cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Spain, but there's so much more to see and do here. By day you'll encounter a city with its roots firmly planted in the soil of northern Castilla, with its grand monuments, loyal Catholic heritage and a role as an important staging post along the Camino de Santiago.



Esposende is an attractive resort town located at the mouth of Cávado river, on the Atlantic coast of northern Portugal and is a popular destination for beach holidays and water sports. It’s relaxed nature and absence of major tourist attractions is what makes part of Esposende’s charm, a place to escape the crowds and have a calm, relaxing break.

Walking through the town of Esposende you will find beautiful, historic buildings including the Municipal Museum and the Baroque church, The Igreja da Misericórdia, a Portuguese National Monument.



Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, as "Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar". The historic area is also a National Monument of Portugal. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. 

Port wine, one of Portugal's most famous exports, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport, and export of fortified wine.

Vila Nova de Gaia

A hub of the port wine industry, Vila Nova de Gaia is peppered with cellars offering tours and tastings. Wine lodges in the area include familiar names such as Cockburn, Croft, Graham's, Sandeman, and Taylor. It’s also known for sandy beaches and the scenic riverside road Cais de Gaia, with its cafe terraces and expansive views across the Douro.

Tuesday 13th October

An early morning departure from Cumbria to Portsmouth and the Brittany Ferries Pont Aven overnight sailing to Santander. Relax into your cabin and then enjoy dinner on board as we sail south.


Wednesday 14th Oct

Breakfast on board as we continue with the majority of the day at sea as we cruise through the Bay of Biscay to arrive in Santander, Northern Spain at 18.00, from here we only have a short drive of approximately 1 hour to our Hotel Las Rocas at Castro Urdiales. Dinner in the hotel.

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Thursday 15th Oct

Today we travel to San Sebastián, here we will meet our guide who will take us on a walking tour through the narrow streets and old port and introduce us to the city's famous tapas bars. The rest of the day is free to explore the lively streets that are full of traditional Spanish bars, restaurants and shops. The views along its broad sandy bay to the summit of Monte Igueldo are simply stunning. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Friday 16th Oct

Today we drive southwards to the Rioja vineyards and visit Bodegas Muga in Haro. We discover the imposing wooden tanks, the calmness of the ageing rooms, the heat and smell in the cooperage and take part in a unique tasting experience. We will then visit the capital of upper Rioja, Haro, where we can enjoy free time for lunch and an afternoon discovering its medieval charm. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Saturday 17th Oct

Today we leave northern Spain and stop for lunch in the beautiful city of León, en route to our second hotel, the Suave Mar in Esposende, Portugal. Dinner in the hotel.

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Sunday 18th Oct

Day at leisure to enjoy Esposende.

B, D

Monday 19th Oct

This morning, we enjoy a guided tour of the historic town of Porto, Portugal’s second city, with its beautiful buildings and atmospheric squares. In the afternoon, we visit a port wine estate across the river in the Vila Nova de Gaia area where we learn the process of producing port whilst enjoying a sample or two. Dinner in the hotel

B, D

Tuesday 20th Oct

Today, we leave Portugal and make our way to Palencia in Spain for our last hotel stay. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Wednesday 21st Oct

We continue to Santander to join the early afternoon Brittany ferries sailing to Portsmouth. Enjoy the superb facilities on board the Pont Aven. Dinner included.

B, D

Thursday 22nd Oct

Final breakfast on board, we are due to arrive in Portsmouth early afternoon and once we have left the ship, we head home to Cumbria arriving home late evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Las Rocas Hotel

The Las Rocas Playa Hotel is located on the seafront in Castro Urdiales, near the beach and promenade. 

Las Rocas restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and offers a daily menu with all the flavors of Cantabrian cuisine, fish seafood etc. The hotel has a bar & coffee shop, lounge and reading room, terrace and garden area.

There are 66 bedrooms equipped with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, safety box, satellite TV and hospitality tray with coffee, tea, water and soft drinks.

There is free WiFi throughout the hotel.


Hotel Suave Mar

This resort in Esposende faces the Cávado River and is 200 yards from the Atlantic Ocean. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym. 

The rooms at the Hotel Suave Mar are furnished with modern amenities. They all include a spacious seating area with armchair and a private bathroom with shampoos and soaps, hairdryer, flat screen TV with cable & satellite TV, safety box, individually controlled air conditioning and heating and balcony. There is an accessible/disabled room available, lifts and free WiFi.

Guests can enjoy international and authentic local cuisine in elegant surroundings at the Varandas do Cávado Restaurant, overlooking the Cavado River. The pool bar serves a selection of hot & cold drinks and snacks and inside there is the comfortable piano bar & lounge. 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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