49 Newtownards Road
028 9015 1030
ATOL No. 11029
In 1996, UNESCO declared the whole of the old city centre a World Heritage Site. Not much wonder, it’s stunning. Steep hills lead from the commercial part of the city down to the beautiful River Douro, on whose waters massive fortunes were made. Porto is Portugal’s second city but by no means does it play second fiddle to the Capital, Lisbon. Magnificent buildings, castles and cathedrals are a vivid reminder of the city’s former wealth. A safe harbour which opens onto the wild Atlantic Ocean meant that Porto became a major trading and military port, dating back to the Romans, who named it Portus Cale – possibly where the modern-day name “Portugal” derives. In the middle ages Porto was where John I of Portugal married Phillipa of Lancaster, thus symbolizing the long-standing alliance between Portugal and England.
That alliance proved to be especially fruitful when English wine-makers realised the potential of the slopes of the River Douro, where high summer temperatures combined with cold winters and mineral-rich soil to produce some of the world’s finest grapes. Douro wine was considered amongst the best in the world, and still is, although much of it is stored and used to produce Port, for which the area is world-renowned. More than 65 port-wine producers set up shop in Vila Gaia, that part of the city on the south bank of the river. Cool, dry caverns provided perfect conditions to produce these fine wines, made famous by such names as Cockburns, Fonseca, Taylors, Sandeman to name but a few.
It is our pleasure to invite you to join us on this lovely break. We will be staying in Porto’s finest five-star hotel, the Infante de Sagres. One of our regular customers, whose work has allowed him to stay in many fine hotels around the world, rated this as one of the best he’s ever been in! (We offer an option in an excellent nearby three-star hotel, too. The Da Bolsa is a fine, period hotel with modern facilities and in a super location. We used in in 2017 and it was excellent!). The hotel offers bed and breakfast and, if you wish, you can opt to dine there one evening, too. Three evening meals are included and we invite you to join us for an excellent lunch and tour at Taylors Port. We will take you on a train journey along the River Douro as far as Pinhao, allowing you to experience the beauty and tranquillity of this stunning landscape. Of course, we will take you on an orientation tour and show you where to find the markets, museums, shops and restaurants.
Flight Details (Provisional)
Mon 21Oct19 Ryanair Flight FR 7072
Dep. Dublin 3.30pm Arr. Porto 5.55pm
Thu 24Oct19 Ryanair Flight FR 7073
Dep. Porto 1.00pm Arr. Dublin 3.20pm
Hand luggage only. You can bring two bags, one of which must be less than 10kgs and measure less than 55 x 40 x 20cm and the other, which must fit under your seat and must be less than 40 x 25 x20cms.
Alternatively, if you wish, you can check your larger 10kg bag in, instead, making clearance through security faster and easier. Just let us know at the time of booking.
You may also add a 20kg bag for £70 per person return, if you wish. Again, just let us know.