Route of the Almond Blossom12th Mar 2025

Route of the Almond Blossom

From:£2,395

Summary

This new tour travels through the Douro Valley taking in the stunning almond blossom vistas which are comparable with the more famous cherry blossoms in Japan - but a lot closer to home. Spend some time exploring the vibrant city of Porto with its UNESCO World Heritage Centre -  the Ribeira district is home to colourful houses, narrow cobbled streets and a surfeit of Portuguese charm. Departing from the city we enjoy a scenic train ride through the Douro Valley with its spectacular vistas and ranks of flowering almond trees. Our destination is Vila Nova de Foz Coa, whose almond trees bloom with delicate pink and white flowers, a magnificent sight to behold. We also visit some of the Douro Valley’s notable Manor Houses including Casa Mateus and Casa do Campo as well as some of the area’s fascinating gardens.  

Portugal

8 Days

Moderate

Deposit£350

Full Price£2595

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    What to Expect

    • Explore The Ribeira area, the historic centre of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Visit the Crystal Palace Gardens
    • Almond blossom in Vila Nova de Foz Côa
    • Visit to Casa de Mateus
    • Camelias Flavius nursery, home to more than 2300 varieties and strains of camellia

    Departure Routes

    LocationPickup TimeDropoff Time
    London Airport (TBC)00:0000:00
    Porto Airport00:0000:00

    ** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **

    Day by Day Itinerary

    We depart from London and upon arrival in Porto we enjoy a city tour (this includes some sightseeing by coach and a walking tour) exploring Porto, the capital of northern Portugal. The Ribeira area is the historic centre of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from where you can stroll through the city’s charming narrow streets, admire the architecture of the old churches and buildings and enjoy panoramic views over the Douro River. Known for its historic architecture, vibrant culture and Port wine production, it is the second largest city in the country and is located along the River Douro. The city is famous for its iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, which connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, where many of the Port wine cellars are located. We explore the city’s many landmarks, such as Porto Cathedral, the Clérigos Tower and the Lello Bookshop.

    To conclude we will visit the Crystal Palace Gardens which are one of the main attractions in the city. Located in the Palácio de Cristal Park, they are known for their beauty and variety of plants and flowers. The gardens were designed in the 19th century and have a romantic style, with beautiful flower beds, centuries-old trees, lakes with ducks and swans and winding paths that invite contemplation and strolling. In addition to the natural exuberance, the Crystal Palace Gardens have several sculptures and monuments, as well as a music pavilion where concerts, events and exhibitions are held throughout the year. From the top of the gardens, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the River Douro, the D. Luís Bridge and the city of Porto, making the place even more enchanting.

    Meals includedDinner

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