Jet2CityBreaks expands Discover More offerings to Porto with enchanting wine tours

Jet2CityBreaks, a provider of European city breaks in the UK, has announced the introduction of Discover More packages to the enchanting city of Porto, offering travellers immersive discovery-based experiences.

Jet2CityBreaks now allows customers and independent travel agents to book Discover More getaways to Porto for Summer 2024 and Summer 2025, featuring delightful Douro Valley wine tours.

The full-day wine tour includes visits to esteemed port wine producers, where holidaymakers can savour the flavours of three local wines. Following the wine tasting experience, guests will enjoy lunch at a Quinta port wine producer, paired with select wines. The tour also encompasses vineyard explorations and additional tastings at renowned wine producers, concluding with a serene Rabelo boat cruise in Pinhao.

In addition to the wine tour, travellers booking Discover More packages can immerse themselves in the charms of Porto, northern Portugal’s largest city. Porto offers a rich tapestry of history, delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and serene coastal escapes along Portugal’s Douro River. Visitors can delve into world-class museums and galleries, wander through picturesque streets, shop in local boutiques, or unwind along the scenic Foz do Douro promenade.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing even more good news for our Porto programme and expanding our Discover More packages to the popular city break destination. We are seeing more customers wanting to experience it all on their holidays, whether that is adventure, culture, history or sightseeing, so this expansion of our Discover More collection is in direct response to that demand.

‘We are confident that our Discover More packages to this superb city will be very popular, as people look to get more from their getaway while taking advantage of all the award-winning benefits of booking a Jet2CityBreaks package.’

The introduction of Discover More packages to Porto coincides with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks’ decision to advance the launch of Porto to Summer 2024 from Manchester Airport due to increased demand for flights and city breaks. Discover More packages to Porto are available for booking from Manchester Airport for Summer 2024 and Summer 2025, and from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2025.

Discover More is a curated collection of experience-based city breaks and holidays designed for adventure enthusiasts seeking historic landmarks, cultural immersion, or breathtaking scenery. Discover More packages to Porto include Jet2.com flights with 22kg hold luggage, 4 to 4+star accommodations, and ATOL protection, for a deposit of £60 per person.

Alongside Porto, the Discover More range currently features destinations such as Iceland, Bergen and the Fjords, Turkey, and Croatian cruises.

Jet2 fast-tracks introduction of Porto programme to meet surging demand

Following significant surge in demand for city breaks and flights, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks have decided to bring forward the launch of their holiday trips to Porto.

Originally scheduled for Summer 2025, the new Porto programme will now commence from Manchester Airport on July 4, 2024, offering holidaymakers and independent travel agents an earlier opportunity to explore the dynamic Portuguese city. The launch of flights and city breaks to Porto from Manchester Airport for Summer 24 means that Jet2 now has 59 destinations on sale from the airport this coming summer.

With operations running twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays until November 3, 2024, this accelerated programme allows travellers to immerse themselves in Porto’s rich history, culinary delights, and vibrant nightlife. Nestled along the picturesque Douro River, Porto’s unique blend of city life and coastal beauty caters to a diverse range of visitors, including couples, families, and groups of friends. From world-class museums to charming streets and beautiful beaches like Foz do Douro, Porto promises a multifaceted experience.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Since announcing the launch of the brand-new city destination of Porto, we have experienced phenomenal demand. We always listen to what our customers and independent travel agent partners are telling us so we have acted quickly to bring forward the launch of Porto by a whole year, meaning flights and city breaks to Porto are now available from Manchester Airport for Summer 24. As the largest operator of European city breaks this expands our programme are even further, and we know this news will be a huge hit with customers looking to travel to this superb city.’

Despite the early introduction of Porto from Manchester, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will continue operations from Birmingham and Manchester Airports, maintaining two weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) to Porto during Summer 2025.

Monarch Airlines announces new Porto service from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017

Monarch Airlines, an independent UK-based airline group, has announced the addition of Porto to their network for summer 2017 from Birmingham Airport.

The city of Porto will be the fourth Portuguese destination on the Monarch network, alongside Lisbon, which was introduced last summer, and Faro and Funchal in Madeira. The coastal city of Porto is renowned for its port wine and architecture.

The new flights to Porto from Birmingham will commence on April 28, 2017 and will operate three times a week on a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Tickets are available for booking from £32 one-way inclusive of taxes and charges. Flights and holidays to Porto are available to book at www.monarch.co.uk.

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development, comments: ‘We are delighted to be announcing Porto as our latest addition to the network from Birmingham Airport. This new route joins Stockholm as an exciting new destination for our customers to visit in summer 2017.

‘The announcement of flights to Porto from Birmingham follow on from a successful launch of the route from other bases back in September. It’s the ideal destination for those looking to book the perfect city break.’

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is excellent news to see Monarch introducing another popular destination to their choice of routes from Birmingham Airport.

‘Porto is a vibrant city with a fascinating history, interesting tourist attractions and great nightlife and so it will appeal to a wide range of our passengers and we are sure it will be a popular summer route.’

Monarch has recently expanded its summer programme for 2017 with the addition of Stockholm.

easyJet opens Porto base, announce three new UK routes

UK-based low fares airline easyJet has announced the opening of its new base at Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport Porto. Three new UK routes from Manchester, Bristol and London Luton Airports to the new Porto base are set to be launched this summer.

Flights from Bristol to Porto will start on April 19, and operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Fares start from £22.99 per person. Manchester flights to Porto will commence on May 24 with fares starting from £28.99 per person, while flights from London Luton to Porto will commence on April 26. Fares start from £42.99 per person.

Speaking at the official inaugural ceremony at the new Porto base, Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, said: ‘Portugal is a really important market for easyJet. We have been flying to and from Portugal for 18 years and today represents another important milestone in our history.’

‘We are really pleased to demonstrate our long-term commitment to Portugal with the opening of our second Portuguese base, following the launch of our Lisbon base in 2012.’

‘Establishing a base in Porto will create 80 new easyJet jobs, fully under Portuguese labour contracts, and support many more new jobs at the airport and in the surrounding region. As importantly it will enable easyJet to increase the region’s connectivity with the rest of Europe and to make travel easy and affordable for those who wish to fly to and from this wonderful city.’

Maria Luis Albuquerque, Portugal Minister of Finance, who also attended the ceremony, said: ‘The opening of an easyJet base in Porto is yet another sign that the Portuguese economy is steadily recovering and becoming an increasingly attractive destination for investment.

The establishment of new routes will certainly favour the tourism sector, but also facilitate business relations between Portugal and Europe, thus contributing to a deeper integration. Most importantly, this new base will lead to job creation, which is the ultimate goal of our country’s ongoing efforts.’

Porto is easyJet’s 25th base, and the airline is set to open its 26th base in Amsterdam on March 31. easyJet started its operations in Portugal in 1999 and flies to Faro, Funchal, Porto and Lisbon. Starting March 29, the airline will also launch a service connecting the capital with Ponta Delgada in Azores.