Essential Douro

Amazing Douro Valley wine tours at a working winery

Essential Douro

At a glance

Region:Porto and the Douro Valley
Type of Tour:
Duration:3 Days
Guide Price:From £750 to £1050 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner.
Number of Winery Visits:3 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 16 wines/ports
Tour Transport:Visits on foot in Pinhão. Train journey to Pinhão on arrival day. Private transfer back to Porto on departure day.
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

The Douro Valley is often considered as one of Europe’s most breathtakingly beautiful wine regions, and our three day/two night Essential Break provides the perfect introduction. Based at the charming Quinta de La Rosa, guests will enjoy wine and port tasting on-site as well as in the famous riverside town of Pinhão.

For those arriving in the Douro Valley by train, we will arrange for a driver to pick you up from Pinhão station and after checking in at the hotel, you will be taken on an introductory tour of the on-site winery, concluding with tastings of three of the estate’s wines. In the evening, a delicious three course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

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Douro wine tour

After breakfast on day two, you will make your way on foot to your first visit (the hotel would be delighted to arrange a taxi for you at your convenience, should you prefer). We will arrange for you to visit two premium wineries, who produce both DOC Douro wines and ports. At each estate, enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the wine-making facilities and cellars, and each tour will conclude with extensive tastings. At one of the estates, a gourmet picnic lunch of meats, cheeses and local delicacies will be served alongside a bottle of wine and a glass of port in a stunning location overlooking the picturesque Douro Valley. At the end of the day return to the hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening at your own pace

Port Wine house
Douro wine tour

Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • For those arriving in the Douro Valley by train, a transfer will be arranged for you from Pinhão station.
  • Check into your preferred room grade at the Quinta de La Rosa.
  • After settling in, you will be taken on a full tour of the estate, concluding with a tasting of three wines.
  • In the evening, a three course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.
  • Overnight at Quinta de la Rosa

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will make your way on foot to your visits.
  • We will arrange tours and tastings at two premium wineries, and a picnic lunch will be served at one of the estates.
  • You will also have some free time to explore independently.
  • Enjoy a leisurely evening at your own pace.
  • Overnight at Quinta de la Rosa

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast and check out, you will be taken back to Porto.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available

Douro Valley tour


Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March). Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Quinta de La RosaSuperior room4*3 Days£750Book Now
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Douro valley tour

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
Douro wine tour
Douro Valley

Further Information

Travel to our Douro Valley wine tours

Travel to the Douro Valley has not been included as part of the package. Please see our travel page for further information.

About Essential Breaks

For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a 20% deposit  is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail to request a booking form.

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I wanted to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you for all your attention to detail, advice and recommendations. Working with you on this amazing trip has been enjoyable and inspiring. I have felt in very good hands and appreciate your consistent, kind approach to my constant queries and requests. I hope I have not been too demanding.

Dianne - Forbes, Australia

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