|Porto and the Douro Valley
|Type of Tour:
|From £1150 to £1550 per person
|Number of Meals:
|4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 1 food tour
|Number of Winery Visits:
|6 wineries/port lodges
|Number of Wines Tasted:
|On foot in Porto, train to Pinhão , transfer from train station to Quinta de La Rosa and transfer back to Porto on departure day.
|Dates / Availability:
|Available midweek and weekends throughout the year
Elected Best European Destination 2017, and Leading city-break destination in 2023 by the World Travel Awards, Porto is a captivating blend of old-world charm and modern energy. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its beauty is in the mix of historic architecture, contemporary structures and, of course, Port wine! The city’s unmatched beauty is a magnet for visitors from all around the world. Wander through Porto’s streets to discover colourful houses, bustling cafes, and authentic restaurants serving delightful Portuguese cuisine. Each corner of the city invites you to experience its rich culture and delicious flavours, making every moment in Porto truly special.
This five day break will introduce you to the wines of both Porto and the Douro, staying in both regions. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. The evening is yours to uncover the wonders of this remarkable city. Should you arrive early, we’d love to suggest some exciting activities to make the most of your time in Porto. You might indulge in a delightful wine tasting, embark on a captivating 50-minute journey along the Douro River on a traditional rabelo boat or allow us to recommend some of our preferred restaurants.
On day two, making your way independently between each destination, Porto has excellent transportation links, including a highly efficient metro system that allows easy and convenient travel throughout the city you will visit two renowned port wine lodges. The famous Sandeman Port wine lodge boasts a magnificent view of Porto. Here, your English-speaking guide will accompany you through the lodges full of casks of ageing Porto wine and your visit will conclude with a tutored tasting of four ports. You will also enjoy a guided tour and tastings at the renowned Grahams Port wine lodge. Following your visit, you will enjoy a tasting session in style in the lodge’s Vintage Room.
You’ll then make your way independently to the next Port house (the staff at the wine house would be more than happy to assist you in booking a taxi). This particular house stands as a testament to heritage, being one of the rare establishments still owned by a Portuguese family from its founding days. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting of the house’s Ports alongside a selection of Douro wines from one of the family’s estates in the Douro Valley as well as some local delicacies.
Returning to Porto, indulge in an unforgettable food tour. This culinary adventure is more than just a tour; it’s an invitation to savour the heart and soul of Portuguese gastronomy. Wander through the city’s bustling streets, discovering the most authentic tascas, traditional eateries cherished by locals. Experience the genuine flavours and culinary marvels that define Porto’s culinary legacy. This experience promises an intimate encounter with the essence of Porto’s rich food culture, ensuring your taste buds are treated to an unforgettable journey!
For the two night stay in the Douro, take the train from Porto São Bento station to Pinhão station. We invite you to take a moment to admire the beauty of this station and appreciate the story telling tiles (azulejos), narrating important chapters of the Portuguese history. 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 tasting room (weather permitting). In the evening, a delicious three course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s restaurant.
After breakfast on day four, you will make your way on foot to your first visit ( the hotel would be delighted in assisting you booking a taxi for this journey if you’d 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. The wineries are located less than 10 minutes apart. At the end of the afternoon make your back to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening at the hotel. We would be thrilled to recommend you some of our favourite restaurants in the area.
(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.
We received very good service at the hotel. The staff were polite and helped us with our requests.
Brad- Washington, USA
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
If you would like to make your Porto and Douro wine tour 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 Portugal! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Given the wide range of travel options, our standard package prices do not include travel. Please see our Porto travel page for detailed information.
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To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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