Exclusive Porto

Port and Douro DOC wine tasting in Porto

Porto tour Dom Luis Bridge

At a glance

Region:Porto and the Douro Valley
Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £1790 to £3990 per person
Number of Meals:1 dinner + 1 lunch (3 Days)
1 dinner + 2 lunches +1 food tour (4 Days)
1 dinner + 3 lunches + 1 food tour (5 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:3 wineries (3 Days)
7 wineries (4 Days)
9 wineries (5 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 17 (3 Days)
Approximately 27 (4 Days)
Approximately 35 (5 Days)
Tour Transport:Visits on Foot, return transfer to Porto for Private food Tour (3 Days)
Visits on foot, return transfers to Porto for Food tour and wine bar (4 Days)
Visits on foot, return transfers to Porto for Food tour and wine bar, return transfers to Douro , private day cruise in the Douro (5 Days)
Dates / Availability:This three, four or five day break is available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.

Trip Summary

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. Our Exclusive Porto break is designed to offer the most luxurious experience in the region including premium tastings and a sumptuous 5* setting.

Upon arrival in Porto, check into your preferred room grade at the 5* Yeatman Hotel. In the evening, a gastronomic dinner paired with wines will be served in the hotel’s double Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant has stunning views over the River Douro and over Porto’s historic centre.

 

Panorama---Credits-The-Yeatman

After breakfast on day two, take a five minute walk to Taylor’s Port Lodge. Founded in 1692, Taylor’s was one of the first British Port Houses to be created. Here, you will be taken on a private guided tour of the cellars. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy an extensive tasting of nine Ports, including a single harvest and four tawnies. Roasted almonds, bread and olive oil will be served to complement your tasting After such an enlightening experience, your private guide will take you to your preferred Port House. Guests are free to choose their favourite Port Lodge for a tour and tastings. There are several options in Vila Nova de Gaia subject to your preference and availabilities, including Grahams, Croft and Sandeman. We would be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly.

Port House
Porto tour

You will then be taken to a family-owned Port House. 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 private tour and tasting of the winemakers favourite Douro DOC wines and Ports. At the end of your visit, your driver will take you to Porto, where you will indulge in an unforgettable food tour on a private basis. 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! After such a delightful experience, your driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.

Porto tour
Taylors Porto

If you opt for the four-day break, your morning begins with a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, followed by a chance to unwind and enjoy the hotels facilities, if desired. Your driver will then return to take you to Graham’s Port House Lodge. A delicious five course lunch will then be served in Graham’s Vinum restaurant. The restaurant has a lovely terrace with spectacular views across Porto and the Douro. After lunch, you will be taken on a private tour of the Port House. Your visit will conclude with a tasting session of three tawnies in Graham’s tasting room.

After an enriching tour and a delightful lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore independently. You will then be taken to Porto where you’ll savour a delightful wine tasting experience at a quaint wine bar in the heart of Porto. Your tasting will include a selection of Portugal’s finest wines, offering a flavourful journey beyond Port wine and the Douro Valley, alongside a variety of local cheeses, charcuterie, and other Portuguese delicacies. At the end of the visit you will be taken back to your hotel.

Porto tour
Porto tour rabelo boat

During your leisure time, we highly recommend exploring the WOW – Cultural District, a mere 5-minute walk from your hotel. This district is a paradise for wine enthusiasts, featuring fantastic wine bars, cellars, and stunning tasting rooms. You’ll also find captivating museums that showcase Porto’s winemaking history and craftsmanship. These museums offer an engaging and educational experience, offering insights into Portugal’s remarkable culture. You’ll also find excellent restaurants throughout the district. The relaxed ambiance, diverse wine selection, cultural richness, and gastronomic options at WOW  make it an ideal destination to fully immerse yourself in Portugal’s winemaking heritage and culinary delights, all conveniently situated near our hotel.

Wow cultural district- Porto wine tour- credits WOW
Porto tour sao bento station

For those seeking to explore the wonders of the Douro Valley, we suggest a five day break. You will be taken on an amazing eight-hour private cruise along the stunning Douro river. The Douro region is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site, a well-deserved recognition of its traditions and its exceptional wine producing heritage. You’ll depart from Folgosa Pier and will have the opportunity to admire a breath-taking landscape and the unique steep terraces covered in vines. We have included return private transfers between the hotel and the boat which will be waiting for you in the Douro Valley. You will stop at two different Quintas on the way. Both Quintas will offer different experiences and you will be able to visit the estates and enjoy tastings of their wines. A traditional lunch will be served at one of the estates. Please note that you will be picked up at the hotel at approximately 8am and will be dropped back at approximately 8.30pm.

Grape treading- credits Douro Wine Tourism
Douro Valley tour

Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Porto, check into your preferred room grade at the 5* Yeatman Hotel.
  • The remainder of the day will be free for you to do as you please.
  • In the evening, a nine course tasting menu paired with wines will be served in the hotel’s double Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, make your way to Taylor’s Port House. The Port lodge is a five minute walk from your hotel.
  • Here, enjoy a private guided tour of the cellars followed by an extensive tasting of nine Ports as well as some nibbles.
  • After the visit, your private driver will take you to your preferred Port House in Vila Nova de Gaia for a tour and tastings.
  • You will then visit a family-owned Port House. One of the few Port Houses still owned by a Portuguese family.
  • In the afternoon, your driver will take you to Porto where you’ll indulge in an unforgettable food tour on a private basis.
  • Your driver will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel.

Day Three (Optional)

  • After a leisurely breakfast and relaxed morning at the hotel’s spa you will be met at your hotel by a private chauffeured vehicle which will take you to Graham’s Port Lodge. Your tour will be followed by a tasting session of three tawnies A five course lunch with drinks will be served in Graham’s Vinum restaurant.
  • Your driver will then take you to Porto where you’ll have some free time to explore the city at your own pace and indulge in a tasting session of Portugal’s best wines alongside some local cheeses, charcuterie and other Portuguese delicacies.
  • You’ll be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Day Four (Optional)

  • You will be taken on an eight-hour private cruise and you will stop at two Douro wineries for tours and tastings of their Port wines. A lunch will be served at one of the estates.
  • You will be driven back to your hotel at the end of the day.
  • Please note that you will be picked up at the hotel at approximately 8am and will be dropped back at approximately 8.30pm.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(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
Port tour Port cellars

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). Considerable discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March), or if there are more than two of you travelling together. 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
The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de GaiaExecutive room5*3 Days£1790Book Now
The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de GaiaExecutive room5*4 Days£2780Book Now
The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de GaiaExecutive room5*5 Days£3990Book Now

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 or two 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.

Further Information

Travel to your Port tasting in Porto

Please contact us to request a more detailed information sheet about travelling to Porto.

There are direct flights from London Gatwick (Easyjet and TAP Portugal), London Stansted (Ryanair) and Liverpool (Ryanair) from the UK to Oporto airport. Grape Escapes is ATOL registered, number 10831 and we would be happy to book your flights at cost, however a booking fee of £25 per person applies.

The airport is situated around 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre and there are always taxis waiting at arrivals.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would prefer a private transfer and we would be delighted to arrange this for you.

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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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Porto wine tour - credits Grahams

Just a note to let you know how pleased I/we all were with our wine tour in Porto. Our guide could not have been nicer, our vehicle was great; the wine tours were wonderful as was the lunch and the private river tour.

Susan- USA

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