|Porto and the Douro Valley
|Type of Tour:
|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)
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day Three (Optional)
Day Four (Optional)
(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.
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.
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.
For more information on our Exclusive tours please see our Exclusive tours page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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.