|Region:||Porto and the Douro Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £500 to £580 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 Ferrão and Pinhão|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
The Douro Valley is often considered as one of Europe’s most breath-takingly beautiful wine regions, and our three day/two night Essential Break provides the perfect introduction. Based at the award-winning Quinta Nova wine resort, guests will enjoy wine and port tasting on-site as well as in the famous riverside town of Pinhåo.
For those arriving in the Douro Valley by train, we will arrange for a driver to pick you up from Ferrão 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 (one white and two reds) in the panoramic tasting room. In the evening, a delicious four course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.
After breakfast on day two, you will be taken to Ferråo station and from here, take a short, scenic journey along the river to the world-renowned port-making town of Pinhåo. Train tickets cost less than 2 Euros per person and can be purchased at the station on the day. In Pinhåo, 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 with 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 15 minutes from the centre of Pinhão on foot. Take the train back at the end of the afternoon, in time for a relaxing final evening at Quinta Nova.
Day One of your Douro Valley wine tour
Day Two of your Douro Valley wine tour
Final Day of your Douro Valley Wine Tour
(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.
The closest airport to the Douro Valley is Oporto, and there are direct flight from Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester. 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 drive to Ferrão is 1 ¾ hours from Oporto airport and feel free to use our competitive car hire search enine for vehicle prices. An executive private transfer from Oporto airport or train station can be arranged for you by Grape Escapes. Please contact us for prices.
There are around three direct trains from the centre of Porto to Ferråo, and the journey time is just over two hours. The timetable can be consulted here, and tickets cost approximately 10 Euros per person per way. Unfortunately, train tickets cannot be pre-booked and must be purchased directly at the station on the day. Included as part of the Essential Douro package price are return transfers from Ferråo station to Quinta Nova.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
To secure your booking, a £100 per person 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 email@example.com to request a booking form.
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