Essential Douro

Amazing Douro Valley wine tours at a working winery

Douro Valley Wine Tours

At a glance

Region: Porto
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3 Days
Guide Price: £485 to £563 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

Trip Summary

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.

Douro Valley Wine Tours
Douro Valley Wine Tours

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.

Douro Valley Wine Tours

Region Map

Outline Itinerary

Day One of your Douro Valley wine tour

  • For those arriving in the Douro Valley by train, a transfer will be arranged for you from Ferrão station.
  • Check into your preferred room grade at the Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House.
  • After settling in, you will be taken on a full tour of the estate’s winery, concluding with tastings of a white and two red wines.
  • In the evening, a four course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

Day Two of your Douro Valley wine tour

  • After breakfast, you will be taken to Ferrão station. From here, travel by train to Pinhão. The journey time is less than ten minutes and tickets can be purchased directly at the station for less than 2 Euros per person.
  • In Pinhão, we will arrange tours and tastings and two premium wineries, and a picnic lunch will be served at one of the estates.
  • You will also have some free time to explore the quaint riverside town centre independently.
  • Take the train back to Ferrão at the end of the afternoon.

Final Day of your Douro Valley Wine Tour

  • After a leisurely breakfast and check out, you will be taken back to Ferrão station to commence your onwards journey.

 

(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 Wine Tour
Douro Valley Wine Tours

Accommodation

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • 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 Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House Terrace Room N/A 3 Days £515 Book Now
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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 Valley Wine Tours

Further Information

Travel to our Douro Valley wine tours

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.

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 £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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Douro Valley Wine Tours

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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