|Region:||Porto and the Douro Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Exclusive|
|Guide Price:||From £1763 to £2813 per person|
|Number of Meals:||3 breakfasts and 2 lunches|
|Number of Winery Visits:||5 wineries|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 20 wines/Ports|
|Tour Transport:||Private transfers to and from the Hotel on arrival and departure day, luxury chauffeured vehicle for 1 full day and private boat for one day|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
The Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is often considered as one of Europe’s most breath-takingly beautiful wine regions, and our four day/three night Exclusive Douro wine tour should be on your bucket list! The sumptuous Six Senses Hotel, a beautifully renovated 19th Century house, provides the idyllic base for this ultimate sojourn in the Douro, from where you will experience both the Ports and the wines for which the region is so well known.
For those arriving in Porto by plane or train, we will arrange for a driver to pick you up and whisk you away to the Six Senses Spa Hotel, a seventy five minute scenic drive away. After checking in to your Quinta Deluxe room, with either woodland or vineyard views, the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy all the hotel has to offer.
The fabulous spa offers an enormous range of possibilities, from the ten treatment rooms, to the indoor pool, gym and yoga and pilates pavilion. You may wish to explore the countryside by mountain bike or kayak or take part in one of the innovative programmes offered throughout the year. The Hotel library offers you the chance to gen up on the fabulous wines before enjoying a tasting in the evening perhaps.
After breakfast on day two, you will be met at the hotel by a luxury chauffeured vehicle (Mercedes E class/Viano or equivalent), which will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. Your first stop will be at Quinta da Pacheca, a gem of an Estate and one of the first to bottle wine under its own label. Here, you will enjoy a private, guided tour of the Quinta (winery) including the vineyards and wine cellar, before tasting two DOC wines and two Port wines, paired with homemade jam and cheese. After your first initiation into the delights of the Douro wines, your driver will take you further into the valley to one of the most beautiful locations, with far reaching views over the Douro river, where you will enjoy a tour and an extensive tasting in a panoramic room, of three Grande Reserve wines, including a wine awarded more than 93 points on the Robert Parker scale, as well as a Vintage Port. Time then to relax on the terrace, and indulge in a lunch of regional dishes, paired with four of the Quinta’s excellent wines.
If you do manage to tear yourself away from such a relaxing lunchtime, you will not be disappointed! Your driver awaits, to take you to your next stop – a Quinta with an outstanding reputation for excellence, where a particular slope is much coveted by the Port producers of the region, after which this Quinta is named. Here, you will be free to wander through the beautiful vineyards and see the “lagares” (traditional granite tanks) at your leisure before enjoying a tasting of the Quinta’s five wines, including a Vintage Port. At the end of the visit, your driver will take you back to the Six Senses, where the evening is free for you to relax in your luxurious surroundings.
On day three, after a leisurely breakfast, your driver will take you to a nearby town. We hope you have your deck shoes with you, as today is all about being on the River Douro, with of course, many stops for tastings at hidden away Quintas. After thirty minutes cruising on your private boat, seeing the Valley from an entirely different perspective, admiring the steep terraced slopes, you will arrive in style for your first tour and tasting at a well lauded Quinta, which has been in the hands of the same family for more than a century, producing wine, Port and olive oil. Here you will enjoy a very informative tour, taking in the cellars and the vineyards. The tour will culminate in a commented tasting of five emblematic wines.
Time then, to rejoin your boat, and your Captain will set sail up Valley, whilst you sit back and take in the stunning views. A leisurely lunch will then be served on board, provided by a Michelin-starred Chef, consisting of local specialities, with further wines to enjoy. After this peaceful and unique moment, your boat will set off again to take you to the last visit of the day. Known in Portuguese as the “well placed valley”, at this property, just ten minutes on foot from the marina, you will visit the small museum, which holds fascinating documents and photographs of times gone by. Then see the magnificent lodge, where the Port barrels rest before being taken downriver to Vila Nova de Gaia for further maturing. A choice of short vineyard walks is then offered, during which you will be able to learn about the terroir whilst gazing out at the magnificent scenery. A tasting of the Quinta’s famous wines will then take place.
At the end of this visit, and after such a fabulous day, your car will be waiting for you, to take you back to the Six Senses, where you have all you need to further relax and unwind after such an arduous day and perhaps enjoy a dinner on your final evening at this unique resort.
Day One of your Douro wine tour
Day Two of your Douro wine tour
Day Three of your Douro Wine Tour
Final Day of your Douro wine tour
BRING FRIENDS AND SPEND LESS!
A £600 per person discount applies for groups of four or more people travelling together.
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.
Travel to Portugal has not been included as part of the package. Please contact us to discuss the various options.
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 email@example.com to request a booking form.
Firstly may I say that we had an utterly fantastic time and that the organisation and suggestions from the team at Grape Escapes was first rate, couldn’t fault it. So thank you. It ranks as one of our best ever breaks and much of that is down to the advice that we received from yourselves and the planning etc. The weather even played it’s part by being glorious all the time, what a bonus.
Richard- Essex, UK
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