Essential Porto and Douro

Porto and Douro Wine Tour

At a glance

Region: Porto
Type of Tour:
Duration: 5 Days
Guide Price: from £766 to £895 per person
Number of Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Number of Winery Visits: 5 wineries/port lodges
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 22
Tour Transport: On foot in Porto and transfers in Ferrão
Dates / Availability: Available midweek and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

Your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

This five day break will introduce you to the wines of both Porto and the Douro, staying in both regions. Walking between each destination in the city of Porto, you will visit the famous Sandeman Port wine lodge, which boasts magnificent views. Here, your English-speaking guide will accompany you through the lodges full of casks of ageing Porto wine and your visit will conclude with a tutored tasting of ten, twenty, thirty and forty-year-old aged Tawny ports. You will also enjoy a guided tour and tastings at the renowned Grahams Port wine lodge. Following your visit, you will taste three Ports in the Vintage Room; Graham’s Six Grapes, Graham’s thirty-year-old Tawny and Graham’s 2000 Vintage port. Also included in the package is a 50-minute Douro river cruise in a Rabelo boat. Rabelo boats were historically used to transport Port wine barrels from the inner Douro region to Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine cellars are located.

Port wine tasting - Credits Douro Wine Tourism
Douro wine tour Rabelo

Portuguese cuisine is truly delicious, and you will sample many of the region’s delicacies on your trip. A traditional food and wine tasting lunch will be served in a true Portuguese setting. Whilst admiring the views of Porto from this convivial riverside bar/restaurant in Gaia, you will enjoy five courses, including a traditional grilled fish and bread dish, and a selection of artisan cheeses from the North of Portugal. The meal will be accompanied by two fabulous Douro wines and three different Ports, with water and coffee included.

For the two night stay in the Douro, take the train from Porto São Bento station to Ferrão station (Tickets can be purchased directly at the station for around 10 Euros per person). 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 Wine Tour - Credits Douro Wine Tourism
Douro wine tour restaurant - Credits Douro Wine Tourism

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.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • Upon arrival in Porto, check into your hotel in the city centre.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the city and relax.

Day Two of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel.
  • A short stroll to do a tour and tastings of four Ports at Sandeman Port wine lodge.
  • Visit Grahams Port wine lodge on foot for a tour and three tastings.
  • Enjoy a five-course lunch with two local wines and three Ports, just next to Graham’s Port Lodge
  • Keep by the riverside for a 50 minute river cruise in a traditional Rabelo boat.
Douro wine tour - Credits Feel Douro
Douro wine tour - Credits Douro Wine Tourism

Day Three of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, check out of your hotel
  • Travel by train from Porto to Ferråo The journey time is no more than two hours and ten minutes and tickets can be purchased directly at the station for approximately 10 Euros per person.
  • Check into your preferred room grade at the Quinta Nova Luxury Winery
  • 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.
Douro wine tour - credits Grahams
Douro Valley Wine Tours

 

Day Four of your Porto and Douro 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 Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel.
  • You will be taken back to Ferrão station in time for your return train to Porto and your onward 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.

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). Considerable 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.
  • A £50 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Carrís Porto Ribeira - Porto Carris 4* 5 Days £895 Book Now
Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House Double Terrace N/A 5 Days £895 Book Now
Douro wine tour - Credits Grapes Hospitality- The Fladgate Partnership

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Porto and Duoro wine tour 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 Portugal! 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.
  • Spend a night in Lisbon. Why not stay a little longer in Portugal and spend some time in Lisbon, the largest city in Portugal and a vibrant, cultural and gastronomical hub? We would be pleased to arrange your accommodation in the city.
  • Discover more Portuguese and Spanish wine regions. As well as trips to Porto and Douro, we also arrange holidays to Vinho Verde, Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Penedès, If you would like to extend your trip to take in more regions, just give us a call to discuss your requirements for a tailor-made trip or alternatively, please see grapeescapes.net for information about all of our wine tours.
Douro wine tour- Credits Feel Douro
Douro wine tour- Credits Feel Douro

Further Information

Travel

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. Alternatively, the metro will take you to the city centre in 30 minutes and costs around 1.50 Euros per person for a single ticket.

We can arrange private airport transfers for you if required. Please contact us for prices, which are dependent on the number of passengers.

About Essential Breaks

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). 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.

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