|Region:||Porto and the Douro Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £836 to £907 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|
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
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