|Region:||Porto and the Douro Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Exclusive|
|Guide Price:||from £1235 to £2590 per person|
|Number of Meals:||1 dinner + 1 lunch (3 Days)|
1 dinner + 2 lunches (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 wineries (3 Days)|
5 wineries (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 17 (3 Days)|
Approximately 23 (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||Visits on foot (3 Days)|
Visits on foot, + return transfers to the Douro Valley for the cruise (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||The three day break is available mid-week and weekends throughout the year and the four day break is available mid-week and weekends between April and October.|
Elected Best European Destination 2017, Porto is a true gem located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal. Porto is the country’s second largest city after Lisbon and has so much to offer. With its charming historic centre, a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, its vibrant cultural scene, its traditional cuisine and its famous Port wines, Porto is a “must” visit during any trip to Europe.
Our Exclusive Porto break is designed to offer the most luxurious experience in the region including premium tastings and a sumptuous 5* setting.
Upon arrival in Porto, check into your preferred room grade at the 5* Yeatman Hotel. In the evening, a nine course tasting dinner paired with wine will be served in the hotel’s double Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant has stunning views over the River Douro and over Porto’s historic centre.
After breakfast on day two, take a five minute walk to Taylor’s Port Lodge. Founded in 1692, Taylor’s was one of the first British Port Houses to be created. Here, you will be taken on a private guided tour of the cellars. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy an extensive tasting of five Ports, including a single harvest and four tawnies. Roasted almonds, bread and olive oil will be served to complement your tasting.
After such an enlightening morning, walk to Graham’s Port Lodge. The estate is located 30 minutes from Taylor’s. Taylor’s reception team will be delighted to book you a taxi on the day if you do not feel like walking on the day.
A delicious five course lunch with wine, water and coffee will be served in Graham’s Vinum restaurant. The restaurant has a lovely terrace with spectacular views across Porto and the Douro. After lunch, you will be taken on a tour of the Port House. Your visit will conclude with a tasting session of three tawnies in Graham’s tasting room.
In the afternoon, guests are free to choose their favourite Port Lodge for a third tour and tastings. There are several options in Vila Nova de Gaia subject to your preference and availabilities, including Croft and Sandeman. We would be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly. Please note that a number of the prestigious Port Houses are located in the Douro Valley and it would not be logistically possible to visit them in an afternoon, given the distance from Porto to the Douro Valley. However we would of course be pleased to put together a tailor-made itinerary in order to include these if required.
The evening will be free for you to do as you please. We would be delighted to reserve you a table for dinner if required.
If you opt for the four day break, you will be taken on an amazing eight hour private cruise along the stunning Douro river. The Douro region has recently been classified UNESCO World Heritage site, a well-deserved recognition of its traditions and its exceptional wine producing heritage. You will have the opportunity to admire a breath-taking landscape and the unique steep terraces covered in vines. We have included return private transfers between the hotel and the boat which will be waiting for you in the Douro Valley. You will stop at two different Quintas on the way. Both Quintas will offer different experiences and you will be able to visit the estates and enjoy tastings of their wines. A traditional lunch will be served at one of the estates. Please note that you will be picked up at the hotel at approximately 8am and will be dropped back at approximately 8.30pm
Day Three (Optional)
(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.
The Yeatman was fantastic! Very plush, a real top flight hotel, but with such a delightful and relaxed staff who were so eager to please and nothing was too much trouble. I could get quite used to luxury like that! The room was superb with a great view of the Douro and the old town - but then, all the rooms have the same great view. Breakfast was stunning and served in a delightful dining room with the same superb views. The pools - outdoor and indoor - were to die for - and we did share the outdoor one with seagulls!
Alistair- Daventry, UK
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.
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.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would prefer a private transfer and we would be delighted to arrange this for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
Just a note to let you know how pleased I/we all were with our wine tour in Porto. Our guide could not have been nicer, our vehicle was great; the wine tours were wonderful as was the lunch and the private river tour.