|Region:||Porto and the Douro Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £375 to £831 per person|
|Number of Meals:||3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Wineries/ Port Lodges|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 14|
|Tour Transport:||On foot in Porto and transfers in Nine|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that day three of the itinerary is not possible on Saturdays and Sundays.|
This three night break will introduce you to the wines of both Porto and Vinho Verde. 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 four ports; a White, a Ruby Reserve, an LBV and a ten year old Tawny. 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.
On day three, take a short train ride from Porto São Bento station to Nine for the day. We will provide you with a timetable and tickets can be purchased directly at the station for around two Euros per person. Here, you will be transferred to Quinta de Santa Maria. This quinta was first founded in 1884 in Porto and was originally dedicated to the tobacco commerce, lotteries and exchanges before becoming a wine estate. The founders’ great grandson now owns the wine farm and together with neighbouring estate, Quinta de Tamariz, their 35 hectares of Loureiro, Arinto and Alvarinho vineyards produce sparkling Vinho Verde, white, a small amount of red Vinho Verde, brandy that is aged in barrels and Vinho Verde vinegar.
Portugese cuisine is truly delicious and you will sample many of the region’s delicacies on your trip. After a guided tour of the estate in Vinho Verde, a three course lunch will be served. As well as tasting delicious regional cuisine, you will also have the opportunity to taste three wines and a brandy. The culinary highlight however, will be the gourmet dinner at the fantastic DOP restaurant. The restaurant is headed by celebrated chef Rui Paula and is situated in a beautiful, historical building. Portuguese cuisine is truly delicious and you will sample many of the region’s delicacies on your trip. Your gastronomic Portuguese dinner will be accompanied by Douro white wine, Dão red wine, Port Wine, water and coffee.
*Please note that the river cruise is subject to minimum numbers and navigating conditions on the river determined by the cruise company. If the cruise is cancelled under any of these circumstances, you will be refunded £7 per person.
(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.
|Hotel Name||Room Grade||Star Rating||Duration||Price Per Person|
|Grande Hotel do Porto - Porto||Standard||3*||4 Days||£416||Book Now|
|Carrís Porto Ribeira - Porto||Standard||4*||4 Days||£488||Book Now|
|Teatro Hotel - Porto||Standard||4*||4 Days||£488||Book Now|
|Hotel Infante de Sagres - Porto||Superior||5*||4 Days||£632||Book Now|
|The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de Gaia||Superior||5*||4 Days||£831||Book Now|
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of 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 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 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.
Return private airport transfers can be arranged for you. 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.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
Thank you for organising our recent tour of Porto. We had an absolutely amazing trip and our 4 day extended weekend seemed to last much longer - the sign of a great holiday.
David K - Surrey UK
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