On this luxury wine and food tour, designed by Portugal by Wine, we invite you to discover the Douro Wine Region.
The program of 5 days and 4 nights, includes a visit to 10 of the most prestigious Douro wineries and Port Wine cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia, where you will taste the best wines, cuisine and enjoy unforgettable wine tourism experiences.
The program starts with the pick-up at Sá Carneiro Airport, in hotels, or in the city center of Porto. You will be accompanied by a chauffeur specialized in wine tourism and the entire trip will be in a premium vehicle.
After the pick-up, the trip towards the Douro Valley will be full of stunning landscapes, where you will appreciate the particular natural beauty of this route so recognized throughout the world.
In the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, activities will begin at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the oldest, emblematic, and known of the Douro region, located in Lamego. You will visit the vineyards, the mills, the wine cellar, and the shop, where you can purchase the wines and some gourmet products. Enjoy a true combination of traditional Douro flavors, in wine and sensory experience, which will begin with a traditional cooking workshop, where you will make, with the help of Chef a typical Douro meal. You will also enjoy a tasting of 2 Douro wines and 2 Port wines from Quinta da Pacheca.
After lunch you will have free time to stroll and visit the city of Peso da Régua, considered the capital of the Douro Wine Region. Is a magnificent place, rich in Historical Heritage and owner of a masterful landscape.
In the late afternoon, you will visit Quinta do Vallado, built in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous wine estates in the Douro Valley. The new cellar and the barrel room, whose construction began in 2008, and with completion at the end of 2009, combines the most advanced technology with a high-quality architecture. The winery tour will take you to know all the stages of transformation through which the grapes pass, from the vineyard to the bottle. The visit also includes a passage through the stunning barrel room, where the best wines age. In the end, you will taste a selection of wines from Quinta do Vallado.
After the visit to Quinta do Vallado, it will be time to check in at the hotel. You can choose a 5* or 4* hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel's restaurant.
As a 5* option you will have the Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa *****, a hotel that will provide you with a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, surrounded by the ancient vineyards of the Douro region, classified as World Heritage Sites. Modern and elegant, it allows each guest a close relationship with nature, mirrored in the serene waters of the Douro River. Here you will enjoy a unique stay in a hotel where all rooms have panoramic river views and offer you the comfort you need and the excellence you need.
Alternatively, you can choose the Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa ****, which will present you with a refined and welcoming atmosphere, also surrounded by the ancient vineyards of the Douro region. You can stay in one of the 60 rooms, contemporary and directed to the river, offer you the comfort you need and the excellence you need, providing you with a memorable stay. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Eça Restaurant and enjoy the typical local cuisine.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel with the best regional products, our guide will pick you up and drive you on the 2nd day of this tour.
Activities will begin at Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, a place of extreme beauty, in the heart of the Douro, municipality of Sabrosa, Vila Real, owned by the Amorim family since 1999. It has been considered one of the 9 most beautiful Wine Estates to visit by American Airlines. You will visit the winery, built in 1764, the Wine Museum Centre, the barrel room, and the underground wine cellar, where the best lots selected by the family age. After the visit, you will enjoy lunch in the winery restaurant, composed of a 3 Moments menu, paired with Quinta Nova wines, selected by the Winemaker.
After lunch, it will be time to visit Quinta do Seixo, located in Cima-Corgo, in the heart of the Douro Demarcated. It is an old wine estate, from the 19th century. The breathtaking views are a magnificent landscape, shaped by the man on terraces and schist terraces, in surprising contrast to the brightness of the Douro River and the view of the picturesque village of Pinhão. You will enjoy a tour in the winery, cellar, and robotic wine presses, where you will know the wine production cycle and, enjoy a tasting of 3 wines, representing the three styles of Port Wine – White, Ruby, and Tawny.
In the late afternoon, you will have free time to stroll in the village of Armamar. Situated south of the Douro valley on a steep slope, has at its feet the waterfall of Misarela, a viewpoint from which you can see the landscape scenery of the Douro. The historical heritage stands out: the mother church, invocation to São Miguel, patron of the parish, classified as a national monument. There are also some chapels, such as the Holy Spirit and Santa Barbara's many properties attached to emblazoned houses; the alleys of the place of Outeiro with reminiscences of the medieval period; and the Cascade of Misarela with its viewpoint.
For dinner, our Chauffeur will suggest you some options, it is up to you to decide! However, the program recommends the DOC restaurant, a space where Chef Rui Paula, an inescapable reference of modern Portuguese cuisine, distinguished with a Michelin Star, with a modern and inventive look, makes the kitchen a historical laboratory based on several generations of culinary recipes. The wine list has more than 700 references and contains all the great wines that are produced in the Douro. After dinner, it will be time to return to the hotel.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel with the best regional products, our guide will pick you up after checking out and driving you through the 3rd day of this tour.
Activities will start with a Private Boat Ride on the Douro River, where you will enjoy the stunning and charming landscapes of the Douro Valley. The tour will begin at the Folgosa do Douro river pier in Armamar, where you will board a sailboat and set sail on a journey through the Douro towards Pinhão. A lunch with some regional snacks will be served on board, accompanied by wines from the region.
During the afternoon you will visit Quinta do Tedo, located in the heart of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, between the Douro and Tedo rivers, 5 minutes from Folgosa, Armamar. Surrounded by imposing landscapes composed of granite stones. It is one of the most remarkable and emblematic of the region, currently producing Port Wine, Douro DOC wines and olive oil, based on sustainable bio agriculture. You will get to know Quinta do Tedo on a guided tour of the winery, winemaking center, and historic cellars, which will end with a tasting of 3 Port Wines paired with homemade chocolates.
The dinner will be served at another emblematic Wine Estate, Quinta do Portal, located in Sabrosa, Vila Real. It is a Portuguese family and independent house, that embraced with all passion the concept of "Boutique Winery", dedicating itself to the production of DOC Douro Wines, Port wines of special categories and Moscatel. You will enjoy a traditional menu, composed of regional Douro dishes, and accompanied with Quinta do portal wines.
After dinner it will be time to go to the new hotel unit, which may be one of the following Wine Estates:
You can choose the Wine Hotel da Quinta da Pacheca, one of the best-known units of the 'charm tourism' of the Douro Valley. With the vineyard and wine as inspiration and environment, it is oriented towards gastronomic and wine tourism, combining the modern and avant-garde image with sobriety and elegance.
Or, alternatively, the hotel of Quinta de Ventozelo. Owned by Gran Cruz, Quinta de Ventozelo seeks to value the enormous potential of its property, not only for working on the richness and diversity of its wines, but also for betting on olive oil, wine tourism and nature tourism. Find out why Ventozelo is not just a hotel. It is, above all, a wine estate, accustomed to welcoming all those who arrive there with hospitality.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel with the best regional products, our guide will pick you up and drive you on the 4th day of this tour.
Activities will start at Quinta do Ventozelo. You will enjoy a tasting, which includes the tasting of 6 Ventozelo wines and you will have lunch at the restaurant, The Ventozelo Cantina, where you will taste a menu, chef's suggestion, of traditional Douro and Trás-Os-Montes products. On the terrace overlooking the winery and the Douro River, the delicacies will gain a new flavor.
After lunch it will be time to return to Porto.
You will visit Taylor's wine cellars, in the heart of the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia, and enjoy a guided tour that will take you to explore the basement that houses most of the company's large wooden Port Wine reserves, as well as its Vintage Port Wine cellars. After the visit, you will enjoy a tasting of 4 Port Wines accompanied by toasted almonds.
Dinner will be at the Restaurant DeCastro Gaia, integrated in the building of Espaço Porto Cruz, in the center of Cais de Gaia. Here is invoked the wine pairing with Portuguese delicacies and priority is given to regional products, with a touch of modernity. You will enjoy this gastronomic experience paired with Quinta de Ventozelo wines.
After dinner, it will be time to check in at the hotel. Once again, the program offers two options for your accommodation.
You can choose to stay at The Yeatman ***** , a luxurious wine hotel with wonderful views of Porto City and the Douro River. A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux chain and its two Michelin-starred restaurant, The Yeatman is a distinctive and unique landmark in the world's luxury hotel scene. Situated in the historic area of the city, where are the oldest port wine cellars, the Yeatman is located on a beautiful hill, with stunning views of Porto and, in all its surrounding space, provides an extremely quiet and serene environment within the city. All rooms have panoramic city views and a private terrace facing the Douro River and exquisite décor reminiscent of the region and wine production traditions.
Alternatively, you can stay at Porto Royal Bridges Hotel ****. The 4-star boutique transformed from an emblematic building from the '70s and one of the most elegant hotels in the city center of Porto, is the result of the creation of the Interior Designer Nini Andrade e Silva, recognized and internationally awarded for her admirable works. Nini Andrade Silva is one of the most prestigious interior designers in the world.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel our guide will pick you up and drive you on the 5th day of this tour, which will consist of visits and tastings in Port Wine Cellars.
Activities will begin at Caves Poças. You will take part in a journey through the world of Douro DOC wines and Port Poças Wines. The activity will begin with a guided tour where you will know the history of Poças, a century-old and family company, and all its evolution to the present day. It will end with a tasting of 2 Port Poças wine and 2 DOC Douro wines.
During lunchtime, in the central area of Vila Nova de Gaia, you will find several typical and luxury restaurants where you can have lunch, however, we leave you a suggestion, which stands out for its gastronomic quality and wine list. The restaurant Enoteca 17.56, owned by Real Companhia Velha, combines the best of contemporary, Mediterranean, and fusion gastronomy with the universe of Portuguese wines.
After lunch, it will be time to visit the famous Caves Ferreira. With more than 250 years of tradition of excellence, Caves Ferreira has one of the best Vintage Porto wine cellars, a reference in the sector, with wines since 1815. This magnificent wine cellar dates to the times of D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira who, in 1896, left a valuable "frasqueira" with thousands of bottles of the most consecrated crops. During the visit, you will discover Ferreira's long tradition in the production of Vintage Ports of excellent quality and taste these magnificent nectars.
To finish the program, the last visit of the day will be at the Caves Fonseca, one of the most illustrious of all the Port wine houses. From the legendary 1840, the first Vintage Port to be launched on the market, to the fantastic vintages declared in the last decade, the company has produced a series of acclaimed wines, even in the most adverse moments in history. On a guided tour, you will learn about the history, traditions, and culture of Fonseca, dedicated to the production of all styles of the best Port wines. At the end of the visit, you will enjoy a Port Wine tasting.
At the end of a day full of wine and gastronomic activities, our guide will take you to the drop-off place, in the city center of Porto, hotels or at Sá Carneiro Airport.
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- 2 Nights of accommodation, in a double room, at Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa 5* or at Douro Palace 4*, 1 night at Quinta da Pacheca 4* or at Quinta do Ventozelo, and 1 night at The Yeatman 5* or at Porto Royal Bridges Hotel 4*;
- Visits with wine tastings in 6 Douro wineries and in 4 Vila Nova de Gaia wine cellars;
- Cooking class at Quinta da Pacheca;
- 4 Meals with wine pairing at wineries, 1 at the hotel, 1 at a traditional restaurant and another one served on board during the private boat trip;
- Private boat trip in Douro river;
- Free time to visit Peso da Régua and Armamar;
- Transfer with specialized Chauffeur on a premium vehicle;
- Pick-up and drop-off at Porto city center.