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7 Days Do Douro al Duero Culture and Culinary Tour in Portugal and Spain

Marialva, Portugal; Salamanca, Spain

Culinary Tour in Portugal and Spain

Join Casas Do Coro as they take you on a journey through the Douro region from Portugal to Spain. Enjoy buffet breakfasts, guided tours and lots of free time to explore the numerous world renowned historical, cultural, and culinary delights that the region in both countries have to offer. This is a memorable experience that you will always remember!

Highlights

  • Welcome drink at each accommodation
  • A bottle of Hacienda Zorita wine to bring home
  • A bottle of Casas do Côro awarded wine to bring home
  • Guided tour in Marialva in Portugal and Salamanca in Spain
  • Free time to explore Douro region in two countries
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the accommodation
  • 6 nights accommodation

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2 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$328 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:30

You will be staying in Casas Do Coro in Marialva, Portugal, and Hacienda Zorita in Salamanca, Spain.

Casas Do Coro

The Casas do Côro are a group of houses whit architectural beirã, which were beautifully rebuilt, and whit the dedication of Paulo Romão and Cármen, the owners quickly became a reference for housing projects in Portugal. They are simply the ideal place for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of cities and want to enjoy what this magical place has to offer, excellent gastronomy and wines, with the odd host renowned hospitality Beirã and like the beauty of a region largely unknown and much peace!

Today, the spaces we offer you are the time you want to give your time, knowing that the olive trees still grow around the calm.

Casas do Côro is an invitation to the eyes of the dawn. Over the Iberian plateau, what other dreams could man have but to say of granite? Had returns, that's right

Program

Day 1

Check-in into Casas Do Coro and enjoy a welcome drink of Sparkling Rosé Encontro Bruto Touriga Nacional. This will be followed by a guided tour to the five cultural dimensions of the historic village of Marialva: religious, architectural , landscape, historical, and human. Please note that Casas do Côro can arrange early check-in for you on request.

Day 2

Enjoy a buffet breakfast. Today you are free to do anything explore or take rest.

Day 3

Enjoy a buffet breakfast. Today too, you are free to do anything explore or take rest.

Day 4

Enjoy a buffet breakfast. Check-out from Casas do Côro with departure gift - a bottle of Casas do Côro awarded wine. Travel to Spain and check-in your hotel, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa and have a welcome drink.

Day 5

Enjoy a buffet breakfast with a choice of “eggs a la carte” in the Refectorio. For the rest of the day, you are free to do anything explore or take rest.

Day 6

Enjoy a buffet breakfast with a choice of “eggs a la carte” in the Refectorio. For the rest of the day, you are free to do anything explore or take rest.

Day 7

Enjoy a buffet breakfast with a choice of “eggs a la carte” in the dining hall, followed by a late check-out with departure gift - a bottle of Hacienda Zorita wine. Head for a private guided tour to Salamanca to the old city of Salamanca, declared so in 1988 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The University of Salamanca, founded in 1218, is the second oldest in Spain. Its churches, the Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, are exponents of the history and cultural richness of the area not to mention the Convento de San Esteban or the Dominicans, La Plaza Mayor, the most beautiful Baroque square in Spain, invites you to take a break during the ride and enjoy one of the bars or terraces and enjoy the surroundings.

Included excursions

  • Guided tour in Marialva, Portugal
  • Guided tour in Salamanca, Spain

Location

This tour takes place in the Douro region in Marialva, Portugal and Salamanca, Spain.

Food

Each day, a buffet-style breakfast would be provided. In Hacienda Zorita, along with buffet breakfast, your meal will be accompanied with a choice of “eggs a la carte”.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Douro, Portugal

Discover the most spectacular track of Douro superior between Pocinho and Régua (two-way train journey) along the river Douro, passing by some of the most charismatic wine-producing estates. Take the chance and visit the Douro museum in Régua. Relax in the eco-friendly concept spa and enjoy the sauna, pool and Turkish bath with a superb panoramic view over the involving green landscape.

Make a time travel and visit the Côa museum to learn how common ancestors lived, through a show of light, image and technology! Explore with the guides of Côa valley archaeological park the greatest collection of open-air palaeolithic representations known to man. Have a picnic at thismagical spot. To complete this totally unexpected and and amazing experience, enjoy a fantastic bike ride with two electrical bikes!

Enjoy dinners at Casas do Côro accompanied by Carmen's cuisine and Paulo's wines in a magical cozy ambiance full of romance. You will have the opportunity to taste many flavors and aromas, always combined with a demanding wine selection. It will certainly be a challenge for the senses!

Douro, Spain

Go for a wine tasting at the Bodega de Crianza. Get an introduction to the history and legends of Hacienda Zorita. In the winery, which has 1366 oak barrels, you can experience wine tasting exclusively from the vineyards (Susar, Magister, Syrah, Verdejo, and Hacienda Abascal)

Join a gourmet brunch tour in a four-by-four with a gourmet picnic in “Parque Natural Arribas do Douro”.

Take a spa, a 50-minute relaxing body massage in the old mill converted into wine spa. Visit Hacienda Zorita's organic farm Jaime Gade Boville Vinuesa. President of slow food Douro Valley, invites you to develop your five senses to discover Hacienda Zorita organic farm, not only oaks and olive trees, vineyards but also meet the “churras” sheep or verata’s goat.

Enjoy a blind tasting cheese experience that has won numerous international awards. Get introduced to 10 year old “Acceto” i.e. balsamic vinegar, unique to Spain. Go on a visit to the “Huerto” slow which is full of endangered species. Enjoy a 5-course dinner accompanied by a selection of best wines in the winery or depending on the weather at the terrace of Zorita's kitchen.

What's included

  • Guided tour in Marialva, Portugal
  • Guided tour in Salamanca, Spain
  • Departure gift from Portugal - a bottle of Casas do Côro awarded wine
  • Departure gift from Spain - a bottle of Hacienda Zorita wine
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Car
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Porto

  • A1 Motorway A1 direction Lisbon until Albergaria exit 16.
  • Take Viseu / Vilar Formoso A25, until exit 28 A.
  • For IP2 / E102 direction Trancoso / Bragança, until the exit that indicates N324 Marialva.
  • At the entrance of Marialva, follow the arrows to Casas do Côro / national monuments / historic center, just off the castle.

Driving directions from Lisbon

  • Take the Motorway A1 to Torres Novas, exit at 7 direction Abrantes / Castelo Branco A23, which runs to Guarda.
  • Take the A25 direction Aveiro / Viseu, until exit 28 A.
  • For IP2 / E102 direction Trancoso / Bragança, until exit indicating N324 Marialva.
  • At the entrance of Marialva, follow the arrows Casas do Côro / national monuments / historic center, just off the castle.

Driving directions from Spain

  • Enter Salamanca A62 towards Portugal, to the border of Fuentes de Oñoro.
  • Then follow highway A25, direction Aveiro / Viseu until exit 28 A.
  • Take direction IP2 / E102 direction Trancoso / Bragança, until the exit that indicates N324.
  • Already in Marialva, follow the arrows Casas do Côro / national monuments / historic center, until the length of the castle.

GPS

  • N 40º 54 '52'
  • W 7º 13 '55'
Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$328 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This vacation is available from May to October.

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