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This tour was designed for culture, wine, and food lovers. Discover Porto, one of the most original cities in Europe, and Vila Nova de Gaia, the place where the wine is made and matured. Explore the source of one of the best wines in the world, enjoy a landscape of indescribable beauty, and local delights. In the three-day tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the most emblematic places in Porto, its monuments, the famous port wine cellars, and the most prestigious wine producing estates in Douro.
Wine Tourism in Portugal provides several options for accommodation units depending on the tour category. If you choose option A, you will spend a night at The Yeatman or Hotel Infante Sagres before staying at Six Senses the next night. If you choose option B, you will stay at Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira or Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel, then, spend the next night at Quinta da Pacheca or Quinta do Vallado.
In the lovely city of Porto, after your check-in in a luxury hotel in Porto, you will discover the city's historic center which is considered world heritage site by UNESCO. You will go to the Clérigos tower, designed and decorated by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, located near Livraria Lello, considered by Lonely Planet one of the three most beautiful bookstores in the world. Across Avenida dos Aliados, you will find São Bento station where you can observe its twenty thousand painted tiles, depicting historical landmarks. After enjoying one of the most beautiful views of the Douro River from Sé Catedral do Porto, you will visit Palácio da Bolsa, the building with the most different architectural styles in Porto.
Your lunch will take place in a modern space where you will be able to appreciate the wine and food richness of the city and where your journey to the port wine culture will begin. During the afternoon, you will visit one of the most famous port wine cellars and the Wines of Portugal tasting room, where you can discover the main differences between the Portuguese wines with the help of an enologist. Your dinner will take place in one of the best restaurants in Porto, Forno Velho.
Leaving from Porto, after your check out, you will go towards the Douro region. You will have the opportunity to stay at a wine producing estate or in a luxury resort in the Douro Valley where you will find peace, comfort, and a luxury environment. In the morning, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest wine estates in Douro, Quinta da Pacheca, where you will taste the best cheeses and jams of the region. After a delicious lunch at Conceitus winery, you will visit Quinta do Crasto with its infinite pool over the Douro River, where you will admire one of the best views in the world and taste its awarded wines. Your dinner will take place at Castas & Pratos, a luxury restaurant located in an old railway station, in Régua, with a refined wine list.
Wake up to the beautiful Douro landscape and recharge your batteries with a fantastic breakfast over the Douro River. After the check out, you will head to Pinhão where you will have the opportunity to visit Real Companhia Velha's crown jewel and the largest wine producing estate in Douro. After your tour to the estate, you will have a lunch in a wine producing estate. In the evening, you will enjoy a two-hour cruise in Douro where you can enjoy the sunset over the Douro River. After the cruise, it is time to go back to Porto.
The Douro region is recognized by UNESCO as world heritage since 2001. Its beauty comes from the monumentality of its steep scopes, bathed by the Douro River. Douro, meanwhile, is the oldest wine region in the world. The Douro demarcated wine region dates back to 1756 and was established in the reign of King José I by his minister Marquês de Pombal. The region extends along the axis of the Douro River, with a vineyard that occupies more than 40000 hectare, divided into 3 sub-regions: Douro Superior, stretching from the border between Portugal and Spain, through Alto Corgo, the heart of Douro where many of the top wines are produced, up to about 90 kilometers (56 miles) distance from the city of Porto, the Baixo Corgo.
Heavily mountainous, this region is protected from the Atlantic influence by the Mountain of Marão. The weather is usually dry, with cold winters and extremely hot summers, bringing unique features to these soils, which are beneficial to the longevity of the vineyards and bring more concentrated musts in sugar and color. It’s in Douro that the port wine is born, the main ambassador of the Portuguese wines, but in the last decades the table wines from Douro have been appreciated, achieving worldwide notoriety.
Throughout the trip, you will enjoy delicious dishes as well as fine regional products such as cheese and jams.
In addition to the abundance of historic places and fashionable shops, Porto offers the charm of its medieval streets that lead down to the river, as well as the opportunity to taste the port wine in its storage place. Porto has so many interesting features, that many visitors do not even go further. However, going up the river Douro is to discover a whole world of vineyards in terraces and prosperous farms. Visiting a farm, particularly the terraces cultivated on the slopes along the river, is recommended.
Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO).