The Porto/Douro Tour
5th – 9th October 2017
Visit the port lodges of Porto, travel up the Douro river lined with terraced vineyards, and enjoy the different styles of port wines and local gastronomy.
* Price includes:
£995 Sharing a Double or Twin Room
+ £250 Single Supplement for Sole Occupancy of a Double Room
- 4 nights’ accommodation with buffet breakfast at 4 star hotels in Porto and the Douro Valley
- Transport by coach, train and boat
- 5 lunches/dinners with wine at wineries or local restaurants
- Tastings at 7 different wine producers
- Services of Christos Ioannou as Wine Guide
- Services of Portuguese Speaker from Vindima Tours
- Flights to/from Porto
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Tips and Gratuities
- Personal extras and incidentals
DAY 1: Thursday 5th October
Meet the group at Porto airport (see further details Flights/Travel) for a welcome by Vindima's staff. A coach will transfer us to our hotel in Porto where we will check in.
Time to relax and then our bus will take us the short distance to the waterside suburb of Matosinhos for dinner at Restaurante “Gaveto” (fish and seafood dinner). We will have briefing about the program for the rest of the tour. After dinner drive back to the hotel.
DAY 2: Friday 6th October
After breakfast we will have a City tour in Porto (walking and by bus) which will end in Vila Nova de Gaia. Here we will have lunch at the port estate Quinta da Boeira.
After lunch we drive to the renowned Graham’s port house for a tour and tasting in their cellars. Later this afternoon we drive to the quay and board a boat for the “6 Bridges” tour on the river Douro between Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto
Drive back to the hotel or the bus can leave us in the city centre for shopping
This evening is free to try one of the many restaurants in the town
DAY 3: Saturday 7th October
After breakfast check-out of our hotel and drive to Porto train station for the spectacular train trip to Régua (our luggage will go with the bus). On arrival in Régua we will have a guided visit to the Museu do Douro where we will have an introduction to the Douro Region and its wine production.
Drive to the port house Quinta do Vallado where we will have a tour, tasting and lunch
After lunch we drive to another port house Quinta do Têdo where we will have a tour and tasting
Late afternoon we drive to Hotel Delfim, our base for the next 2 nights, which is set in a spectacular position overlooking the River Douro
This evening is free. The hotel has a good restaurant or you can take a taxi the short distance into the town of Régua
DAY 4: Sunday 8th October
After breakfast drive to Quinta de Noval for a tour and tasting. Late morning drive to Quinta do Crasto. On arrival we will have appetizers at the pool with a tasting. Lunch today will be outside on the terrace (weather permitting) with more wine.
After lunch drive to Ferrão quay by classic Bedford truck! We will have a private boat trip from Ferrão quay to Pinhão quay which takes about 2 hours
On arrival at Pinhão quay we will walk to the train station for a quick visit and then walk to Quinta do Bomfim which belongs to Dow port house. Here we will have a tour and tasting
Return to Hotel Delfim and this evening is free.
DAY 5: Monday 9th October
After breakfast we check out and drive to Quinta do Panascal one of Fonseca’s estates where we will have a tour and tasting.
Drive back towards Porto and Quinta da Aveleda. Here we will visit their extensive gardens and cellars and then enjoy lunch with their some of their wines.
After lunch we will have a ‘Baroque’ tour in Porto by Tuk-tuk!
Our bus will drive us back to Porto airport for the flight back to London.TOUR ENDS
FLIGHTS: You will need to book your own flights to/from Porto. Our tour bus will collect/drop us at Porto airport to meet the following British Airways flights
Thursday 5th October BA 2782 London Gatwick 14.10 – Oporto 16.30
Monday 9th October BA 2783 Oporto 20.40 – London Gatwick 22.55
If you do not take these flights you will need to be at Porto airport to meet the group at 16.30 on 5th October – or make your own way to our hotel in Porto
LOCAL TRANSPORT: by Bus, Boat and Train as outlined in the itinerary
The House Hotel Ribeira, Porto: this 4 star hotel is the former headquarters of the Balleteatro (the first theatre and dance school in Porto) and is centrally located in the very heart of the historic centre of the city. It has recently been refurbished and all 56 rooms have modern, sophisticated décor, air conditioning and free wi-fi
Hotel Delfim, Douro Valley/Regua: perched on a mountain top with panoramic views, the 4 star Delfim Douro offers luxury accommodation with private balconies overlooking the Douro River. It features a rooftop terrace, an outdoor pool, a restaurant and massage facilities. The 42 stylish, air-conditioned rooms and suites have a seating area with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and free wi-fi