Porto & Douro Valley Holiday
Following highly successful wine trips to The Rhone Valley, Champagne, Rioja and Argentina, we are delighted to be able to offer a 4-day holiday to the world famous Port region of Northern Portugal in the Autumn of 2017
In this fabulous wine tour (5 - 9 October) we will spend two nights in the historic town of Porto and two in Regua at the heart of port country in the Douro Valley. We will visit the port lodges of Porto, take a spectacular train journey and boat trips along the Douro River, lined with terraced vineyards, and enjoy many different styles of port wines and local gastronomy.
Thursday 5th October
Meet at Porto airport (see further details below for flights) for a welcome from the staff of Vindima, a local specialist wine tour company, who has put together the itinerary. A coach will transfer us to our hotel in Porto where we will check in. Our bus will take us the short distance to the waterside suburb of Matosinhos for a group dinner at Restaurante “Gaveto” (fish and seafood) and briefing about the programme for the rest of the tour.
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, where 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, 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. The evening is free to try one of the many restaurants in the town.
Saturday 7th October
After breakfast we check-out of the 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 and introduction to the Douro Region and its wine production, followed by a drive to the port house Quinta do Vallado where we will have a tour, tasting and lunch. After lunch it's on to another port house Quinta do Têdo for a tour and tasting. Late in the afternoon we drive to Hotel Delfim, our base for the next two nights, which is set in a spectacular position overlooking the River Douro. The hotel has a good restaurant or we can take a taxi the short distance into the town of Régua for dinner.
Sunday 8th October
After breakfast drive to Quinta do Noval for a tour and tasting. Later in the morning we drive to Quinta do Crasto where, 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, for a private boat trip from Ferrão quay to Pinhão quay which takes about two hours. On arrival at Pinhão quay we will walk to Quinta do Bomfim, which belongs to Dow port house, for a tour and tasting
Monday 9th October
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and drive to Quinta do Panascal one of Fonseca’s estates, where we will have a tour and tasting. We then drive back towards Porto and Quinta da Aveleda for a visit their extensive gardens and cellars followed by lunch with their some of their wines. After lunch we will have a ‘Baroque’ tour in Porto by Tuk-tuk! Our bus will then drive us back to Porto airport for the flight back to London.
TOUR COST and INCLUSIONS
The price is £995 per person sharing a double or twin room, which includes:
- Four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at 4 star hotels (two nights at The House Ribeira in Porto and two nights at Hotel Delfim near Regua in the Douro Valley). See below for more details on each of the hotels.
- Transfers to and from Porto airport for those travelling on the specified flights
- Transport by bus, boat and train as outlined in the programme
- One dinner and four lunches with wine and port
- Tastings at seven different wine and port estates
- Personalised escort by a representative from Vindima tour agency
- The services of tour guide Christos Ioannou of Criterion Wine and David Rough from Hertfordshire Wine School.
Please note that there is a £250 single supplement for sole occupancy of a double room.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Flights to and from Porto (see below)
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals not mentioned in the programme
- Tips and Gratuities
- Personal extras and incidentals
You will need to book your own flights to and from Porto. Our tour bus will collect and 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 at 16.30 on 5th October or at The House Hotel in Porto at 18.30 to meet the group.
Porto The House Ribeira. A 4-star hotel and the former headquarters of the Balleteatro (the first theatre and dance school in Porto) which is centrally located in the heart of the historic centre of the city. Recently refurbished and all 56 rooms have modern, sophisticated décor, air conditioning and free wi-fi.
Douro Valley/Regua Hotel Delfim. 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.
HOW TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Send us an e-mail to request a booking form. To book, complete the booking form and pay the non-refundable deposit of £250. The balance of payment will be due 8 weeks before the tour (10 August 2017). Even though the tour is not until October, this trip is likely to be popular and we have already taken a number of bookings.
PLEASE NOTE: Hertfordshire Wine School is acting as an Agent for Criterion Wine Limited. The contract for the tour is between you and Criterion Wine Limited. For Terms & Conditions - please see the Booking Form.
Payment will be made to Criterion Wine Limited in accordance with the conditions on their Booking Form.