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The Port Lover Tour (3 days)

Porto and the Douro Valley - Enjoy with style

Portwine and still red wines

Portwine is one of the best legacies of  Porto, and this tour is about to demonstrate this love affair with  Ruby and Tawny Port. But there is much more than that in the Douro Valley: still red wines, a rural, somehow mountaineous landscape and one of the most intricate regions of the Iberian Peninsula. 

Along the river Douro, the hillsides have been sculpted by several generations of winegrowers and terraces create an attractive landscape, declared World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

The Douro wine region follows the course of the river, from the Spanish border to the Serra do Marao. The mountains protect the vineyards from Atlantic wind and rain. 

We mostly find old vines with a huge number of local grape varieties for complex, dark red wines. In younger vineyards, grapes have been planted separately and most popular are Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Negra, Tinta Amarela or Tinto Cão.

Along the river Douro

Day 1: Porto

Arrival: Pick up at Porto airport, or at train station
Meeting your guide, overview of the tour
Guided visit in central Porto
Visit of one of the Port houses in Vila Nova de Gaia – tasting session
Dinner in one of Matosinhos fish restaurants
Accommodation in Porto

Day 2: Porto –Vila Real – Sabrosa – Cambres Lamego

Transfer: from Porto to Sabrosa (2 hours)
Stop in Vila Real, visit historical town and free lunch
Visit a Quinta + wine tasting
Accommodation in a wine hotel, Lamego - Dinner

Day 3: Lamego – Peso da Regua – Porto

Visit Lamego and the Santuario de Senhora de Remedios
Peso da Regua: Museo do Douro – Wine museum
Boat trip on a Rabelo in Porto – The six bridges.
Accommodation in Porto

 

 

Your accommodation will be arranged for two nights in the old  Porto. Personalized small boutique hotels are the perfect host for your travel experience.  Travellers are offered more than a hotel room.
The second night, we book for you rooms in one of the Quinta wine hotels along the River Douro, a place inviting for contemplation in the middle of the vineyards at the countryside.

 

From 1020 € per person

Price inclusive:

•Mainland transportation to all places
•Expert English-speaking local guide
•Welcome drink with tapas
•Deluxe private bus for all transfers
•Entry fees to wineries and performance as per the itinerary
•2 dinners as per the itinerary, all accompanied with half a bottle of selected wine
•Between 3-5 wines in each tasting session
•All the scheduled meals of a half board program
•Accommodation in shared room
•Buffet breakfast daily
•All local taxes and tips

NOT included in the price:

•Airfares (Airline tickets) to/from the pick-up or drop-off locations
•Transfers from/to the airport for travelers arriving out of schedule
•Meals, services not specified as per itinerary
•Personal expenses, such as laundry, telecommunications, mini bar
•Wellness treatment & Spa sessions
•Travel insurance
•Lodging before or after the trip   

> Single room supplement: 90 €

 

  • Transfers from/to the airport for travelers arriving outside agreed schedule

All prices advertized or quoted are expressed in euro (€) and are per person, based on shared room. 
The advertized price on the webpage is only indicative. It is calculated on an average party size (4-6 pers), qualitative hotels out of peak season, and no extras.
It takes a bit of customization to include the holidays request and nature of the group before coming up with a tour proposal that meets your interests and expectations. The price quoted to you can be adjusted upwards to reflect possible increases in transportation costs (including fuel), government taxes (including VAT). On any specific tour, a constituted group of 5 travelers (or more) means a different quote per person than 2 travelers, as we've elaborated the tour package on an average group size of 4 (guided).

The information you provide us through the Get a Quote or Booking Form is important for us as it containts useful elements such as period of the year, accommodation type, group or party size, if all participants will share room or not. These points are essential to us to complete the quote in line with your budget. When we are asked to adjust itinerary or arrange tours in special periods of the year, prices can go slightly down or up, we try to moderate the price fluctuation by entering into agreements with our service providers. The accommodation availability is the main factor that can affect the advertized price of the original program.

We ask for clarity in order to streamline the communication: your group should be represented by one spokesperson. This one-to-one dialogue has many advantages over a one-to-many communication. Communication is more direct, misunderstandings are easily avoided.
 
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  • Discovery of the port wines’ secrets
  • Undiscovered places in the historical towncenter of Porto
  • History of the old port houses
  • Matosinhos, culinary surprise in the less known port area
  • Unique sightseeing spots in the river Douro landscape
  • The Douro micro-climate
  • Friendly, calm and cordial locals who often are polyglots

Pierre Balsam
Over the years,  I have consistently progressed into wine and wine-making, multiplying experiences in the world of wines, either in wineries or simply writing articles for lifestyle and travel magazines. Prior to this I have worked in operations and logistics assignments involving seamless material flows between production plants. I guess my organisation skills come from these years.
My interest in wine started like an affair with sparkling wines, particularly Champagne and then Cava. It triggered a learning process on all possible wine topics. I am constantly thrilled by the intriguing chemistry betwen the wine and the people behind wines.  This is so true for oenology. We understand the underlying wine culture with a bit of time, a stroll in the vineyard as we exchnage with the winemaker. Wine through travelling is also very rewarding, time and time again, it fuels fantastic discoveries. 
I am a keen promoter of wine escapes, convinced this entertaining approach fits everyone's taste.
I have enthusiastically embraced Slowwines travel venture, leading small groups on more than 15 different destinations.
No doubt this is a great project with a great future.
 

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3 days - The Port Lover Tour

from €1.020 pp

Places of interest

  • Porto historical town center
  • Matosinhos Port – fish & seafood restaurants
  • Douro Unesco Human Heritage Landscape
  • Quintas
  • Boat trip in Porto, six bridges
  • Lamego – Santuario de Virgen de Remedios
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