This is only an example of a wine holiday package in the Douro Valley wine region. Our wine tours are entirely tailor-made to suit visitors' preferences, they can be shorter or longer depending on their needs. Please contact us to design your own bespoke wine tour.
Day 1: Porto and Matosinhos
Upon your arrival to the extraordinary city of Porto in Portugal, you will check into your hotel, The Yeatman, a five-star hotel with stunning views of the city and river. At your hotel you will meet up with your guide for the evening and embark on an exclusive panoramic Porto sightseeing tour through the seaside on the way to dinner. On the right side of the river Douro, the city of Porto is the second largest in Portugal and one of the oldest and most beautiful towns of Europe.
For dinner, a seafood and fish restaurant by the fishing port of Matosinhos. An agreeable traditional restaurant on one of the streets near the port, this is the ideal place for a meal with the most delicate dainties of the sea: the different shellfish, with relief to the tasteful barnacles, the coast shrimp and the stuffed spider crab, and a choice of fish to grill, including -of course- the typical Portuguese sardines. Vinho Verde’s freshness and light acidity, from the neighbour wine region of Minho, is the ideal match to this delicate food.
Day 2: Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
After breakfast at your hotel, go on a guided walking tour of the city of Porto. This unforgettable experience will take you through the historic centre of Porto, a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. In the bustling, colourful markets and unique typical shops and cafés you will discover the authentic heart of Porto, in its people. You will enjoy the stops we have arranged in charming locations so that you can nibble on traditional specialties: cheeses, cured hams and sausage, breads, red wine, gourmet canned fish such as mackerel and sardine, eggs caviar and Portuguese sparkling wine.
Following this tour, you will enjoy lunch at the restaurant of the Graham’s Port wine cellars. Attached to the main dining room is a lovely conservatory, where the visitor can enjoy one of Portugal and Europe’s most astoundingly beautiful views, both day and night, of the ancient city of Porto, of the river Douro and of the unique Dom Luis Bridge. Their cuisine is cosmopolitan, with a profound respect for the natural flavours of local ingredients and is the perfect companion for their exceptional wines, which are known and appreciated around the world.
After lunch you can enjoy an exclusive visit and tasting of the fine wines and Ports at the historic Graham’s Port wine cellar.
Day 3: Douro Valley and Taste the Vinho Verde Wines
Start off your day after breakfast, by heading over to the Douro Valley, home to the vineyards where Port wine grapes originate. Start with a guided visit of the Historic Center of Guimarães, World Heritage Site of UNESCO, a distinction that is fully merited by this city, one that is full of historical memories and has so carefully preserved its heritage and public spaces for the pleasure and delight of its visitors. The famous local castle’s presence evokes the exciting mixture of legend, poetry and heroism that surrounds the beginning of Portuguese history.
Follow up this cultural break with a visit and lunch at a Vinho Verde family wine estate. Lunch will be served in a wine-making château, a grandiose manor house from the 14th century, inserted in a magnificent property. Surrounded by sumptuous and dazzling gardens, this property is recognized for the heritage of its great and secular trees. Enjoy a guided visit to the vineyards, adega (cellar), and estate with its rich interiors, ending with an agreeable wine tasting and a lunch with recipes of regional cuisine.
Then, you will embark on a guided visit of the Palace of Mateus and its magnificent gardens. Also known as the Solar de Mateus, and famously depicted on bottles of Mateus rosé wine, it epitomizes the flamboyance of Baroque architecture in Portugal. Inside the palace, you can visit a few rooms, heavy with velvet drapes and fussy period furnishing.
Check-in to your 5-star hotel, Six Senses in the Douro Valley.
Day 4: A Gourmet Wine Experience and Cruise in the Douro Valley
After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart for the scenic vineyards of Douro Valley. You will be a part of an exclusive visit & rare wine tasting: discovering the origin of Old Tawny Ports, up to 100 years old! Not open for visitors, the owner receives guests privately in his winery for a unique wine cask tasting of rare Ports -wines that are not available in the market. Tasting will start with a 10-year-old wine and go up to a very rare 100-year-old wine, with exceptional quality. A journey through 10 Ports covering a century of history.
From here you will enjoy a visit, wine tasting and lunch at the outstanding wine estate Quinta do Crasto, Douro and Port producer, considered to be one of the top wine producers in Portugal. The famous Quinta do Crasto, will host you for a visit to the vineyards and wine cellars, followed by a tasting of its red Douro wines and Ports (Late Bottle Vintage and Vintage) and lunch.
Then, you will explore the Douro Valley on a private Douro River cruise in a typical Rabelo boat. The boat is a replica of a traditional Rabelo boat that, for centuries, carried casks of young wine from the Douro Valley downriver to the lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.
After an eventful day of wine tasting and exploring, you will head out for a quiet dinner at a beautiful scenic restaurant, which was built in a pier on the Douro River, offering a fabulous view over the quiet river waters and vineyard terraces around this UNESCO site. The cuisine represents the best between Portuguese tradition of selected regional quality products and a refined culinary art of a Michelin star chef.
This marks the end of your exclusive wine holiday in Porto and Douro Valley. You will check out of your hotel the following day for your departure.
To discuss customizing this itinerary and for prices, please contact our local experts in Portugal.