Essential Porto

Three Day Port Wine Tasting Tour

Port Wine Tasting Porto - Credits João Paulo

At a glance

Region: Porto
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3 Days
Guide Price: from £445 to £769 per person
Number of Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 light lunch and 1 dinner
Number of Winery Visits: 2 Port Lodges
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 14
Tour Transport: On foot in Porto
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

Port Wine Tasting Tour

This compact two night Port wine tasting tour offers a perfect introduction to the wines of Porto. Walking between each destination, you will visit two esteemed port wine lodges in Gaia. The famous Sandeman Port wine lodge boasts a magnificent view of Porto. Here, your English-speaking guide will accompany you through the lodges full of casks of ageing Porto wine and your visit will conclude with a tutored tasting of four ports; a White, a Ruby Reserve, an LBV and a ten year old Tawny. You will also enjoy a guided tour and tastings at the renowned Grahams Port wine lodge. Following your visit, you will taste four Ports; a White, A Ruby Reserve, a twenty year old Tawny and a vintage. Also included in the package is a 50 minute Douro river cruise in a Rabelo boat. Rabelo boats were historically used to transport Port wine barrels from the inner Douro region to Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine cellars are located.

Port wine tasting - Credits Grahams
Port wine tasting- Credits Grapes Hospitality-The Fladgate Partnership

Portuguese cuisine is truly delicious and you will sample many of the region’s delicacies on your trip. A traditional food and wine tasting lunch will be served in a true Portuguese setting. Whilst admiring the views of Porto from this convivial riverside bar/restaurant in Gaia, you will enjoy a variety of shared snacks to sample the local cuisine. Examples of these dishes include Ewe’s cheese and cured ham. The snacks will be served with three local wines; White Port, LBV Port and Douro Wine as well as water and coffee. The culinary highlight however, will be the gourmet dinner at the fantastic DOP restaurant. The restaurant is headed by celebrated chef Rui Paula and is situated in a beautiful, historical building. Portuguese cuisine is truly delicious and you will sample many of the region’s delicacies on your trip. Your gastronomic Portuguese dinner will be accompanied by Douro white wine, Dão red wine, Port Wine, water and coffee.

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Outline Itinerary

Day one of the Port wine tasting trip

  • Upon arrival in Porto, check into your chosen hotel in the city centre.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the city and relax.

Day two of the Port wine tasting trip

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings of four Ports at Sandeman Port wine lodge.
  • A visit to Grahams Port wine lodge for a tour and four tastings.
Port wine tasting - Credits VINITUR
Port wine tasting - Credits Graham
  • A light tasting lunch with three local wines.
  • A 50 minute river cruise in a traditional rabelo boat.
  • A four course gastronomic dinner with drinks at the DOP restaurant.

 Day three of the Port wine tasting trip

  • Breakfast and check out at the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Accommodation

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Considerable discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March). Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Teatro Hotel - Porto Standard 4* 3 Days £520 Book Now
The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de Gaia Superior 5* 3 Days £769 Book Now
Port wine tasting - Credits Grapes Hospitality-The Fladgate Partnership

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Port wine tasting holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of Portugal! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Spend a night in Lisbon. Why not stay a little longer in Portugal and spend some time in Lisbon, the largest city in Portugal and a vibrant, cultural and gastronomical hub? We would be pleased to arrange your accommodation in the city.
  • Discover more Portuguese and Spanish wine regions. As well as trips to Porto and Douro, we also arrange holidays to Vinho Verde, Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Penedès, If you would like to extend your trip to take in more regions, just give us a call to discuss your requirements for a tailor-made trip or alternatively, please see grapeescapes.net for information about all of our wine tours.
Port wine tasting - Credits Douro Wine Tourism
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Further Information

Travel to your Port wine tasting tour

Please contact us to request a more detailed information sheet about travelling to your Port wine tasting tour.

There are direct flights from London Gatwick (Easyjet and TAP Portugal), London Stansted (Ryanair) and Liverpool (Ryanair) from the UK to Oporto airport. Grape Escapes is ATOL registered, number 10831. If you wish us to arrange your flight, please contact us for further information. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

We can arrange private airport transfers for you if required. Please contact us for prices, which are dependent on the number of passengers.

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a 20% deposit  is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 468666 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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