Essential Porto and Douro

Porto and Douro Wine Tour

At a glance

Region: Porto
Type of Tour:
Duration: 4 Days
Guide Price: from £400 to £806 per person
Number of Meals: 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Number of Winery Visits: 3 wineries/port lodges
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 17
Tour Transport: On foot in Porto and transfers in Régua
Dates / Availability: Available midweek and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

Your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

This four day break will introduce you to the wines of both Porto and the Douro, staying in both regions. Walking between each destination in the city of Porto, you will visit the famous Sandeman Port wine lodge, which boasts magnificent views. 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 five ports; a White, a Ruby Reserve, a Tawny Reserve, a ten year old Tawny and the Vau 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 Douro Wine Tourism
Douro wine tour Rabelo

In the evening, you will be welcomed to dine in 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.

For the one night stay in the Douro, take an hour-long train ride from Porto São Bento station to Régua (Tickets can be purchased directly at the station for around eight Euros per person). Here, you will be transferred to the family-owned Quinta da Pacheca that dates back to the 15th century. The family has remained respectful towards the traditional wine-making style of Douro and Port wines and you will see that their vineyards are an average 40 years old.

Douro Wine Tour - Credits Douro Wine Tourism
Douro wine tour restaurant - Credits Douro Wine Tourism

During your stay, you will have a tour of the estate to understand more of their philosophy. In the afternoon, take a short walk to a neighbouring boutique producer of Douro wines, who mature their Port in casks for private consumption only. This family-managed estate is a former monastery that was founded in the 12th century before the nation was formed. A member of the family will accompany you on a tour of the quinta, which will conclude with a tasting session of wines and ports. Upon your return to Pacheca, you will enjoy a 3 course dinner served alongside a selection of the 5 of the estate’s wines and ports.

On the final day, you will be transferred back to Régua station in time for your return train to Porto.

Region Map

Outline Itinerary

Day One of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • Upon arrival in Porto, check into your chosen hotel in the city centre.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the city and relax.
  • In your travel pack will be a list of recommended restaurants. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner if required.

Day Two of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings of five Ports at Sandeman Port wine lodge.
  • A 50 minute river cruise in a traditional Rabelo boat.
  • In the evening, a four course gastronomic dinner with drinks will be served at DOP restaurant.
Douro wine tour - Credits Feel Douro
Douro wine tour - Credits Douro Wine Tourism

Day Three of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • After breakfast and check out in Porto, your tour day will comprise of:
  • A one hour train journey from Porto – São Bento station to Régua (train tickets are not included as part of the package price).
  • Transfer from Régua to Quinta da Pacheca.
  • A tour of the estate
  • A tour and tastings at Quinta de Tourais.
  • A three course dinner accompanied by five of Pacheca’s wines and ports.
  • You will spend the night in a twin or double room at Quinta da Pachecha.

Final Day of your Porto and Douro Wine Tour

  • Breakfast and check out at the hotel.
  • You will be taken back to Régua station in time for your return train to Porto.

(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.

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.

  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • 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.
  • The package price is dependent on your specific travel dates. We are more than happy to provide you with a definitive price for your preferred set of dates.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Grande Hotel do Porto - Porto Standard 3* 4 Days £490 Book Now
Carrís Porto Ribeira - Porto Standard 4* 4 Days £540 Book Now
Teatro Hotel - Porto Standard 4* 4 Days £556 Book Now
Hotel Infante de Sagres - Porto Superior 5* 4 Days £633 Book Now
The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de Gaia Superior 5* 4 Days £806 Book Now

Special Offers

Travel between November and the end of March and save £45 per person at the Grande Hotel do Porto and Hotel Teatro, £40 per person at Carris Porto, £65 per person at Infante de Sagres and £125 per person at the Yeatman Wine Hotel.

At the Infante de Sagres, a smaller discount of £15 per person applies for travel in April.

Douro wine tour - 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 Porto and Duoro wine tour 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!Enjoy an additional night’s bed and breakfast at the Grande Hotel do Porto for £63 per person, the Teatro for £84 per person, Carris Porto for £82 per person, Infante de Sagres for £122 per person or the Yeatman for £95 per person. If you would like to spend an extra night at Quinta da Pacheca, please contact us for prices.
  • 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.
Douro wine tour- Credits Feel Douro
Douro wine tour- Credits Feel Douro

Further Information

Travel

Please contact us to request a more detailed information sheet about travelling to Porto.

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 and we would be happy to book your flights at cost, however a booking fee of £25 per person applies.

The airport is situated around 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre and there are always taxis waiting at arrivals. Alternatively, the metro will take you to the city centre in 30 minutes and costs around 1.50 Euros per person for a single ticket.

Return private airport transfers cost from £58 per person. Please contact us for prices, which are dependent on the number of passengers.

About Essential Breaks

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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