Essential Porto (Vinho Verde)

Vinho Verde and Port Tasting in Porto

Port Tasting in Porto - Credits Douro Railway

At a glance

Region: Porto
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3 Nights
Guide Price: from £329 to £807 per person
Number of Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Number of Winery Visits: 2 Wineries/ Port Lodges
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 14
Tour Transport: On foot in Porto and transfers in Nine
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that day three of the itinerary is not possible on Saturdays and Sundays.

Trip Summary

Vinho Verde and Port Tasting in Porto

This three night break will introduce you to the wines of both Porto and Vinho Verde. 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 four ports; a White, a Ruby Reserve, an LBV and a ten year old Tawny. 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.

On day three, take a short train ride from Porto São Bento station to Nine for the day. We will provide you with a timetable and tickets can be purchased directly at the station for around two Euros per person. Here, you will be transferred to Quinta de Santa Maria. This quinta was first founded in 1884 in Porto and was originally dedicated to the tobacco commerce, lotteries and exchanges before becoming a wine estate. The founders’ great grandson now owns the wine farm and together with neighbouring estate, Quinta de Tamariz, their 35 hectares of Loureiro, Arinto and Alvarinho vineyards produce sparkling Vinho Verde, white, a small amount of red Vinho Verde, brandy that is aged in barrels and Vinho Verde vinegar.

Port Tasting in Porto - Credits Rabelo

Portugese cuisine is truly delicious and you will sample many of the region’s delicacies on your trip. After a guided tour of the estate in Vinho Verde, a three course lunch will be served. As well as tasting delicious regional cuisine, you will also have the opportunity to taste three wines and a brandy. 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.

*Please note that the river cruise is subject to minimum numbers and navigating conditions on the river determined by the cruise company. If the cruise is cancelled under any of these circumstances, you will be refunded £7 per person.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • 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

  • 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 50 minute river cruise in a traditional rabelo boat.
  • A four course gastronomic dinner with drinks at the DOP restaurant.
Port Tasting in Porto - Credits The Vintage House

 Day Three

  • After breakfast , your tour day will comprise of:
  • Rail travel from Porto – São Bento station to Nine (not included as part of the package price).
  • Return transfers from Nine to Quinta de Santa Maria.
  • A tour of the estate.
  • A three course lunch accompanied by three of the estate’s wines and a brandy.

 Day Four

  • 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.

(i)

  • All prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin / double room.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements 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 £404 Book Now
Carrís Porto Ribeira - Porto Standard 4* 4 Days £474 Book Now
Teatro Hotel - Porto Standard 4* 4 Days £474 Book Now
Hotel Infante de Sagres - Porto Superior 5* 4 Days £614 Book Now
The Yeatman Wine Hotel - Vila Nova de Gaia Superior 5* 4 Days £807 Book Now

 

 

Special Offers

Travel between November and the end of March and save £40 per person at the Grande Hotel do Porto, £15 per person at the Hotel Teatro, £5 per person at Carris Porto, £70 per person at Infante de Sagres and £90 per person at the Yeatman Wine Hotel.

At the Infante de Sagres, a smaller discount of £25 per person applies for travel in April.

Port Tasting in Porto - Credits 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 Grape Escapes 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.
  • 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 feel free to broswe the web site for information about all of our wine tours.

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

For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the 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.

Port Tasting in Porto - Credits Quinta da Roeda

Thank you for organising our recent tour of Porto. We had an absolutely amazing trip and our 4 day extended weekend seemed to last much longer - the sign of a great holiday.

David K - Surrey UK

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