Wine tasting tour: Exploring the wines and flavors of Porto and Douro Valley| 14-18 July

Reservation fee

250.00

* This is a deposit to reserve the trip. The full price is in the description.

14-18th July, 2024

SHARED GROUP TOUR (reduced group tour):

Wine tasting tour: Exploring the wines and flavors of Porto and Douro Valley

Group tour date: 14-18 July 2024

5 days / 4 nights

Private transportation

Tour Start/End: Porto (Portugal)

Hotels: 5* and 4*(accommodation with breakfast included)

Winery visits: 5

Meals: 4 lunches

Tour language: Spanish

Min 6 pax and max 12 pax

Price per person in double room: 2.574,00 EUROS

Single supplement: 384,00 EUROS

Description

Embark on an unforgettable experience as we explore the charming wine regions of Porto and the Douro Valley in Portugal. This shared group trip will immerse you in the rich winemaking tradition of the region, where the grandeur of the vineyards meets the excellence of local wines.

In this exclusive small-group wine tour, we invite you to discover the authenticity of Portuguese wine culture, surrounded by the beauty of the riverside and mountainous landscapes of the Douro Valley. Enjoy the comfort of first-class accommodations while exploring distinguished wineries, tasting exceptional wines, and immersing yourself in the essence of the renowned wine regions of Portugal.

Experience the sublime fusion of culture and flavor on this unique wine route, where you will unveil the captivating secrets of viticulture and the rich history embedded in the wineries of Porto and the vineyards of the Douro Valley, internationally recognized.

Are you ready to join this select group on this captivating adventure into the fascinating world of wine?

The itinerary is as follows:

 

Day 1: Sunday, July 14th

Start the trip with check-in for 1 night at a wonderful 4* hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia, located minutes away from the center of Porto and renowned wineries in the Porto district. Standard double room with breakfast included.

Optional not included and subject to availability: pre or post tour extensions.

Meeting with our guide-coordinator in the hotel lobby to welcome the group and discuss the itinerary they will enjoy on this trip, followed by a private transfer to the first winery of the journey.

Guided tour of an iconic winery in Vila Nova de Gaia, followed by a Port wine tasting.

Enjoy lunch at the winery’s restaurant, where panoramic views intertwine with the excellence of each dish. Includes appetizer, main course, dessert, selected wine, water, and coffee.

After lunch, transfer to the WOW Wine Experience Museum to explore this interesting museum at your own pace. Entrance included with a tasting of 3 wines.

Return to the hotel on foot.

Free dinner to enjoy at your leisure.

 

Day 2: Monday, July 15th:

Breakfast at the hotel before check-out.

Walk to the historic center of Porto for a private gastronomic tour, exploring various special places and the famous Bolhão Market on foot. Includes tastings and selected beverages. Activity duration: approximately 3.5 hours.

Return to the hotel to pick up luggage and depart for the Douro Valley.

The Douro River Valley in Portugal is a favorable place for grape cultivation, making it a centuries-old hub for winemaking by civilizations that inhabited Lusitania.

The Douro region, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most beautiful and ancient wine regions, located in the northeast of Portugal, ideal for a wine tourism journey.

On the way to the Douro Valley, the first stop is at a beautiful estate or quinta, as it is called in Portugal, with significant architectural heritage to visit its stunning gardens and enjoy a private guided wine tasting. Includes entrance to the gardens.

Continuing the journey, a brief stop for independent exploration in the small but beautiful town of Amarante.

Check-in for 3 nights at a wonderful 4* wine hotel in the Douro Valley. Standard double room with breakfast included.

Enjoy the evening according to your preferences. Free dinner.

 

Day 3: Tuesday, July 16th:

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to a wonderful quinta to learn more about winemaking through a guided tour followed by an interesting wine tasting.

Transfer to a neighboring winery to indulge in a fantastic menu paired with their wines in their renowned restaurant, overlooking the Douro River. Includes appetizer, main course, dessert, and selected wines.

Just a short 5-minute walk, you will reach the Pinhão port. Here, a unique experience awaits as you embark on a private boat for a tranquil cruise on the waters of the Douro River. Activity duration: 2 hours. Includes 1 glass of Port wine.

Transfer back to the hotel. Evening and dinner are free.

 

Day 4: Wednesday, July 17th:

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

Pickup from the hotel and transfer to a charming winery where you will participate in a private guided tour and wine tasting.

Enjoy an exquisite lunch on the property. Includes appetizer, main course, dessert, and selected wines.

After lunch, transfer to a family-owned winery for a guided tour by one of the owners followed by a Port wine tasting paired with chocolate.

After the wine tasting, a brief transfer to the city of Lamego to explore at your own pace this Portuguese gem nestled among hills and vineyards, dazzling with its rich history and charming architecture.

Return to the hotel.

Enjoy the last night of this journey as you wish. Free dinner.

 

Day 5: Thursday, July 18th:

On the final morning of this exciting journey, check-out from the hotel after breakfast.

Transfer to Porto’s Airport.

End of trip and of services.

 

TOTAL PRICE PER PERSON, IN DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: 2.574,00 EUROS

Extra for single occupancy: 384,00 EUROS 

Price includes:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels as per indicated in the itinerary here above (1 night in Vila Nova de Gaia and 3 nights in the Douro Valley region). Accommodation in standard double room with breakfast included.
  • Private transportation in comfortable luxury vehicle, at disposal for all transfers to the visits included here, following the itinerary of this proposal. Note: overtime incurred by the client, if any, will be billed separately.
  • Accompanying guide from our agency during the entire program, following the mentioned itinerary.
  • Guided tours to 5 wineries including wine tastings, as per indicated in this itinerary above. 
  • 3 meals (lunchtime) as clearly specified in this itinerary above. 
  • 1 gastronomic guided tour in Porto with tastings and selected drinks. Duration: approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Ticket entrance for a self-guided visit to the WOW Wine Museum in Porto.
  • Private boat cruise on the Douro River with a glass of Port wine. Duration: 2 hours.
  • Basic travel assistance insurance (please consult us for conditions and coverage before booking). 
  • Technical coordination and booking arrangement of all services included here by our agency. 
  • Tax in force (any variation of this tax by the state and/or municipal authorities will be charged in the final invoice). 

Not included:

  • Flight tickets.
  • Transfers not mentioned.
  • Hotel tourist tax.
  • Guided tours by local guide not mentioned.
  • Entrance fees to museums or monuments not mentioned.
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned, as well as beverages not mentioned.
  • Cancellation insurance (recommended). Please contact us if you wish. In case of contracting cancellation insurance, you must indicate it at the time of booking.
  • Tips or porters (luggage handling).
  • Extra / personal expenses (e.g. telephone, minibar, laundry, etc).
  • Any other service not clearly indicated in the “Price includes” section.

Enhance your experience

  • Do you want to extend your tour? Contact us, and we will customize the extension of your trip to fit your needs.
  • Prefer an upgrade or a room of a different category? No problem. Let us know your preferences, and we’ll show you the available options.
  • Would you like us to make the reservation arrangements for some or all of your dinners? Just let us know in advance on which days you’d like to add a dinner, and we’ll provide a proposal that includes transportation to and from the hotel as well as the reservation.
  • Need to change the dates of your tour? You can inquire about the price of a customized tour just for you, or see if there’s availability on other shared group tours’ dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to have any knowledge about wine? No, it is not necessary. In this trip, you will have the opportunity to learn or enhance your knowledge about wine. If you have no prior knowledge about wine and its production, don’t worry, you will learn a lot during your trip. If you are an enthusiast with some level of knowledge, you will strengthen it practically and have the opportunity to address many of your questions and curiosities.
  • Who is this trip designed for? Our wine tours are exclusively designed for adult wine lovers who wish to learn more about wine culture, local gastronomy, and everything surrounding each region we visit. If you are traveling with minors or need special considerations for people with reduced mobility, contact us to discuss personalized options.
  • Are the winery visits private? Unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary, our shared visits are in small groups to provide an enriching experience.
  • Do you have any dietary preferences or restrictions? Let us know in advance, and we will work to adapt meals to your dietary needs.
  • What type of clothing should I wear? The most important thing is to wear comfortable and non-slippery shoes to prevent accidents in wineries where the floor can sometimes be a bit slippery. Also, bring warm clothing, as wineries tend to have a lower temperature than the outside for the optimal aging of their wines, apart from the humidity that can be found inside.
  • What happens if the minimum number of people for the trip is not reached? If the minimum number of participants required is not met, we will offer you a suitable alternative or proceed with a full refund of the amount paid, whether it be the pre-booking or the total program cost, as indicated in the conditions of your trip.
  • How do I sign up for the trip? You can reserve your spot through our website (on the desired tour), and if you have questions, you can contact us via email: sales@viavinumwinetours.com, WhatsApp +34 699 832 951, or phone +34 607 517 908.
  • Can I travel alone? Absolutely. You can join our small shared group tours by paying the corresponding single supplement for the chosen tour. Keep in mind that the trip will only take place if the minimum number of people required for the tour is registered.
  • What is the payment method? We accept secure payments with VISA or Mastercard. We also accept bank transfers (charges or bank fees for transfers are the responsibility of the client). Unfortunately, we do not accept personal bank checks.

Do you have any other questions or special requests? Feel free to ask. We are here to customize your travel experience in the best way possible. Contact us without obligation either by WhatApp at +34 699 832 951, phone at +34 607 517 908 or email: sales@viavinumwinetours.com

Purchase conditions

Important Notes

  • This a small shared group tour, for a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 12 people . If a minimum number of participants is required and not met, we will offer you a suitable alternative or proceed with a full refund of the amount paid, whether it be the pre-booking or the total program cost.
  • To secure your spot on this trip, you will need to pay a deposit of 250 EUR per person.
  • Guided tours for this tour are conducted in Spanish . If you prefer a tour in English, please consult us about our English tours or access this link to view the dates for these.
  • The final itinerary or program may undergo modifications in the order of visits and/or last-minute changes or alterations beyond our agency’s control. Nevertheless, in such a case, we will provide you with an alternative, maintaining at least the same level of quality without altering the price.

Reservations and Payments:

  • Make the payment online of your pre-booking (deposit) of 250 EUR per person via credit card or PayPal to reserve your spot. You will receive an immediate payment confirmation email. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact us at the email sales@viavinumwinetours.com, and we will provide you with the necessary details.
  • Within a maximum period of 48 hours (business days), you will receive another email from our agency along with more travel information and additional details.
  • Once the group is confirmed, we will contact you to make your firm booking with the payment of 50% of the total trip amount within the next 5 days.
  • If the tour requires a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not reached within 30 days before the start of the trip, we will offer you a suitable alternative. If you prefer, our agency will proceed with a full refund of the amount paid.
  • The remaining final payment must be made 30 days before the trip’s start date.
  • If your booking is made last minute, i.e., within 30 days of departure, and the tour is confirmed, you can join, subject to seat availability, by paying 100% of the trip amount.
  • Once the payment is confirmed, we will send you the travel assistance insurance and the general terms and conditions that you must sign and return to us via email.

Modifications or Cancellations:

    • Once the group is confirmed by our agency, and the required 50% to confirm your spot is paid, there will be no refund if you cancel the trip.
    • In case of cancellation within 30 days before the start of the tour, there will be no reimbursement, and a 100% charge of the tour amount will apply.
    • No-shows (clients who do not show up) or program interruptions before its completion will not be refunded.
  • In case of cancellation, the client must communicate via email with our agency and receive confirmation of receipt of the cancellation from our agency.
    • We recommend all travelers to contract a cancellation insurance once you make your final booking, in advance of the trip. This way, you will have the certainty of being covered for justified reasons that may occur before the trip (you should carefully read the clauses in the insurance terms and conditions you finally choose).