Douro River Cruise
This tour was designed thinking about the lovers of the Portuguese wine, food and culture. Experience the best of Porto gastronomy and Wine. Discover the magnificent Porto, its monuments, architecture, its people and the most emblematic places. In this luxury tour, you will also have the opportunity to have an exclusive visit to some of the most famous and renowned Port Wine Cellars, located in Vila Nova de Gaia.
From € 1.800 (price per person on Double Occupancy)
Day 1: Discover Porto, World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Welcome to Portugal. Wine Tourism in Portugal will invite you to discover the amazing city of Porto.
After airport formalities at Porto Internacional Airport (OPO), you will be collected outside customs, and transferred, by Deluxe vehicle Mercedes E-Class with an English speaking Chauffeur to Hotel.
Check-in at The Yeatman Hotel. Offering individuality of character and a sense of effortless comfort, The Yeatman Hotel is the address of choice for discerning travelers visiting Porto and the North of Portugal. Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, every room at The Yeatman Hotel enjoys breathtaking, panoramic viewsover the historic center of Porto. It is a haven for wine lovers and the prime destination for those wishing to explore the pleasures of Port, the great classic wine for which the city of Oporto is famous. The Yeatman Hotel offers eighty-two magnificent guest rooms and suites, each room opens onto a large private balcony enjoying a dramatic and unobstructed view across the River Douro to the historic center of Porto, Portugal.
Then, we will take you to discover the city's historic centre, considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Meet with the private certified Guide who will show you the highlights of the city of Porto, starting in the historic center we will take you to the Clérigos Tower, designed and decorated by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, located near Lello Bookstore, considered by Lonely Planet one of the three most beautiful bookstores in the world. Across Aliados Avenue, you will find São Bento Railway Station, where you can observe its twenty thousand painted tiles, depicting historical landmarks. Continue to Santa Catarina street where is located the Majestic Café.
The Majestic Café. The most stunning of all cafés in the nation and one of the most attractive in the world. It continues to live up to its name with a wonderful Belle Epoque atmosphere in its main room and attractive winter garden which have guaranteed it a spot in every café-themed coffeetable book. You will enjoy a Wine Tourism in Portugal offer, a delicious afternoon tea.
After tea, enjoy one of the most beautiful views over the Douro River from Porto Cathedral. Originally built in the 12th century, Porto Cathedral still has the original merlons and twin towers, although the towers are now topped by 18th century additions. It has undergone various alterations over the centuries, then, you will visit the Stock Exchange Palace of Porto "Palácio da Bolsa", the building with the most different architectural styles in Porto. Last but not least, you should visit the Church of Saint Francis that is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto, being also noted for its outstanding Baroque inner decoration. Decorated with exuberant gilt wood work or gold leaf “talha dourada”.
Dinner is waiting for you at DOP Restaurant. The restaurant is situated in the Palace of the Arts in the historic city center, classified as World Heritage. This building is full of history. It began as the S. Domingos Convent and remained active since the fourteenth century, as a venue for auctions and council meetings. The concept of the Palace of Arts fits perfectly in the project of the Michelin Star Chef Rui Paula, who understands the gastronomy field as a creation with a strong cultural component. DOP has been designed to operate as a good taste, space cosmopolitan and yet familiar, and the generator of exciting dining experiences. You will experience the flavours of a Premium Menu paired with the best wine.
Drop-off at Hotel.
End of day.
Day 2: Port Cellars
Breakfast in the Hotel.
The Chauffeur is waiting for you in the hotel lobby.
On this day, we want you to discover some of the finnest Port Cellars.
Real Companhia Velha played an important role in the regulation, production and trade of Port Wine, so we can say, conclusively, that the Company's history is the history of Port Wine. Founded in 1756 by a Royal Charter of King José I, King of Portugal, under the auspices of his Prime Minister the Marquis of Pombal, the Real Companhia Velha, also known as Royal Oporto Wine Company, is the oldest Port Wine company of Portugal. The centennial basements of Real Companhia Velha, located in Vila Nova de Gaia facing Porto carefully store a wide selection of Port Tawny wines - aged in oak barrels - as well as Vintage Port , keeping this way the prestige and reputation that this company enjoys for over 250 years. You will have a Private tour to the centenary cellars of the Real Companhia Velha. The tour follows through the main ageing cellar, with a stop at the "Vintage Museum" and finishing at our Wine shop with a tasting of 4 Ports: Sweet or Dry White Port and the 10, 20 and 40 year old Tawnies. Maturated Cheeses are served with the tasting.
Then, you will discover Taylor's Cellars. For many, Taylor's is Porto's most illustrious wine producing house and drinking its wines is the most sublime experience. Created in 1692, this is one of the oldest houses still maintaining its family character and dedicating itself exclusively to the production of Port wines, especially, to its best styles. A visit to the Taylor's cellars is an absorbing and enriching experience that provides a unique journey into the fascinating world of Port wine. This tour will provide you with all you need to know about our Port lodge and cellars as well as the production of Taylor's Port. At the end, visitors move to the tasting room and enjoy a Signature tasting (Taylor's Chip Dry Port, Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, Taylor's 20 Year Old Tawny Port & Taylor’s Vintage Port 2009 ) with a selection of Portuguese cheeses.
Afterwards, a stop at the Cockburn’s Lodge. The Cockburn’s cellars are the most extensive in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia, facing the twin city of Porto across the Douro River. The sturdy granite walls of the Cockburn’s lodge house 6,518 seasoned oak barrels of maturing Port since 1815. At the Cockburn’s lodge you will experience a comprehensive visitor centre that provides an authentic experience of a fully working Port Cellar. A highlight of the visit to Cockburn’s is the possibility to view the coopers at work, wielding mallets with which they disassemble barrels stave by stave for maintenance and then reassemble them, a unique scene which has changed little over the centuries. Here, after the museum tour you will enjoy some of the most exclusive Ports either in the terrace, filled with vines, creating a magical atmosphere, or in the tasting rooms where the guided tasting takes places. You will visit and enjoy a wine tasting: Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage, Cockburn’s 10 Years Old Tawny, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny, Canais Vintage, Cockburn’s 2007 Vintage.
Dinner is waiting for you at Decastro Gaia Restaurant. you will discover a place for tasting, where wines are matched with Portuguese snacks under the guidance of renowned Chef Miguel Castro Silva at Decastro Gaia Restaurant. The gastronomy embraces the concept of innovation, diversification and modernity of Porto Cruz project, challenging visitors to taste new experiences that test the palate in an informal yet stylish ambiance. Enjoy a Sunset Cocktail with Port Wine in the rooftop with 360º views over the Cellars and the river and enjoy the food in the restaurant paired with Dalva Colheita wine.
Drop-off at the Hotel
End of day.
Day 3: Foz do Douro
Breakfast in the Hotel followed by Check-out.
The Chauffeur is waiting for you in the hotel lobby.
Discover Foz do Douro where the River Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean. Foz do Douro dances to its own relaxed beat, with beach bars humming with bronzed locals, large mansions, lighthouses commanding big ocean views, botanical gardens for strolling, and some amazing restaurants. Wander the amazing coast line to the backbeat of the Atlantic and relax in one of the many benches on the promenade.
Lunch will take place at Cafeína Restaurant. Cafeina Restaurant first burst onto Porto’s gastronomic scene more than a decade ago and it remains as endearingly popular today as it was when it first opened. Located in a 19th-century manor house set close to the sea in the Foz do Douro district of Porto, Cafeina Restaurant offers a warm welcome both to locals and to visitors who come here to sample its delights during their stay in Portugal.
Then, you will be transferred to Porto International Airport (OPO).
End of the Tour.
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