Cruise in Douro River
This is the ultimate, utmost activity for expert Wine enthusiasts.
A 3-day stay in a Wine Hotel at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A private sailboat cruise. A guided visit through some of the most famous wineries and wine estates of the iconic region.
You'll taste exquisite wine, cruise through a quintessential wine region and be familiar with all the details of Port wine production.
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From € 990 Category B (price per person based on double occupancy)
From € 1.540 Category A (price per person based on double occupancy)
The price is customized based on travel dates, and other custom preferences.
Welcome to Portugal. Wine Tourism in Portugal will invite you to discover the amazing Douro Valley.
The Private driver is waiting for you in your Hotel lobby in Porto or Porto International Airport (OPO).
Enjoy the scenic 2-hour road trip to the Douro Valley.
Check-in at the chosen Hotel. You will be accommodated in a Wine Hotel (Category B) or a Luxury Resort (Category A).
Category A – Six Senses Douro Valley – Superior Room or similar/ Category B - Quinta da Pacheca or Quinta do Vallado or Quinta de la Rosa or Quinta de Ventozelo – Double Room or similar
After the check-in, you will be guided in the Quinta da Pacheca Winery. Quinta da Pacheca, one of the most known properties of the Douro, stands out for having been the first to bottle wine under its own brand. The first reference to the Quinta is in a document dated 17th April 1738, where it is called "the Pacheca" because its owner was then D. Mariana Pacheco Pereira. But it was only in 1903 that D. José Freire de Serpa Pimentel decided to develop his growing interest in enology, acquiring the property in order to devote himself to the wine production. You will learn about the history, the vinification processes, the vines, the old winery, and the wine cellar, ending with a wine tasting.
Dinner is waiting for you at Quinta da Pacheca Restaurant. The restaurant offers a touch of luxury and gourmet and a search for constant quality while keeping the true essence of the traditional Portuguese cuisine. Always prepared with fresh products of the land, the restaurant dishes are a real temptation. The quality of this cuisine, famous throughout the Douro region, makes the restaurant of Quinta da Pacheca the Ex-libris of the estate. Delicious gourmet dishes are perfectly harmonized with the award-winning wines of Quinta da Pacheca, making the meals a unique experience.
End of day
Wake up to the beautiful landscape of the Douro Valley and recharge your batteries with a fantastic breakfast in the Hotel.
The Private driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the Hotel and will take you to two of the finest Quintas in the Douro Valley.
The first stop will be at Quinta do Crasto. Located between Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto is owned by the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for more than a century. Its origin dates back to the 19th century. The first known references date back to 1615. One of the greatest acknowledgments came in 2008, when Wine Spectator, an international reference of the sector, considered Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2005, coming from vineyards with 70 years, the third-best wine in the world that year, giving it a rating of 95 in one hundred points. You will visit the vineyards, including the famous old vineyards of Quinta do Crasto, a winery, and a barrel cellar. After the visit, you will have a tasting of 5 wines.
After the Wine experience, enjoy lunch and views in the Terraçu's Restaurant. The menu appeals to the senses and emotions, in a relaxed and curious way. The proposals are different every day and guests never know the menu, letting themselves be guided by the inspiration of Chef José Pinto.
After lunch, you will discover Quinta Nova, Nossa Senhora do Carmo. "One of the 9 must-see wineries in the world", distinguished by American Airlines. Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of the Douro and it's been owned by the Amorim family since 1999. But this property is prior to 1764 and historical research confirms it as a great land belonging to the Portuguese Royal Family. The historic sites that are still preserved today and opened for visitors reveal all this: the creek, the gazebo, the stone mark of the Marquis of Pombal dated 1758, the cellar's crest, two chapels, and three secular orchards. You will have a Guided Tour through the vines, winery dated from 1764, and the underground cellar. The visit ends with a tasting of 3 wines at the wine shop.
End of day.
Breakfast in the Hotel followed by Check-out.
The Private driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the Hotel.
During the morning and to end the tour in perfection, sail onboard a private cruise on the Douro River. A 2-hour cruise onboard a sailboat, experience the Portuguese history and feel nature as it travels through the Douro River as a traditional Rabelo boat moved through the force of the sails. Be amazed by the scenarios that the Douro has to offer.
After the cruise, the private driver will take you back to Porto or to Porto International Airport (OPO).
End of the Tour
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"Our Wine Tour was great and we had a wonderful time. Everything went extremely well and our driver, João, was the best. The accommodations, food and winery tours were all outstanding. I cannot tell you enough how much we enjoyed this experience. We will remember it for many years to come and will recommend it highly to friends. Thanks so much."
"Quinta do Crasto was the best tour with a very young female guide taking us around - very personal, great estate, and the tasking as not hurried and fun - gave us a pitcher of water too. We waited around the infinity pool, which was a treat. The cruise was leisurely. Overall, very enjoyable experience. Great value. Thanks"
"We had a great time. Thank you!"
"We had a wonderful trip in the Douro Valley and plan to come back next fall (2020). Fernando was an excellent driver and guide, He gave us good information and answered all of our questions. We had a great stay at Quinta Pacheca although I am a little sad we did not know about the opportunity to stay in their wine barrel accommodations. The visit at Quinta Carvalhas was a once in a lifetime event."
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