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Deluxe Chauffeur Driven Tour to Porto and Douro wine region from Lisbon


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ProductID: 1259

Type: Chauffeur Driven Tour

Country: Portugal

Theme: Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures

Region: Northern Portugal

Group Size: 2 - 6 People

Start City: Lisbon

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Lodging: Pousada / Deluxe-Luxury Hotels 4* & 5*

Porto and Douro Wine Tour ~ Douro Valley Vineyards
On this private chauffeur driven tour you will exploring the Douro Valley, Porto and Northern Portugal. The journey through Port wine country is one of the most pleasant travel experiences in Southern Europe, passing by many of the famous vineyards along the way.

Porto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past. Magnificently situated on the great gorge of the River Douro, which spills into the Atlantic after its scenic 927 km journey from Spain, the 'granite city' is best known for its striking Porto and Douro Wine Tour ~ Taylor´s Port Winerybridges and the much-celebrated Port wine, which is stored and savoured by wine lovers all over the world.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1996, the ancient Ribeira riverside district is a warren of narrow, twisting streets and shadowy arches.

Day by Day Itinerary:
5 Days / 4 Nights

DAY 1:
- 09:30AM approx.: In the morning an English-Speaking Private VIP Chauffeur will pick you up from your Cruise Ship, Hotel or Airport in Lisbon
- Transfer by the highway to Coimbra (02h00 drive approx.)
- 11:30AM: Coimbra´s Old Quarter and University Walking Tour (Duration: 01h30)
- Upon arrival to Coimbra meet up with a private local guide where you will take a walk around the Old town and visit the Universidade Velha (Old University).
- 01:00PM: Continue to Quinta das Larigmas where we have reserved a table for your lunch* at their fabulous restaurant
- In the Afternoon your chauffeur will take you to Pinhão, in the heart of the Douro wine region (0 2h00 drive approx.)
- 05:00PM-05:30PM: Check-in your hotel
- Before dinner in the hotel you will enjoy....
- 07:00PM: Port Experience - Wine Tasting (Duration: 01h30)
- When you arrive just confirm at the reception the time of the tasting.
- The Library Bar and the Lodge are the ideal locations for a wine tasting.
- Experience the different types of Port, understand its history, the years in oak, the importance of temperature, pairing wine with food and learn to use the right glass.
Special Category Ports: 10 Years Old Tawny, 20 Years Old Tawny, 40 Years Old Tawny, Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quinta Vintage opened with Port tongs
- The courses are coordinated and monitored by enologists from well-known properties in the region.
- We recommend you have dinner in the restaurant of the hotel
- Overnight in Pinhão

DAY 2:
- Breakfast
- 09:30AM: Exploring the Douro Wine Region (08h00 approx)
Your English-Speaking Private Chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of the hotel this morning
- Begin the day with a panoramic drive around the Douro valley
- Then Visit the Solar de Mateus
- Continue to Vila Real . Here you could take a short walk around the Old town and visit the Ethnographic museum, cathedral and castle
- Free time for lunch on your own
- Visit Amarante, Church of São Gonçalo Monastery
- Then a possible visit to a Port wine Farm in the area.
- Drop off back at your hotel
- Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Pinhão

DAY 3:

- Breakfast
- 09:00AM: Your English-Speaking Private Chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of the hotel this morning
- Driving along the Douro River banks reaching to Porto
- Arrival to Porto
- Check-in your hotel
- 12:30PM: We have reserved you a table for Lunch in the fabulous restaurant Barao de Fladgate located within Taylor´s wine lodge and with view of Porto over the other side of the River Douro.
- 01:30PM: After Lunch you will have a VIP tour and tasting at Taylor´s including 3 different port wines (Dry White Port, 30 Years Port and Reserve Port)
- Then be taken to Croft for another VIP tour and tasting including 4 different port wines (Sweet White Port, 20 Years Port, Reserve Port and Vintage 87 Port)
- Historic Porto´s Monumental Tour (Duration: 03h00)
- Your Private Official Specialist Guide will meet you at the main entrance in front the the Security office of Taylor´s after the winery tour.
- Enjoy a visit to the main sites of Porto: Palácio da Bolsa, Sé Cathedral and Church of São Francisco
- Then tour will end back at your hotel
- Dinner on your own, you could try one of the restaurant close by on the Ribeira old quarter.
- Overnight in Porto

DAY 4:

- Breakfast
- 09:00AM: Your English-Speaking Private Chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of the hotel this morning
- Depart Porto driving by highway to Guimaraes
- 10:30AM: Guimaraes old quarter and monumental tour (Duration: 03h00)
- Meet a Private Official Local Guide upon arrival to Guimaraes
- Starting off with a city tour and the Historic centre.
- Then visit the Santuario de Penha, with a Cable car ride to the top
- After this you will visit Martins Sarmento Museum
- Then as well Castle of Guimaraes and Paço dos Duques de Bragança
- Continuing on driving making a stop to visit on your own the Sanctuary Bom Jesus do Monte just outside of the Braga City
- In Braga you will have free time for lunch on your own and to visit the Cathedral (Sé) & old quarter of the city
- Return to Porto
- Then tour will end back at your hotel
- Dinner on your own.
- Overnight in Porto

DAY 5:

- Breakfast
- Your English-Speaking Private Chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of the hotel this morning
- Transfer to Porto Airport
- Board plane and return to point of origin city


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