Portuguese Wine Route

7 days tour

Highlights

Over the past few years, Portuguese wines quality has been recognized with several awards throughout the world, accomplishing a remarkable 11th position on the world largest wine producer.

With our portuguese wine route you will visit 4 diferent demarked regions in northen Portugal – Douro, Bairrada, Dão and the vinhos verdes – Minho.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Porto and Portugal

Complimentary transfer from Porto Airport to your hotel, according to your arrival schedule.

Settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Guide to discuss the exciting places you will be visiting in the next few days over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Porto

 

Day 2: Porto and the wine cellars

Join your guide to a visit to Porto old quarter. Admire the multi-colored houses and pay particular attention to the cathedral, São Bento train station, Clérigos church and tower, Lello bookshop.Visit the world famous port-wine cellars and enjoy a wine tasting.

Rest of the day free to enjoy at your own pace.

Porto

Day 3: Guimarães Ponte de Lima and Monção

Departure to the Minho province, at the Vinho Verde wine region. The name literally means “green wine” but translates as “young wine”. The Vinho Verde Region was demarcated in 1908 and recognized as “Denominação de Origem Controlada” (DOC) in 1984.

Stop by Guimarães, considered to be the “cradle of Portugal”, as this was the headquarters of Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king. Visit its historical center, World Heritage site, and the Castle of Guimarães. Continue to the immaculately preserved Ponte de Lima, considered“the oldest town in Portugal

Visit Monção, separated from Galicia, Spain, by the River Minho, at the heart of Alvarinho wine area. Visit a local cellar to learn more about it and taste some wines produced here. Return to Porto.

Porto

Day 4: Bairrada and Aveiro

Departure to Bairrada wine region, a Portuguese DOC located close to the Atlantic Ocean. Bairrada is known for its deep colored tannic red wines that often have bell pepper and black currant flavors, as well as its emerging rosé production.

Visit a local wine producing estate and taste the local gastronomy, namely “leitão assado” (roasted suckling pig) with the local “espumante” (sparkling wine), a truly sensory experience.

Porto

Day 5: Dão - Viseu

Departure to Dão, DOC wine region, at the Center of Portugal. Surrounded by mountain chains, the Dão region is protected from cold winds, summer rain clouds from the Atlantic, and even continental storms. The vineyards lie high in the hills, at 400 to 500m, even sometimes as high as 800m, on decomposed schist or granite.

Visit Viseu and its compact old center around the hulking granite cathedral. Much of the town’s modern wealth comes from the excellent wines of the adjacent Dão region. Visit a local wine producing estate and taste the local gastronomy. Continue to the Douro Valley

Douro Valley

Day 6: Douro Valley

Long famous as the source of Port wine, the Douro is now also renowned for its fine, rich unfortified wines of the highest quality, both red and white.

The traditional vineyard scenery, dominated by the old, narrow, stone-walled terraces, have been preserved in this region by World Heritage Site status. The Douro Valley is probably the last of the world’s major wine regions still to be pressing significant quantities of its grapes by foot – in shallow, open wine-fermenters, called “lagares”.

Appreciate breathtaking panoramas, along winding roads, and admire the beautiful “azulejos” depicting the wine harvest at Pinhão train station. Stop at a local “quinta” (wine producing estate) to learn about port-wine producing methods and enjoy a wine tasting.

Douro Valley

 

Day 7: Farewell to Portugal

The day is free to enjoy at your own pace. Complimentary transfer to Porto Airport according to your departure schedule. End of our services.

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Itinerary

Includes

  • Private guide/driver during your stay
  • Attractions and tours according to the itinerary: all the wine tastes and visits according to program in Porto, Douro, Minho, Bairrada and Dão
  • Nights & breakfast at selected hotels in Porto (3 nights), Douro (2 nights)
  • 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Modern and comfortable car, mini-bus or minivan
  • Civil liability insurance + travel insurance

Does not include

  • Flights to and from Portugal (we can help you with the flight)
  • Personal expenses