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This tour was designed for the most exquisite tastes, intended to be one of the finest luxury immersive travel to the Portuguese wine, food, and culture in Porto.
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Discover the magnificent Porto, its monuments, architecture, its people and the most emblematic places. In this luxury tour, you will be delighted with the richness of the Portuguese culinary at Michelin Starred Restaurants, you will have an exclusive visit to some of the most famous and renowned Port Cellars, located in Vila Nova de Gaia and you will enjoy an exclusive cruise.
Porto is charming, full of history, great for romance and relaxation.
Day 1 We invite you for a unique and delicious experience in Porto.
Welcome to Portugal. Wine Tourism in Portugal will invite you to discover the amazing city of Porto.
After airport formalities at Porto International Airport (OPO), you will be collected outside customs, and transferred, by deluxe vehicle Mercedes S-Class with English speaking Chauffeur to the Hotel.
Check-in at Le Monumental Palace. You discovered your Portuguese address, historically luxurious and predestined to remarkable travelers. You will discover that this luxury hotel in the heart of Porto, does not have monumental only as a name. Ancient most renowned “café” of Porto since 1930, the Café Monumental, has become the hotel of choice for a high-end stay in Porto. Such as the locals you belong to history by choosing this this 5-star hotel exceeding the ordinary.
Meet the certified private Guide at the hotel lobby, he 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 coffee table book. You will enjoy a Wine Tourism in Portugal offer, an afternoon tea, with a delicious “rabanada à Majestic”.
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 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, a visit to 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”.
Drop-off at the hotel.
Dinner will be served at Le Monument Restaurant. Discover the talent and excellence of starred Chef Julien Montbabut’s cuisine at the gourmet restaurant Le Monument, in the heart of Porto. Local products are in the spotlight, while keeping the spirit of French cuisine. Behind the scenes, the brigade is composed of about twenty talented people supervised by Julien Montbabut will delight you. A unique gourmet restaurant in Porto that invites each guest to discover the richness of the Portuguese culinary heritage, enhanced by the excellence of the French savoir-faire of a starred chef. As for desserts, Pastry Chef Joana Thöny-Montbabut plays the opulent card with gourmet and festive creations!
End of day.
Day 2 Understand the unique and renowned Port Wine.
Breakfast in the hotel.
The Chauffeur is waiting for you in the hotel lobby.
The wine lodges that line the riverbank in Vila Nova de Gaia are home to the great ambassador of Portugal: Port Wine. Here it is left to age before being sent to all corners of the world, bringing great pleasure to all those who drink it. On this day, we want you to discover some of the finest.
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. In the cellars and in the silence of their warehouses, Port wine rests in barrels of noble wood. Sleeping there, in a unique peace, the barrels and vats seem like they are lost in time. 10, 20 , 30, … You will have a Private tour to the centenary cellars of the Real Companhia Velha which begins with a video showing all process of the art of making Port, since its birth in the vineyards of the Douro to its aging, bottling, and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour follows through the main aging 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.
Lunch will be served at Barão de Fladgate Restaurant. Barão Fladgate Restaurant enjoys a spectacular location and atmospheric setting in the grounds of Taylor’s Port cellars with magnificent views across the Douro River to the old historic center of Porto. It offers a contemporary interpretation of traditional cuisine where the accent is on fresh local ingredients and on showcasing the authentic flavors of Portugal. Named after John Fladgate, the celebrated 19th century Port shipper and partner of Taylor’s who was awarded the title of Baron for his services to viticulture, the Barão Fladgate restaurant celebrates 20 years of inspiring fine cuisine and excellent service.
After lunch, 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. The wine cellars of Porto Taylor’s are located in the heart of the historical center of Vila Nova de Gaia, in a privileged location, with magnificent views over the city of Porto and the river Douro. A visit to Taylor’s cellars is an absorbing and enriching experience that provides a unique journey into the fascinating world of Port wine. You will have a VINTAGE MASTER CLASS – Designed by experienced professionals and aimed at connoisseurs who want to learn more about the Vintage style. Includes a visit to the cellars and a class that deepens the knowledge about the production and characteristics of Taylor’s Vintage Ports.
Afterward, 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 Cockburn’s lodge you will experience a comprehensive visitor center 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 place. 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 Pedro Lemos Restaurant. Set in the amazing scenery of the Douro River, which runs into Porto, is one of the most extraordinary restaurants in town. The Michelin Star Chef Pedro Lemos cooks here, using quality ingredients from the sea and the land. Whether in the rustic-chic ambiance of the dining room or on the rooftop terrace next to the chef’s herb garden, you will enjoy a special menu. You will experience the flavors of a Premium Menu paired with the best wine.
Drop-off at the Hotel.
End of day.
Day 3 Wander the amazing coastline and cruise in Douro river.
Breakfast in the Hotel followed by Check-out.
The Chauffeur is waiting for you in the hotel lobby.
You will enjoy an Exclusive charming Boat cruise starting from Douro Marina. Situated in Douro Marina, Feeldouro has a privileged localization in Foz do Douro. This is one of the starting points for a cruise on the Douro, with 210 navigable km and considered by many as one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe! Discover the mythic city of Porto, its old town by the river, bridges and historic landscapes. Offer a drink so you can enjoy even more of this ride!
Lunch 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 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 inside the restaurant.
Before your outbound flight, discover the Foz do Douro where the River Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean. Out west, 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 coastline to the backbeat of the Atlantic and relax in one of the many benches on the promenade.
Then, you will be transferred to Porto International Airport (OPO)
End of the Tour