Northern Portugal, the Douro to Porto

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Set off for Portugal’s exquisite north, from the inspiring vineyard terraces of the Douro Valley to the antique allure of Porto. Glide along the Douro River as you delve into the dramatic viticulture of the region’s UNESCO world heritage vineyards, and discover the region’s notable medieval and Baroque towns along the way. Experience the colorful heart of Portugal’s second largest city and taste history within the antique cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia’s legendary Port wine houses, before visiting the rural Vinho Verde quintas of the Minho, and a whimsical seaside village on the Atlantic.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

After arriving to Porto Airport, be chauffeured to the UNESCO World Heritage vineyards of the majestic Douro Valley for check-in at your sumptuous, five-star wine country retreat. This evening, you’ll savor a tasting menu of contemporary Portuguese cuisine with wine pairing, accented by exquisite riverfront views, at one of the region’s most celebrated gastronomic restaurants.

Day 2

Privately cruise along the Douro River aboard an authentic wooden Rabelo Boat, as your knowledgeable captain describes the Rabelo’s significance in the historic production of Port. Be introduced to the stellar reds of the region as you sip Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz at one of the Duoro’s most esteemed producers, before indulging in the flavors of the season with a gourmet lunch accompanied by stunning views of the valley’s dramatic vineyard terraces.

Day 3

Today travel to the quaint village of Provesende to discover its fine tradition of artisan wares and rustic handicrafts. Visit the 18th century estate of a fabled Douro producer for a tasting of their coveted DOC vintages and an artfully prepared lunch of traditional Portuguese cuisine. This afternoon relish a lesser known viticultural treasure of the Douro with an exclusive tasting of legendary Lamego espumante (sparkling wine) at a historic cellar. Experience the Portuguese Baroque architecture of historic Lamego, including the impressive Santuario de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, with the insights of your expert guide.

Day 4

From your serene Douro River retreat set off for the medieval town of Guimaraes to explore its magnificent UNESCO designated center with your local guide. Journey back to the middle ages as you encounter the 10th century Castelo de Guimarães and such sublime civic squares as the Largo da Oliveira and Largo de São Tiago with their historic wooden houses and balconies typical of Northern Portugal. Dine on modern interpretations of regional specialties at a chic gastronomic restaurant before traveling to the ancient Roman city of Braga for an insider’s look at the Baroque masterpiece, the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte, known for its unique zig-zag staircase, adorned with intricate sculptures and fountains. Tonight check-in to your sophisticated five-star stay in the center of Porto’s historic heart, and celebrate local flavors with an elegant dinner at the city’s most clandestine gourmet treasure.

Day 5

Get acquainted with the authentic sights and sounds of Porto with your expert guide. Discover the city’s historic downtown, the Baixa, from the architectural splendor of the Avenida dos Aliados and Clerigos Church to the spectacular Azulejos of the São Bento train station and Belle Epoque enchantment of a fabled cafe. Visit the Morro da Sé neighborhood with its Romanesque Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral), before touring the Neoclassical wonder that is the city’s former stock exchange, the Palacio da Bolsa. Traverse the sinewy medieval streets of the Ribeira district, leading to colorful Praça da Ribeira, accented by historic jewel-tone houses against a backdrop of Porto’s iconic riverfront. Travel across the Dom Luís I Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia for a gourmet lunch featuring panoramic city views at an esteemed Port wine house. This afternoon you’ll uncover the finest Ruby and Tawny Ports with a vertical tasting paired with regional cheeses at a distinguished cellar.

Day 6

This morning whisk away to the iconic Vinho Verde DOC producing region of Minho. Tickle your tastebuds with the crisp and slightly effervescent vintages of a family-owned wine estate. Sample the centuries-old tradition of smoked meats at a rustic Melgac?o smokehouse before touring one of Portugal’s oldest villages, a former Roman settlement known for its bucolic riverfront, emerald green countryside, and regal residences. Dine on country-inspired fare before crowning your day in the Minho province with a leisurely tasting at the lovely estate of a boutique Vinho Verde producer.

Day 7

Be lulled by the coastal breezes of the Atlantic as your chauffeur transports you to the colorful lagoon of Aveiro, sometimes referred to as the “Venice of Portugal.” With the help of your local guide, discover quaint bridges crisscrossing serene canals as you admire typical Moliceiro boats, decorated in technicolor splendor, gliding past. Experience the town’s kaleidoscope of architecture from fishermans’ cottages painted in vivid primary colors and whimsical Art Deco facades with sherbet-hued accents, to grand 15th century monuments. Stop at the lively Praça do Peixe market before sampling the coastal bounty of the lagoon with a meal of fresh, seaside delights.

Day 8

Bid Adeus to Porto as you are chauffeured to Porto Airport for departure.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Private Rabelo boat ride along the Douro River
  • Exclusive private winery tours and tastings in the UNESCO world heritage Douro Valley
  • Guided visit of historic town of Provesende
  • Espumante sparkling wine tasting along fabled Lamego wine route
  • Guided walking tour of historic towns of Guimaraes and Braga
  • Guided visit of Feira de Barcelos market
  • Privately guided visit of Porto’s Baixa & Ribeira districts
  • Exclusive port tasting at acclaimed cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Small batch winery visits and tastings in Vinho Verde DOC wine country
  • DOP Serra da Estrela cheese farm visit and tasting
  • Guided visit of coastal village of Aveiro and its singular Ria de Aveiro
  • Day of exclusive wine tasting in DOC Dao wine country

Pricing

The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 8 days/7 nights with pricing options beginning at:

  • $6,750 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
  • $5,200 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of four
Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program is applied to travel parties of four or more.

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.


Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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