Your full-day wine country journey begins with a convenient pickup at your central Porto hotel. Settle into your luxury coach transport and kick back on the scenic drive into the Douro Valley. After approximately 1.5 hours, arrive in the lush valley, where majestic views of terraced vineyards and UNESCO-listed hilltop villages surround you.
Take in the views at your first stop, a classic Portuguese adegas, or wine estate. Tour the grounds of this stately winery, learning about the grapes it grows and how they turn it into wine. See the cellar, where the wine is stored and bottled, then sample some of the wines and learn about the different tasting notes with your guide.
Enjoy a savory 3-course lunch with wine at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in the valley. At your next winery, an 18th-century adega, learn about the wines more in-depth so that you may contrast and compare how the different terroir (soil) affects the tasting notes of the wines. You’re in for a treat — this small producer specializes in fortified Port wine, which Portugal is famous for. Sample some of the different kinds they produce and, if you like, select a bottle to take home (own expense).
Hope back in your coach bus and relax on the leisurely drive back to central Porto. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the early evening.