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Douro, Nature and Wine

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 385 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1000 Euro (EUR)

Travel to the heart of Port Wine country, the Douro Valley, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Landscape and considered by National Geographic the 7th World’s Sustainable Tourism Destination. Stay in the unique Quinta Nova inn, a winery farm where you will be able to visit all the production steps of one the best Douro wines and don’t miss tasting it! But you also have the chance to walk or bike the farm’s circuits or in the region where terrace vineyards and river curves will stay in your mind for long!

A true appreciation of what makes the Douro valley special can only be had via a boat trip along the river. The speedboat can access little inlets that larger boats can’t get to and which allow the visitor to enjoy the scenery in the most private manner and in constant contact with various Quintas. Due to the tour being done on a speedboat means that you can stop and photograph birds in flight, or even swim, just about anywhere along the river. If you prefer a calm trip up the river, we propose a trip on the traditional Port boats – the Barcos Rabelo – or rather exact replicas of the boats that carried the casks of Port from the farm to the lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Gastronomy:
- Olive Oil Tasting. Learn all about the world of Douro Olive Oil, from olive picking to olive oil tasting you will be coached in such a way you will render yourself to the pleasures of the product
- Wine tasting. On the wine tours the guests learn about our vineyards and cellar that date back to 1764, as well as our lodge and underground cellar where the best Amorim-family picked lots are aged. The tour ends in the wine shop where you can taste a variety of wines and choose wines or other products to be shipped to another destination. In the harvest season (September), you will have the chance to harvest grapes with the specialists, try the first wine in the cellars and have a typical vintage lunch. The harvesting experience will finish with some Port and Douro wine tasting.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival day. Transfer from Porto to the hotel (approximate 2 hours and 30 min).

Day 2: Quinta Nova walking routes. The hotel offers walking routes to satisfy all walkers. There are three distinct routes, clearly signed, which total 8 km’s - the 1st private circuit in Portugal. Along this ecological route you will be able to visit the winery, the olive press and the stream, the patron chapel and the Nossa Senhora do Carmo chapel, walk along tree lined paths, enter the lodge and underground wine cellar, explore the vegetable garden and chicken coop, the eighteenth century boundary markers, observe the abandoned pre-phylloxera terraces and relax in places such as the Pomar de África, Pomar do Marco Pombalino or the Pomar das Laranjeiras. With the right gear, a map of all the routes and general information on conduct, you will be able to enjoy this ecological activity and discover the history and traditions of local Douro wine.

Day 3: Corgo walking trail - (11 km/6.8 miles|4 hours). Morning transfer to Alvações do Corgo (approximate 1 hour). The Corgo walking trail is located on the heart of the Douro wine region. You will be walking most of the time in the vineyards terraces with unique views of the Corgo river. During the walk you will pass through some small villages.

Day 4: Granja do Tedo Walking trail - (11 km/6.8 miles|4 hours). Morning transfer to Granja do Tedo (approximate 1 hour). This walking trail starts in one of the most beautiful villages in the area Granja do Tedo. It’s a small village full of legends and traditions where its houses and narrow streets look like were frozen in time. The remarkable landscape where the river, the valley and mountain inspire every step of the walk. These ancient trails will take back in time.

Day 5: Departure. Transfer to Porto (approximate 2 hours and 30 min).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 4 accommodations with breakfast starting on Sundays
- GPS Wine Caching
- Bike rental
- Farm guided visit
- Documentation and maps
- GPS tracks about 4 walking routes
- 24/24 support phone line
- Insurance
- Complementary t-shirt and water bottle
- VAT taxes.

Prices:
- Transfers (Porto airport and local): €120
- Guide (4 half day hiking or biking): €100
- 4 dinners: €70
- 4 Lunch boxes: €50
- Olive oil tasting: €15
- Wine tasting (starting from): €6
- Grape vintage (full day, September only): €50
- Rental GPS: €30
- Douro river boat ride (starting from): €60
- Single supplement: €240
- Starting on other day (not Sunday): €70.

Note: High season extra charge is applied between May 1st to October 31st: €60.

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