Taste of the Douro Valley

Taste of the Douro Valley

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Taste of the Douro Valley

8 Days

Visiting: Porto, São Vicente de Pereira Jusã, Amarante, Lamego, Tabuaço, Douro River, Pinhão, Régua, Pocinho, Carvalhal Redondo, Carvalhal

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Tour code:

TTDOU

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Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Leisurely

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Tour Overview

A masterclass in scenery and in winemaking, Portugal’s Douro Valley is a tapestry of meandering rivers and undulating hillsides, quilted into tightly woven vineyards and dotted with whitewashed quintas. On this guided tour holiday, we start in Porto, explore tiled mansions and cobbled squares, duck across the river into the cellar doors of Vila Nova de Gaia, the centre of Portugal’s port industry. Travelling on the river and by train and road we spend wonderful days exploring the historic wineries, rustic villages, and medieval towns of the Douro Valley.

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  • VIP door-to-door travel service

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Day 1

Location: Porto, São Vicente de Pereira Jusã

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Porto. On arrival, we transfer inland to São Vicente, an area known for its thermal therapeutic waters - the ruins of the original Roman baths are adjacent to the grounds.

Day 2

Location: Porto

This morning we travel into Porto for a guided tour of the city that lends its name to both the country and the wine. Although its Lisbon that often steals the limelight, Portugal’s second city is in no way second best. On the banks of the river Douro (gold river), Porto is a treasure of a city - historical, charismatic, and eclectic, where forget-me-not-blue tiled façades rub shoulders with colourful street art. We explore pockets of old Porto (including the cathedral) and UNESCO-listed Ribeira, the riverfront historic quarter lined with painted townhouses, jumbled cobbled alleyways and grand neoclassical buildings.
In the afternoon when the sun is firmly over the yard arm, we cross the river to Vila Nova de Gaia, the centre of Portugal’s port industry. Tawny, ruby, vintage, white, all the port in the country comes to Gaia to mature in the riverside cellars. There are 60 wine lodges in total, with names familiar to anyone who’s ever perused the top shelf of a British pub, including Taylor’s and Graham’s. We visit a wine lodge to learn about the history, processes, and production.

Day 3

Location: Amarante, Lamego, Tabuaço

Travelling inland towards the heart of the Douro Region, we make some spectacular stops along the way. We'll visit Quinta da Aveleda to see this renowned wine estate, before heading to the honey-coloured medieval town of Amarante. Built on a 4th-century BC Roman settlement on the green banks of the River Tâmega, there’s time to walk across the Ponte São Gonçal bridge, where heroic locals fought off the French in the Napoleonic wars, and shop for souvenirs, embroidery, and linens in the main street.

Driving into the vine-covered hills of the Douro Alto, we stop for a guided walk of the medieval town of Lamego. Like much of Europe’s Russian Doll architecture, with churches built on temples and palaces built on forts, Lamego fell in and out of Muslim and Christian control. The effects of which we see in the Moorish castle, Gothic cathedral, and Renaissance villas. The jewel in the crown is the Nossa Senhora dos Rémedios, a beautiful rococo and baroque church with sweeping steps decked in azulejos (Portuguese tiles). We then continue to our hotel in Tabuaço, a village surrounded by the terraces, vines, and slopes of the Douro Valley.

Day 4

Location: Douro River, Pinhão

We head to Pinhão, a pretty village on the curve of the river where there’s time to explore independently and grab some lunch before boarding our river cruise. Draped across the riverbanks like a patchwork emerald quilt, we spend a lazy afternoon sipping wine and cruising past the pine-forests and wine terraces of the Douro Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an excellent vintage, boasting over 2,000 years of winemaking.

On our way back, we’ll make a stop at the Quinta de São Luiz for the chance to taste some of their products.

Day 5

Location: Régua, Pocinho, Carvalhal Redondo

There are few experiences more idyllic than drinking wine in the sun-drenched vineyards of the Douro Valley. But the area has even more in its wheelhouse, including its scenic railway. Leaving the town of Régua, we trundle our way through the valley as the landscape reveals perfectly plaited vineyards dotted with cypress trees and whitewashed quintas. Disembarking in Pocinho, we travel through pretty medieval villages to Carvalhal, a quiet village on the edge of the valley.

Day 6

Location: Carvalhal

Today is at leisure to enjoy the spa and pool at the hotel. Or you can choose to take an optional tour around the narrow streets, white balconied buildings and bell towers of Viseu, including entrance to its highlight, the Museu Nacional Grão Vasco. Although virtually unknown to travellers, Viseu has impressive historical credentials that go back to the Iron Age. Changing hands through Roman, Visigoth and Moorish occupation, with the occasional raids from Spanish Castilian troops, today it’s a peaceful and laid back city with a great arts scene and beautiful flower-filled squares and churches.

Day 7

Location: Carvalhal

Today is free or you can choose an optional excursion to Vila Real's stunning Palacio do Mateus. A near perfect example of baroque architecture, if the ornate balustrade and elaborate spires look familiar, it's because you’ve been eyeing up too many bottles of rosé. The palace image features on the distinctive flask-shaped bottles of Mateus wine. You’ll continue to the Quinta da Pacheca for a guided tour and wine tasting experience.

Day 8

Location: Porto

We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

What's Included

  • 7 nights in hotels

  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with TAP Portugal from London Gatwick.

  • Titan tour manager

  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 7 dinners (days 1-7)undefined excursions and visits

  • Guided walking tour of Porto

  • Visit a port wine cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia

  • Visit to Amarante

  • Tour of Lamego town and the Nossa Senhora dos Rémedios

  • Douro river cruise

  • Quinta da Padrela wine tasting

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    We've been taking our customers across the world on escorted tours for more than 40 years

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    Our commitment to sustainable travel is part of our ethos. We love exploring the world and hope that, alongside our customers, we can be part of a bigger change in respecting the people and wildlife on our planet and minimising the impact we have on our environment.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

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    You’ll receive your Final holiday documents via email approximately 14 days prior to your departure.

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