An exclusive wine & food journey with

Pepper_Bridge

Portugal

May 11 - 18, 2025

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

14

Meals

Pepper Bridge Winery's Director of Winemaking, Jean-François Pellet, invites you on an unforgettable journey to discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of Northern Portugal. From the riverfront city of Porto, full of Old World charm, to the spectacular vineyards and terraced hillsides of the Douro Valley, experience the amazing wines, flavorful cuisine, rich cultural heritage, and dramatic views of this enchanting region. Highlights of the week include a visit to a Douro Valley wine estate founded in the 16th century, a stroll through the bustling markets of Porto, and a hands-on cocktail-making workshop.

Jean-François Pellet

Explore

the hidden corners of Porto— the vibrant markets, iconic neighborhoods, lively riverside cafes, and winding alleys

Taste

the local culinary offerings and the diverse styles of wines and Port produced from grapes grown on the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley

Discover

the centuries-old winemaking traditions and panoramic vistas that capture the essence of Portugal's breathtaking natural beauty

Day 1

Arrive in Lamego

Welcome to Portugal! An Experi driver will greet you at the Porto airport and transport you to our hotel situated in the Alto Douro. Check in and have some time to relax and get settled. This evening, we’ll kick things off with introductions and a cocktail followed by a special Welcome Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant where we’ll have our first foray into the region's rich gastronomic offerings.

Dinner

Overnight at Lamego Hotel & Life

Day 2

Douro Valley

After a leisurely morning, we’ll take a short drive along the river to a contemporary-style restaurant for a delicious wine-paired lunch with breathtaking views over the vineyard-covered hills. Following lunch, we’ll continue further along the river to an acclaimed quinta, or wine growing estate, where we’ll have a guided tour of the property, taking in the incredible landscape and learning about the winemaking process followed by a tasting. Later, return to the property for an open evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Lamego Hotel & Life

Day 3

Pinhao

Today we’ll visit two quintas for tours and tastings, starting with one that was founded in the 16th century and is the oldest firm still active today as a port wine producer. Our visits will provide further insights into the Douro Valley's rich wine heritage and deepen our understanding of the region's varied wine styles. In between visits, we’ll sit down for a wine-paired lunch in a picturesque setting followed by a scenic drive through the valley to a second quinta. Here we'll learn about their winemaking techniques and traditions and savor the unique characteristics of their wines. As the day wraps up, we’ll return to the property for a leisurely evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Lamego Hotel & Life

Day 4

Cocktail Workshop

On our last full day in the Douro Valley, we’ll have a free morning to enjoy the offerings at the property. This afternoon, we’ll head to Casa de Mateus where we will have the opportunity to visit the historic property, followed by a tasting of the wines produced at the on-site winery. We’ll then make our way to a well-known estate in the Douro region to partake in a fun and informative cocktail-making workshop where we’ll become familiar with the characteristics of our ingredients before learning the art of mixology. After this experience, we’ll sit down together to savor a meal highlighting the flavors of the region.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Lamego Hotel & Life

Day 5

From the Douro Valley to Porto

Today we will bid farewell to the majestic Douro Valley and venture to the bustling city of Porto. We will begin our exploration of Porto's famed port wine heritage with a visit to one of the port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia where wine produced in the Douro Valley has been transported to age. A guided tour and tasting reveals the fascinating process behind port wine production, from vine to glass, and enables us to savor the complex nuances of this sweet, fortified wine. We’ll enjoy a wine-paired lunch of regional flavors, before heading to our accommodation to check in. Dinner is on our own this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Pestana Vintage Porto

Day 6

Porto & Vila Nova de Gaia

After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a guided walking food tour to acquaint us with the city. The city's architecture narrates a fascinating tale of Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences— a testament to Porto's strategic significance throughout history. Along the way, sample some local flavors at bustling markets and tucked-away eateries. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace.

In the late afternoon, we will visit a second port lodge, offering another perspective on port wine production and the opportunity to compare the tastes. We’ll then return to the property for an open evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Pestana Vintage Porto

Day 7

WOW district and Farewell dinner

We’ll have a leisurely morning and ample free time today for any last minute shopping, sightseeing, and packing. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the WOW cultural district dedicated to the celebration of wine and gastronomy, gathering at the WOW Wine School for a guided wine & bites tasting. Later this evening, enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner, toasting our journey with new friends and celebrating the Portuguese gastronomy.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Pestana Vintage Porto

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Porto airport. Not ready to leave Portugal behind? Continue your journey with an optional four-day extension.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Vinho Verde

Day 8

Amarante

Depart this morning, traveling west to the Vinho Verde wine region— the largest wine growing region of Portugal. Along the way, take in the rolling green countryside, stopping in the town of Amarante, an ancient settlement on the banks of the River Tâmega known for its blend of Renaissance, Medieval, and Romanesque architecture. Have some free time to find a spot for lunch before venturing on to our historic accommodations in the town of Guimarães, birthplace of the first king of Portugal and often referred to as the “cradle of the nation.” As evening falls, look forward to a wine-paired dinner of regional dishes at the property.

Dinner

Overnight at Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães 

Day 9

Magic of Vinho Verde

After breakfast, embark on a journey through the relatively young and dynamic Vinho Verde wine region. Visit the distinguished Quinta de Santa Christina for a tour and tasting followed by a picnic lunch of regional products set amidst the vineyards.

In the afternoon, explore another acclaimed winery, deepening your understanding of Vinho Verde's unique wine styles. Return to the property for a leisurely evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães 

Day 10

Vinho Verde Delights

This morning, we’ll make our way to a family-run winery in the heart of the region. Learn about the local grape varieties during a guided tour that also delves into the production methods of Vinho Verde winemaking. Afterward, enjoy a tasting and a delicious wine-paired lunch showcasing the gastronomic heritage of traditional Portugese cuisine. Return to the property this afternoon with some time to relax and savor your last evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães 

Day 11

Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Porto airport, marking the conclusion of your wine journey through Portugal's northern regions.

Adeus!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: May 11 - 18, 2025
Extension: May 18 - 21, 2025

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can refer you to an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.), which can leave some areas inaccessible. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/agreement.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Experi Travel Director
  • Airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Program Rates*

Classic: $7,495
Deluxe: $7,795
Suite: $8,495

Single Occupancy: $8,695

Extension Rates*

Classic: $3,395

Single Occupancy: $4,295

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 non-refundable deposit per person is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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