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PORTO & NORTHERN PORTUGAL

“If there is one portion of Europe which was made by the sea more than another, Portugal is that slice, that portion, that belt. Portugal was made by the Atlantic.” – Hilaire Belloc

2-12

Guest limits

8 / 7

Days / Nights

 $6,995

Starting Rate Per Person
(Minimum 2)

Embark on an unforgettable journey to discover the highlights and hidden gems of the lush region of Northern Portugal. From the riverfront city of Porto, full of Old World charm, to the verdant hillsides, diverse microclimates, and ancient towns of the up-and-coming Vinho Verde region, this trip provides a deeper look into a less-traveled corner of Portugal.

"Portugal has a peaceful feel about it. I sit on the terrace overlooking the vineyard there and I feel cut off from the world. You need that sort of thing.” – Cliff Richard

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

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    DAY 1. ARRIVAL PORTO

    Land at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto and transfer to your accommodations in the city’s historic center. Kick off your journey with a wine-paired Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant

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    DAY 2. PORTO

    Discover the beauty of the Douro River as you board a traditional rabelo boat and experience views of Porto and its iconic six bridges from the water. This evening, visit a historic Port Lodge for a tour and dinner

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    DAY 3. PORTO COOKING CLASS

    Roll up your sleeves, enjoy a glass of wine, and learn how to prepare an authentic Portuguese meal during a relaxed cooking class led by a local chef

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    DAY 4. VIANA DO CASTELO

    Journey north to the green coast of Portugal (“Costa Verde”), your base for the next few days. Explore the historic fishing-port city of Viana do Castelo and the Vinho Verde wine region on the way.

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    DAY 5. COSTA VERDE

    Enjoy an open day to discover the amenities of your hotel and the many offerings of the local area at your own pace. Your hotel provides free bikes for exploring the surrounding countryside and beaches and can help organize a variety of activities

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    DAY 6. MONÇÃO & MELGAÇO

    Venture to the Monçāo and Melgaço subregions of the Minho Valley, home to Alvarinho producers large and small. First stop at a local winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch, followed by a visit to the Palácio da Brejoeira, a 19th-century palace and winery

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    DAY 7. PONTE DE LIMA

    On your last day in Vinho Verde, head east to the lovely medieval town of Ponte de Lima filled with historic architecture, charming plazas, and a scenic riverside walkway. Stop at a local winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch before returning to Porto for a special farewell dinner

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    DAY 8. DEPARTURE PORTO

    Transfer to Porto Airport for return flights home

Accommodations

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Pestana Vintage Porto

Located in Porto’s vibrant Ribeira district overlooking the Douro River, this restored historic property provides an ideal base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage City. The hotel features beautiful views of the city, a restaurant and bar, fitness center and spa, and complimentary WiFi. Rooms offer air conditioning, safe, mini-bar, and coffee maker. En-suite bathrooms are equipped with toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.

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Rinoterra Minho

Built in the style of an old Portuguese estate, this countryside property outside the town of Caminha offers a mix of mountain and river views. The hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and wellness center, restaurant, bar, complimentary bikes, garden, and outdoor seating areas. Rooms offer air conditioning, minibar, tea and coffee maker, complimentary WiFi, and bathrooms equipped with toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.

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Fun Facts

Porto is known as the city of bridges


There are 6 bridges in Porto, all spanning the Douro River and connecting the city of Porto with the city of Vila Nova de Gaia. Ponte Dom Luís I is an impressive piece of 19th-century engineering designed by German architect, Téophile Seyrig, who was the business partner of the famous Gustave Eiffel. It was the longest metal bridge in the world at the time of completion. The upper deck is accessible to pedestrians and offers stunning views of Porto.

Porto has one of the most beautiful train stations in the world


Designed by José Marques da Silva in a French-inspired architectural style, Sao Bento train station was opened to the public in 1916. The station displays more than 20,000 tiles or azulejos painted by Jorge Colaço. These tiles are a true masterpiece, depicting the Portuguese landscape as well as some key events of the country’s history.

Vinho Verde is Portugal’s largest demarcated wine region


The administrative region is called Minho and is located in the northwestern corner of Portugal. Within the Vinho Verde area, there are nine sub-regions: Monção and Melgaço along the border of Spain, known for the granite soil that gives mineral notes to the wines; Lima, Cávado, and Ave, close to the coast; and Sousa, Paiva, Baião, and Basto located in a more mountainous and warmer area. These subregions also produce red wines.

Viana do Castelo is known as the capital of Portuguese folklore


Every year in August, the city hosts the Festival of Our Lady in Sorrow, one of the most beautiful and colorful folklore festivals in Portugal. The three days of festivities are filled with processions, traditional costumes, and local music. Viana do Castelo is also famous for its handicrafts including hand-painted ceramics, the famous embroidery of the Minho and Northern Portugal region, as well as gold and silver filigree.

Details

Included

  • Accommodations during program dates, including all taxes and fees
  • All activities and private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local guides, entrance fees, and private transportation
  • Meals as detailed in your itinerary, including pre-arranged drink pairings
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from arrival and departure cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and included meals

Travel Insurance

Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at https://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

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Reservation process

Step 1:

Complete the form above indicating:

  • the number of travelers in your group
  • your preferred travel dates
  • the best way to reach you

Step 2:

We will contact you to discuss your preferences.

Step 3:

Based on our conversation, we will check availability, confirm pricing, and provide you with a detailed proposal.

Step 4:

To confirm the services and accommodations for your private departure, a non-refundable 50% deposit of the total trip fee is required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How a Private Departure Works:

A Private Departure is a program that our destination specialists have meticulously crafted and curated to highlight the best of a particular destination. While we offer a few options to personalize your journey, the main framework of a Private Departure itinerary has been set. If you are seeking to make changes in the schedule or activities, a Custom Program may better suit your needs.

Destination-Specific Information - Porto & Northern Portugal:

This trip appeals to Port and wine lovers seeking to experience off-the-beaten-track locations and immerse themselves in the local culture.

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