Harvest in the Douro Wine, Food & Experiences of a Lifetime

9 Days / 8 Nights

Included
  • All 4- and 5-star hotels, including breakfast.
  • Private arrival and departure transfers (1 per couple).
  • Deluxe bus with private driver at disposal as per itinerary.
  • Expert Wine Guide at disposal as per itinerary.
  • 6 Dinners at local restaurants or Wine Bar (pre-set menu with wines), 1 dinner with Special Guest.
  • 8 Winery visits with premium wine tastings, 6 with lunch.
  • Private Rabelo Boat Cruise Ferrão – Covelinhas.
  • Private Porto Walking Food tour - tastings included.
  • Special wine bottle for farewell dinner.
  • Port Lodge visit with premium wine tasting.
  • Cantinho visit with tea tasting.
  • Gratuities.
  • Welcome information packet, restaurant recommendations, 24-hour contact number.
Not included
  • Porto Touristic Taxes (2€ per person per night, paid directly to the hotel at the end of your stay).
  • Personal Expenses.
  • International flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any COVID testing required to return to the US (subject to requirements at time of travel.)
Day 1

Porto

Arrive at Porto International Airport.
Meet your private English-speaking your driver outside customs and drive towards your hotel in Porto - one car per couple.
Arrival and check in at a 4-star hotel located in the city center.
Meet your wine guide and Catavino’s CEO, Ryan Opaz, in the hotel lobby and leave for dinner.
Dinner will be served at one of our favorite wine bars in Porto, Prova Wine Bar! In the heart of Porto’s historical center—a maze of medieval alleys, cobbled streets and baroque monuments—Prova has become a magnet for wine lovers. And Diogo Amado has become a player in the revival of Porto’s vibrant city center since he opened this chic narrow bar, the only wine bar in the area when he arrived in 2014.
Transfer back to the hotel after dinner.
Porto
Day 2

Porto | Covela | Douro Valley

Check out the hotel in Porto. Meet your wine guide, Ryan Opaz, in the hotel lobby and leave towards the Douro Valley.
Arrive at Quinta da Covela, a boutique winery located on a beautiful estate in the Vinho Verde region, between Douro and Minho. It is situated in the geological transition between granite and schist, in a south-facing amphitheater on the river’s right bank. The estate covers 34 hectares, where 14 are vineyards. The wines produced include not only some of the greatest whites in Portugal, but also rosés and award-winning reds. Lunch is included.
Arrive and check in at your 4-star hotel in Régua. Perched on a mountain top with panoramic views, this hotel offers luxury accommodation with private balconies overlooking the Douro River.
Dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant (pre-set menu with wines).
Douro Valley
Day 3

Douro Valley

Meet your private bus driver and wine guide in the lobby.
Leave towards S. João da Pesqueira. Friends of ours for many years, Oscar will show us around his family estate and give us another glimpse into the winemaking process of the Douro, including a chance to get your purple foot club badge!
Head to Quevedo’s Quinta D’Agodinho and savor lamb and octopus on the grill while basking in the vineyards! Make sure you have your swimsuit with you if you want to take a dip in the Douro this day!
Leave towards Ervedosa do Douro.
Now is the time we put you to work. Make sure to wear shorts or clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. We’ll be climbing in a lagar, more info on that soon! [This may be replaced with another activity if the harvest is not going on]
Leave towards Restaurant/private venue
BBQ dinner with Douro flavors at a private outside venue (if the weather permits) or the Restaurant.
Departing from the hotel. Arrival and drop-off.

Douro Valley
Day 4

Douro Valley

Meet your bus driver and Ryan Opaz in the lobby and leave towards Régua Train Station.
Train from Régua towards Ferrão. Truck transfer from Ferrão Dock towards winery.
Arrive and enjoy a private visit at Quinta do Crasto. This winery is located in one of the most magical spots in the Douro Valley, Crasto has developed into one of the leading estates in the Douro. Crasto's cult wines, Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Maria-Teresa, are among the most highly rated and sought-after wines from Portugal. Premium tasting and lunch in the winery included.
Truck transfer from winery to Ferrão Dock.
Private Rabelo boat cruise from Ferrão towards Covelinhas. Relax on a leisurely private cruise along the winding Douro River in a barco Rabelo, a majestic wooden sailboat historically used to transport the Port wine barrels from the Douro Valley to the Port Lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Arrive at Covelinhas Dock and transfer by bus to winery.
Visit and enjoy wine tasting at Quinta dos Murças, located in the center of DOC Douro. It is characterized for its 8 terroirs, marked by mountains, different altitudes and sun exposures, schist soils and the characteristic climate of the Douro valley. In the vineyards dozens of indigenous grape varieties were planted, according to Organic Production and Integrated Production.
Dinner will be served at DOC, by far one of the most stunning restaurants in the Douro, not only because of its location overlooking the river but for its eye-catching and innovative cuisine. The creative source of Chef Rui Paula’s dishes focuses on the use of regionally sourced produce, which changes according to the seasons. Taste more traditional meats from the north – such as Bísaro Pork, Milk-fed Goat Kid, Maronesa Veal, and Suckling Pig – to the freshest fish and seafood from our coast, combined with tasty risottos, traditional bread soups, and vegetables.
Taxi transfers back to your hotel (included).
Douro Valley
Day 5

Douro Valley | Dão | Bairrada | Porto

Check out of the hotel in the Douro Valley. Meet your bus driver and Ryan Opaz in the lobby and leave towards Porto.
Today we will visit a family-owned winery currently run by the charming and enthusiastic Luis Lourenço, Quinta dos Roques, one of three properties owned by the family, all planted with grape varieties indigenous to the Dao region. Quinta dos Roques lies about 10km south of Mangualde and the name comes from the family name, Roques de Oliveira. Luis was the son-in-law embraced by the family to the extent that he gave up his former life as a math teacher to make wine on the family property. They purchased a second property, Quinta das Maias, in 1997, at around 600 meters above sea level and its unique position allows farming without herbicides or pesticides. Lunch at the winery.
After lunch continue your tour to the Bairrada Wine Region, for a visit and wine tasting at Vadio Winery, a project from the couple Luís Patrão and Eduarda Dias. Born in Bairrada, Luís divides his time between Vadio and Alentejo, where he worked for 13 years at Herdade do Esporão and is currently the winemaking director at Herdade de Coelheiros. Eduarda, a Brazilian from Pernambuco and granddaughter of a Portuguese from Dão, has lived in Portugal for 11 years and runs the daily life of the small family business. The visit will let you see how a small operation can make stunning wines while respecting the land and local culture.
At the end of the afternoon, your driver will take you to Porto. Arrive and check into a 4-star hotel in Porto.
Evening at your leisure.
Douro Valley
Day 6

Porto

Morning walking Porto Food tour. You’ll be taken to several tasting locations to enjoy ten traditional and iconic Portuguese foods. You will also learn about the families and history behind each of the restaurants, cafes, and specialty food shops that you’ll visit. In between tastings, you will hear about the history, architecture and culture while you walk the streets of Porto. The Food Tour itself will be enough for lunch, but if you’re still wanting something more substantial, we will provide you with Porto restaurant suggestions.
Afternoon at leisure.
Meet Ryan Opaz and your driver in the hotel lobby and leave towards Vila Nova de Gaia.
Personal and customized, you'll enjoy a tour and tasting in a lodge tucked away from the bustling coastal crowds. W&J Graham started as a textile company that in 1820 accepted barrels of Port as payment of debt. Since then, the Graham brothers decided to devote their time to the production of high-quality Port wine, which is now part of the Symington Family Estates. Dinner will be served at Vinum.
Porto
Day 7

Porto | Monção | Ponte de Lima | Porto

Meet the private driver and Ryan Opaz in the hotel lobby and leave towards Monção.
Arrive and enjoy a private visit with premium wine tasting and lunch at Quinta de Santiago. This winery offers very special and unique wines, made with passion and high quality using a very traditional method, and applying all the knowledge transmitted from their grand-mother. Have a limited production and with single varietal Alvarinho (also known as Albariño). Wines are exclusively and 100% made of their own grapes.
After lunch, you will return back to Porto with an optional stop at Ponte de Lima for a stroll in the city.
Arrive at Porto at the end of the afternoon.
Evening at leisure.
Porto
Day 8

Porto

During the morning, enjoy a visit to an organic farm near Porto (a true oasis just 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city center). Cantinho das Aromáticas is an agricultural company whose main purpose is the production, drying, packaging, and commercialization of dried aromatic herbs, produced in Organic Agriculture. From seeds to potted plants, you will find a wide variety of herbs.
Enjoy a private visit of an independent family-owned business, managed by the Poças family since its foundation in 1918. Before your premium tasting of Tawny Port in their newly built tasting room, experience the unforgettable smell of a Port Wine Cellar where you'll learn everything about Port wine's history and culture. Lunch will be served at the Port Lodge.
After lunch, you can choose to return to your hotel by bus or be on your own to explore more of Gaia Port Lodges. Afternoon at leisure.
This evening we’ll head to dinner for a seafood feast, at O Gaveto! This family- owned restaurant is an icon in the city, not only for its wine list but for its divinely fresh fish. From the minute you walk in the door, you’re encountered with trays of the day's fresh fish while being served heaps of seafood, from stuffed rock crab, tiny orange shrimp from the coast of Portugal, and gooseneck barnacles. Combined with their outstanding service, it’s a food lover’s dream! (Pre-set menu with wines).
Porto
Day 9

Porto

Meet your private driver at the lobby and leave towards Porto International Airport (1 car per couple).
Flight back home or continue to Lisbon for optional extension

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