The Unique Barrel Wine Experience: Porto & Douro

5 days

Fancy mixing a wonderful two-night stay in the heart of Porto city with a truly unique experience in the heart of the stunning Douro Valley vineyards? Experience all of this on our unique barrel stay wine experience in a working Port Lodge with private chauffeured experiences!

Trip Highlights

  • Relax with private airport transfers

  • Spend two nights in a boutique four-star hotel on the banks of the river in Oporto with stunning views

  • Sample exquisite wine from a world-famous Port producer in the famous Vila Nova de Gaia with lunch on the terrace

  • Explore in style with a private chauffeured Port-tasting tour, winding through the magnificent Douro Valley before being chauffeured to your next hotel

  • Enjoy tastings en route at a mix of world-famous and boutique port lodges; meet the humble and passionate winemakers behind this world-famous wine region

  • Experience the beautiful Douro the best way possible -- by cruising down the river in a traditional rabelo boat before tucking into traditional cuisine with accompanying wines for lunch

  • Spend two nights in a unique barrel in the heart of the Douro River vineyards

  • Enjoy a pre-dinner tasting at your hotel to find out how this particular estate makes their wines

from $2,498 per person

This is a guide price based on two people travelling together and sharing rooms.


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Trip details

Day 1

On arrival, relax with private transfers and check into your boutique riverside hotel, just a short walk from the beautiful Old Town. Take the afternoon to visit Porto Cathedral, the Gothic-style Church of Saint Francis and the old Stock Exchange Palace, or simply take a stroll and immerse yourself in the winding galleries lined with vintage stores and gourmet pastry shops.

Day 2

Today you’ll visit one of the most famous Port producers in the world.  Enjoy a visit of the old cellars with an expert wine guide – the perfect introduction to the tastes and terroirs to come. Afterwards, sample a superb three-course menu on the terrace, offering stunning views of the river.

Day 3

Today your private wine guide and chauffeur will collect you from your hotel for a tour of the Port lodges of the magnificent Douro Valley. Take in the stunning scenery along the winding roads towards Pinhao. Here you’ll take a tour of a famous Port Lodge and wander through vineyards with dramatic views across the surrounding hills and nearby Távora River.  Visit another two boutique wine estates and meet the humble but passionate winemakers who make this region so famous. Taste their produce and learn about the winemaking process.  Refuel with a six-course lunch alongside six wines, served in a magnificently located restaurant with its own terraced garden and views down the Douro. At the end of the day, you’ll be transferred to your next port of call  – your unique hotel in the hearts of the Douro River Valley vineyards, staying in one of the wine barrels. This really is an immersive and exceptional way to make the most of your wine-tasting holiday.

Day 4

Today you will cruise down the Douro in a traditional rabelo to our favourite wine estate where you will enjoy a premium wine tasting, absorbing the true feeling of the Douro Valley perched high up on the hillside and overlooking the climbing vineyards and famous Douro River below. This evening you will have a pre-dinner tasting at your estate to find out how this particular estate makes their wines before enjoying their homemade cuisine.

Day 5

On your final day, take the morning to relax before your private transfer back to the airport. Feel like staying longer? Why not head north to taste “green wine”, with a visit to the Vinho Verde region. Please ask for details.

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This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do.

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