A short tour taking in the main wine highlights of northern and central Portugal.

Visit the wine lodges of Porto and explore the history of the Port wine trade with its strong British links before travelling in to the Alto Douro, with its stunning scenery and picture-postcard villages, where the wines are produced.

Head south to finish in Viseu, the granite-built capital of the Dão wine region. Though lesser known, Viseu occupies an important place in Portuguese history, offering plenty to see and do.

The full route takes a week but you can do as little, or as much, as you like.

  • Tour Highlights:
  • Old Town and Ribeira of Porto
  • Wine lodges on the banks of the Douro
  • Vineyards and pretty villages in the stunning Alto Douro
  • Viseu – granite built with delightful gardens
  • Grão Vasco Museum and Sé Cathedral of Viseu
  • Wonderful wine from start to finish
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£600 p/p

* Indicative mid-season price for 7 nights (including car hire – flights not included).

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Day 1 to 2 – Porto

  • Ribeira, Porto’s fascinating historic centre, a World Heritage site
  • Cross the impressive Dom Luis I iron bridge to the Port Wine Lodges
  • Art for all from finest museums to simple galleries
  • Walk the lanes, sail the river, live and breathe Porto
  • Ferry to Afurada and the golden beach of Estrela

Day 3 to 5 – Douro Valley

  • Fabulous Douro scenery – take an unforgettable boat trip
  • World Heritage Douro vineyards, the World’s oldest!
  • Romantic Amarante on the River Tamega
  • Lamego – famous stairs of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
  • Superb gastronomy in the atmospheric “adegas” taverns

Day 6 & 7 – Viseu & the Dão wine region

  • Delightful Viseu, historic centre of the Dão wine region
  • Grão Vasco Museum, Portuguese Renaissance at its best
  • Viseu’s imposing granite-built Sé cathedral
  • Dão wine route, historic vineyards, velvety reds
  • Hike the Sierra de Caramulo and visit the Caramulo car museum

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Regional map and guide book
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • Portuguese toll device (we highly recommend to take this service)
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

Fly directly to Lisboa / Lisbon and hire a car – the best options are:

From London Gatwick: Easyjet or TAP Portugal
From London Stansted: Ryanair
From London Heathrow: British Airways or TAP Portugal
From Luton: Easyjet
From Edinburgh: Easyjet or Ryanair
From Liverpool: Easyjet
From Manchester: Ryanair, Easyjet or TAP Portugal
From Bristol: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair, TAP or Aer Lingus

Or fly directly to Porto / Oporto and hire a car – the best options are:

From London Gatwick: TAP Portugal or Easyjet
From London Stansted: Ryanair
From London Heathrow: British Airways
From Edinburgh: Ryanair
From Liverpool: Ryanair
From Manchester: Easyjet, TAP or Easyjet
From Birmingham: Ryanair
From Luton: Easyjet
From Bristol: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair and TAP

PLEASE NOTE some flights are seasonal.

NB: Flights are not included

 

Getting around

As part of your package we will include a hire car. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

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