Portugal: Bairrada, Porto & Douro


The Region

To help wines travel better to the burgeoning English market, the English fortified the intense and tannic Portuguese reds with brandy resulting in the development of Port which is best known from Duoro which is now also producing fine red table wines. Lisbon is again on the lists of critics and sophisticated travelers as a hip destination. As stimulating as Lisbon is visually in daylight, the music of fado - the tragic and soulful acoustic gypsy-Afro-European genre of cultural storytelling - is the living example of Lisbon's after- hours culture. While Lisbon offers Gothic and traditional fado for cultural interaction, Porto does it with Art Deco and the contemporary relevance of the Museu Serralves, probably the most influential modern art museum in Portugal.

The Wineries

Include Luís Pato, S. Lourenço, Carvalhinho, S. João, Graciosa, GrimpaCroft, Fonseca, Taylor, Warre, Noval, Sandeman and Graham among others.

Accommodation

Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas, surrounded by a magnificent 12-hectare garden, is an 18th century palace that is beautifully decorated in traditional Portuguese style - frescos, inlaid work and art de vivre. It offers a spa, golf and a rural flair in the heart of a historic town. Upgrade? Vintage House Hotel is a restored historic building in the heart of It Port country - one of the finest hotels in Portugal.


Suggested Tours


5 Star Deluxe Bairrada, Porto & Douro - 7 Nights 8 Days

Inclusions

  • Transfers – from and to airports/hotels
  • 6 days with Driver-wine expert guide with commentary, insider info and local wine history
  • 6 days use of private vehicle (car, SUV or van)
  • 7 nights 8 days Luxury hotel in shared double/twin room incl. taxes
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch at Monte Seis Reis, including fine wines, paired with food
  • 4 Gourmet dinners: one at Pousada de Estremoz/Pestana Porto, one at Vintage House Hotel, one at Fado Show and one in Lisbon .
  • 1/2 day tour of Lisbon
  • Tour of Fatima
  • Artisan visit – What’s your passion? Choose from one of the following: leather, jewelry craftsmen, doll makers, fine lace and linen craftsmen or art and sculpture
  • 7 Winery visits and all tasting fees.

Exclusions

  • International airfare and Customs fees
  • Meals and wine not stated as included.
  • Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included.

Pricing

Price Per Person $6,095.00 double occupancy but you can upgrade to the Four Seasons Ritz in Lisbon for only $700.00. Can be as low as $3,949.00 per person with 6 like-minded food, wine and cultural arts lovers (e.g. 3 couples) traveling together.

The Fine Print

Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until offer purchased.

N.B. Restaurants, Hotels and Winery Owner/Wine Consultant Lunches may change based on availability of seats, rooms, or individuals. Substitutes will be of equal or greater value and interest.


Bairrada, Porto & Douro - 5 Nights 6 Days

Inclusions

  • Transfers – from and to airports/hotels
  • 6 days with Driver-wine expert guide with commentary, insider info and local wine history
  • 6 days use of private vehicle (car, SUV or van)
  • 6 days and 5 nights hotel in shared double/twin room incl. taxes
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch at Monte Seis Reis, including fine wines, paired with food
  • 2 Gourmet dinners: 1 at Pousada de Estremoz/Pestana Porto and 1 at Vintage House Hotel
  • Artisan visit – What’s your passion? Choose from one of the following - leather, jewelry craftsmen, doll makers, fine lace and linen craftsmen or art and sculpture
  • 7 Winery visits and all tasting fees.

Exclusions

  • Meals and wine not stated as included.
  • Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included.

Pricing

Price Per Person $4,899.00 double occupancy Can be as low as $2,819.00 per person with 6 like-minded food, wine and cultural arts lovers (e.g. 3 couples) traveling together.

The Fine Print

Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until offer purchased.

N.B. Restaurants, Hotels and Winery Owner/Wine Consultant Lunches may change based on availability of seats, rooms, or individuals. Substitutes will be of equal or greater value and

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