Porto Big Short Break
Who: Couples

3 Days

From $2,105pp

Walking Tours, Wine Tastings & River Cruises: A Big Short Break to Porto

Harriet and Kate L are here to help give you the inside track.

Three days of the good life in Portugal's superb second city, enjoying its impeccable wines and fascinating heritage.

Itinerary at a glance:
  • Soak up the ambience on balmy Portuguese evenings
  • Delve into Porto's fascinating past on a walking tour of the city
  • Indulge in some excellent Portuguese wines on a full day tour of the Douro Valley

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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

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

Day 1: Porto

Spend your first day getting your bearings and enjoying the balmy Portuguese climate (depending on what time of year you're there, obviously).

We recommend wandering the picturesque streets dropping in on squares and bars - consult your handy Dossier for our recommendations - sampling a few of the local Ports (NB: white port is strictly pre-prandial, and its red and tawny cousins are firmly post-dinner tipples), before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner, a quick call to our local Concierge and you will have the best table in one of their favourite restaurants.

Day 2: Porto City Tour

After breakfast this morning your expert guide will meet you at your hotel for a morning's walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site city centre. You will begin your tour in the narrow streets of Ribeira, wandering along the river and between the brightly coloured houses, making your way to the Church of Sao Francisco.

From the outside the gothic church appears modest, but inside nearly every surface, bar the floor, is groaning under over 15 stone's worth of gold leaf, earning it the sobriquet 'the cave of gold.' With your guide, you will peel back the layers of history (metaphorically speaking!) to find the treasures of the church, including the vines which encircle the nave and the eerily beautiful catacombs. All are hints to Porto's past as one of the richest cities in the world at the height of Portugal's colonial era. Back in the daylight, you will head next door to the magnificent neo-Arab Stock Exchange Palace and up the hill to the spectacular 12th century cathedral, all the way hearing stories of the battles and legends that earned Porto its reputation as the unbeatable city.

Day 3: The Douro Valley

After an early breakfast this morning you will be met at your hotel by your expert vinicultural guide for a full day tour of the Douro Valley. After a brief private transfer to the valley, you will wind through the terraced hills, which were first cultivated by the Romans, to the river.

Here you will board a luxury eco-yacht for a two-hour cruise down the blissfully peaceful river, disembarking at Quinta do Crasto - a vineyard which still uses traditional wine making methods, including stamping the grapes by foot. After a tour of the vines and cellars, where your expert guide will explain how Port is produced, from grape to bottle, you will indulge in a private tasting and delicious lunch. If you find a wine you like, let your host know and they can arrange for a case or two to be delivered to you at home.

After your tour you will slowly make your way back through the valley to Porto for one final evening in the city.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost. All of the costs on our sample itineraries exclude international flights, however, ask us if you would like us to arrange your flights at our preferred rates. The below prices are based on two people sharing.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels. Ask us if you would also like us to arrange your international flights.

From

$2,220pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

$2,105pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special and would like to stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.

From

$2,550pp

Harriet and Kate L are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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