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Portugal’s Porto and Douro Valley Wines and Stunning Scenery

From the mammoth surf of its Atlantic coastline to the delicate stone lanes of its whitewashed villages, Portugal is a land of contrasts and intrigue. You’ll discover its ancient wine heritage in Porto and the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley while journeying through its ornately tiled cities and beautiful scenery.

When to go
May-Sept
From price
$7,000 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights
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PORTO WINE TOUR

Portugal’s second city of Porto, located where the Douro river meets the Atlantic Ocean, has long been one of the centers of European wine production. A guided tour of this city will introduce you to its mix of modernity and UNESCO-listed antique architecture.

With your appetite worked up, embark on a guide-led culinary odyssey to six of Porto’s best backstreet food spots, trying authentic flavors paired with superb local wines.

Hop into a sidecar motorbike to explore more of this stunning city. After learning about its fascinating history and meeting locals, drive on to waterfront Gaia. From a table in the sun, dine on plates of fresh seafood while watching the local fisherman bringing in their catch.

Your time in Porto concludes at one of the city’s most storied wine cellars where you’ll have a sumptuous port sampling while learning about the heritage of this world-famous fortified wine.

ATLANTIC SURF & DOURO VALLEY

On to the Atlantic coast for a day of fantastic surfing amid golden swathes of sand. With a world-class instructor on hand, progress your technique among the consistent swell.

Leave Porto in a helicopter for a journey inland following the broad snaking path of the Douro River. You’ll enter the World Heritage valley of the Douro Wine Region, one of the world’s oldest centers of wine production. It’s a gorgeous landscape of mountain peaks and undulating hills striped with vines that run right up to the river’s edge.

You’ll stay, naturally enough, in a two-centuries-old winery moonlighting as a boutique hotel. Quinta da Corte’s exclusive size, with only eight rooms, and a wonderful infinity pool with panoramic views is an oasis of relaxation in this stunning stretch of Portugal.

While staying in the Douro Valley, you’ll explore both modern and traditional wineries accompanied by an insightful enology guide. You’ll discover the differences in wine production methods employed throughout the region while tasting the finest fruits of the winemakers’ labors.

For lunch, sit down to a freshly prepared picnic showcasing the local gastronomy (and paired with superb wines) as well as some of the most scenic vistas of the river valley. 

PADDLEBOARD PICNIC & PENEDA-GERES

You’ve been admiring the Douro River snaking emerald between the vineyards, and now it’s time to explore it more closely on a paddleboard. Quietly drifting past riverside villages and vine-striped hills, you’ll make your way to a waiting picnic lunch on a riverbank. Restored by your delicious repast, you’ll continue deeper upstream into the serene countryside.

From the gentle refinement of the Douro Valley to the plunging valleys and rugged mountains of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Skirting the border with Spain, you’ll hike one of Portugal’s most untamed wildernesses.

Decide your route with your guide, whether challenging for panoramas atop gusty ridges or peaceful through the pine-scented pathways of wood trails. Reach a waterfall in this remote place and bathe in the natural pool, reveling in your seclusion.