The Pleasures of Port
Day 1Upon arrival at the Oporto Airport, meet your Wine Tours of the World representative in the baggage claim area, for a transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome wine tasting and dinner at the hotel.
Day 2Following breakfast, your guide will escort you to some of Oportos famous wine lodges, where you will learn about Port and taste the wonderfully sweet fortified wine. Lunch will be a fabulous catered event, paired to perfection. In the evening, you will have a tour of Oporto as the sun begins to set. Dinner will be served at Avo Miquinhas.
Day 3Your adventures today will take place in the wineries of Dao and Bairrada. Enjoy a winemakers lunch and dinner at a prestigious wine estate.
Day 4Today you will be instructed on the winemaking techniques used in Portugals wineries. Enjoy your private tours and tastings with a winery lunch. This evening you will have a cooking class and wine-pairing seminar. Enjoy learning the secrets of Portuguese cooking and preparing a fabulous meal!
Day 5Today your adventure continues on the River Douro. Explore the sites of Obidos, the Alcobaca Monastery, Nazaré (lunch), Batalha Monastery and Fátima. You will overnight in a lovely countryside mansion. Enjoy the delightful gardens, wine, and dinner at Relais.
Day 6Today more Portugal sightseeing. Visit the quaint town of Regua, where you will depart on a wine tasting river cruise on the Douro River. Then you will have time to explore the beautiful river community of Pinhao, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will be treated to more wine tasting before you arrive in Viana do Castelo for an overnight stay.
Day 7See the sites of the beautiful and historical oceanside town of Viana do Castelo and Praia. You will have time to shop for wonderful arts, crafts and jewelry for which the area is famous for. This evening find your dinner reservation at the Esposende Resort.
Day 8Depart for Lisbon via the Alpha Train, and then enjoy your day sightseeing all the major points of interest in the picturesque city. This evening, you will have a wine tasting and dinner in your selected hotel.
Day 9Today is a food day! Take a walking tour where you will sample the tastes of local and regional cuisine. You will try every kind of Tapas available. You will also taste a variety of hot dishes like garlic grilled pork loin and bubbling stew-pots, including savory meatballs in almond sauce, kidneys in Sherry sauce, sautéed mushrooms, garlic fried chicken, potato omelets, fritters and croquettes. Your day will also see the sites that were destroyed by the earthquake and tidal wave in 1755. Tonight a dinner reservation will be waiting for you at Tasquinha d Adelaine.
Day 10You will have a full-day of tasting the wines of Alentejo and the sweet fortified wines of Setubal. A special winery lunch and a winemakers dinner will be prepared especially for you.
Day 11Your guide will transfer you to the Lisbon Airport, where you will begin your journey home. Or you may wish to continue your wine vacation with a Wine Tours of the World extension trip.