5 Day Exploring the Vinho Verde Route - Minho Region, Portugal

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Meet The Maker, Tour
Included
Hotel, Meal, Tour guide
Languages
English, Portuguese
Theme
Private, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
1,630
11
-
$
2,303
07
/ Person
Portugal G
Activity Overview
Perhaps you’re planning to visit Portugal’s Vinho Verde Route. That’s alright. The glamorous city has more than enough to offer for any vacation. You’ll definitely love the chat with the wine experts, the taste of the local wine, learn the history and culture of the Minho region, and enjoy the local cuisines made here.

1st Day
Once at Porto Airport, a chauffeur will pick you and cruise you around the glamorous town of Barcelos. You’ll love the sight of giant cockerels at the historical Centre. Later, you’ll visit Paulo Ramos, the owner of Quinta de Pacos. He’ll take you around the wine estate to see the vineyard that has produced wine for more than four centuries. Later, you’ll enjoy some sumptuous lunch at Segredos Mar seafood restaurant. The freshest catch of the day and some shellfish will make your mouth watery! Later, you’ll proceed to the coastal town of Viviana do Castelo and enjoy the panorama of the sea. Finally, you’ll stop at a small wine estate that will form your home for the next two nights. Here, you’ll taste some wine and have some luscious dinner before enjoying some nightlife.

2nd Day
you’ll first take some delectable breakfast before proceeding for wine tours and tastings at MQ Vinho wine cellar. Enjoy the winery where Miguel Queimado together with three other wine experts produces new trends of wines. You’ll then visit the Quinta do Soalheiro for wine and pork tasting. Here, we’ll have some lunch and wine taste some wine before heading south to gallivant around the historic town of Ponte de Lima. In the evening, we’ll take you to one of the best local restaurants.

3rd Day
You’ll start the day by visiting scenic spots in Guimaraes. You’ll then taste some wine at Celorico de Basto before heading for lunch at Casa do Campo. 17th-century architecture. Later, you’ll stop by Quinta de Santa Cristina for some wine tasting and fascinating mountain views. We’ll then proceed to a spectacular 4-star wine hotel for the evening; you’ll enjoy some a nice dinner, visit the vineyard and enjoy some nightlife.

4th day
How about exploring the Minho countryside? Well, here is another magnetic place worth visiting! We’ll first stop at Sao Goncalo bridge and church. The guide will explain the history behind these scenic spots. It’s amazing! Later, we’ll visit the last winery at Quinta de Covela. This winery is an ancient property with an excellent view of the Douro River. Here, you’ll enjoy the panorama of the rugged landscape as you taste some of the best-flavored wine labels. We’ll then have a lunch. Of course, some of the best Quinta’s wine will pair the dish. You’ll also have an opportunity to taste some wine from Verde that is a clear illustration of the transition between Vinho and Douro wine to give more mature wines. Later, you’ll cruise round in Porto and later spend the night in a 4star hotel.

5th day
Depending on your time for departure, you’ll have some time to gallivant around the town one last time. When it’s time, we’ll take you to the airport.
 
Included
  • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described above. All accommodation is handpicked to make sure you have a relaxing, comfortable stay.
  • Private transfers to and from Porto airport and to the places mentioned in the programme
  • Lunch on days 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Transfers and knowledgeable guide(s) on days 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Private wine tastings with the owners at the above-mentioned Quintas
Not Included
  • Meals, other than breakfasts provided at your accommodation
  • Drinks, snacks, entrance fees and other personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
2,303
07
Price per person for group of 2 people
Person
$
1,798
66
Price per person for group of 4 people
Person
$
1,630
11
Price per person for group of 6 people
Timing
Dates
Daily
Duration
5 Days
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Non-Refundable
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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