Tour Day by Day – Northern Portugal – 4 Nights

Wine & Food Experience in Northern Portugal: Douro, Dao & Alenquer Valley
ROBERTSON WINE TOURS for Al & Barbara



FOCUS


​​The pursuit of a meaningful travel for Robertson Wine Tours means getting involved in the local culture of a specific region or a country as quickly as you can. Robertson Wine Tours will offer you a completely unique tour service. The ethos is simple: to give you a once in a lifetime trip with wines and food that you will never forget. Our guides have proven themselves with years of experience, wonderful personalities and of course in depth knowledge of their subjects. Most of all, we want to enable you to have an amazing and unforgettable tour by sharing with you the insights and things we most love: food, wines and great company in world-class settings. We will use different tasting techniques, which all contribute to fulfil your wine tourism experience. But tasting, enjoying and discussing the wines and food is of course the main event. To summarize, the main objective of this tour is for you to taste very interesting wines (not just the most expensive or the famous) and gain a great understanding of the places you are going to visit in the time you have available.

 

Testimonial


Thanks for your efforts with our recent Portugal trip.Yes your part was well worth it and up to all your high  standards. Barbara said to tell you it was all fantastic. The drivers were knowledgeable and courteous.  You are obviously were well known and respected by those  wineries with whom we visited. The visits were well arranged and very informative and enjoyable.  The hotels were very good.  All of them were excellent as far as service and food.  The restaurants were superb with some memorable meals.  Overall the experience lived up to our expectations and was very enjoyable. Look Forward to seeing you Piedmont in April.

Al  Frank & Barbara Lippe
Los Angeles USA


 

Table of contents

Hotels:

Vintage House, Pinhao, Portugal

The Vintage House will seduce you from the moment you enter. This is one of the few real 5-star service hotels on the Douro. Pinhao is a totally unspoiled place in the Douro Valley, where man has transformed the mountains into stone terraces to plant vines. This is the location of this boutique residence, built on the river banks. This antique house, situated on the lands of an estate dating back to the 18th century, was renovated recently, preserving all the original features while offering all the comfort of a modern 5-star luxury lodge. The Vintage House has 37 rooms and 6 suites, which we have chosen one for you with the least amount of stairs or access problems. All the accommodation units are equipped with air conditioning with individual controls, private telephones with direct access, television with built-in video and satellite radio, free safes and hair dryers. Their Rabelo Restaurant is a destination in itself and more interestingly for us is their wine academy, which with this privileged location makes the Vintage House the ideal environment to appreciate and deepen your knowledge about wine.

Vintage House Webpage

Bussaco Palace, Luso, Portugal

This legendary palace was built 1885, converted into a deluxe hotel in 1917. Today, it is one of the most beautiful and historic hotels in the world. Here, you will enjoy the unique experience of staying in a veritable royal palace surrounded by formal gardens in the centre of the magnificent woods. This is a very special experience with wines that are both unknown and top quality. This opulent hotel is a unique stay. Decorated with antiques, classic-style rooms come with garden or forest views. They all feature satellite television and some have marble-clad bathrooms. Suites add some extras, such as living areas, balconies and minibars. One suite has its own dining room and terrace.

Bussaco Palace Webpage

Bairro Alto Boutique, Lisbon, Portugal

Named after the fashionable and lively district of Bairro Alto in Lisbon, this 5-star boutique hotel offers 55 different luxurious rooms with a gorgeous terrace offering panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. We really like this high design but functional hotel, decorated with Brazilian wood flooring and painted wooden panelling. This hotel is a modern twist on an antique building. One of the reasons we choose this small lodge is for the many boutique shops, galleries, picturesque streets and restaurants all just outside of the door. This area of Misericordia is a great choice for guests who want to be in a real neighbourhood where you can just soak it all up. A complimentary breakfast will be served in the bright, colourful restaurant or on the chic rooftop terrace. Their Flores do Bairro Restaurant serves traditional local gourmet cuisine mixed with different world flavours.

Bairro Alto Boutique

Tour Guiding & Outline – Northern Portugal – 4 Nights


GUIDING


Paulo (English Speaking Driver)


Emergency Phone Contact Paulo


Ryan (Expert Wine Guide on DAY 02)


Ryan has been living in Iberia for 11 years working in the wine industry as a  blogger, keynote speaker, wine judge and consultant to top wineries from all over Europe. Today, he lives in Porto, Portugal, with his wife and two years old son helping visitors fall in love with the landscapes, the wines and the foods of Portugal & Spain. In 2016, he became a knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood for his tireless devotion to promoting the Port Wine. Ryan is also a very passionate photographer who will have his work featured in a 300 page book about the foods of Northern Portugal.


Emergency Phone Contact Ryan


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Porto / Sightseeing Douro Valley: Wine Experience / Pinhao / Vintage House
DAY 02: Sightseeing Douro Valley: Wine Experience
DAY 03: Sightseeing Viseu & Dao Valley: Cultural & Wine Experience / Luso / Bussaco Palace
DAY 04: Sightseeing Alenquer Valley: Wine & Food Experience / Lisbon / Bairro Alto Boutique
DAY 05: Departure OUT


BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS


In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner 

Tour Day by Day – Northern Portugal – 4 Nights


DAY 01 – Sunday, 26th June 2016
Porto / Sightseeing Douro Valley: Wine Experience / Pinhao / Vintage House


10:00 AM Reception & Departure from Vila Nova de Gaia Dock with Paulo Mata

Private Transfer to Douro Valley

11:30 AM Visit & Tasting of 6 Wines at Quinta da Covela Winery

  • Ediçao Nacional Avesso
  • Ediçao Nacional Arinto
  • Rosé
  • Escolha White
  • Reserva White
  • Reserva Red

01:30 PM Reserved Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Quinta da Pacheca Winery

03:30 PM Visit & Tasting of 3 Wines at Quinta da Pacheca Winery

  • Colheita Pacheca Red Superior
  • Reserva Vinhas Velhas
  • Grande Reserva Touriga Nacional

04:30 PM Private Transfer to Pinhao

05:00 PM Arrival & Check IN at Vintage House

06:00 PM Welcome Tasting of 5 Wines at Vintage House

  • Chip Dry / Taylor’s Winery
  • Reserva / Duas Quintas Winery
  • Rufete / Quinta de Cidro Winery
  • Porto Reserva Red / Croft Winery
  • Porto Late Bottled Vintage / Fonseca Winery

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Rabelo Restaurant / Vintage House

Sleep at Vintage House / Room Category: Deluxe Suite


DAY 02 – Monday, 27th June 2016
Sightseeing Douro Valley: Wine Experience


09:00 AM Departure from Vintage House with Ryan Opaz & Paulo Mata

10:00 AM Visit & Wine Tasting at Quevedo Winery
Please Note: Wines to be tasted from cellar and selected based on what we discover / feel like.

12:00 PM Reserved Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Toca da Raposa Restaurant

02:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 6 Wines at Vale D. Maria Winery

  • Rufo do Vale D. Maria Douro White
  • Vale D. Maria VVV Douro White
  • Rufo do Vale D. Maria Douro Red
  • Vale D. Maria VVV Douro Red
  • Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red
  • Quinta Vale D. Maria LBV Porto

04:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 4 Wines at Quinta do Noval Winery

  • Cerdo do Noval
  • Late Bottled Vintage
  • Tawny 10 Years
  • Tawny 10 Years

05:00 PM Private Transfer to Pinhao

05:30 PM Arrival at Vintage House

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at DOC OR Six Senses Restaurant in Douro Valley

Sleep at Vintage House / Room Category: Deluxe Suite


(B)


DAY 03 – Tuesday, 28th June 2016
Sightseeing Viseu & Dao Valley: Cultural & Wine Experience / Luso / Bussaco Palace


10:30 AM Check OUT from Vintage House

11:00 AM Departure from Vintage House with Paulo Mata

Private Transfer to Viseu

12:30 PM Short Walking Visit of Viseu

01:00 PM Reserved Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Muralha da Sé Restaurant

03:00 PM Private Transfer to Dao Valley

03:30 PM Visit & Tasting of 7 Wines at Quinta dos Roques Winery

  • Quinta das Maias Malvasia Fina White
  • Quinta dos Roques Encruzado White
  • Quinta das Maias Red
  • Quinta dos Roques Red
  • Quinta das Maias Jaen Red
  • Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional
  • Quinta dos Roques Reserva Red

05:00 PM Private Transfer to Luso

05:30 PM Arrival & Check IN at Bussaco Palace

07:00 PM Welcome Vertical Tasting of 3 Wines at Bussaco Palace

  • Buçaco Reserva Red 1996
  • Buçaco Reserva Red 2002
  • Buçaco Reserva Red 2007

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Royal Dining Hall Restaurant / Bussaco Palace

Sleep at Bussaco House / Room Category: Deluxe Room


(B)


DAY 04 – Wednesday, 29th June 2016
Sightseeing Alenquer Valley: Wine & Food Experience / Lisbon / Bairro Alto Boutique


09:00 AM Check OUT from Bussaco Palace

09:30 AM Departure from Bussaco Palace with Paulo Mata

Private Transfer to Alenquer Valley

11:30 AM Visit at ​Quinta de Chocapalha Winery

01:00 PM Winemaker Lunch with 5 Wines at Quinta de Chocapalha Winery

  • Quinta de Chocapalha White
  • Chocapalha Reserva White
  • Mar da Palha Red
  • Quinta de Chocapalha Red
  • Chocapalha Vinha Mae

03:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 5 Wines at Quinta de Sant’Ana Winery

  • White QSA
  • Verdelho OR Riesling
  • Pinot Noir
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Homenagem Baron Von Furstenberg

04:30 PM Private Transfer to Lisbon

05:00 PM Arrival & Check IN at Bairro Alto Boutique

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Feitoria OR Tagide OR Faia Restaurant in Lisbon
Please Note 1: Feitoria is 1-Star Michelin and is located in Belem (15-Minute Taxi Drive).
Please Note 2: Tagide​ is modern food with a stunning view of Lisbon (Walking Distance).
Please Note 3: Faia​ is a traditional restaurant that hosts shows of Fado (Walking Distance).

Sleep at Bairro Alto Boutique / Room Category: Superior Room


(B) (L)


DAY 05 – Thursday, 30th June 2016
Departure OUT


02:30 AM Check OUT from Bairro Alto Boutique

03:00 AM Departure from Bairro Alto Boutique with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Lisbon Airport

03:30 AM Arrival at Lisbon Airport

Flight KLM KL1692
Departing from Lisbon Airport (LIS) at 05:00 AM
To Amsterdam Airport (AMS)


(B)


END of SERVICES



ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfer OUT
4 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary
Private Transport with Bilingual Driver & Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding
Daily Breakfast
1 Lunch with Wines
Entrance Fee & Wine Tasting at 8 Wineries
2 Welcome Wine Tastings
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights
Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary
Gratuities for Restaurants
Gratuities for Drivers & Guides
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary
Entrance Fee to Museums & Sites
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary


Monday, 13th June 2016
Tim Robertson
Director of ROBERTSON WINE TOURS