Porto City and Douro Off The Beaten Track

from £905 pp

Douro Valley, Porto, Portugal

3 Nights / 4 Days

Private Group of up to 8

Porto City and Douro Off The Beaten Track

from £905 pp

What You'll Do

On this immersive break in Porto you will get under the skin of this wonderful city and also have chance to venture into the Douro region, a site for wine production for over 2000 years, with centuries old wine making traditions. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and this is your chance to experience incredible culture, cuisine and the region that produces some of the best wine on earth.

Your city break in Porto begins with you being picked up from the airport and transferred straight to your accommodation, where you’ll have some free time to refresh, re-energise, and get your bearings as you explore the surrounding area for yourself.

The first afternoon will then be spent with a local guide as you wander the beautiful city of Porto, discovering hidden gems and the little eateries the locals use, getting you to grips with real, authentic Porto cuisine. You’ll also learn about what makes Porto, and the people that live there, tick, so you feel like a true ‘Tripeiro”.

The next day your adventure takes you to the magical Douro Valley, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful train journey, time spent in a traditional winery and a wine tasting session that introduces you to the stunning wines the region produces.

And on your final full day in Porto you will have the day to spend at your leisure, wandering the beautiful cobbled streets and winding staircases of the city.


Find out what makes Porto tick and discover local cuisine with a local guide on a food tasting tour

Take the train out to the stunning Douro Valley for a wine tasting session

Explore the hidden gems of the city thanks to the insider knowledge of your local hosts

Your Local Host:


Catherine de Freitas is passionate about sport and nature and is an
“advocate” of sustainability. She is a Certified Rock-Climbing Instructor -
UIAA of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation and has
climbing and mountaineering as her passions.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel
Time for you to take a leisurely stroll around the city and get your bearings.

In the afternoon you will meet your guide and you will join a small group for a relaxed walk around the lesser known areas of Porto and  introduce you to five unique tasting locations. You will taste important elements in the cuisines of Porto and the North of Portugal learning about the families and the history behind the restaurants, cafes, and food shops that you visit. As you explore, you will also learn about the history, architecture, and culture of Porto while you walk the streets of this beautiful city.

The hidden gems are endless, and Porto is an absolutely gorgeous city!
At Vila Nova de Gaia pier you will enter a wine cellar just across the street – The Port Wine Cellars, with a stunning viewpoint to the river and the Ribeira do Porto area.

Here, you will be invited to taste top-class wines, which are delicate and full of history.

Porto is known as the  “Cidade Invicta” or Unvanquished City as throughout history it has never been defeated. The old city boundary is  marked by the river Douro and its bridges. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture and diverse heritage, of Portugal’s most important city which is itself a UNESCO World Heritage.


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double hotel room in porto

Douro Valley Wine Tasting

Today you will take the train at Campanhã Station and travel towards Régua on a journey that takes you inland and into vineyard country with its stunning landscape.

We will stop at a viewpoint where you can drink in the beautiful landscape of Douro, and you can see the winding River Douro meandering through vineyards hugging the cone-shaped hills on the other side of the river.

After this delightful experience, it’s time to visit a famous wine cellar in Douro where you will join a small group to taste a generous amount of wine, with expert winemakers and expert sommeliers.

Then, it’s time for lunch and a taste of traditional cuisine from the Douro Region at one of the best estates in the duoro region, Quinta da Pacheca.

Return to Porto and to the hotel by car with your driver.


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hotel shower in porto

A Free Day to Explore

This is your day to explore independently, and your chance to make use of all you’ve learnt about Porto to explore it like a local.

Of course, your hosts will be more than happy to offer recommendations on what to do or where to go during  your days with them, to help you get the very best out of this beautiful city.





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hotel exterior in porto portugal

Departure Day

After a delightful night in Porto with its vibrant atmosphere, it´s time to end your short break in this region. Gather all your memories, luggage and belongings and say goodbye to Porto. It has been a great adventure and we would love for you to return and discover more of Portugal.

We are sure you will leave feeling as though you’ve really got to know Porto from the local perspective, and haven’t just visited the city, but learnt its history, its culture and what it’s like to actually live there.

Location Information

Your city break in Porto begins with you being picked up at the airport by your local host, who will transfer you straight to your hotel in Porto.

Your hotel is in the heart of Old Town Porto, the most beautiful and atmospheric area of the city, so is a perfect base for your free time when it comes to exploring.

As part of the break, you will take the train out to the Douro Valley region, returning on the same day to your hotel.


  • Transfers & all Transport
  • Accommodation for 3 nights including breakfast
  • Guided tour of the city with your local host on day 1
  • Lunch & Wine Tasting on day 2