Portugal is an amazing country with its lively port cities of Lisbon and Porto, its spectacular hillside vineyards, producers of the world famous Port wine, flowing down to the meandering Duoro river, and its dramatic southern coast reflecting the waves rolling in from the Atlantic. But its the people, warm, friendly and inviting that really make this small country a gem; one can enjoy the sounds of the Portugese music, Fado heard often in the background, and enjoy sharing a meal of freshly caught fish with the locals. This is a place with a deep history; a place showcasing architectural wonders clad in beautiful tile work, and a place that blends the old with the new seamlessly. .
We'll begin our journey in the port city of Porto, located along the lower Duoro river that flows into the Atlantic. It's waterfront, lined with shops and restaurants featuring fresh seafood, comes to life each night with music, dance, and those out to enjoy a stroll along the river. The seven bridges that cross the Duoro from Porto to its neighbor, Gaia, offer wonderful vantage points to photograph this historic city during the day and at night. There are great architectural structures throughout the city, many of them adorned with Portugal's famous Azulejo blue tiles, beautiful gardens to wander through, and of course great restaurants and local shops to visit. Once we have gotten grounded and acclimated to the time change, we will head east towards the source of the Duoro river, near the border of Spain. We'll travel to our destination by train, one of the most scenic train routes in all of Europe, offering spectacular views of the river and surrounding vineyards along the way.
It is here in the Duoro River valley where we’ll find the terraced vineyards that supply the world with Portugal’s namesake libation, Port wine. Look forward to paddling, hiking, and driving from the mountainous border with Spain to the coastal city of Porto. On the way we will stay at various Quintas, (winery sponsored hotels), agriturismos, and family run inns as we head down river. This will be the highlight of our visit, a fitting conclusion to our travels. It will be a fun and flexible trip with lots of interaction with the locals too. Space is limited so don’t delay if this catches your fancy!
May 29 - June 7, 2020
* You will need to depart the US on Thursday May 28 to arrive in Porto on May 29.
PRICING (pricing is based on double occupancy; singles add $400)
$3650 per person double occupancy; singles add $400