Portugal City Tour - Amarante, Braga, Regua & Porto

  • Portugal - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 2600

7 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 369
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Visit Amarante, situated in the rich agricultural lands of the Minho region, the northern section of the country, which is responsible for the grapes of the “vinho verde”.
  • Discover Braga and Guimaraes, the pearls of the north of Portugal.
  • Enjoy a scenic river cruise by the millions of vineyards growing across the mountains in Regua.
  • Explore the city of Porto at your own pace and discover the secrets of this unique and charming city.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival in Porto

    Arrive in the second main city of Portugal, Porto. Meet and greet at the airport or railway station and private transfer to Amarante, where you are checked in at the fantastic Relais Chateaux Hotel, Casa Da Calçada.

    “Amar” is the Portuguese verb to love, and it is perhaps fitting that it should be the first part of the name of this attractive town. A settlement since the 4th century BC, Amarante is situated in the rich agricultural lands of the Minho region, the northern section of the country, which is responsible for the grapes of the “vinho verde” green wine, a fruity and unique young semi-sparkling ‘green’ wine, unique to Portugal. The river Tâmega runs through the town, and crossing this waterway is a striking arched bridge, the Ponte São Gonçalo. It is reputed to have helped local heroes fend off a French attack in the early 19th century. Nowadays cafes and restaurants make the most of their riverside location.

    Tonight enjoy a great gourmet dinner at the well-gained one Michelin Star restaurant of the hotel.

    Accommodation: Relais Chateaux Hotel Casa Da Calçada

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 02 : Amarante

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    In the morning, meet your private driver and depart for Braga and Guimaraes, the pearls of the north: Guimaraes was the first capital of Portugal. We will visit its historical center, Duques de Bragança Palace, Toural Square, Oliveira Square, the Cathedral, and the pottery center.

    Later continue to Braga, visiting the Sameiro Sancturay and Braga’s Church of Bom Jesus, Cathedral and the old town. Finally, we continue to Barcelos, visiting the historic old town, the Romanesque Bridge, archaeological Museum and Our Lady do Terço Church.

    Return to Amarante in the afternoon and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the old town of Amarante, a genuine example of Portugal style of living.

    Accommodation: Relais Chateaux Hotel Casa Da Calçada

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 03 : Amarante to Douro Valley

    In the morning, meet your private driver and depart for Douro Valley.

    Visit the Douro Valley: Douro, Golden Geological Poem, as wrote the poet Miguel Torga. The area lets you easily connect history with local people who offer the most delicious nectar, the Porto Wine. In Regua we will enjoy a scenic river cruise by the millions of vineyards growing across the mountains, depicting a special scenery that is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Our visit will include the Mateus 18th Century palace and our hotel will also invite us to a wine tasting.

    The Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House, the 1st wine hotel in Portugal, is a renovated nineteenth century manor house offering 11 charming rooms with a panoramic view of the vineyard and river, all decorated according to the period style, with the maximum comfort of a familiar property.

    Between gardens and terraces, you can peek a lovely pool between vineyards, a chapel, a terrace under a branched pergola and access to the Wine Bar, a winter garden or just small fruit orchards, historical sites and unique places, worth of a visit.

    It´s an invitation to an authentic experience of the spirit of the valley, offering wine activities, pedestrian footpaths and tours around historical sites of the estate, besides many other options, framed with a breathtaking view!

    Accommodation: Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 04 : Douro Valley

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Dedicate today your journey to the “dolce far niente”, or linger around for relaxing. Among the many activities available are a sunset picnic, a fruit picking excursion or a hike along the small villages of the area. Obviously any other activity around the wines is for you to enjoy, as the whole Quinta is at your disposal.

    Accommodation: Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 05 : Douro Valley to Porto

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Meet your private driver and return to Porto for an interesting city tour of the second most important city of Portugal. Porto has been recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During this tour we will visit some of the most famous touristic interest points: Boavista, the sea side “Foz” towards the historic center, St Francis Church, Stock Exchange Palace, passing Mouzinho da Silveira Street, Sao Bento Railway Station and the Cathedral.

    Your tour would not be complete without a Port wine tasting in Vilanova da Gaia, the other side of the river Douro, where the most important brands like Sandeman have their wine cellars. Crossing the Luis 1st bridge, we return back to Porto at the end of our tour.

    In the afternoon, embark the 50 minutes “6 bridges” cruise, which gives you the opportunity to admire the old city of Porto, with its typical houses and the hustle and bustle of the Ribeira people, while admiring the architecture of the bridges that connect the two river banks.

    Accommodation: Relais Chateaux The Yeatman

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 06 : Porto

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Enjoy the city of Porto at your own pace and discover the secrets of this unique and charming city. Your stroll might take you to the interesting interior of the Stock Exchange building, or you might wish to enter the famous Library “Lelo”.

    One of the greatest pleasures of Porto is the many splendid cafes, like the Majestic, where you might taste the tasty “Francesinha”, the local specialty.

    Accommodation: Relais Chateaux The Yeatman

    Meals: Beakfast

    Day 07 : Departure from Porto

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport and end of our arrangements

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    7 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Luxury

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    Boutique

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    Glamping

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    Camping

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    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,583 $ 369 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Accommodation in hotel listed with daily buffet breakfast:
  • Relais Chateaux Hotel Casa Da Calçada, Executive Room
  • Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House, Terrace Room
  • Relais Chateaux Hotel The Yeatman, Executive Room
  • Transfer by private vehicle from airport or railway station Porto to Amarante
  • Gourmet Dinner at one Michelin star Restaurant in Amarante
  • Full day excursion to Guimaraes and Braga with private vehicle and licensed driver cum guide
  • Full day excursion to Douro Valley with private vehicle and licensed driver cum guide
  • River Cruise in Douro Valley
  • Winery visit with Porto Wine Tasting
  • Transfer by private vehicle from Douro Valley to Porto
  • Half day city tour Porto with private vehicle and licensed driver cum guide
  • Douro Cruise 6 Bridges
  • Douro Wine Cellar visit with Port tasting
  • Transfer by private vehicle from hotel to airport or railway station Porto
Cost Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
Day 01 : Arrival in Porto

Arrive in the second main city of Portugal, Porto. Meet and greet at the airport or railway station and private transfer to Amarante, where you are checked in at the fantastic Relais Chateaux Hotel, Casa Da Calçada.

“Amar” is the Portuguese verb to love, and it is perhaps fitting that it should be the first part of the name of this attractive town. A settlement since the 4th century BC, Amarante is situated in the rich agricultural lands of the Minho region, the northern section of the country, which is responsible for the grapes of the “vinho verde” green wine, a fruity and unique young semi-sparkling ‘green’ wine, unique to Portugal. The river Tâmega runs through the town, and crossing this waterway is a striking arched bridge, the Ponte São Gonçalo. It is reputed to have helped local heroes fend off a French attack in the early 19th century. Nowadays cafes and restaurants make the most of their riverside location.

Tonight enjoy a great gourmet dinner at the well-gained one Michelin Star restaurant of the hotel.

Accommodation: Relais Chateaux Hotel Casa Da Calçada

Meals included: Dinner

Day 02 : Amarante

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, meet your private driver and depart for Braga and Guimaraes, the pearls of the north: Guimaraes was the first capital of Portugal. We will visit its historical center, Duques de Bragança Palace, Toural Square, Oliveira Square, the Cathedral, and the pottery center.

Later continue to Braga, visiting the Sameiro Sancturay and Braga’s Church of Bom Jesus, Cathedral and the old town. Finally, we continue to Barcelos, visiting the historic old town, the Romanesque Bridge, archaeological Museum and Our Lady do Terço Church.

Return to Amarante in the afternoon and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the old town of Amarante, a genuine example of Portugal style of living.

Accommodation: Relais Chateaux Hotel Casa Da Calçada

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03 : Amarante to Douro Valley

In the morning, meet your private driver and depart for Douro Valley.

Visit the Douro Valley: Douro, Golden Geological Poem, as wrote the poet Miguel Torga. The area lets you easily connect history with local people who offer the most delicious nectar, the Porto Wine. In Regua we will enjoy a scenic river cruise by the millions of vineyards growing across the mountains, depicting a special scenery that is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Our visit will include the Mateus 18th Century palace and our hotel will also invite us to a wine tasting.

The Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House, the 1st wine hotel in Portugal, is a renovated nineteenth century manor house offering 11 charming rooms with a panoramic view of the vineyard and river, all decorated according to the period style, with the maximum comfort of a familiar property.

Between gardens and terraces, you can peek a lovely pool between vineyards, a chapel, a terrace under a branched pergola and access to the Wine Bar, a winter garden or just small fruit orchards, historical sites and unique places, worth of a visit.

It´s an invitation to an authentic experience of the spirit of the valley, offering wine activities, pedestrian footpaths and tours around historical sites of the estate, besides many other options, framed with a breathtaking view!

Accommodation: Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 04 : Douro Valley

Breakfast at the hotel.

Dedicate today your journey to the “dolce far niente”, or linger around for relaxing. Among the many activities available are a sunset picnic, a fruit picking excursion or a hike along the small villages of the area. Obviously any other activity around the wines is for you to enjoy, as the whole Quinta is at your disposal.

Accommodation: Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 05 : Douro Valley to Porto

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your private driver and return to Porto for an interesting city tour of the second most important city of Portugal. Porto has been recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During this tour we will visit some of the most famous touristic interest points: Boavista, the sea side “Foz” towards the historic center, St Francis Church, Stock Exchange Palace, passing Mouzinho da Silveira Street, Sao Bento Railway Station and the Cathedral.

Your tour would not be complete without a Port wine tasting in Vilanova da Gaia, the other side of the river Douro, where the most important brands like Sandeman have their wine cellars. Crossing the Luis 1st bridge, we return back to Porto at the end of our tour.

In the afternoon, embark the 50 minutes “6 bridges” cruise, which gives you the opportunity to admire the old city of Porto, with its typical houses and the hustle and bustle of the Ribeira people, while admiring the architecture of the bridges that connect the two river banks.

Accommodation: Relais Chateaux The Yeatman

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 06 : Porto

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy the city of Porto at your own pace and discover the secrets of this unique and charming city. Your stroll might take you to the interesting interior of the Stock Exchange building, or you might wish to enter the famous Library “Lelo”.

One of the greatest pleasures of Porto is the many splendid cafes, like the Majestic, where you might taste the tasty “Francesinha”, the local specialty.

Accommodation: Relais Chateaux The Yeatman

Meals included: Beakfast

Day 07 : Departure from Porto

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport and end of our arrangements

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,583 $ 369 per day
Cost Includes
  • Accommodation in hotel listed with daily buffet breakfast:
  • Relais Chateaux Hotel Casa Da Calçada, Executive Room
  • Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House, Terrace Room
  • Relais Chateaux Hotel The Yeatman, Executive Room
  • Transfer by private vehicle from airport or railway station Porto to Amarante
  • Gourmet Dinner at one Michelin star Restaurant in Amarante
  • Full day excursion to Guimaraes and Braga with private vehicle and licensed driver cum guide
  • Full day excursion to Douro Valley with private vehicle and licensed driver cum guide
  • River Cruise in Douro Valley
  • Winery visit with Porto Wine Tasting
  • Transfer by private vehicle from Douro Valley to Porto
  • Half day city tour Porto with private vehicle and licensed driver cum guide
  • Douro Cruise 6 Bridges
  • Douro Wine Cellar visit with Port tasting
  • Transfer by private vehicle from hotel to airport or railway station Porto
Cost Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
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