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Portugal Travel Tour Highlights
Your luxury trip in Portugal begins in romantic Porto. Set on the Rio Douro River, Porto is known for its colorful buildings that cascade down the hillside to the river’s edge, and its wine culture that draws aficionados from far and wide. A city tour will introduce you to the baroque churches and surprise staircases that appear amongst the winding alleys, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ribeira, the famous wine cellars that line the river, and favorite kitchen eateries serving-up local and cosmopolitan bites including Pedros Lemos Restaurant (Chef Pedro received a Michelin Star for 2015). From Porto, you’ll travel by boat into the heart of the Douro Valley. The Douro Valley is the world’s oldest demarcated wine region (Port wine must come from the Douro Valley) and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perfectly striated vineyards occupy the fertile hillsides along the Rio Douro, turning the banks yellow, orange, and green with the seasons. Here you’ll stay at the Quinta do Villado Wine Hotel. Established in 1716, Quinta do Villado is one of the oldest “quintas,” or estates, in the region. Guests stay in the refurbished 1733 Manor House or the newly-built, stunning, slate-sided extension. You’ll be fully immersed in wine culture with tours of the vineyards and cellars, tastings, and even barrel stomping. Continue down the river for an evening at a private wine estate before returning to Porto for the conclusion of your journey.