Highlights

  • Private tour of Serralves and Casa de Musica with a top guide
  • Michelin-starred fine dining
  • Unforgettable great rail journey on the restored Presidential train
  • Exclusive access to the famous Quinta do Vesuvio for vintage wine and port tastings
  • Award-winning spa treatments at Six Senses Douro Valley

Fall in love with the Douro Valley, one of Portugal’s most romantic corners, and sigh at the views and feast on exceptional food and wine as you succumb first to the seductive old school glamour and elegance of Porto before taking a luxury great train ride on Portugal’s most historic and indulgent train, The Presidential, to pitch up at a celebrated wine estate and the renowned Six Senses Douro Valley. To make your luxurious holiday even more special, we’ve suggested truly stunning accommodation where you can indulge in serious pampering while putting gourmet experiences, great wine and gastronomic indulgence at the heart of your trip; in the course of the train journey, a succession of Michelin-starred chefs from Portugal and beyond are serving gourmet lunches to travellers, their multi course meals partnered with prize-winning Douro wines. This unique combination of wine and wellness operates only seasonally, with departures in Spring (April-May) and Harvest (September-October).


Day 1

Porto

Following a chauffeur-driven transfer to the airport and opportunity to let the anticipation build over a glass of something chilled in the lounge, fly to Porto. On arrival we’ll arrange a private driver to meet you and act as your guide to this vibrant and varied city. Explore the city’s mercantile past, wander the narrow medieval streets and soak up the atmosphere. To help you explore deeper, we’ll set up a private tour of Serralves, Portugal’s premier modern art museum, and the Casa de Musica, the country’s most celebrated music hall.

Come evening we’ll whisk you to your luxury hotel in the heart of the historic city. We’ll reserve a table for you at Pedro Lemos, one of just a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants in the city where you’ll enjoy an inspired dining experience. Finish your day at the hotel with a nightcap or something from the list of local Port wines.

Old Town, Porto, Portugal

Old Town, Porto


Day 2

Douro Valley

Next, we’ll pile on the old-school elegance and timeless glamour with a trip on the classic Presidential train. Step around the corner from your hotel to the impressive Sao Bento Station, a temple to the golden age of rail, and feel yourself being transported by the beautifully tiled panel walls depicting scenes of historical heroics, even before you glimpse the gleaming regal blue livery of the train. Board your carriage and settle into your private cabin for the day. With passengers aboard, the Presidential pulls out, rumbling under Porto’s uptown Batalha district to emerge in the countryside. The railway rolls through the Douro Valley, following the river as it meanders through bucolic rolling greenery, the hillsides above and around you cut with terraced vineyards. The historic train ride is rewarding of itself but the real attraction is the culinary experience and gastronomic indulgence available; lunch on board is a multi-course tasting menu prepared by a Michelin-calibre chef, paired with perfect wine and vintage port.

Arriving at the end of the line, at aristocratic Quinta do Vesuvio, descend from the train at a rural station and immerse yourself in the wine estate. A grand, rustic winery with a matchless reputation for producing remarkable wines, Quinta do Vesuvio is usually closed to the public. Make the most of your exclusive access. Join a wine tasting directly from the tonels and try vintage port. Authentically experience the almost lost art of winemaking by taking part in a foot treading ceremony and trample the grapes. Smoke a cigar on the terrace and toast your exquisite good taste. Satiated, we’ll carry you to the attractive Six Senses Douro Valley, a decadent 19th-Century manor house dedicated to wine and wellness where you can relax, recharge and reconnect.

The Presidential

The Presidential tasting menu

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley


Day 3

Douro Valley/Porto

Ease into the morning with a sensational spa treatment, Pilates class or even try aerial yoga. Soak in the spa pool and take in the scenery through enormous floor-to-ceiling windows. Stroll the trails through the hotel’s grounds stopping at a meditation spot. Spoil yourself once again with an indulgent lunch, sitting al fresco in a pretty courtyard overlooking the expansive valley views.

Later, a short hop will bring you to the train station where you will board the Presidential again to retrace the route through the Douro Valley. Climb back aboard the time-warp train. Relax in your cabin or take a seat in the bar car for cocktails and live music performed by a pianist and troubadour strumming a traditional 12-stringed Portuguese guitar. Once you’ve arrived in Porto, we’ll treat you to a final fabulous dinner at O Gaveto, an historic eatery within spitting distance of the sea that has been wowing the locals for three decades. After dining it may be time to experience Porto’s nightlife or simply stroll the atmospheric side streets near your hotel.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Relax poolside at the Six Senses Douro Valley


Day 4

Depart

Following a leisurely start and a final morning sauna session, your private driver will collect you and return you to the airport, where you must regretfully board your onward flight home.


About the itinerary

"This itinerary is ideal for those wanting an indulgent long weekend or romantic mini-moon in the spring or autumn months. Enjoy the elegance of Porto before taking a luxury train ride on The Presidential and relaxing in the stunning Douro Valley. You’ll be treated to gourmet experiences, great wine and spa pampering throughout."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £4,030 pp incl. flights

Year Round from: £4,030 pp

Valid for travel:

19 / 20 / 26 / 27 Sep 2019 (train departs from Porto one day later)

03 / 04 /  10  / 11 / 17 / 18 / 24 / 25 Oct 2019 (train departs from Porto one day later)

Includes:

  • Return flights from London to Porto
  • Private transfers and private driver during the entire experience
  • The Presidential train (Porto - Vesuvio)
  • Private tours to Serralves museum
  • Private tours to the Casa da Musica concert hall
  • Dinner at Michelin star restaurant "Pedros Lemos" in Porto
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation at the Intercontinental Hotel
  • 1 nights Dinner, B&B accommodation at Six Senses Douro Valley
  • The award-winning Six Senses Spa offers several treatment rooms, a heated swimming pool, gym and several treatments inspired by the region. At the alchemy bar, you can learn to produce their own beauty treatments using the finest organic ingredients.
  • Lunch at D.O.C "Degustation of Certified Origin", which is the motto for Chef Rui Paula's signature restaurant, where D.O.C. and D.O.P. products are privileged and his "Trás-os-Montes" inspiration signals the contemporary nature of the author
  • The Presidential train (Vesuvio - Porto)
  • Farewell dinner in Porto at "O Gaveto", a must stop, widely regarded, for decades, as the best of local cuisine


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