The Douro Valley is an 18th century demarcated wine region encompassing one of the most spectacular landscapes in Portugal. The old vineyard terraces you see are built entirely by hand out of schist, a metamorphic rock prevalent in the region. These amazing creations are interspersed with Quintas – wine-producing estates that were once the exclusive property of a powerful port wine producing family.
Your first stop will be charming Amarante, the hometown of many artists and writers and the ideal place for a short walk past the town hall, Roman bridge and São Gonçalo Church.
We then continue our scenic drive towards Peso da Régua, where you visit a local winery and learn more about port wine history and its production methods. At the property´s wine lodge you can sample the wines they produce and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Portuguese cuisine.
After lunch, relax and absorb the Douro region´s special ambience before we drive back to the pier.