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Porto and Douro Valley Explorer Premium
 

See the best of Portugal with Insider local knowledge 

 7 Night Urban and Rural Program 
 

Your own Villa to enjoy with friends or family in the countryside ( 2-8 people ) 

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Starting from 990€ per person

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A Word from your host

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Pedro Silva

Nationality: Portuguese

Lives in : Porto

Age: 43

A word From your host

Hi! My name is Pedro and I'm your host for this amazing adventure! I would like you to invite you to enjoy my home...and i have put together a special program that will reveal the beauty , cultural ad gastronomic highlights of this region. I'm absolutely thrilled to be your host for this extraordinary journey. It's not just about staying at my countryside retreat; it's about experiencing a curated program designed with love, passion, and insider knowledge to make your visit to Portugal truly unforgettable. Your Curator and Guide: With over five years of experience in welcoming guests at Olival House and managing five short-term rental apartments in the vibrant city of Porto, I've not only honed my hospitality skills but also gained a deep understanding of what it takes to create remarkable travel experiences. The numerous 5-star reviews from guests on platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, and Booking.com stand as a testament to my commitment to excellence. Crafting Your Adventure: I've poured my heart and soul into crafting this 7-night program. It's a labor of love designed to introduce you to the best that Porto and the Douro Valley have to offer. As your insider with more than five years of experience in this enchanting region, I've carefully selected the must-visit places, hidden gems, and authentic experiences that will make your stay with me a cherished memory. A Bit About Me: As a host, I'm a detail-oriented, good listener, and a true professional. I relish the opportunity to meet new people and help them make the most of their journey. I'm a perfectionist, always seeking the best experiences for my guests, and I'm adaptable to new challenges. My Educational Background: I hold a degree and master's in Audio Production, and I'm also a certified digital marketing expert. What I Do Professionally: Today, I wear multiple hats: I'm the manager of Olival House and also manage five short-term rental apartments in the lively heart of Porto. In my spare time, I indulge in my passion for audio and video production. My Hobbies: Beyond my professional life, you'll find me in the gym, passionately running to keep myself active. I'm also a dedicated electric guitar player, having led a band for 12 years. My love for music knows no bounds, and I'm an avid cinema enthusiast. My promise: With my insider knowledge and dedication to making your journey exceptional, I'm here to ensure that your time with us at Olival House is nothing short of magical. Let's embark on this adventure together, uncovering the beauty, culture, and culinary delights of this remarkable region.

Program overview

Embark on an exclusive journey through Portugal's finest with our "Porto and Douro Valley Explorer Premium" program. Over 7 enchanting nights, you'll immerse yourself in the historic streets of Porto and the picturesque countryside of North Portugal from the comfort of your villa at Olival House.

 

Experience private city tours, a captivating Fado concert, and a visit to Porto's renowned wine cellar to savor the world-renowned Port Wine. Explore the iconic Lello Bookstore and venture to Aveleda Estate for a tour of its beautiful gardens and a sumptuous lunch, indulging in the unique gastronomy of Portugal with traditional culinary delights.


You will also enjoy an unforgettable private Douro Valley tour featuring a scenic river cruise and intimate wine tastings, amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Douro vineyards. Accompanied by traditional Portuguese gastronomy, this experience promises to immerse you in the essence of the region's rich culture and heritage.

 

Porto and the Douro Valley hold UNESCO World Heritage status and have received numerous awards, underscoring their cultural significance.

 

 Every aspect of your journey is meticulously curated for a unique adventure, promising to craft memories of urban excitement, rural tranquility, and authentic Portuguese hospitality that will last a lifetime.

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What's Included

Experiences Highlights

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Private
Accomodation

Breakfast

Transfers

Tickets for all

activities

5 Lunches
3 Diners

Porto City Tour  ( private)

Porto Wine caves visit
Fado concert with dinner

Lello Bookstore

Douro Valley Private tour
Aveleda Estate Tour and Lunch

Traditional Portuguese food experiences

What's included

Not included

x Flight ticket
x Travel insurance

x Visas and vaccinations

 

What makes our program unique?

Countryside Comfort

 

Immerse yourself in the serenity of nature while relishing all the modern comforts. You will stay at a comfortable country home with unique character, full of intricate details waiting to be explored.The the perfect haven, after a day of exploration. 

 

City Meets Country

 

 Embark on an unforgettable journey that combines the best of both worlds – the city's vibrant energy and the countryside's peaceful retreat. We're the only program that seamlessly merges the urban charm of Porto with the rustic beauty of North Portugal's countryside. 

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

 

Prepare for a journey that promises memories to last a lifetime. From city streets to vineyard-covered hills, our program offers an unforgettable adventure you won't find anywhere else! 

Why Porto?

Historic and Cultural Heritage

Immerse yourself in a city with over 2,000 years of history, where every cobblestone street tells a tale of ancient civilizations and cultural evolution.

Beautiful Douro River and Rabelo Boats

Wander along the Douro River, graced by the iconic rabelo boats, creating a postcard-perfect panorama that mirrors Porto's maritime legacy.

 

Architectural Marvels

Explore Porto's diverse architecture, from medieval structures to baroque masterpieces, each building echoing the city's dynamic history.

 

World-Leading Destination

Porto proudly holds the UNESCO World Heritage status since 1996, solidifying its standing as a globally significant and captivating destination. This accolade is complemented by numerous travel awards, a testament to Porto's enduring charm and recognition as an exceptional travel destination..

 

Gastronomic Delights

Indulge in Porto's gastronomy, a culinary journey offering traditional delights like Francesinha and Bacalhau, showcasing the richness of Portuguese cuisine.

 

A city made of wine

Discover the birthplace of Port wine, with historic wine cellars along the Douro River inviting you to savor the art of winemaking and the region's signature flavors.

 

Vibrant City Life

Engage in the vibrant life of Porto, whether exploring contemporary art spaces, strolling through the lively Ribeira district, or partaking in the myriad of cultural activities.

 

Warm and Welcoming Inhabitants

Experience the genuine warmth of Porto's inhabitants, where hospitality isn't just a gesture but a way of life, making every visitor feel like a

cherished guest.

The Douro Valley Experience

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In this carefully crafted program, your journey through the Porto and Douro Valley Explorer will be an immersive tapestry of experiences, where you will:

Embark on a UNESCO Odyssey:

Step into the living history of the Douro Valley, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Traverse centuries of cultural richness and natural splendor, allowing the valley to unfold its tales before you.

 

Indulge in Vineyard Bliss:

Immerse yourself in the visual poetry of meticulously terraced vineyards. Witness the devotion to winemaking as you traverse hills adorned with lush vines, an invitation to savor the essence of the Douro Valley.

Savor Heritage in Every Sip:

Elevate your senses as you enter historic wine estates. Engage in intimate wine tastings, where each sip becomes a portal to the region's winemaking heritage, offering a taste of the valley's distinct terroir.

 

Glide Through Scenic Rhythms:

Experience the serene beauty of the Douro River on a rabelo boat cruise. Let the gentle rhythms of the water guide you through a panorama of terraced hills, historic estates, and charming riverside villages.

 

Culinary Symphony:

Delight your taste buds with the gastronomic symphony of the Douro Valley. From traditional dishes to innovative creations, every meal is an orchestration of flavors perfectly harmonized with the region's exquisite wines.

 

Immerse in Cultural Elegance:

Immerse yourself in the cultural elegance of the Douro Valley's charming villages. Wander through cobbled streets, engage with locals, and witness time-honored traditions that add depth to your cultural experience.

 

Outdoor Adventures Unleashed:

Unleash your adventurous spirit as you explore the diverse landscapes of the Douro Valley. Hike scenic trails, breathe in the fresh air, and engage in outdoor activities that amplify the thrill of your journey.

Porto and Douro Valley Awards and distinctions

​Porto

  • Historic Centre of Porto, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996

  • Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2020 - World Travel Awards

  • World's Leading City Destination 2022
 - World Travel Awards

  • Europe's Leading City Destination 2022
 - World Travel Awards

  • Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2023
 - World Travel Awards

 

Douro Valley

  • The Alto Douro Wine Region has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape and centuries-old tradition of winemaking.

The weather in Porto

Spring 

With the arrival of spring, temperatures in Porto begin to rise, ranging from 8 or 9ºC to around 20ºC. It's a delightful season to witness the city coming to life, adorned with blossoming flowers and renewed energy.

Summer

Enjoy average summer temperatures in Porto ranging from 13ºC to 25ºC, with occasional spikes up to 40ºC. Take advantage of the season to visit the beach, relax under the radiant sun, and explore the vibrant city.

 

Autumn

As autumn unfolds, temperatures fluctuate between lows of 14ºC and highs of 21ºC. It's a pleasant time to explore the

city as the leaves change color, creating a picturesque backdrop for your adventures.

Winter

In winter, temperatures in Porto vary between 5ºC and 14ºC, accompanied by more rainfall. It's a cozy time to discover the historical charms of the city, with a chance to experience the warmth of local hospitality indoors

Itinerary

Itinerary 

Day 1

Airport Transfer 

Check-in at Olival House

Welcome drink

Dinner at wine bar/restaurant situated in the historic village of Quintandona

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Food included

Restaurant 1

Day 2

Breakfast at Olival House

 

Porto City Tour with private guide of the 10 best spots.

Visit to Lello Bookstore ( considered one the most beautiful in the world)
 

Dinner is the unique Porto's Francesinha at at local Restaurant

 

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Food included

Lello Bookstore

Francesinha

Day 3

Breakfast at Olival House

Briefly explore Penafiel before continuing with your visit to the Quinta da Aveleda vineyard  and beautiful botanical gardens. Guided tour with wine tasting and  lunch at the farm. Awarded in the top 100 World Best Vineyards 2022.

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Lunch & Drinks included

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Wine tasting included 

Dinner - own arrangements ( see faq's)

Quinta da Aveleda

Aveleda Estate

Day 4

Breakfast at Olival House

 

Free day to rest or choose from our optional activities.

 

Dinner  at Typical Portuguese Restaurant 

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Food included

Lunch - own arrangements ( see faq's)

Day 5

Breakfast at Olival House

Douro Valley Tour with visit to vineyards and wine tasting  -Lunch included -  All day

  • Experience a private tour with a guide exclusive for you.

  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Explore two (2) renowned Port Wine Estates and taste 6 types of wines (including fortified wines).

  • Savor a delicious local lunch paired with some of the best DOC Douro- Wines (red & white).

  • Relax on a 45-minute Douro River Cruise in Pinhão.

  • Included: Private van and guided visit, river cruise, lunch, visit and tasting in 2 wine

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Food & Drinks included

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Wine tasting included 

Dinner - own arrangements ( see faq's)

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Day 6

Breakfast at Olival House

Free day to rest or choose from our optional activities.

Dinner with an a cappella concert to the sound of Portugal's famous Fado in a typical Portuguese restaurant 

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Food included

Lunch - own arrangements ( see faq's)