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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 join me on this amazing journey! I have put together a special program that will reveal the architectural, cultural and gastronomic highlights of Porto and Douro Valley region…and all of this while saying at my beautiful country home! 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, I've carefully selected the must-visit places, hidden gems, and authentic experiences that will make your stay an unforgettable 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, a bachelor degree in Sounnd&Image and I'm also a certified digital marketing expert. What I Do Professionally: In my professional life, I wear multiple hats. As the manager of Olival House, I oversee the operations to ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable stay at our countryside retreat. Additionally, I handle Digital Marketing for my parents' photography company, leveraging my skills to promote their business effectively in the digital landscape. During my free time, I manage an Instagram channel called Porto Pulse (@portopulse), dedicated to showcasing the beauty of Porto through original videos and photos. I invite you to explore Porto Pulse for insider tips and recommendations on the best places to visit in Porto. My Hobbies: In my free time, I find immense joy in playing the guitar, a passion I've nurtured for many years. Music is a significant part of my life, and I love exploring various genres, constantly discovering new sounds and artists to enjoy. As a cinema enthusiast, I often spend my evenings indulging in movies from different cultures and eras, appreciating the artistry and storytelling behind each film. Additionally, I prioritize my health and well-being by regularly hitting the gym, ensuring I stay active and energized for life's adventures. My promise: My promise to you is simple yet profound. With my insider knowledge and unwavering dedication, I'm committed to making your journey exceptional. At Olival House, your comfort and magical experiences are my top priorities. Throughout the program, I'll be your steadfast guide, offering support and assistance every step of the way. Let's embark on this adventure together! With confidence, I assure you that your time in Portugal will be nothing short of extraordinary!

Program overview

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

Experience the essence of Portuguese culture with 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 vineyards and botanical gardens.
 

In this adventure, you'll discover the unparalleled quality of Portuguese wine as you indulge in tastings and learn about the region's winemaking heritage. Additionally, you'll experience the traditional Portuguese gastronomy, enriching your journey with authentic flavors and culinary delights.
 

Discover the cultural richness of both Porto and the Douro Valley, as they proudly hold UNESCO World Heritage status. This prestigious designation highlights the historical and cultural importance of these regions, enriching your exploration with a deeper understanding of their significance.

 

Join me on this extraordinary journey, where every aspect is meticulously crafted to provide a one-of-a-kind adventure, guaranteeing memories that will endure a lifetime. Let me lead you through the marvels of Porto and the Douro Valley, welcoming you to my country home where you'll encounter the essence of Portuguese hospitality, and together, we'll create unforgettable moments that will last a lifetime!

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What's Included

Experiences Highlights

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Private
Accomodation

Breakfast

Transfers

Porto City Private Tour  

Porto Wine Cellar 
Fado concert with dinner

Lello Bookstore
Bolsa  Palace

Douro Valley Private tour
Aveleda Estate Tour and Lunch

Traditional Portuguese food and wine tastings

What's included

Tickets for all

activities

5 Lunches
3 Diners

Not included

x Flight ticket
x Travel insurance

x Visas and vaccinations

What makes our program unique?

Our program offers a truly unique experience - it's the only one that seamlessly integrates city and countryside adventures. While many programs focus solely on urban exploration, ours stands out by providing a captivating blend of both environments.

From the serene tranquility of the countryside to the bustling energy of the city, our program strikes a perfect balance. Whether you're wandering through Porto's historic streets or taking in the natural beauty of the countryside, you'll get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Bid farewell to generic tours and embrace personalized experiences with us. Unlike typical travel agencies, we offer insider knowledge that enriches your journey with depth and authenticity. Benefit from our expertise as we unveil the hidden treasures of Porto and the Douro Valley, ensuring an unforgettable adventure tailored just for you.

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. Explore Porto's diverse architectural marvels, from medieval structures adorned with intricate Portuguese tiles to baroque masterpieces that echo the city's dynamic history. Wander along the Douro River, graced by the iconic rabelo boats, creating a postcard-perfect panorama that mirrors Porto's maritime legacy. Discover the iconic D. Luis Bridge, offering panoramic views of Porto and the Douro River, especially breathtaking during sunset when the city is bathed in golden light.

World-Leading Destination

Porto's historic center proudly holds the UNESCO World Heritage status since 1996, solidifying its standing as a globally significant and captivating destination. Every year, Porto attracts an increasing number of visitors, becoming a must-visit popular destination in Europe. 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 Portugal's distinctive gastronomy, embarking on a culinary adventure filled with traditional delicacies such as Francesinha, Bacalhau, and "Pastel de Nata". This gastronomic journey highlights the richness of Portuguese cuisine, renowned globally for its delicious flavors and wide variety of dishes. From hearty stews to fresh seafood, Portugal's culinary heritage is a reflection of its coastal resources and agricultural abundance, with each region boasting its own unique specialties and culinary traditions.

 

A City made of wine


Explore the world famous Port wine, celebrated for its rich history and unique production techniques. Explore the crisp and invigorating Vinho Verde, exclusive to Portugal's northern region, and indulge in the bold flavors of both traditional Portuguese red and white wines. Each sip tells a story of the country's winemaking heritage, inviting you to experience the essence of Portugal's diverse viticulture.

Warm and Welcoming Inhabitants

xperience 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. Known for their hospitality, the people of Porto eagerly share their city's treasures and stories, ensuring that you feel welcomed and embraced throughout your stay.

The Douro Valley Experience

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In this program, you will embark on a captivating full day journey dedicated to exploring the Douro Valley, a region steeped in history, beauty, and viticultural significance:
 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site:

 

The Douro Valley holds the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage site, recognized for its cultural and natural significance. As you traverse its winding roads and terraced hillsides, you'll witness firsthand the timeless allure that has earned it this esteemed designation.

The Cradle of Port Wine: Renowned as the birthplace of port wine, the Douro Valley boasts a rich winemaking heritage that dates back centuries. It's here that the majority of Portugal's prized port wine grapes are cultivated, their flavors shaped by the unique terroir of the valley's landscape.

Historic Vineyards and Wine Estates:

 

Among the terraced slopes and sun-drenched vineyards of the Douro Valley lie historic estates and vineyards that have stood the test of time. These storied properties are not only guardians of tradition but also bastions of innovation, blending age-old techniques with modern winemaking practices.

Tranquil Douro River Cruise:

 

One of the highlights of your Douro Valley experience will be a leisurely boat cruise along the serene waters of the Douro River. As you glide past picturesque landscapes adorned with vineyards, you'll be treated to panoramic views that showcase the valley's natural beauty in all its splendor.

The Importance of the Douro Valley:

 

Beyond its scenic vistas and world-class wines, the Douro Valley holds a deeper significance as a symbol of human ingenuity and resilience. Its terraced vineyards, meticulously carved into the rugged terrain over centuries, are a testament to the enduring connection between mankind and the land.

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

Since Porto has a temperate oceanic climate, any time of year is good to visit. However, we prefer the months between April and October, as at this time of year it's unlikely to rain.
 

Fall (September - November):

Pleasant and mild. Highs average around 20-22°C (68-72°F), with occasional rain showers.

 

Winter (December - February):

Coolest time of year with frequent rain showers. Highs average around 12-15°C (54-59°F).

 

Spring (March - May):

Gradually warms up with decreasing rainfall. Highs range from 15-20°C (59-68°F) to 20-23°C (68-73°F).

 

Summer (June - August):

Warmest period with occasional showers. Highs average around 22-25°C (72-77°F) to 30-32°C (86-90°F).

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 aboard a van with  guide showcasing the best city spots.

Visit to Lello Bookstore , considered one the most beautiful in the world
 

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

 

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Food included

Lello Bookstore

Francesinha

Day 3

Breakfast at Olival House

Take a quick exploration of Penafiel before proceeding with your visit to the Quinta da Aveleda Estate. Enjoy a guided tour of the botanical gardens and vineyards, followed by a wine tasting and lunch at the farm. Quinta da Aveleda was recognized as one of the top 100 World Best Vineyards in 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 a local traditional 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 aboard a van with a guide exclusive for you.

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

  • Explore 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.

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Food & Drinks included

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Wine tasting included 

Dinner - own arrangements ( see faq's)

Watch the video about Douro Valley

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 traditional Portuguese restaurant 

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Food included

Lunch - own arrangements ( see faq's)

Fado Dinner