- Tour: Douro Valley Exploration
- Activity: Evening Cooking Class
Casa Relogio de Sol
- Meals: B, L, D
Douro Valley Exploration
After breakfast this morning, you’ll be rejoined by your private guide as we set out for a charming day in the vineyards and rolling hills of the Douro Valley.
Begin the day with an active start with a private E-bike ride through the Douro Valley. On this 25km bike ride (2hrs30mins) along the back roads of the Douro, amongst vineyards and small villages, take in the beautiful views and the river as your backdrop on the way down the valley hills.
Next, you will be welcomed at Quinta do Crasto wine estate, considered to be one of the top wine producers in Portugal.
A member of the famous Quinta do Crasto will be pleased to receive you for a visit to the vineyards and wine cellars, followed by a taste of its red Douro wines and Ports (Late Bottle Vintage and Vintage). This ancestral Quinta with 130 hectares is located in the Cima Corgo area of the Demarcated Region of Douro in the right bank of the Douro River. It is planted with 60 hectares of excellent vineyards, some almost eighty years old. This special visit will allow you to discover one of the mythical wine estates of the Douro Valley, considered to be one of the 3 top Portuguese wine producers.
A private lunch will be set outside by their house and vineyards, with an astonishing view of the river and valley. The main dish is the famous country duck rice with Crasto wines.
Continue with a transfer in a classic Bedford farm truck from the estate, down to the river dock. On arrival, embark on a private cruise on the Douro river aboard a typical “Rabelo” boat (50min). One of the most interesting ways to discover the Douro Valley is in an enchanting cruise. The boat is a replica of a traditional Rabelo boat that, for centuries, carried casks of young wine from the Douro Valley downriver to the lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Disembarking from your cruise, you will be have some time to explore the charming village of Pinhão and its historical train station. The Pinhão train station dates back to the early 20th century, a time when the Douro railway was used in good part to transport wines down to Porto, and no longer by river boats. It is craftfully decorated with Portuguese Azulejo tiles, in total 3047 tiles compose 24 panels that illustrate “Scenes of life in the Douro”.
After the visit, your guide will return you to the hotel.
Evening Cooking Class
This evening, walk to a neighboring wine estate where you'll enjoy a private cooking lesson with the estate's owner. You'll enjoy the fruits of your labor for dinner this evening, along with some of the estate's delectable wines. Afterwards, return at leisure to your hotel.