Great Food and wine themed North Portugal tour
Portugal | Aug 27 - Sep 3, 2022

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jenny G.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 11, 2022

We had a 7 day trip to North Portugal booked in June but due to personal circumstances had to change it to early September. Marta was very understanding and helped us reorganize all the bookings.
We started off in Porto and had a good introduction into the city - doing a food tour , followed by an e-bike tour. We got opportunity to view the city ourselves and had a lot of great recommendations on what to do/ and where to eat. We also got to do different things like go to the National park!... read more

We had a 7 day trip to North Portugal booked in June but due to personal circumstances had to change it to early September. Marta was very understanding and helped us reorganize all the bookings.
We started off in Porto and had a good introduction into the city - doing a food tour , followed by an e-bike tour. We got opportunity to view the city ourselves and had a lot of great recommendations on what to do/ and where to eat. We also got to do different things like go to the National park! The highlight of the trip was the trip to Douro valley where we stayed at a vineyard and did a few wine tastings around the different Quinta's. Thiago was a great guide taking us across the various quintas, with a boat ride and a celebratory drink at an awesome view point.

Hotel Reviews
Premium Porto Downtown
Porto

The hotel was clean and functional and close to a lot of restaurants. The breakfast had a wide spread and service was quite prompt.

Authenticity & Character
Apart from the food, not really sure there was character/authenticity to the hotel.
Location
Was good walking distance to most of the tourist spots
Staff
Very prompt service and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Quinta Da Timpeira
Lamego

The overall look and feel of the Quinta is that of a period property with heavy antique furniture. We had a bigger room as that was the only one available so had the option of twin or a double bed. The quinta had lovely grounds, with a garden and a swimming pool though we were never around long enough to enjoy the grounds as much. The dinner we had there was quite homely and had large portions.

Authenticity & Character
Had the charm of a period property
Location
The only way to get around was by car- which was arranged for us but would have been hard otherwise.
Staff
Attentive and willing to help
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were clean but because of the heavy furniture and low ceiling it did feel very dark and dinghy in the evenings. Would have liked option of tea/coffee in the room.
OPOHotel Porto Aeroporto
Maia

For spending a night before our flight the next day morning - this hotel was perfect. Functional with all the basics and quite large rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Great for the airport and they offered free shuttle.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Foodie Experience in Porto
Porto

Claudia was a very enthusiastic and warm guide and made the tour really enjoyable. Not to mention all the food we tried was amazing and was nice to hear the stories behind them. loved that we got to try most of the city's famous dishes over the course of this tour and the company was great.

Quality of Experience
All the food options and the guide!
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Claudia was really warm and followed up with recommendations and trip photos!
Get to know Porto by E-bike
Porto

Didnt know what to expect but was great! Apart from the first few minutes of fumbling around on how how to use the bike, the rest of actually biking was quite smooth. We covered a lot of ground and got to see some great views....and also catch in some exercise. An electric bike is probably the best way to see the city though I did get a sore backside due to all the pebbled roads!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hike & Cultural Excursion in Peneda-GerĂªs National Park
Porto

We enjoyed the serenity of the national park and opportunity to do a bit of trek and bathe in the clear pool of water which was followed by a great lunch. The second half of the day had a walk through the village and a another mini trek to another waterfall with a further opportunity to swim. I was probably the least fit person of the group - but the guide made sure we went at a decent pace. Maybe two swims was not required as they were people in our group who were not keen on swimming and we could have done a viewing point instead.

Quality of Experience
The parts we liked - were opportunity to trek and swim and the food was good. There were also good breaks in between the drive which was helpful. Didnt enjoy as much the walk around the village
Food
The lunch served in the village was good.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions about the park as she had lived within the park herself.
Transport
The car was a bit old and since it was packed with 7 people with a good 3-4 hours on the road - not entirely comfortable for people with long legs.
Wine Cellar Guided Visit with Lunch
Douro Valley

This was the highlight of the trip - was a very relaxed experience of getting a tour of the process of wine making and getting an opportunity to taste quite a few of the wines at the quinta. Our guide Rui also made it really memorable.

Quality of Experience
The tour, wines and the setting was great.
Food
It was little light on the food as compared to the other places but still good!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Had some really good conversations with Rui.
Wine Experience in the Douro Valley & River Cruise
Douro Valley

Was a great day filled with a opportunity to taste and see a bit of behind the scenes of winemaking and wine tasting at one Quinta , followed by a set lunch paired with different wines at another. The post food coma stage was great time to do the river cruise down the Douro and we got whisked to another amazing view point for a further celebratory drink! Thiago was very informative and so pleasant to be around.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Hi Jenny, thank you so much for all this feedback! It was a great pleasure to prepare this vacation in Portugal for you both and I appreciate your words. The most important part for me is that in the end, you got to experience the best of Northern Portugal. If you visit Portugal or Spain again I will be happy to help. Best, Marta