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Portugal Retreat: Porto & the Douro Valley

From £790 for 4 days
Trip Overview

Join an Intrepid Retreats experience for a different type of urban escape. Base yourself in a historic heart of the city and look over the surrounding churches, museums, and medieval merchant houses. Head to the nearby fishing town of Matosinhos, where the sun brings sands scattered with surfers and sunbathers, and feast on a traditional seafood lunch. Spend an evening with the sounds of Fado and the aromas of port drifting around you, and visit the small vineyards that cling to the terraced cliffs of the Douro Valley.

Essential Info
Starts: Porto
Ends: Porto
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery, Remote Retreats
Trip Code: IZMLP
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Portugal
What's Included


3 Breakfasts included
2 Lunches included
1 Dinners included


Train,Private vehicle


Comfortable centrally located hotel (3 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Soak up the sights and sounds of seaside Matosinhos and tuck into a traditional lunch of grilled sardines caught and cooked straight from the Atlantic.

•   Let the emotion of Portugal’s soul music wash over you during an intimate Fado performance in a small local theatre in Porto.

•   Get a true taste for the region with a host-led sampling session of the city’s signature fortified wine after exploring Porto’s narrow lanes and charming buildings.

•   Navigate curved cliffs dotted with terraced vineyards with a day trip to the Douro Valley, washing down a traditional lunch with the reds of small wineries.

•   Make the most of the comfort and convenience of your unpack-once, historic centre accommodation in Porto.

Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to your Intrepid Retreats experience here in Portugal. There are few European cities that do feel like a welcome, slow retreat from the chaos of everyday life, but Porto is one of them. This romantic city is tiered up the north bank of a Douro River crossed by majestic bridges, with a reconstructed and restored medieval waterfront setting of cobbled streets, merchants’ houses, cafes and old-town tascas. Begin your getaway with a welcome meeting at the hotel at 3 pm, when you’ll meet your host and get a better idea of the upcoming itinerary. Your home base for the next few days is right in the historic heart of the city, and you can look over its surrounds of churches, museums, and one of the city’s most popular late-night streets from its rooftop. Take an orientation walk with your host in the afternoon to get your city bearings, then enjoy an included dinner to get a taste of the city and, of course, get your host to point out some port to try.
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