Porto Golf and Wine Experience

It was during the 12th century that Portugal was founded and Porto and the North was the very hub where this friendly nation was born. Our Porto Golf and Wine Experience Itinerary allows you to discover the very best of Portugal and explore it’s origins and character.

Porto Golf and Wine – The History

Porto Golf and WineThe city of Porto lies on the banks of the River Douro and is the 2nd largest city in Portugal. It is the the birthplace of Infante D. Henrique, o Navegador or Henry The Navigator and is renowned worldwide for the Port Wine, bridges and fabulous architecture. The medieval Ribeira(Riverside) district is dominated by cobbled streets, wine merchants and busy riverside cafes.

The historical centre of Porto was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 1996 and was European Capital of Culture along with Rotterdam in 2001.  Along the river there are six bridges that link the city. The most recognised is the Dom Luis de Ponte bridge which carries cars, trams and foot travellers to the south side of the river. This part of Porto (now known as Vila da Nova Gaia) you will find many of the famous names of port such as Porto Cruz, Taylor’s and Sandeman dotted along the river bank.

Porto and northern Portugal is dominated by the River Douro which enters Portugal between the ravines and mountains of the interior to flow through the entire World Heritage landscape where the Port and Douro wines are produced.
In this diverse region of mountains and natural parks, the heritage can be seen in the castles, such as Guimaraes, and the shrines and churches which are the stage for pilgrimages in the summer. Discover the Baroque architecture of Northern Portugal in its stone and gilded carvings side by side with rural chapels. In the nearby cities such as Viana do Castelo, Braga, Lamego, Chaves and Vila Real, explore the manor houses and stately halls and meet the genuine Portuguese people, who like to share their hospitality and their homeland.

Porto Golf and Wine- Accommodation

Your homes for the Porto Wine and Golf Experience are 2 superb five star hotels that have been carefully selected for your comfort and enjoyment. The Yeatman Hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel with magnificent views from the 82 bedrooms across Porto City Centre, it’s magnificent architecture and bridges spanning the River Douro. It was awarded Best Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2015 and is a haven for lovers of wine and fine dining. With an excellent spa, Wellness Centre  and outdoor pool on the roof with stunning views of Porto.

Our itinerary includes visits to the historical cities of Guimaraes and Braga. Guimaraes is a wonderful city just over 40 minutes north of Porto. The historical centre with its many buildings and monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.  It is a step back into time and the narrow cobbled streets are mixed with many plazas and open air cafes that do not detract from the historical atmosphere. Guimaraes Castle is a partial ruin and was built to defend the area from attacks by the Moors and Normans.

Braga is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and dates back more than 2,000 years. Bracara Augusta as it was originally known was founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus and lay on one of the most important routes in the Iberian Peninsula.

The Braga Diocese is the oldest in Portugal and the Cathedral was built in the 12th Century. A visit to Braga must include the short journey outside the city to the magnificent Bom Jesus do Monte. Situated high above the hills with its superb staircase Bom Jesus is the icon of Braga. Access is made easier by the funicular railway that can take you from the drop off point to the sanctuary.

There is also a very popular cafe where you can stop off for a short break and take in the magnificent views of Braga and the surrounding countryside.

 

 Porto Golf and Wine Experience-Part 2

For the second part of your Porto and northern Portugal experience you will be staying at the majestic 5 star Vidago Palace Hotel situated 20 kilometres from the town of Chaves.  Surrounded by superb parkland and the natural beauty of northern Portugal, the hotel offers 70 bedrooms, spa, wellness centre and it’s own 18 hole golf course.

Your last night before you reluctantly travel home is based at the 5 star Palacio Estoril Hotel and Spa situated just 25 minutes from Lisbon City Centre . The Palacio Estoril was opened in the 1930’s and was very popular with the royalty of Europe at that time. The Palacio was also used during filming of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the nearby Casino also adds to the James Bond theme. In May 2014 it was the base for Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid for the Champions League Final weekend

For golfers we have arranged 3 rounds of golf at two of the premier golf courses in the region. Estela Golf Club is a magnificent links style course situated very close to Porto and enjoying superb views of the coastline. Vidago Palace is located within the grounds of the second hotel during your stay and this 18 hole course provides magnificent golf with stunning views of the local countryside

During your stay you will be in the capable hands of an experienced local guide and Tour Manager to ensure you can relax and fully enjoy your stay in Porto and northern Portugal

Contact us today for more about our superb Porto Golf and Wine Experience

Itinerary for the Porto Golf and Wine experience

Day 1

  • Arrival at Lisbon Airport with private transfer to Porto
  • Check in at the Yeatman Hotel
  • Welcome Drink and Dinner at the Hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer for golfers to Estela Golf Course for 18 holes
  • Porto City walking  tour for the non – golfers with private guide
  • Dinner for all the guests in a traditional restaurant in Porto

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private tour for all guests with guide to the historical cities of  Guimaraes and Braga
  • Lunch of your choice(optional)
  • Dinner at the Yeatman Hotel

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer for golfers to Estela Golf Course for 18 holes
  • Private Tour with guide for non golfers-Porto Wine Rotary with Wine Tasting and Walking Tour along the River Douro
  • Dinner at the Yeatman Hotel

Day 5

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • 20 Minute Helicopter Tour across historic Porto. Transfers from the Hotel included
  • Truth Experience including 90 minute sailing tour with visit to traditional Wine Farm.
  • Enjoy magnificent views over Douro and Pinhao. Lunch is include
  • Transfer to the fabulous Vidago Palace Hotel
  • Dinner at Vidago Palace  Hotel

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • 18 holes of golf at Vidago Palace for 4 persons
  • Half day Spa Experience for non golfers
  • Dinner at Vidago Palace

Day 7

  • Breakfast at the Hotel before check out
  • Stop in Obidos for 2 hour Private Tour and Lunch
  • Check in at the Palacio Estoril Hotel and Spa
  • Dinner at the Hotel

Day 8

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer to Lisbon Airport

 

Prices from £3,450 per person during May, June,September and October 2017
Based upon Twin/double occupancy for group of 8 persons. Prices for other group sizes  and dates available upon request

While every effort will be made to operate trips as planned, we reserve the right to make alterations at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control

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