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A Taste of Northern Portugal

Porto & The Douro Valley

JUST ANNOUNCED!

May 4 – 11, 2020

Join Alla Campagna Experiences Founder and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to Northern Portugal.

This trip will focus on the beautiful city of Porto and the Douro Valley.

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In the gorgeous city of Porto, situated on the Douro River, you’ll stay at a wonderfully-located 4-star boutique hotel within walking distance to all the city has to offer.

East in the Douro Valley you’ll spend 4 nights at a private wine estate called Quinta Nova offering spectacular views of the valley and Douro River below.

It goes without saying that these properties will be truly unforgettable, even for the most seasoned traveler.

 

ABOUT THE DOURO VALLEY

The gorgeous Douro Valley, just east of Porto, has been designate a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s obvious why.

DATES

May 4 – 11, 2020

The fee for this Experience is:

$5,000 per person in Double Occupancy.

Please add an additional $700 for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout.

Register for This Experience in 4 Simple Steps:

  1. Submit a Reservation Form.
  2. Read and agree to our Terms & Conditions.
  3. Provide a scan or smartphone photo of your passport’s signature page.
  4. Send in your $1,000 deposit or full payment.

 

To request the Reservation Form and Terms & Conditions for this experience please contact us at THIS LINK.

To make payment, you can use a credit card via PayPal (Click This Link to request invoice) or deposit a check directly into our bank account at any Bank of America branch. Depositing a check affords a $50 per person discount.

We’ll send you all the payment details if you’ll CONTACT US HERE.

Ralph Velasco is a professional travel photographer, author and international guide and he’s the Founder/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures and Alla Campagna Experiences.

For more than 11 years, he’s organized and led more than 100 international tours in a variety of locations around the world, just some of which include Romania, Portugal, Iceland, Egypt, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Bhutan, Nepal, Central Europe, Morocco, Turkey, the Adriatic, Cambodia, Tuscany, Spain, Vietnam, India, and other destinations. Additionally, as of this writing he’s organized and led 18 fully-licensed People-to-People exchange programs to Cuba.

Although originally from Chicago, for more than 6 years now Ralph has been what’s come to be called “location-independent,” which simply means he has no permanent home and lives on the road and at 30,000 feet scouting, administering and leading his highly-rated and very popular tours which boast a more than 42 percent rate of repeat clients.

He’s been a member of several championship big boat sailing teams in Chicago, San Diego and Newport Beach, California; has his private pilot’s license (SEL); and speaks Spanish.

For the past 10 years Ralph has been a regular speaker about travel and photography at the prestigious Travel & Adventure Shows throughout the United States, as well as the New York Times Travel Show. He’s also been a featured speaker at the Travel Bloggers Exchange in Sweden, Ireland, Spain and Israel; the IOETI Conference in Cairo, Egypt; and has taught travel photography at U.C. Irvine Extension Program, Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, REI Outdoor School and others.

Ralph is Creator of Tour Organizer Training and an online course called Get Paid to Travel where he teaches everyday people, step by step, how to organize and lead their own tours.

He’s got a B.S. in Small Business & Entrepreneurship from the Indiana University School of Business and an M.I.B.A. (Masters in International Business Administration) from United States International University in Mexico City, Mexico and San Diego, California.

Testimonials

“Great Tour”

“This was a great tour, with lots to do and see! We visited the large cities of Lisbon and Porto as well as other cities, towns, and villages throughout Portugal. I also took the extension through the Douro River Valley which was incredible! We had many opportunities to take pictures both as part of the tour and in our free time. I feel the tour gave me a good feel for the wide variety of life in the cities and countryside of Portugal.”

~ Vivian Nagy (2019 Portugal, 2016 Baltics)
“Loved Portugal”

“The group was great made some new long-term friends. Loved Portugal (other than the inclines 🙂 ) the country is small but packed full of great sites.”

~ Nancy Soos (2015 Romania, 2019 Portugal)
“Enjoyable and Leisurely Vacation”

“A Taste of Portugal was an enjoyable and leisurely vacation in a country that seems to have everything. Historical sights, gourmet food, photo opportunities and a great hospitality atmosphere abound. The tour hit all the sights of interest , Ralph was the perfect tour leader and it was a good group fellow travelers.”

~ Mike Collette (2019 Cuba, 2019 Portugal)
“Great Culture”

“Portugal-Great country, great culture, great tour, and fantastic wine!”

~ Laurie Kladis (Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba, Portugal and others)

Daily Trip Itinerary

This experience is limited to just 6 - 14 participants.

Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner

Items mentioned below in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS are included in your fee for this experience.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You’ll want to wear good, sturdy walking shoes as Porto and the Douro Valley are made up of hilly terrain, often with lots of stairs, inclines, declines and at times gravel and occasionally rough dirt and stone paths, so be prepared to up your step count on this trip!

If you are even slightly unsure of your walking capability in these conditions it’s HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a quality set of telescoping walking sticks at your local outdoor supply store or online before arriving in Portugal.

Please arrange your Porto (OPO)-bound flight to arrive by 3:00 pm local time today or earlier.

PRIVATE TRANSFER to your hotel from the airport (specific details will follow).

6:00 pm - Estimated time of Meet & Greet where you can introduce yourself, get to know your fellow travelers in person and everyone can discuss the trip ahead.

7:30 pm – WELCOME FOODIE TOUR where a local guide will take the group on a walking tour that will include several stops, also allowing you to become oriented to this area.  During your tour the guide will introduce the group to the food of Porto and other parts of Portugal found in this gem of a city situated on the Douro River.

OVERNIGHT at Carris Porto Ribeira Boutique Hotel

After breakfast have a GUIDED WALKING TOUR of Porto's vibrant Ribeira area, located right on the Douro River.  You'll get out before the tourist crowds overwhelm and when the light should be great.  Later you can return to see more action if you like, but this morning it should be very quiet and peaceful for enjoying a walk in this truly stunning part of Porto.

This morning's walk will end with a BOAT RIDE ON THE DOURO RIVER and will include your local guide.

Lunch will be on your own and then later you can choose to participate in a GUIDED WALKING TOUR of other parts of Porto.

DINNER this evening will be at a typical restaurant close to the hotel.

OVERNIGHT at Carris Porto Ribeira Boutique Hotel

Take advantage of a free morning today to explore other parts of Porto you may not have visited, or simply sleep in and have a leisurely morning.

LUNCH will be taken on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river, near Pont Dom Luis I, Porto's most famous icon, including local guide and GUIDED WALK starting at a central meeting point to be announced.

After lunch participate in a GUIDED PORT WINE VISIT AND TASTING at a beautiful Port Wine Cellar.

Next you can walk nearby with the group to take the CABLE CAR up to a point with truly spectacular views of the River Douro and its surroundings, after which you'll have a free afternoon and dinner on your own.

OVERNIGHT at Carris Porto Ribeira Boutique Hotel

After breakfast, PRIVATE TRANSFER with luggage from your hotel to Porto's gorgeous São Bento railway station where you'll have time to explore and then hop the TRAIN for the wonderfully scenic ride to our next stop, the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Note: You'll be responsible for your own luggage before and during the train ride, so just another reminder to please pack light and only bring what you can carry and lift on your own as there'll be no porters available until we arrive at the station in Ferrão.

On arrival at the station in Ferrão TRANSFER WITH LUGGAGE to our next property, the truly stunning private wine estate of Quinta Nova.

If rooms are ready, which is unlikely at this early hour (approximately 12:00 pm), check in and settle in, otherwise enjoy a locally-guided ORIENTATION TOUR of the Quinta Nova property, after which you can sample the local wine and take lunch on your own by the lookout over the Douro River and endless landscapes of vineyards.

Next you'll have some free time to continue exploring the Quinta Nova property, sit by the pool, relax or do whatever is your whim.

Later we'll meet for an included and very memorable DINNER.

OVERNIGHT at Quinta Nova Wine Estate

Today, after BREAKFAST on your own, TRANSFER FOR GUIDED VISIT to nearby Pinhão where you can walk around and enjoy this riverside town and its gorgeous train station which is adorned on all sides with the famous blue azulejos tiles telling stories of times past.

Next have a PRIVATE TRANSFER from Pinhão to another riverside wine estate called Quinta do Tedo where you'll enjoy another WINE TASTING and GUIDED VISIT of the property, including LUNCH.

After this visit and lunch PRIVATE TRANSFER back to Quinta Nova where you'll be able to take advantage of a free afternoon to enjoy the property and dinner at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT at Quinta Nova Wine Estate

PRIVATE TRANSFER from Quinta Nova to nearby Ferrão station where you'll take the TRAIN to the end of the line at Pocinho where the railway station is the eastern terminus of the Douro railway line.  Pocinho developed with the arrival of the railway in 1887.

Along with our local guide you'll have a PRIVATE TRANSFER from Pocinho back to Pinhão where LUNCH will be in a local restaurant.

After lunch embark on a PRIVATE BOAT TRIP on the Douro River from Pinhão back to Ferrão with PRIVATE TRANSFER to Quinta Nova.

Next you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and dinner on your own.

OVERNIGHT at Quinta Nova Wine Estate

Today you'll have a final opportunity to enjoy the property at Quinta Nova and surroundings.

You can choose to sleep in, take a scenic walk, sit by the pool, enjoy a glass of wine or coffee in a comfortable chair overlooking the valley, read a book or do whatever it is that you like with lunch on your own.

At a predetermined time say goodbye to new and old friends at a memorable FAREWELL DINNER at Quinta Nova.

OVERNIGHT at Quinta Nova Wine Estate

Unfortunately, your trip with us comes to an end today so it’ll be time to say goodbye, at least for now. Be sure to pack all your belongings, check out, leave your key and have everything with you for your GROUP TRANSFER to Porto Airport (OPO).

8 am - BREAKFAST at the estate.

9 am - GROUP TRANSFER to OPO.

12 pm - estimated arrival time at OPO

Please arrange your flight onward to leave OPO after 3:00 pm local time in order to give yourself enough time to check in and make it to your gate.

Regarding Your Flight Home 

In order to give yourself time to arrive at the airport and check in, if flying from Porto's OPO please arrange your onward flight no earlier than 3:00 pm local time (subject to change, and please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given the go ahead by PEA administrators). 

You can certainly choose to stay over in Porto to enjoy its many other sites and things to do, or transfer on your own to other parts of Portugal or Europe to continue your experience, but please arrange these additional services on your own.

We wish you safe travels and happy memories of what will surely be an unforgettable trip!

 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Again, we’re estimating that you’ll want to schedule your flight to leave the afternoon of Monday, May 11, after 3:00 pm local time, in order to allow plenty of time to comfortably make your onward flight.

 

For more information and to register for this experience,

please contact us at admin@AllaCampagna.com

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 4, 2020

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A PRELIMINARY ITINERARY

AND THAT ALL ASPECTS OF IT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

INCLUDED:

  • Private airport transfer on arrival in Porto (OPO).
  • All accommodations in Porto (3 nights) and at Quinta Nova in the Douro Valley (4 nights) in a single or double occupancy room during trip dates.
  • Meals: All Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners (D).
  • Drinks at meals only as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Several wine tastings throughout the trip.
  • Bottled water is provided each day.
  • Services of local, English-speaking guide for select group activities and experiences.
  • Train from Porto to Ferrão (please be able to manage your own luggage for the train ride)
  • Group transfer from Quinta Nova back to Porto Airport at the end of the trip.
  • Transportation for day trips organized as group activities, including several train rides and boat rides.
  • All entry fees for group activities and experiences as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Group tips for local guides, drivers and meals.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights or other transportation to and from Portugal.
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations outside of our May 4 – 11, 2020 tour dates, although we can help to set up extra nights, if necessary.
  • Transportation to and from OPO outside of those outlined in the itinerary.
  • Meals not specifically outlined in the itinerary as included.
  • Drinks or other alcoholic beverages not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Items of a personal nature.

All aspects of this itinerary are subject to change.  We ask that you remain flexible as there are often circumstances beyond our control and changes may be necessary.

The trip leader, tour operator and/or tour coordinator reserve the right to make adjustments to the published itinerary whenever, in their sole discretion, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort and/or safety of the group.

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