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Grape Harvest in the Douro Valley - Vindimas Cruise 2012

The Douro river runs from the Spanish border in the East through spectacular scenery immerging into the sea at Porto (Oporto) on the west coast. During its journey, the river passes through the demarcated Port Wine region of steeply terraced hills and mountains. The river has been tamed by a series of dams which have added to its great beauty. Regua is the most important town on the river and capital of the region. Both the grape growing area for Port Wine and the riverside area of Oporto (Porto) have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.

Index of Douro cruisesAccommodation in the Oporto (Porto) area
Pousada de Porto - Palacio do Freixo
Hotel Infante Sagres
Pestana Porto Hotel

Price per person: € 245(*)
Single supplement: € 25
September: 22
October: 6 & 20

(*) Hotel included in the rate

Vindimas - 2 days cruise-BD
lst day
boat 07h45 Welcome at your ship at Porto/Vila Nova de Gaia Quay - Porto
Arrival at Crestuma/Lever Dam (height 14 meters)
Arrival at Carrapatelo Dam (height 35 meters)
Port wine served on board
Lunch served on board
14h30 Arrival at Regua
Bus transfer to a local 'Quinta'
Visit and wine tasting
Bus transfer to Hotel Miracorgo in Vila Real
2nd day
10h00 Breakfast
Bus transfer and visit to a local 'Quinta'
'Moscatel' wine tasting and local music
Visit to the vineyards where the grape harvest is taking place
12h30 Wine tasting accompanied by oenologist
meal 13h30 Traditional lunch
15h30 Grape treading using traditional methods to the rhythm of local songs.
17h30 Snacks and wine tasting.
19h00 Departure by bus to Vila Nova de Gaia
21h45 Arrival at Vila Nova de Gaia

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