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2024 WINE ARCHITECTURE + GASTRONOMY ™

Porto/Douro Valley

September 14-17, 2024

An exceptional add-on option available exclusively to Creative Spirit and Textiles and Fine Craft Tour registrants

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An exquisite and unique landscape of historical significance and deep wine culture embraces the very best of contemporary Portuguese architecture and cuisine. The Douro Valley, known for 200+ years as the source of the worlds’ finest Port Wine is now so much more. Join Culture Viewfinder on a new type of wine travel experience, driven as much by presenting compelling contemporary ‘wine architecture’ as by the spectrum of fine wines, and top-notch cuisine.

 

Culture Viewfinder's Douro Valley ‘wine architecture’ program begins with a focus on the most famous and acclaimed of Portugal’s wine regions. Each destination has been selected for its superior wine, cuisine, and architecture in equal measure, as well as for breathtaking physical beauty and deep respect for the traditions of the region.

 

Let yourself be transported and immersed in the Douro's charm and bounty as you discover a jewel of a wine museum; enjoy a personal tour by the architect of two of his outstanding projects; participate in a rare studio visit to an artisanal UNESCO World Heritage site; experience an exquisite wine tasting lunch amidst breathtaking Douro views one day and break bread together with winery staff at their mid-day meal the next; learn about each winery's unique approach to winemaking; feast at a Michelin listed restaurant adjacent to the river; and truly relax at the hotel oasis we know you will love. 

 

* The number of Wine Architecture + Gastronomy participants is limited to 14, necessitated by the requirement of a smaller bus to navigate the narrow back roads of the Douro where a number of the finest wineries are located. In addition, our favourite Douro hotels are small and intimate with a very limited accommodation capacity.

PORTO & DOURO VALLEY

Booking Closes July 12, 2024 10:am EST

Tour Includes:

Hotels

Douro Valley, September 14-17

3 nights at 4* hotels

depart Porto, September 14 by coach

return to Porto by coach late morning September 20

Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included everyday of this tour up to and including breakfast at the hotel on September 17.

 

  • 3 Breakfasts, everyday at the hotels

  • 3 lunches, select lunches include a glass of wine or wine pairing

  • 3 dinners, select dinners include a glass of wine, or wine pairing

Transport

All land transportation as outlined in the tour itinerary, via luxury A/C coach

Visits and Admissions

Intimate tours, tastings and/or meals at five outstanding wineries; dinner at the premiere Douro restaurant DOC, by Chef Rui Paula; private visits and tours provided by architects of their work; tour of Museu do Vinho; visits to a working ceramics studio  designated a UNESCO heritage Site; excellent, ambiant, and welcoming accommodation; PLUS the unbeatable dramatic beauty of the Douro Valley.

 

  • Gratuities

  • Services of a Culture Viewfinder Tour Manager – Esther Shipman

  • includes all applicable taxes and service charges as of September, 2024

  • 24-hour Ellison Travel & Tours Ltd, Emergency Contact Number while on tour

Estimated Tour Cost:

$2495.00 CAD Double Occupancy

$695.00 CAD Single Supplement

Not Included

  • International airfare

  • Passport photos, government processing fees

  • Luggage handling

  • Incidentals

  • Additional taxes, fuel surcharges or service charges levied by the governments or our suppliers

 

Optional

  • Upgrade to superior accommodations (where applicable) 

  • Manulife Travel Insurance (coverage available for Canadian residents who have a valid provincial health card—includes emergency medical coverall, cancellation and interruption, limited baggage insurance—see policy for terms and conditions. Ask our agent at Ellison Travel & Tours for details.

 

Payments

  • Terms of Payment will be through online portal with use of EFT, Visa or Mastercard.

  • Deposit $700.00/pp at time of booking

  • second payment April 1, 2024

  • Balance due July 12, 2024.

 

Cancellation Penalties

  • All payments received by Ellison Travel & Tours are 100% non-refundable, except in the case of government designated international travel bans and/or forced tour cancellation due to COVID 19. Please confirm payment dates and COVID refund policy with our Ellison representative prior to payment.

  • $40.00 service fee for NSF transactions

  • Please note that there are no changes to the itinerary or number of travellers.

Booking Closes July 12, 2024 10am EST

To book contact Sandie Vanderschot

Ellison Travel + Tours

4-1930 Hyde Park Road,
N6H 5L9 London, ON

1. 800.265.7022 x 236

Email: sandiev@ellisontravel.com

Direct link:

https://www.ellisontravel.com/ET/culture-viewfinder/

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Tour Itinerary

All Culture Viewfinder Inc. itineraries, and augmented travel information are  the exclusive intellectual property of Culture Viewfinder Inc. and protected by Copywrite. They are not be copied, distributed, or used without the written permission of Culture Viewfinder Inc.

 

All registered tour participants will receive further detailed itineraries and supplemental travel information prior to the commencement of their tour. 

Day 1 Porto to the Douro Valley    September 14, 2024

Please deposit All luggage at Reception prior to breakfast.

 

Early departure 8:45 am (post breakfast) from the Hotel Vincci Porto for our first full day in the Douro Valley. Enroute once we leave the city and its environs behind us, we begin to climb.  Take in the beauty of the landscape as it shifts from verdant forest to steep stone terraced vineyards.

Our first destination is a famed Quinta (farm) and winery. Our guide will meet us at the administrative office/shop and provide us with an introduction to the winery, and the farm (history, behind the scenes tour of their wine production, culminating with a visit to the most incredible view of the Douro River and Valley as framed by Pritzker Award Winning architect Edouardo Souta da Moura's infinity pool. All of this is followed by a sensational 'al fresco'  lunch on the Quinta's Farmhouse Terrace, accompanied by a selection of their award winning wines.

After lunch we journey nearby to another acclaimed Quinta for a wine-tasting where the wine is superb and the winery building is designed by Alvaro Siza Vieira, Portugal's most renowned architect.

Our final destination for the day will be our beautiful, award-winning winery and intimate wine-experience hotel where we will occupy all eight rooms in their exceptional new wing. Enjoy the wonderful lounge, patio, grounds and pool, before embarking on a tour and tasting at the winery and an evening dinner at the hotel's highly acclaimed restaurant.

Day 2 in the central Douro

Today we  move northward to destinations in and around Vila Real, where we meet well-known locally-based architect António Belém Lima who will personally lead tours of two of his projects, including a small, but very special Archeological Museum, as well as his creative and sensitive  additions to a historic winery that hugs the Douro River.

In between these two architecture destinations we punctuate our morning with a visit to a rare working ceramics studio--one of only six that still practice the unique traditional Black Pottery of the region. This disappearing craft has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Meet the artist, and see a demonstration of his work (some of which is available for sale).

At the winery, we will start our visit with a winery tour, followed by a delicious wine accompanied lunch overlooking the Douro River at their excellent restaurant. 

Note: An added special treat...if she is in residence, we will meet the charming, characterful, and knowledgeable winery owner, who will bring an added dimension to the visit.

Literally around the corner from the winery is the picturesque river town of Pinhão, where we stop for a brief photo-op at the quaint hand painted tile facade of the train station and cross the Gustav Eiffel designed bridge enroute back to our hotel.

Enjoy a couple of hours R+R at the hotel before tonight's dinner at the Michelin listed DOC restaurant, created by celebrated Chef Rui Paula.

 

Day 3

Our first stop is the small but very impressive Museu do Vinho (housed in an architectural gem), for an introduction to the colourful history of Douro viticulture. 

We return to the area near Pinhão and for a visit to a very innovative winery created by the man considered by many to be the country's finest next generation winemaker. Their approach to wine production and promotion has been ground-breaking and their wines excel. Here we will enjoy a winery tour and and tasting, plus a unique informal lunch where we join winery staff for their midday meal.

 

After lunch we return to the hotel for some R+R before our final Wine Architecture + Gastronomy dinner.

Day 4 return to Porto                                     September 17

Please deposit All luggage at Reception prior to breakfast.

 

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then join together for a Group Picture before returning to Porto.

The return trip will take approximately 90 minutes. The coach will make three stops in Porto.

The Hotel Vincci Porto for those participating in the Textiles and Fine Craft Tour or who simply want more Porto!, as well as the Campanhã Train Station (departure station for the high speed train to Lisbon), and the Porto International Airport (for international and regional flights).

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