COLOURS OF PORTO FOR 4
COASTAL NORTHWEST PORTUGAL
Live Portugal through the magnetic atmosphere and the characteristic flavours of Porto, a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. A coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges, steep cobbled streets, intricate Baroque churches and port wine production, this city has something mystical that is difficult to describe and which varies according to the place, time of day and light.
Enjoy a 5 night stay in a lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment for four people in Porto. On the slopes above the Douro Estuary, Porto is a historic mercantile city with business and trade written into its very name. The centre is a World Heritage site, and you’ll be struck by how rich and varied this heritage can be: there are medieval walls, gleaming Baroque churches, the compact streets of the Ribeira district, the Romanesque Cathedral, and that’s just the beginning.
Your walking tour of Vila Nova de Gaia, or 'Gaia' to locals, takes you back to the 17th-century beginnings of port-wine production, when British merchants transformed wine into the post-dinner drink of choice by adding a dash of brandy. Enjoy a walking tour of the part of the city renowned for its Port cellars. Visit three of the best cellars to enjoy tours and tastings.
Visit two wineries on a day wine tour through the gorgeous Douro Valley. The Douro Valley region is probably Portugal’s most famous wine region and one of the most beautiful and oldest ones in the world, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. Wine tasting, lunch and transportation included.
Savor a traditional Portuguese dinner where you’ll be treated to live Fado entertainment. Fado is generally known for how expressive in nature it is, as well as being profoundly melancholic. The combination couldn't be more sublime: a delicious and typical Portuguese dinner, while the "fadista" sings her stories, accompanied by the smooth melody of the twelve-stringed Portuguese guitar and the six-stringed viola.
5 night stay in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment for 4 people in Porto
Walking tour of Vila Nova de Gaia
Tour and tasting at 3 Port cellars
Douro Valley wineries and lunch
Portuguese dinner with Fado entertainment
Booking & concierge service
A stay can be reserved, based on availability, any time during the year. Travel must be booked a minimum 60 days in advance. Winner has 12 months to book and 23 months to travel. Ground transportation is not included unless where specified.
Charity Cost: $4,900