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Porto and the Douro Valley with Bill Knott

Tours | October 2020

If a coffee-table book Visible from Space is ever published, the Douro Valley will surely feature strongly. Its steep banks, where the national drink’s grapes have been cultivated for hundreds of years, are spectacular. Bill Knott, The Oldie’s wine writer, knows the area well and you will also be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Full itinerary and terms and conditions at:

www.theoldie.co.uk/tours

Thursday 15th October – arrival and tasting Depart Gatwick 12pm; arrive Porto 2.20pm. Transfer to Hotel Ribeira, near the river. Talk, tasting, dinner.

Friday 16th October – Villa Real Visit to the nearby palace and gardens of Mateus Palace; lunch at Villa Real, followed by a tour of the historic centre, including the early-15th-century cathedral. Also a visit to the Galafura viewpoint.

Mateus Palace – CC BY 2.0 (Credit: Varun Shiv Kapur from Berkeley, United States)

Saturday 17th October – Régua Régua is the base of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. We will visit the museum and the Quinta da Pacheca.

Sunday 18th October – Arrival at Quinta de la Rosa Free morning shopping in Porto; transfer to the quinta after lunch. Supper will be local Trás-os-Montes cooking at the quinta’s Cozinha da Clara.

Quinta de la Rosa

Monday 19th October – Pinhão and boat trip Morning visit to nearby Pinhäo, which is encircled by terraced hillsides on a lovely bend in the river. Tasting of the quinta’s wines at the winery, followed by lunch. Late-afternoon boat trip. Dinner at the quinta.

Tuesday 20th October – Provesende Morning drive through the hills to the tiny village of Provesende for lunch at the Quinta Manhãs D’Ouro. Free afternoon back at La Rosa’s pool. Dinner in the barrel room at La Rosa.

Wednesday 21st October – Casal de Loivos Miradouro Morning visit to Casal de Loivos Miradouro, with beautiful views through the valley. Light lunch at Tim’s Terrace, before departure for Porto Airport for the 5.50pm flight, which lands at Gatwick at 8pm.

HOW TO BOOK: Email Helen at reservations@theoldie.co.uk. Price: £2,250 per person including transfers, accommodation, all meals with wine, all excursions and entrance fees. Single supplement £589. Deposit: £750. You need to book and pay for your own flights.

Due to the recent collapse of sterling, The Oldie needs to protect itself against further sudden falls, and, hence, reserves the right to change the price of the holiday. The Oldie is happy to maintain the current price until the euro drops below €1 to £1, using FairFX’s currency rates as the arbiter. The current rate is €1.12 for £1.

We will absorb (and you will not be charged for) any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, i.e. if the exchange rate falls below €1 to £1 before June 28th, 2020. However, there will be no change after July 15th, 2020, if rates drop.

If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for an admin fee of £100. Should you decide to cancel: 1) you must do so within 14 days from the date on your final invoice of July 15th, 2020 2) We will provide a refund of insurance premiums paid to us if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, i.e. if the euro were to reach €1.20 to £1, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection.


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