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Internationale groepsreis Portugal: Walking & Wine with Madalena Patacho

Departs 15 Oct 2022 and 8 April 2023: Learn the history of Portugal from grape to bottle on this exclusive gastronomic journey led by award-winning guide Madalena Patacho through the spellbinding city of Porto and the Bastro and Douro wine regions.
8 dagen vanaf € 2.449,- (excl. vlucht)

Food

  • All breakfasts, 3 wine tastings and 2 dinners are included.Porto and the Douro valley are known for their excellent wines and the delicious regional cuisine which makes use of the natural resources found here. All meals have strong links with the land and sea, often prepared following old traditional recepies. Local specialities include the caldo verde, a cabbage soup that originated here thanks to the fertile green fields of the region. Portugal also prides itself in having some of the best fish in the world, and in this region a lot of the fish comes from the Douro river. The Douro region is also well-known for an endless number of meat dishes, which include the famous roasted goat with rice and potatoes, wild boar stew, posta mirandes (veal steak) and cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbages). There is another dish too, made on the basis of a sandwich, that is a true institution: the francesinha. Please note that vegetarians meals are available on request although options may be limited. The Douro Valley, birthplace of Port, is one of the oldest and most beautiful historic world wine regions. Wine has been made here for 2000 years. Considering the importance of the Alto Douro Wine Region, in 2001 UNESCO recognized this site as World Heritage. Port wine is a fortified wine produced under peculiar and unique conditions. It is still produced in an old fashioned way, in which the fermentation process is stopped by adding spirits distilled from wine, and the blending of wines and aging still play a vital role. Port wines can be red, white and rosé and during the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to try the different varieties. The Vinho Verde is also an excellent wine produced in this area. Naturally light and fresh, it is fruity, easy to drink, great as an aperitif or served with light meals.

Activities

  • Walking & Trekking
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Route 8 daagse wandelvakantie Portugal: Walking & Wine with Madalena Patacho

Learn the history of Portugal from grape to bottle on this exclusive gastronomic journey led by award winning guide Madalena Patacho through the spellbinding city of Porto and the Bastro and Douro wine regions. Naturalist by day and passionate oenophile and culinary aficionado by night, Madalena grew up outside of Lisbon in the cultural and historic area of Belém, and while she has spent the last 10 years guiding expeditions across the globe for museums such as the Smithsonian – she always returns to her first love, Portugal. An upgraded take on one of Exodus bestselling adventures enjoy leisurely walks through winelands and olive groves with visits to vineyards, wine tastings, wine caves, farms, Douro River cruise, museums, birdwatching and historic towns in between.  Dining alfresco, gentle ambles and cultural visits led by Madalena provide the perfect introduction to this fascinating country, once a dominant world trading power.  Madalena Patacho[[{"fid":"265851","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default"}},"attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"1"}}]]Madalena grew up surrounded by Portugal’s maritime history in Belém, where she dreamed about exploring the oceans. Her love for the sea led her to study marine biology and receive a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, specializing in Ecotourism. After graduating, Madalena moved to Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, and worked with local communities on the implementation of a responsible tourism project.Madalena’s biggest passion is traveling the world and connecting with different cultures, exploring the wilderness, and embracing local experiences. Since graduating, she has traveled to Central & South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. When she is not on an expedition exploring the world, she is a naturalist at the aquarium, Oceanário de Lisboa, raising awareness on ocean conservation and biodiversity.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Hotel Douro Scala in Mesao Frio.
  2. Dag 2 - Walk along the Corgo river; visit Baroque Casa de Mateus
  3. Dag 3 - Drive to Quinta do Tedo winery for short walk and wine tasting; visit Douro museum and transfer to hotel in Regua.
  4. Dag 4 - Nature walk in the Cabrum Valley; transfer to Mondim de Basto
  5. Dag 5 - Walk in the green wine region of Mondim de Bastos and taste organically produced “Vinho Verde” at Quinta das Escomoeiras
  6. Dag 6 - Walk by the famous Levada do Piscaredo aqueduct to the centre of Mondim de Basto village; visit the Senhora da Graca shrine.
  7. Dag 7 - Transfer to Porto; visit the historic town and the famous Porto wine cellars for wine tasting; optional boat tour and overnight in Porto.
  8. Dag 8 - End Porto.
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