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A Taste of Amarante, Portugal

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This is a special opportunity for gourmets and wine lovers who wish to discover the gastronomic delights of historic from the historic town of Amarante, Portugal and its surrounding region. Amarante, first settled in the 4th century BC, is situated in the rich northern agricultural lands of the Minho region and is the perfect place to discover the “real Portugal”. You will switch off the stress in Amarante and relax in your superior quality bedroom at the 5-star Casa da Calçada hotel, the hotel, originally built in the 16th century to be one of the main palaces of the Count of Redondo, is today a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of luxury hotels.

The highlight of the Amarante trip is the “Rota Das Estrelas” banquet that you will enjoy as a guest of the hotel’s Michelin star Largo do Paço restaurant.

The Rota das Estrelas is a famed event in Portugal organised to celebrate the very finest of Portuguese cuisine and culinary talent. The dinner will be prepared for you by eight chefs who each have Michelin Stars (14 stars shared between them). The chefs are led by Victor Matos from the hotel’s own Largo do Paço. A full wine service featuring the very best of Portuguese wines will accompany the meal.

Amarante is located close by the Douro River valley (a World Heritage site). The region is where the heralded brand names such as Graham, Taylor, Croft, Dow and Sandeman (among others) have their vast Quintas for growing grapes.

The trip includes a river boat trip up the Douro as well as a visit to one of the well-known “Quintas” for a tasting. Also included will be a guided city tour of Porto (walking and private coach) a guided tour of the Grahams’ Port Cellar in Porto and a tapas lunch.

Friday 24th October 2014

  • Depart London
  • Arrive Porto Airport
  • Transfer to Aramante (45 mins)
  • Arrive Casa da Calçada hotel
  • Welcome drink
  • Free time to settle
  • Rota das Estrelas dinner

Saturday 25th October 2014

  • Leisurely breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Douro Valley
  • Boat ride on Douro River
  • Transfer to Quinta da Pacheca for wine tour, tasting & activity
  • Lunch at Qunita da Pacheca
  • Transfer back to hotel for free time
  • Special dinner experience by Michelin Star chefs at hotel

 Sunday 26th October 2014

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Graham’s Port House in Porto for tour and lunch
  • Guided tour of Porto city
  • Transfer to airport for return flight

£995 per person plus VAT based upon double occupancy in a superior quality double bedroom for TWO nights, and including:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Local dinner on Friday with full wine service
  • La Rota das Estrelas Michelin star banquet on Saturday night with full wine service
  • Breakfast each day
  • Lunch and tour at Graham’s Port House
  • Guided city tour of Porto
  • Boat ride on the Douro river
  • Lunch at the Quinta
  • Wine-making activity
  • All transfers
  • Return flights from London
  • Local taxes
  • Guides

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