Highlights

  • Spend a day in the Douro Valley aboard Portugal's most luxurious train
  • Stay at the famous Yeatman hotel
  • Enjoy gourmet dining experiences throughout
  • Join experts to taste some of Portugal's finest wines
  • Explore Porto on a private, tailor-made tour

The Presidential is Portugal's most famous train, one that's hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul VI, and has all of its original style immaculately preserved. Running day trips out of Porto between April and October, it offer the chance to explore some of the country's finest vineyards, hidden among the Douro Valley’s beautifully terraced hills, in a truly unique way. Either side of your Presidential rail experience, this short break also includes a private tour of Porto’s cultural gems, as well as a stay in one of the city's finest hotels. It’s all backdropped by a series of gastronomic experiences and on-board lunches cooked by renowned Chef Chakall.


Day 1

Depart the UK

Flying into Porto, you’ll be met by your private driver to be introduced to the varied delights of Portugal’s second city. Its mercantile past has brought great riches to its terracotta-roofed jumble, with its churches gilded with Baroque fineries and great cathedral rising above the city’s medieval rabbit warren. We’ll spirit you to The Yeatman, a luxuriously stylish retreat set on a hillside south of the Douro River and unashamedly dedicated to wine. From the 25,000-bottle cellar to the decanter-shaped infinity pool, life here revolves around the grape.

Relax and unwind in the Caudalie spa, enjoy a sauna or swim in the indoor pool. Soothe any aches or travel stress with a spa treatment such as a Merlot scrub or a signature massage using grape extract. Take a tour of the hotel’s extensive cellar, select your favourite vintage and sit back satisfied in the cosy sofas of Dick’s Bar.

Infinity Pool, The Yeatman, Porto

Infinity Pool, The Yeatman, Porto


Day 2

Porto/Vargelas

Today you’ll enjoy an unforgettable day trip aboard The Presidential, disembarking from Porto’s spectacularly marbled São Bento Station. Settling into its dark-wood cabins, you'll strike out into the Douro Valley, watching as Porto’s urbane charms fade into rolling greenery, terraced into vineyards and dotted with pretty whitewashed villages. And, as you trace the Douro River’s meandering laze, you’ll be treated to a true gastronomic education. You’ll begin with lunch, designed and crafted by renowned Chef Chakall. Of course, it's all paired with some of the region’s finest oenological offerings. Then, arriving at Vargelas you’ll enjoy the superb Quinta de Vargelas, a unique sensory experience, where you'll explore the region's wine heritage and enjoy a Port tasting combined with a local dish that celebrates the essence of the region. You’ll then board The Presidential once more, retracing the Douro River’s sweeping curves to arrive back in Porto.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Dining on The Presidential

Dining on The Presidential

The Presidential

The Presidential

Chef Chakall, The Presidential

Chef Chakall, The Presidential


Day 3

Porto

Today, immerse yourself in the city of Porto on a tour with a local guide, who'll lead you among the city's essential sights such as the stunning cathedral and Clerigos Tower with its 75-meter-tall bell tower. Spend time in the Bolhao Market, too, for a flavour of the city. Next, you'll cross one of the six beautiful bridges spanning the Douro to explore a Port wine cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia, the traditional home of Port, where you'll be treated to a wine tasting, led by an expert.

Breakfast included

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Wine with a view in Porto

Wine with a view in Porto

Porto Wine Barrels

Porto Wine Barrels


Day 4

Return to the UK

After breakfast, a private transfer will see you to the airport in time for your flight home. 



About the itinerary

"This is a rare chance to explore Portugal's historic treasures and taste its world-leading wines from the comfort of a luxury train. But, the reason I really love this itinerary is it goes beyond just a rail experience. Incorporating gourmet dining, the UNESCO-listed delights of Porto and a stay in one of our favourite luxury Porto hotel, it's the perfect way to experience the very best of this spectacular country."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £2,210 pp incl. flights

October from: £2,210 pp
September from: £2,335 pp

Validity:

The Presidential train operates on Fridays and Saturdays In September and October

September departures: 20 / 21 / 27 / 28

October departures: 04 / 05 / 18 / 19 / 25 / 26

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Porto
  • Private return airport transfers
  • The Presidential train (Porto - Vargelas)
  • 3 nights at The Yeatman Hotel, Porto B&B pre and post The Presidential
  • Full Day Porto (including Port wine cellars visit and tasting)
  • Private return transfers between The Yeatman and Porto São Bento Station
  • Pre-departure reception at Porto São Bento Station at 0945
  • Departure at 1040
  • Tastings of the best wines from Douro estates
  • Savour dishes prepared by Chef Chakall, with each trip featuring a main course prepared by a local chef renowned for his speciality
  • On-board commentary and live music
  • Quinta de Vargelas, enjoy a Port tasting, perfectly paired with a local dish that celebrates the essence of the region
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