Ride, Wine, and Dine Dream Trip to Portugal
This is truly going to be the trip of a lifetime!
If you have ever dreamed of visiting the best that Portugal has to offer….riding amazing Lusitanos.. both on the trail to experience the breathtaking scenery combined with lessons riding with Masters on Upper Level Lusitanos- this is your dream horse vacation…
If you love good food and wine, we will visit the famous Douro Valley (and stay in a wine barrel!)…drink the best wine, have the best food and the best company!!!
Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Land in Porto! You will be picked up by one of our drivers from the airport and whisked to our hotel in the historic area of Porto, close to the river. You will need the evening to rest up! We have a big day tomorrow. (dinner on your own)
Sunday, March 29th
We will meet at 9:00 am for breakfast in the hotel, then head out for a walking tour of Porto. We will visit some of the little wine shops where we can taste a bit of the local wine or port. We will take a stroll down the river, see the best of the historic area and even visit the famous bookstore where the first chapters of Harry Potter were written! These are all very close within an easy walk.
We will then have lunch and head out to the Douro Valley to the Quinta de Pancheca which is one of the oldest vineyards in Portugal. This Quinta is the home of “The Wine House Hotel” and has recently added 10 wine barrel rooms to offer a unique experience in the middle of one of their vineyard. We will be “glamping” in the middle of one of the oldest vineyard in Portugal in these “wine barrels” that are the coolest hotel rooms you have ever seen! We will have a wine tasting upon arrival, tour of the vineyard, then have a picnic dinner in the vineyard at sunset…in front of our barrels!!!
Monday, March 30th
After a luxurious breakfast at the hotel, our driver will pick us up and take us to the Douro River for a private cruise complete with local red and white wines and appetizers. Upon return, we will be whisked away to another Quinta for a wine tasting. We will then tour the vineyard and winery followed by lunch. Afterwards, we will stop in for one more wine tasting on our way to Quinta de Pancheca (our hotel). Dinner on your own!
Tuesday, March 31st
After breakfast, we will be picked up by our driver and head to Ponte De Lima! In route we will visit Braja, one of the oldest cities in Portugal and go on a panoramic walking tour. From there, we will drive on to Ponte De Lima, have lunch in this historic village, then check into our villas. These villas are very unique, tucked up in the mountains above Ponte de Lima. The views are breathtaking.
After check in and a brief rest, we will meet our horses and go on an amazing trail ride up the mountain. Once we reach the top, we will have a light dinner- with the most amazing sunset you have ever seen!
Wednesday, April 1st
We will leave after breakfast for a spectacular ride through the local village. We will stop for wine, snacks and lunch along the way!
In the evening we will have a cooking class in Porte de Lima…we will eat dinner there together with what we cooked then FADO! Fado is a local tradition in Portugal. It is a beautiful mix of singing and guitar. We will have the opportunity to experience it as the locals do!
Thursday, April 2
Breakfast then Lesson Day with the masters and lunch at Riding Center! We will
begin with talk on Portuguese saddles, bridles over coffee. The viewing area is a well appointed restaurant and bar, so we will be very comfortable for our talk as well as to view the other lessons! The horses are all upper level dressage horses…so if you want to experience the passage, piaffe, that dreamy canter or a flying lead change….here is your chance!
After lessons and lunch, we go and rest at Cerquido Village for a bit…then off to Ponte De Lima for a restaurant “crawl” to taste a variety of different local favorites and wine, of course!
Friday, April 3rd
After Breakfast, We will travel on an amazing mountain trail to the coast, and ride on the famed beaches of Portugal! During the ride, we will stop and have lunch in route. Afterwards, we will have dinner in Cerquido Village (where are villas are!)
Saturday, April 4th
Breakfast then Lesson Day! Talk at the Restaurant at Barn on working equitation and traditional riding..Portugal is the birthplace of working equitation…after lunch at the Riding Center, we will spend the afternoon visiting Ponte de Lima and shopping, relaxing, and packing! That evening we will have a special chef come to the villas for our farewell dinner.
Sunday, April 5th
After breakfast, our driver will drive us back to Porto.
$3845 double occupancy
$4045 for single
Includes all transport within Portugal, experiences, and meals (except dinner Sat 28th and Monday 30th).
Please book a roundtrip into Porto, Portugal.
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