LUXE Travellers have been raving about the enchanting Duoro Valley in Portugal; a place of rolling hills, verdant vineyards and historic quintas.
A Unesco World Heritage site since 2001, the Douro is a majestic wilderness, one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, but a surprisingly silent place, apart from three bustling weeks of harvest each autumn.
Here is a line up of some of the favourite things that LUXE Travellers have enjoyed in this magical region:
Port and Wine
The Duoro Valley is known for its remarkable port. Many LUXE Travellers have said it's the best they have ever tasted. Yet Douro Valley is a bit of an unsung hero in the world of wine. With superb reds and whites at literally every turn, it's a splendid path of discovery waiting to experience.
LUXE Travellers rave about the culinary scene in Douro Valley which rivals gastronomic epicentres across the globe. Popular amongst LUXE Travellers is DOC. Rated by Michelin, the restaurant overlooks the Douro river. You can enjoy the good views and taste its traditional cuisine with a creative flair.
You won't be lost for choice for outdoor activities. Partake in early morning vineyard walks, hot air balloon rides, picturesque cycling tours, sunset private boat cruises along the river, hiking and chasing waterfalls in the Alvão Natural Park, and so much more.
Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage listed region. LUXE Travellers can immerse themselves into historical discoveries including the medieval past of the Lamego, impressive carved baroque stones and traces of Roman cities from around 200 BCE, 12th century Cistercian monasteries, and prehistoric rock art sites. Talk with your LUXE Private Concierge about our range of chauffeur-driven classic luxury car tours.
One of our favourite retreats is Six Senses Douro Valley. This beautifully renovated and reimagined 19th-century manor house is set high on a hill overlooking the vine-covered countryside of the Douro Valley and the river below. LUXE Travellers can enjoy the dreamily-designed and furnished suites, the expansive spa, fine and wholesome wining and dining, organic gardens and nature trails.
LUXE Travel has curated bespoke experiences for our private clients, including:
private helicopter trips to the beautiful Quinta of Ervamoira for a tour of the estate and wine tasting;
private, carefully curated selection of wine tastings and educational experiences to help you unlock the magical world of Douro Port and wines;
private cooking classes to help you journey through the different Portuguese cooking regions;
private boat tours to cruise the waters where you’ll enjoy unsurpassed views of this region’s vast vineyards and picturesque Quintas;
chauffeur-driven luxury classic car tours;
a private alchemy workshop to discover potions of herbs, salt, fruits and a range of exotic ingredients that you can blend up to make aromatic scrubs and masks.