Ride, Wine, and Dine Dream Trip to Portugal

2023 May

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!!!

Itinerary

May 1st Day 1
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. You will need the evening to rest up! We have a big day tomorrow. (dinner on your own)

May 2nd Day 2
We will meet at 9:00 am for breakfast in the hotel, then head out for a walking tour of Porto. 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!

May 3rd Day 3
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 and lunch. Afterwards, we will stop in for one more wine tasting on our way to Quinta de Pancheca (our hotel). Dinner on your own!  The Spa will be available, and you can make reservations there for the evening.

May 4th Day 4
After breakfast, we will have some time to relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel- including the Spa.  At noon, we will be picked up by our driver and head to Ponte De Lima! There, we will 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.

May 5th Day 5
We will leave after breakfast for a spectacular ride through the local village. We will stop for wine, snacks and lunch along the way!  Afterwards, we will head to the villas to rest and have a relaxing dinner in the evening,

May 6th Day 6
After Breakfast, we will head to the school for riding lessons with a master- this is your chance to ride a Lusitano School Master with a Master Instructor!  Afterwards, we will head back to our villas for a cooking class and a late lunch/early dinner! 

May 8th Day 7
Breakfast then Winery Day!  We will visit a winery in the area, have lunch and an early evening of Fado.

May 9th Day 8
Breakfast then Lesson Day #2! Talk at the Restaurant at Barn on working equitation and traditional riding.. …after lessons and 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.

May 10th Day 9
Head to the airport!

TRIP COST:

$4900 double occupancy

$5400 for single

Includes all transport within Portugal, experiences, and meals (except dinner May 3rd)
Please book a roundtrip into Porto, Portugal. 

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