A Taste of Northern PORTUGAL: Porto & the Douro Valley

Porto, Portugal

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Apr 20 - 27, 2024
Group size: 6 - 11
A Taste of Northern PORTUGAL: Porto & the Douro Valley
Porto, Portugal

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Apr 20 - 27, 2024
Group size: 6 - 11

About this trip


Join The Continental Drifter® Founder and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to Northern Portugal.

Overview of this Experience

This trip will focus on the beautiful riverside city of Porto (3 nights) as well as Portugal’s most famous wine region, the UNESCO designated Douro Valley (4 nights).

Info About Our Unique Accommodations

In the gorgeous city of Porto, situated on the Douro River, you’ll stay at a wonderfully-located boutique hotel within walking distance to pretty much everything the city has to offer.

East in the Douro Valley you’ll spend 4 nights at a gorgeous hotel offering spectacular views of the Douro Valley and incredible access to this amazing part of the world.

It goes without saying that these properties will be truly unforgettable, even for the most seasoned traveler.


"Our Taste of Northern Portugal tour was a great experience with wonderful tours, accommodations, food/drinks and activities.   The people we met were delightful travel partners and Ralph's leadership was effective and thorough.  We are so happy we chose Ralph Velasco and Alla Campagna Experiences for our travels!"  ~ Lynn S.

"I’ve traveled a lot on my own, and put together what I thought was enough time to see the high points. The trip with Alla Campagna Experiences proved the value of Ralph’s familiarity with local restaurants and guides. I might have stumbled upon a few things in Porto, but I’m sure I would have missed so many of the details that made this trip special. The Douro Valley tour from Alla Campagna Experiences should be on everyone’s bucket list."  ~ Dan M.

"A Taste of Northern Portugal is another great trip from Alla Campagna Experiences. Porto is a great city with lots of history, culture, and entertainment. But the true gem of this trip is the Douro Valley. Every view in the Valley is scenic, the wine and food are beyond fantastic, and the people are so kind.  For a trip that is off the beaten path of what most people do when they visit Europe, A Taste of Northern Portugal is the way to go."  ~ Jeff D.

"Another great tour with The Continental Drifter! Ralph crafts his tours through research and experience, putting together the perfect plan for Porto and the Douro Valley. The wines, the food, the views are amazing. The small group felt more like old friends and provided the perfect companions for this adventure."  ~ Patrick P.

“A Taste of Portugal was an enjoyable and leisurely vacation in a country that seems to have everything. Historical sights, gourmet food, photo opportunities and a great hospitality atmosphere abound. The tour hit all the sights of interest, Ralph was the perfect tour leader and it was a good group fellow travelers.”  ~ Mike C.

“This was a great tour, with lots to do and see! We visited the large cities of Lisbon and Porto as well as other cities, towns, and villages throughout Portugal. I also took the extension through the Douro River Valley which was incredible! We had many opportunities to take pictures both as part of the tour and in our free time. I feel the tour gave me a good feel for the wide variety of life in the cities and countryside of Portugal.” ~ Vivian N. 

“The group was great made some new long-term friends. Loved Portugal (other than the inclines 🙂 ), the country is small but packed full of great sites.” ~ Nancy S.

About the Douro Valley

The gorgeous Douro Valley, just east of Porto, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s obvious why.

About this Itinerary


Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner

IMPORTANT NOTE: You’ll want to wear good, sturdy walking shoes as Porto and the Douro Valley are made up of hilly terrain, often with lots of stairs, inclines, declines and at times gravel and occasionally dirt and stone paths, so be prepared to up your step count on this trip!

If you are even slightly unsure of your walking capability in these conditions it’s HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a quality set of telescoping walking sticks at your local outdoor supply store or online before arriving in Portugal.

HERE'S A LINK to a set of walking poles I've been recommending.

Terms & Conditions

Please read Continental DRIFTER® Experiences Terms & Conditions carefully before booking your trip.

What’s included

  • Airport Transfer
    Private airport transfer on arrival in Porto (OPO). Group transfer from hotel to Porto Airport at the end of the trip.
  • Accommodations
    All accommodations in Porto (3 nights) and at our hotel in the Douro Valley (4 nights) in a single or double occupancy room during trip dates.
  • Meals
    All Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners (D).
  • Beverages
    Drinks at meals as outlined by our local guide(s). Bottled water is provided each day (please bring your own reusable water bottle).
  • Wine Tasting
    Several wine tastings throughout the trip.
  • Additional Activities
    There'll be several wine tastings, a cable car ride, plus multiple train and boat rides too.
  • English-Speaking guide
    Services of a local, English-speaking guide for select group activities and experiences.
  • Transportation
    Transportation for day trips organized as group activities, including several train rides and boat rides (including train from Porto to the Douro Valley).
  • Entry Fees
    All entry fees for group activities and experiences as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities
    Group tips for local guides, drivers and meals.

What’s not included

  • International Airfare
    Flights or other transportation to and from Portugal.
  • Other transportation
    Transportation to and from OPO outside of those mentioned.
  • Drinks/Alcohol
    Drinks or other alcoholic beverages not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Other Meals
    Meals not specifically outlined as included.
  • Pre- or Post-Trip Nights
    Pre- or post-trip accommodations outside of actual tour dates, although we can help to set up extra nights, if necessary.
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature are not included.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (per person)

In Double Occupancy, the price is $4,999 per person.

Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy

Please add $749 for Single Occupancy if you'd like your own room throughout the trip.

Deposit: $750


Day 1
Transfer from OPO to hotel in Porto, Guided Foodie Tour

Meals: D

Please arrange your Porto (OPO)-bound flight to arrive by 3:00 pm local time today or earlier (we can assist in arranging extra hotel nights should you decide to arrive early or leave late).

You'll have an included PRIVATE TRANSFER to your hotel from the airport (specific details will follow).

6:00 pm - Estimated time of Meet & Greet where you can introduce yourself, get to know your fellow travelers in person and everyone can discuss the trip ahead.

7:30 pm – WELCOME FOODIE TOUR (if available and weather permitting) where a local guide will take the group on a walking tour that will include several stops, also allowing you to become oriented to this area.  During this tour your guide will introduce the group to the history and food of Porto and other parts of Portugal found in this gem of a city situated on the Douro River.

OVERNIGHT at Carris Porto Ribeira Boutique Hotel or similar

Your Organizer

The Continental DRIFTER®
2 reviews
Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all of which have been 5-star rated on Google and Facebook). Our guides, drivers, accommodations, restaurants, experiences, and activities are all thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!


Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
Karen, thank you SO much for the wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed our trip to Spain, it was a pleasure having you along and I can't wait until the next one!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023
Thank you, Robin, for the amazing 5-star review. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that this trip exceeded all your expectations and I look forward to seeing you on the road again real soon!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023