Cultural Tours to Portugal

A Taste of Northern Portugal

Porto & The Douro Valley

May 4 – 11, 2020

THIS TRIP IS BEING OFFERED UNDER OUR NEW BRAND

Alla Campagna Experiences logo by Ralph Velasco

A Taste of Northern Portugal Experience Overview

Join Alla Campagna Experiences Founder and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a truly unforgettable stay in the gorgeous city of Porto and in the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This experience is available to just 6 to 14 participants and we have to work on a first come, first served basis.

MORE DETAILS AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK

 

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 rough 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.

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WHEN

May 4 – 11, 2020

COST

$5,000 per person in Double Occupancy.

Please add $700 for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

Please request the details of this trip by contacting us at this link.

To register, you can pay with a credit card via PayPal (click here to request invoice) or deposit a check directly into the PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. bank account at any Bank of America branch. Depositing a check affords a $50 per person discount.

We’ll send you all the payment details if you’ll contact us above.

Your participation is not confirmed until completed Reservation Form and Terms & Conditions, plus passport copy and payment in full, have been received.

THE PROGRAM

INCLUDED:

  • Private airport transfer on arrival in Porto (OPO).
  • All accommodations in Porto (3 nights) and at Quinta Nova 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).
  • Drinks at meals as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Several wine tastings throughout the trip.
  • Bottled water is provided each day.
  • Services of local, English-speaking guide for select group activities and experiences.
  • Train from Porto to Ferrão (please be able to manage your own luggage for the train ride).
  • Group transfer from Quinta Nova back to Porto Airport at the end of the trip.
  • Transportation for day trips organized as group activities, including several train rides and boat rides.
  • All entry fees for group activities and experiences as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Group tips for local guides, drivers and meals.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights or other transportation to and from Portugal.
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations outside of our May 4 – 11, 2020, tour dates, although we can help to set up extra nights, if necessary.
  • Transportation to and from OPO outside of those outlined in the itinerary.
  • Meals not specifically outlined in the itinerary as included.
  • Drinks or other alcoholic beverages not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Items of a personal nature.

Small Group Experience to Portugal with Ralph Velasco

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EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Guided Foodie Tour on the first evening in Porto
  • Several orientation tours with a local, English-speaking guide
  • Port wine tasting after group lunch across the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia followed by a cable car ride to the best viewpoint in the city
  • Scenic boat ride in Porto
  • Wine tastings with lunch in the Douro Valley
  • Private boat ride on the river from Pinhão to Ferrão in the valley
  • Two included train rides (one Porto to Ferrão and one Pocinho to Ferrão)
  • So much more
Plus you’ll have plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
ABOUT YOUR LEADER

Ralph Velasco with Camera by Michelle Kate LaVigne

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led over 100 international tours and more than 100 domestic tours in the United States.  His international trips have included Armenia and the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan and Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, Cuba and other locations

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger, podcast host and public speaker, and for more than 10 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  Recently he created a new travel brand called Alla Campagna Experiences where the focus is less on photography in each destination and even more about the culture, people, food, drink and other unique activities and experiences they have to offer, all while staying in unforgettable properties, such as private castles, wine estates, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, villas and converted mansions, in and around the Mediterranean.

He’s also Creator of Tour Organizer Training, a free webinar and online course series designed to teach everyday people, step-by-step, how to organize and lead their own special interest trips, whether around the world or around the corner.  Click here to join the next free webinar.

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All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative in the unlikely event changes to our schedule need to be made.

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