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New ways to visit the Douro Valley & More!

For our Instagram followers, when we said we had plans for the Douro Valley, we meant it! And if you are not following us there, what are you waiting for? Look for @portugalevtours on Instagram, or you can find us here.


Today’s news is a doubleheader, therefore we have two major announcements:


Number one: We are debuting Vouchers for our trips!

As times are uncertain and it is still unclear when we will be able to resume our trips, we are announcing the voucher option for our best-selling experiences:

  • Douro Valley
  • Douro Valley – Wine and Stars
  • Wine, Cheese, and Animals – Serra da Estrela

You can buy it now, and you will have two years to redeem the voucher – or get a full refund. You will have the option to enjoy – or gift – these experiences, for a discount price.


Number two: Free online experiences through zoom!

We know that you are craving going out and traveling. Perhaps coming to the Douro Valley was already a part of your plans. With our interactive Douro Valley experience, you can have a 1h master class about Port Wine and discuss some other particularities about the region, the wine, food pairing, you name it!

These sessions are free and will happen on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 18h GMT (Lisbon time). Invite your friends and family, get a glass of wine ready, and let’s enjoy each other company!

Please refer to our other blog post for more instructions on how to request a zoom meeting!


More surprises are being prepared, so stay tuned!


Pinhão from Ventozelo

The Douro Boom!

The Douro Boom!

Last year, Portugal EV Tours started its tours and experiences with only two small and high-quality vineyards: Quinta do Tedo and Quinta do Monte Travesso. Our bet in providing value to our customers as well as to our partners paid off and this year we have many more vineyards joining us in our quest for unique Experiences, sustainability and Electrification of the Douro Valley! It’s a true Douro Boom!

New Vineyards

For 2019, we welcome new vineyards to bring electrifying and exclusive experiences in the Douro Valley!

  • Quinta Seara D’Ordens
  • Quinta de Tourais
  • Quinta da Marka
  • Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo and their Restaurant “Conceitus”
  • Quinta do Seixo
  • Quinta de La Rosa and their Restaurant “Cozinha da Clara”
  • Quinta do Ventozelo
  • Quinta do Panascal
  • Quinta da Roeda and Pic-Nic at the Vineyard
  • Quinta do Vallado

Having a bigger offer with different vineyards means we are able to provide a new tour concept: Your Personal Douro! You can now choose where you want to go, the wine tastings of your choice, the lunch of your preference, the activities you care the most, with access to our discounted prices, with our partners (going live this week!).

New Services

You can also enjoy our private Transfer services since some of these vineyards have accommodations! Most of these vineyards are under 1h30 away from Porto and a private transfer will certainly be your best option to get there! During the travel, you can enjoy bottled water, cookies, Wifi and charge your mobile devices with our USB outlets.

Exclusive Tours and Visits

Lastly, we are in the process of creating a new and exclusive program with Quinta do Ventozelo. This big (400ha!) vineyard will soon be open to visits and is considered to be “the Douro in a Vineyard”. With this program, we will start in Porto, in the Gran Cruz Hotel, take you to the Adega Cooperativa de Alijó and finally have lunch and enjoy the afternoon at Quinta do Ventozelo. Keep your eyes peeled for more details soon!

Novelties for 2019!

Novelties for 2019!

We skipped the January blog post because we were hard at work to provide you the best Experiences for 2019!

2019 will mark our first expansion towards a new region, contrasting with the Douro Valley. We are talking about Alentejo!

In late 2018 and early 2019 we partnered with accommodations in Évora:

Madrugada is a rural tourism just on the outskirts of Évora that has 5 bedrooms and a whole lot of land surrounding it! At Madrugada, you can enjoy intimate contact with nature and the environment. You will wake up to perfect sunrises or enjoy the reddest and oranges sunsets of Alentejo; you can take a stroll through the olive orchards, have a picnic in an open field, enjoy contact with farm animals… The night is also magical and you will enjoy some of the clearest skies in all Portugal. The best part: its just 5min away from the centre of Évora and its beautiful monuments!

Heaven Inn is the only 5-star hostel in Évora and supported by the tourism of Portugal. It is located at walking distance from the centre of Évora, and some of the main touristic attractions: Praça do Giraldo, Bones Chappel, Évora Cathedral, Roman Temple, just to name a few. It has one of the best balconies in all of Évora, overlooking the city and its rooftops. A very modern hostel that still keeps all the traditional elements from Alentejo!

Lastly, we like to show you the best and unknown places to visit, always from the perspective of a local. That’s why we also partnered with Vagar Walking Tours! Mélanie and Diane will show you the best places and in and around Évora, and also other interesting cities in Alentejo: Arraiolos and the famous tapestries; Monsaraz and its castle, just to name a few!

With our new partners, you are now able to arrive in or tour around Évora and Alentejo in a modern, luxurious and environmental-friendly Tesla!

Fall & Winter Programs

Fall & Winter Programs

Time to turn a new leaf and present our Fall & Winter Douro Programs!

Another harvest season has ended, and now it’s time for the wines to rest and mature. But that doesn’t mean activity in the Douro Valley will dwindle down or there aren’t new and exciting things to do during autumn and winter!

To kick things off, in November, we will have the olives harvest and the production of olive oil. This liquid gold was considered a deluxe product. With our carefully crafted program, you will learn everything regarding the olives and olive oil industry!

The colder months of December and January are more inviting to perform gastronomical tours! Strong, heavy and satisfying typical Douro meals can be experienced at local restaurants, bakeries and butcher shops! We can explore two routes, either north – Favaios, Pinhão, and Lamego; or south, to Serra da Estrela, the highest point in Portugal.

Our first hint of Spring will arrive mid-February when the almond trees start to blossom. Our almond tree tour will take us to the Douro Superior, near the border with Spain. There we will experience the floral snow covering the landscape and unravel the legend of the Douro almond trees.