“Last of the Summer Wine Tour”

“The Last of the Summer Wine Tour” takes place between the 25th and 29th August 2011, starting at Oporto airport at 12 noon. The cost of this tour is £750. Flights are not included. Day 1 - Our first visit is a conducted tour of Taylor’s Port lodge and lunch at their restaurant overlooking Oporto. Day 2 - Before moving on to the Douro Valley we foray into Vinho Verde country, stopping at Mondim de Basto, our base, for two nights. Vinho Verde or ‘Green Wine’ has nothing to do with its colour, but derives its name from the fact that it is designed to be drunk young – indeed it is so young that it is usually a touch petillant – a bit like a naturally forming spritzer. We’ll visit the large Quinta of the region, Quinta da Avaleda and we’ll sample the wines of the dynamic Vinhas do Norte Winery at the superb Aldeia do Pontido restaurant. Day 3 - As we move to the Douro Valley we’ll stop at the Quinta da Gaivosa, where the Alves de Sousa family are recognised as one of the top Douro wine producers, with award after award to their name. We will follow this up with lunch at the Quinta do Pego with its breathtaking views over the Douro river. Another Quinta visit in the afternoon to Quinta de la Rosa in Pinhao. Day 4 - The fourth day will be a surprise day in the hands of our good friend Victor Marques of Victoria Koi. From past experience a river trip on the Douro river at Foz Tua is a likely bet. Day 5 - On the fifth day we’ll round off the trip with a picturesque train journey back to Oporto (regretably not a steam train as these are the exception rather than the rule, but it will be picturesque none the less). The sooner you book, the sooner you can book your flights and the cheaper these will be. At the time of writing Ryanair are offering flights from Stanstead for £125.59 return including taxes but not their card processing charge. Book your place with a £150 non-refundable deposit per person paid using this form and a credit/debit card or Paypal Account. Upon placing your booking you will be sent to a booking page where you will need to enter the details of all the people that you are booking for.