An unique exclusive day-long experience combining the luxury train travel, the incredible Douro valley landscape, wonders of haute cuisine and the delicacy of fine wine. It’s the Presidential Train, with limited seating, running from Porto to Quinta do Vesuvio winery and back.
Magnificently restored in 2010, the Presidential Train has transported Presidents, Heads of State, Kings and Popes for more than a century. Built in 1890, it served the court of King D. Louis I as the Royal Train, receiving on board guests of honor such as Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul VI. Renamed “Presidential Train” at the beginning of the century, it transported the Portuguese Heads of State until 1970, when it was officially withdrawn from circulation.
Now, the Presidential Train has been recommissioned to take guests on a gastronomic journey. A renowned chef is selected to present his/her own four-course menu during this experience. Courses are paired with exclusive wines from the Douro region. The train travels to Vesuvio winery, where guests disembark to tour the vineyards and taste the wines produced on the estate. On the return trip, live entertainment provides an upbeat atmosphere for tea, coffee and spirits.
The agenda for the day is:
11:00 | Check-in at the São Bento station and train boarding
11:30 | Departure
12:30 | Multi-course gourmet lunch & wine pairing
15:00 | Arrival at Quinta do Vesuvio & Port wine tasting
17:30 | Departure from the Vesuvio train station
18:00 | On-board entertainment in the tea room and bar, with coffee and spirits.
21:30 | Arrival at the São Bento station
Dates for the 2020 series of Presidential Train experiences are:
FINAL EDITION 2020
September 26 | 27
October 3| 4 | 10 | 11 | 17 | 18 | 24 | 25
9 hour journey aboard the Portuguese Presidential Train (Porto-Vesúvio-Porto)
4 course gourmet degustation menu by a respected chef
1 cabin seat (in shared cabins of 2, 3 or 6 passengers)
1 lunch seat at one of our restaurant carriages (in shared tables of 4 guests)
Exclusive access to Quinta do Vesúvio, including Port wine tasting and tour of the facility
Exclusive Gift Bag
Collection Book signed by the Chef
Bar with live music aboard (on the return trip)
Afternoon tea (on the return trip)
We've also packaged a Premium stay in Porto and a tour experience for your total convenience. Package Includes:
- The Presidential Train Experience
- 3 Nights in a 5 star hotel with breakfast included
- An expert guide taking you on a half day tour. The half day tour will take you to one of the famous Port Wine Cellars to learn more about this ancient culture.
- A selected Port Wine tasting experience with cheese pairing .
- 1 Dinner in a Michelin Star awarded Restaurant with Wine Pairing.
- Private transportation according to your needs is also included for your convenience.
The Ultimate Douro Experience
Early booking Sale
Includes 3 nights in a Porto 5 Star Hotel with Breakfast, Private Transfers Back and To Your Hotel, Train Experience listed above, Half Day Guided Tour , Visit to a Port Wine Cellar, Port Wine Tasting and 1 Dinner in a Michelin Star awarded Restaurant with Wine Pairing.
Prices are per person. Single supplement applies.
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