Return To Portugal – 2017


In response to requests made by Members, the Society has prepared an itinerary for another wine tour of Northern Portugal in June 2017 visiting the Upper Douro, Minho and Porto with a gala dinner at the British Factory House



  • June is a goo time to visit northern Portugal
  • The duration of the tour is to some extent, determined by the availability of flights to Porto. The best flight option is the twice weekly (Tuesdays & Thursdays) EasyJet flight from Manchester
  • For members who want to fly to Porto just for a British Factory House Dinner, the best option is a three day (2 nights) trip, flying out on a Tuesday and returning on the Thursday of the same week. The Dinner would be on Wednesday
  • Those who have 10 days for the tour (9 nights) can fly out on a Tuesday and return on Thursday of the following week. Their tour would include the upper Douro, a private Douro cruise, Pinhao, Vinho Verde, and Porto with tastings at Port Lodges and dinner at the Factory House

Provisional itineraries

Option One (9 nights, Tuesday 20 June to Thursday 29 June 2017)

(Minimum 10 participants)

Day 1

  • Fly to Porto from Manchester with EasyJet
  • Mid-morning arrival in Porto. Coach to Marialva in Foz Coa for a 2 nights stay at Casas do Coro. Welcome lunch and introduction to the programme and the Douro wine region. Rest od the day free to relax and explore Marialva
  • Dinner and overnight at Casas do Coro

Day 2

Day 3


Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9 

  • Optional Porto city tour in the morning and/or visit to IVDP with tasting of top red wines of Douro.
  • Afternoon free for shopping or relaxing
  • British Factory House dinner

Day 10

  • Morning transfer to Porto airport for the flight to Manchester

Projected Cost (For a group of 10)

  • Euro 3700 pp twin sharing
  • Single Supplement : 950€
  • This price does not include the dinner at Factory House. The expected cost is Euro 200 pp
  • International flights and insurance are excluded

Option 2 (2 nights, Tuesday 27 June to Thursday 29 June 2017)

This is for members who want to visit Porto for the Factory House dinner only. They will fly to Porto from Manchester on Tuesday and spend 2 nights in Porto. They can join the rest of the group for planned activities on Tuesday and Wednesday and fly home on Thursday.

There is no minimum number of participants but to hold a dinner at the British Factory House there should be a minimum of 20 participants from the two groups.

Projected Cost

  • Price per person is Euro 850 twin sharing excluding Factory House Dinner
  • Single supplement is Euro 390
  • Cost of the Factory house dinner is Euro 200 pp
  • International flights and insurance are excluded
It is possible for members not to join the 3 day tour and attend the Factory House Dinner only. The price payable will be Euro 200 pp

What Members Need To Do

  • Interested members should make a provisional reservation ASAP indication their preferred option and budget
  • A deposit of £50 is payable when reservation is made

The closing date is 31st January 2017


(a) Nine day tour:

  1. Dias, Bernard
  2. Dias, Ramani
  3. Greenwood, Jane
  4. Hewage, K
  5. Hewage, C
  6. Jobling, D
  7. Jobling, J
  8. Joslin, Charles (not June)
  9. Joslin, Ann (not June)
  10. Kraam, Abdullah

(c) Three Day Tour:

  1. Benson, Renna (Deposit paid 23/1)
  2. Durant, David
  3. Durant, Tricia
  4. Guest of David Durant
  5. Guest of David Durant
  6. Gamble, Sian
  7. Gamble, Tony (Prefer June)
  8. Jobling, David
  9. Jobling, Jan
  10. Keighly, Andrew (Prefer June)
  11. Lee, Tony (Deposit paid 23/1)
  12. Reid, Peter (Guest of Andrew Keighly)
  13. Reid, Cal (Guest of Andrew Keighly)
  14. Stapleton, Heather



  • “We have been thinking about this Portugal trip a lot. We would like to join you for the factory dinner and perhaps a few more days but we are thinking to match it with another organised walking holiday so the dates you are thinking of become all important. Perhaps we can discuss this and your current thoughts on dates whilst we are in Georgia.” – Tony Lee, London, 4 September 2016
  • “Susy Atkins has written a three page article recommending wine visits to the Douro & Porto in the Sunday Telegraph today. No mention of  many of the superb places and people we saw this summer !! She does not have the entry of HMWS!!” – Dr. Stephen Cameron, Pick Hill, 4 September 2016 * (See “Further Reading” below)
  • “We are discussing the Porto trip and we are planning to do the Factory house 2 night /3 day – but we are thinking we will catch the train down to Lisbon for a couple of nights there before flying home. (we have done the train  up the river before!). We would prefer June purely because we are planning a Spanish/French trip in August. – Tony & Sian Gamble, 3 September 2016


Further Reading:


(Updated 28 January 2017)