The Presidential Train from Porto: Gourmet Cuisine & Wine Experience

Introduction

Enjoy a full day experience completely unique, combine a trip on a luxurious train with the majesty of the Douro Valley landscape as background.

Taste the delights produced by renowned chefs and savor good wine.


   Friday, Saturday    9 hours
Highlights

Embark on a luxurious train journey from Porto to the Douro region.


Enjoy the incredible landscapes of the Douro Valley.


Visit the Vesúvio wine farm and taste the best wines.  


Indulge in a tasty gourmet lunch prepared by the best Portuguese chefs.

Key details

DURATION

9 hours.

FREQUENCY

Fridays and Saturdays (Harvest Edition) at 11:00 am.

PONTO DE ENCONTRO 

São Bento Train Station.

Full description

Icon of the Portuguese Railway Heritage, 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Train” at the beginning of the century, it transported the Portuguese Heads of State until 1970, when it was officially withdrawn from circulation.

Currently, the presidential train takes 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 the Vesúvio wine farm, 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 program for 2019 is the following:

11:00 am| Check-in at the São Bento station and train boarding.

11:30 am| Departure.

12:30 am | Multi-course gourmet lunch and wine pairing.

3:00 pm | Arrival at the Vesúvio wine farm and wine tasting.

5:30 pm| Departure from the Vesúvio train station.

6:00 pm| On-board entertainment in the tea room and bar, with coffee and digestives.

9:30 pm| Arrival at the São Bento station*

* Estimated time of arrival that may vary daily. The organization is not responsible for delays, advising against bookings with departure from Porto before 11:30 p.m.

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Included

  • 9 hours trip aboard the Portuguese Presidential Train (Porto-Vesúvio-Porto).
  • 4-course gourmet tasting menu by a renowned chef.
  • Harmonization of wines.
  • 1 cabin seat (in shared cabins of 2, 3 or 6 passengers).
  • 1 lunch seat in one of our restaurant wagons (at shared tables of 4 people).
  • Exclusive access to the Vesúvio wine farm, including wine tasting and visits to the facilities.
  • Exclusive Gift Bag.
  • Collection book signed by the Chef.
  • Bar with live music on board (on the return trip).
  • Afternoon tea (on the return trip).

Excluded

  • Other services not specified.

Cancelation rules

Additional info

Nearest town

Nearest Airport

Reviews

experiencia única
Esta fue la experiencia más increíble que hemos tenido. Desde el personal profesional y servicial hasta la comida y el destino mágico, fue perfecto en todos los sentidos. Las combinaciones de comida y bebida fueron excelentes y nos sirvieron cocina local desde el momento en que subimos al tren hasta que desembarcamos (9 horas más tarde). Felicidades. Una experiencia para la vida, por la belleza del viaje, por la historia del tren, por la comida, por el servicio, por todos los detalles. Definitivamente regresaré
Marcelina Valverde Mascarenas
unforgettable
I have not yet assimilated this trip and this unusual experience that exceeded my expectations. Everything perfect from beginning to end, there is absolutely nothing to complain about. I recommend this gastronomic program and thank Sofia and all the staff who welcomed us so generously. Thank you thank you and thank you !!
Rachel C.
the best tour I've ever done
I will never forget this day, everything that happens from the moment of booking until the return to São bento station is practically perfect. On our tour the guest chef was Henrique Sá Pessoa, given the limitations of cooking on a train and on the go, the experience was a possibility, with friendly staff trying their best. What I highlight is the wines, all very good from table to Ports. The views are breathtaking. The visit to Quinta do Vesuvio is very friendly, and is a moment that undoubtedly enhances the tour. Being a positive experience, however we have to consider that the requirement is according to the amount paid, I give the rating based on the overall experience.
Denise G.

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