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Tour “Amarante: History, Culture & Flavours” Wine & Gastronomy tour

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Amarante, the Princess of Tâmega river, has so much more to offer than its historical center! In its
vicinity, Romanesque monuments, rich and traditional gastronomy and wines, culture, history, all of it
framed by an outstanding landscape richness. Find all of this and more, in this Tour offer!
PLEASE NOTE: On this program, the choice on how to spend the afternoon is yours! Two
very different options, the same quality on both.
Program:
Morning:
09h00 Departure from Porto
10h00 Arrival at Amarante and visit of its historical center:
Opportunity to visit interesting points like S. Gonçalo church; Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso museum,
Convent and chapel of St. Clara; the charming S.Domingos church or the Museum of Sacred Art, right
next door. Along the walk, a break to taste the delicious regional pastry in one of the local pastries.
Lunch and afternoon options:
Option A, available from Wednesday to Sunday:
12h00 Departure to Torno, in Lousada
Lunch in local typical restaurant
14h00 Visit to the Romanesque Tower of Vilar, in Lousada
Tower of Vilar was built between the second half of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th
century. Shows the feudal power over the territory, bearing witness to the existence of the domus fortis,
a fortified manor house in the Tâmega and Sousa.
15h00 Visit to the Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca, in Amarante
First founded in the second half of the 11th century, its Church was built in the 13th century, standing
out from other Portuguese Romanesque monuments thanks to its eccentric dimensions and the
importance of its sculptural ornamentation in the capitals.
Also noteworthy is the extraordinary tower right next to the Church, a safety fortress, built in the
absence of a defensive castle.
16h30 Optional: Visit to Quinta da Tapada, in Lousada
Housing a XVIII century manor house, Quinta da Tapada keeps traces of even earlier times, like the
beautiful Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, part of the estate. While the Manor House itself is
surrounded by beautiful gardens, in the remaining estate regional products are cultivated and
manufactured, amongst them excellent cheese and green wine. Opportunity to visit the estate and taste
the cheese and green wine of Quinta da Tapada brand.
18h30 Expected time of arrival at Porto
End of our services

Option B, available everyday*:
12h00 Departure to Htl Monverde, in Telões
Monverde is an awarded green wine Hotel, located in Quinta da Lixa estate. Quinta da Lixa has long been
a knowned green wine producing estate, and the Hotel facilities spread precisely amongst the vineyards.
We invite you to an exquisite lunch service at Monverde’s restaurant, under the direction of Chef carlos
Silva, followed by an afternoon of different wine related activities you can choose from. The choice is
yours!
12h30 Lunch in Restaurant Monverde
14h00 Optional: Wine activities in Htl Monverde
➢ Wine tasting;
➢ Winemaker for a day;
➢ A day among the vineyards (includes pic-nic for lunch and wine tastings)
16h00 Visit to the romanesque Church of Sto André de Telões, in Telões*
*Note: this visit is not possible on Mondays and Tuesdays!

Located on a hill overlooking the valley, the origins of the Church of Telões go, according to the legends,
as far back as the grandson of a Moorish king, in the skirmishes of the Reconquest. Throughout its
existence has been subject to profound transformations, its chevet holds the main traces of
Romanesque times.
18h00 Expected time of arrival at Porto;
End of our services
Conditions:
✓ Min. and max. nr. Of participants: 04 – 08
✓ Price: Up from € 65,00 p/person (VAT included)
✓ Availability: As above mentioned, plus 25 December and 01 January
Price includes:
✓ Our driver, that will accompany you all the way;
✓ Transport in a 9-seater van;
✓ All the insurances required by Portuguese law for the tourism activity;
✓ Booking and entry on the mentioned Romanesque monuments;
✓ Booking of lunch on the chosen option, as well as chosen optional visits.
Price does not include:
✓ Lunch payment;
✓ Optional: Wine tasting at Quinta da Tapada – € 7,50 p/person;
✓ Optional: Wine activity at Hotel Monverde – up from € 8,50 p/person;
✓ Optional: Entry on the mentioned Museums or others.
Meeting Point: Torre dos Clérigos
Bring with you: comfortable clothing and shoes; camera.

Note:Other interesting tours in the north of Portugal

Tour Drave magical village

Tour Historical cities of Braga and Guimarães

Tour Paiva Walkways

Tour Princess of the hills

Tour Trails in the romanesque Douro

 

 

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