Wine, Adventure, and Yoga Holiday to Portugal 2023

September 24-30, 2023

Duoro Valley, Portugal

Head to Portugal and experience the majestic Duoro Valley with wine tastings, adventure, and yoga!

We will stay in a small villa nestled in the vineyards of the Duoro Valley complete with a pool, AC, and a beautiful terrace for you to relax and enjoy the view.

What's Included

  • Transportation from Porto to the villa, and to all planned activities
  • All meals except one lunch in town on own
  • Non-alcoholic beverages at the villa
  • Daily yoga class
  • Yoga workshop
  • Wine tastings at wineries, and tastings at the villa
  • Wine grape stomping*
  • One river boat cruise
  • On site swimming pool

Sample Daily Schedule

8am Yoga
9:15am Breakfast
Activity or time on own
1:30pm Lunch
Activity or time on own
7pm Dinner

Subject to change. Actual schedule sent before retreat. 

Rooms

There are nine rooms in the villa. To see each room, please view all rooms here.

Each room has added luxuries like slippers and robes, stunning views of the vineyards, AC, and a traditional Portuguese feel. 

The villa has a mini-gym in and old wine cellar, movie theater, and game room will billiards.

Food

All meals, with the exception of lunch on your own one day, will be provided. 

Breakfast will be continental with traditional European options. 

Lunch and dinner will vary depending on if we will be having a picnic at a winery, or dining at the villa.

Please note the food on this trip will not be solely vegetarian, and will be mostly traditional Portuguese food consisting of fish and chicken. We will, unfortunately, not be able to accommodate vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or any other restrictive dietary needs on this trip. 

Wine and Adventures

Staying in the Duoro Valley will allow a unique experience in tasting wines right at the vineyard as well as at the villa.

The trip includes two outings to local wineries, two tastings at the villa, and if we’re lucky, a traditional stomping of the grapes!* 

In addition to wine, a boat trip on the Duoro River will allow you to take in the scenery of the majestic valley. 

You’ll be able to take your adventure further, if you wish, when we spend a day in Régua or Pinhão where you will have free time for water activities, exploring the town, and having lunch on your own at a local restaurant. 

Yoga Classes

Each morning will offer a 60-minute vigorous vinyasa style yoga class in a converted traditional building. Mats, blocks, straps, and meditation cushions are provided, but you may choose to bring your own yoga supplies. 

Supplement the time in the valley with a yoga workshop focused on drawing in to your self. Using meditation, breathing techniques, and gentle movements, this workshop will offer you tools on how to connect with your inner “self.”

Register

To register, please complete the registration form and submit your $500 deposit. A $1,000 installment will be due March 24, 2023, and the remaining balance due July 1, 2023. Save $200 off the single or double rate if you pay in full at registration!

Each participant must complete this registration form and submit a deposit, even if you are travelling together. 

Private Bath – $2,899 Single/$4,699 Double ($2,350/pp)
Shared Bath – $2,675 Single+/$3,699+ Double  ($1,850+/pp)

Please visit the rooms for specific pricing. 

Wine cellar photo
View of Porto, Portugal

Wine Cellar and Porto Walking Tour - Add Ons

Join Reid Bailey, our resident wine expert, on a walking tour of Porto complete with a Wine Cellar Tour. This is an optional, add-on experience September 23 before the trip begins.

This are add-on experience before the trip begins. You will need to arrange your own transportation and lodging in Porto if you plan to attend. You must register by March 24, 2023 for this experience.

Details

Your Guides:

Angelina Fox

Meet Your Guides - Angelina Fox, ERYT500, YACEP

Angelina is a ERYT500, YACEP travelling yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga since 2010. Leading yoga retreats across the globe is her passion and you’ll find her classes to be energizing and full of fun.

Angelina is your lead guide and coordinator for this trip, so don’t hesitate to email her with questions or help coordinating your travels. 

Reid Bailey

Reid Bailey Headshot

Reid holds a WSET Level 2 certification in Wine and Spirits and has a passion for making wine accessible to all and demystifying its elitist reputation. He has attended numerous wine education experiences, including an Interpol class about counterfeit wines, making him an International Wine Detective (allegedly).

Reid has recently relocated to Porto, Portugal and is on a mission to tour every wine cellar in Gaia, and to uncover the world’s greatest 10 year Tawny port.

What's Not Included

Airfare, transportation other than designated as part of the trip, taxes, gratuities, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages other than at the designated activities, water/other activities in town, additional excursions, massage, lunch on one day in town, and the add-on cellar and walking-tour.

Cancellation/Refunds: Deposits are non-refundable. Payment installments are non-refundable after being paid unless your spot can be filled by another person, and any refund will be less a $140 transaction fee. No refunds are guaranteed. If retreat is canceled due to low enrollment, full refunds will be made. Read the full terms for the trip.

*This is dependent on the harvest for 2023. There is no way to predict what the weather will be like, so harvest may not coincide with our trip.

FAQ

We are meeting in Porto to begin our trip, but you can fly into Porto (OPO) or Lisbon (LIS). If you fly to Lisbon you will need to fly or take a train to Porto to meet up with the group. 

No flights or transportation outside of planned activities and the pick up and drop off in Porto are included with registration. 

TAP Airlines has direct flights from IAD to LIS.  

We are meeting as a group at the Campanha Train Station in Porto at 2pm on September 24, 2023. Transportation from here to the Villa and return are included. Transportation to all planned activities are also included. You may still elect to rent a car and travel on your own. 

More information on the meeting location and time will be included closer to the date for participants to arrange their own flights and travel plans. 

US citizens are not required to get a Visa to visit Portugal prior to arrival. You will be given a Visa upon arrival valid for 90 days. You must make sure that your passport does not expire within six months of your arrival and departure dates. Non-US citizens should check with their embassy on requirements. 

It is your responsibility to stay up to date on all travel requirements for the trip. US citizens can find travel information here

All travelers should stay up to date on COVID and other travel restrictions from their destination and any connecting locations.

US citizens can get up to date information from the Portuguese Embassy

We recommend using Rail Ninja to book your train rides within Portugal. There is a high speed train between Lisbon and Porto and all over the country. 

There are multiple train stations in both Lisbon and Porto, so the rail station will be depend on your travel plans.

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. A good place to start is calling your homeowner or rental insurance company. World Nomads is a reputable company you may wish to get a quote from. We do not specifically endorse any travel insurance plans. It is solely up to you to find and purchase travel insurance.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to wait for you if you miss the group meet up to the Villa in Porto. You will need to arrange your own transfer from Porto to the villa. 

The villa is approximately 1 hour east of Porto, so you may arrange a taxi, car service, or rent a car. 

Check in is at 4pm September 24. If you are meeting us in Porto, you will arrive with the group. 

Check out is 11am September 30 and we will travel to Porto together around 12:30pm. 

Gratuities for drivers, villa staff, massages, and any other services are not included in your registration. Please plan to have some small Euros to offer to staff.  

The closest town is Santa Cristina where there is a small market. As a group we will make a trip to the larger market in Regua so everyone can get any additional sundries for the week.

The villa is approximately 1 hour east of Porto.

All meals are included from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast with the exception of one lunch on your own in town where you will have access to local restaurants and cafes. 

Breakfast will be European continental with cold cuts, fruit, cereal, and pastries along with juice, coffee, and tea. Some mornings will have eggs or oatmeal. 

Lunch and dinner will vary depending on where we are eating. Some lunches will be picnic style, at a restaurant, or freshly prepared at the villa. 

The food on this trip will not be vegetarian and will follow more traditional style of Portuguese preparation with meats, veggies, etc. 

Our trip is designed to appreciate the Portuguese culture of the Duoro Valley and will sometimes contain dairy, fish, chicken, gluten, or other allergens. We would love to accommodate everyone’s needs, unfortunately, due to patronizing local eateries, we won’t be able to accommodate restrictive diets such as vegan, gluten-free, etc. We will do our best to accommodate allergies as best as possible. 

Yes, the villa has Wifi available.

The main villa has A/C in all the rooms. The yoga space is equipped with rotary fans if needed. 

Yes, you can book a massage at the villas after arrival.

The Duoro river offers lots of activities including Standup Paddleboarding, kayaking, river cruises, and walks through the vineyards and small towns. 

We will have one day as a group in Regua or Pinhao where you can participate in these activities, although they are not included in your registration.

Yoga classes will be each morning before breakfast in a vigorous vinyasa style. Classes will offer many variations and modifications to offer an “all-levels” class. 

There will also be a yoga workshop, details to come.

The villa has mats, blocks, straps, and meditation cushions. If you would like to bring any of your own props or additional props, you are invited to do so.

We recommend bringing a mat towel or travel mat to cover the provided mats, but this is not required. 

There is not laundry service provided, but arrangements can be made if needed. 

Your deposit is non-refundable.

Any additional monies paid are non-refundable after being paid unless your spot can be filled with another participant. If your spot is able to be filled, any refunds will be less the $500 deposit and a $140 processing fee.

If the retreat is canceled due to low attendance, full refunds will be made. 

If you are travelling by yourself and would like to sign up for a double, you may sign up to be on the waitlist to see if another person to share a room with registers. You do not need to pay the deposit to be put on the waitlist, please indicate on the form that this is the option you are looking for. You will know no later than March 24, 2023 if a roommate has been able to be located or not. At the time a roommate has been found, both people sharing the room must pay their $500 deposit and the remaining payments installments. There is no guarantee we will be able to find a roommate, and bookings as singles and doubles/pairs will have priority.

If you are travelling solo and want to book a shared room, you will be paired with someone of the same sex. This is why we ask for this information on the registration form. 

Because it is a traditional structure, the villa has been modified over the years and has many stairs, cobblestones, and other things to make it tricky to get around. 

If you are able to walk up one flight of stairs unassisted, you may consider booking Room 001 – Peace, as it is on the same floor as many of the common areas, but will still need to do stairs to get into the villa, to the kitchen, and to the yoga space. 

Additionally, the vineyards and other activities may be difficult to navigate if you are uncomfortable climbing stairs or walking on cobblestones.

We will have a maximum of 11 guests on this holiday, so make sure to book your spot early!

Our hope is to keep the group small enough to fully enjoy all experiences in a part of the world where cars, kitchens, houses are small, but hearts are big.  

Yes! Because Angelina is a YACEP through Yoga Alliance, you will receive between 5 and 10 CEUs depending on how many of the yoga classes and activities you attend.