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PRESIDENCIAL Train by the wonders of Porto and Douro Valley

Embark on an exclusive journey aboard the exquisite PRESIDENTIAL train and be dazzled by the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley, while enjoying an incomparable gastronomic experience provided by Chef Chakall.

Mainland Portugal
Porto and Douro
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Why choose this experience

This exclusive day-long experience combines a luxury train travel, the incredible Douro Valley landscape, the wonders of haute cuisine, and the delicacy of fine wine. It’s the Presidential Train, with limited seating, running from Porto to the Vargelas 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Train” at the beginning of the century, it transported the Portuguese Heads of State until 1970, when it was officially withdrawn from circulation.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. Chef Chakall, a renowned chef, is selected to present his menu during this experience, which combines fine cuisine with the local products of the North of Portugal. To enhance your experience, courses are paired with exclusive wines from the Douro region. The train travels to Vargelas winery, where guests disembark to tour the vineyards and taste the wines produced on the estate. On the return journey, enjoy the atmosphere with live music while enjoying typical local delicacies such as cheeses and sausages.


Here is the plan for the day:

10:40 AM | Departure at the São Bento station 

                Journey on the Presidential Train to Quinta de Vargelas

                A variety of dishes will be served during the trip

02:23 PM | Stop and visit to Quinta de Vargelas with wine tasting

06:07 PM | Departure from Vargelas to Porto

                Savour an exclusive selection of the region's best wines on board

                Tasting of typical Douro specialities, traditional sweets, cheeses and sausages

09:40 PM | Arrival at São Bento Station

­Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey and indulge in the luxury, history, and gastronomic delights that only the Presidential Train can offer.

What's included

  • Gourmet degustation menu by a renowned chef
  • Wine harmonization
  • Tasting of typical Douro specialties: traditional sweets, cheeses and sausages
  • 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 de Vargelas, including Port Wine tasting and guided visit
  • Bar with live music aboard (on the return trip)

What's not included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Tipping
  • Other meals, snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

Deposits are non-refundable. To get a refund, you must cancel at least 48 hours before your experience start time. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the start time of the experience, the amount paid will not be refunded. Any changes made less than 48 hours before the start time of the experience will not be accepted. Cut-off times are based on the experience's local time. This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If canceled because the minimum has not been met, you will receive a different date/experience or a full refund.

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PRESIDENCIAL Train by the wonders of Porto and Douro Valley
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Embark on an exclusive journey aboard the exquisite PRESIDENTIAL train and be dazzled by the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley, while enjoying an incomparable gastronomic experience provided by Chef Chakall.
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