WIRED for LOVE with Stan and Tracey Tatkin in PORTUGAL Schedule
A Couple’s Retreat in PORTUGAL
“WIRED for Love”
SCHEDULE and EXCURSIONS
The following schedule is a general outline for this event. Please note that the flow of the week may shift slightly to better attend to the needs of the participants.
Day 1, Sunday – Arrival in Porto airport, board bus from 2 pm – 3 pm and arrive at the Yeatman Hotel. Check-in, relax or go for a walk, and enjoy your surroundings. Opening ceremony, introductions & dinner at 7 pm. (D)
Day 2, Monday – Optional Couples’ Yoga, breakfast, morning session with Stan and Tracey from 9:30 am – noon. Visit Taylor Fladgate Cellars and enjoy a lunch and tour of the winery. In the afternoon, take advantage of the included Hop On – Hop Off bus tour ticket and/or enjoy the spa. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
Day 3, Tuesday – Optional Yoga, breakfast and then a session with Stan and Tracey from 9 am – 10 am. At 10:30 am, board the bus to visit Real Companhia Velha winery for a tour and lunch. Stan and Tracy will present their afternoon session at the winery theater from 2 pm – 5 pm. At 5:30 pm, board the bus to return to the Yeatman where you can explore a variety of restaurants for dinner on your own. (B,L)
Day 4, Wednesday – Optional Yoga followed by breakfast. Session with Stan and Tracey from 9 am – 10:30 am. Check out of the Yeatman hotel and board bus to Quinta Pacheca in the Douro valley for tour and lunch. Check into the Vintage House hotel, explore area and/or relax before dinner on your own. (B,L,)
Day 5, Thursday – Optional Yoga followed by breakfast. Morning session with Stan and Tracey from 9:30 am – noon. Lunch on your own followed by an afternoon session from 2 pm – 5 pm. Free time to visit Pinhao and have dinner on your own. (B,)
Day 6, Friday – Optional Yoga followed by breakfast. Morning session with Stan and Tracey from 9 am – noon. Lunch on your own, then board bus at 3 pm to visit Quinta Seixo/Sandeman for tour and tasting. Back to the Vintage House to prepare for boat tour and dinner on the Douro river. (B,D)
Day 7, Saturday – Optional Yoga followed by breakfast. Session with Stan and Tracey from 9 am – noon. Lunch on your own and an afternoon session with Stan and Tracey from 2 pm – 5 pm. Closing ceremony and group dinner at 7 pm. (B,D)
Day 8, Sunday – Breakfast, board bus to Porto airport around 9 am…hugs and good byes. (B)
FABULOUS PLACES YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
TAYLOR FLADGATE CELLARS
Taylor Fladgate invites you to an exciting and informative tour of its famous cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the history of Port wine and its production today, the Douro Valley and the house of Taylor Fladgate. Introduction to Port…Port is one of the great classic European wines and its history is a long and fascinating one. So what is Port wine? Port is a fortified wine. Fortified wines are made by adding a proportion of grape spirit, or brandy, to the wine at some point during the production process. Port is arguably the greatest of all fortified wines and its paramount expression, Vintage Port, ranks alongside the finest produce of Bordeaux or Burgundy as one of the great iconic wines of the world.
HOP ON – HOP OFF BUS TOUR
Experience the second largest city in Portugal from both a land and waterfront perspective with access to two open-air hop-on-hop-off bus tours and a 6 Bridges cruise down the River Douro. With 48-hour flexibility, plan your own schedule and explore numerous parts of the city. Drive around the historic center of Porto and soak up the architecture of iconic buildings on the Historical Porto & Porto Castles bus tours. Listen to in-depth information and stories about each attraction from the onboard multilingual audio guide. Marvel at Porto’s 6 Bridges as you sail down the river Douro in a traditional rabelo boat…and more
REAL COMPANHIA VELHA
Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal, having celebrated 265 years of existence and uninterrupted activity. Since its foundation on the 10th september 1756 by Royal Charter of D. José I, King of Portugal, under the auspices of his Prime Minister, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal, the importance of this chartered Company was reflected by the valuable services to the community, being the most relevant, the demarcation of the Douro region – the oldest wine appellation in the world.
Since 1960, Real Companhia Velha has been run by the Silva Reis family, who have dedicated their efforts to the production of both Port and Douro wines, focusing on the study and development of the Douro terroir. The Company owns 5 quintas in the Douro valley – Quinta das Carvalhas, Quinta de Cidrô, Quinta dos Aciprestes, Quinta do Casal da Granja and Quinta do Síbio – with a total vineyard surface of 557 hectars.
QUINTA da PACHECA
Among the valleys of the Douro River, near the left bank, in the village of Cambres, Lamego county, in the heart of the first Pombaline demarcation of the Region, is Quinta da Pacheca, one of the most prestigious and recognized properties in the Douro Demarcated Region. The history of the vineyard in this property dates back to the XVI century when it was a collection of vines that belonged to the Monasteries of Salzedas and St. João de Tarouca, as referred to in a document dating 1551. The estate is mentioned for the first time in a document dat- ed from April 1738 where it is referred to as “Pacheca”, a feminine form of the family name Pacheco for being owned by Da. Mariana Pacheco Pereira, powerful woman who took care of the property by herself.
Spectacularly located at the confluence of the Douro and Pinhão rivers, the delightful town of Pinhão lies at the very heart of northern Portugal‘s famous Port wine-making region. Pinhão railway station is worth seeing even if you are not travelling anywhere by train. The walls are liberally decorated with lovely azulejo tiles, with several large, very well-preserved panels portraying historic scenes of the surrounding area, thus giving visitors a good idea of how the Douro looked before the dams were built and the river was made navigable.
SANDEMAN QUINTA DO SEIXO
There are few landscapes in Portugal as rich in beauty and history as Quinta do Seixo’s views. With 100 hectares and vines with over a hundred years of history, this place is a mosaic of tradition. Just strolling through the vineyards and get ready to be dazzled by nature’s living colours. A liveliness that gains new tons as the seasons change. In addition to the undeniable beauty, it is here at Quinta do Seixo that our high-quality wines born and take shape. Something that we can only achieve with a winery equipped with the most advanced winemaking technology and by respecting the tradition of producing only great wines.
DOURO RIVER EVENING DINNER CRUISE
Enjoy a fantastic night on board a river boat cruise with a delicious dinner as you sail the Douro River! Enjoy a glass of local wine as the views of soaring bell towers, Baroque churches, and stately Beaux-arts buildings are illuminated by the last streams of sunlight. You get to experience the Porto night panoramas, taste delicious Portuguese traditional cuisine and dance along to live music!