Chic Heritage Trail

Discover fascinating Mediaeval places like the Monastery of Salvador de Paço de Sousa (in Penafiel) and the Church of Santa Maria Maior de Tarouquela (in Cinfães) taking in Portugal's ancient history and rich heritage. In the afternoon, try a traditional cookery class learning how to cook mouth-watering regional dishes using local organic produce at Quinta da Ventozela, a elegant manor house dating from the 17th century. Indulge in private dining, sampling wonderful food and wine from the region. Overnight at Quinta da Ventozela.

Join the local shepherd and follow stunning trails in a morning countryside walk spotting rich flora and fauna and ancient water mills. Then escape to a private river cruise at Caldas de Aregos whilst tasting an exclusive gourmet picnic onboard. This is followed by a visit to the old Dominican Convent of São Gonçalo, nowadays the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum, boasting a contemporary collection of pioneering works of art. The Salvador de Travanca Monastery is the last historic stop before savouring an exquisite dinner at the acclaimed Largo do Paço Restaurant (awarded one Michelin star in 2008) at the stunning Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux. Overnight at Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux.