After an epic 2019 VOYAGERS weekend here, we’re returning with the VOYAGERS Climate-Tech community for a carefully designed harvest-time adventure in the stunning wine country of northern Portugal’s Douro valley. From Thursday to Sunday (four days and three nights), forty-five people will share a memorable bonding weekend actively participating in the wine harvest — picking grapes, treading them with our bare feet, and especially tasting the award-winning results as we get to enjoy the finest wines of the region. The mission is to use these shared experiences to enable (meaningful) friendships — connecting people across geographies and industries to be there for each other and solve some of the group's challenges. Because magic can happen when stories are shared and trust is built.
WHAT WILL THE PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?
Our home for the long weekend will be the Douro41 luxury hotel and spa, at a beautiful location on the banks of the Douro River. The modern hotel has two outdoor panoramic swimming pools, a cinema, a spa with hydrotherapy circuit, heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and tepidarium. There are two levels of solariums, sun loungers and a pool bar where we’ll enjoy cocktails amid stunning views of the Douro River. [Photography and drone video footage by Chris Hahn.)
The adventure will begin on the Thursday afternoon, when we will gather by the pool for welcome cocktails as we start to get to know each other. We’ll learn some of each others’ stories during one of VOYAGERS’ acclaimed “conversational hikes”, and then settle into the formal opening dinner at the hotel. Every VOYAGERS adventure is packed with opportunities to make new friends through curated activities, and we’ll sample local ports and wines together under expert guidance, followed by late-evening group games such as Werewolf.
Friday will be wine-harvest day. We’ll be hosted by one of the region’s most gorgeous and historic vineyards, where we’ll be picking grapes with local workers — before treading the grapes in the traditional way in giant vats, to the music of a local accordion band. We’ll enjoy the best of regional food and drink over a group lunch, and will explore some local village highlights together.
Saturday will be a day for outdoor activities on the Douro River, which originates in Spain and flows across northern Portugal towards Porto, the country’s second-largest city. Your activity choices will include river trekking, jet-skiing, canoeing, water-skiing, and stand-up paddling.
We’ll be spending time getting to know some of the startup talent from Lisbon and Porto, and enjoying local music and dancing. The formal agenda will end after a stunning bike ride and a farewell lunch on Sunday, after which you can choose to extend your trip for your own explorations or begin your journey home.
It was an incredible experience! Many events I’ve been to say there will be a diverse range of participants; this was the first to fully deliver on that. The activities were great fun; the venue was stunning; the people were exceptional.
We will take care of you from the moment you arrive in our hotel in Raiva, around 50 minutes’ drive from Porto airport, until the moment we close our farewell Sunday lunch.
Three nights accommodation in the excellent Douro41 spa hotel
All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners for all three days
All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taken with the group
All scheduled activities, including arranged outdoor activities, the wine-harvest visits, river activities, etc
All transport for the duration of the scheduled adventure (you will need to arrange your own travel to Portugal and airport transfers)
The Voyagers.io gift pack (save some luggage space to take it home)
The services of the VOYAGERS.io production team on site
Advance curation by the Voyagers.io team, including two extended site visits
A few extra surprises we will announce nearer the event.