For the third year, we're taking up to 50 VOYAGERS to Portugal's wine country on October 7 to 10 2023 for a three-day health-tech networking adventure. This adventure had feedback of 9.4 out of 10 in 2021. That's because we carefully curate the agenda to connect VOYAGERS at a deep level - through activities ranging from river trekking to participating in the grape harvest and health-tech workshops.
After epic 2019 and 2021 VOYAGERS weekends here, we’re returning for a carefully designed harvest-time adventure in the stunning wine country of northern Portugal’s Douro valley. From Saturday to Tuesday (four days and three nights), up to 50 VOYAGERS working in health-tech will share a memorable bonding weekend by the Douro river. We’ll spend days river-trekking, sailing and water-skiing, and (harvest schedule allowing) will also actively participate in the wine harvest — picking grapes, treading them with our bare feet, and 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 health-tech VOYAGERS across geographies 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.
From Charlotta, a past participant: “Joining this is something I would highly encourage if you have the opportunity! I’ve participated twice and both experiences were phenomenal. It’s an excellent way to escape from the daily grind while still remaining immersed in the health-tech field. Every time I returned, I felt rejuvenated and inspired with fresh ideas.”
WHAT WILL THE PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?
Our home for the long weekend will be the Douro Palace hotel and spa, at a beautiful location on the banks of the Douro river. The modern hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, with panoramic views of the terraces of the Douro, and a spa with heated indoor pool with a waterfall, sauna, hammam and treatment rooms.
The adventure will begin on the Saturday afternoon, when we’ll gather by the pool for welcome cocktails as we start to get to know each other. We’ll learn some of each others’ stories 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, a VOYAGERS tradition .
Sunday 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, canoeing, water-skiing and stand-up paddling.
Monday will be wine-harvest day. We’ll be hosted by one of the region’s most historic and charismatic vineyards, where if harvest scheduling allows 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.
We’ll enjoy a stunning bike ride and river activities before a farewell lunch on Tuesday in a historic restaurant in central Porto, after which you can choose to extend your trip for your own explorations or begin your journey home. We may need to adjust aspects of the schedule if the year’s unusual heat affect the harvest and other natue-based activities.
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’ll take care of you from the moment you arrive in our hotel in the Douro valley, around 1h 15m drive from Porto airport or central Porto, until the moment we close our farewell Tuesday lunch. We recommend the 1h 20m scenic train journey from Porto’s Campanha station to Aregos station, and we’ll provide your ticket — you’ll arrive just a four-minute drive from the hotel, and we can pick you up from the station.
Three nights’ accommodation in the comfortable Douro Palace spa hotel
All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Saturday afternoon until Tuesday afternoon
All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, served with the group
All scheduled activities, including arranged outdoor activities, the wine-harvest visits, river activities, health-tech workshops etc
All transport for the duration of the scheduled adventure (you will need to arrange your own travel to/from Portugal and airport transfers to the hotel and from our farewell lunch in central Porto)
Your brochure with participant biographies
Professional photography during the trip
The VOYAGERS gift pack (save some luggage space to take it home)
The services of the VOYAGERS production team
Advance curation by the VOYAGERS team, including extended site visits
A few extra surprises we will announce nearer the event.
We asked 2021’s participants: “Overall, how would you rate the adventure on a scale from 0 [worst] to 10 [best]?” Their average score was 9.4 out of 10.
We will collect a €300 deposit to hold your place. You can cancel your place, for any reason with no questions asked, for a full refund until August 28 2023. Our refund policy is as follows:
UNTIL AUGUST 28, 2023 (Midnight GMT): All fees paid are refundable in full, NO questions asked.
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 (Midnight GMT): You will receive a refund of all fees paid, excluding your booking deposit, minus a 50% cancellation fee.
AFTER SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 (Midnight GMT): No refund will be payable to you; but before September 30 2023 you may connect us with someone you have found to take your place, subject to the VOYAGERS organisers’ approval.
Please note: Participants must be working in health-tech (although your plus-one doesn’t need to be in health-tech). We welcome partners who engage with the group as active participants. We are limited to 50 places, and are likely to be oversubscribed. We will curate the group to ensure a diverse mix of lovely people.
[Photography and drone video footage by Chris Hahn.]