Voyagers.io’s PORTUGAL WINE-HARVEST ADVENTURE: Douro, September 19 to 22, 2019

[September 2019 update: Thank you to our amazing participants. We will repeat this adventure in September 2020.]

This is a carefully designed harvest-time adventure in the stunning wine country of northern Portugal’s Douro valley. From September 19 to 22, fifty special people will share a memorable Voyagers.io 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 media owners get to know human-rights activists, or tech founders build relationships with filmmakers.

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.

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 local “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 will be hosted by some of the region’s most gorgeous and historic vineyards, where we will be active participants in grape-picking — learning a new skill but mostly having fun. We will follow the process by which grapes become wine — each of us as active participants, even treading the grapes in the traditional way. 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. Activities will include canoeing 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 farewell lunch on Sunday, after which you can choose to extend your trip for your own explorations, or begin your journey home.

REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

•Sweden-based Eritrean human-rights activist who rescues refugees kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers
•CEO of a billion-euro Portuguese conglomerate
•Head of Peru's most effective innovation lab and creativity festival
•Creator of a healthcare project for Rwanda... and of Rwanda's first international cricket stadium
•Creator of the voice artificial intelligence that became Amazon's Alexa
•Founders of a successful personal-finance app that uses behavioural psychology to motivate better decision-making
•Former Noma restaurant exec now making amazingly flavoured spirits in Copenhagen
•Milan entrepreneur building a new kind of pasta restaurant chain
•Pittsburgh-based activist and writer who survived police brutality and now organises communities
•Digital-games and e-sports CEO and investor
•Creator of design-led real-estate projects in Europe and Asia
•Norwegian storytelling specialist who helps organisations imagine their futures
•London-based founder of a leading SEO agency
•Sri Lankan lawyer and activist
•Philanthropy adviser to high-net-worth individuals
•Successful tech investor based in London
•American creator of yoga and wellness retreats
•Managing director of a private-equity firm
•Founder of a Lisbon-based HR-tech business
•San Francisco-based cross-border corporate lawyer to leading tech companies
•PhD in evolutionary robotics now running product, design and data science for a global travellers’ network
…and many more

TO APPLY TO PARTICIPATE: Please email david@voyagers.io.

YOUR COMMITMENT: You must be available to be with us in Portugal from the afternoon of Thursday September 19 until the afternoon of Sunday September 22 2019.

THE COST: We are offering places to this not-for-profit adventure at cost. Our goal is to build meaningful community, not to make money from these trips. 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. Your place will include:

  • 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, 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.

The cost will be €1,400 per person sharing a hotel room, or €1,650 for single-room hotel occupancy. We make no margin on this: this is what the per-person cost will be to us.

HOW THE FEE BREAKS DOWN:

Your fee covers what we estimate will be these costs to us (per person) that we pass on to you without adding a mark-up:

  • ACCOMMODATION (single): €585

  • FOOD, DRINKS & ROOM HIRE: €360

  • TRANSPORT: €50

  • LOCAL ACTIVITIES: €220

  • OPERATIONS: €55

  • PRIOR SITE VISITS: €20

  • PRODUCTION, CURATION & DELIVERY: €230

  • GIFT PACK: €30

  • STAFF ACCOMMODATION: €40

  • CONTINGENCY: €60

  • TOTAL: €1,650 (to include no fee for host nor profit for Voyagers.io)

Please note: We are limited to just 50 places, and are likely to be oversubscribed. We will curate the group to ensure a diverse mix of lovely people. We welcome partners who engage with the group as active participants.