How do you like your gourmet experience?…on a plane?….on a beach?….in a palace? Well, now you can experience Michelin star cuisine, with fine Portuguese wine aboard a historic train travelling across the Douro wine region. Only a limited few will be able to participate in the Presidential Gourmet Train Experience, running through May 2017.



Magnificently restored in 2010, the Presidential Train has transported Presidents, Heads of State, Kings and Popes for more than a century. Built in 1890, it served the court of King D. Louis I as the Royal Train, receiving on board guests of honor such as Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul VI. Renamed “Presidential Train” at the beginning of the century, it transported the Portuguese Heads of State until 1970, when it was officially withdrawn from circulation.

Five chefs will present their own four-course menu during this experience. Already committed to participate are Esben Holmboe Bang, the world’s third-youngest Michelin star honoree and chef of the acclaimed Maaemo in Oslo (May 3 to 7), and Porto’s own star recipient Pedro Lemos of Restaurante Pedro Lemos (May 10 and 11). More chefs to be announced soon.

vila joya, presidential gourmet experience comboio train

The Presidential leaves from São Bento station in Porto and travels east across the Douro hills. A four-course meal is prepared for lunch. A stop is made at the elegant Quinta do Vesuvio for tasting Port wine. The return trip back to Porto includes entertainment in the tearoom and bar cars.

10:45 | Check-in at the São Bento station and train boarding

11:00 | Departure

12:30 | Four-course gourmet lunch & wine pairing

15:00 | Arrival at Quinta do Vesuvio & Port wine tasting

17:00 | Departure from the Vesuvio train station

17:30 | On-board entertainment in the tea room and bar

18:30 | Arrival at the São Bento station

Quinta do Vesuvio, presidential gourmet experience comboio train
Quinta do Vesuvio

Tickets are on sale now at at €500 per person (VAT included).

Week I – from May 3rd to 7th – Chef Esben Holmboe Bang

Week II – from May 10th to 11th – Chef Pedro Lemos, Pedro Lemos Restaurant
Week II – from May 12th to 14th – João Rodrigues, Feitoria Restaurant

Week III – from May 20th to 21st – Chef to be announced

Week IV – from May 24th to 28th – Chef to be announced

presidential gourmet experience comboio train

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