WHY US?

About our tours

Why us?

 

We’re fun.

The whole point of traveling is new experiences – and to have fun while doing so.

Our philosophy is like this: if you were traveling to see good friends, where would they take you? What would they show you?

 

We know our stuff.

We don’t outsource anything. We do the research and logistics. We choose the hotel, the wineries and the culture only after evaluating in person (sometimes multiple times). We have lived in Portugal since 2005.

 

We are the guide.

We own an inn in the countryside of Portugal. We meet lots of tour groups and guides. Frequently, the guide is an outsider, not connected to the group or the area. Our goal is to do a limited number of tours each year and to always be the guide.

 

We may become friends.

We are fortunate we have been able to combine our experience in hospitality and wine with a love of food, culture, travel and people. We may be your guide for a week, but even if we don’t see each other often, we are hopefully your friend.

 

Nina & Peter

Évora, Portugal

 

Add Ons

If you would like to arrive early or extend your stay after the trip, we can assist you with accomodations and things to see and do. Just ask!

FAQ's

What makes a Tinto tour unique?

In a word, knowledge. A second word, service. A third, community. What makes a Tinto tour special? We attract the right kinds of people – those that enjoy great food, great wine, great company. You’ll be interested in meeting your fellow travelers. We only go to places where we have at least as much knowledge as a local. It’s less a tour than it is being guided by friends who know the area. Our goal is to take you to places that even if you did the research, there is a high likelihood you wouldn’t the places we will show you. Our days follow a rhythm. We don’t wake up at the crack of dawn. You eat a leisurely breakfast on your own. We then spend some time on a cultural activity. Its not about ticking boxes off a list or seeing how many churches you can visit. The goal is to show you one special cultural item per day. Local food and wine is an integral part of our experience. We try the things that make our places unique and special. We don’t rush thru a meal. We indulge in a good way.

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

We selected the end of June for our trip to Lisbon and the Alentejo this year. Lisbon is the kind of place where even in the middle of summer, you may need a sweater in the evening. The sea air can cool things off quickly. It should be warm during the day, the sky is typically a deep blue, and most importantly – NO humidity. Our trips are not terribly strenuous, so heat shouldn’t be a factor.

What if I want to go off on my own during a Tinto tour?

Our goal is for you to have the trip of a lifetime. To think back on your experience with us as one of your top travel moments.

We aren’t fundamentalists. If you want to spend an afternoon, evening or day on your own exploring, we are here to help. You’ll barely realize you are part of an organized group. We truly designed these tours for people that don’t perceive themselves as tour group people.

What is the tinto tour cancellation policy?

Because our group size is small, our tours are nonrefundable. It is very difficult to find someone to replace you last minute. If you think there is a risk of not going, we highly recommend purchasing trip insurance. There are many reputable trip insurance companies in the market.

What time do you start in the morning?

Breakfast at the hotel is generally served from 8am until 10:30am. Our goal is to start each day no earlier than 10am and generally around 10:30am. Once we reach a destination, our goal is to have no day trip be more than a 45 minute drive from our hotel – on average no more than 30 minutes.

What if I want a customized tour or itinerary?

We have the willingness and ability to craft a personalized tour for you (whether you are a single traveler, couple or small group of couples). The itinerary and cost are provided to you based on your specifications and desires. Because all of our time is valuable, we do charge an initial nominal cost for purposes of creating your draft itinerary that is refunded once you book a trip with us.

Privacy Policy

PRIVACY STATEMENT

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SECTION 1 – WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION?

When you purchase something from our store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address.

When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.

Email marketing: With your permission, we may send you emails about our store, new products and other updates.

SECTION 2 – CONSENT

How do you get my consent?

When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only.

If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.
How do I withdraw my consent?

If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at info@tintotravels.com or mailing us at: Tinto Tours LLC 640 HILLTOP WEST SHOPPING, VA BEACH, VA, VA 23451, United States

SECTION 3 – DISCLOSURE

We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.

SECTION 4 – OUR WEBSITE/APPLICATION

Our store was developed by Deploy – Digital Design and Development and is hosted on Almouroltec,Lda. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you.

Your data is stored through our website data storage, databases. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall.
Payment:

If you choose a direct payment gateway to complete your purchase, then we may store your credit card data. It is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Your purchase transaction data is stored only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase transaction. After that is complete, your purchase transaction information is deleted.

All direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.

For more insight, you may also want to read our Terms of Service.

SECTION 5 – THIRD-PARTY SERVICES

In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us.

However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors, have their own privacy policies in respect to the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions.

For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers.

In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities that are located in a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located.

As an example, if you are located in Canada and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, then your personal information used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation, including the Patriot Act.

Once you leave our store’s website or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Policy or our website’s Terms of Service.
Links

When you click on links on our store, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.

SECTION 6 – SECURITY

To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.

If you provide us with your credit card information, the information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.
COOKIES

We use cookies to turn your experience on our website better,  you can choose if you want to opt-out of cookies or not.

SECTION 7 – AGE OF CONSENT

By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.

SECTION 8 – CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.

If our store is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to sell products to you.

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at mail@miguelmarques.com or by mail at Tinto Tours LLC

[Re: Privacy Compliance Officer]

[640 HILLTOP WEST SHOPPING, VA BEACH, VA, VA 23451, United States]

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Terms and Conditions

Prepayment is required. A non refundable minimum deposit of $1,000 per person guarantees your space. Payment is due in full 120 days prior to the trip. If you choose to pay the deposit, you are subject to currency fluctuations. If you pay in full, we are responsible for all currency fluctuations.

Because of the small group size and the fact that it is difficult to find replacements last minute, these trips are non refundable. If you believe there is a chance you may not be able to go on the trip, consider purchasing trip insurance.