The historical "Presidential Train" was originally used by the
head of state of Portugal and his entourage between 1910 and 1970.
The construction of its carriages is called "royal trains" and has
its origin in the second half of the nineteenth century. After a
process of conservation and restoration the "Presidential Train"
was kept in the state´s train museum and moved again only for the
exclusive trip into the Douro region.
In April 2016 the historical train embarked for the first time
on Gourmet tours with the famous Chef Dieter Koschina of the
restaurant "Vila Joya" from Porto to the vineyards and premium Port
wine tastings in the Douro region. Austrian Chef Dieter Koschina is
the only Chef in Portugal who won two Michelin stars for twelve
straight years. 60 passengers per day enjoyed the exclusive Gourmet
Lunch prepared by Dieter Koschina and his crew in the historical
Restaurant Carriage during the train ride through the picturesque
landscape. Arnold & Son's watches were showcased in the luxury
atmosphere of the "Minister's Hall" Carriage, where the state´s
ministers used to draw up strategic plans and future concepts.
Before and after the exclusive Gourmet menu, passengers had the
opportunity to relax with a drink and admire the exclusive Arnold
& Son timepieces. Arnold & Son's Royal Collection and
Instrument Collection completed the daily Gourmet tours in a
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