Exploring the Douro Valley Walking Holiday

Small Group Walking

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

One of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions (since 1756), the Douro Valley showcases steeply terraced vineyards carved into mountains, granite bluffs, whitewashed estates, and 18th-century wine cellars. Come for the ports and wines, winding scenic roads, postcard-pretty villages, and excellent regional restaurants!

Highlights

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax
  • The ports and wines and the excellent regional restaurants
  • The dramatic landscape of the Douro Valley – a by-product of over 2000 years of winemaking, and a World Heritage Site
  • The boat tour on the River Douro
  • The winding scenic roads and the postcard-pretty villages
  • The city of Porto, cool and cosmopolitan, yet full of history and a World Heritage Site
  • The train ride through the Douro Valley landscapes
  • The historical towns

Tour Description

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

One of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions (since 1756), the Douro Valley showcases steeply terraced vineyards carved into mountains, granite bluffs, whitewashed estates, and 18th-century wine cellars. Come for the ports and wines, winding scenic roads, postcard-pretty villages, and excellent regional restaurants!

This two-centre holiday offers easy walking while travels up the Douro Valley, allowing us to explore its furthest regions towards the Spanish frontier.

Ermida São Domingos, Fontelo

The Viewpoint of São Domingos is one of the most spectacular vantage points of the Douro landscape, but even the most extraordinary.

Those who have seen the Douro Valley in travelogues will know how beautiful and unspoiled the central and upper reaches are, with deep valleys and plateaus interspersed with ancient villages and castles that bear witness to struggles over the centuries.

We fly into Porto, known as the ‘Capital of the Douro’, where we stay for our first two nights. Situated on the Douro River, is the second-largest city in Portugal and now a World Heritage Site.

Rio Douro at the heart of the demarcated port-wine region.

Rio Douro is at the heart of the demarcated port-wine region.

Our next center is in Régua. Our journey takes us on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines, as we follow the great Douro River from its estuary, through the vineyards, and into the upper reaches of Portugal, where the river forms the border with Spain.

In Régua we will visit the town and the surrounding vineyards, including tasting excellent Port wines and other wines of the region, and Lamego, a magnificent old town, rich in history and culture and full of charm.

Finally, we return to Porto by boat through breathtaking landscapes, as we go down the great Douro River, through the lush green terraced vineyards, a World Heritage Site.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Porto

Arrive at Porto airport. Transfer by road from Porto airport to our hotel by either bus or taxi. Orientation walk time permitting.

Ribeira cafes in Porto river Douro estuary

Ribeira cafes in Porto river Douro estuary

Day 2 – Visit Porto

Visit Porto to explore the town which is the ‘capital of the north and Portugal’s second city.
Our walk takes in some of Porto´s most iconic monuments and places such as the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, S. Bento Station, the Praça da Ribeira, and the Port Lodges.
We see some magnificent views from the top of D. Luis I Bridge and the viewpoint of the Serra do Pilar.

Porto tram

Porto tram. Believe it or not, the tram in Porto is one of the oldest electrified transport systems in Europe

Day 3 – Porto to Régua

We leave Porto to take the fabulous train journey along the River Douro valley which is also a World Heritage Site in its entirety.
Régua is the center of the Douro valley, famous of course for its wines, not just the famous port wine but also many very fine table wines.
Our walks over the next few days will go through this fantastic landscape of steeply sloping and terraced vineyards and olive groves.
Today we’ll taste some fine port wines.

Rio Douro at the heart of the demarcated port-wine region.

Rio Douro is at the heart of the demarcated port-wine region.

Day 4 – Fontelo Walk

This varied walk explores the Fontelo region, a patchwork of fields, smallholdings, and woodland.
En route, we will have the opportunity to visit a family-owned winery to taste some fine wines and learn a bit more about winemaking.

Ermida São Domingos, Fontelo

Ermida São Domingos, Fontelo

Day 5 – Free Day

Day off with an optional excursion to Mateus Palace with lunch in & Vila Real (not included in the price). The Mateus Palace is a Solar built in the eighteenth century, one of the finest representatives of the Baroque in Portugal. The palace consists of the main house, the gardens, a winery, and a chapel.

Douro Valley beautiful landscapes for walking

Group walking breath-taking views in the  Douro

Day 6 – Lamego Day

Today we will visit this old town that can trace its history back to before Roman times and has been at the center of Portuguese history since the implementation of the fledgling kingdom.
The town’s impressive cathedral is almost 900 years old. The sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios dominates the town. The stunning staircase of 686 steps leads up to the sanctuary from the wide, shady avenue that bisects the town.
We will spend our day here discovering this town’s many delights.

Lamego

Lamego is a beautiful town of historical and cultural importance within the Douro Valley where the buildings are elegant and the streets are laced with pavement cafés

Day 7 – Régua to Porto

From Régua we take a boat back to Porto giving us the opportunity to admire and enjoy once again the fabulous scenery from a magical perspective.

Peso da Regua and the landscape of the Douro Valley

Peso da Regua and the landscape of the Douro Valley

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer from hotel to Porto airport by bus or taxi.

 

 

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax

2 nights in Porto
4 nights in Peso da Régua
1 night in Porto

  • Shared ensuite room with a traveling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 7 Dinners with drinks included

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport on last day – group transfer
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers are available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
    Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Walks and Activities

  • Walks according to program

Exclusions

Any services not listed as included

  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage, or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments

Insurance

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