Walking The Great Rivers of the Vinho Verde in Portugal

Small Group Walking

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

A gastronomy & wine tour in the very heart of Portugal based on the two great rivers that flow through the region, in the heart of the Vinho Verde area, the river Lima & the River Minho.

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax

Tour Description

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

A gastronomy & wine tour in the very heart of Portugal based on the two great rivers that flow through the region, in the heart of the Vinho Verde area, the river Lima & the River Minho.

A lush, verdant, area producing the best of the vinhos Verdes (green wines) including the increasingly rare Vinho Verdes rose & red, along with great food and ancient culture.

Rio Lima through a lush landscape of vineyards

Rio Lima through a lush landscape of vineyards

We will walk along with the beautiful Rio Lima, so beautiful that it was believed to be the mythical river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness by the Romans.

We will visit Viana do Castelo, the Pearl of the north, on the estuary of the river Lima, described as ‘Entre o mar, o Rio e a montanha’ (between the sea, the river, and the mountains).

We will walk into Caminha through a cool forest to appreciate the beautiful estuary of the river Minho.

One of our walks will be centered around the magnificent Palácio da Brejoeira which we will be able to visit.

Ponte da Barca - walk through peaceful verdant farmlands and forested areas

Ponte da Barca – walk through peaceful verdant farmlands and forested areas

We will be able to enjoy, as part of our stay, a luxurious spa treatment at the luxurious Caldas de Monção spa, known for being very beneficial for respiratory, rheumatism & joint problems.

Then, on our last day, we visit Tuy & Valença, the Portuguese & Spanish neighbors gazing at each other across the river.

It is a fitting finish to our holiday.

Ponte de Lima, our first center, is the oldest town in Portugal, sited beside the tranquil waters of the river Lima, it is in the very heart of the Vinho Verde area. The scenery all around is classic Minho with a lush landscape, pretty villages, and a plethora of palaces and manor houses scattered all over.

Monção, our next center, was once an important Portuguese fortress on the frontier with Spain. It was then the backdrop to the many battles between the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile.

Minho vineyards - walk through green luxuriant valleys

Minho vineyards – walk through green luxuriant valleys

Looking out over the river Minho, with its appealing terraces and belvederes, this fortified town on the bank of the River Minho is an ancient spa town.

It is famous for the curative properties of its spa treatments which we will have the opportunity to enjoy.

It is also at the heart of the Alvarinho wine region regarded as the very finest of all Vinho Verde wines.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Transfer by road from the airport to Ponte de Lima.

Ponte de Lima,, is the oldest town in Portugal, sited beside the tranquil waters of the river Lima

Ponte de Lima is the oldest town in Portugal, sited beside the tranquil waters of the river Lima

Day 2 – Lagoas de Bertiandos walk then wine tasting in Paço de Calheiros

Today we will have a lovely walk in the natural reserve of Lagoas de Bertiandos, a beautiful wetlands area full of wildlife before walking back to Ponte de Lima along the luxuriant shores of the Rio Lima.
After lunch, we visit an ancient palace, the Paço de Calheiros, where we have the opportunity to taste the Vinho Verde and other products of the region.

Paço de Calheiros Mannor house

Paço de Calheiros Mannor house

Day 3 – Geraz do Lima walk

Today we do a lovely circular walk, in part along with the Rio Lima and then inland, through a lush landscape of vineyards and small fields and visiting some very traditional villages.

Minho Portugal

Day 4 – Rio Minho walk Ponte da barca to Ponte de Lima

This beautiful walk takes us along the banks of the Rio Lima from Ponte da Barca to Ponte de Lima. An easy walk through peaceful verdant farmlands and forested areas with the murmur of the river to soothe us as we walk.

Group Walking in Minho, wine region

Walking in Minho, wine region

Day 5 – Visit Viana do Castelo walk into Caminha and transfer to Monção

Today we transfer to Monção, our next center.
We stop in Viana do Castelo, the “pearl of the north” for a visit to this charming town and to admire the magnificent views over the river Lima estuary.
After lunch, we will do a walk through a beautiful forest on the edge of the river Minho estuary before going on to Monção, our next center.

Rio Lima through a lush landscape of vineyards

Rio Lima through a lush landscape of vineyards

Day 6 – Brejoeira walk, Palace visit than a spa treatment

A walk through green luxuriant valleys culminating on a visit to the magnificent Palácio da Brejoeira where we can visit the palace & taste some of the superb local wines.
In the afternoon we have the opportunity to sample some of the treatments offered by this renowned spa.

Lagoa de Bertiandos

Lagoa de Bertiandos

Day 7 – Visit Valença and Tui and riverside walk

Today we visit the twin sisters, Valença & Tui.
We will walk along the Rio Minho up the ancient fort of Valença before crossing into Galicia, Spain, on the Eiffel bridge and the ancient cathedral of Tui where thousands of pilgrims stopped over the centuries to pray on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Caminha windmills

Caminha windmills

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer from hotel to Porto airport.

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax

3 nights in Monção
4 nights in Ponte de Lima

  • 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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