Douro Valley Walking Holiday

Douro Valley Walking Holiday

The Douro Valley Walking Holiday is a 1-week self-guided trip through beautiful world heritage landscapes and picturesque traditional villages.

Make your way from Porto into the very heart of the Douro region before exploring the scenic slopes and valleys of this World Heritage landscape on foot.

Follow unpaved roads and footpaths as you walk from village to village. Pause for a picnic lunch and visits to local wine estates and sample award-winning table wines, port and Moscatel.

Museums such as the Bread and Wine Museum in Favaios will give you a greater appreciation of local traditions and wine-production. You’ll also witness some of the year-round activities involved in tending the vines and terraces.

Relax after each day’s walk in Douro Valley at carefully selected country houses and hotels where you will receive a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and delicious meals.

End your Douro Valley Walking Holiday back in the fascinating historical city of Porto where you can visit the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia as well as the exploring Porto’s many sights and views.

Highlights:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Porto old Town and the Douro vineyards Terraces
  • One very good time to taste wines from the Douro region.
  • The oldest denomination area in the world.
  • Beautiful sceneries and nature.
  • The mighty Douro River and its slopes.
  • Porto, the old medieval town and its granitic houses
  • Scenic train journey to the Douro region.
  • Scenic Douro Cruise while returning to Porto city.
  • Traditional food and Wines from the region.
  • Visit some of the famous Porto wine wineries, from the production area, to the cellars Vila Nova de Gaia, near the ocean.

Douro valley walking holiday overview

Type: Hiking Tour: Self-guided
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days wlaking
Difficulty level: Moderate
Total hiking Distance: 77km
Season: Low season: 01st March to 14th June | 16th October to 15th November. High season: 15th June to 15th October

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Douro Valley Walking Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – From Porto to the Douro region by train
We’ll be at the airport to meet you and drive you to the train station in Porto where you’ll receive a full briefing about your self-guided walking holidays in Douro Valley.

Take the train from Porto to the small riverside village of Pinhão (2.5 hours) where the train station is decorated with painted tile panels depicting Douro wine production. Walk or take a taxi to a working winery with attractive guest rooms, stunning views of the Douro River and an outdoor pool.

Stroll around the vineyards, sample their wines or take a boat trip along the river (paid locally). Enjoy tasty local dishes this evening in the onsite restaurant or head into the village for other options.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch.

Day 2 – a Linear walking trail from Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão (10.6 km, +689m)
Explore the western slopes of the Pinhão Valley today as you climb to the hillside villages of São Cristovão do Douro and Provosende. The views of surrounding vineyards more than compensate your efforts. End this journey with a warm welcome and home-cooked meal at a historic country house. If weather permits, take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or simply relax in the comfortable guest lounge.

Accommodation: Country House
Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Day 3 – Circular walking trail via Pinhão River (13.6 km, +664m)
With Vilarinho de São Romão as your base, today’s circular route winds down to the Pinhão River via a couple of small villages and wine estates and along the opposite hillsides, through the vineyards, with varied landscapes and splendid views throughout.

Relax at a riverside picnic spot before making your way uphill to the village of Celeirós where you can stop to taste the wines at Quinta do Portal before returning to your delightful accommodation. Take a taxi up to the hill if you’d prefer a more leisurely day.

Accommodation: Country House
Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Day 4 – a Linear walking trail from Vilarinho de São Romão to Alijó (16 km, +689m)
Enjoy views across the valley on your way towards the pretty village of Sabrosa. Follow an ancient road between here and Favaios as you head down through the vineyard terraces to the river. Wend your way uphill again between grapevines and olive groves towards a distinctly different landscape.

Taste traditional wood oven-baked bread and Moscatel wine in Favaios then continue to the small, historic town of Alijó. Settle into your comfortable accommodation for the next two nights. Explore the town or relax by the pool before having dinner at the onsite restaurant or in a nearby restaurant.

Accommodation: 4 stars hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and packed lunch.

Day 5 – Circular walking trail via São Mamede da Ribatua (14.5 km, +485m) or shorter option (8.2 km with a return by taxi)

Today’s walk is a circular route from Alijó that undulates through an ever-changing patchwork of vineyards and fields towards the ancient village of São Mamede da Ribatua with spectacular views of the surrounding rock-strewn mountains and the glittering lake below. Leave the town via a different route to return to Alijó or take a taxi back for a more relaxing afternoon. A third option involves a walk down to the lake before calling the taxi.

Accommodation: 4 stars hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and packed lunch.

Day 6 – a Linear walking trail from Alijó to Casal de Loivos (13.8 km, + 268m)
Spend the day walking in Douro Valley through vineyards, perhaps calling in at a wine estate or two for a tour and tasting session before reaching the ridge at the top of the eastern slopes of the Pinhão Valley. Look back at the terraced slopes opposite to identify the villages you walked to earlier in the week. You’ll have magnificent views of the Douro River before reaching the last village of the day.

Spend the night in a 17th-century country house with amazing views and a pool. Visit the nearby olive oil museum or unwind on the charming terrace while you wait for dinner to be served onsite.

Accommodation: Country House
Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Day 7 – Walking trail from Casal de Loivos to Pinhão (5.9 km, +137m) then return to Porto by train
Today’s short but glorious walk down to Pinhão leaves you with time for a final winery tour and tasting session (optional, paid locally) overlooking the River Douro. You could have lunch in the village or a picnic in the vineyards before taking the train back to Porto for a night in the heart of the city in a stylish modern hotel.

Take some time to explore the city’s historical monuments, revitalised areas such as Rua das Flores and the riverside Ribeira district. If you have time, cross the river and visit at least one of the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia to see and smell where the barrels of ageing wine is stored.

Accommodation: 4 stars hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8
We will take you to the airport in a comfortable private car in time for your flight.

End of our services
After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the airport. If you have extra time before you leave, experience any of Porto’s highlights that you didn’t get around to on Day 7.

Douro Valley Walking Holiday Dates & Prices

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

Available

Low season: 01st March to 14th June | 16th October to 15th November
High season: 15th June to 15th October

Price per person based on double room occupation

Low Season: 1019 euros
Single room supplement: 330 euros

High Season: 1119 euros
Single room supplement: 390 euros

Douro Valley Walking Holiday Inclusions

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights handpicked accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinner on days 2, 3 and 6
  • Packed lunches on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • A GPS device with pre-programmed trails
  • Roadbook with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles
  • 24/7 emergency contact number
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations days 2 to 6 and to Pinhão station on day 7
  • Private transfer from Porto airport to Campanhã train station or city centre plus briefing on Day 1
  • Private transfer from Porto hotel to the airport on Day 8

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transfers between Porto and your accommodation in the Douro region
  • Dinner on days 1, 4, 5 and 7
  • Lunch on days 1 and 7
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • Museum entrance fees and other optional expenses
  • Personal expenses and gratuities

What you need to bring:

  • Most of this walking holiday is off-road on rugged terrain so you will need proper walking shoes with cushioning and support.
  • There is little shade, so adequate weather protection is also vital.
  • We recommend you use walking poles.

Douro Valley Walking Holiday Accommodation:

3/4 star hotels and counrty houses.

Fly to Porto

  • Private transfer from Porto airport to Campanhã train station or city centre plus briefing on Day 1
  • Private transfer from Porto hotel to the airport on Day 8

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

From Price pp

€1,019

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