Douro Valley Walking Holiday

Douro Valley Walking Holiday

This fantastic program brings you to one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, the Douro region. Beginning the trip in the City of Porto you’ll find a very old town centre with houses from the 13th century. It’s distinctive granite constructions and narrow streets take you back to another era.

From Porto to the Douro slopes you’ll take train journeys through amazing scenery of vineyard terraces. While hiking through the vineyards you’ll have the chance to taste some of these world class wines. Find yourself in small wine producing villages on the slopes, with stunning views over the terraces. At night, rest in wine farms and delight yourself with homemade meals and local wines.

At the end of the trip, return in a private transfer to Porto, with a visit to Casa de Mateus Manor for wine tasting in its famous cellars.

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.

Type: Hiking Tour Version: Self-guided
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights / 4 days hiking / 1 day River Cruise / 1 day train trip to Douro Begin and end: Porto
Difficulty level: Moderate
Total hiking Distance: 46km
SeasonBest from May through June and September through October(grape harvest); summer months of July and August can be extremely hot, making walking quite uncomfortable. We would therefore advice against travel during these months.

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.

Day 1:
Arrival –Welcome at PORTOairport* 15mindrive to Porto City and briefing at lodging.Lodging in 2* Hotel*Possible from Lisbon airport by car or trainto Porto

Day 2:
Train Journey to Pinhão.Depending on the train schedule choose by you, the morning is for discovering Porto city. The old town and its granitic houses and narrow streets are ideal for a stroll. The old pear and its surroundings from the 14ththe old ramparts and the SéCathedral from the 12-13thand it’s the magnificent view of the Douro and old town Porto.Once in the train,this will take you into a journey who leadsyou to the vineyards, from the Douro mouth on the Atlantic to the narrow valley slopes of the Wine region of the Douro. Here the slopes are monumental and the wine culture is in every moment present. The day stop’s at Pinhão where you rest at a Quinta, anold wine farm which awaits you with a welcome drink. Porto wine off course!!!Lodgingin 1* Hotel

Day 3:
Hike from Pinhão to Sabrosa Town–(13km, +400m)From the doorstep till Sabrosa, you’ll cross the wine country of Douro. The hilly slopes are a challenge both for the winnersand the hikers. The village of Provosende and its old manor houses will be apleasant stop both for its stunning views over the hills and the river, as for a little rest. A Small “tacsa” (tavern) have an interesting exhibitionto have a look. Crossing the plateau, the vineyard scenery is superb, small villages and old ways take you to Sabrosa. Home of one of the most know navigator from the 16th, Ferdinand Magellan, his house is still here at Sabrosa.Transfer to AlijoLodging 3* Quinta da Sexed

Day 4: 
Hike from Sabrosa to Alijó (13km, +510m)Transfer back to Sabrosa 9h.Starting the day crossing the vineyards down the slopes to meet the river Pinhão where an old bridge awaits for you. Scenery of olive trees and vines on terraces give you a sensation of the rude life and labor. In the way of Favaios village you’ll pass a farm, Quinta daPedra Alta, a place that earn medals in international wine contest.In favaios the small village is known for its famous wine, the “favaios” and for its old bakeries, whichstill use wood ovens, and dates from late 19th. Not far is Alijó, from Favaios.Lodging 3* Quinta da Seixeda* (Optional Wine tasting at Quinta daPedra Alta)

Day 5:
Hike from Alijó to Valede Mendiz(16,5km, +320m). The day start in the hill over Alijó and Favaios, there is a iron settlement, from the 1stBC, and then back toentering into Favaios to cross the famous vineyards of favaios wine. A stop at Quinta de Avessada to taste this wine and others are a must, a good way of takingarest. Following some very old ways between the farmland, you’ll get to a wonderful viewpoint, wine terraces ovehe river Pinhão and small villages hanging from the slopes are a stunning view. Vale Mendiz is waiting for you and is one ofthe villages hanging just a little up from the river Pinhão.Lodging at wine estateQuinta do Passadouro.* (Optional Wine tasting at Quinta da Avessadaand Quinta Passadouro)

Day 6:
Hike from Vale Mendiz to Pinhão–(12km, +490m). A small hiking day who will take you to stunning views over the Douro river and beyond that, to the south, east and west, this scenery of vineyards and mountains carved by rivers and men are marvelous.That is the UNESCO world heritage site!Back to Pinhão in early afternoon right in time to a boat trip, some two hours of lazy navigations to discover other places along the shores of the Douro.Lodging in 1* Hotel

Day 7:
Train To Porto or Optional River CruiseThe day is to return to Porto via Train, in the way you can stop at Peso da Regua and visit the Douro Museum. And then continue to Porto.Optional River Cruise (available from May to October)A small transfer to Regua in the morning train, and this day is a fantastic “fare niente” day, cruising the river back to Portoand the Atlantic Ocean. Crosssome stunninglocks 14 and 35m of descent at the dams. Appetizer and lunch served on board while observing the views.Once at Vila nova the Gaia pear, enter a wine cellar just across the pear.Optional Visit at Casa de Mateus + transfer to Porto(available all year round)A small transfer to Peso da Regua in the morning train, and visit to the Douro Museum at Peso da Regua.In the Afternoo,transfer to Oporto hotel with visit to the Casa de Mateus Manor in Vila Real. The Casa de Mateus is a old Manor dated from late XVII in barroco style. The visit includes the house, gardens and wineries part of a domain producing wines and Porto wines, a good chance to taste them while in the visit.Lodging in Porto 2* Hotel

Day 8:
Transfer to Airport and Farewell.

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

LOW SEASON €1069
Individual room supplement €379
01.01. – 13.04.
01.11. – 23.12.

HIGH SEASON €1159
Individual room supplement €429
27.03. – 31.10.

• Detailed information about tour, including maps and GPS
track
• Detailed route descriptions and pre departure information
pack » GPS for navigation
• 7 nights lodging on Charming accommodations on BB basis
• Telephone (free to call us 24 h. per day)
• Porto Airport transfer to first Hotel and briefing about tour »
Last Hotel to Airport Transfer
• Luggage transport Hotel to Hotel
• Liability and personal accident insurance
• Depending on season:

May to October: Boat river cruise with lunch.
November to April: Transfer visiting: Lamego, Douro Museum and Casa de Mateus + Wine tasting at Casa de Mateus Wineries (5 to 7 wines).

Accommodation: Superior / Charming

7 nights (5 nights 4* Hotels; 1 night Rural Hotel and wine estate; 2 nights Wine estate Guest House). A number of dining options exist in or within short walk of each property (some exceptions). All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.

Day 1 and 7 – Porto: Teatro Hotel, 4* Design hotel http://www.hotelteatro.pt/
Day 2 and 6 Pinhão: Quinta de La Rosa, Guest House, Wine tourism http://www.quintadelarosa.com/QuintaDeLaRosa_E.html
Day 3 Sabrosa: Casa dos Barros http://www.casadosbarros.com/
Day 4 Alijó: Pousada de Barão de Forrester 4* http://www.pousadabaraoforrester.com/en/Barao-Forrester/Homepage.aspx
Day 5 Vale Mendiz: Rural Hotel Quinta do Silval http://www.quintadosilval.pt/

Fly to Porto

Porto Airport transfer to first Hotel and briefing about tour »

Last Hotel to Airport Transfer

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

€1,069

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