Guided Douro, the River Heritage
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Hiking Days
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Scenic Hiking Cultural Hiking
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 3

 

This tour crosses the Douro wine region, taking you through mesmerizing sceneries with inspiring landscapes. Since the Roman occupation vineyards have been planted and the land has been worked to the known terraces of todays UNESCO protected area. But more is to be found: little villages hanging from the slopes or the rock art engravings that from millenniums are scattered in the countryside and are now available for visits.
 
The unique symbioses between the river and the terraces have shaped both land and man, into a culture that is deeply linked to this majestic river.

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome at Porto & Transfer to Lamego Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life Dinner
2 Hike the Douro Wine Terraces Hotel 3*  Vale do Ca Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
3 Hike the Ca Valley & Visit Paleolethic Rock Art Hotel 3*  Vale do Ca Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
4 Marialva Historical Village Hike Hotel 4*  Pousada de Baro de Forrester (Alij) Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
5 Hike River Pinho Valley & Favaios Plateau Hotel 4*  Pousada de Baro de Forrester (Alij) Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
6 Hike from Alij to Vale de Mendiz Hotel 4*  Pousada de Baro de Forrester (Alij) Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
7 Hike Porto Historical Center Hotel 4*  Spot Family and suites Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
8 End of Program    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome at Porto & Transfer to Lamego

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life
Meals: Dinner

Our guide will welcome you at the meeting point in Porto and we will travel to the city of Lamego. Depending on the time of arrival we will go for a walk in the town center, visiting the Castle at the hilltop, the 12th century Cathedral and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies which stands gracefully above town, with its hundreds of zigzagging stairs decorated with tiled friezes.
 
 
Transfer to Lamego: 1H45min


2: Hike the Douro Wine Terraces

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Vale do Ca
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

The hike starts in Tabuao, crossing the old town center, through small picturesque streets, until we enter the wine terraces. Our first stop will be a small wine producing state where we have the opportunity of a tasting, and after have our picnic.
The hike continues along the slopes and terraces, until we reach Barcos, one of the traditional and emblematic Douro wine producing villages. From here we will have a transfer back to our hotel.
 
 
Transfer to Tabuao: 1H30
HIKE  15,8 km | + 470m | - 490m
Transfer to Vila Nova de Foz Ca: 1h45min


3: Hike the Ca Valley & Visit Paleolethic Rock Art

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Vale do Ca
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

During the morning we will visit the Ca Museum, where we will learn about the Paleolithic rock art engravings in the region. The Ca Valley is the center of a large open-air Prehistoric rock art site, classified as UNESCO World Heritage.
In the afternoon, we will go for a hike through the surrounding valleys, crossing olive groves, and fields of almond trees and vineyards. We will walk along the banks of the Ca River until we reach the Ca valley that hosts rare Neolithic and Iron Age engravings.
 
 
HIKE 11.3 km | + 370m |- 310m
Transfer to Vila Nova de Foz Ca: 30min


4: Marialva Historical Village Hike

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Pousada de Baro de Forrester (Alij)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

The hike today will take us to valleys, toward the historical village of Marialva dating well before the 9th century AD. We start with a short transfer to Mda and then follow ancient trails that link the villages, until we reach Marialva. Here, we will visit the castle and wonder the old streets, discover the ramparts and the Castle Church, and finally continue the hike following an old trail to Longroiva.
Longroiva is a spa village that also features historical sights and medicinal waters. From here we will have a transfer back to our hotel in Alij.
 
 
Transfer to Mda: 30min
HIKE 13 km | + 320m | 320m
Transfer to Alij: 2H


5: Hike River Pinho Valley & Favaios Plateau

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Pousada de Baro de Forrester (Alij)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Our first stop today will be in Sabrosa, the home town of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer that organized the first circumnavigation of the Earth. After visiting his birth place, we will continue the hike towards the Pinho river, one of the main tributaries of the Douro. Later a table awaits us with regional delicacies and wines. We will continue across Favaios plateau and vineyards, and finish the hike in our hotel.
 
 
Transfer to Sabrosa: 25min
HIKE 13,7km | +550m  | - 500m


6: Hike from Alij to Vale de Mendiz

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Pousada de Baro de Forrester (Alij)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

We will return to the village of Favaios, not because of its famous fortified wine, but to visit one of the oldest bakeries in the region. Here they still work manually, and the wood still heats the oven to bake this delicious bread that were going to have the opportunity to taste.
The hike will continue following the ridge of the valley, with stunning views over the terraces and the river, until we reach the small village of Vale de Mendiz. From here we have a short transfer back to our hotel.
 
 
HIKE 15.1km | +340m  | -720m
Transfer to Alij: 20min


7: Hike Porto Historical Center

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Spot Family and suites
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

After an early breakfast and transfer to Porto, we will begin a walking tour in downtown Porto. Portugal's second-largest city gave its name to the country's most well-known wine export and served as the center of its ship building industry during the 14th and 15th centuries. Today's walk will explore Porto's narrow streets and ancient buildings from its historical center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, we'll learn about the first Portuguese kings and the town's centuries-long rule by local bishops. We will explore the river area, where we can see the traditional Rabelo boats anchored, and climb to the circular-shaped church and cloisters of the 15th-century Serra do Pilar monastery for memorable views of Porto's downtown area. And what best way to end this week, with a traditional Fado dinner.
 
 
Transfer to Porto: 1H40min
HIKE  +/- 8km | + 340m | -170m


8: End of Program

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends at check-out.
 

Dates & Prices
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Notes

Included

* English speaking guide
* Accomodation in B&B basis
* Luggage Transfer as specified in the itinerary
* Meals specified in the itinerary
* Wine Tasting
* Ca Museum entry & guided visit
* Guided visit to the archeologic rock art site.
* Liability and personal accident insurance
Excluded

* Personal expenses
* Transfer to and from meeting point
* Upgrade of wine tastings
* Alcoholic beverages during meals
* Gratuities
 



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