Douro Vineyards
8 Days / 7 Nights / 4 Days Hiking & Douro River Cruise
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Scenic Hiking Food & wine Self guided
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 3

 

The Douro region, surrounded by outstanding landscapes, is one of the most beautiful and oldest wine regions in the world.
 
Find yourself in small wine producing villages on the hill surrounding the Douro River, with stunning views over the vine terraces.
 
At night rest at wine estates, delight yourself with homemade dinners and locally produced wines.
Proud people, traditional lifestyle, and quality wines makes this a special place for those visiting the region.
 
 

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Arrival to Porto   
2 Visit Porto and Train to Pinhão    Breakfast
3 Hike from Pinhão to Sabrosa    Breakfast
4 Hike from Sabrosa to Alijó    Breakfast
5 Hike from Alijó to Vale de Mendiz    Breakfast
6 Hike from Vale de Mendiz to Pinhão    Breakfast
7 Return to Porto - River cruise or Casa de Mateus    Breakfast
8 Departure from Porto    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Arrival to Porto

Overnight:   
Meals:

Welcome to Portugal! You will have a transfer from the airport or train station to your hotel where a member from our staff will meet you for a presentation and briefing of the tour. The rest of the day is free. If you have time, you can go explore the old town of Porto with its granitic houses, monuments and narrow streets, ideal for a stroll.


2: Visit Porto and Train to Pinhão

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

Save the morning to discover Porto, a charming city famed for the production of Port wine and its generous and easy-going people. The historic center of Porto and the river Douro, on the Gaia side, are classified as UNESCO World Heritage.
After the visit to the city, get the train to Pinhão. This is a scenic journey leading to the vineyards of the Douro valley, following the river. Here, the slopes are monumental and the wine culture is present in every moment. The day ends in Pinhão, the heart of the Alto Douro wine region. Be sure to check the railway station, with its 24 beautiful blue and white tile panels depicting the landscapes of the Alto Douro and scenes of the grape harvest.
 
 
Train to Pinhão | 2H30m


3: Hike from Pinhão to Sabrosa

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

From Pinhão until the village of Sabrosa it will be a challenging hike through the wine country of Douro. On the way you will cross Provosende, once a very important capital of the region, now a small quiet village. The old manor houses and the stunning views offer splendid photo opportunities. The old pathways will take you through small villages until you reach Sabrosa, home of Ferdinand Magellan, the well-known explorer from the 16th century that first sailed around the world. Sabrosa will be your home for the night.
 
Note: If you choose the budget option, the night will be at Alijó (transfers both ways are included).
 
 
HIKE | 14,6 kms | 4H30»5H30 | +760m | -310m
Transfer of luggage


4: Hike from Sabrosa to Alijó

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

Find yourself crossing vineyards, in a scenery of steep slopes with terraces of vines and olive trees, on a descend trail to meet the river Pinhão. On the way to the village of Favaios, you will pass Quinta do Estanho, an award-winning Port wine producing estate. The small village of Favaios is known for its famous moscatel wine, so this will be a good moment for an aperitif with a sweet golden Favaios wine. From here, Alijó is around 3km distance.
 
 
HIKE | 14,1 km | 4H30»5H30 | + 550 m | -500m
Transfer of luggage


5: Hike from Alijó to Vale de Mendiz

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

Today you will hike from Alijó to Vale Mendiz, passing again in Favaios village but this time for its old bakeries, which still use the wood-fired ovens dating back to the late 19th century. You can have the opportunity to visit a local bakery and taste the fresh bread baked in a wooden oven. Following ancient footpaths, you will reach a fabulous viewpoint overlooking the wine terraces and the valley, all the way down to the river Pinhão. At the end of the day you will reach your destination, a little village on the hillside called Vale Mendiz.
 
 
HIKE | 14,1 km | 4H»5H | + 250 m | -560m
Transfer of luggage


6: Hike from Vale de Mendiz to Pinhão

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

The hike today will take you along crests overlooking the Douro river and descend towards it. The views are immense, extending to the surrounding hills in every direction. There will be plenty of photo opportunities until you reach the familiar village of Pinhão, sitting on a scenic bend in the Douro River.
 
 
HIKE | 11Km | 3H»4H | + 320 m | -540m
Transfer of luggage


7: Return to Porto - River cruise or Casa de Mateus

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

APRIL TO OCTOBER - RIVER CRUISE TO PORTO  
After a small transfer to Peso de Régua, you spend the day cruising the river back to Porto passing some stunning locks with 14 and 35m of descent at the dams. Appetizers and lunch are served on board while enjoying the views. The cruise ends at the pier in Vila Nova the Gaia.
Optionally, you can choose to visit Casa de Mateus and be transferred to Porto by car. A supplement applies to this option.
 
 
NOVEMBER TO MARCH - VISIT CASA DE MATEUS + TRANSFER TO PORTO
Travel to Vila Real for the visit to Casa de Mateus. The visit includes part of the main house, gardens and wineries, and ends with a wine tasting. At the end of the visit there will be a transfer to Porto.


8: Departure from Porto

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

A transfer will be organized, to Porto's airport or train station, according to your schedules.

Dates & Prices
Dates Prices

 
Suplements

Single supplement : 185,00 €
Notes

Included

  • Tranfers specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer as specified in the itinerary
  • Welcome briefing
  • Portuguese mobile phone for assistance
  • GPS device for navigation and “how to use” tutorial
  • Booklet with detailed information for your tour, including maps
  • Phone number for assistance during all journey
  • 7 nights lodging on comfort (2*/3*) or Superior (4*) accommodations on BB basis
  • Lunch aboard river cruise (May to October)
  • Wine tasting Casa de Mateus (November to April)
  • Liability and personal accident insurance 
Excluded

  • Train tickets from Porto to Pinhão
  • Transfers not mentioned as included
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Wine tastings
  • Drinks (extra to lunch) and snacks aboard the Douro river cruise
  • Personal expenses 
Optional services

  • Dinner reservations
  • Optional wine tastings (Quinta de la Rosa, Quinta do Silval)
  • Extra days for rest, visits or hikes
  • Optional transfers
 



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