Wine Regions of Portugal & Galicia
Discover while hiking diferent wine regions of Northern Portugal and Galiza, Spain.
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Food & wine Hiking Meet the locals Scenic
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 3

 

Wine Regions of Portugal & Galicia tour will take you through lesser noted wine regions of Portugal and Spain. During the hikes you will experience these beautiful regions, with impressive landscapes, granting you the opportunity to taste the unique wines produced on these lands.  
 
Immerse yourself in a 2000 years old wine historical area, where you can visit old palaces and monasteries, hike through small villages and scenic vineyards learning about the culture and the old traditions.
 
Enjoy northern Portugal and Galicia, the people and their heritage, while having a glass of wine.

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome and visit Porto Hotel 3*  Hotel Fonte da Vila 3* Lunch - Dinner
2 Hike Green Alvarinho Wine Region Hotel 3*  Hotel Fonte da Vila 3* Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
3 Hike Granitic Lands of Ribeiro Wine Hotel rural  Casa Rural Vilaboa Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
4 Hike Ribeira Sacra Heroic Viticulture Vineyards Hotel rural  Casa Rural Vilaboa Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
5 Hike Favaios Plateau Favaios Wine Plateau Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
6 Hike Távora-Varosa Sparkling Wine Region Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
7 Hike Western Douro Terraces Hotel 4*  Spot Family and suites Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
8 End of Tour    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome and visit Porto

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Hotel Fonte da Vila 3*
Meals: Lunch - Dinner

After a welcome briefing at the meeting point, we will go for lunch before exploring Porto´s historic center. We will discover the old quarter, walk by the river and Ribeira. This area offers remarkable testimony of the city´s rich commercial past, and presents a lively and welcome atmosphere. Later in the afternoon we will be transferred to Monção, a medieval town at the northern border with Spain.
 
 
Transfer to Hotel: 1h 45min;
 
 


2: Hike Green Alvarinho Wine Region

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Hotel Fonte da Vila 3*
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Monção is a perfect gateway to start discovering the Vinho Verde DOC region and learn about the Alvarinho wine. We will hike along green fields, visit and have a wine tasting at the imposing Brejoeira Palace, and its grand gardens and wine estate. Back in Monção, you will have free time to wander by the river Minho and the ramparts of Monção Town and visit the Alvarinho museum.
 
 
HIKE | 13.3km | 4H - 5H | +290m | -290m


3: Hike Granitic Lands of Ribeiro Wine

Overnight: Hotel rural  Casa Rural Vilaboa
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Morning transfer to the Ribeiro wine region, one of the oldest wine regions in Spanish territory. This lush and green region is making a comeback to traditional winemaking, by replanting the native grape varieties, recovering the hillside terraces and taking advantage of the latest technology for a better winemaking. Today´s hike takes us through the old trails that connected San Clodio Monastery to the small hillside hamlets, along the river Avia. Before our afternoon transfer to the town of Allariz, we still have time for a wine tasting to discover and enjoy the region´s wines. Allariz, is one of the most scenic medieval towns of the Ourense province and is the gateway to the Área de Allariz Biosphere Reserve.
 
 
TRANSFER to Ribeiro region | 1H
HIKE | 13.8km | 4H - 5H | +560m | -560m
TRANSFER to hotel | 1H


4: Hike Ribeira Sacra Heroic Viticulture Vineyards

Overnight: Hotel rural  Casa Rural Vilaboa
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

The incredible schist terraces on the Sil river canyon are so small and narrow that only a single line of vines is planted and work must be done by hand. The hike in this area of Ribeira Sacra, with a DOC denomination, will take us to beautiful viewpoints on lands planted with vines for 2000 years.
 
 
TRANSFERS | 1H15
HIKE | 11,3km | 3H - 4H | +630m | -630m


5: Hike Favaios Plateau Favaios Wine Plateau

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Favaios is one of the six wine-producing villages in the Douro region, high on the plateau. This is a picturesque region, with vineyards spreading all around. It is the perfect area to produce the muscatel grape variety, used to produce the fortified wine of Favaios. Hiking along the rows of vine we will discover how this unique wine is produced, have a wine tasting, and savor the delicious wood-fire baked bread of Favaios.
 
  
TRANSFER to Favaios 2H
HIKE | 11,5km | 3H - 4H | +230m | -230m
TRANSFER to Lamego 1H


6: Hike Távora-Varosa Sparkling Wine Region

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas, from the 12th century, was one of the largest Cistercian monasteries in Portugal. The dynamic spirit of these monks shaped the Douro region as they work the land, grew vines, and instilled rules and traditions that are in still in place today. One of them is the production of sparkling wine, following the traditional champagne method. Our hike will cross this wine-producing area and the villages of Salzedas and Ucanha.
  
 
TRANSFER 35min
HIKE | 8,5km | 3H - 4H | +370m | -370m
TRANSFER to Lamego 35min
 


7: Hike Western Douro Terraces

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

We will explore the western part of Douro region, and witness how a mountain chain affects the wine culture. The weather is no longer dry, and we are under the influence of the milder and moistened winds of the Atlantic. The region here makes it better suited for green wines. During our hike we will pass through old villages, and cross terraces of cherry trees, olive trees and vineyards.
 
 
TRANSFER 25Min
HIKE | 8.8km | 3H - 4H | +560m | -560m
TRANSFER to Porto 1H30min


8: End of Tour

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends after check out.

Dates & Prices
Dates Prices

 
Notes

Included

* English speaking guide
* Accommodation on B&B basis
* Transfers as specified on the itinerary
* Meals as specified on the itinerary
* Wine tastings  
* Entrance to Palacio da Brejoeira
* Liability and personal accident insurance
  
 
Excluded

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



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