Douro Valley Walk

Highlights

  • Ascending the centuries old paths of the unspoilt Douro Valley
  • Visiting the Quintas for port wine tasting
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Staying at a restored manor house with all modern comforts plus an old world atmosphere

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Douro River flows through often steep channels for around 200km from the Spanish border in the east across the north of Portugal to the coastal city of Porto. The valley is home to the first demarcated wine region in the world, established in 1756 when the Port industry developed. Famous port wine estates or 'Quintas' such as Taylors, Warre and many others can be found in the steeply terraced hills which typify the region. The Douro Valley is surprisingly unspoilt with endearing historical towns, breathtaking mountain scenery and people that are so welcoming you will never want to leave. Staying in a beautifully restored Manor house, the balance of impressive scenery and the rich cultural heritage of the region provide a unique and stunning walking holiday and the opportunity to experience one of the great rail journeys of Europe from Porto to Pinhão.

What's included

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine and port* - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices. dinner will consist of 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 4 nights accommodation in a manor house in rooms with private facilities on a twin share basis
  • Transfer to and from walks where stated (note that the train journey from porto to pinhão and return is not included, allow eur 25)
  • Walking notes and map
  • Note: high season is from april to september and a supplement applies.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Pinhão
Travel by train (ticket not included) from Porto to Pinhão in the Douro valley then transfer to the tiny village of Vilharinho de S. Romão in the heart of the port producing area. Overnight manor house.
Day 2 Walk through the vineyards and ridges of the Pinhão valley (4-5hrs, 16km)
A circular vineyard walk down in the Pinhão valley, walking first to the village of Celeirós and then down to cross the river, to walk along the other side of the valley. To return you cross the river again before climbing back to Celeirós.
Day 3 Walk through the vineyards and ridges of the Pinhão valley (4-5hrs, 12km)
A walk from the Manor climbing up with wonderful views to the Vilalela which has a breath-taking panorama over the Douro valley. You then drop down to the village of Fermentoes and then back to the Manor.
Day 4 Walk past the famous Quintas (3-4hrs, 10km)
Today you walk from the manor through to the village of Provosende & then it is downhill all the way to Pinhao on your way you will pass by many famous Quintas. There is a chance to explore Pinhao before a taxi will take you back to the Manor.
Day 5 Trip concludes
Departure after breakfast to take the train back to Porto.