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Hiking Tour Portugal

Douro is famous for producing cherries, apples, elderberries, figs, and other fruits so you’ll encounter orchards as far as the eye can see around Armamar. Depending on the time of year, the fruit trees may be in blossom or in fruit, adding extra color and flavor. The route takes you to many typical villages. Some, such as Salzedas and Barcos, stand out for their historical monuments including a Romanesque church and a Cistercian monastery. Others are unassuming places where you will see how local people manage their vegetable plots, vineyards, and fruit trees. Hang out in a café and watch life unfold around you. Better still, you can make some new friends!

Highlights

  • Detailed route notes (in English)
  • App with trail information for use on a smartphone
  • Tour and tasting session at Quinta do Tedo winery
  • Port wine tasting at Quinta das Carvalhas
  • Private transfer from Porto Airport to Porto Hotel
  • Private transfers between accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and 5 packed lunches
  • 7 nights of accommodation

6 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
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Accommodation

Manor Houses, Village Cottages, Farmhouses and Charm Hotels

A combination of restored manor houses, village cottages, farmhouses, and charm hotels.

All rooms have their own bathrooms. They chose these accommodations for their hospitality, comfort, and location.

Program

About the Program

1-week self-guided walking holiday through the unexplored, rural side of the Douro wine region with orchards, vineyards, and typical villages to explore.

After making your way from Porto to the riverside town of Peso da Régua, you’ll spend most of the week in the area south of the Douro River, in places where few tourists venture. The wine production here is mostly smaller producers, which means a greater variety of vineyard patterns and a very local feel to the experience.

You will also experience the UNESCO World Heritage landscapes of the Alto Douro wine region, which spreads out from both banks of the Douro River, from multiple vantage points that give you a sense of its magnitude.

As well as wine, the Douro is famous for producing cherries, apples, elderberries, figs, and other fruits so you’ll encounter orchards as far as the eye can see around Armamar. Depending on the time of year, the fruit trees may be in blossom or in fruit, adding extra color and flavor.

Our route takes you to many typical villages. Some, such as Salzedas and Barcos, stand out for their historical monuments including a Romanesque church and a Cistercian monastery. Others are unassuming places where you will see how local people manage their vegetable plots, vineyards and fruit trees. Hang out in a café and watch life unfold around you. Better still, you can make some new friends!

Pre-tour Briefing

You can choose whether to meet with a member of the Portugal Green Walks team online, before you depart, or in person on the day before you start walking to give you a full briefing and personally hand-deliver your Welcome Pack.

This pack contains all the materials you’ll need as a walker: a roadbook with route descriptions and tips plus a few other goodies for the trail! If you opt for the online briefing, your Welcome Pack will be waiting for you to collect when you check into your first hotel.

During the briefing, a member of the staff will be delighted to answer any questions that you have before starting your holiday.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Porto

A private driver will meet you at Porto International Airport and take you to your hotel in Porto. A member of the team will meet you at your city center hotel in Porto to welcome you and provide a full briefing for your self-guided walking holiday in the Douro wine region, as well as the necessary documents. If you would like Portugal Green Walks to include a cultural or food tour of the city today just let them know (additional costs apply).

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Porto city centre

Day 2: Scenic train or river cruise to the heart of the Douro Valley

Today you travel to the heart of the Douro Valley and you can choose between taking the train (approx. 2.5 hours) or spending most of the day on a river cruise all the way from Porto. If traveling by train, Portugal Green Walks will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the station. Enjoy the river views all the way to the town of Peso da Régua.

Should you decide to travel by boat, as well as the views, you’ll have the experience of going through two locks that are a feat of engineering which has transformed the Douro River and enabled boats to travel safely between Porto and the wine region.

On Peso da Régua there is a wide array of bars and restaurants and nearby wineries that you can arrange to visit if you have time, as well as the Douro Museum (optional, paid locally). Settle into your boutique hotel and rest well for the week ahead or stretch your legs on a riverside stroll.

  • Accommodation: Boutique hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Walk from Peso da Régua to Aldeia de Baixo | 15.9 km (9.9 miles) | +706m -226m

Once you leave the bustle of Peso da Régua and the traffic behind, you’ll enter into a landscape filled with birdsong and vineyards. You’ll pass through several villages where tourists seldom venture and life goes on as normal you can stop at a local café to interact with local people.

As well as offering remarkable views, the landscape is an interesting mix of rugged, untouched hillsides and those that have been cultivated for growing grapes, olive trees, cherry, and apple trees. In early spring, the fruit tree blossoms add color and joy to the landscape while the spring flowers that follow are an endless source of delight, as are the fruits once they are ripe for picking.

  • Accommodation: Country house | Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 4: Walk from Salzedas to Aldeia de Baixo | 14.6 km (9.1 miles) | +348m -322m

A short, scenic drive takes you to a magnificent Cistercian monastery in the village of Salzedas which dates back to the 12th century. Take the opportunity to look around the church and village before starting your walk. You’ll spend the day walking between apple and cherry orchards, olive groves, and small vineyards, punctuated by villages.

Depending on the time of year, you might enjoy an abundance of fruit blossoms, a myriad of wildflowers, ripening fruit or a harvest in progress. As well as the endless orchards, there are mountains in the near and far distance, including the undulating hillsides of the Alto Douro wine region and the majestic Alvão Natural Park.

  • Accommodation: Country house | Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 5: Walk from Armamar to Quinta do Tedo | 14.2 km (8.8 miles) | +356m -814m

After a short taxi ride to the nearby small town of Armamar, you will start your day with fabulous views but the best is yet to come! The first part of the day takes you through typically rural landscapes with plenty of olive and fruit trees as well as small vineyards.

The journey to the village of Vacalar offers marvelous views - a taste of what’s to come later. As you progress through gorgeous vineyards, the expanse of the UNESCO World Heritage Landscape of the Douro Valley, with its endless terraced slopes and the mighty Douro River, comes into view.

End the day’s walk with a wine-tasting session at Quinta do Tedo before transferring to the small town of Tabuaço.

  • Accommodation: Boutique guest house | Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 6: Tabuaço circular walk via Adorigo | 16.5km (10.2 miles) | +417m -431m

Today’s walk offers a variety of scenery, from the boulder-strewn hills that overlook Tabuaço to the Douro Valley and its undulating slopes, as well as flatter areas at around 500 meters altitude. You will pass through the center of one of the Douro’s 6 official Wine wine-producing villages, namely Barcos. Around and beyond Barcos, you’ll see lots of vegetable plots and flat vineyards that belong to smaller producers than the vast estates nearer the Douro River.

The route is tranquil and allows plenty of opportunities to enjoy a peaceful time in the countryside surrounded by birdsong and the various scents of flowers and trees. At the halfway point, you will have fabulous views of the Douro River and the UNESCO landscape as you make your way to the village of Adorigo and back to Tabuaço. You also have the option of visiting a family-owned winery that’s over 100 years old (at additional cost).

  • Accommodation: Boutique guest house | Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 7: Walk from Valença do Douro to Pinhão | 15.4 km (9.5 miles) | +325m -635m

Today’s walk starts in the village of Valença do Douro, which overlooks the hilltop building of the Quinta das Carvalhas estate. You’ll walk through the heart of the village and then out into the vineyards and countryside.

This is the landscape of small producers and the patterns of the grape rows are interesting and varied on the way to the next village.

Head uphill through a wine estate and be prepared for some extra special views as you wend your way down the hill to Pinhão. Zig-zag your way downhill through the grape vines to reach the tasting rooms of Real Companhia Velha where a port wine tasting awaits you.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel | Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 8: Walk from Vilarinho de Cotas to Pinhão | 8.9 km (5.5 miles) | +131m -484m

Return to Porto

Experience the views from the north side of the Douro River today on this mostly downhill walk. You’ll start in a small village high in the hills and views of the Pinhão Valley. As you start your descent, you’ll have views of the Douro Valley to your left.

As you round the hillside towards Casal de Loivos, your views of the Douro Valley arrive and will accompany you all the way down to the river through the vineyards of Quinta da Roeda and Quinta do Bomfim back to Pinhão. Catch the afternoon train back to the captivating city of Porto.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Location

Douro Region

This tour will take place in the Douro Valley region.

You will hike to the following locations:

  • Porto, Porto District, Grande Porto, North Region (Arrival)
  • Douro, Iberian Peninsula
  • Peso da Régua, Peso da Régua, North Region
  • Aldeia de Baixo
  • Salzedas, Tarouca, Viseu District, Douro, North Region
  • Armamar, Viseu District, Douro, North Region
  • Quinta do Tedo
  • Tabuaço, Viseu District, Douro, North Region
  • Adorigo, Municipality of Tabuaço, Viseu District, Douro, North Region
  • Valença do Douro, Municipality of Tabuaço, Viseu District, Douro, North Region
  • Town of Pinhão
  • Vilarinho de Cotas, Municipality of Alijó, Vila Real District, Douro, North Region

Highlights:

  • Stunning views
  • UNESCO World Heritage wine region
  • Rural life
  • Typical villages
  • Historical monuments
  • Fruit trees
  • Wide range of vineyards
  • Small wine producers
  • Wine and port tasting

Food

Breakfasts

All breakfasts are included with your accommodation. Portugal Green Walks also include packed lunches for days when it’s not possible to buy lunch en route.

Other Dietary Requirements

Let them know if you have any dietary restrictions and they can ask the hotels to accommodate for those as well!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • River cruise from Porto to Peso da Régua with lunch included: 90 EUR per person
  • Visit a winery and wine tasting in Pinhão: 30 EUR per person

What's included

  • Detailed route notes (in English)
  • App with trail information for use on a smartphone
  • Tour and tasting session at Quinta do Tedo winery (day 5)
  • Port wine tasting at quinta das carvalhas (day 7)
  • In-person welcome briefing
  • 24-hour emergency contact number (English-speaking)
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations (days 3, 5, and 7)
  • Private transfer from Porto Airport to Porto Hotel (day 1)
  • Private transfers between accommodation and the start or end of daily walks, where relevant
  • 5 packed lunches (day 3 to day 7)
  • 7 nights of accommodation with breakfast

What's not included

  • Transfer from Porto hotel to Porto train station
  • Train tickets
  • Lunches and dinners (except for the packed lunch between day 3 and day 7)
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • All items not mentioned in the “Included” section

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • 1st March - 30th April
  • 16th October - 31st October

 

High season
  • 1st May - 15th October

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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