Novelist Jose Sarfamago, Nobel Prize in literature winner,  called the Douro Valley the eighth wonder of the world and it has certainly become one of the world’s best known wine regions, declared way back in 1756 for the fortified wine known as Port, but increasingly known for its DOC wines also. UNESCO designated the valley World Heritage Status in 2001, lending it additional cred to a region that was already deserving. Start your trip in vibrant Porto, filled with stunning 18th and 19th-century buildings, excellent bars and restaurants, a walkable center with cobbled streets and a laid-back vibe. Then on to Pinhão located on the Douro River where you’ll walk riverside paths, and vineyard trails through this beautiful region.  Enjoy delicious wines and be welcomed by warm, friendly people.

Location

Porto

Porto, Portugal

Day 1

Pinhão

Pinhão, Portugal

Day 2

Pinhão

Pinhão, Portugal

Day 3

Vilarinho de Sao Romao

Vilarinho de São Romão, Portugal

Day 4

Alijó

Alijó, Portugal

Day 5

Alijó

Alijó, Portugal

Day 6

Pinhão

Pinhão, Portugal

Day 7

Porto

Pinhão, Portugal

Day 8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

8 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date from March 15 to November 15
Custom trips also available. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

9 days / 8 nights with 7 days of walking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Porto / Porto

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

TERRAIN

Mixed

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $2,650
Single Supplement: US $650

Luxe Accommodation: US $3050
Single Supplement: US $775

 

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.

1

Day 1

Porto

Welcome to Porto! If you have arrived by train, take a moment to take in the São Bento station, with its Beaux-Arts interior decorated with azulejos, the exquisite blue & white tiles for which Portugal is famous. At 2pm, a local guide will take you to visit the sites of Porto including, the twin-towered cathedral, Sé do Porto. The plaza on which the cathedral sits leads to a perfect view over picturesque, red-roofed houses that slope down to the river. Pop into the Centro Português de Fotografia, with its interesting exhibitions and an impressive collection of cameras. Delve into wine shops specializing in port from small producers. Have dinner at José Avillez’s newest restaurant, Cantino do Avillez.

2

Day 2

Porto to Pinhão

We recommend the morning train from the main Porto Campanha station or the beautiful Porto São Bento station to Pinhão. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch at an atmospheric restaurant nearby. Take a short walk through vineyards around Pinhão. Stop and visit the Quinta do Bonfim farm and winery to taste a fantastic port wine. There are several excellent options for dinner in Pinhão. Bon Appetit.

Walk distance: 3.5km; 95m

3

Day 3

Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão

Start your walk today along a quiet path along the Douro River. The trail climbs up and before long you’ll have a tremendous view back over Pinhão. In Provesende, stop and visit this charming village filled with old palaces and manor houses (and a bakery that bakes bread in old clay ovens).  On the luxe trip, stay at the Casa das Pipas, with its award-winning winery and fabulous restaurant.

Walk Distance: 9.3km; 600m

4

Day 4

Pinhão loop

With a 2nd night here, you’ll descend a trail to the village of Celeiros and then cross a river before climbing again to the village of Vilarinho de Sao Romao. Stop and taste at the Quinta Bucheiro winery that has been in the same family for over 150 years. There is a museum here dedicated to Joaquim Pereira, the “Douro savior” who was living in the house and researching a solution to the phylloxera crisis. Late afternoon, return to the comforts of your inn.

Walk Distance: 14.5km; 530m

5

Day 5

Vilarinho de São Romão to Alijó

Today’s a slightly longer day so you’ll want to get an early start (if you wish to shorten, we can offer a transfer to Sabrosa, where you can see the home of Solar de Fernão de Magalhães, the house where Magalhaes, the first man who circumnavigated the Earth was born). You’ll make it to Favailos by lunch and there are several options. You’ll want to visit the wine and bread museum here and visit the bakery of Manuela Barriguda, a woman in her 70’s who has been a baker her entire life and makes what some call ‘the best bread in the world’. Taste it fresh out of the oven! Arrive to Alijó and the luxurious Pousada Palacete. Tonight dine at Cepa Torta, chef Rui Paula’s first restaurant.

Walk Distance: 13km; 500m or 18.4km; 700m

6

Day 6

Alijó loop

Walk south to São Mamede de Ribatua. From here you can continue on a loop walk that has some road as part of the route or do an out and back on trail. Spend time in Alijó or relax at the Pousada.

Walk Distance: up to 17km; 425m

7

Day 7

Alijó to Pinhão

To complete the circumnavigation, walk back to Pinhão on a mostly level and downhill track. As on most days, you’ll have winery stops and on this day, an olive oil farm and museum; the olive oil produced in the Douro is recognized as some of the best in the world. Take some time in Casal de Loivos, a small wine village on your way to Pinhão.

Walking distance: 16.4km; 350m

8

Day 8

Pinhão to Porto

From Pinhão walk another loop trail back up to Casal de Loivos, or take a river cruise on one of the rabelo boats to enjoy the Douro region in a relaxed way – you’ve earned it! Take an afternoon train back to Porto for one last night in this beautiful city.

Walking distance: 7km; 350m

 

9

Day 9

Departure Day

Depart from Porto by train or plane and continue for onward travel.

Classic

Porto Bay Hotel Teatro, Porto

This 4-star hotel is located in the theatre district of Porto, just 200m from the São Bento station. You will stay here on Day 1 and Day 8.


LBV Hotel, Pinhão

Set on a hillside overlooking the Douro River, this polished hotel is up a steep hill. There are just 9 guest rooms, a swimming pool with panoramic valley views, plus a hot tub, sauna and bar. You will stay here on Day 2 and Day 7.


Casa de Vilarinho, Vilarinho de Sao Romao

This casual manor house was built in the 17th century and has just 6 guest rooms, lounge, dining room and a swimming pool. (2 nts)


Pousada Palacete (Forrester), Alijó

This pousada is the only one in the Douro region and is just 5 minutes walk from Alijó center and has an outdoor swimming pool and a refined restaurant. (2 nts)


Luxe

Pousada do Porto, Porto

On a pedestrianized street lined with restaurants and shops, this upscale hotel in an 18th-century stone building is a 4-minute walk from both Porto Cathedral and São Bento railway station. Other amenities include a relaxed bar serving snacks, plus an indoor pool, and lovely courtyard. You will stay here on Day 1 and Day 8.


Vintage House Hotel, Pinhão

Set on an old wine estate, the plush rooms overlook the Douro River. An elegant restaurant with vaulted ceilings, and cozy bar with a fireplace offers wine and port-tasting sessions. Outside are palm-dotted grounds, a pool, and terraces laid out with inviting places to sit and take in the view. You will stay here on Day 2 and Day 7.


Casa das Pipas, Celeiros

Located on the Quinta do Portal property, this renown family has been making fine port wines, fortified muscatel wine and olive oil and now welcome guests in this 12- guest room inn. (2 nts)


Pousada Palacete (Forrester), Alijó

This pousada is the only one in the Douro region and is just 5 minutes walk from Alijó center and has an outdoor swimming pool and a refined restaurant. (2 nts)


Trip starting at
USD $2,650