Douro Vineyards on your own

Portugal

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HIKE DOURO WINE VALLEY

One of the most beautiful wine areas and also the oldest de-marked wine region in the world, the Douro Valley is here to make you surrender to its outstanding beauty. The hiking through the immense valleys but also the trains journeys from Porto to the Douro slopes which will lead you to amazing vine-yard terraces scenery will mark this amazing experience. Find yourself in small wine producing villages on the slopes, with stunning views over the terraces. At night rest in wine farms, delight yourself with homemade dinners and drink from the doorstep wines. Proud people, quality wine and traditional life-style make this a special place to all those who passed here.

SELF-GUIDED INFORMATION TRIP

LENGHT

8 Days

DISTANCE

54 Km

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

START/END

Porto - Porto

ACCOMMODATION

Superior & Confort

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unesco World Heritage sites (Porto & Douro Valley)
  • City of Porto
  • Oldest denomination area in the world
  • Wines & Wineries
  • Train to Pinhão scenic trip
  • Douro River Cruise

You like to hike, wine & countryside, this is a unique tour that join all together and allow you the discovering of a Wine culture and amazing region in Portugal.

HELDER CEREJO

Our Camino expert!!

SUPERIOR Porto: 4* Hotel / Pinhão: Quinta de la Rosa/ Sabrosa: Casa dos Barros wine Hotel/ Alijó: Pousada de Barão de Forrester/ Vale Mendiz: Quinta do Silval Rural Hotel CONFORT Porto: 2/3* Hotel / Pinhão: Hotel LBV 3*/ Sabrosa: Casa dos Barros wine Hotel/ Alijó: Quinta da Seixeda / Vale Mendiz: Quinta do Silval Rural Hotel Budget (sin Cruceiro) Porto: 2* Hotel / Pinhão: Douro 1* or GuestHouse/ Alijó: Hotel Ribadouro

You walk your Camino at your own pace, and you will walk almost alone. Path along the vineyards and stops for wine tasting….

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1: PORTO

    Welcome to Portugal! Our Guide will pick you up at the airport. Make your-self comfortable in the car while driving to the Hotel. If you have sometime one the first day, roam free in the city. We might suggest a riverside walk, fresh fish dinner or a visit to Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. The opportunities are endless and Porto is gorgeous.

    Day 2: Train to Pinhão

    Today save the morning for discovering the city of Porto. The old town, its granitic houses, monuments and narrow streets are ideal for a stroll. After you go Pinhão by train into a journey leading to the vineyards, from the Douro mouth on the Atlantic to the narrow valley slopes of the Wine region of the Douro. Here the slopes are monumental and the wine culture is pre-sent in every moment. The day ends at Pinhão where you rest in an old wine farm which awaits you with a welcome drink. Porto wine off course!

    Day 3: Hike Pinhão to Sabrosa (14,5km)

    From the doorstep till Sabrosa you will cross the wine country of Douro. The hilly slopes are a challenge both for the winners and the hikers. The village of Provosende is on the way and its old manor houses will be a pleasant stop, because of its stunning views perfect for the photograph lovers. Cros-sing the plateau, the vineyard scenery is superb, small villages and the old paths take you to Sabrosa. Home of Ferdinand Magellan, one of the most know navigator from the XVI, this place will be your home too.

    Day 4: Hike Sabrosa to Alijó (13Km)

    Find yourself crossing the vineyards down the slopes to meet the river Pin-hão. The scenery shows olive trees and vines, on terraces that give you a sensation of the rude life and labor. In the way to Favaios village you will pass the estate Quinta da Pedra Alta, a place that earned medals in an inter-national wine contest. In Favaios the small village is known for its famous wine with the same name and for its old bakeries, which still use wood ovéns and dates from late XIX century. You must taste Favaios wine!

    Day 5: Hike Alijó to Vale Mendiz (16Km)

    This day starts in the hill over Alijó where there is a iron settlement, from the I century BC. After you enter back in Favaios to cross the famous vine-yards of Favaios wine, a pleasant experience. Following some very old ways between the farmland, you will get to a wonderful viewpoint, wine terraces over the river Pinhão and small villages hanging from the slopes are a un-missable view. Vale Mendiz is waiting for you and is one of the villages hanging just a little up from the river Pinhão.

    Day 6: Hike Vale de Mendiz to Pinhão (11Km)

    After a delicious breakfast a small hiking is waiting for you! Today walking over Douro river and beyond that, will go towards south, east and west. Take your compass away and enjoy this incredible scenery of vineyards, curving in tons of green and brown. And the mountains? Craved by rivers, kilometers of pure water running down to you. Then back to Pinhão it is time to a boat trip to discover other places along the shores of the Douro. This is a UNESCO world heritage site, you will understand why!

    Day 7: Cruise Peso da Regua to Porto. River Cruise (May to October)

    After a small transfer to Regua, you spend the day cruising the river back to Porto passing by some stunning locks 14 and 35m of descent at the dams. Appetizer and lunch (inc.) served on board while observing the views. Then once at Vila nova the Gaia pear, enter a wine cellar just across the street. Day 8: End of Tour On this departure day a transfer will take you to the airport or other depar-ture place you have in mind.

    WHAT´S INCLUDED?

    • Welcome transfer at Porto Airport or train Station in Porto to your Hotel in Porto.
    • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
    • Luggage transfer during day hikes.
    • Transfer from Pinhão to Peso da Regua day 7.
    • Cruise on day 7 with lunch
    • Briefing at the Hotel with handover of documentation
    • Tracks For Navigation with your App
    • Booklet with detailed information for your tour, including maps
    • Final transfer from Hotel in Porto to Porto Airport, buss or train station

    EXCLUDED

    • Reservation of dinner (where available)
    • Transfer from Pinhão train station to Hotel in Pinhão.
    • Gps for navigation.

    OPTIONNALS

    • Lunch and dinners
    • Train tickets
    • Personal expenses.
    • Taxi transfer and presence support during hike.
    • Municipal Tax at Accommodation (2€ Day at Porto)

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    Phone : + 34 629 066 115

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