7 days
Duration
All year
Month
Porto & North
Location

From Porto to the Upper Douro wine slopes you will start your trip by train leading you to the amazing vineyard terraces scenery of this UNESCO Heritage Site. While hiking through the vineyards you’ll have the chance of world-class wines tasting! Return to Porto on a cruise ship descending towards the River Douro’s mouth and finish the trip visiting the famous cellars of the Port Wine in Gaia.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Porto Airport or Lisbon Airport
DURATION

7 days

WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, jacket, and sunscreen.

 

INCLUDED

7 nights accommodation with Breakfast

Transfer on day of arrival from Airport LIS/OPO to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing. Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO
Liability and personal accidents Insurance
Pre departure Information Pack. Tour information and Information Book (includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps, GPS Device Quick Manual)delivered at departure day at location

GPS Tracking and Mobile Telephone (free to call 24h / day)

 

Any date subject to hotel availability.

NOTE: Price since 999 euros per person.

Day 1

Arrival at Porto airport, transfer to Porto City (00h15) and briefing at the hotel.

Lodging in a design hotel.

Day 2

Porto to Pinhão

Train journey to Pinhão. Depending on the train schedule one chooses, the morning can be dedicated to discovering Porto city. The old town and its granitic houses and narrow streets are ideal for a stroll. The old pear and its surroundings from the 14th century, the old ramparts and the Sé Cathedral from the 12-13th century and it’s the magnificent view of the Douro and old town. Porto will be worth the later train to Pinhão. Once on the train, this will take you on a journey which leads you 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 ever present. The day finishes at Pinhão where one will rest at an old vineyard farm which awaits you with a welcome drink. Porto wine, of course!

Day 3

Hike from Pinhão to Sabrosa – (14,5 km, + 770 m)

From the night stay’s doorstep till Sabrosa, you’ll cross the wine country of Douro. The hilly slopes are a challenge both for the wine growers and the hikers. The village of Provosende and its old manor houses will be a pleasant stop both for its stunning views over the valley and the river, as for a well-deserved rest. A small local tavern has an interesting exhibition to visit. Crossing the plateau, the vineyard scenery is superb, small villages and old paths take you to Sabrosa. Home of one of the most know navigator from the 16th century, Fernão de Magalhães, his house where it stills to be seen in Sabrosa.

Lodging in a rural house.

Day 4

Hike from Sabrosa to Alijó (12,4 km, + 590 m)

Starting the day crossing the vineyards down the slopes to meet the river Pinhão where an old bridge awaits for you. The scenery of olive trees and vines on terraces will give you a sensation of the arduous life and labor. On the way to Favaios village, you’ll pass a farm, Quinta do Portal, a place that has earned many medals in international wine contests.

Favaios, the small village, is known for its famous wine, the “Favaios” and for its old bakeries, which still use wood ovens dating from late 19th century. Alijó isn’t far from Favaios.

Lodging in an inn.

Day 5

Hike from Alijó to Vale Mendiz – (16 km, + 370 m).

The day starts on the hill over Alijó and Favaios, where there’s an iron settlement from the 1st century BC to be visited and then back to Favaios to cross the famous vineyards of the Favaios wine. A stop at Quinta da Avessada to taste its wine and other delicacies is a must and a good excuse for taking a rest. Following some ancient ways separating the farmlands, you’ll arrive at a wonderful viewpoint- enjoy the stunning scenery of wine terraces over the river Pinhão and small villages hanging from the slopes. Vale Mendiz, one of the villages hanging just a little up from the river Pinhão is awaiting you for your final destination of the day.

Lodging at a vineyard farm.

Day 6

Hike from Vale Mendiz to Pinhão – (10,9 km, + 330 m)

A small hiking day that will provide you many stunning views over the Douro River and beyond. To the south, east and west, this scenery of vineyards and mountains carved both by river and men are marvelous to behold and justify its UNESCO world heritage site nomination. Back to Pinhão on the early afternoon just in time for the boat trip of two hours of lazy navigations to explore other places along the shores of the Douro.

Lodging at a vineyard farm.

Day 7

Pinhão to Porto

The day is for returning to Porto by train, in the way you can stop at Peso da Régua for a worthwhile visit to the Douro Museum and then continue onto Porto. If you want to explore more, there is the option of a river cruise or a visit to Casa de Mateus.

Lodging in a design hotel.

Day 8

Transfer to Porto Airport (00h15)