We have partnered with the awesome team at Wandering the World to bring you a walking tour in the magnificent Douro Valley. Led by Park Trek guide Richard Perry, this tour offers 9 days of hiking in some of the most picture-perfect walking country in all of Europe.
On this walk you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the dramatically beautiful scenery of the Rio Douro (River of Gold) which is both striking in its tranquillity and its rich colours.
Steeped in history, Portugal emerged as a country in 1143 and the Douro Valley is a key part of Portuguese history. With its terraced vineyards and hilltop estates known as Quintas, the region is renowned for its wine production, in particular, the dessert wine known as Port
September 20, 2018
- 9 days/8 nights
- Escorted with a tour leader
- 8 breakfasts and three dinners with wine included
- Luggage transfer of 1 x 20kg bag per person
- Wine tastings
- Maps and directions
- From Euro €1,980 per person, twin share
- Single supplement: €820
- Deposit: $AU800
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About the region
Long before any president, king or emperor, the Douro was inhabited by primitive peoples who were the ﬁrst to leave their trace. The rock paintings of the Vale do Côa date back to the upper Palaeolithic Age, about 20 thousand years ago. Regarded as the most important Palaeolithic open-air art in the world, it is known that grapes were being cultivated in the region around 4 thousand years B.C. because carbonized grape pips have been found in archaeological sites. Many of the castros (fortiﬁed villages) in the region, such as the Castro de Cidadelhe, in Mesão Frio, date from this period.
This trip is escorted, but you are free to walk at your own pace and in your own time. You will be equipped with easy to read maps and instructions complete with directions to guide you. Wandering the World takes care of all your accommodation and daily luggage transfer so you can relax and enjoy your journey. This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of ﬁtness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for any inexperienced walker.
To complement the serenity and magniﬁcent countryside you will be walking through, we have carefully selected boutique accommodation for its authenticity and uniqueness and to provide a sanctuary of comfort with private facilities and ideal location at the end of each day.
Day 1/Night 1: Arrive Porto – September 20, 2018
We commence our trip in the fascinating and vibrant city of Porto. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. It is also the city that gave the country and its most famous export, port wine, its name. Five bridges, including one by Eiffel, link to Vila Nova de Gaia, the heart of the port wine trade. The waterside entertainment of buskers, dancers, markets and restaurants, are all a feature.
Day 2/Night 2: Train or transfer from Porto to Pinhao
Just over two hours away, along the winding valley we start our walk from the quaint village of Pinhão, which is located in a bend of the River Douro. You will be captivated by the sheer beauty of the valley landscape all the way from Porto. This evening we stay at an historic, family-run Quinta, where you will enjoy the relaxing environment of this working vineyard and winery.
Day 3 & 4/Night 3 and 4: Pinhao to Sabrosa – Walk: 13km
Today we enjoy a superb13km walk through picturesque vineyards, where grape cultivation has been a livelihood for more than two thousand years. And where the tradition is still to squash the grapes by hand and foot.
Tonight, we will be treated with mouth-watering delicacies of the region, using traditional products and local ingredients, perfectly paired with a selection of ﬁne wines.
Day 5/Night 5: Sabrosa to Alijo – Walk: 13km
Today we start our walk through the vineyards down to the River Pinhao and Favaios village where the bakeries still use their wood ovens dating from the late 19th century. We may choose to pause at some of the vineyards that have claimed many International wine awards. Tonight, our planned stay is in a Pousada, a traditional historical hotel.
Day 6/Night 6: Alijo to Vale Mendiz – Walk: 16.5km
Today we cross farmland taking in stunning views of hamlets perched on outcrops over the river and within the vineyards.
Day 7/Night 7: Vale Mendiz to Pinhao – Walk: 8km
Taking a different path back to Pinhao, the scenery of vineyards and mountains carved out by rivers is indeed special and it is no wonder that this area has been designated a World UNESCO Heritage Site. We can take an optional scenic boat trip along the River Douro to Rabelo, or simply relax in the comfort of our Quinta.
Day 8/Night 8: Porto
We return to Porto today. This evening celebrate a wonderful experience in one of Porto’s excellent restaurants.
Day 9 Porto – September 28, 2018
The spectacular journey ﬁnishes after breakfast today.