The Douro Valley – A Heart of Gold

Come and discover the hidden beauty of this area with some magnificent walking along local trails. We meet in Porto and have a scenic drive along the river to our accommodation where we spend 5 nights in a beautifully restored village house before moving eastwards for 2 nights in a hotel perched high above the river on the Spanish border. Once we leave Porto this tour will keep you well away from the tourist spots and allow you the chance to discover the true Douro Valley and its heart of Gold!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boat trip on the Douro
  • Private wine tastings with dinner
  • Follow trails that take you to the heart of the region
  • Discover the true essence of the valley

ITINERARY

Douro Valley

Day 1. Meet in Porto in the afternoon to travel to the Douro. Overnight Provosende

Day 2. A circular walk from along the trail of the ‘5 chapels’. There are stunning views across the valley and down to the Douro as we slowly make our way up to Sao Domingo at 783m, 14km. Overnight Provosende

Day 3. We drive to the large village of Sao Martinho de Antas where you walk northwards through a variety of landscapes and pass ancient tombs from the 10th and 11th century and a wonderfully preserved prehistoric burial chamber – magnificent! 12km. Overnight Provosende

Day 4. We make a short drive northwards before walking through some of the tiny hamlets scattered above the valley, before arriving at the small town of Sabrosa home to the famous sea captain Ferdinand Magellan. We walk through the medieval centre of town before continuing to the Iron Age fort beautifully preserved and perched high above the town. Then we continue through woodland and countryside back to our start. 14km. Overnight Provosende

Day 5. The walk today takes us slowly down through the vineyards and along the Pinhao river valley to the town of Pinhao where we take a boat for a private trip on the river; if the weather is good there is the opportunity for a swim! 10km. Overnight Provosende

Day 6. After breakfast we make our eastwards to the frontier town of Miranda do Douro, perched high above the river. After lunch we walk through the historical town centre and along the river past the ruins of watermills, 5km. Overnight Miranda do Douro

Day 7. An exhilarating walk through the ‘Parque Natural do Douro Internacional’, passing through woodlands and small villages with striking views of the river, 15km. Overnight Miranda do Douro

Day 8. Sadly it is time to part, we drive back to Porto after breakfast and we should arrive around lunch time.

INCLUDED

  • 7 night’s accommodation in a twin room with en-suite facilities
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners with several wines and ports at each meal in Provosende
  • 5 picnic lunches for the walks
  • Transport as detailed though out the week
  • Wine tasting
  • Boat trip

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to Porto
  • Travel insurance
  • 1 lunches
Dates: MAY 26 2019 and OCTOBER 2 2019
Cost per person: 980 euro
Single room supplement: 150 euro