The Douro Valley – A Heart of Gold

We meet in Porto and drive to Miranda do Douro right on the Spanish border. Our hotel is perched high above the river and we spend 2 nights here. Then we have a scenic drive along the river to our next accommodation where we spend 5 nights in a beautifully restored village house. 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!

Walking is along good tracks but the terrain is undulating! Suitable for all of reasonable fitness.

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 Miranda do Douro. A short walk through the historical centre before dinner. Overnight Miranda do Douro

Day 2. 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 3. After breakfast we make our way westwards following as much as possible the route of the Douro river with frequents stops to look at the views and take photos.We arrive at the town of Pinhao before driving high up into the vineyards to the ancient village of Provesende. Overnight Provesende

Day 4. 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 5. 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 6.The walk today takes us slowly down through ancient vineyards with spectacular views to the river. Then we drop dowm 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! 8km. Overnight Provesende

Day 7. 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 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 lunch

Dates: MAY 24 & SEPTEMBER 27 2020

Cost per person: 1020 euro

Single room supplement: 200 euro