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Hiking the Douro Valley

Itinerary for Hiking the Douro Valley

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Day 1: Arrival
Your private transfer will be waiting for you at Porto airport to take you to your city centre hotel.
A member of our team will meet you at your Porto hotel to give you a full briefing and your Welcome Pack, with all the information you need to fully enjoy this self-guided walking holiday.
If you have free time In Porto, you may wish to explore the city’s historical monuments, revitalised areas such as Rua das Flores and the riverside Ribeira district. If you have time, cross the river and visit at least one of the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia to see and smell where the barrels of aging wine are stored.
Meals included: none
Overnight in 4* hotel in Porto

Day 2: Douro Valley 
Today you travel to the heart of the Douro Valley and you can choose between taking the train (approx. 2.5 hours) or spending most of the day on a river cruise all the way from Porto.
If travelling by train, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you to the station. Enjoy the river views all the way to the small riverside village of Pinhão, where the train station is decorated with painted tile panels depicting Douro wine production. Once there, you can take a boat upstream (optional, paid locally) for a different perspective of the valley.
Should you decide to travel by boat, as well as the views, you’ll have the experience of going through two locks that are a feat of engineering which has transformed the Douro River and enabled boats to travel safely between Porto and the wine region.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in 3* Hotel in Pinhão

Day 3: Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão 
Explore the western slopes of the Pinhão Valley today as you climb to the hillside villages of São Cristovão do Douro and Provesende. The views of surrounding vineyards more than compensate your efforts. End this journey with a warm welcome and home-cooked meal at a historical country house. If weather permits, take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or simply relax in the comfortable guest lounge.
Hiking about 9.4 km (elevation: + 587 m)
Meals included: Breakfast, Packed lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Country House in Vilarinho de São Romão

Day 4: Circular walk via Pinhão River 
With Vilarinho de São Romão as your base, today’s circular route winds down to the Pinhão River via a couple of small villages and wine estates and along the opposite hillsides, through the vineyards, with varied landscapes and splendid views throughout.
Relax at a riverside picnic spot before making your way uphill to the village of Celeirós where you can stop to taste the wines at Quinta do Portal before returning to your delightful accommodation.
Take a taxi up the hill if you’d prefer an easier day (not included).
Hiking about 12.8 km (elevation: + 512 m)
Meals included: Breakfast, Packed lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Country House in Vilarinho de São Romão

Day 5: Vilarinho de São Romão to Alijó
Enjoy views across the valley on your way towards the pretty village of Sabrosa. Follow an ancient road between here and Favaios as you head down through the vineyard terraces to the river. Wend your way uphill again between grape vines and olive groves towards a distinctly different landscape.
Taste traditional wood oven-baked bread and moscatel wine in Favaios then continue to the small, historical town of Alijó. Settle into your comfortable accommodation for the next two nights.
Hiking about 16.4 km (elevation: + 626 m)
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed lunch
Overnight in 4* hotel in Alijó

Day 6: Circular walk via São Mamede da Ribatua 
Today’s walk is a circular route from Alijó that undulates through an ever-changing patchwork of vineyards and fields towards the ancient village of São Mamede da Ribatua with spectacular views of the surrounding rock-strewn mountains and the glittering lake below. Leave the village via a different route to return to Alijó or take a taxi back for a more relaxing afternoon.
Hiking about 15 km (elevation: + 369 m)
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed lunch
Overnight in 4* hotel in Alijó

Day 7: Alijó to Casal de Loivos
Spend the day walking in Douro Valley through vineyards, perhaps calling in at a wine estate or two for a tour and tasting session before reaching the ridge at the top of the eastern slopes of the Pinhão Valley. Look back at the terraced slopes opposite to identify the villages you walked to earlier in the week. You’ll have magnificent views of the Douro River before reaching the last village of the day.
Spend the night in a 17th century country house with amazing views and a pool.
Hiking about 13.9 km (elevation: + 233 m)
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed lunch
Overnight in Country House in Casal de Loivos

Day 8: Casal de Loivos to Pinhão & Departure
Today’s short but glorious walk down to Pinhão leaves you with time for a final winery tour and tasting session (optional, paid locally) overlooking the River Douro. You could have lunch in the village or a picnic in the vineyards before taking the train back to Porto for your onward journey (not included).
If you would like to add extra nights in Porto so that you can explore the city in more depth, just let us know.
Hiking about 6 km (elevation: + 59 m)
Meals included: Breakfast

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Hiking the Douro Valley
Tour Code: ZZ-HK-PTGW08
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,225.00
Dates: Mar-Oct

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Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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