Portugal – Walk the Heart and Soul of the Douro Valley

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  • 9 days in the stunning scenery of the world famous Douro wine region of Portugal, a World Heritage site, where the grapes for port wine have been cultivated for generations
  • This walk starts at Pinhao which you can reach by scenic train from Porto, or by an all-day boat cruise up the Douro river
  • The itinerary takes in the steep-sided river valley of the Douro, fascinating traditional villages and walking along quiet footpaths with extraordinary views
  • Medium intensity walking for couples, families or groups
  • 9 days, 8 nights, with 6 walking days around Douro, 46 miles total
  • Additional days are also available
  • Start and end in the vibrant and historic Porto city

This beautiful 1-week walk explores the varied landscapes of the Douro Valley, a wine-producing region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The dramatic Douro river valley in Northern Portugal is surrounded by terraced vineyards which produce delicious wines and, most famously, port wine.

Your tour will encompass the vine-covered slopes and valleys which have been cultivated by generations of families, and you will be walking along ancient paths through historic villages and dining on the superb food and wine which this region can offer. The accommodation we have picked for you is a contrast of hand-picked hotels to village country houses. Your walking holiday will end in the historic city of Porto with a tour of the Vila Nova da Gila port wine cellars.

We offer this as an 9-day, 8-night self-guided hike at a leisurely intermediate level, a total distance of 46 miles in 6 walking days.  You will be met in Porto with a welcome briefing, with all accommodation booked for you, comprehensive walk notes, luggage transfers and with help available 24/7 should you need it. Travelling from Porto to and from Pintao in the Douro Valley is by train, but you can choose to travel more slowly and scenically up the Douro River by boat if you wish!

We strongly recommend an extra day exploring the lively and attractive city of Porto, another UNESCO World heritage Site, to explore its historic centre from the 13th – 19th centuries, full of churches, monasteries and the bishop’s palace.

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