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Portugal: Walking and Wine

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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $3049per person, tour only
  • Departures
    selected Saturdays from 23 Apr '23 to 17 Sep '23
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners and 3 wine tastings
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 7 nights 4 and 5-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days short gentle walks and 1 free day
  • Group normally 6-16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Well marked trails and paths
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
      from 2 reviews

Mrs Cordingley says...
Superb guides, wonderful location, excellent hotels and a fascinating area.
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Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Walking Porto & the Douro Valley

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Three nights at the premium Hotel Douro Scala, nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley
  • Discover the region's ancient wine cellars and sample their wines
  • Enjoy walks through terraced vineyards and tranquil countryside
  • Explore vibrant Porto with a guided walking tour

Portugal has been making wine for centuries, with some estimates placing the first planting of vines as far back as 2000 BC. The Basto and Douro regions are perhaps the best known and offer rich landscapes and fascinating history to discerning visitors. 

Led by our expert guide, immerse yourself in atmospheric Porto and indulge in a voyage of taste and discovery through the verdant Douro Valley, where the famous Port wines are produced. Venture into the region known as Terras de Basto, home of Portugal’s ‘young’ wine, vinho verde, and stay in handpicked hotels that boast exceptional views over the valley. The perfect combination of leisurely walks and authentic cultural visits provide a memorable introduction to this lush, captivating country, once a dominant trading power in the world.



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Typical holiday itinerary

Walking information

Grade: 1 (Leisurely) Each day, we walk for 2 to 5 hours (excluding the sightseeing or free afternoons). The terrain and type of path will vary from manmade paved tracks and tarmac to dirt roads. The walks are easy and taken at a leisurely pace, although some short ascents and descents should be expected. Please be aware that the Douro region can also be very warm, often reaching 30 degrees in the summer months between June and September. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximations only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of the group. Some of the drives, although short, follow winding mountain roads.



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Day 1: Start at Hotel Douro Scala in Mesao Frio.

The transfer to Hotel Douro Scala in the Douro Valley takes approx. 1.5 hours. A single group transfer from Porto airport to the hotel will be provided for flight-inclusive clients, and land-only clients may also join this transfer by meeting the group at the airport. Full joining instructions will be provided prior to departure, but the transfer usually leaves Porto airport at 3pm. If you are planning to join this transfer, please contact us prior to departure to request it.

The first trip briefing will take place in the evening, along with a welcome dinner.

Hotel Douro Scala (5*)

Day 2: Walk along the Corgo River; visit Baroque-era Casa de Mateus

This morning we take a private transfer of approx. 40 minutes to the start of today's walk in Povoação, driving along the beautiful roads on the north slope of the Douro Valley and its tributaries. The Corgo walking trail is located in the heart of the Douro wine region and here we will walk along terraced vineyards with unique views of the Corgo River. In the afternoon, we transfer to Vila Real (approx. 20 minutes) to visit Casa de Mateus, a palace set in beautiful gardens that is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Portugal. After the visit we transfer back to the hotel (approx. 50 minutes).

Hotel Douro Scala (5*)

Day 3: Drive to Quinta do Tedo winery for short walk and wine tasting; visit Douro Museum and transfer to hotel in Regua.

We start the day with a short transfer (30 minutes) to Quinta de Tedo, an 18th century winery in the centre of the Douro region. We will have a guided tour of the grounds, following a walking trail that offers beautiful views of the Douro and Tedo Rivers, vineyards and olive groves and offers plenty of opportunities for bird watching. After lunch and an included wine tasting at the winery, we take a 20-minute transfer to the town of Regua, where we visit the Douro Museum to learn about the history, culture and identity of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro wine region. In the afternoon we transfer back to our hotel (approx. 20 minutes).

Hotel Douro Scala (5*)

Day 4: Maronesa walking trail; transfer to Mondim de Basto

After breakfast we transfer to the region of Mondim de Basto (approx. 1 hour). On our way, we’ll pass through the Alvão Natural Park, a protected area of land that offers majestic landscapes. This region, set on the mountain of Alvão, marks the transition from the coastal and humid regions to the dry and hot regions of Trás-os-Montes.

We start our walk in Bobal, one of the four villages we’ll pass through today. We’ll find a countryside that reflects the carefully-maintained balance in which man and nature coexist. For this balance to be preserved, the Maronesa cow is of the utmost importance. A Portuguese native breed from this region, there are still genes from the ancestral Auroque in its genetics. The fields are cultivated for subsistence farming, with seeds passed down from generation to generation.

After lunch we transfer to our hotel (approx. 30 minutes) and there is free time to enjoy the hotel's amenities or explore nearby, before a group dinner.

Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4*)

Day 5: Walk in the green wine region of Mondim de Basto and taste organically produced 'vinho verde' at Quinta das Escomoeiras

Our walk today takes us to the surroundings of Mondim de Basto in the green wine (vinho verde) region, along the banks of the Cabril River. Here, we are welcomed with uninterrupted views of the forested mountains, side by side with the fertile lands and vineyards of the Terras de Basto region. We finish our walk at the medieval bridge of Vilar Viando, which is still used by pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago.

We will then go to Quinta das Escomoeiras to sample their wines and appreciate the organic vinho verde. In the afternoon on our way back to the hotel, we visit one of northern Portugal's main shrines to the Virgin Mary: the Senhora da Graça, also known as Chapel of Monte Farinha. The chapel is perched in front of a granite mountain range almost 1000m high.

Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4*)

Day 6: Walk via the Levada de Vilarinho; free afternoon.

This morning, we transfer by minibus (approx. 20 minutes) to the village of Vilarinho to start our walk along the Levada de Vilarinho, a waterway dating back to the 13th century. These rural constructions were indispensable for the irrigation of the fields of the Terras de Basto region due to water scarcity in the past. After 1.5 miles/2.4 km, we leave the rebuilt waterway and meet the old levada as it enters a forest of oaks and pines, with a stream running alongside.

The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel amenities and surroundings.  

Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4*)

Day 7: Transfer to Porto; visit the historic city and the famous Port wine cellars for wine tasting; optional boat tour.

In the morning we return to the vibrant city of Porto (approx. 1 hour 15 mins). After a guided visit of the historic centre and Port wine cellars (wine tasting included), the rest of the day is free for further individual sightseeing or optional activities, such as a boat ride along the Douro River.

Neya Hotel (4*) or Vila Galé Porto Ribeira (4*)

Day 8: End Porto.

Our trip ends in Porto in the morning of day 8.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Premium Hotels

We spend the first three nights at 5-star luxury Douro Scala Hotel, offering stunning views of the world-famous Douro valley and vineyards. It has a spa with a heated indoor pool, private treatment rooms, and a hot tub.

In Mondim we stay three nights the 4-star Mondim Agua Hotel, a contemporary hotel with an infinity pool and stunning views.

Our final night is spent in Porto at the 4-star Vila Gale or Hotel Cristal, depending on your departure date. Hotel Vila Gale offers a health club with an indoor swimming pool and the spacious rooms are air-conditioned and feature a bright décor. Hotel Cristal Porto is a new 4-star hotel in a central location in Porto. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, mini-bar, a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. A garden gives guests the tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Meals

All breakfasts, 3 wine tastings and 2 dinners are included.

Porto and the Douro valley are known for their excellent wines and the delicious regional cuisine which makes use of the natural resources found here. All meals have strong links with the land and sea, often prepared following old traditional recepies. Local specialities include the caldo verde, a cabbage soup that originated here thanks to the fertile green fields of the region. Portugal also prides itself in having some of the best fish in the world, and in this region a lot of the fish comes from the Douro river. The Douro region is also well-known for an endless number of meat dishes, which include the famous roasted goat with rice and potatoes, wild boar stew, posta mirandes (veal steak) and cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbages). There is another dish too, made on the basis of a sandwich, that is a true institution: the francesinha. Please note that vegetarians meals are available on request although options may be limited. The Douro Valley, birthplace of Port, is one of the oldest and most beautiful historic world wine regions. Wine has been made here for 2000 years. Considering the importance of the Alto Douro Wine Region, in 2001 UNESCO recognized this site as World Heritage. Port wine is a fortified wine produced under peculiar and unique conditions. It is still produced in an old fashioned way, in which the fermentation process is stopped by adding spirits distilled from wine, and the blending of wines and aging still play a vital role. Port wines can be red, white and rosé and during the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to try the different varieties. The Vinho Verde is also an excellent wine produced in this area. Naturally light and fresh, it is fruity, easy to drink, great as an aperitif or served with light meals.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

The start hotel Vila Gale is located approximately 15km from Porto airport. If you are planning to make your own way by public transport, take the metro (line E) and stop at the station Campo 24 Agosto, which is only 200m from the hotel. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and the cost of a single ticket is €2,40. Alternatively a journey by public taxi into the city centre costs approx. €25.

Transportation

Transport from and to the airport is by minibus. Other transport mentioned in the itinerary as an integral part of the guided walks is also included and it is by private vehicle.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or TAP (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Porto and ending in Porto

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Porto in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

 

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Cordingley, 19/10/2021

Superb guides, wonderful location, excellent hotels and a fascinating area.


Mr Kern, 03/10/2019

An easy going amble through lovely countryside, no long or challenging walks. Lina and Antonio were great guides. Lovely quitas were visited with great tastings and lunches. Accommodation was very comfortable with good facilities but too " corporate" compared with the more individual smaller accommodation usually associated with Headwater. All in all: the holiday was as advertised.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts, 2 dinners and 3 wine tastings

All accommodation

All transport and listed activities

Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Transfers for group flights


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

7 nights 4 and 5-star hotels, all rooms en suite

5 days short gentle walks and 1 free day

Group normally 6-16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Well marked trails and paths

Travel by private air-conditioned minibus

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

The start hotel Vila Gale is located approximately 15km from Porto airport. If you are planning to make your own way by public transport, take the metro (line E) and stop at the station Campo 24 Agosto, which is only 200m from the hotel. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and the cost of a single ticket is €2,40. Alternatively a journey by public taxi into the city centre costs approx. €25.

Transportation

Transport from and to the airport is by minibus. Other transport mentioned in the itinerary as an integral part of the guided walks is also included and it is by private vehicle.

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or TAP (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Porto and ending in Porto

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Porto in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.