This is a self-guided tour of the Douro, a region famous for its wines. The culture and scenery found along this route are both exceptional.
The Douro is the famous river and wine area near Porto. The name means ‘of gold’ and when the sun is glowing the river does resemble a twisting golden chain as it winds through the narrow valley between the steep hills and terraced vineyards. The countryside above the river is exceptionally beautiful particularly in spring and autumn and this holiday will allow you to discover the best of the region. Stay in a beautifully restored 17th century quinta.
£679.00 per person based on 2 people sharing.
Single supplement: £180.00
Transport supplement for one person walking alone: £120
Not available in August.
6 nights in a twin/double room with ensuite facilities and breakfast each morning, 6 dinners, 5 picnic lunches, visits to two wineries, transfers as required throughout the stay (including to and from station at Pinhão. Comprehensive walking notes and maps.
Flights and travel to Pinhão, insurance.
All year except for August
Arrive at Pinhão and transfer to the Quinta.
A circular vineyard walk down in the Pinhão valley, starting with a little climb to the village of Celeiros and a visit to Quinta do Portal, picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon back to the Quinta to visit its cellar and winery. 16 kms/10 miles.
A transfer to Sao Martinho de Antas, from where you walk through varying landscapes, passing ancient Moorish tombs. 10.6 kms/6.5 miles.
Today, an easy walk on the western side of the Pinhão valley, featuring many hamlets that typify the region. 12 kms/7.5 miles.
A walk through vineyards and villages high above the Douro river. Wonderful views, followed by a boat trip on the river. 14 kms/8.7 miles
A final walk – transfer to Pinhão. Walk back to the quinta through the vineyards of the Mendiz Valley, visting the Quinta de las Rosa, where port and olive oil are produced, for a private visit.
Departure after breakfast to the train station in Pinhão.