Self-guided Walking Tour in Douro valley

Self-guided Walking Tour in Douro valley

A self-guided experience by the vineyards of the Douro valley, enjoying the best trails in this UNESCO world heritage classified region
In this hiking tour by the Douro valley, you’ll fully experience the world’s first demarcated wine region. From Peso da Régua to Pinhão, you’ll hike by the Douro's riverside paths, enjoying its trademark UNESCO world heritage terraced vineyards and experiencing the secular traditions of this region. Explore the most scenic trails of the region, visit wine cellars, taste some of the best port and Douro wines and go on a river cruise at sunset.

- Take the scenic train from Porto to Pinhão with privileged views over the Douro river.

- Explore the best trails by the wine estates of the Douro valley, enjoy the variety and richness of the local wines and get to know more about the harvest and production.

- Hike by historical villages like Provesende or Pinhão, explore the “Inferno” valley, and conquer the most beautiful viewpoints over the Douro, Pinhão and Corgo rivers.

- Enjoy a sunset river cruise by the river and stay at local Wine estates, now refurbished into charming hotels.

Tour Details

Arrival Airport:
Porto
Departure Airport:
Porto
Start Location:
Porto
Finish Location:
Porto
Altimetry
200 › 500 m
Daily average
Dates
Sep-Oct
Sunday to Saturday
Distance
6 › 13 km
Daily average
Duration
7 days
6 nights
Walker profile
Level
Walking / Hiking / Trail running
Tour type
Walk, Hike or Trail run
It's your choice!

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Backroads and trails: Cobblestone backroads, macadam trails, backroads, trails by the vineyards.

Landscape: Typical wine country landscape of the Douro river, with terraced vineyards, and quaint little villages spread out in the hills.

Day to Day

A daily description of this walking tour

Highlights

 

Day 1: Meeting at your hotel in Porto, transfer to Porto Campanhã São Bento station and briefing

Today, our guide will meet you at Porto airport or at the hotel you’re staying in, to transfer you to São Bento station. There, we’ll give you a detailed briefing and provide you route book for your walking tour before you take the train to Peso da Régua, in the heart of the Douro valley (train tickets not included). Check-in at your hotel in Peso da Régua, by the margins of the Douro river: Vila Galé Collection Douro or Quinta da Pacheca (included in the “premium” option) and enjoy the rest of your day exploring the village.

Hotels: Vila Galé Douro or Quinta da Pacheca (included in the “premium” option)

Day 2: 14km, 413m accumulated height

Explore Peso da Régua, on this 14km hike that’ll take you through the village in the direction of São Gonçalo and São Pedro viewpoints where you’ll have a privileged view over the region’s vineyards. Afterwards, hike down the hill towards the abandoned trail of the Corgo railway line, by the Corgo river, where you can stop for a visit and wine tasting at the renowned “Quinta do Vallado”, before hiking back to your hotel.

Hotels: Vila Galé Douro or Quinta da Pacheca (included in the “premium” option)

Day 3: 14km, 413m accumulated height

Start your day by taking the train further into the Douro valley, to Gouvinhas train station. From there, you’ll hike uphill, towards Quinta Nova, where you’ll get to explore the marked trails inside its property, and where you’ll be able to have lunch and do a wine tasting experience. There, you’ll hike downhill, passing by the beautiful Quinta do Crasto, before checking in at your hotel at Quinta da Marka, overlooking the Douro river, or Quinta Nova (included in the “premium” option).

Hotels: Quinta da Marka or Quinta Nova (included in the “premium” option)

Day 4: 15km, 300m accumulated height

Start your day by hiking East, by the road alongside the Douro river, towards Quinta Nova where you’ll pick-up the trails inside this wine estate and then towards Covas do the Douro, a picturesque and secluded village in the region. From there, keep walking by the roads alongside the river until you reach the “Inferno” valley, and reach your hotel for the day, “Quinta de La Rosa”, a

wine estate where you’ll be able to taste the local wines and enjoy a privileged spot by the Douro’s margins. If you have chosen the “premium” option, keep hiking to Pinhão and check-in at the Vintage House Douro hotel by the marina (included in the “premium” option).

Hotels: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage Douro (included in the “premium” option)

Day 5: 16,8km, 711m accumulated height

Today, you’ll be heading North, by the “São Cristovão do Douro” trail, going uphill by a trail that’ll take you across the local wine estates towards Provesende, a hidden gem in the region, where you’ll be able to visit the local Church and bakery, before returning to Pinhão, with privileged views over this affluent of the Douro.
Optionally, do this trail only one way, and contact our local partner to transfer you back to Pinhão: 6,05km, 535m accumulated height

Hotels: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage Douro (included in the “premium” option)

Day 6: 9,2km, 397m accumulated height

Hike towards the village of Pinhão, visit the fluvina and the local train station, and then keep hiking towards Quinta da Roêda, where you’ll be going uphill, to Casal de Loivos viewpoint, using the trails inside this wine estate. After enjoying the view, descend towards the Quinta and enjoy a boat ride by the Douro in the late afternoon.

Hotels: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage Douro (included in the “premium” option)

Day 7:

Check-out from your hotel and take the train from Pinhão train station back to Porto (train ticket not included).

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Self-Guided

Minimum of two guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1090€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Premium
Self-Guided

Minimum of two guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1490€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
No dates found

Why choose Live Love Hike

EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.

RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE

After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!

ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER

WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

Included

Self-Guided

Premium Self-Guided

Transfer in from Porto airport/hotel to São Bento train station and Transfer our from São Bento train station to your hotel/airport in Porto
6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 6 nights in charm 5 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Daily picnic bag for all hiking / walking experiences
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
Luggage transfer between hotels
Personal accidents insurance during our tour
Live Love Hike t-shirt, buff, water bottle and other gear
Detailed briefing and routebook provided before the tour by a local guide
Liability and personal accidents Insurance
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide
Douro river cruise, from Pinhão
Wine tasting experience

Prices

Self-Guided

Premium Self-Guided

Minimum of two guests - Private tour, starts any date
1090€ per person
1490€ per person
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
100€
100€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo hikers)
500€
500€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€

Add-ons

Self-Guided

Premium Self-Guided

Half-Board - All dinners at the hotel (6 meals)
270€, drinks not included
340€, drinks not included
Extra night in Porto before or after this tour
on demand
on demand

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@livelovehike.pt for more information.

Additional information

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmation of this information by Live Love Hike.

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
No dates found

Why choose Live Love Hike

EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS
RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER
GROUP DISCOUNTS
AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.
After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!
WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.
/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;

Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

European Offices

Live Love Hike
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 311
1950-421
Lisbon - Portugal

Monday to Friday
09AM to 06PM
Telephone: 00351 217 590 365
Email: hikewithus @ livelovehike.pt 

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