Guided walking tour by the Douro wine country and historical villages

Guided walking tour by the Douro wine country and historical villages

A walking tour by the Douro valley's vineyards and the historical villages of the north of Portugal.
Join this Douro walking tour, fit for walkers, hikers or traill runners who want to discover the world’s first demarcated wine region and the portuguese historical villages of the Nort of Portugal. Walkby the Dour's riverside, enjoying its trademark UNESCO world heritage “socalcos” or terraced vineyards and experience the secular traditions of this region. Hike the most scenic trails of the region, vsit the wine cellars, taste some of the best port and Douro wines and discover traces of the early history of Portugal, from up to 30000 years old in the historical villages to the north of the country. Challenge yourself up to top of the most beautiful viewpoints, descend towards the Côa Valley to visit it's paleolithical engravings, visit the medieval castles and enjoy the rugged nature of the Douro International park and it's backroads.

The sheer history of this region starts and ends in Porto, one of the oldest city centres in Europe, settled in the 4th century during the roman occupation when it was named Portus Cale, to the UNESCO world heritage “socalcos”, that hold the wine farms on the steep hills of the Douro river, and to its own unique traditions, architecture, port wines and cellars. Visit the Paleolithic archaeological sites with pre-historic rock art engravings and drawings dated from 22000-20000 years BC and spend your night in some of the historical villages of Portugal, with their very own medieval castles.

In this Walking tour in the Douro you'll get to experience beautiful landscapes and vantage points over the Douro valley, also a UNESCO world heritage site, due to it's trademark "socalcos" or terraced vineyards; the undiscovered paradise of one of the most remote areas in Portugal, the Douro International Park: never-ending olive oil and orange fields, river beaches and animal life. Visit the authentic and picturesque villages of Peso da Régua, Pinhão, Marialva, Barca d'Alva; They are all close or on the riverbank of the Douro “expressway” and were historically focused on the commerce and transportation of the grapes and the wine, to and from Porto, in the traditional “Rabelo” boats that docked in their ports.

Taste the different wines of the Douro valley wine country, from the world famous and acclaimed vintage Port wines, which were recently nominated 2014’s best wines in the world to the prized red and white Douro wines. Experience the wine production system: help the farmers stomp the grapes in traditional fashion, visit the farms and the wineries and observe as the “Rabelo” boats carry the wine towards the city of Porto. Indulge in the local gastronomy, always varied and tasty, whether in Michelin starred restaurants or local “tascas”. Meat lovers won’t forget the “Posta Mirandesa” or the oven baked and smoked meats.

Dine and sleep in local charming hotels, once wineries or medieval castles, but now fully equipped hotels with their very own spas and amazing amenities to make you feel comfortable. Climb aboard a boat and sail in the Douro to discover the region from a different perspective.

Challenge yourself in this walking tour in the Douro, by hiking towards the viewpoints and get a privileged look at the world’s most beautiful wine growing area. And fully enjoy the long, sweeping and car-free descents of the Douro International Park. Choose everyday between shorter or longer hikes and define your own goals and pace throughout your riding experience.

Tour Details

Arrival Airport:
Porto
Departure Airport:
Porto
Start Location:
Porto
Finish Location:
Porto
Altimetry
200 › 600 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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Type of Terrain: Rolling/mixed/mountain, with some roman stone pavement, macadam trails and ocean side views. Walking by the Camino, you'll experience forested areas in the central Minho and Galicia with small villages and pueblos, explore the portuguese coastline, medieval cities of Spain like Tui, Pontevedra up to Santiago de Compostela

Mountain stages: Labruja section after Ponte de Lima; mountainous area from to Baiona to Pontevedra. Most of the Way of St James is a constant up and down, a characteristic of crossing the Minho and Galicia.

Flat stages: First day, while walking from Porto to Praia da Memória.

Day to Day

A daily description of this walking tour

Highlights

 

Day 1: Arrival in Porto – Transfer to Pinhão

Transfer from Porto airport to your hotel in Pinhão, in the heart of the Douro River. Stay either at Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage House Douro, a 5 star hotel by the Douro river ( premium option). Free day to rest at the hotel. 

Hotel: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage House Douro (“premium” option) or similar

Day 2: Douro walking tour: Pinhão loop ( 7km to 12km loop hike)

Breakfast at the hotel. We'll start walking from our hotel towards Pinhão's Marina and train station, before heading to Quinta do Bonfim, by the Douro's riverside. Then, we'll start climbing towards Casal de Loios viewpoint, by the Douro valley vineyards. Hiking by the terraced vineyards in the local farms, we'll be able to see the local grape varieties, while overlooking the river. Our hike will lead us to Quinta da Rôeda, where we'll stop to taste the local wines and visit the farm, before heading back to Pinhão, in time for lunch and relax in the afternoon by your hotel, or maybe go on a boat ride by the river.

Hotel: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage House Douro (“premium” option) or similar

Day 3: Douro walking tour: Pinhão – Provesende ( 7km to 12km hike)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of our hike, by the famous São Cristovão trail, towards Provesende, one of the most precious villages in the region. This is a steep hike, by the backroads and vineyard trails alongside Pinhão river, which we will complete at the group's pace. We'll ike by farms and see the wine being produced by local farmers, taste local bread, and reach Provesende's quaint center, before having lunch at Morgadio da Calçada, a 17th century manour house we will visit and where we'll taste the local wines and flavours, in a very historical setting. Check in at your hotel in Provesende, Quinta das Manhãs do Douro or Morgadio da Calçada ( included in the premium option).

Hotel: Quinta das Manhãs do Douro or Morgadio da Calçada (“premium” option) or similar

Day 4: Douro walking tour: Ervedosa loop ( 7.5km to 18km hike)

Breakfast at the hotel. Quick transfer to Ervedosa, to explore the southbank of the Douro river. Start our hike in Ervedosa, we'll be able to choose a shorter loop hike ( 7.5km) towards the slopes of the "rio Torto", or a longer 18km hike leading us towards the Douro. Both options offer panoramic views while hiking by the vineyards, and both end in Ervedosa do Douro, where an amazing lunch awaits, at one of our favourite restaurants in Portugal. After lunch, you'll be transfered to Longroiva Thermal resort or Casas do Côro ( included in the "premium" option), where you'll be able to relax and enjoy the local SPA's in these charm units.

Hotel: Termas de Longroiva or Casas do Côro (included in “premium option”)

Day 5: Douro walking tour: Marialva/Longroiva loop hikw ( 6 to 12km hike)

Breakfast at the hotel. We'll transfer you to Marialva ( you'll already be there on our premium option), so that we start our hike in this historical village of Portugal. We'll start our hike by the medieval castle, which we will visit to witness ancient portuguese history, and then choose from a few options, from a 6km to 12km loop around this historical village. All of these options will provide us with a stunning scenery, in a seemingly untouched area of the world where we'll find ancient human presence everywhere we go. The rugged and rocky atmosphere of the Center of Portugal is beautiful to explore. Lunch at Casas do Côro, followed by a relaxing afternoon enjoying the local culture or an optional boat ride by the international Douro.

Hotel: Termas de Longroiva or Casas do Côro (included in “premium option”)

Day 6: Douro walking tour: Foz Côa engravings hike ( 6 to 13km hike)

Breakfast at the hotel. A quick transfer to the interpretation center of the Foz Côa paleolithic engravings, and we'll start our daily hike from there, descending to the Côa valley, to see the 22000 year old engravings that resist time in the Côa valley. The hike, amidst the olive and almond trees characteristic of the region, will take you on a journet across time. After the hike, we'll transfer you back to your hotel, to enjoy the local thermal resort or SPA.

Hotel: Termas de Longroiva or Casas do Côro (included in “premium option”)

Day 7: Marialva/Longroiva – Porto (transfer)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out at the hotel and transfer to Porto airport or hotel

 

EXTENDED STAY IN PORTO, PINHÂO or MARIALVA/LONGROIVA: On Demand

Extend your stay in Porto, Pinhão or Marialva for an extra day before or after this trip.

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Included

Guided

Premium

Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport
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
Personal guide accompanying your group, providing daily guided tours, restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour
Second guide accompanying, hiking alongside the group an all daily guided walking tours, always adapted to your pace;*
Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the hikes;
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
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences;

Prices

Guided

Premium

Minimum of four guests -Private tour, starts any date
1890€ per guest
2790€ per guest
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

Guided

Premium

Half-Board - All dinners at the hotel (6 meals)
270€, drinks not included
340€, drinks not included
Extra nights available 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 -

October

13/10/19i

April

12/04/20i

October

11/10/20i

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.

Guided

Minimum of four guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1890€ per person
click to see what's includedMore Info

Premium

Minimum of four guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 2790€ 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 -
13/10/19i

April

12/04/20i

October

11/10/20i

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.

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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