Hike Portugal’s landscape of terraced vineyards and ancient ruins as you tour the Douro Valley and wander Minho’s earliest pathways.

The countryside of Portugal, with its hillside farms and historic vineyards, has a timeworn charm that demands exploration. Start your tour in the Minho region, hiking a segment of the famous pilgrimage route, the Caminho de Santiago. You’ll trek through forested valleys and rugged mountain pastures before descending the ancient “Way of Faith.” The entire Douro River Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s renowned for its terraced vineyards and stunning beauty. Here, you’ll discover the stone fortress town of Marialva and cruise the Douro River in a traditionally styled wine cask boat. During your Minho and Douro Valley tours you’ll stay at an elegant manor house built for traveling kings as well as a heritage estate on the banks of the Douro River.

Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims as you hike a section of the famous “Way of St. James”
  • Taste a flight of elegant wines at the Quinta do Bomfim winery
  • Cruise down the picturesque Douro River aboard a private barco rabelo, a boat traditionally used to carry wine casks
  • Explore high mountain valleys and tiny farming hamlets forgotten in time
  • Follow well-marked hillside trails among cypress, orange and almond trees
  • Visit moorish villages and the birthplace of explorer Ferdinand Magellan
  • Tread across the elegant stone arches of an expansive 2,000-year-old Roman bridge in Ponte de Lima
  • Hike through a medieval village carved into rocky cliffs
  • Stay at a historic, luxury inn on the banks of the Douro River in Porto
  • Enjoy delicious meals featuring family recipes passed down over generations
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Delicious multi-course meals—a majority are included.
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A maximum of 20 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey.
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Itinerary

Thu, Mar 19 to Sat, Mar 28 - 2020

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Upon your arrival at Porto’s International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your hotel in the center of Porto. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage site

Camino de Santiago: Ponte de Lima to Paço de Calheiros; 2.4 – 5 miles, easy to moderate

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your Country Walkers representative meets you at the Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. The tour begins with short transfer to Ponte de Lima.

This morning, join your guides for a brief orientation before a short transfer to the Minho – one of three regions you will visit in Portugal. In the heart of the Minho region, drive along the Lima River to the attractive riverside town of Ponte de Lima, named after its Roman Bridge. Here you will have lunch before lacing up your walking shoes and tracing a Portuguese segment of the religious route Caminho de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Your walk today begins with a crossing of the legendary Ponte de Lima. Seven original Roman arches remain.

After crossing the bridge, begin your journey through a farming landscape. Pilgrims from around the world have been walking this “Way of St. James” for more than a millennium to arrive at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where many believe St. James is buried. Soon, pastures give way to huge vineyards surrounding beautiful manor houses. One of them is a Paço, a small country palace and rest stop for the king during his travels through the countryside.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Paço de Calheiros, which has been owned and operated by the family of Count Calheiros since medieval times. The present-day family home was built in the 17th century. Its stalwart structures and three-foot granite wall have stood the test of time. You may stroll the grounds which offer breathtaking views of the Lima Valley. If the day is clear you may also glimpse the Atlantic Ocean.

In the evening, get to know your host, Count Calheiros at a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Paço de Calheiros

Parque Nacional da Peneda- Gerês & Caminho da Fé; 2.8 – 4.2 miles, easy to moderate

Today, explore the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês in the northern Minho region. With its forested valleys and mountain pastures, this is Portugal’s only national park. The little mountain villages in the park appear lost in time, but have adapted to the new world of tourism with well-marked footpaths linking them together. There will be time to learn about the unique grain storages known as espigueiros. These wood or granite structures were cleverly designed to keep animals away from harvested grains.

You will descend into the valley between the granite peaks of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, arriving in the ancient village of Soajo. This road was originally paved with large stones by the Romans, and for centuries has been walked by pilgrims from Peneda to Soajo; known as the Caminho da Fé, the Way of Faith. Alternatively, it is also referred to as the Caminho do Pão, the Way of Bread, as the inhabitants of this valley have made their living by moving their livestock up and down the mountains with the change of seasons. As you walk past aqueducts used for irrigating fields and powering flour mills, you may even see the indigenous Cachena milk cows or the wild Garrano horses.

Nearing the village of Soajo, with its dramatic backdrop of the Serra do Soajo Mountains, walk under a grape arbor past small, terraced gardens and vineyards. Winding your way through the village and past its ancient granite houses, you will soon arrive at the communal granary and its granite espigueiros.

En route back to Paço de Calheiros, the shuttle will stop for those who wish to take an optional walk that will end at our hotel. You will cross scenic rolling hills before returning to the estate. From a distance, the beautiful architecture will look even more majestic. As you amble downhill to your lodgings, a landmark chestnut grove comes into view letting you know the destination is close by.

Back at the manor house, you may opt to venture out and explore the forests that surround Paço de Calheiros on well-kept trails, join a walk through the Count’s gardens, or relax by the swimming pool. This evening shuttle into nearby Ponte de Lima for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Paço de Calheiros

Guimarães; Provesende to Pinhão; 2.5–3.9 miles, easy to moderate

After our visit to Guimarães we venture to the county of Sabrosa, birthplace of the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Our destination and the start of today’s walk is the charming village of Provesende, dating to the Moorish era. After a brief exploration of town and its Baroque church, we follow paths downhill through vineyards, keeping the Douro River in sight. In 1756, the Douro Valley and Portugal’s wine regions became the first controlled and demarcated winemaking region in the world. It’s all thanks to the Marquis de Pombal who planted granite pillars in 1756 to define the boundary that produced the finest port. Today, the entire valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent landscape continues to inspire poets, painters, and photographers.

We end today’s walk at your accommodations for the next two nights in the heart of the wine region in the town of Pinhão. The historic hotel is set on the banks of the Douro River, offering spectacular views of the Douro River Valley. Just steps away explore the small shops and restaurants of the small town of Pinhão.

This evening enjoy dinner in your lovely hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Vintage House

Vineyard Walk to Ferrão train station; 2.9 – 3.8 miles, easy to moderate

In the afternoon, spend time at your leisure exploring the town of Pinhão and its train station where the “Wine House” museum is located. Then relax poolside at the hotel and enjoy the river views and its slow-passing boats. Later, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in Pinhão or the hotel’s dining room at your leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Vintage House

Rota das Aldeias Históricas to Marialva: 2.1 miles, moderate

This morning, you embark on a wooden sailing ship similar in style to the bygone rabelos that carried wine up and down the Douro River to other regions. Your privately chartered boat offers a relaxing cruise on the Douro River. Your guides will prepare a delectable picnic lunch on board. One of our highlights will be passing through the Douro’s Ferrão lock before disembarking in Ferradosa. From here you shuttle to your lodgings in Marialva, a haunting medieval village carved into a rocky cliff or you may opt to walk a short distance on the Rota das Aldeias Históricas – an historical trail of more than 500 km connecting 12 small villages such as Marialva. Enjoy the remainder of the evening and dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Casas do Côro

Loop walk from Casas do Côro: 2.4 – 5.1 miles, easy to moderate

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely stroll between stone walls, through vineyards, past fruit trees and cultivated fields.

After lunch, venture out to explore Marialva and its castle. Though its origin dates back to the sixth century BC, it was not officially granted a town charter until 1179. This hillside medieval village seems carved from the craggy slopes, so it’s easy to see why it once served as an important military fortress. Wandering these streets on old, stone-paved roads makes for an otherworldly experience; you’ll want to leave no corner ignored. Venture up to the medieval castle for a guided tour, where you’ll learn more about Marialva’s past.

This evening’s farewell dinner is sure to please, featuring family recipes passed down over generations to your hotel’s owner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Casas do Côro

This morning you’ll shuttle (approximately four hours) to Portugal’s capital of Lisbon where the tour ends.

A morning bus journey takes you to Portugal’s capital of Lisbon, approximately four hours driving. Arrive in Lisbon midday at your centrally located hotel; you will have the remainder of the afternoon to explore the historic capital of Portugal.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection

After breakfast, transfer to the Lisbon International airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sat, Mar 21 to Fri, Mar 27 - 2020

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Camino de Santiago: Ponte de Lima to Paço de Calheiros; 2.4 – 5 miles, easy to moderate

This morning, join your guides for a brief orientation before a short transfer to the Minho – one of three regions you will visit in Portugal. In the heart of the Minho region, drive along the Lima River to the attractive riverside town of Ponte de Lima, named after its Roman Bridge. Here you will have lunch before lacing up your walking shoes and tracing a Portuguese segment of the religious route Caminho de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Your walk today begins with a crossing of the legendary Ponte de Lima. Seven original Roman arches remain.

After crossing the bridge, begin your journey through a farming landscape. Pilgrims from around the world have been walking this “Way of St. James” for more than a millennium to arrive at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where many believe St. James is buried. Soon, pastures give way to huge vineyards surrounding beautiful manor houses. One of them is a Paço, a small country palace and rest stop for the king during his travels through the countryside.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Paço de Calheiros, which has been owned and operated by the family of Count Calheiros since medieval times. The present-day family home was built in the 17th century. Its stalwart structures and three-foot granite wall have stood the test of time. You may stroll the grounds which offer breathtaking views of the Lima Valley. If the day is clear you may also glimpse the Atlantic Ocean.

In the evening, get to know your host, Count Calheiros at a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Paço de Calheiros

Parque Nacional da Peneda- Gerês & Caminho da Fé; 2.8 – 4.2 miles, easy to moderate

Today, explore the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês in the northern Minho region. With its forested valleys and mountain pastures, this is Portugal’s only national park. The little mountain villages in the park appear lost in time, but have adapted to the new world of tourism with well-marked footpaths linking them together. There will be time to learn about the unique grain storages known as espigueiros. These wood or granite structures were cleverly designed to keep animals away from harvested grains.

You will descend into the valley between the granite peaks of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, arriving in the ancient village of Soajo. This road was originally paved with large stones by the Romans, and for centuries has been walked by pilgrims from Peneda to Soajo; known as the Caminho da Fé, the Way of Faith. Alternatively, it is also referred to as the Caminho do Pão, the Way of Bread, as the inhabitants of this valley have made their living by moving their livestock up and down the mountains with the change of seasons. As you walk past aqueducts used for irrigating fields and powering flour mills, you may even see the indigenous Cachena milk cows or the wild Garrano horses.

Nearing the village of Soajo, with its dramatic backdrop of the Serra do Soajo Mountains, walk under a grape arbor past small, terraced gardens and vineyards. Winding your way through the village and past its ancient granite houses, you will soon arrive at the communal granary and its granite espigueiros.

En route back to Paço de Calheiros, the shuttle will stop for those who wish to take an optional walk that will end at our hotel. You will cross scenic rolling hills before returning to the estate. From a distance, the beautiful architecture will look even more majestic. As you amble downhill to your lodgings, a landmark chestnut grove comes into view letting you know the destination is close by.

Back at the manor house, you may opt to venture out and explore the forests that surround Paço de Calheiros on well-kept trails, join a walk through the Count’s gardens, or relax by the swimming pool. This evening shuttle into nearby Ponte de Lima for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Paço de Calheiros

Guimarães; Provesende to Pinhão; 2.5–3.9 miles, easy to moderate

After our visit to Guimarães we venture to the county of Sabrosa, birthplace of the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Our destination and the start of today’s walk is the charming village of Provesende, dating to the Moorish era. After a brief exploration of town and its Baroque church, we follow paths downhill through vineyards, keeping the Douro River in sight. In 1756, the Douro Valley and Portugal’s wine regions became the first controlled and demarcated winemaking region in the world. It’s all thanks to the Marquis de Pombal who planted granite pillars in 1756 to define the boundary that produced the finest port. Today, the entire valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent landscape continues to inspire poets, painters, and photographers.

We end today’s walk at your accommodations for the next two nights in the heart of the wine region in the town of Pinhão. The historic hotel is set on the banks of the Douro River, offering spectacular views of the Douro River Valley. Just steps away explore the small shops and restaurants of the small town of Pinhão.

This evening enjoy dinner in your lovely hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Vintage House

Vineyard Walk to Ferrão train station; 2.9 – 3.8 miles, easy to moderate

In the afternoon, spend time at your leisure exploring the town of Pinhão and its train station where the “Wine House” museum is located. Then relax poolside at the hotel and enjoy the river views and its slow-passing boats. Later, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in Pinhão or the hotel’s dining room at your leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Vintage House

Rota das Aldeias Históricas to Marialva: 2.1 miles, moderate

This morning, you embark on a wooden sailing ship similar in style to the bygone rabelos that carried wine up and down the Douro River to other regions. Your privately chartered boat offers a relaxing cruise on the Douro River. Your guides will prepare a delectable picnic lunch on board. One of our highlights will be passing through the Douro’s Ferrão lock before disembarking in Ferradosa. From here you shuttle to your lodgings in Marialva, a haunting medieval village carved into a rocky cliff or you may opt to walk a short distance on the Rota das Aldeias Históricas – an historical trail of more than 500 km connecting 12 small villages such as Marialva. Enjoy the remainder of the evening and dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Casas do Côro

Loop walk from Casas do Côro: 2.4 – 5.1 miles, easy to moderate

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely stroll between stone walls, through vineyards, past fruit trees and cultivated fields.

After lunch, venture out to explore Marialva and its castle. Though its origin dates back to the sixth century BC, it was not officially granted a town charter until 1179. This hillside medieval village seems carved from the craggy slopes, so it’s easy to see why it once served as an important military fortress. Wandering these streets on old, stone-paved roads makes for an otherworldly experience; you’ll want to leave no corner ignored. Venture up to the medieval castle for a guided tour, where you’ll learn more about Marialva’s past.

This evening’s farewell dinner is sure to please, featuring family recipes passed down over generations to your hotel’s owner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Casas do Côro

This morning you’ll shuttle (approximately four hours) to Portugal’s capital of Lisbon where the tour ends.

Your tour concludes at the hotel (Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection) in Lisbon at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

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Pre-Tour

Pre-Tour Extension - Porto

  • Two nights at the Pestana Vintage Porto
  • Daily Breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

2 Nights From $248
per person, double occupancy

Depart the US and travel to Portugal. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed in your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

Upon your arrival at Porto’s International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your hotel in the heart of Porto. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage site

Explore Porto independently today. The Pestana Vintage Porto is ideally located on the banks of the Douro River in the heart of the historic district. Built within the walls of 16-18th-century buildings, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Step out onto the Praca da Ribeira square next to the quayside of the Cais da Estiva. Here, wonderful outdoor cafés line the riverfront. Explore the city’s magnificent neo-classical architecture, admire the traditional boats, rabelos barcos, on the water, or take a Douro River cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage site

Continue your independent exploration of Porto today.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage site

Pathways Of Portugal: Walking The Douro Valley
Post-Tour

Post-Tour Extension - Lisbon

  • Two nights at the Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection
  • Daily Breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

2 Nights From $348
per person, double occupancy

Continue your independent exploration of Lisbon. Walking is the best way to explore Lisbon’s charming and historic neighborhoods. Take time to stroll through Lisbon’s three most important neighborhoods—Bairro Alto, the Alfama and the Baixa. Your included Country Walkers City Information packet will help point the way. You can also easily head to the beautiful nearby seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais, or the historic cities of Óbidos, Sintra, and Fatima.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection

After breakfast on the final morning, transfer to Lisbon International Airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
12 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Porto and one extra night in Lisbon Check
Airport car service for arrival & departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $848

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $598

Thu, Mar 19 - Sat, Mar 28

$4,498

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Sat, Mar 21 - Fri, Mar 27

$3,598

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Thu, Apr 9 - Sat, Apr 18

$4,948

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Sat, Apr 11 - Fri, Apr 17

$3,798

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$5,148

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